Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: The Weeknd "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)

This is a nice song from The Weeknd from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. The video is NSFW, but the atmosphere is appropriate for the film the song is attached to.

This made me want to go listen to the three Weeknd mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. Are those still free somewhere? Or have they been taken down since the release of Trilogy which is all three for sale as one product?

Also, I should check out his album Kiss Land.

Here's the video before I digress too far!

Monday, March 2, 2015

New Countdown: Shakin' It Up

Cage the Elephant
Here we are with another countdown. Man, I love doing these things.


Countdown #236

Arctic Monkeys
Cage the Elephant
Imagine Dragons
Milky Chance
Modest Mouse
Robert DeLong
St. Vincent
Vance Joy
Walk the Moon

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 2015 Media Update

Last Thing I Watched: Last night I watched an episode of the TV show Mulaney called "Power Moves". This show is very very funny and I'm sad that it's not getting a second season. I feel like shows aren't getting the chance to break out of the first season roughness anymore. There's just too much content available for networks to not react to the very first response to new shows. Which is sad.

Last Thing I Read: So at some point this month, I broke my pact not to acquire any new books. Dessa is doing another session of her #Lithop internet book club. We are reading and discussing the Nicholson Baker collection The Size of Thoughts. It's very interesting to be exposed to an author I've never read before through such an eclectic collection. Last night, the last thing I read was "Mlack" which was a list of all the typos Baker made when he was writing one of his books. Instead of erasing them, he moved them to the bottom of the page. Kind of an interesting use of the word processor.

If you're interested, I'm keeping a running tally of the things I read in the book as well as linking to the Facebook discussions with the group on This Reddit Thread.

Last Thing I Listened To: On the way home from work last night, Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge" was about halfway through when I turned on the car. It finished and the last song I heard before typing this came on. "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega (the DNA remix, natch. No one plays the acapella version. It's sad but understandable.)

Things I'm Seeing On the Internet: It's so amazing and unbelievable the things that blow up on the Internet. I'm writing this a tad early, but I have every confidence that this will still be around this weekend when I write the rest of this post. I'm so excited to look back at this post and remember how huge this dress was.

The thing that is all over the Internet right now is a picture of a dress. And a debate over what color it is. And discussions about perception and image manipulation. It's super annoying because everyone is getting in on it and everyone's so certain they're right, but it's also kind of fascinating. So.

Here's the image.

And the debate is: Is the dress Gold and White or Blue and Black?

Here's a great joke about it:

And here's a link to a thread on the Ask Science Subreddit discussing the whole thing which I found very interesting.
What color is the dress? Why do some people see blue and black and some people see gold and white when looking at a single image of a dress?

Right after I wrote all that about the dress, the news broke that Leonard Nimoy had died. So people are talking a lot about him, as well. And, since it's the internet, I've seen several instances where people combine references to Nimoy and the dress. Oh, the Internet.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1989

10. Bon Jovi - New Jersey
9. Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl
8. Anita Baker - Giving You the Best That I Got
7. Def Leppard - Hysteria
6. Guns N Roses - G N R Lies
5. Debbie Gibson - Electric Youth
4. Edie Brickell - Shooting Rubberbands At the Stars
3. Traveling Wilburys - Traveling Wilburys
2. Guns N Roses - Appetite For Destruction

     1. Welcome to the Jungle

     2. It's So Easy
     3. Nightrain
     4. Out ta Get Me
     5. Mr. Brownstone
     6. Paradise City
     7. My Michelle
     8. Think About You
     9. Sweet Child o' Mine
   10. You're Crazy
   11. Anything Goes
   12. Rocket Queen

Well, there were many contenders for who I would feature for this year. And if this album hadn't been an option I would probably have gone for the Traveling Wilburys album, but c'mon. I'm not going to pass up on the album upon which the blog's title is based! That's just not smart!

I have this album on my iPod, but I've never listened to it. I think I'll rectify that this week.

1. Bobby Brown - Don't Be Cruel

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Taylor Swift "Style"

The third single from Taylor Swift's smash album 1989 to make the Top Ten, this video is a lot more artsy than the previous two. I like it. I am really getting a sense of just how she incorporated the 1989 sound into this album. Definitely intriguing. I wouldn't be surprised if I owned this album before 2015 is over.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Countdown: Snowflakes and Guitars

Royal Blood
Look, this thing is coming out on Sunday, you know? So we're all going to celebrate that!

It's a winter "wonderland" where I am, but the sun is melting all this vicious white stuff and we're all walking around with hopes of spring! And what better way to do that than with great Alternative music.


Countdown #235

Arctic Monkeys
Cage the Elephant
Foo Fighters
Imagine Dragons
Milky Chance
Modest Mouse
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Royal Blood
St. Vincent
Walk the Moon

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1990

10. Quincy Jones - Back on the Block
9. Bobby Brown - Dance!...Ya Know It!
8. Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

     1. Free Fallin'
     2. I Won't Back Down

     3. Love Is a Long Road
     4. A Face in the Crowd
     5. Runnin' Down a Dream
     6. I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better
     7. Yer So Bad
     8. Depending on You
     9. The Apartment Song
   10. Alright For Now
   11. The Heart Has a Mind of Its Own
   12. Zombie Zoo

So this song has been in the news, sort of, recently since Sam Smith had to pay Tom Petty royalties due to the similarities between it and Smith's song "Stay With Me"

7. Billy Joel - Storm Front
6. Aerosmith - Pump
5. The B-52s - Cosmic Thing
4. Phil Collins - ...But Seriously
3. Janet Jackson - Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
2. Milli Vanilli - Girl You Know It's True
1. Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl