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Broken Bells “The Ghost Inside” Video

Danger Mouse (Brian Joseph Burton) + James Mercer = Broken Bells

Not at all saying I know music. But in my review of Broken Bells I stated:

I’m also a big fan of “The Ghost Inside,” a beat that I can see sliding into top 20 charts eventually (not to mention the lyrics are straight silk).

Here is the link to the blog as evidence. I’m including the lyrics below the video. I can certainly relate to the highlighted verse and if you know me and my hand, you can understand why. Maybe not all my blogging is nonsense, but then again maybe so.

The Ghost Inside

She sold her love to a modern man
Cause solid currency’s the hardest to love
All that money helps you cover your eyes
Don’t let the lady finger blow in your head

Give it up for that dollar
She’s a star tonight
Without warning
She gave up the ghost inside

Just like a whiskey bottle drained on the floor
She’s got no future just a life to endure
This good Samaritan’s shaking her hide
“Too Late to Leave Him” are the songs in her car

Give it up for that dollar
She’s a star tonight
Without warning
She gave up the ghost inside

You call it chivalry
Never pull a punch for free
You ever wonder why they had to move on
This phony honor code
That puts you on your throne
A double standard
You invoke when you want

For that dollar
She’s a star tonight
Without warning
She gave up the ghost inside

Was it all for show
Don’t turn into one of them
Turn another page
Trust me darling
I’m carving a road through the dust in your town
Crawling over rubble
Just to sort it out
Now I tend to wonder why

The Black Keys New Single: Tighten Up

If you like straight up blues rock, you should definitely listen to The Black Keys. In May The Black Keys will be dropping a new album titled, Brothers. I’ve been able to listen to a few songs and it will indeed be another album to bump your head to. This is the new single, Tighten Up”, produced by Danger Mouse. With my posting about 2010 albums I’m listening to, Danger Mouse is doing some quality work this year. Enjoy…



A Seattle Sports Fan: The Dawgs’ dance continues… in my heart

So I’m sluffin on my blog posting. I actually have a blog that I want to post about idiotic doormen at clubs/bars, which is really a comment on idiots in general. But first I MUST type a blog which should’ve been posted on Thursday. I ended up playing poker instead. Then I proceeded to find myself drinking Absinthe on Friday. I sluffed around some more on Saturday only to play more poker that night. My excuse for not writing this blog yesterday is minimal, except that I was actually able to watch college basketball again… That being said, here it goes.

I’m starting this blog with these lyrics from MGMT’s Flash Delirium. How does it fit in with this blog? I don’t know but I’m really digging this song, and really I’m just trying to stay composed after this U-Dub loss. Deal with it.

… plants, as far as I know are still / still bendin toward the light / and if we dance / until the heart explodes / it’ll make this place ignite / and even if this hall collapses / I can stand by my pillar of hope / it’s just / a case of flash delirium / here’s a growing culture / deep inside a corpse / ages stuck together / takin it to the source / timeless desperation / pictures on a screen scream / “Hey people, what does it mean?” …

And it would be logical to post this song for you to listen to while you read along, but I already have in a previous post. Instead I encourage you to listen to the new Black Keys single, “Tighten Up,” (click the link to listen to the song while reading) produced by Danger Mouse. I’ve had a chance to listen to some of the songs off of the new Black Keys album Brothers, it’ll be a good one.

That Seattle Sports Guy

I’m one of THOSE guys. You know those guys who are a lifelong fan of the home teams. This becomes difficult when your home teams are from Seattle.

I don’t want to talk about Super Bowl XL, but my Seahawks were robbed. Yes, I realize we had plenty of opportunities and yes I realize it was years ago. But that’s what happens when you are a Seattle fan who gets a taste of the big prize, and in the end remains a hungry fan.

Then there was the 2001 record tying 116 regular season wins of the Mariners, you know when we flubbed like fish out of water in the postseason. Since it’s the Lenten season and I’m Catholic, I gotta say I like the taste of fish, but if I were a fish I’d rather be in water.

Don’t get me started on that one team that used to be here. You know that one basketball team, The Seattle SuperSonics. Yea those guys, who now are in Podunk Oklahoma City with one of the best young stars of the game and about to be in the playoffs. Screw you David Stern and fuck you Howard Schultz. I mean I have stock in Starbucks, a local commodity, but whenever I see Starbucks (every 22 seconds in Seattle) I imagine the old yellow and green Sonic uniforms and want to puke a little bit.

Purple and Gold in My Veins

I’d have to say that the Seahawks are my favorite sports team. But my passion for purple and gold runs even deeper. So deep that if you cut me, the bloodshed would be purple and my tears would be gold (maybe I should collect them and sell them as a side gig). Moms is a U-Dub alum. The colors of the high school, in the town where I was raised, were purple and gold (though the fight song was taken from WSU, jerks). Not to mention I myself am a Husky alum and swam on the now defunct U-Dub swim team. Damn, don’t get me started on that one either.

So if you’re trying to get to know me. You’ll need to know the above and that I’m pretty much a sports fanatic. No, I AM a sports fanatic. You wanna get me riled up? Talk sports to me (you can also talk dirty to me, but that’s for another blog). Further you need to understand that I have a lot of gamble in me, and in my degenerate ways I’ll pretty much bet on anything sports related. This includes a bet on how long you can keep a ping-pong ball floating above your head by blowing on it. Or how long I could do it for.

It should now be obvious that my love for Seattle sports especially that of the purple and gold variety is slightly obsessive. This brings me to the rest of this inevitable blog.

*Sigh* The Dawgs’ Final Dance of 2010

At Least I Got a Dope Shirt

The very first thing I noticed was that West Virginia is HUGE. If there’s one thing U-Dub needs to recruit in the off-season is size. And screw you Enes Kanter, I hope you enjoy cheater ass coach John Calipari in Kentucky. Kentucky? Are you serious? They don’t even have cool colors. And it’s in Kentucky. Weak sauce.

So the first half was like a Sloppy Joe sandwich, gooeing all over the damn place, from both teams. U-Dub couldn’t get a rebound to save their life. Somewhere between leaving San Jose and arriving in Syracuse, the Huskies forgot to take of the ball while at the same time forgetting how to pass. This brain fart extended to shot selection. Now I’m all about gambling, but really a double crossover while you’re being stuck by a defender and then shoot a three? I still love you Elston Turner, but damn.

I’m not going to bash the referees for bad calls. But refs, you made too many bad calls. The thing about U-Dub’s aggressive style is that if the refs don’t let the teams play, the Dawgs become tentative. And that’s pretty much what happened. Quincy Pondexter had 3 fouls by the 4:30 mark, limiting his playing time. All of which were questionable, 2 came on offense. Isaiah Thomas eventually fouled out of the game. Dammit, now I’m just getting upset again.

One good thing about the first half, and quite frankly the rest of the game, was U-Dub’s defense. Justin Holiday and crew were all up in the passing lanes. Like I said in my previous blog, teams often overlook the Huskies’ defense and I think WVU was one of those teams. It was a horrendous first half though as both teams were off rhythm. Although U-Dub had a one-point lead at half, I was thoroughly nervous. It seemed as though the Dawgs reverted back to the first half of the season, where it turned into one-on-one ball instead of team ball.

Coach Romar praised the Dawgs for coming together at the end of the season, using a “fist” analogy. Essentially a fist is only as strong as all its fingers. Each of the five players represents a finger of the fist. If one of the fingers gets loose, the fist is weak. The fingers were straying, and the panda was worried.

Unlike the previous NCAA Tournament games the outside was not falling. Because of the lack of penetration, the outside shots were not open. And when they were open, U-Dub was connecting. Outside shooting is not our game, but it helps to ease that zone. Like I said in the last blog, U-Dub is not an outside shooting team, but it helped previously to loosen up the zone.

