Too Drunk To Dream

…ain’t no drinking when the bottle’s dry…

Trying out the Flock browser’s Blog tool/Thanksgiving madness

Had a great Thanksgiving this year.  On Thursday, Jess and I got to spend T-day with my family.  Last year that wasn’t possible, because of her father was able to leave his rehabilitation center for the first time for the holiday, and we were all so glad that he was able to come home.  Long story short, we broke with our alternating holiday schedules to be with him.  So this year was special for me because I got to spend it with my family for the first time in 3 yrs.

today, I’m heading over to my dad’s house.  He’s having his annual Tweener party, and we’re going to fry up a bird on the porch.  I must say I’m actually looking forward to eating my third turkey in as many days.  Those fried buggers are friggin good.  There’s also gonna be a bit of drinking going on.  Yeah, you know it!  I’m in charge of bringing the Tullymore Dew. Sigh.  That bottle’s gonna be gone before the turkey’s done!

So, I’ll have to report back tomorrow, and give a full update of tonight’s events.  I’m also predicting I’ve put on about ten pounds in three days.  Minimum of seven.  Ugh.  But all this eating feels so damn good.

I’m gonna go work on some coffee, and some Top Ten listenin’ and hopefully I’ll survive tonights gorge-fest.  later homies.

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November 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Vote for your TOP TEN of 2008!

It’s been a banner year for new music. A bumper crop, if you will. I know that I’m having difficulty compiling a top TWENTY, let alone a top 10, but I’ll soldier on…!

As you can see at the top of the Ghost Of Electricity homepage, NPR is asking US, the listeners, for our opinions on our top ten of the year. I’ve submitted mine. It’s super easy to submit yours. And please do! Because if Chinese Democracy, or that shit album by Shwayze find their way onto that list, well…I’m just gonna blame YOU.

November 28, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Who’s got a new free EP? Matt Pond PA does…

I haven’t been this giddy in a while. That’s right druggies, come to me for your Matt Pond fix. Someting just seems so right with spinning Winter Songs right about this time of year…

anyway, from MPPA’s website….

A Free EP prospectively titled: The Dawn before the Dark Leaves or Water off a Black Dog’s Back or Amazing Life or Butterfly Mornings and Wildflower Afternoons or May we never go go mental, may we always stay stay gentle or The Fear of not Being Afraid or Erica Harris and her Ubiquitous Threads or The Warmth Within the Warren or Dreaming of Sleeping or Saying It to Keep It From Happening or This is not the Dark Leaves or Living for Liv Ullman or The Odds of a Sunrise or Whispering Pines or You’ll be the Rhythm and I’ll be the Beat and I’ll be the Rhythm and You’ll be the Beat or The Grass Harp or Goodbye Barcelona or Why is my copy of the Moviegoer Floating in a Puddle Beside the Car.

Or simply, The Freeep. It comes along with this here site by the sweetest, Julie Ruiz and the guys at Eastmedia, Jeff Ng, Jeff Boulet and Albert Hwang– as well as a video by the coolest, Ed Lowther.

Matt Pond PA – Hearts and Minds.mp3 (sample)

Download the whole EP from MPPA’s Website

November 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

[RANT] I weep for humanity a/k/a I watched the AMA Awards last night

If that’s what you want to fucking call them….awards.

I saw more Disney artists last night than should EVER be allowed on stage. Oh wait a sec…..the awards show was on ABC …. which Disney OWNS…. so….when we see Miley, the Jonases, Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale and other future Celebrity Rehab subjects come trotting down the fucking red carpet (really…is it necessary), what we’re actually watching is a 3 hour commercial for the Disney Corporation.

OH AND I ALMOST FUCKING FORGOT. It was also a banner night for American Idol grads. Daughtry picked up its fourth AMA, this time in pop/rock band/group/duo, while Jordin Sparks was named adult contemporary artists and Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride scored country album. David Cook also put on some eyeliner and decided to perform, again if that’s what you call it, out on the red carpet. LOOKS LIKE FOX IS IN ON THE FUN TOO. Have another cocktail, Clive.

It’s like watching a bunch of music and tv industry executives giving statues to the people who made the most money for them this year. And Annie Lennox getting a Merit Award? I like Annie, don’t get me wrong, but she hasn’t had a platinum selling album since 1995. However, WHAT SHE DOES HAVE is a greatest hits package coming out in early 2009, so the industry execs give her an award, trot her out on stage, get her to sing a song, and hope to rake in the dough come spring. sigh.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | ama awards, jonas brothers, rant | Leave a comment

Wilco architect Jay Bennett releases new album, Whatever Happened I Apologize.

