Tear You Apart

October 16, 2009

She Wants Revenge is a band that I don’t know very much about. But this song grabbed my attention when I first heard it a couple of years ago. I even like the narrative of the video.


Too Drunk To . . .

October 10, 2009

Once upon a time in America there was a band called the Dead Kennedys. “Too Drunk to Fuck” was the first record I ever bought by them. Much more recently, Nouvelle Vague (not from America) did a bossa nova cover. I think technically this is Camille’s a capella cover of the Nouvelle Vague cover. Did I mention that Camille has performed with Nouvelle Vague?


GHP Goes Bananas

July 21, 2009
Go Home Productions - GHP Goes Bananas

Go Home Productions - GHP Goes Bananas

I’ve been a big fan of Mark Vidler and
Go Home Productions for years. I think I think he is my favie mash-up artist. Here is one of his latest efforts. Enjoy it before it’s gone


Hero of War

July 11, 2009

One of the advantages of living in Buffalo is that we are in sthe reception area for Toronto’s 102.1 radio station. It is/was the Lovely Lettuce’s favie station. And I think it is pretty good in an psuedo-alternative sort of way.
Any old way, I digress. A few days ago, I heard a song by Rise Against that I loved. Although to be accurate, I loved the song before I knew it was Rise Against.

Embedding is disabled for this video so you will have to go to youtube to watch it.

I think it is a great anti-war song that shows compassion and understanding for the soldiers fighting in the name of our flag. It doesn’t accuse or judge.

He said
“Son…Have you seen the world?
Well, what would you say
If I said that you could.”

Just carry this gun.
You’ll even get paid.”
I said
“That sounds pretty good.

Black leather boots
Spit shined so bright
They cut off my hair
But it looks alright
We marched and we sang
We all became friends
As we learned how to fight

A hero of war
Yeah that’s what I’ll be
And when I come home
They’ll be damn proud of me

I’ll carry this flag
To the grave if I must
Because it’s a flag that I love
And a flag that I trust

I kicked in the door
I yelled my commands
The children they cried
But I got my man
We took him away
A bag over his face
From his family and his friends

They tookoff his clothes
They pissed in his hands
I told them to stop
But then I joined in
We beat him with guns
And batons not just once
But again and again

A hero of war
Yeah that’s what I’ll be
And when I come home
They’ll be damn proud of me

I’ll carry this flag
To the grave if I must
Because it’s a flag that I love
And a flag that I trust

She walked
Through bullets and haze
I asked her to stop
I begged her to stay
But she pressed on
So i lifted my gun
And i fired away

And the shells jumped
Through the smoke
And into the sand
That the blood now had soaked
She collapsed
With a flag in her hand
A flag white as snow

A hero of war
Is that what they see
Just medals and scars
So damn proud of me

And I brought home that flag
Now it gathers dust
But it’s a flag that I love
It’s the only flag I trust

He said
“Son…Have you seen the world?
Well, what would you say
If I said that you could


Industry Giants

April 17, 2009

superdrag cd cover

The ironically titled “Industry Giants” by Superdrag came in the mail last Monday.

It just might be the best Superdrag ever. This is the first cd by the original line-up in this century. It is confirmation of how important Brandon Fisher’s guitar playing was to the Superdrag Sound.

I was already a fan of this band when I realized that Superdrag was more or less a friend of mine’s old band without him in it.


Aspartame

April 17, 2009

Superdrag
is a band that the lovely lettuce and I know personally from our time in Knoxville. We are both big fans. They are a great live band that doesn’t always make good videos.

some of the clouds are not clouds. some of those jets pose death threats. it’s coming around. coming around. some of your rights stolen outright. sometimes lights are not lights. the consuming fires of hell burn this place to the ground. burn it right to the ground. i just write songs. i don’t carry a gun. i want peace and safety for my innocent sons and wife. i just love God i don’t trust in man. armed with the truth against the wickedness at hand. yeah. if you wanna usurp the power. i’ll be ready in a half an hour. i’ll give my life for that. are the devils ever nervous? do they deserve the death they serve us? i’m still not certain of that. sometimes brains are mundane. entertained and restrained and sealed up tight. all the aspartame and the video games and the drugs in the food keeping you subdued so you’ll never recognize who put out the lights. put out the lights. i just play guitar. i can’t stop the war. i want peace and safety for the kids in kandahar. if you love peace and you love mercy you’re bound to cause a little controversy. yeah. if you wanna usurp the power. i’ll be ready in a half an hour. i’ll give my life for that. are the devils ever nervous? do they deserve the death they serve us? i’m still not certain of that. we’ve gotta usurp the power. the devil seeks who he may devour. keep your life intact. the liars in his service conspire to make me nervous. i am certain of that.


Broken Things

October 11, 2008

In another century (1999), I was driving home late at night (actually more like early in the morning, the bars were probably closed) from some fucked-up RGIS inventory (if memory serves, I was running it and it didn’t go well) and I heard a song that made me pull over and listen. At the time I had no earthly idea what song it was or even who sang or wrote it. But it spoke directly to my heart, as few songs have before or after. After calling the radio station, WNCW, a few days later (yes, I was working RGIS at the time so that was the first chance I had), I found out the singer/songwriter was Julie MIller and the song was “Broken Things” from the Broken Things cd.

Here’s a clip from a live performance of the song by Julie Miller:

You can have my heart
Though it isn’t new
It’s been used and broken
And only comes in blue
It’s been down a long road
And it got dirty on the way
If I give it to you will you make it clean
And wash the shame away

You can have my heart
If you don’t mind broken things
You can have my life if you don’t mind these tears
Well I heard that you make old things new
So I give these pieces all to you
If you want it you can have my heart

So beyond repair
Nothing I could do
I tried to fix it myself
But it was only worse when I got through
Then you walked into my darkness
And you speak words so sweet
And you hold me like a child
Till my frozen tears fall at your feet

At the time, my love interest from Canada (no not the Lovely Lettuce) didn’t get or even like the song. Needless to say, that relationship didn’t last.

Although I didn’t know it at the time, this song was about the Lovely Lettuce and me.