Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Spin The Black Circle: Doomtree, Lucero, Banner Pilot, Get Rad in Madison

Coming up in the next month or so there are some pretty rad musical acts coming to Madison.

First on 3/3/12 invading The Frequency are Minneapolis pop punk (focus on the punk) band Banner Pilot.
B.P. is on Fat Wreck Chords and boasts members from Off With Their Heads they have slightly more of a Hot Water Music sound as opposed to OWTH who are akin to Kid Dynamite. They are supporting "Heart Beats Pacific" which is a killer release. I've gotten to catch them up in MPLS at the Triple Rock and they are a blast live.

Then on 3/9/12 playing at The Sett on the UW campus are another Minneapolis must see, hip-hop collective Doomtree. They just dropped "No Kings" last November and it has been on steady rotation ever since. P.O.S., Dessa, Mike Mictlan, Sims, Cecil Otter have been a constant on the MPLS hip-hop scene which is bubbling something fierce with tons of talent. Each have albums of their own that are phenomenal gems, each with very different vibes but still keep a common thread that makes it extra special when they come together. Each compliment's each others style to create some very dynamic songs and its a damn shame that they haven't crossed over to some more mainstream love. Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger keep the beats popping for the group. Last year they ended their U.S. tour at the High Noon Saloon and if you caught that show, you know this might be top ten shows this year.

Here's a crazy fucking show on 3/24/12 at the Dragonfly Lounge (which I have yet to experience) is Posi-core heroes Get Rad straight outta beer city: Milwaukee. On the 18th they've also got a show in Milwaukee with In Defence.
Get Rad shows are just plain ape shit crazy and awesome. Hardcore lovers need to add "Say Fuck No To Rules" to their collection post haste. Get Rad ranks swell with members from other Wisconsin heavy acts such as Since By Man, KungFu Rick Textbook Traitors, Seven Days of Samsara and Party By The Slice.
You brain will rattle for days after and thats a good thing. Opening is The Enabler.

Next Month on 4/5/12 we got Lucero making a Madison stop at The Majestic and the opener William Elliot Whitmore. Its hard to pin down Lucero's sound, firmly rooted in punk philosophy they toss in a healthy dose of country twang. Its a raucous mix that could convert fans of either genre. I got to catch them in the summer of 2010 at the High Noon Saloon and it was an experience I won't ever forget, it was electric. Lucero is releasing "Women & Work" on March 13th which I for one cannot wait to get my hands on.

Just these four shows alone make this early spring a great start for music this year

Post-Michael Scott Office news

From the sounds of it, the creepy new CEO Robert California( James Spader) from this season of The Office is already leaving.
He was introduced as a possible replacement for Michael Scott (Steve Carrell) but Andy ended up with the job when California convinced the owner of Dunder-Mifflin/Saber( Kathy Bates) to take over her job instead.
I found him to be minimally funny, much more of an aloof jerk with a superiority complex. Probably what they were going for but I didn't find him very dynamic. Not to say that Ed Helm's Andy is very interesting either as head of the office. Atleast Robert California won't over stay his welcome and leave the show while the writers have some halfway funny bits for him.

The only thing, to me, that has been keeping this season afloat has been the continuing Jim/ Dwight antagonist storyline that has progressed throughout the show. But I wonder how much longer that will go on since there have been rumors that Dwight will be getting a spin-off focusing on Schrute Farms.
I'm guessing that The Office has run it's course as they sputter into the 10th season. Season 9 next year will be a good barometer if the show has any legs to even make it to season 10. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Seth Rogen gets to insult everyone

how great would the Oscars have been if this how it started out. I love his dig at the Grammys

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Right in the Baby-maker

Hope anyone who followed my twitter feed enjoyed my Oscars sarcasm laden live tweeting. It was fun
Anyway on to my latest rant.

I hate the Police. Not law enforcement but the band. I was at work today and someone played what must have been their greatest hits and fuck me is it awful. I was especially annoyed with a song that goes "doo doo doo, dah dah dah"(That might even be the name of it) throughout the entire song.  Its fucking idiotic. I can't even begin to describe how much I detest that damn song.
Songs that don't go anywhere lyrically annoy the living shit out of me. And as much as I use to like them, I feel the same way about the Beastie Boys. They've been writing the same song over and over. The backing music is different but all they do is boast about their lyrical prowess. Save for a select few songs ("Sabotage", "Paul Revere", No Sleep til Brooklyn") its just different ways of saying the same thing. It gets hot damned boring. Took me a while to really notice it then listening to a song off their newest album, no clue what the name was, but it dawned on me that I've heard it before. Not that song but what they were saying wasn't anything new. The songs don't go anywhere.
Now take hip hop artists like Atmosphere, Kanye West they can spit about how great they are but they tell a story along the way. As much as I dislike him as an artist, I have some respect for Eminem's lyrical skill. I guess when I listen to music, the instruments take a backseat to lyrics. I can listen to NoFx play the same three chords in every song but the words make my mind work and imagine what they are talking about.  Probably why I hate techno and dance music so much. Its repetitive and asinine.
I'm most likely just getting old and jaded but so much doesn't thrill me anymore. I'd rather hear Willie Nelson spin a story for me than listen to a group as utterly useless like LMFAO(blehhhh)