"Good music is good music, and that should be enough for anybody.” - Brad Nowell

Friday, December 31, 2010

Ten in 2010 (last post of the year)

2010 brought a successful launch for doeslikemusic.com with 1125+ views in 32 countries, on 6 continents in 4 months.  We're now on Twitter, and have over 350 followers, and growing.  What's really cool is a few bands have been kind enough to request a review of their albums, and even discography, from us!  This'll be the last post for a while; with that said, let's give a toast to 2010!

As a nightcap to 2010, doeslikemusic.com has corralled 10 albums released this year.  Most of these artists are established while some are new on the music scene, and made a decent amount of buzz with their work.  There's no real criterion developed to rate these albums; it's more of a "high-5" to what was able to catch our attention.  I speak pluraly, though it's currently just me, as I have a small dream-team of music enthusiasts I am inviting to write, next year, which will offer a broader experience for readers.

So, let's get to this list already! Besides no grading criterion, there won't be any descriptions either; why not let you decide for yourself why these albums made the cut.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Tits

A few minutes ago, I'm surfing FB and come across this pretty sweet Xmas oriented music video posted by my lil bro, Zac.  This music video is by a band I haven't heard of, until now: Patent Pending.  What you have here is a pop-punk band having a ton of fun and showcasing some chick gettin smutty at Xmas time, and even with Santa, too!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Some things you can't explain away..." Joe Strummer 1952 - 2002

A fateful day, 8 years ago, the world at large lost one of its greatest contributors to music, poetry, progressive social reform, and popular culture: John Graham Mellor, better known as "Joe Strummer" co-founder of The Clash and frontman for Joe Strummer & The Mescalaros.  Whether it's felt or not, Joe left a mark on every musician and music fan from the 1970's going forward.  Unlimited artists cite The Clash as a huge influence with such accomplishments as their boisterous, bloody contribution to early punk rock with "White Riot" or, amongst many choice selections, the broken hearted, infectious radio favorite "Train in Vain."  Many owe thanks to the non-genre-specific song writing of Joe, especially today's reggae-rock scene.

Joe Strummer mural, NYC 2010 Bobby Clark, doeslikemusic.com

Sunday, December 19, 2010

"Trophies of war and ribbons of euphoria..."

Growing up, there's been a vast amount of music with lyrics so strong, so capable of forming brilliant images as you listen with your eyes closed.  The first song I've ever heard to have this effect on me, Jimi Hendrix's "Bold as Love" was shown to me by my friend Evan, and we used to listen to a Jimi greatest hits collection all the time when we were 12 years old.  That album was the first of many to push, what I knew as music, towards new, bad ass heights.
Bold as Love by Jimi Hendrix


Angel! -He smiles in towering, shiny metallic purple armor
Queen Jealousy, envy, waits behind him
Her fiery, green gown stairs at the grassy ground
Blue are the life giving waters taken for granted
They quietly understand

Once happy turquoise armies lay opposite, ready
But wonder why the fight is on
But they're all bold as love
Yeah, they're all bold as love
Yeah, they're all bold as love
Just ask the Axis

My red is so confident he flashes trophies of war and ribbons of euphoria
Orange is young, full of daring, but very unsteady for the first go 'round
My yellow, in this case, is not so mellow
In fact I'm trying to say it's frightened like me
And all of these emotions of mine keep holding me
From giving my life to a rainbow like you

But I'm bold as love,
Yeah! Yeah!

Well, I'm bold, bold as love
Hear me talkin', girl... I'm bold as love!
Just ask the Axis -He knows everything

Friday, December 17, 2010

1 Year In Memorium: Westbound Train

It seems like "going on hiatus" has been the chic thing to do for bands in recent years when they just can't commit to either carrying on with being a band or, simply, breaking up. Coming home for lunch, today, I was going through a playlist I made about 18 months ago that centered around ska and reggae. On that list I found a favorite song I've forgotten about, "Check Your Time" by Westbound Train, a band who decided to go on hiatus right around one year ago.

I was fortunate to have seen them live twice; once with Voodoo Glowskulls and once with the Nekromantix, years back.  I was checking out their merch when their lead singer approached me and mentioned to simply buy their album as opposed to the t-shirt I was interested in.  Thankfully, I took his suggestion, and have been a "loose" fan ever since.  Their soulful, relaxing ska meets oldies doesn't typically fit the bill when I think of ska(Operation Ivy) and is sure to please most who listen to them.

Westbound Train - Check Your Time by hellcatrecords

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A very GWAR-Y Xmas!!!

There isn't too much to say about this besides it needs to be about 20 mins longer:

Christmas With Gwar - Watch more Funny Videos

If you're unfamiliar with GWAR, I just....hope the best for you in life. Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mariachi El Xmas Numero Dos

Numero dos del Mariachi El Xmas highlights a 3 part collaboration between Mariachi El Bronx, Wild Light, and world famous The Killers.  Before now, I've never heard of Wild Light, and as can be figured out, I've been a big fan of Mariachi El Bronx/The Bronx for some time.  However, until I gave "¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!" a few listens, I've never appreciated The Killers as much, or ever, truthfully, besides one time...

¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe! - The Killers ft. Wild Light & Mariachi El Bronx by gregkent

The only time I remember kind of liking The Killers, I was at this wild ass, huge party with some high school friends in Ocean City, Maryland, during Summer, 2004.  I had too much Bacardi Limon to drink, and unfortunately, pissed some guy off after, unfortunately, pissing on him, from a balcony above(I drank most of the handle, and wasn't aware the deck below had come out farther than the balcony above.) When someone started shouting about having their shoulder being pissy, I ran inside to blend in, found my friend, Megan, and landed us a nice spot on a half-vacant couch beside a boombox that just finished blaring Modest Mouse's "Float On" when on came The Killers' "Mr. Brightside."

That song could have been called "Victory" for all I cared; I quickly realized the guy who accidentally received some of my piss had no idea what I looked like, as he and a bunch of his bros rampaged upstairs and barrelled through the crowd, asking each and everyone of the partygoers, including Meg and I, where the guy who took a leak off the balcony went.  Normally, I'd apologize for what I had done, but I could sense a few punches to the face were on the way, and opted to play dumb, landing one of my favorite personal victories, ever.  Double Victory: Scored a few beers off the same guy when my bottle of Bacardi and the keg was kicked, an hour or so later.  And that is the only time I can recall ever really appreciating The Killers.  Now, because of "¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!", I'll be sure to re-evaluate The Killers' catalogue to see if I can be swayed once more.

I'll be keeping an eye out for more, quality Xmas/holiday songs, though I'm doubtful I'll find any more tunes by Mariachi El Bronx.  The video for "¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!" can be found below, and gets really cool towards the end.

¡Feliz Navidad!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mariachi El Xmas

There are many ways to celebrate Xmas.  Me?  I think I'll celebrate with great craft beers, and on Xmas morning, I'll listen to my favorite mariachi band(well, the only one I know of, actually): Mariachi El Bronx (alter egos of The Bronx.)  They have this wonderful Xmas tune called "Lady Rosales" which, honestly, makes me want a margarita more than think of Xmas, and it's laden with horns, a love story, a salsa beat, and classic mariachi instrumentation.

Lady Rosales by Mariachi El Bronx

If I'm not too hungover on Xmas morning, don't worry I don't have any kids, wife, or gf to mind, you'll know exactly what I'll be doing: listening to "Lady Rosales" and wishing you Feliz Navidad!

Best Looking Cupcakes, Ever?

This afternoon, I took a few moments away from writing a research paper to browse reddit, for a moment, and stumbled upon some of the coolest looking confections a punk rock fan could ask for:


Thursday, December 09, 2010

"Fear Breeds in Honest Men"

I happened to see this new release over on Tommy Gabel's Blog, and I ordered the orange vinyl.  Really, I shouldn't be buying stuff for myself, this time of year, but what we have here is a 7" showcasing an acoustic version of my favorite song off of Against Me!'s newest album, White Crosses(2010), a song called "High Pressure Low."  

Tom Gabel doesn't exactly come up short writing creative, provocative lyrics, and this does not exclude "High Pressure Low."  The lyrics, with my favorites in bold are:

There was a high pressure low
Developing off the coast of Africa
Uplift in the atmosphere
Push waves across the ocean
Towards Antilles and Bon Air
While I paced in agitation
I drew the curtains closed
I set the air conditioner low
I pressed a warm wash cloth to my face
Somewhere out there a hurricane is coming

There's just no future left for us to dream of
Living in an era of instability
So caught up in the culture of their rivals
Fear breeds in honest men
It's a high pressure low
It's a high pressure low

Seven missiles flying over the sea of Japan
Tales of feral children
Sleeping in wolf dens
And the pious preacher commands
I hold my breath in anticipation
Into the shelter of the jungle noble savages run
Vestal virgins triumph over lifelong inhibitions
And I wonder what is real
What is fiction

There's just no future left for us to dream of
Living in an era of instability
So caught up in the culture of their rivals
Fear breeds in honest men
It's a high pressure low

Would anyone forgive Robert McNamara
In retrospect he had to admit
There was mistake in going to war
Without first asking all the questions
Yes, Robert Strange McNamara
There are those who just cannot forget
And I wonder have I lost my own compassion

There's just no future left for us to dream of
Living in an era of instability
So caught up in the culture of their rivals
They're breaching honest men
It's a high pressure low

A song I've yet to hear is also on this 7" vinyl, "Strip Mall Parking Lots (acoustic)."  I spent $7.25 including shipping, and will most likely post a review after I get the chance to give it a few listens.  This, and other vinyl and memorabilia can be found on totaltreble.

Glass Fetish

Just in time for the holiday season, Fat Wreck Chords has released some pints that look great for any one's glass collection.  I have a variety of pints, snifters, tulips, goblets, mugs, growlers and weizen glasses adorning my kitchen cabinets, but none reflect my love of punk rock as these would.  These glasses feature talented acts Dead to Me, The Flatliners, Swingin' Utters, and Teenage BottleRocket; get yours before they're gone, HERE!