Former Wilco guitarist and blip-maker/knob-turner Jay Bennett has announced the delay of the release of a new album called ‘Kicking at the Perfumed Air’, and in it’s place released what he describes as “a very personal and concise 10-song album called ‘Whatever Happened I Apologize.’ After debating back and forth, I have decided to release ‘Apologize’ first. I am somewhat at a loss for words as to explain why I arrived at this decision, save to say it’s just one of those lonely and private choices one sometimes has to make-in other words, it just felt more like the right album for the time.”

Bennett described the new disc as “stark, stripped down and acoustic based-more so than any other record I have made. I really wanted to capture the simpler and more emotional nature of the songwriting, and I knew that the only way I could do this was to put it together quickly, with no second-guessing and no heavy deliberating about minor details. Consequently I would have to learn to embrace the resultant imperfections-and I have.”

Vocals were all done live with Bennett accompanying on acoustic guitar. “So it has some ‘warts,’ but, in my effort to not forsake integrity for technical perfection, the album ended up feeling more honest, immediate, naked and cohesive to me. I am very proud of presenting myself without my typical voluminous bells and whistles. I am left wondering why I haven’t done this more often in the past.”

From RockProper:

“The relationship between an artist and her tools is a complicated one. The instruments used to turn yourself inside out must be handled carefully. It is a dangerous responsibility to compress a lifetime into one single, frozen moment of color and texture.

She’s more into antiart now and we don’t talk much. But every so often I find myself thinking about all those long afternoons on the lakefront. Listening to the endless dramas of art school, I’d spend hours staring through her black mirror at the landscape of barren trees; her boney fingers working canvas after canvas into a diary of our lives back then.

Her work was simple, direct and courageous. Risking one’s heart on a thin layer of pigment is a hard way to live. I know I couldn’t do it. I kept a couple of her paintings, and I don’t think she knows, but every year it reminds me of the growing distance between now and that younger self, like the cracks in the plaster walls of my first apartment.”

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November 24, 2008 Posted by | alt country, americana, ghost of electricity, indie, jay bennett, jeff tweedy, music, Rock Proper, singer songwriter, toodrunktodream, wilco | Leave a comment

Top ten lists are exhausting!

I’m gonna spend like a month and a half making sure i didn’t overlook anyone. And jeezuz, if an album was released in November 07, does that make it a 2008 album???

November 20, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ryan Adams pens article for World Policy Journal

Ryan Adams, always acerbic, never predictable, posted a link on his blog, FOGGY, today pointing to an article he’s written for World Policy Journal, entitled

“How To Save The World From Doom”.

Please, feel free to click the title to read the pdf copy of the article (HINT: It’s pretty short, in theory). What ya think?

(and I think it’s pretty boss that he wrote that in Boston, prior to THE SHOW. He was blathering on about Pizzeria Regina, in hindsight….)

November 18, 2008 Posted by | boston, ghost of electricity, ryan adams, world policy journal | Leave a comment

Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment on Prop 8

It’s so hard to believe that on the same DAY that this country takes a huge step forward by electing a black president, we can take such a disgusting step backward and disallow human beings from properly sharing their lives together. I am sickened by this, every day.

November 14, 2008 Posted by | california, keith olbermann, prop 8, special comment | Leave a comment

My blog Wordle

So I took the text from a number of recent wordy blog posts I’ve made and this is what popped up. Pretty cool.

November 11, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment’s top 25 MGMT Remixes. Most are pretty damn good.

taken from the bloggers over at Pretty Much Amazing

click the link to use DTA or whatever to grab all of the songs. chooses its Top 25 MGMT Remixes. I like them:

