Where Weezers Meet Snuggies, in a land I never thought I would be

If you had asked meĀ  three years ago if I would ever be in a position to receive press releases about Weezer releasing “their own Snuggie – the blanket with sleeves,” I would not have even known what you were talking about. “Snuggie? Is that a band? Who? Weezer? That band from the 90s? What’s a press release?”

Life is strange sometimes. And by strange, I mean awesome in every possible way.

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I never really listened to 2Pac

But it’s tough to argue against the lyrical content of this song:

“Since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman, and our game from a women, I wonder why we take from women, why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think its time we killed for our women, be real to our women, try to heal our women, ’cause if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies, who make the babies. And since a man can’t make one he has no right to tell a women when and where to create one.”

2Pac – “Keep Ya Head Up”

A daily song: GLEE cast – “Somebody to Love”

I seem to have a different song and/or melody stuck in my head on a daily basis. I will try to post them here as often as possible.

God damn it, I fucking love GLEE. This Queen cover makes me almost pee myself.

It’s not really the same in this streaming mode, but this is all that’s currently available. If you’ve been watching the show, you know what I’m talking about. You can watch the full episode (until it gets taken down, probably within a couple of weeks) via Hulu.

Vivian Girls are rad

As originally published here on the Owl Mag.

All-girl bands face a significant amount of pressure. There aren’t many of them, so the general public (often unconsciously) can be more critical than need be, and their behavior as both musicians and human beings are usually viewed under a much stronger microscope than their male counterparts (no “boys will be boys”-type excuses to be made, for example). It’s also easy to pigeonhole new girl bands as either Sleater-Kinney ripoffs or too-precious commodities not to be taken seriously.

Vivian Girls are so rad because they’ve managed to slyly and quietly work themselves up the hype machine, releasing their self-titled debut to critical acclaim (they even got P4K’s seal of approval) and avoiding the dreaded Girl Band Black Hole. Instead of comments about bra size and sex appeal, it seems that instead, people are just talking about how much they rock (though we did see one review that made mention of “cute bangs” – ugh). The appreciation of the band’s talent appears strong, untainted, and widespread – let’s just hope it stays that way.

Take a jab at “Where Do You Run To,” and you’ll get a taste of Vivian Girls’ lo-fi, infectious, garage-y, shoegaze-y rock and roll [<—so many adjectives! how can you resist?]: Vivian Girls – \”Where Do You Run To\”

Tour dates:

Tue-Oct-21 Brooklyn, NY CMJ Red Bull Space
Thu-Oct-23 New York, NY CMJ Don Pedro’s
Fri-Oct-24 New York, NY CMJ Cake Shop
Sat-Oct-25 New York, NY CMJ Bowery Ballroom
Sun-Oct-26 New York, NY Santo’s Party House !
Thu-Oct-30 Toronto, ONT FU Fest – Sneaky Dee’s $
Sat-Nov-08 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom &@
Mon-Nov-10 Boston, MA Paradise &@
Sun-Nov-16 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex/Part-Time Punks Fest #
Mon-Nov-17 San Diego, CA Casbah #
Tue-Nov-18 Los Angeles, CA The Smell #
Thu-Nov-20 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill #
Fri-Nov-21 Sacramento, CA Luigi’s Fun Garden #
Sat-Nov-22 Portland, OR Backspace #
Sun-Nov-23 Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge #
Fri-Nov-28 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s +
Sun-Nov-30 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom +
Wed-Dec-31 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre *

$ = w/ F***ED UP
& = w/ Deerhunter
@ = w/ Times New Viking
! = w/ Jay Reatard
+ = w/ King Khan
* = w/ Yo La Tengo, The Feelies
# = w/ Love is All