The be all and end all

I do not know if you have seen this yet or not, but during the Super Bowl Samsung ran a commercial for their new phone and it featured Justin Hawkins from The Darkness.


There are a few things we can learn (musically) from this commercial:

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We’re gonna take this sweet joy ride

Every once in a while, I remember how awesome the 80’s were.

Over the past few years, I am sure you have heard of the “live action” Transformers movies. I say “live action” because a lot of it was computer generated. But did you ever see the cartoon they released in theaters in 1986? They made a lot of references to it in the new movies. But this is not a movie review blog.

It was good (for a glorified TV Saturday morning cartoon), but I remember it most for its truly awesome soundtrack. Continue reading

The Sun is Hot

I first discovered They Might Be Giants on a cassette tape about the time I was entering grade school. It has forever changed my musical life. And maybe someday I will write about that album.

For now, you get an EP from 1993.

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And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make

I do not know if you saw the 54th Grammy Awards or not. This was my favorite bit.

Paul McCartney and his back up band (Rusty Anderson on guitar, Brian Ray on bass and Abe Laboriel, Jr. on drums) performed the last medley on Abbey Road.

But that is not all. For “The End,” Bruce Springsteen (from Bruce Springsteen), Dave Grohl (from Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Them Crooked Vultures) and Joe Walsh (from The Eagles) came out and joined them.

From L to R: The Boss, Joe, Rusty, Paul, Dave and Brian.

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Where There’s a Whip

Almost two weeks ago, I went over to my friend Kenny’s house to hang out and play some geeky games I would not otherwise admit to playing. He really likes Indiana Jones. He was wearing an Indiana Jones t-shirt with, “Where there’s a whip, there’s a way” written on it. I looked at it, laughed and complimented him on a double geek reference well done. He also laughed, then stopped and said, “Wait, what?” At which point I had to show him this video.

And then I had to explain where it came from. The short answer: it came from the 80’s.

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The very model of a modern Major General

Last night my wife and I went to Willow Valley Middle School‘s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. This is probably the third time I have seen this play on stage.

I know what you are probably thinking: “Paul, you usually write about music, not plays.” Since this is a musical, I thought it was appropriate. Also, if you want to read something different, please feel free to write your own article and send it to me.

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You are young, you are wild, you are free

Last month, I wrote about Gold Motel. And now we have The Hush Sound.

Real Men Love the Hush Sound

The Hush Sound was a band I did not hear about until the summer of 2009. My friend Jer had a t-shirt of theirs and was learning a song off their latest (and so far, last) album. In January, I went snowshoeing with some friends and neighbors and introduced them to The Hush Sound. Josh and Nicole, this one is for you. Continue reading