I’m a sucker for a good horror movie (an even bigger sucker for a horrible horror movie), a few friends, and doing scary things like wander up to a cemetery at midnight ( esp. Stepp Cemetary) or exploring an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. Indy even has an abandoned asylum and an abandoned hospital that both can be entered with a little ingenuity and some nerve. Here is some music to go along when kicking it like that.
My Body’s A Zombie For You : The Heycoolkid! 2011 Halloween Playlist
For those of you who live in Indy, how great has the music been in this town over the last few weeks? I’m having issues with my camera’s memory card which, thanks to a little help from Amazon I think it should be resolved mid next week. I can’t believe the last time I posted pictures was from The Head And The Heart‘s first trip through town. I’ll save the details once I’ve got more evidence but here’s who I’ve recently seen play.
Yuck, Bear Hands, Pomegranates, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Washed Out, Caleb McCoach, Porcelain Raft, Thunderhawks, Ruby Radio Love, Hooray For Earth, Household Guns, and Vacation Club. Now that’s a good month! It deserves noting once again that Dodge and the My Old Kentuck Blog team have been the catalysts for what is actually becoming a substantial town for music so if you’re local make sure you follow what they are doing over there at MOKB and if you get a chance say thanks and buy the guys a beer, they definitely deserve it.
I have no idea what that opening is, probably ten seconds on google and I’d have all the details but I prefer to remain in the dark about it since it sets the song up so well, gives it a bit of an edge. I know Feed Me has been doing this for a long while and been heavy on the blog radar since last December but I’ve only been listening to John Gooch for a little over a week. Not sure how that happened but since I’ve been in dire need of some new dubstep Feed Me couldn’t have come along at a better time. Speaking of, I will probably have the new Skillex/Kaskade track up within a week, actually never mind I’ll go ahead and put it up.
.Kaskade + Skrillex – “Lick It”
The only reason I had for wanting to put this up next week is that I haven’t taken the effort to (uh) borrow it yet but why not just stream it like everyone else whose put it up yet. Usually I see eye to eye with Frank from Listen Before You Buy. Nearly every band he puts up I completely agree with his tastes. The only two exceptions are Radiohead and Skrillex. I think Sonny is one of the most interesting people in music, period, and what he’s done for bringing energy back into a genre that was losing steam is practically unbelievable. Just like his days with From First To Last some people just flat out despise the guy. So when it comes to Skrillex you can understand why Frank and I have come to an impasse’. I dig the song, as long as electronic music is your thing I think you will too.
The Australians continue creating instantly addictive songs. Architecture In Helsinki are like a less intense Starfucker. The key work Javelin has thrown in on this one makes “Contact High” a much more vibe-able song.
I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve listened to an instrumental and felt convicted enough to add it into the mix. “1” is more than worth going against the heycoolkid! status quo. This song’s been out for a while but as with Feed Me I very recently heard it for the first time. How gnarly is the breakdown at 2:15? When that bass line comes in is when things start getting real, it reminds me a lot of Impure Jazz.
If I’d been born maybe four years sooner I would probably be a bigger Strokes fan. I think they are solid but I have no real attachment to them since I only saw the hype and Ascension from a distance. Real Estate though is a band I’m completely gay for at the moment. So not being familiar with the original, “Barely Legal” sounds like indie perfection. I’d be interested to hear how Strokes fans feel about this version though.
Last week I had a chance to see Vacation Club, Pomegranates, and Bear Hands play at Radio Radio. Let’s talk about a great show! I went there for Pomegranates and left in love with Bear Hands. Before I get away from Pomegranates they deserve some recognition for melting the bars face during their set. I caught them at Locals Only last winter, maybe two years ago, which was a great show but the transition from a shoe-gazy live show to this ball of energy caught me completely off guard and I loved every second of it. If we’re being honest here then it needs to be said that my expectations for Bear Hands were not high, I truly thought there would be no way for them to follow Pomegranates without coming across as flat… I was wrong… really really wrong. They owned Radio Radio for forty-five minutes, it was incredible.
One of the greatest instrumentals ever is Radical Face‘s “Asleep On A Train“. Each time it comes up on a mix I instantly put myself at the beginning of Kerouc‘s “Lonesome Traveler” and completely disappear to better yet heavier time and place. I mean that song just weighs your heart down with that uneasy lack of clarity sort of feeling that comes with deep thoughts late at night when unsure of the future, it’s almost peaceful but not quite, it’s very self-involved. That being said I’m really surprised by how good “A Pound Of Flesh” is. I just hadn’t expected Ben Cooper to deliver on the lyrical/singing end of things the way he does with that instrumental, yet another reason preconceptions are often wrong and nearly as often it is a good thing.
