Archive for the ‘Music’ Category
is a concept by which we measure our pain:
Sometimes, we just need a pop-punk Fender-shredding eargasm. Green Day’s breakthrough album was released 20 years ago today:
Are we human, or are we dancer(s)?
I loved this band from back in the day. They were solid songwriters.
The band’s original lineup consisted of vocalist (Jack) Vigliatura, bassist (Bill) White, guitarist Travis Tooke, and drummer Jay Russell. Explaining their name, the band had said that they were so committed to being in a band, they would play music “for squirrels.” The group played jangly alternative rock akin to R.E.M., one of their prime influences, with heavier moments alluding to the sound of grunge rock and Nirvana. …
On September 8, 1995, while returning from playing the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, the band was involved in the auto accident that killed Vigliatura, White, and Bender. Griego and Tooke suffered multiple injuries but survived the crash. The album was released as planned. The single “Mighty K.C.”, about the death of Kurt Cobain, was a minor hit and continued to drive album sales.
Here is my favorite For Squirrels song, “8:02 PM”
And my second favorite, “Disenchanted:”
So much potential lost. But it’s all in God’s good plan. Keep believing that.
It’s funny how a project I worked on a decade ago anticipated the recent work of a space artist, Ron Miller, who has created a series of images that depict what our sky would look like here on Earth if some of the planets were the same distance from us as our own moon.
For instance, here is the moon in its relative smallness as it appears one night over Death Valley:
Here is Venus:
The gigantic Jupiter:
And the rendering that really fascinated me, Neptune:
As you can see, this looks strikingly similar to the image below, without the people. In 2003, I finished an amateur-ish self-recorded album of original songs, and one of the songs was called, “Neptune Winter.” A fellow Counting Crows fan, Oshyan Greene, graciously agreed to create the artwork below after I gave him an idea of what I was looking for. As you can see below, Oshyan did a pretty good job of estimating perspective for the album cover way back in 2003:
Here is the song that inspired the above artwork:
If you are interested, you can listen to more songs from this album by going to this YouTube account. It’s definitely the work of an amateur, but I still go back and listen to those songs to reminisce about the place I was in during that time in my life. But pointing out this coincidence of artistry, I couldn’t pass up.
on my good name.”
This song seems apt given the recent controversy about a recent post of mine that sparked some controversy:
P.Z. Myers strikes me as the embodiment of the following song. Just an observation.
This is actually better than the versions from which it borrows: