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OK GO at the LACMA

You’ve all heard of OK Go before, maybe not by their actual band name, but you’ve seen them. They’re the band with the treadmill music video. Now it’s ringing a bell, right? Well they released another awesome video which is making it’s way across the Internet.

I got the opportunity to visit the LACMA on OK Go’s VIP guest list thanks to Michelle, who just seems to know people. OK Go had it’s video release party in the penthouse and exhibited parts of the Rube Goldberg machine used in the video.

Colorful flags and mouse traps. Pachinko machine in the background.

It’s mini OK Go!

Michelle pretending to get splattered by paint.

OK Go LEGO!

Playing glasses of water with a guitar.

Paint covered jumpsuits.

OK Go even performed a live acoustic set. They said it wasn’t originally going to be an acoustic set, but Dan was in Mexico so a full performance was impossible.

Here it Goes Again, better known as the treadmill music video song.

They covered the Pixies’ Wave of Mutilation.

The song for the video release party. This Too Shall Pass.

Streetlights, people living just to find emotion. Hiding somewhere in the night.

Coachella 2009

Spencer hooked us up with some tickets to Coachella, so we decided to make a mini vacation out of it. We weren’t too impressed with the lineup, so we decided to take it easy and just catch a few ones we liked. It was a nice road trip.

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Wrong bathroom? Maybe not.

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Attire at Coachella is not optional. Taste is optional though.

Michelle: Weren’t they in that plane accident?
Matt: Yes.
Michelle: Do they look okay? They can perform?
Matt: They look terrible and their music is horrible now too, but no one has the heart to say anything.
Michelle: Really?
Me: No.

TRV$DJAM were awesome, rocking everything from classics like this one to music everyone would recognize. The rocked to The White Stripes, Notorious BIG, Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, and even had Warren G show up for a surprise performance. We got to be right in the middle of all the action. Check out Michelle’s post to see how crazy it got.

MIA is a strange performer. Creativity only goes so far before things stop making sense. She threw out these plastic horns into the crowd for people to blow, but she was pulling them out of a bucket. It looked like feeding time at Sea World.

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Michelle with Brandon Flowers of The Killers behind.

I’m too old for this. Good thing it’s only once a year.

Aptly Named

The Killers played a full set at Coachella, and they are awesome live. I posted before that I didn’t like Human, but I am going to have to take that back. I won’t take back the fact that he sounds like Cher on the CD. Brandon’s voice live does not sound like the final product with all the studio processing. They put on a hell of a show.

The Killers killed it.

Beatles on iTunes!

You can soon grab the entire Beatles’ back catalog on iTunes. The deal has been made between Apple Computer and Apple Corps, the Beatles’ corporation that manages their music catalog. Paul McCartney will receive 400 million dollars out of this deal. I’d wager he is still receiving royalties on top of that initial sum. He needs the cash, because a portion of that is going to that bitch, Heather Mills, as their divorce settlement continues. Although dollar amounts are not mentioned, I’m sure Ringo and the estates of the other Beatles made out like bandits too.

I believe they completely deserve every cent they get. They revolutionized music, and no one does their music justice but them. I hope this will spread their music to a wider audience, because I’m tired of hearing the crap that is on the airwaves as of late.

Mixtape. MixCD. Mixfloppy?

Back in the 80’s when you made a mix tape for a girl, it was something special. Of course the 80’s would have been Bert and Ernie sing the hits or Chipmunks’ Christmas for me, but I digress. The music didn’t matter so much. It was the time and effort. You had to select songs, manually rewind your tapes to the correct track, and then record each song in real time. It probably took three solid hours to fill one side of the 90-minute tape, especially after all the decorating of the tape with stars and hearts.

The same sentiment is not there anymore. You drag and drop to build a playlist in iTunes and hit the “Burn” button. Where’s the effort? The effort isn’t the only thing that is missing. There is something so nostalgic about the cassette tape. While it’s not the same as the cassette tape, you can bring some of the nostalgia back with these great floppy disk looking compact discs. They store less than traditional discs, because of their shape. While it still takes very little time to put together a mix on a CD like this, the price tag of $8.00 per disc for a pack of four shows the love is there.

Music Review: A Triple Threat

I picked up some new music this weekend and I thought I’d share my thoughts on these albums.

41b4h1wpnxl_ss400_.jpgSmashing Pumpkin’s new album, Zeitgeist, is one of the albums I picked up. “Smashing Pumpkins’ first CD in 7 years” was written on the packaging, and you know what? It’s about time. If you like The Smashing Pumpkins, you will like this album. The familiar distortion that is The Smashing Pumpkins’ signature sound comes through in many of the tracks. Also, in typical Pumpkins fashion the guitar levels are turned up way high and the vocals come in as almost background tracks in many of the tracks. This album is good but definitely not ground breaking. If you’re a fan of Billy Corgan’s work with The Smashing Pumpkins, it’s worth a listen just to hear some new stuff.

happinessltd.jpg Another album I picked up is Hot Hot Heat’s latest album, Happiness Ltd. I have heard this album previously through a friend that works in the music industry. He has had a copy of this album for quite a while and only let me hear it. I couldn’t get a copy of it, because it was watermarked. I’ve been waiting for this album to appear on store shelves for quite a while. This album is great. While it showcases the same whiney vocals that Hot Hot Heat fans are so familiar with, it is much more mellow than their last release. I believe it will probably be enjoyed and accepted more so by the masses more. This is an album I recommend you guys pick up.

519ccocwfil_ss500_.jpg Switches’ album, Heart Tuned To D.E.A.D., was given to me by the same friend that had the Hot Hot Heat album months before its release. He told me this album was incredible and every track was incredible as well. I listened to it on the drive home. My friend was not lying or over exaggerating. This album is incredible. I like every track on this album. That is not a common thing to say about any album, aside from “best of” compilations. Listening to these guys from England, you can hear sounds that will remind you of other bands. Switches has an eclectic array of sounds, including The Vines, The Beatles, Jet, Oasis, and Weezer. They masterfully execute all the different styles of music with great vocals, great rhythms, and awesome solos. Buy it. Borrow it. Steal it. Just get it.

Tunes Stuck in My Head

I have head a few tunes stuck in my head for a while now, but unlike the song from FAO Schwartz, I am not ready to tear my hair out. Take a listen to the songs if you can get your hands on them.

The Vines – The Factory. I love the bass in this song.
Brand New – The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
The Strokes – Automatic Stop
Muse – Starlight

A band you guys should check out too is The Wildbirds. I found them through a friend that works in the movie music industry. I’d classify them like Jet I guess. They’re worth a listen too.