Oct 1 2011

how dumb am i?

Hey, remember Rocktober?  You know, posting songs that rock every day for a month?  That was a stupid idea, huh?  A much better idea is posting songs that don’t rock.  I’ll dare to get us started….

Oct 24 2009

if he was from mars, wouldn't that be cool?

There's a quote typically attributed to Ben Franklin and/or Albert Einstein that defines insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  By that logic (which – you have to admit – makes some sense), it is insane to try and do nice things for Jodi.  Her typical response is ungrateful griping.  The best example of this occurred during Rocktober last year.  I knew she had a job interview so I dedicated a Replacements song to her, hoping it would bring her good luck.  And how did she react to this gracious gesture?  She said, and I quote, I was "the kind of evil that [she] never expected to see manifested here on Earth."  So if I were to post another Replacements song, say today, and expect that she will react with anything other than contempt, that would be insane.  Call me crazy, but I'm gonna give it a shot.  Jodi, this one's for you.

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Aug 20 2009

flathead redux

I was late to the Weezer bandwagon.  Way late.  Like, 2009 late.  Sure, I'd heard the requisite cuts off the Blue Album, and "Say It Ain't So" was a staple of the rotation when the Mighty Roy and I put a twenty into the jukebox at Bardo Rodeo to commandeer it for the evening way back in '96.  But I didn't actually buy the Blue Album until a couple of years ago.  And my second purchase was earlier this year, when I decided I should finally give Pinkerton a listenOn M—–l's suggestion, I picked up the Green Album within the past couple of weeks.  Those are the only records of theirs I own.

I think I owe it to myself, though, to fill out the Weezer section in my collection.  The first single from their forthcoming record (the awesomely titled Raditude) hit the internets this week.  I've listened to it about a hundred times since Tuesday.  It's the most infectious piece of bubble-gum pop/rock I've heard since….  I don't know what.

My favorite thing about Weezer – the reason I need the four records I don't already own – is that unlike virtually every other band in existence, they've become less serious and self-important as they get older.  I mean, Rivers Coumo is pushing forty now, and he's singing about watching Titanic with his girlfriend and meeting her parents.  Their last single was called "Pork and Beans."  Two other songs expected to be on the new release are called "I'm Your Daddy" and "The Girl Got Hot," which earned the scorn of sticks-in-the-mud like that chick from Sleater-Kinney.  Weezer has successfully transitioned from emo to full-on joke-rock.  And frankly, we needed another great joke-rock band.  It's been a long, long time since the Replacements called it quits.

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Jun 16 2009

QotD: Overrated.

What is something you consider to be "overrated." (Ed. note: Bonus points if you show it to us!)
Submitted by Laurie.

Ooooh!  Now we're talking, Question of the Day!  This one's a cakewalk.  I could go with a lot of things here but sometimes the obvious choice is the best choice.  And I'm going for the extra credit:

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Dec 14 2008

busy sunday

I've had a very busy day so far today.  Among the many, many important things I've accomplished is an improvement upon the Replacements' video for "Bastards of Young."  "But Hotrod," you are no doubt protesting, "'Bastards of Young' is a classic.  It's an in-your-face, lo-fi, DIY response to the the slick over-production of the early MTV era.  Its beauty is in its simplicity.  How can you possibly improve upon it?"  Well, I didn't say it was easy.  But rest assured, I have done it.  Unfortunately, I am unable to embed my creation in this post, but you can check it out if you go here: Hotrod's new and improved "Bastards of Young" video.  I am sure you will agree that my video is superior to the original in every way.

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Oct 24 2008


We considered scrapping this tune in favor of something else after last weekend's bonus post, but then thought better of it.  We mean…. if the Replacements get two songs, then surely the Rolling Stones deserve at least as much.  And besides, this is only about the most iconic rock song of all time.  Also, we don't have a whole lot we care to say about it, which ties in nicely with our current fourepisodearc of laziness.  Some may say the Stones deserve better than our half-assed tribute.  We're not inclined to disagree.

