Tuesday, June 19, 2007

10000 hits

Wow. Thats all I have to say. Wow.

Great job guys, looks like there is actually something like a readership developing on this blog :)

To celebrate, next upload will be some Velvet Underground, hands down my favorite rock band ever, and the creators of some of the most creative and interesting music ever made. I've been waiting till I was in a VU state of mind to do a writeup on them justice, recently I have been getting back into them, so now is the time.

Monday, June 11, 2007


Just like how it is really hard to find a contemporary bluesman more authentic then Alvin "Youngblood" Heart, its just as hard to find a more authentic contemporary classic rock and roll band then Vetiver.

If you are like me, and believe rock died in the very early 70s, you will immediately fall in love with these guys. Vetiver really captures that innocent, authentic spirit that got lost when rock and roll became rock. There was a warmth in music back then that got lost to the pretentious electric guitar solos of the 70s, and then totally buried in the synthetics of the 80s. Thank God we are past that now, but nowadays music is all about production values, and in the quest for getting that perfect, pure tone, much of the life gets strangled out of music.

For those of you with sharp eyes, yes, that dude on the far right is Devendra Banhart. He was pretty much a member of the band for the first two albums, and still will often play with them if they are touring together (which regularily happens). Listening to their music is always a real pleasure; full of warm, pleasent tones, backed by etherial, introspective vocals.

Ironically, these guys remind me alot of the Velvet Underground, although they have an incredably different sound. I think what it is is a true authenticity, and a love of the 60s that shines through in everything they do. I highly recommend this album to pretty much anyone. I uploaded the Between E.P because of the variety of songs, and the first and last songs are two of my favorites by the band.



Thursday, June 07, 2007

New Banner

Well, it's been awhile since I posted, once again, I apologize (as usual). Life is busy, and there are only so many hours in a day. Unfortunately, when something needs to be put on hold to make room for other things, this blog is the first to go. That doesn't mean I have forgotten about it, or anything like that. Just means my posts get less then regular.

One of the things that has been keeping me busy is that I have been learning flash, because of a new job opportunity opening up in the next few months. Since the best way to see if you know something is to try and apply the knowledge you have gained, I decided to throw together a little banner for the blog. Nothing extravagant (I have a fairly zen view of web design, I like things simple and subtle.). It starts off with a picture of a dude playing a national with a slide, I tween the saturation down, and tint it to match the color of the header used in the template. Then there is a fade in of the title text, and about a quarter of a second of blur animation as the caption comes in. The only thing kind of heavy is the background music, (backwards blues, by bob brozman), but that can be controlled with the play/pause buttons in the lower right hand corner.

Anyways, let me know what you think. And for those who enjoy classic rock, I just uploaded the Between ep by Vetiver. Gotta run now, but expect a new post tomorrow, or super late tonight.