Thank God they’re not Beats by Dr Dre. They insanely overpriced and have the durability of Grant Hill’s ankle.
From this issue on, we’ll try to bring in a guest contributor every week. This week features selections (for the 3rd time) by Fister Roboto of Left Hand Horror. If you like all types of horror entertainment, please check the site out.
This Comes to mind, somehow.
This week, the 49ers
defeated straight up demolished the Jets. But then, you can’t fault the Jets. Their best player is out, and Mark Sanchez has been garbage lately. As for the staff favorite, the Detroit Lions, they lost. Yea. I’m on a hot seat here. It’s probably a good idea for me to not badmouth the Lions. The unanimous game of the week did not disappoint, with the Packers and the Saints grinding down to the final minutes. It’s such a shame the Packers won. You can’t blame it on the refs this time round. *shrugs*
Anyways, here are our picks for the week.
– Jason, Editor for Grizzly Ear Bombs
Album: La Cucaracha
Ween are nothing if not a genre-crushing force of nature. Object from their last album La Cucaracha is both beautiful and suddenly haunting when you start paying attention to the lyrics. Written from the killer’s point of view, Object guides the listener through a velvety chorus and twists the knife with Deaner’s discordant and melodic guitar solo. Ween know no musical boundaries and that, my friends, is what gives them their soaring popularity and staying power. Acid jazz, metal, country, ballads – Ween never stop.
Check my iPod and you’ll see Opeth’s transcendent album Watershed in my “played to death” section. Proving that Sweden’s best export is not the delicious red, candy fish, Opeth move swiftly between crushing death metal masterpieces to deliver songs like ‘Burden’. Not content to blast drum us to death, Opeth do what they do best in these electric ballads. If you’ve never listened to Watershed in its entirety, you’re doing yourself a massive musical injustice. Do it.
Artist: Nina Simone
Title: Feeling Good
Album: I Put a Spell on You
There are many covers of the same song out there. You have one by Muse and another one by Michael Buble. None of these, however, capture your soul like Nina Simmone’s. Its grimy, yet hopeful, tone gives listeners a feel of relief after a long day’s work. Any other covers which came after hers follow the very template set by her, from the tone to the delivery. This is how transcendental Nina Simone’s Feeling Good is – artists from half a century later are still performing the same track the same way. There is simply no way you can make a case against this version of the song being the best.
Artist: Linkin Park
Title: Castle of Glass
Album: Living Things
Remember the last time Linkin Park actually made a good album? Me neither. Their recent attempts on reinvention have failed miserably. They stepped a little too much out of their comfort zone, and eventually lost their own nu metal / rapcore sound. 2007’s Minutes to Midnight was a huge disappointment to me. Luckily, one more failed album later, they have finally found their own identity. Does Living Things top Meteora? No, but it is a welcoming return to their comfort zone. Chester Bennington sounds great in this track and the production is good. With that said, it is very well-executed, though not spectacular. By the way, this track will be featured on EA’s Medal of Honor: Warfighter aka another Modern Warfare wannabe. What did you expect? It’s EA!
Artist: No Doubt
Album: Return of Saturn
No Doubt has been one of my favorite bands since I was 8 years old, so 1996. Although Tragic Kingdom is my favorite album by the band, Bathwater may be my favorite song. When I listen to it, I cannot help but smile. It is just one of those songs… no matter how awful my day has been, if I throw this tune on, I dance around my house and sing into a hairbrush. Aside from being an audiophile, I am also moved by lyrics. This piece is the most pure way to describe being in love while being extraordinarily insecure. I think we’ve all been there. When I hear it, I remember all of the times when there was something I could not control in a relationship, and the feeling of complete helplessness because there was absolutely nothing I could do but wait. It also reminds me of sitting back and admiring from afar those whom I was not allowed to be with, whether it was that they were too much trouble, I messed things up with them, or simply because I was with someone else at the time. Somehow this song makes all of those feelings okay, and I can dance it out in my Spider-Man underoos. Look out, world!
Artist: Billie Holiday
Title: Gloomy Sunday
Lady Day is one of my favorite artists of all time. Gloomy Sunday is a song with a very rich history. It has been redone by many musicians; however, Billie Holiday’s recording is the greatest. Gloomy Sunday was originally created by a Hungarian composer in 1933. It was known as Vége a világnak which translates to “End of the World”. Ms. Holiday was not the first to translate this song into English with different lyrics, however. Hers was the first widely-known version in English. The song was described as the “Hungarian Suicide Song”, because it was rumored that people committed suicide while listening to this song. The original Hungarian lyrics translated to English are far more depressing than the version most of us have heard. The ending to the English version (lyrics by Sam Lewis) indicated that the person telling the story was only dreaming, beginning with “Dreaming, I Was Only Dreaming- I Wake And I Find You Asleep In The Deep Of My Heart, Dear-…”. There are very few songs that haunt me as much as this. As I write this, my eyes are beginning to well up with little tears. If you believe that you cannot be strongly moved by lyrics and music, as I said before that I am, I urge you to close your eyes, sit back, and play this song loudly. Gloomy Sunday is the ultimate tale of despair.