If you have yet to see the Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everyone Talking About Him) documentary I highly recommend clearing some time for the next week to do so. Before seeing it I was familiar with maybe two songs of his and wasn’t intrigued enough by them to explore deeper into the Nilsson catalog. That film definitely changed my interest completely. If you’ve wondered why Harry Nilsson covers have been popping up all over, that film is the major catalyst behind it. Netherfriends went all out this time around and instead of just doing one song Shawn Rosenblatt made an entire Nilsson covers album which is fantastic and free. I will say as a huge Netherfriends fan I’m not really behind his whole touring and doing only Nilsson covers but it is his career and his form of expression and he’s obviously got to do whatever it is he feels passionate about. I just find it strange to put all of that focus and energy into being a one man tribute band, especially when Rosenblatt is so damn good when he does Rosenblatt songs. (I also am not sure if he’s only doing a few shows of Nilsson songs which is kind of cool or actually touring as he had hinted at a few weeks ago on the Netherfriends facebook page)
I’m one hundred percent disappointed that “Radar Detector” comes on every night at the bar I work at. It’s reached the point where I’m having to make myself stay interested in Darwin Deez in general and remind myself that I too loved that song at one point in time, still want to really but can’t. This is a sweet little remix of “Up In The Clouds“. Shoes really put a nice touch to an already solid song.
I try as hard as possible to reference other great sites that have helped me find incredible music.I feel like once a month I’m referencing I Am Fuel, You Are Friends. As far my opinion goes, Heather Browne is the best of the best when it comes to steering us towards all things great in indie. I can’t even begin to count how many bands I’ve fallen in love with that I first heard through her site. Sorry about the tangent but I’ve been wanting to put a little thank you somewhere on Heycoolkid! for some time now and this is my first solid opportunity. She put this entire amazing (AMAZING!!!!) show up at the beginning of October. Last week I had three glorious days off in a row so I was able to sit down and finally relax and take the entire set in and I was blown away.
Ryan Adams, how much more impressed can I be by you? There has never been a live show that I’ve enjoyed listening to more than this one. It’s everything that is great about Adams right down to his random long winded ramblings that some find irritating but I find hilarious and enjoy. Click the link and download the entire thing, if you remotely like music you’re life will forever be better for having done so.
I originally planned on just putting up “Rescue Blues” and then adding another track from the set in the next week or two.While I was typing my itunes shifted to “New York, New York” which is my personal favorite from the set, I’m taking it as a sign or at least an abstract nudge to tell you how I really wasn’t a huge “New York, New York” fan before hearing this version, now I’m obsessed. These two songs are the epitomy of what aspect of his songs that a word like “Love” barely touches the surface on. My emotions/his songs they feel one and the same.
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There is an immense amount of music I want to share, hopefully I’ll be able to get it all out in the next week.
Did you ever watch that tv show where the girl could stop time by touching her fingers together? I thought it was mind blowing when I was like eight. If I could have one super power that would probably be it, the use I could put it to right now words can’t begin to express.
One of my favorite quotes is “sometimes you have to watch someone love something before you can love it yourself” -Donald Miller. Stevie nicks is a perfect example of this for me . I grew up watching my mom LOVE her some Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, when I was younger I hated it, the way kids hate things their parents do, but somehow in the past few years I’ve come to really appreciate that music and am beginning to grasp the greatness I once scoffed at. The fact that not only are Futurebirds covering a great song, somehow by sticking close to the original they have found a way to bring new life to “Wild Heart” and at the same time possibly introduce this music to a whole new audience that may have been missing out.
The fact that they cover (intentionally or not I’m not sure) the way she did it from her backstage clip where she cut out the majority of verses is what gives a whole new spirit to the song that had they done the song in it’s entirety would not be there.
Certain songs just hit home and this is a perfect example.Having the days pile up one on the other, the looking back and seeing where I thought I would be at this point in my life, remembering the friends and the hope, feeling that weight and stepping back from the moment and just saying there’s still a chance, there’s still possibilities, let’s live for tonight, let’s live for a change and forget about the past, I understand this, I connect with it. Hurricane Bells definitely did this one right.
I’m sneaking this one onto this weeks mix solely as a refresher. As I’m starting to shape the “Best Of” lists I realize that this little diamond of a band has not seen the light of day on Heycoolkid!, this was a very selfish decision on my part but I can’t keep this guy a secret any longer. Teenagers is Holy Mountain/Burn Baby Burn‘s Travis Keymer and if those credentials aren’t enough hopefully this song is and if still you are not impressed I guess I’ll have to be the one to break the news to you that you are in fact an idiot.
