Posts tagged ‘Pop’

It’s a Fred Schneider Friday

For some reason, as early as last night at around 7, when I heard this song on my iPod, I had a feeling today was gonna be a little batshit. No idea why I felt that way; just a tingle in my bones, I guess.

A batshit Friday requires some Fred Schneider. Enjoy.


April 24, 2009 at 3:30 pm 2 comments

The Pop Geek PopCast #8 (Monday Monday)

It has been FIVE MONTHS. That is TOO LONG.

Songs I like, carefully arranged, taking no more than twenty minutes of your time. Kind of a power-poppy take, a musical wake-up call for the start of another average work week.

In defiance of the laws of God and man, you can download it too. Beware: It has swears.

Tracklist post-jump.

March 2, 2009 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

Pop Autopsy: “I Kissed A Girl,” Katy Perry

For weeks after this song became omnipresent, I hoped it was a cover of the clever pop ditty by Jill Sobule. After learning it wasn’t, I became sorta defiant and stubborn; how dare some low-rent chanteuse rip off a better songwriter’s idea?

Finally, I heard the song, and it wasn’t much at all what I expected–more driving, demanding, but stupid as can be.

There’s always the backdrop, which I can never ignore–reading a Katy Perry profile in Entertainment Weekly stuck a knife into my grudging respect for the singer/songwriter, after it revealed that her early career was spent trying to claw her way up the contemporary Christian music ladder. It spoke of her transition from Jesus-loving songstress to girl-kissing pop diva not from any kind of spiritual revelation, but from a calculating music business angle–Perry wanted to make it, and she didn’t seem to care much what it took. Charming.

But the SONG, you ask–what about the song?!

November 28, 2008 at 3:31 pm 2 comments

Purest Pop: “Cannibal Queen,” Miniature Tigers

Those involved in self-destructive behavior often have what they describe as a “rock-bottom moment,” when they realize the damage they’ve been doing to themselves and loved ones through their actions.

Last night, right after the “previously on One Tree Hill,” my wife and I seemed to simultaneously hit rock bottom, and without much fanfare, we decided to watch Mad Men instead, which was as great an hour of television as I’ve ever seen.

So no OTH recap this week. Instead, I have a special treat, a new song that you will love if you are conscious, and in possession of a brain and an ass to shake.

Miniature Tigers came out of nowhere and mauled my music-loving heart. Their first single, “Cannibal Queen” starts out with a guitar riff that makes it sound like it’s gonna be some kind of dark new wave pop thing, but then it steers hard toward BenKwellerLand and stays straight on the road toward the great state of Light, Breezy Indie Pop.

Catchy as the bubonic plague, especially this part about “la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la, love you, Cannibal Queen,” with this fuzzy trippy little guitar solo, it’s one of those songs. You know the type–you cannot help but clutch “Cannibal Queen” close to your chest and hug the living shit out of it.

I have a headache. You have some music to listen to. Enjoy.

Get the rekkid!

October 21, 2008 at 11:40 am 1 comment

The Pop Geek PopCast 7

Songs I like, carefully arranged, taking no more than twenty minutes, this time with mostly newish music! Shocking, I know.

For this and possibly future PopCasts, I am utilizing the pretty awesome Muxtape, which is an online mix generator where you upload the mp3s, pick the order, and then it spits out a playlist online. Muxtape makes the process far more simple on my end and has the same ultimate result on your end–click below, then click the first song title, and you hear the PopCast.

Lemme know how that works for y’all–it seems neat to me but I just started playing with it.

The Pop Geek PopCast 7

April 4, 2008 at 7:52 am 2 comments

Does your mother know?

With an absolute unshakable conviction in the sanctity of my own guyhood, I will freely admit this: I saw Mamma Mia during its touring production in Chicago, and had a great time. It involved at one point standing up, and clapping, and singing along to “Dancing Queen.”

That said, this trailer gives me pause.

Mamma Mia

I’m not sure if it’s the Meryl Streep belting ABBA, or the corny jokes that seem to thud a bit more loudly trapped forever on the screen than they would delivered within the ephemeral womb of the theater…but it’s an odd-looking duck, that’s for sure.

I’ve always had a weakness for ABBA, however–some of the best-written pop songs of the past fifty years, says I–so maybe this will be a rental for me. Or something I’ll catch on cable.

Alone. Without my wife. Which I say, again, with an absolutely unshakable conviction in the sanctity of my guyhood.

March 19, 2008 at 2:25 pm 1 comment

Pop Autopsy: “How To Save A Life,” The Fray

I can’t believe it’s been like three weeks between posts. I’ve been busy.

However, I have had lurking in the back of my mind the thought that I got a really good response for my first Pop Autopsy. I just couldn’t figure out which song to choose next.

Then I was in a restaurant, or a mall, or perhaps even a crematorium, and heard the familiar plinking piano notes of a song that has driven me crazy with both mild like and raging hate over the past year or so, and I realized I had found my next corpse.

It is shocking to me that this song came out in 2005. That’s what the lyrics page said. Maybe that’s wrong.

No mp3 to hear this time round but if you’ve somehow managed to miss “How To Save A Life” by The Fray, it’s probably for the best. What we’ve got here is a mild acoustic mid-tempo number in the mold of a less-produced Coldplay; the tune is driven by an insistent piano riff, which I am always a sucker for, and which is probably the chief reason I will even leave this horseshit on the radio when it comes on.

March 14, 2008 at 2:49 pm 2 comments

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