Archive for July, 2009

Music Review – Horehound

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2009 by Arthur

The Dead Weather’s release, Horehound is the feature of this music review. Although this record is the band’s freshman release, the musicians who make up The Dead Weather are not new to the music scene. The quartet is a a super group consisting of Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Jack White (The White Stripes), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age), and Jack Lawrence (The Greenhornes).

The Dead Weather formed in the first quarter of 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. It is apparent that this band all had a hand in the development of Horehound due to the amalgamation of genres heard on the release. Some tracks are heavy while others are lo-fi garage and near the end, the sound is rooted in blues. It is often hard to remember that it is a single album being heard because of the mash up of sounds and yet, still transitions very nicely. White primarily plays the drums on the record while Mosshart takes control as the front woman of the group. Her sultry, cigarette smoker voice is brought along the tracks adding mystique and sexiness. Fertita and Lawrence do a great job as guitar and bass and contribute further levels of depth.

Horehound, thankfully, is not one of those albums that can be consumed automatically, rather only by truly listening to it a few times can the majesty be appreciated. Though the only slight problem that can be heard is the consistent inconsistency. By having a huge range on genres, it limits the group to really shine in just one. Though it can be argued that an aimless arrow never misses its mark. Despite the sometimes jumpiness, it is not a deal breaker.

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Songs of Interest:
– “Treat Me Like Your Mother”
–  “New Pony”
– “3 Birds”
– “Rocking Horse”
– “Will There Be Enough Water?”

Artist Fun Fact:
The album was recorded at Third Man Studios (Third Man Records, who is the band’s record label is owned by White) during a three week session in January 2009.

Overall Rating:

4.25/5.00

Blog Break for Comic-Con 2009

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 25, 2009 by Arthur

AMORAL FIXATION will update on a regular basis next week. Currently having the raddest time at the San Diego Comic-Con so I’ll definitely report back on my adventures. Sit tight, my lovely readers!

MEN

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 19, 2009 by Arthur

Going to have the time of my life with my MEN in a few minutes. I’ll write about this at a later date.

Hold on to Your Friends

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 18, 2009 by Arthur

Lately, I’ve been in a funk about my friends. I know that I have made some of them mad recently and others have made me upset as well. I’m not sure how friendship is suppose to work anymore. Sometimes, I think that I don’t have it in me to continue with these relationships, but then I remember that these things take work and understanding. Whenever I get into this mindset, Morrissey’s “Hold on to Your Friends” makes me understand how lucky and fortunate I am. Even if I do lose some friends this year, I’ll know that I tried my hardest, but I’m being out-of-characterly optimistic that it won’t happen.

Favorite lyrics:
There are more than enough
To fight and oppose
Why waste good time
Fighting the people you like
Who will fall defending your name

Politics are Funny

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2009 by Arthur

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Dr Tiller

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keefe

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Untitled 05

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 15, 2009 by Arthur

March 2007
Early Morning

I swallowed my feelings
I swallowed my heart
The conversations we had
Kind of began but never did start
I was worried what you’d say
Or what you would think
And now I miss you everyday
Wasting my pen and the ink
I finally have something to proclaim
But you’re gone and nothing’s the same
And who I am won’t float, just

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Music Review – El Radio

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 14, 2009 by Arthur

This week’s music selection is Chris Garneau’s sophomore release album El Radio. Chris Garneau, originally from Boston, is a Brooklyn based musician. As an artist, Garneau has proficient skills when composing his mixture of folk and Baroque pop music, which are more prevalent in El Radio.

With his first album, Music for Tourists, the majority of songs were sullen sounding with his heavy piano keys. This time around, Garneau attempts to break the sadness with a few tracks of upbeat rhythms and harmonies. He doesn’t try to make the entire album too light because he knows what got his fans to follow his music in the first place. He continues to bring his passionate falsetto voice with a soft backdrop of piano and bass.

When hearing this record the past week, the perfect setting to listen to El Radio is during a summer Barbecue at dusk. It’s a fun and entertaining album but if conversations among friends were to slow down, the sounds of Garneau’s latest album would definitely fill the gap.

Additionally, the incorporation of trumpets, drums, finger snapping, clapping, and even spoon playing was very pleasing . The use of the non-traditional instruments added more charm to this already innocent and playful record. Overall, El Radio is a solid second release, with room for added progression for Garneau’s third album but definitely surpassing his first. 


Songs of Interest:

– “Dirty Night Clowns”
– “Fireflies”
– “No More Pirates”
– “The Leaving Song”
– “Hands on the Radio”

Artist Fun Fact:
Chris Garneau collects lamp shades and often displays one on his piano during his concerts.

Album Rating:
4.00/5.00

  1. “The Leaving Song”
  2. “Dirty Night Clowns”
  3. “Raw and Awake”
  4. “Hands on the Radio”
  5. “No More Pirates”
  6. “Fireflies”
  7. “Hometown Girls”
  8. “Over and Over”
  9. “The Cats & Kids”