True Talent

Sometimes the world is quite a dim place. The musical landscape is often a testament to how poor people’s tastes truly are. Then once in a while, you come across someone so obviously talented. Please enjoy this video that provided brief illumination to my dark world.


Don’t like the Foo Fighters.. WTF??

“I’d like to dedicate this song that’s only popular in Germany to the people with the shittiest fucking seats in the whole stadium” Dave Grohl in Melbourne 2/12/11.

I was able to capture just a little comedic magic from the front man of one of my favourite bands on my iPhone.

I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love the Foo Fighters and seeing them play 2 an half hour show last week was a privilege. While this is might starting like a love song dedication that you’d hear on a shitty radio station, I think I’ve got a man-crush on the dude.

I was trying to think recently if I could trade places (you know like the Eddie Murphy /Dan Ackroyd movie), I’m not sure I could top being Dave. I mean, he’s 100% rock star, part of one of the best bands in the last 20 years (name than 5 bands that are better, I dare you), looks like he loves what he does, is totally fan oriented, is really funny without at all trying and is friends with Jack Black (who was also there with Kyle Gass).

Anyway, if you passively listen to the Foo Fighters or think “they’re ok but I don’t really know their stuff”, then you’re fucking moron and missing out. Listen to the 4rd* best album ever recorded “The Color And The Shape“, then listen to “Everlong” and if you still don’t feel something, seriously sign up as an extra for The Walking Dead.

And seriously, if you do get a chance to see them live (this time was my 4th), it will change you.

More of nothing to say

Image by keoshi via Flickr

So it’s been sometime since I’ve had anything interesting to say. Actually that’s a big assumption on my part that what I’m about to tell you is at all interesting or significant. If you’ve read my blog before, you’ve probably realised already that this is an outlet for often nonsensical ravings of a person that in olden times, would have been committed long ago.

I think my problem is essentially that I spend too much time observing the world and unfortunately fixating of the stuff that really pisses me off. The world full of retarded people and I don’t mean the mentally handicapped, truly retarded in my mind is a person that has the capacity not to be a complete waste of space human being but choose to be. Recent examples..

  • an old woman in McDonalds who insisted on telling me “i think you have to buy the family dinner pack to get the promotional football poster” when I was asking a staff member, can I please buy that poster separately even though I know it comes as part of the dinner pack promotion. And she touched my arm while telling me this, as if I couldn’t understand English.
  • a doofus removalist truck driver that was parked on a busy road in rush hour, who decided to open and leave open the outward swinging back door of his truck.. for at least 2 minutes, causing about 50 cars to back pile up behind him.

I think I’ve truly come to despise my fellow-man. I see so few examples of basic common sense and more importantly, consideration of others that I have  this continued desire to assassinate any person that does stupid things. Maybe I’ve lost faith or I am not spending my time in circles where I can witness inspiring behaviour.

Anyway, everyone needs an outlet. For me it used to be bitchin’ in this blog but in recent times I’ve felt that writing this stuff down is more of an exercise of collecting evidence in the case against the human race as opposed to feeling relief by unburdening myself of the irritations that plague me. Maybe I need real problems, like a terminal disease to put things in perspective. Who knows?

So my outlet has been pretty simple, listening to the same CD (Anemia – Tool) pretty much every single time I have the need for blood. For me, the slow methodical, loud and truly angst ridden but articulate darkness they convey in their music really hits the mark. It makes me feel like I’m rising against the dumbness and allowing the band to crush these morons with heavy, bone crushing riffs. I’d recommend the below when you have the need for violence but don’t fancy going to prison and getting raped in the communal shower.

Either I have OCD as I’ve almost exclusively listened to this album in the last 2-3 months or I’m angry too often. Oh well, it’s my therapy.

O Canada

Canada - You Rock!

I’m sure Canadians hate being mistaken for Americans. I’ve seen it a bunch of times when Canadian comedians tour and introduce themselves to an Australian audience (that’s me) that they’re not from the US.. and not to immediately judge them. Then again, Aussies don’t generally judge, we can’t normally be bothered.

Anyway, I’ve recently been obsessed with the new album from The Dears (Degeneration Street).. it’s very good. I don’t review music but there’s something special about this one. I assumed that they were an American band but then discovered.. nope Canadian. Huh? How about that. And then I thought to myself, I wonder how many other times I’ve made this mistake? I then picked a handful of bands that have been in the ipod’s rotation o plenty in recent years and then found..

Arcade Fire, the best indie band of the past few years – Canadian
KO’s – I don’t like hip hop until now (is Eminem hip hop)  – Canadian
Metric – bringing back the bands from the 90s with the super talented female lead – Canadian
Kittie – girl super powered heavy metal band – Canadian
Hot Hot Heat – no way, I thought they were from Boston or something – Canadian

I’m sure Canada would like to ex communicate their links to the Celine Dion (so awful and difficult to look at), Bryan Adams (almost as awful, especially after the mid 80s) and Nickelback (please don’t mistake these guys for hard rock, try Dave and the boys from the Foo Fighters). The bands listed are truly resetting Canadian music legacy.

All of this plus George St Pierre, the most amazing maple syrup, Bret Hart, Kiefer Sutherland and James T Kirk, I feel that respect must be paid the civilised patrons of North America. O Canada!

P.S. (haven’t done one of these before).. to see where this inspiration for this post came from, check out The Dears in the vid below. It’ll make you cry.

Lyrics That Are Gonna Hurt You

David Grohl, lead singer of the Foo Fighters, ...
Wordsmith - Dave Grohl

So the Foo Fighters have a new album. That’s a good thing, I love the Foo Fighters and if you don’t, that’s because you fall into one of three categories; 1) you’re deaf, 2) you like bad music with shitty lyrics or 3) you think they’re too commercial because you think of yourself as either a hardcore MF that doesn’t think they’re angry enough or a hipster doofus that only listens to obscure crap that you can only get on vinyl.

Anyway, I was listen to track off their new CD (yes… I still buy CDs)  and came across this subtle verse which I thought was quite amusing yet a little sinister.

“Your heart has never been broken,
Your pride has never been stolen,
Not yet not yet”

Maybe not the most genius lyrics you’ve ever heard but like the premise that whoever Dave Grohl is singing about..  is about to experience heart break and pride theft at some point in time to be determined. Clever. More so than seriously anything you can point out to me in the top whatever charts dominated by whoever the most popular nobody maybe.

This led me to think of some other song lyrics that I’ve come to admire over the past however old I am.

Melancholy… “I’m not like them but I can pretend” Dumb – Nirvana

Pissed Off… “When I’m mad and I get pissed, I grab my pen and write out a list, of all the people that won’t be missed, you’ve made my shitlist” Shitlist – L7

Angry… “Fuck me! I’m all outta enemies” – Spit It Out – Slipknot

Cynical… “Your day has finally come, so wear the hat and do the dance and let the suit keep wearing you. – The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies – Faith No More

Depressing… “Everywhere I look you’re all I see, just a fading fucking reminder of who I used to be” Something I Can Never Have – Nine Inch Nails

Paranoid… “I’ve been crawling on my belly, clearing out what could’ve been, I’ve been wallowing in my own chaotic and insecure delusions.” Forty Two And Six – Tool

Now doubt you can find better examples – if any of these have the following artists, please don’t reply to this post… Lady Gaga, Kesh$A, really anyone in the pop charts, Celine Dion etc…