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Is This Effective Advertising?

I heard a commercial on the radio on my way to work today. Let me paraphrase it for you.

You shy sister married a stamp collector. No surprise. But she started Tuesday Karaoke Night. Surprise. Your power suit wearing brother joined the Peace Corps. Surprise. You can’t wait to look forward to what other surprises life holds. That’s why you should get a mammogram from Kaiser Permanente.

How is this effective advertising?

My Ears! They’re Bleeding!

I am admittedly a music snob. I try to tell myself that music is a personal preference and to each his own, but when I hear the crap that’s on the radio, I just can’t take it. Instead of keeping my mouth shut, I’ve decided to get vocal and incur the wrath of groupies everywhere.

I will preface this first rant with the fact that I haven’t heard anything but this one song on the new album. The Killers, Human, is now making me want to poke my ear drums out with a chopstick. It has a good rhythm, but the more I hear it, the more it drives me nuts. I listen to it and wonder, “Is this Brandon Flowers singing or is this Cher?” That’s one step up from being confused with Celine Dion.

I will not argue against Coldplay’s talent as a group, nor Chris Martin’s vocal abilities, but every time Viva La Vida comes on the radio, I change the station. I don’t know what it is about this song that irks me so. Perhaps it’s because they are trying so hard to to make a full production out of this song and falling short of the mark. Simplicity is the key to your success, guys. Just like The Scientist, Clocks, and Yellow. Sometimes I wish bands wouldn’t try to evolve their sound so much.

It’s not always the changing that bands do that make me dislike them. I have just never liked some of them, despite their popularity with the rest of the world.  Incubus is one of these bands. I can stomach listening to them without changing the station, but even their hits like Pardon Me, Nice to Know You, or Anna Molly don’t strike me as anything special. I get bored when I listen to this band.

This is the Internet, so I can’t expect people to take me tearing apart their favorite bands without giving them some ammunition to fire back at me. Therefore I am leaving myself open to have my own taste criticized. I’m a huge Beatles fan. There aren’t many who would speak ill of the boys from Liverpool, so here’s another one I’ve been listening to recently.

Rise Against’s latest album, Appeal to Reason, I absolutely love like their other albums. They are a band I stumbled across before they were made popular on the radio. It sounds cliche to say, but these guys rock. Not many bands do that anymore, and Tim’s voice just is so rich and full. It reminds me of  Nate’s voice on Finch’s album, What It Is to Burn.

No matter how much I wish, not everyone’s taste in music will match mine and I will be forced to listen to the music I don’t enjoy as long as I am sitting within earshot of my coworker’s radio. That’s alright, because someone is wishing that I was into the Jonas Brothers or Britney Spears every time they get a ride in my car. Still,  no matter how hard I try to be understanding, it still comes down to one thing.


…unless it’s also a band I like.

Taking the Path Less Traveled

I went on autopilot on the way to work this morning, and man did it cost me. I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going and it the drive took me an extra ten minutes. Maybe I was distracted by Kevin & Bean’s segment, “Ask a Swinger.” It’s probably just that I haven’t been sleeping enough. It’s like the time I stood at my office door and tried to unlock it with my car remote for 30 seconds before I realized I needed to use a key.

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This is my normal route to work, pretty straightforward.

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This is what I did this morning. You can see I had to flip a U-turn along the way.

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.