happy birthday jake

Posted December 19, 2008 by madhouse6
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sending warm birthday wishes to my future husband jake gyllenhaal who turns 28 today!

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new prince tunes.

Posted December 19, 2008 by madhouse6
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love him or loath him, you have to give it to prince – he’s nearly always interesting.  yesterday 5 brand new tracks  made their debut, 4 of ’em on steve jones (ex-sex pistols) radio show in los angeles.  click the above drawing to go to the website to check out the new tunes.  for my money, the best is the song ‘colonized mind’ – bluesy and rockin’.

enjoy.

best music of 2008

Posted December 16, 2008 by madhouse6
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 well, 2008 certainly is wrapping up quite quick in’it?  shocking how fast this year has gone by. 

my friend greg challenged me list out my top albums of the year.  this in and of itself is not an unusual task for me, however, i just have not been too impressed with a lot of music this year (or truth be told, I just haven’t paid much attention).  so my list isn’t complete by any stretch of the imagination, but its what I dug in 2008.  (the links will take you to amazon.com)

in no particular order (sorta):

grace jones.  hurricane.  yes, yes, i’ve written ad nauseum about my love of this album.  simply put, a great return to form and a damn fine listen.  her growl is still shiver inducing.

duffy.  rockferry.  wow, what a voice and what a debut.  a modern dusty springfield and a great modern blue-eyed soul record.  in constant rotation for me.

the duke spirit.  neptune.  apparently, i’m on some sort of vintage-tip lately… this one rounds out that groove with a modern twist on velvet undergound + nico mixed with a bit of sonic youth.  great heavy grooves that rock.  great live show too!

the gutter twins.  saturnalia.  dubbed the satanic everly brothers, the gutter twins are greg dulli + mark lanegran.  two leading figures from 90’s grunge (pitchfork called them “two of the alt-rock era’s greatest front men”) join forces on this amazingly dark, raw album. 

big blue ball.  peter gabriel + crew make a world beat album that is truly worldly.  its reflective of the entire globe and beautifully done with melodies that will stay with you for days and days. 

goldfrapp.  seventh tree.  a completely unexpected, radical departure from the band’s previous effort ‘supernature’, seventh tree finds them in a quiet almost reflective space.  songs about overdoses, amnesia and oddly enough ‘happiness’, evoke a warmer, more organic tone.  no doubt this is the morning after to supernature’s disco overload.

nine inch nails.  the slip.  another departure so to speak, the slip finds trent reznor + nin focused in a way that we haven’t seen for some time.  the album is equal parts his tradmarked tecno-metal and industrial noise (with some ambient ballads thrown in for good measure) – but, and here’s the surprise, a there is actual melody here and there.  closer than he’s been in ages to pretty hate machine and the downward spiral, the slip reminds you what a tremendously good song-writer reznor is. 

heloise & the savoir faire.  trash, rats & microphones.  the debut of the year for me.  the sweet sweet pop/punk/electro disco of heloise + crew make me smile and dance about the apartment.   brilliant fun.

coldplay.  viva la vida or death and all his friends.   also known as the album that finds coldplay discovering distorted guitars, chris martin’s lower singing register and brian eno.  until this album, i would be what you would call a casual coldplay fan.  this album however is the shit.  political. meditative.  beautiful.   and ‘violet hill’ kills me. 

atmosphere.  when live gives you lemons, you paint that shit gold.  continuing the “it’s a departure theme”, the 5th disk from the minneapolis based hip-hop duo, features more live instrumentation than sampling and less autobiographical tunes, the album is a supurb effort and the stories will stick with you. 

portishead.  third.  first record in a decade, thrid is darker (who knew that was possible) and grittier.  less turn table scratching and more guitars and vintage electronics.  the standout here is beth gibbons cold, but stunning vocals over geoff barrow and adrian utley’s sparse machine gun arrangements.  a tremendous return, but well worth the almost 11 year wait.