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Oct 18 2008

read about your band in some local page

Oct 17 2008

left of the dial

The first time I heard The Moon and Antarctica it pissed me off.  This was back in the halycon days of the summer '04, when the country was only mostly in the shitter and Modest Mouse owned the radio waves.  I'd exhausted Good News For People Who Like Bad News and floated on to their back catalog.  Within the first few seconds of the second track, I realized I'd heard the song before.  And that I'd heard it on a *shudder* car commercial.  Probably a Volkswagon commercial, too – meant to appeal to those uppity yuppies with that snooty German engineering.

Okay, actually it was Nissan, but it still annoyed me that what I thought was new music (to me, at least) had already been brought to my attention through an advertisement.  It's not at all unlike the reaction many people have to one of their long-favorite bands selling its songs to advertising agencies.  And while I can see the point those people are trying to make, I've come around on the issue and disagree that it's problematic.

The thing is – as much as I'd like to believe otherwise, most of the the music to which I listen – to which everybody listens – is made by career musicians.  These are people who decided at some point that they wanted to play guitar and write songs for a living, and made choices along the way to support their dream.  I decided at some point that I wanted to be a marine biologist and made choices along the way to support that dream.  If somebody told me, now that I've made it, that I shouldn't earn any money – that I should be a marine biologist only because a few thousand teenagers liked some of the studies I'd done and to that accept a little cash would compromise the integrity of those studies….  Well, I'd probably punch that person in the mouth.  And then I'd take the check.  And if an advertising executive approached me and said that he'd like to have Morgan Freeman or Gene Hackman or somebody read some of my report on the migratory habits of freshwater eels over some footage of cars driving….  Well, I'd take that check too.

So maybe I'm a cynic.  That's fair.  But these situations sometimes work out well for the fans too.  Case in point:  The Replacements were a (justifiably) critically lauded and (tragically) commercially unsuccessful band throughout the 1980's.  After a few (patchy) early records, they hit their stride with their third album Let It Be and soon moved on to a major label.  At their peak – Tim and Pleased To Meet Me – they were unparalleled; they wrote airtight pop/rock masterpieces not heard since Big Star imploded almost two decades prior.  But audiences never tuned in and the 'Mats disbanded in 1991 to little fanfare.  Three years later, some television producers shopping a show for the new fall schedule offered to buy a little-known Replacements song for the opening credits.  The show became a surprise hit.  The song enjoyed some success on the pop charts before it quickly wore out its welcome.  And the band grew wealthy beyond its wildest dreams.  Just a few months ago, Paul Westerberg – the creative force behind the Replacements' best work – offered a brand new record for sale for just forty-nine cents.  Would Paul have continued to make music after the Replacements disbanded?  Almost certainly.  Would he have been able to afford – basically – to give that music away without the money he made from the hit TV show?  Probably not.  You can scoff at Jennifer Aniston's haircut and those handclaps to your heart's content, but they all but bought the second half of Paul Westerberg's career.

In all seriousness, though….  I – we – tease Jodi a lot around these parts for her Replacements fandom.  It's probably not fair, but it's….  Well, it's what I – what we – do.  I might feel differently about it if I thought she wanted it any other way.  Truth be told, I like the Replacements quite a bit; I have for years.  I pretend otherwise because petty bickering generally makes for pretty good blog fodder.  But today I am willing to drop the charade.  You see, Jodi has a second interview today for a job that she really seems to want.  So if posting one of her favorite songs helps in some way to send good juju to the flyovers, I'm more than happy to oblige.  I'll be there for you, Jodi.  Knock 'em dead.

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May 19 2008

here comes a regular

Pitchfork: Even to this day, when somebody says a band is influenced by the Replacements, often times they’re just talking about alcohol intake. Certainly, no other bands sound quite like the Replacements.

PW: Yeah. It’s the label they put on you if you don’t come up with one. The bands we toured with– R.E.M., every band I ever knew– drank and took their share of substances. They just weren’t known for it. I guess we were the first– Christ, we weren’t the first band to get up there loaded.

There you have it.  Proof – once and for all – of the Replacements’ legacy in the musical pantheon.  The interviewer suggests that they’re famous primarily for ingesting intoxicants.  Paul agrees, then mentions that they were hardly pioneers in that realm either.  Children by the millions sing for Alex Chilton.  THERE’S a guy who was influential.