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Last Call – OutKast
May 31st, 2009 by lo-budge

YouTube – Last Call – OutKast.

Speaking of people holding the wall (re:  Chris’ post about New Order two days ago), it reminded me of this favorite song of mine by Big Boi’s half of the Outkast double-album from a few years ago, Spearkerboxxx.  Ignore the cheap-ass back-drop and enjoy the high-quality audio.

The Clash – Train in Vain
May 30th, 2009 by lo-budge

YouTube – The Clash – Train in Vain [Single].

This is one of my favorite Clash recordings off of London Calling.

New Order – Confusion
May 29th, 2009 by lo-budge

YouTube – New Order: Confusion.

Here is the Friday Update from Chris.  Of course, this is something I would have posted as well.  We both love early New Order, especially this first foray into NYC-early-80’s disco and break-dancing influenced music that they made.  The video (this is the original one) is so good.  Watching a city girl working at her pizzeria, getting ready for a night out, and then dancing the night away with some kick- and break-dancing clubgoers while New Order hold up the wall at the club is surprisingly entertaining.  The scenes of the tagged subways are my favorites.  Bernard Sumner’s shorts are hilarious.

The Smiths – Unhappy Birthday
May 29th, 2009 by lo-budge

YouTube – The Smiths – Unhappy Birthday.

I am posting twice today.  This post is because Morrissey recently turned 50 and I never acknowledged it on this blog.  I realize this is the most obvious and least original song of his to post, but it’s still a good one.

I also wanted to announce that the first original video of any of the bands I have been in has been posted today as well.  Feast your ears AND eyes on a mediocre performance of Tram Tower at the bottom of the Tram Tower page.  It is my first time encoding my own video for use on this site, and it has been set to be opened with QuickTime, so let me know if it doesn’t work or load properly.

JFA – Walk Don’t Run
May 28th, 2009 by lo-budge

YouTube – JFA – Walk Don’t Run.

This is a great (and short) cover of the original song by The Ventures (who also have a good video for it) that I remember loving listening to while skateboarding in middle school.  JFA also had many other great original songs, and the other day I found my old cassette tape double-album version of Valley of the Yakes/Blatant Localism and just seeing the cover brought back so many memories.  My brother got me into this band way back when.

The Dead Kennedys – Holiday in Cambodia
May 27th, 2009 by lo-budge

YouTube – The Dead Kennedys – Holiday in Cambodia.

Ah, this brings back middle school memories.

Still waiting for a laptop to be issued for me, but I have made some progress in fixing some other internet issues at home.  What a month.

Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
May 26th, 2009 by lo-budge

YouTube – Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song.

Someone stole my laptop over the weekend, hence no updates for the past few days.  I’m working on getting it replaced, which has been a pain.  I also need to still convert the Tram Tower video, which I think I can do this week.

Enjoy these angrier song postings in the mean time.

Bitty McLean rehearsal with Sly & Robbie in Paris
May 22nd, 2009 by lo-budge

YouTube – bitty mclean rehearsal with sly & robbie in paris.

I’m glad Chris sends me these Friday updates.  I had never heard of Bitty McLean, and for all of the songs I have heard the powerhouse rhythm section Sly and Robbie perform on, I think this is the first time I had actually seen them in action.  This was nice to watch.

I was working on a short film about my grandma in Albuquerque’s life for the past several weeks, and I ran into some footage my dad sent me of a trip they took to Seattle when I was in Tram Tower.   He captured a bit of a show that we played at Patti Summers’ Lounge in Pike Place Market, as well as a backyard barbecue we had in my five-roommate house later that day.  That segment will be going up on this site over the weekend after I get it edited.

Electric Feel – MGMT – The Rock-fire Explosion
May 21st, 2009 by lo-budge

YouTube – Electric Feel – MGMT – The Rock-fire Explosion.

The real video for this song, while totally awesome in its own right, has nothing on this all Rock-a-Fire version.

Yes, it’s 4:15 AM and I’m still awake.  I haven’t pulled an all-nighter in a long time, but tonight it was necessary.

Broken Social Scene – Cause=Time
May 20th, 2009 by lo-budge

YouTube – Broken Social Scene – Cause=Time.

The real video for this song was up at YouTube, but the sound quality was so bad it wasn’t worth posting.  It really bugs me that in this modern world, our quality of video and audio is worse than it has ever been since probably the 1940’s.  Seriously.  Vinyl, which has been around forever, is still the best audio format around while YouTube audio quality is probably up there with a TDK 90-minute-per-side cassette tape that has been sitting on your dashboard in your car during a heat wave for two weeks and has been re-recorded over at least 15 times and has been chewed once or twice by your tape deck.  I know you can get high quality mp3’s, and digital recording has made home studios possible, but low-quality digital audio is rampant on the internet anyway.  I always thought the advent of the internet and having access to music from all over the world would be a great thing, and it has been in many ways, but what I didn’t realize in terms of audio quality was that it’s like having access to the biggest flea market mystery mix-tape sale in the world.

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