Archive for Music

We Dare To Be Stupid

Posted in Geek-Out, Rants and Raves with tags , , on June 17, 2009 by Just Zach

Weird Al.  You know him.  You might love him, you might hate him… but you have to respect him.

He just released his new single “Craigslist” earlier this week, making this his 30th year writing and releasing music.  This sort of  milestone may not be unheard of for more traditional music groups, but remember, Al’s a comedy act.  And as far as musical comedy acts go, that’s the popular lifetimes of maybe seven or eight other groups.  Do you really think we’ll still be hearing from the Lonely Island 30 years from now?

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So, I got to thinking.

Posted in Creative Endeavors with tags on April 10, 2009 by Danny Methane

I was sitting down recently, trying to relax after a hard days work, and thought, “What can I do to test my creative ability?”

I already write, so that was off the list.

I suck at drawing, and practicing would only test my gag reflex, not my creativity.

I’m horrible at singing, but hell, it’s fun.

All I could think to do was create music.

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Across the Uselessverse

Posted in Rants and Raves with tags , on March 12, 2009 by Just Zach

If you liked this movie (Dan and Katie omitted, as I’m contractually obligated to still like them) then I officially disown you as a fan, as a reader, as a friend, as a fellow person. This movie had absolutely zero reason to exist, and yet scores of people I know seem to love the damn thing as if it actually achieved anything.

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High Pitched Bands That I Like; Part 1 of 3: From Fear Through The World of Tomorrow

Posted in Geek-Out with tags on March 11, 2009 by Danny Methane

Now, I’ve been known, every once in a while to hate on a band before I listen to them, really, and then come around to them later, only for them to end up as one of my favorite bands. Usually, this happens by way of me finding out something DEEPER in the music than just the music.

The first band in my HPBTIL series is Coheed and Cambria, and yes, they are one of the bands mentioned above.

Many of you have heard (or at least heard of) Coheed and Cambria and their notorious singer, Claudio Sanchez. Here’s a picture of him:

Looks like a pretty hard-core dude, maybe the singer of a death metal band, you know, can hit those real low notes. Here’s the music video for A Favor House Atlantic: (embedding has been disabled)

Creepy, right? I know. When I first saw the video, I didn’t believe that he was the one singing. Also, I immediately discredited the band, because of the vocals. High pitched-ness wasn’t something I was really into. Then, coming back from the drive in theater that’s like 30 miles away, I was forced to listen to Coheed and Cambria. I found their music catchy, yet still unpleasant, would not listen to if not forced to.

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User-created content is Web 2.0 for “lazy webmasters”

Posted in Random with tags , , , on February 27, 2009 by Just Zach

I enjoy writing for the Just Action News. I really do. I’ve just had a horrible case of writer’s block for the past few days. I usually have what I’m going to write in the can while I’m working on next week’s entries… this week though, not so much. I’m sorry guys. Look back at my writing; you know I like to post meaty and satisfying entries. I just don’t have it today. What I do have though, is a newfound appreciation for user-created content. It takes a certian kind of masochism to do this regularly.

I’ll show you two bits of my own attempts at this ‘user content’, and leave you with a little bit of a teaser.

They’re both responses to YouTube fads, actually.

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What got me into death metal.

Posted in Geek-Out with tags on February 12, 2009 by Just Zach

The Black Dahlia Murder – What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse

I had been listening to heavy stuff before I saw this video what, two years ago? But not anything like, death metal. I had yet to cross that threshold. No real desire to do so, either. I was happy with my henpicked tracks from Metallica and Pantera and RATM and well, the entire discography of Speedealer (more of a punk outfit than death metal). That all was hard enough for me. Death metal always struck me as taking itself too seriously. These burly bearded tattooed guys acting like badasses, living in caves and sacrificing sheep just because they can. Acting all tough and just buying into their own schtich way too much. It didn’t appeal to me.

Two things started to break my conception of this.

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