Seriously the stress level during halftime was not good. I even decided to change my pants (no it wasn’t because of a I peed myself feeling like after the Marquette game) and belt to get some new mojo going. My friend Alyssa came by at half to watch the rest of the game for me. I warned her that I was mildly freaking out and that a bunch of yelling is sure to come. She assured me that it was fine. Little did she know a lot of yelling was about to come (from both of us). Little did I know, that thank goodness she was there to provide a calming effect because I was about to enter a throwing things at the TV, walls and my own face type of mood.

The Second Half

The second half pretty much started the same as the first half ended, a loose fist. I’d like to give an objective breakdown of the second half, but I really can’t. I don’t know how to make a puke emoticon (and quite frankly after writing this, I’m not the mood to figure it out). Yea it was that bad. But the worst part is that U-Dub’s defense was tremendous. The Dawgs had 14 steals to WVU’s 11 and led 8 to 4 in blocks. WVU had 23 turnovers unfortunately U-Dub had 21. Worse is that the transition offense was there for the Dawgs, but ill-advised passes combined with forgetting how to pass made all the turnovers a wash.

The fist became an open hand. An open hand that which U-Dub couldn’t even slap in a shot if they wanted to. The lack of attention to the little things was also becoming evident. Apparently U-Dub forgot to box-out and crash the boards, yet another thing I implored the Dawgs to do. The Huskies were outrebounded a heartless 41 to 25 and an embarrassing 19 to 9 on the offensive glass. 9 for 14 from the line, showed that the Dawgs were not penetrating on offense (no I refuse to go further into the ineptitude of the refs).

Seriously Dawgs, where was the focus and heart? This was going to be a tough game; there was no doubt about that. I just wonder if the Huskies themselves believed it. Instead of playing like a fist, they crumbled under the adversity. Something I had been worried about before the Tournament, but after the Marquette game I felt they had under control. Nothing against WVU, but U-Dub beat themselves. With all the WVU turnovers, if U-Dub made half the shots in their transition offense as well as free throws down the stretch it would’ve been a victory for the Dawgs and I’d still be dancin with them.

Hats off to the Neers and further good job beating Kentucky in the next round (a little justification for the loss). I’m going to become a WVU fan this week. Two reasons, they beat my Dawgs and secondly there are only two sports teams I can honestly say I despise the Yankees and Duke basketball. Speaking of the Final Four, a huge round of applause to Butler and a bigger cheer to Tom Izzo keeping his Michigan State Spartans together after losing star player Kalin Lucas. The Butler v. Michigan State game will be a doozy. Butler is the hometown team and you can NEVER count out a T-to-the-Izzo team. All I know is that my friends think I have an obsession with Tom Izzo, and called me crazy when I said they were the second best team in the Midwest Region… yup totally crazy. Who wants to check out my wallet on Michigan State bets alone in this tournament?

Still Have Love For My Dawgs

I said at the beginning of the season that if the Huskies made it to the Sweet 16, I’d be happy. When the brackets came out, I believed that WVU was the best team in the tournament. I plotted out my picks and had U-Dub v. WVU in the Sweet 16. And yes, an objective sports better came out and I had WVU beating UW. Which for all intensive purposes, juiced my wallet, but squeezed my heart in the end. I just wished that the last game of 2010, the Dawgs played well. I wished that Q-Pon’s last game in a Husky uniform wasn’t marred by stupid ass calls. Maybe, just maybe I wouldn’t be so upset with the loss.

That being said, I must look at all things in a positive light. The first is that Alyssa came by to watch the game with me and prevented me from an ultimate breakdown (I saved that for the poker table, but thank goodness I composed myself there to come out on top). Like I said making it to the Sweet 16 was awesome, especially after this roller coaster of a season where the Dawgs were not even assured a ticket to the Dance until they won the PAC-10 tournament.