Artist: The Temper Trap
Title: Sweet Disposition
This song is something I have to thank one of the writers Megan for because admittedly, she’s more tuned into music than I could ever be. She introduced it to me a long time ago and still, to this day, always makes the playlist once in every few months. The song starts off simply with the guitar chords but it has a hypnotic riff to it, and the vocals as well as arrangement just hook you into the song. It also solidified my weakness for hipster music but I don’t care. It’s not a complicated song in terms of music or lyrics but it shows it doesn’t have to be one in order to hook you. It’s a fun driving song to listen to and even better writing song to have in the background. Granted, it probably helps that I’m on a JGL kick and it was featured in (500) Days of Summer but hey, you can’t fault it for that. More importantly, they are a great band that is still under the radar, so it’s definitely worth a listen.
Artist: Justin Timberlake
Title: Let Me Talk to You/My Love
Yeah, I decided to go mainstream for this one. It also made me realize that JT hasn’t released anything in the last six years. I remember him doing this song live for the first time at the 2006 VMA’s (y’know, when they were barely relevant at that point) and hearing the Timbaland beat just stole my attention from the get go. It was completely different from anything else at the time. It just blew my mind. The crescendos in the melody are mesmerizing and the production is great. Plus, JT, whatever feelings you might have about him, just kills it with his vocals. Dammit, the dude is talented and I hate him for it. But that just makes me jealous because he puts out amazing stuff and owns pretty much everything he touches; Jessica Biel included.
Artist: Ennio Morricone
Title: Deep Down
Album: Danger: Diabolik Soundtrack
I love Ennio Morricone. What movie buff doesn’t? The man’s a genius, and has made some of the most memorable movie music of all time, if not THE most memorable movie music of all time. Hands down. I guarantee, no matter who you are, you’ve heard his work without knowing it. Danger: Diabolik is one of his more obscure films in America, but directed by renowned italian filmmaker Mario Bava, who adapted the Diabolik comics pretty perfectly, into one of the best and most underrated comic book movies of all time. I defy you to read any Diabolik comic and tell me this movie isn’t that book brought to life. Some may find the movie kitschy, cheesy, or weird, but it’s never boring. There’s so much awesome to like in this film, not to mention the totally awesome soundtrack keeps the whole thing buzzing along at a nice pace. I can and have watched this movie, over and over again, simply because it’s such an enjoyable experience for me. Its poster is proudly displayed in my room, and it’s one of the best, and last episodes of MST3K. In fact it IS the last episode, and for that reason alone I love it. MST3K is a show I grew up with, and I have a real sentimental attachment to it, so seeing this brilliant movie send off Mike & The Bots, was a perfectly blended amalgamation of things I love from my youth and my present. Do yourself a favor, and track down a copy of the original film, but if you can’t, watch the MST3K version. It’s a bit butchered, being edited for time and all, but it’s damn hilarious. This song is featured prominently throughout the whole film, and brings me back to that wistful feeling I get every time I think about Saturday mornings spent watching MST3K, back when Saturday mornings were a thing that mattered to me.
Album: Eat To The Beat
There is a woman in my life who may or may not be real. I’ve dreamt of her. I’ve seen her. I spoke with her. She knew my name, she gave me water, she told me she’d be seeing me again soon. I met her in my dreams before I met her in real life. In my dreams she loves me. In my dreams I love her. When I dream of her, our love is more real than anything else in my waking life has ever been. When I find her again, I’ll be hearing this song. It will be playing. I’ll see her. She’ll see me. We’ll embrace, and I’ll tell her:
“Your hair is beautiful.”
Artist: (A bunch of creative people and the He-Man cartoon show creators)
Album: (You can’t tie this song down)
I never saw the original He-Man video made by Slackcircus in 2006, but I did see this one within the last month. My husband started singing it one night as he was playing MechWarrior, and as soon as I admitted my lack of knowledge, he pulled up the song on YouTube and my life has forever been benefited/degraded. In reality, I find it fascinating that people can be so attuned to the culture around them that they can look at a cartoon, watch the character’s lip movements, and then attribute words to him/her that was not in the original script. It’s kind of like the Bad Lip Reading channel on YouTube, or the way you can watch the first part of Wizard of Oz synced with Pink Floyd. He-Man singing is a tribute to the power of twisting culture to create more culture.
Artist: Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars
Title: “Safe and Sound”
Album: The Hunger Games Soundrack
I read The Hunger Games trilogy before the movie came out, and thought it was one of the best pieces of young adult fiction I’d read since Harry Potter. So when I heard that pop star and teenage-obsession Taylor Swift would be doing the movie adaptation’s main song, I became very angry. Really, the studios were going to bow so low as to make The Hunger Games a cultural sensation only by bringing in Swift and not strive to keep the entire production a timeless message and reminder to all in the future? But then I listened to Swift’s Safe and Sound and actually caught myself being impressed, even shocked, at the musical, lyrical, and vocal quality (I’m sure some of this had to do with the haunting elements that The Civil Wars added). Also, since I’d read the books entirely, the music video had so much references as to what would happen in the Hunger Games universe that as an older sister, I could not help but tear up a little. Kudos to Swift for “growing up” gracefully and taking us along with her.
Title: King of The Kerb
Echobelly are a nineties indie band (that people tend to look at me as though I’ve made them up) and this song is one of their biggest hits. They’re one of the bands that reminds me of my misspent youth – I was, and still am, a bit of an indie girl. Despite of the lyrics subject matter – prostitution and homelessness – this is quite an upbeat, fun sounding song.
Artist: Franz Ferdinand
Title: Take Me Out
Album: Franz Ferdinand
Scottish in origin (Glasgow to be precise), Franz Ferdinand is an other great indie band. Take Me Out is a stomping tune with a fantastic rhythm. It’s a song you just have to turn up loud and sing along to – helped by the fact that the lyrics are fairly untaxing to remember.