I’m not sure if there’s much more I can do to express how impressed I am by Glowbug.The only reason I have yet to put “Funeral Song” up is because every-time it comes on I think I’m hearing Gobble Gobble (sorry Born Gold) and I didn’t want the similarity of one song’s sound to affect your overall opinion of this incredible band. “Funeral Song” is still an amazing track even if it does feel oddly familiar.
I’m not sure why there are so many overlapping songs on this weeks mix that I’ve posted recently on LBYB. I apologize usually I’m not as threaded with the other stuff I’ve written but there’s just been quite a few songs that I thought were too good to neglect Heycoolkid! by not adding them this week. “Wilderness Tips” is flat out addicting. Check out the post I did on Tuesday here.
I really hope that the upcomingPhantogram album has a fresher feel than “Don’t Move.” Supposedly this is just meant to show that they can still make music like they did on the last album and work as some sort of bridge from “Eyelid Movies” to the next album. I sure hope so, not that on it’s own “Don’t Move” isn’t a good song it’s just that it sounds like they combined “Mouthful Of Diamonds” and “When I’m Small” and added nothing else to it which makes the song obviously appealing but it’s a far cry from creative. I hope the pressure of a follow up album isn’t getting to the duo too much although I’m taking this song as a sign of that being the case.
This is ideally what I hope the new James Vincent Mcmorrow album sounds like. A little less stripped down with a nice electronic build-up. I know that everyone is completely in love with the guy but I’m not fully on board yet, I just don’t think he’s come close to his potential yet but when he does all of our minds should be blown.
So I finally bought Death Proof this past week (one of the greatest films ever made) which means outside of the Kill Bill movies I now own all of Tarantino‘s work. I forgot how insane Death Proof is, there’s something about guys who intentionally make a b-rate movie just for the love of the style. Sure there are people who don’t care for Death Proof but then again there are people who think The Rolling Stones are better than The Beatles, oh the misguided souls. Anyways if you haven’t seen Death Proof you should know out of the gate that it has quite possibly the best soundtrack of all-time and two of the sexiest actresses alive in it,Vennessa Ferlito andMary Elizabeth Winstead.
(Warning this is a very graphic Clip from Death Proof)
This is the first decent Smashing Pumpkins cover I can remember having heard, should have figured RAC would have a hand in it not to mention Liz Anjos’ (The Pragmatic) vocals are perfect and perfectly fitting as always.
I’m not sure what it is about this song but I’ve found myself really getting into it. This is a really stripped down version of what was already low key but now takes a much more laid back angle than the original.
The way the three main elements of this song; the rhythm section, vocals, and the guitar all sound like three individual entities until two minutes and forty seconds in is impressive. The drums and vocals at least have some sort of cohesiveness feeling as if they are coming from separate corners in the same warehouse but the guitar has that lonesomely intense feeling that your alone in a room listening to it being played. That’s not the only strong aspect of “Floodlight” from two-forty on the song just evolves and evolves from one vibe to another. This is art worth looking at with it’s rare craft and subtle strength.
Last week I found myself listening/watching various Tom Waits Bukowsi readings (I do this from time to time) and then yesterday I ended up in a five minute unexpected but really enjoyable conversation with one of the local barista’s about his love for Tom Waits so I felt it fitting to add what very well may be my favorite Tom Waits cover.
If you haven’t seen the “Born Into This” Documentary I HIGHLY recommend it
“Dancer” makes me want to cry or get drunk or both. Getting to the bottom, down to the very soul of emotion, and breathing this magnetism into it that is romantically sad yet as the song progresses like a blanket in deepest of night with its subtle hint of calm.
It also reminds me of Caleb McCouch who is one of the best, not to mention virtually unknown, songwriters in the country who I’m going to see play in about three hours.
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“So this is my life, and I want you to know that I am both happy and sad, and I’m still trying to figure out how that can be“
Three important aspects of my life are music, books, and movies. Very rarely do I not end up at the movie theater less than twice a week . I also have the privilege of working at a job where I spend thirty percent of my time at work reading which equates out to about three books a week.
I only give you that seemingly unnecessary information as a segue into this statement. Perks Of Being A Wallflower is my All-Time Favorite book. I’ve never related to a character more in my life than Charlie, even as an adult, it’s as if my thoughts have been written by someone else. “It’s strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book”. And yes Catcher In The Rye is also one of my all-time favorites, sure they feel similar but so does Bob Dylan and Neil Young (Neil Young is great Bob Dylan is the greatest that’s the difference, although J.D. Salinger was a much better writer Chbosky’s story is more personal, more real).