* “All My Children” (MGMT vs. LCD Soundsystem), Immuzikation
Immuzikation, a.ka. Athens, Georgia’s Alfredo P. Lapuz, Jr., is the mash-up man of the moment, and this extended massaging of LCD’s “All My Friends” (basically a mash-up of Steve Reich and New Order, anyway) with MGMT’s “Kids” is a fascinating mix of aging hipster regret and childlike hipster nostalgia. The soundtrack to a changing of the guard? (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Nasty Feel,” MGMT vs. Justice vs. Notorious B.I.G.
Brooklyn duo ddpesh modestly describe their music as “Daft Punk plus Premier’s beats divided by the Chemical Brothers” (um, good luck with that, fellas). But this hilariously ingenious mash-up of Biggie’s “Nasty Boy” with Justice’s remix of MGMT’s white-soul wafer “Electric Feel” gets a damn sight closer than anything they’ve ever done before. Never thought I’d hear Frank White “freekin’ these bitches like Jodeci” over the hackey-sack slow jam of the year. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Kids” (We Don’t Care EP version), MGMT
The original, cheaply made version sounds like actual guileless kids stumbling into magic — the singing’s less affected, the drama less studio-enhanced, and when the vocals kick in after the electro breakdown and sound of children playing with about minute left to go, you honestly stop caring for a second what the hell they mean by a family of trees wanting to be haunted! (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Of Moons, Birds & Monsters” (AmpLive feat. Mistah F.A.B. Communication Edit), MGMT
Bay Area DJ/producer AmpLive (of Zion-I) takes this frilly deep-album psych stroll and reinvents it entirely, hooking up a personalized rap from hyphy’s crown prince Mistah F.A.B. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “One More Time to Pretend” (MGMT vs. Daft Punk), Immuzikation
Perhaps this mash was inevitable, but Immuzikation just nails it, allowing MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” to bubble out of Daft Punk’s disco fanfare “One More Time” like it’d always been there waiting to emerge. And the Doors outro is pure comedy genius. Thank you, and tip your doorman in sequined hot pants on the way out. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Time to Listen” (DJ Topcat Remix), MGMT vs. Talib Kweli
Oddball mix by Topcat (a.k.a., Tim Fulton, who claims to be a Navy vet of Desert Shield!), deftly juxtaposing Kweli’s forceful motivational rap from “Listen!!!” with MGMT’s sardonic rock-star babble on “Time to Pretend.” Food for thought. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Electric Feel My Shit” (Leif Edit), MGMT
Koo-koo speedfreak mash-up, with Wesleyan bro Leif splicing in Rocky horns and Yo Majesty’s foul-mouthed dancefloor throwdown “Club Action.”Fuck that shit, indeed. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Kids” (Soulwax Nite Version), MGMT
They may have never had an original idea in their lives, but nobody reworks other people’s shit better than these Brit mash-up pros, and their ecstastic, big-room-bludgeoning remix will sound like Godhead filtering up through the floor at Fabric. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Electric Feel” (Justice Remix), MGMT
You haven’t really penetrated the international-asshole party circuit if Gaspy and Xavy haven’t done a half-assed remix of your third-best track. Thing is, this isn’t really half-assed! It’s actually glitchy and funky in equal parts. Maybe they genuinely like this song! (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Teenage Electric Lobotomy” (MGMT vs. Justice vs. the Ramones), the Illuminoids
Somehow not as awkward and one-joke as it should be, warping the two songs together so cleverly that it sounds like MGMT are cooing their sweet little funk nothings after getting a lobotomy from Joey Ramone. The resituating of Dee Dee’s “1-2-3-4″ is a nice touch. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Real Weak” (MGMT vs. Ratatat vs. Lykke Li vs. Teddy Pendergrass vs. the Clash vs. UGK), Immukization
MGMT’s “The Handshake” drifts through a disorienting haze of barely recognizable bits from other tracks, before ending with a voicemail turntablist dis. Cool but baffling. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “The Youth” (MMMatthias Remix), MGMT
“Kids” eats a handful of E and becomes a skipping rave nymph babbling about the absolute truth and beauty of Bob Ross’ paintings to everyone she meets. Impressively subdued, considering the circumstances. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Future Faberge” (AmpLive Remix), MGMT vs. Of Montreal
Though neither really deserve it, the MGMT boys and Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes get a nimbly quick-cut rhythmic stage from which to emote retardedly. AmpLive, you’re a far more generous man than I. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Time To Pretend” (Jorge Elbrecht Remix), MGMT
Dude from New York rockers Violens does a sordid revamp, sucking out the silly, sarcastic fun and injecting ominous waves of dark distortion. Maybe this is really what the inside of Andrew VanWyngarden’s mind sounds like when he takes off the scarf and goes to sleep all alone in his 4-star hotel room in Brussels, but I seriously doubt it. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Electric Feel” (Immuzikation RMX), MGMT
Fairly straightforward, with the synth swirling and shuffling played up (as it should’ve been originally); makes you think MGMT should ditch Dave Fridmann and hire Mr. Lapuz for Album Two. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Columbian Cartel” (Immuzikation BadToThePwnBlend) MGMT + The Ting Tings
Mashes up three Ting Tings songs you don’t like that much (”Be The One, “Keep Your Head,” “That’s Not My Name”) and two MGMT songs you don’t like that much (”4th Dimensional Transition,” “Of Moons, Birds & Monsters”) so they sound like an aborted Animal Collective attempt to soundtrack MTV’s Subterranean. Kind of a transatlantic hipster nightmare, which I assume was the point. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Kids,” the Kooks
Enjoyably strummy British lads (like Oasis crossed with the Strokes, minus the sexy/beastly attitude of either) don’t really capture the essence, but I can see it being considering for a Skins montage, perhaps deep into Season 3. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

* “Electric Feel,” Katy Perry
The Sarah Palin of Pop goes for mike-grabbing vocal intensity, but comes across like a hardened hockey mom sexing it up for the cheap seats. (DOWNLOAD MP3)

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November 9, 2008 Posted by | Justice, LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, Talib Kweli | Leave a comment