Monthly Archive for May, 2007

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LOST Season 3 Finale Thoughts

Was anyone else completely disapointed with last night’s LOST finale?

If this was Season 1, I doubt I’d have the interest to start again in the fall.

What did everyone else think?

Does everyone think that Charlie is really dead? And what’s up with him doing what he did. He didn’t have to die then, did he? He could have easily been on the other side of that hatch, right? What’s up with Jack and Freckles in the future? I guess they get off the island. I thought that was kind of obvious though. Is it really the future? We learn the freighter off the island is not related to Penny. But who is it related to? Eh.

This ending really was such a horrible cliffhanger. Unless I am missing something completely.

I guess my main frustration is that in the end of Season 1 and 2, there were semi-answers that led to serious questions. At the end of Season 3, we’re just kind of left with stale bread.

Top 10 Favorite Live (not the band) Albums

Live music is something more than a simply part of my life. It’s part of my being. Yes, it’s true, I don’t really go to many shows as of late, but listening to live music in the comfort of my home has become an institution for learning and appreciating an extension of recorded music. This is why some of my favorite records are either recorded live in concert or live in the studio with little to no overdubs. There is something that happens as a group playing live that can never be reproduced in a studio with overdubbing parts separately.

  1. Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense
  2. Bad Brains’ Live
  3. Erykah Badu’s Live – Regardless of Erykah’s sick emotional and moving capabilities, Charles “Poogie” Bell, Jr’s performance on this record is worth it alone. He’s slick as shit.
  4. U2’s Rattle & Hum – As overdubbed as you can get, it’s still tremendous music. The intro to “All Along The Watchtower” still makes me cringe when I hear it. It’s just so overdubbed!
  5. Underworld’s Everything Everything – Wow, an electronic outfit you could honestly call a band. And they tour. Wild!
  6. Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison
  7. Fela Kuti’s Live! – There’s something about Nigerian funk that speaks to me. And this show is no exception. Fela was spot on.
  8. Frank Zappa’s You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol 2 – Helsinki’s greatest treat from 1974. Napoleon Murphy Brock, Chester Thompson (and his gorilla), George Duke & Ruth Underwood were at their finest that night.
  9. Cheap Trick’s Live at Budokan – “This next one…”
  10. Miles Davis’ Live at the Fillmore East – This is one dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty piece of music history.

What’s you Top 10 Favorite Live albums?

Top 10 Favorite David Bowie Songs

I got to see David Bowie open for Nine Inch Nails on their tour opener in Hartford, CT. It was fall of 1995. Bowie had his comeback record with Brian Eno called Outside. The funny think about this show was that I recorded it. On my cheap Sony Walkman I used in college to tape classes in college. The funny part was that it was eventually professionally packaged on a bootleg CD. I don’t know why, as the quality was crap. The bootleggers even used my title. Amazing. Emily and I saw Bowie again on the Area Two Festival in 2002. It was then that I truly saw the power in his performance. Hearing Bowie do Heros live will change your life. I also have to note that it’s still amazing to me how far he came with what little of a voice he had. Hearing those live records he put out in the 70s could sometimes kill dogs with the notes he’d hit. But on the other hand, he’s quite possibly, one of the best performers of our time. I can hear you Major Tom.

  1. Kooks (Hunky Dory) – Think song really started having meaning to me after hearing The Smashing Pumpkins cover this with James on lead vox on this one French radio broadcast from summer of 1993.
  2. Look Back In Anger (Lodger) – The drums are fantasmic. [promo video]
  3. TVC15 (Station to Station)
  4. Space Oddity (Space Oddity) – The whispered countdowns are classic. And the mellotron is devine. The sax at 4:15 sounds like a dog. And the handclaps, perfection.
  5. Black Country Rock (The Man Who Sold The World)
  6. Moonage Daydream (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust)
  7. Watch That Man (Aladdin Sane)
  8. Sound and Vision (Low) [live from A&E looking fine]
  9. Heros (“Heros”) – If you ever watched the History of Rock and Roll that PBS put out in the early 90s, you’ll see how incredible the vocal production was with the three mics in the hallway set up with different noise gates depending on how low he was singing. Revolutionary. [sexy yet mad alien-looking promo video]
  10. Modern Love (Let’s Dance) – My Linn Drum (drum machine) came with chips you could use to replace certain drum sounds. I had one called “Modern Love” – It’s the wonderfully gated snare from this song. Perhaps why this song always has a special place in my hear. [music video]

Runners up are Fame, Blue Jean and Ziggy Stardust. Despite John Lennon only really titling Fame, it’s unmistakably Bowie’s most funky song form his catalog. Blue Jean is just one of those songs. And Ziggy Stardust is like currency. Also notable is Bowie’s mega-quick collaboration with Mick Jagger on Martha and the Vandellas’ Dancing In the Street. Perhaps the worst collaboration cover of all time. And yes, I bought the 7″ when I was 10 and still hold it with pride.