Also U-Dub is a young team, 9 freshmen and sophomores. This 2010 ride has given them much needed experience for next year. Elston Turner, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and to an extent Abdul Gaddy grew up. Isaiah Thomas (until the last game) learned that doing the little things other than just scoring would help the team more. Justin Holliday has turned into a defensive machine. Venoy Overton, I was totally going to rip you about your seemingly selfish decisions in the WVU game, next year just channel it into the team game. There are a lot of positives to take from this season, I only hope Coach Romar can ensure that he projects those lessons learned for the 2011 season. Hit the weight room Dawgs (Tyreese Breshers, hit the treadmill). Don’t forget what happened in that last game, don’t dwell on it, but don’t forget this nasty taste in your mouth. We play with chips on our shoulders, let’s come out next season and prove that we are fist to contend with.

HELL OF A SEASON DAWGS!

And to the University of Washington Huskies Men’s Basketball Teams, we true Dawg fans courteously Bow Down to Washington.

Well that blog was a struggle to write…

Music From 2010 That I’m Grooving To

So I have slight aspirations to be a DJ (I even have my DJ name: Punchy Panda). Not so much making my own music, yet. Rather more along the lines of Gregg Gillis (the maestro of Girl Talk). If one were to look at my iPod and the rest of my music library that has yet to make it onto my iPod, they’d probably see an eclectic range of music. It stems from my friends cluing me into different genres of music and my Pops influence on me. Generally my favorite genres of music are classic rock, 90’s rap (that was really the only era of real rap), 90’s rock (grunge and alternative) and punk music from the 90’s and early 2000’s (slightly verging on pop punk, but not quite). I’m also constantly look for new music through various websites and 90.3 KEXP “Where music matters.”  So here is some new music that I’ve stumbled upon this year…

Mumford & Sons, album: “Sigh No More”. This band hails from the U.K. an infusion of wicked banjo and acoustic guitars. It definitely is a folk-rock act. But don’t be fooled. Guided by the acoustic strings, these guys can definitely rock. Interestingly, Mumford & Sons runs an online book club. Folky and well-read… my type of dudes. I just picked up this album, and am currently listening to it as I type this blog… Songs of note are “White Blank Page” (could be my favorite song on the album) and “Little Lion Man” which was performed on Letterman. But I’d have to say my favorite song so far lyrically and jam wise is “Roll Away Your Stone”. Actually I’m gonna post “White Blank Page” also, the song definitely fits my mood from the past year. It’s a tough call, between Broken Bells and Sigh No More as my favorite album of 2010 so far. Beginning to end it’s an authoritative album.

Broken Bells, album: “Broken Bells”. James Mercer (lead singer of The Shins) + Danger Mouse (Brian Joseph Burton) = goodness. This album is laced with awesome production from Danger Mouse, who rose to fame with his Jay-Z and The Beatles White Album mash-up titled “The Grey Album”. James Mercer all but disbanded The Shins last year, though he says he’s still going to make music under the band name. Danger Mouse has been looking for a steady companion to make music with and hoped that Gnarls Barkley (teamed with Cee-Lo Green) would be that. Unfortunately, or fortunately for the sake of Broken Bells, it was not the case. After bumpin this album with my windows down and sunroof open on a crisp February day in Washington, I hope Mercer and Danger Mouse stick it out and make more music. Apparently Mercer has his own kickin it room at Burton’s pad. This entire album is dope based on the onomatopoeia of an album title Broken Bells alone. The first single was “The High Road” followed by “Vaporize”. I’m also a big fan of “The Ghost Inside”, a beat that I can see sliding into top 20 charts eventually (not to mention the lyrics are straight silk). My current favorite track is “October”, definitely Shins inspired but made awesome with Danger Mouse’s influence. It’s a live version… but you can get the gist.

Dan Black, album: “Un”. This album gets me jammin. It’s along the lines of MGMT, but I seriously groove every time I listen to it. There are a number of songs on that album that I enjoy. One of which is “Symphonies”. My boy KiD CuDi was also on a remix version of Symphonies, which in my opinion is a better version. “U + Me =” and “Pump My Pumps” also gets me groovin, if not nostalgic for last summer. But the lyrics in “Cigarette Pack” are my favorite.

Free Energy, album: “Stuck on Nothing”. I just got this album, and have only listened to it once through. But it rocks… seriously it rocks. Stuck on Nothing is a combination of AC/DC jams with a dosage of Thin Lizzy and Cheap Trick. I’m a fan of bands that play their instruments well. It’s not a strange concept, but surprisingly a hard thing to ask for in new music. A group that does that well is Monsters of Folk, more aligned with the folk genre of Mumford & Sons discussed above. Free Energy definitely plays their instruments well, and it comes out melodically in the track “Hope Child” (below, and another live version). Another noteworthy track is “Wild Winds”.

Bonus song! I know the album was from last year. But since I mentioned Monsters of Folk, a powerhouse band consisting of Jim James (aka Yim Yames) from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and M. Ward who jams with many artists one of which She and Him (with Zooey Deschanel), I felt that I should drop my favorite song from their self-titled album, “Ahead of the Curve”. The lyrics on “Ahead of the Curve” pretty much exemplifies my time in LA, definitely resonates in the Panda’s soul. These guys fucking JAM. I had the privilege of seeing them live in the outdoor ampitheater setting of The Greek Theater in LA. This album as well as Phoenix’s “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” and KiD CuDi’s “Man on the Moon: The End of Day” were my three favorite albums of 2009. Looking forward to the next jams from all three groups. KiD CuDi is set to release an album this year. No rumblings from Phoenix yet. Monsters of Folk claim they won’t release another album, it would be a damn shame if they didn’t.

Daniel Merriweather, album: “Love & War”. Hailing from Australia, Merriweather’s debut is a good one. He carries his raspy voice well. A mix of funk, rock, and soul sort of in the ilk of Maroon 5. Definitely an album to groove to. Some sites compare him to Stevie Wonder. It’s a stretch, but you can certainly hear the hints of the influence. He’s not Stevie Wonder, so I’m just going to put that out there. But not to take away from Merriweather, like I said I definitely can get my groove on to some of the tracks. He’s got a good tone in his voice. Of note are “Change” and “You Don’t Know What Love Is”. I definitely can gig to “Could You”, and would even sing it on American Idol if I were to venture that route. You should note the play on the lyrics of The Temptations’ “My Girl”. And how can you not get down with “My Girl”?

Local Natives, album: “Gorilla Manor”. This is the debut album from the LA group Local Natives. The album title actually comes from the studio where they recorded the album. Pitchfork actually describes this album pretty well it, “features rustic and yearning vocals, three-party harmonies, clattering percussion, wiggly guitar leads, euphoric chanting and a Talking Heads cover.” That’s why people at Pitchfork get paid for their reviews, while I’m merely a fan with an opinion. The album has a Beach Boys feel to it, and I mean that in a good way (but don’t compare them to the Beach Boys by any means). Songs of note are “Camera Talk”, “World News”, and “Airplanes.” My favorite song lyrically and vibe wise on the album is “Sun Hands” I can’t help but to sing along loudly after the buildup “And when I can’t feel with my sun hands, I promise not to lose her again!”

The Smashing Pumpkins (really Billy Corgan is the only original member of the Pumpkins on this album), album: “Teargarden by Kaleidyscope”. In Corgan’s newest attempt to reach the levels of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, he’s releasing songs in bunches of 3-4 over the Internet. Once he’s done with the album which will end up being a 44 song collection, he’ll release it in CD/record form. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was one of those epic albums, that I listened to endlessly. Will Corgan ever reach that level? I don’t really think so, but he’s definitely going for it. Corgan is also penning a book that should be released this summer based on his outlook on spirituality and everything he’s faced since being in the industry. I’m 50/50 on the songs so far released, but do like this jam… “A Stitch in Time”.