and my vote for most overrated album of the year (and yea, a realize i’m in the minority here) – vampire weekend.  self-titled.  yea, yea, yea – we’ve all read how great vampire weekend is supposed to be, how they’re the next big thing.  but here’s the deal – they’re not that great.  there, i said it.  the haters will be out in force.   is the album ok, yea, but that’s just it.  just ok.  nothing to write home about.  and on top of that, it has absolutely nothing to do with vampires.  they don’t even dress up all goth-y which at least would be fun.   the band is way to intellectual for their own good – yes, we know ya’ll met while at Columbia university & your smart & all, but get over yourselves.  i love smart rock and roll, when it’s done right – nothin’ is better.  rock music is about passion, and heart and sex.  all of which is missing from this album.  ignore the best of lists that trip over themselves talking about how great it is. 

some other thoughts:

best “almost there, but slightly missing the boat-a-bit pop record” of the year:

  • madonna.  hard candy.  a solid, fun album from the queen of pop.  not as great as confessions or ray of light, but good fun just the same.
  • britney.  circus.  good, solid pop princess performance.  a record for the ages?  no, but fun to sing along with in the car.

too soon to tell, but i’m diggin’ what i’m hearing:

  • wendy & lisa.  white flags of winter chimneys

 singles I dug this year:

  • johnette napolitano & will crewdson – beds are burning
  • melody gardot – worrisome heart
  • sam sparro -black & gold
  • estelle & kanye – american boy
  • the killers – spacemen
  • the ting tings – shut up & let me go
  • kevin rudolf feat. lil’ wayne – let it rock.
  • pink – so what

 

the fuckers….

Posted December 16, 2008 by madhouse6
Categories: life in a strange relationship

took my ashtray and cig lighter too…. seriously? wtf?

i’m done.

Posted December 16, 2008 by madhouse6
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stop the world, i want to get off.  

as if i wasn’t crabby enough already – i’m generally displeased with the state of the universe this week as it is… i’m feeling a bit taken for granted for, work is mind-numbingly boring right now, and the holidays always depress the fuck out of me – on top of all that, my car was broken into last night.  (it does make me feel a bit better that other cars in my garage were also broken into – share the pain, i always say).

nothing that wasn’t replaceable (with a lil’ work), but still…. the fuckers.  

list of stolen goods (as near as i can remember:

  • cd’s.  nothing i can’t get again, but there were some hard to find stuff such as the grace jones record i’m always talking about, a uk only robbie williams and a bunch of other stuff that meant a lot to me.
  • my gps.  yes, i know it shouldn’t have been in my car.  how many of you actually take yours out every night?  yea, i thought so.  at least it was hidden.  not well enough, but i wasn’t dumb enough to leave it out in the open.
  • my iphone cigarette lighter charger.  those fuckers ain’t cheap.  
  • a set of computer speakers (fairly expensive) that i use for work stuff
  • my favorite sunglasses
  • my roadside emergency kit
  • my garage door opener (ooh yay, they can get into the building without breaking a door now).
  • my mothers garage door opener (good luck finding her house you bastards)
  • some christmas presents that were in the trunk from a shopping trip yesterday afternoon.   fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck 

on the plus side they left me some things too:

  • a pair of umbro shorts and a dirty t-shirt
  • a pair of womens underwear
  • a crowbar

luckily the car wasn’t damaged.  but just the same i want to crawl under a blanket and ignore the world for a few years.

tatt..err, just hunk du jour

Posted December 14, 2008 by madhouse6
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as i’m not normally one to post full on x-rated pics here, you’ll have to click the pic if you want to see the full monty – but let me say for the record, its not dirty or nasty or anything vaguely porn-esque… it’s down right beautiful… a great photo.

but if you’re even slightly not-interested in the male form – do not click the pic.

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happy birthday morris

Posted December 13, 2008 by madhouse6
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morris day.  51.  my how that makes me feel old.

jerk out

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