So Steven Chbosky has made what could be the best (or worst) move imaginable by electing to direct the Perks Of Being A Wallflower movie himself. The casting seems off but could work. I’m simply afraid that he cast it the same way summit did with Twilight where they elected to go for what aesthetically made sense when hoping to draw in a pre-existing teen market, I think this is always a terrible move but I’m sure it fiscally makes sense because twelve year olds will line up to see their new trend-crush star in a movie.
Prozac Nation had the same vibe as Perks and the casting of that movie was what set it apart, get someone who can act but feels the need to prove themselves; which could very possibly be the attraction of having EmmaWatson play as Sam and since I already am in love with her I’ll give her a chance, but Logan Lerman and especially Nina Dobrev seem like awful choices for Charlie and his sister. I always imagined Charlie to be, I don’t know, like Conor Oberst (the way I imagined him when listening to lifted not the strung out drunk passing out on stage Conor from 2004-2009 or the enlightened/mature (but still drunk) recent reincarnation of Oberst). I can’t imagine a better fit for Bill than Paul Rudd who is the exact image I had when reading the book so there’s a chance they’ll all be a solid fit. We’ll see.
The one concern I have is the debate I’ve heard abouttime-period. No I DO NOT think the movie should be set in the nineties and I DO NOT think the songs from the book should be used in the movie other than The Smiths “Asleep“. First off the nineties sucked, I was there, I lived it, they were terrible; Fashion was garbage, the music luke-warm with mediocrity, nobody pushed anything, it was all status-quo and “Cool,” it took something like Emo to shake things up enough to get music moving in a creative direction. Yes I know that Emo was borderline garbage thanks to it coinciding with the creation of auto-tune and the first time that home studios were affordable so every kid with an acoustic guitar and well-off parents was able to fill purevolume and myspace with carbon copy after carbon copy of a shitty model (there were some really great bands though) but it took that to get where we are now so I’m thankful for it. Disco was garbage but look at how thirty years later it has developed into Electronic- Pop which is downright good music.
Anyways if there were one movie I could create a soundtrack for it would be Perks Of Being A Wallflower. It’s a dream job of mine to do soundtracks in general (and I really have no idea how to go about doing it) but one in-particular I have daydreams of doing is Perks. Here is how it would go:
*I loaned my copy out so all of this is from memory (I already had the quotes lined up for this) so a few aspects may be slightly out of order or combined*
“And I thought about how many people have loved those songs. And how many people got through a lot of bad times because of those songs. And how many people enjoyed good times with those songs. And how much those songs really mean. I think it would be great to have written one of those songs. I bet if I wrote one of them, I would be very proud. I hope the people who wrote those songs are happy. I hope they feel it’s enough. I really do because they’ve made me happy. And I’m only one person.”
“Patrick actually used to be popular before Sam bought him some good music.”
“Do you always think this much, Charlie?” “Is that bad?” I just wanted someone to tell me the truth. “Not necessarily. It’s just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.” “Is that bad?” “Yes.”
“I remembered this one time that I never told anyone about. The time we were walking. Just the three of us. And I was in the middle. I don’t remember where and I don’t remember when. I don’t even remember the season. I just remember walking between them and feeling for the first time that I belonged somewhere.”
“I have since bought the record, and I would tell you what it was, but truthfully, it’s not the same unless you’re driving to your first real party, and you’re sitting in the middle seat of a pickup with two nice people when it starts to rain.”
“Five minutes of a lifetime were truly spent, and we felt young in a good way.”
“There’s something about that tunnel that leads to downtown. It’s glorious at night. Just glorious. You start on one side of the mountain, and it’s dark, and the radio is loud. As you enter the tunnel, the wind gets sucked away, and you squint from the lights overhead. When you adjust to the lights, you can see the other side in the distance just as the sound of the radio fades because the waves just can’t reach. Then, you’re in the middle of the tunnel, and everything becomes a calm dream. As you see the opening get closer, you just can’t get there fast enough. And finally, just when you think you’ll never get there, you see the opening right in front of you. And the radio comes back even louder than you remember it. And the wind is waiting. And you fly out of the tunnel onto the bridge. And there it is. The city. A million lights and buildings and everything seems as exciting as the first time you saw it. It really is a grand entrance.”
