the rent’s due and green olives

Tonight, Mare reheated a calzone she brought home from work almost two weeks ago. It still tasted delicious. She also brought home a spinach artichoke dip and some bread which topped me off. I have yet to enjoy an ice cream sandwich I got from the grocery store on Sunday.

I also had a craving for pitted green olives stuffed with pimento which I also picked up at the store. The jar is already more than half-empty, and I blame the unique saltiness of this prepared fruit. I’m sure my sodium level is through the roof.

I am currently listening to Mineral, which I have to say, IMHO, was one of the best Austin bands to ever exist. Sure, they sound a bit like Sunny Day Real Estate, but they still rock. I guess you could say I’m a fan of heartfelt lyrics backed with screaming guitars. I’m gonna call out a few tracks you should get from Soulse… ahem.. somewhere and enjoy. You might dig them. Check out: Love Letter Typewriter, The Last Word Is Rejoice, Five, Eight and Ten, July and Parking Lot. Those are off the top of my head, but if you do end up really liking them, their two full-length releases are The Power of Failing and endserenading.

The rent is due on Wednesday, but they seem to be behind on mailing out the water/trash bill. This annoys me, because I’d rather just give it to them in one big check than have to make the effort of dropping off two.

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the artists in the ambulance

I received the news today that Thrice will be playing Stubb’s on November 16th with Brand New. I am looking forward to this show and hearing some of their new material. Coincidentally, they played on this same date last year.

I also heard through the grapevine that Thrice and Island have parted ways. My guesses are the considerably weak sales of Vheissu, Thrice’s new direction with their music and posstibly their desire to release a 4-disc conceptual album.

My special edition of Zeitgeist arrived yesterday. The full-color booklet reminds me of Radiohead’s Kid A liner. Many of the pages are printed on vellum, and some of the pages have die cuts in them. Most of the pages are photographs taken by Corgan.

With Zeitgeist came Despite Everything. This book consists of the compiled works by Aaron Elliott who is best known for his zine called Cometbus. He is also known for being the drummer in Bay Area bands such as Crimpshrine and Pinhead Gunpowder. The book is 608 packed pages and a many of them display his trademark handwritten style. One of his most popular handwritten works are the liner notes to Green Day’s Dookie album. I respect the guy ’cause he’s really made a name for himself and succeeded without having to be drowned in the spotlight. I can also attribute his writing style inspirational to that of my own.

This week has gone by quick. It’s already Friday, pay day. I’m looking forward to paying rent at the end of the month and my electric bill. I’m not being sarcastic.

That’s all for now. Have an excellent weekend.

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the breath of fresh air

I obtained an “advance copy” of the new Smashing Pumpkins album, Zeitgeist. The pleasure was mine to listen to Corgan and crew return to their Mellon Collie era roots to deliver a sonic wall of symphonic guitars, tight drumming and Corgan’s signature vocals.

The production of this record is much better than that of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not saying the music, lyrics or the songs are better. I’m saying that the quality of the recording is more crisp than the previous records.

I will say the Pumpkins haven’t lost their touch. Billy’s dark, down-tuned guitars create an electric sound field around Jimmy’s pounding percussion to set a stable foundation for lyrical sirens.

I gave this record a listen all the way through, and I was very impressed with it. I am glad to see that after a seven-year “hiatus,” Smashing Pumpkins have been able to return to the rock scene with their signature sound.

Give me some time with this record to listen over and over again to and from work day after day, and I’ll be able to go into more detail. So far, I’m really digging this album as a whole.

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the release date

Yesterday, June 12, was the release date of albums from two different bands that I enjoy listening to. The most important one was released by a pop-punk group called Strung Out. The album, titled Black Hawks Over Los Angeles, is good but significantly more political than their previous release. Some of the themes prevalent in the songs reminded me of Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues, which is Strung Out’s first full length album (circa 1996).

The second one is by a group called Paramore. Their second album, RIOT!, has much better vocals and musicianship than the first. I have caught a great deal of slack from friends because of my fandom. Yeah, so what if they are riding on the “Emo is my Thing-o” wave? As far as all the bologna bands that have come out with LPs in the last couple years, Paramore would be at the top of my list.

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the tarantula

Before work today, I noticed that the new Smashing Pumpkins single, Tarantula, had been sitting in my ‘neo downlodes’  folder unlistened. I hadn’t been in a hurry to listen to it, but I had to once I knew I had the song in its entirety.

I had heard a short clip of it when it first came out, but I needed more. Upon listening to it, I noticed that the Pumpkins were tracing back to their roots. The song reminded more of Geek USA off of Siamese Dream than anything. I think it’s a good thing.

I know many rock listeners will be skeptical or close-minded about their new record, Zeitgeist, scheduled for release in July. All I have to say about those who have their doubts is that the true fans will support them, and they will succeed. Even if the album is a flop like Adore, it will still outsell every shitty little unsigned band’s crappy records. They’ve already sold out venues and will continue with their much-awaited comeback.

Smashing Pumpkins have been one of my all-time favorite bands for well over a decade, and I continued to support them even after their break-up. I am happy that Corgan and Chamberlain are bringing back the spirit, and I could really care less than Iha and D’Arcy didn’t follow through. Those who knew the history of the Pumpkins knew that Billy and Jimmy made the band, and Billy was, for the lack of better words, a control freak.

I’m not going to expect the greatest record of the Pumpkins discography with Zeitgeist ’cause Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie are two albums that are difficult to compete against. I do feel that the record will be solid if you don’t consider the opinions of the overly judgmental music elitists who are close-minded in their own sense.

the statue drowning

Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist coverA couple days ago, the cover to the new Smashing Pumpkins album, Zeitgeist, debuted on their official website as well as their MySpace page. The release was also pushed to the 10th of July instead of the 7th. The cover was designed by the same artist infamous for his Obey Giant street art. The last major label record, Machina – The Machines of God, was released seven years ago. This new record will be released on Martha’s Music/Reprise.

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