“Sam screamed the fun scream, and there it was. Downtown lights on buildings and everything that makes you wonder. Sam sat down and started laughing. Patrick started laughing. I started laughing. and in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
“I just think it’s bad when a boy looks at a girl and thinks that the way he sees her is better than she actually is. And I think it’s bad when the most honest way a boy can look at a girl is through a camera.”
“I don’t know how much longer I can keep going without a friend. I used to be able to do it very easily, but that was before I knew what having a friend was like. It’s much easier not to know things sometimes.”
“Everything can’t be low self-esteem, can it?”
“I just wish that God or my parents or Sam or my sister or someone would just tell me what’s wrong with me. Just tell me how to be different in a way that makes sense. To make this all go away. And disappear. I know that’s wrong because it’s my responsibility, and I know that things get worse before they get better because that’s what my psychiatrist says, but this is a worse that feels too big.”
And Sam looked at the paper and then she looked at me. “Charlie. . . Have you ever kissed a girl?” I shook my head no. It was so quiet. “Not even when you were little?” I shook my head no again. And she looked very sad. She told me about the first time she was kissed. She told me that it was with one of her dad’s friends. She was seven. And she told nobody except Mary Elizabeth and then Patrick a year ago. And she started to cry. And she said something that I won’t forget. Ever. “I know that you know that I like Craig. And I know that I told you not to think of me that way. And I know that we can’t be together like that. But I want to forget all those things for a minute. Okay?” “Okay” “I want to make sure that the first person you kiss loves you. Okay?” “Okay” She was crying harder now. And I was, too, because when I hear something like that I just can’t help it. “I just want to make sure of that. Okay?” “Okay” And she kissed me. And it was the kind of kiss that I could never tell my friends about out loud. It was the kind of kiss that made me know that I was never so happy in my whole life.
“I laid down on his old bed, and I looked through the window at this tree that was probably a lot shorter when my dad looked at it. And I could feel what he felt on the night when he realized that if he didn’t leave, it would never be his life. It would be theirs. At least that’s how he’s put it.”
“Sometimes, I look outside, and I think that a lot of other people have seen this snow before. Just like I think that a lot of other people have read those books before. And listened to those songs. I wonder how they feel tonight.”
“So I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”
“Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective. Sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there.”
“It’s great that you can listen and be a shoulder to someone, but what about when someone doesn’t need a shoulder? What if they need the arms or something like that? You can’t just sit there and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things.”
“So, if this does end up being my last letter, please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough. And I will believe the same about you.“
So that's along the lines of how I hope the music sounds when the movie finally comes out.
The Poem Charlie Reads (someone referenced it as E.E. Cummings but I’m not sure if that is true or not)
Once on a yellow peice of paper with green lines
he wrote a poem
and he called it “chops”
because that was the name of his dog
and thats what it was all about
his teacher gave him an A
and a gold star
and his mother hung it on the kitchen door
and read it to his aunts.
that was the year Father Tracy
took all the kids to the zoo
and he let them sing on the bus
and his little sister was born
with tiny nails and no hair
and his mother and father kissed alot
and the girl around the corner sent him a
Valentine signed with a row of X’s
and he had to ask his father what the X’s meant
and his father always tucked him in bed at night
and was always there to do it
once on a piece of white paper with blue lines
he wrote a poem
he called it “Autumn”
because that was the name of the season
and that’s what it was all about
and his teacher gave him an A
and asked him to write more clearly
and his mother never hung it on the kithcen door
beause of the new paint
and the kids told him
that Father Tracy smoked cigars
and left butts on the pews
and sometime they would burn holes
that was the year his sister got glasses
with thick lenses and black frames
and the girl around the corner laughed
when he asked her to go see santa claus
and the kids told him why
his mother and father kissed alot
and his father never tucked him in bed at night
and his father got mad
when he cried for him to do it
once on a paper torn from his notebook
he wrote a poem
and he called it “Innocence: A Question”
because that was the question about his girl
and thats what it was all about
and his professor gave him an A
and a strange steady look
and his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
because he never showed her
that was the year Father Tracy died
and he forgot how the end
of the Apostles’s Creed went
and he caught his sister
making out on the back porch
and his mother and father never kissed
or even talked
and the girl around the corner
wore too much make up
that made him cough when he kissed her
but he kissed her anyway
becuase it was the thing to do
and at 3 am he tucked himself into bed
his father snoring soundly
that’s why on the back of a brown paper bag
he tried another poem
and he called it “Absolutely Nothing”
because that’s what it was really all about
and he gave himself an A
and a slash on each damned wrist
and he hung it on the bathroom door
because this time he didnt think
he could reach the kitchen—-
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