Category Archives: Femmes

Black Lips+Jessica Gomes New Direction Video!

“Hi, my name is Chris. I also like Black Lips.” Ahh, the Beavis and Butthead in me comes out!

She has a good taste in music haha.

Check out the Sports Illustrated interview below:

Kate Middleton’s Favorite Band: BLACK LIPS

She was present for the infamous STAGE INVASION that happened at the Heaven Club in London in 2008 and the Dirty Water Club show in 2006. You can actually see her up on stage around the 2:42 mark of that stage invasion video: This is royalty, people. Her favorite song? None other than “Slime and Oxygen” off Good Bad Not Evil. How ironic that song begins “Four years ago I was lost I went to parties and saw kids give around black lights. I saw girls take aerosol spray and spray it down their throat!” This is the kind of info you won’t hear on Entertainment Tonight.

Song of the Day – “Femme Fatale”

After Saturday night, it seemed only fitting for “Sunday Morning” to play after “Femme Fatale” because I literally met a Femme Fatale. I was suckered into a posthumously hilarious situation that I took all too seriously at the time. A very beautiful French woman flirted with me, held my hand, and advised me to follow her into the “special room” which ended up being the front door! So she threw me out and slammed the door. What a clown!

Belated Album Review: (500) Days of Summer

Full Title: (500) Days of Summer
Artists: Various
Year: 2009
Label: 20th Century
1) “A Story of Boy Meets Girl” – Mychael Danna and Rob Simonsen
2) “Us” – Regina Spektor– 9/10
3) “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” – The Smiths– 9
4) “Bad Kids” – Black Lips 10!!!
5) “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” – The Smiths – 9
6) “There Goes the Fear” – Doves-9/10
7) “You Make My Dreams” – Hall & Oates- 8
8) “Sweet Disposition” – The Temper Trap – 10
9) “Quelqu’un m’a dit” – Carla Bruni- 8
10) “Mushaboom” – Feist- 8
11) “Hero” – Regina Spektor- 8/9
12) “Bookends” – Simon & Garfunkel – 10
13) “Vagabond” – Wolfmother- 7/8
14) “She’s Got You High” – Mumm-Ra- 8
15) “Here Comes Your Man” – Meaghan Smith – 9
16) “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” – She & Him- 8

First things fucking last, this review will be centered on the actual record itself and not the placements of the songs in the film, which for the record (no pun intended lol) is executed quite well. Ok, so here we have a great ensemble of “Indie” pop artists with music that reflects the various themes of love and loss in the gem, (500) Days of Summer. Things kick off with Regina Spektor’s spectacular “Us.” I really dig her vocal range and the odd nature of her singing; yet despite its idiosyncracies the song still feels very pop like and indeed catchy. Being a huge Smiths fan, I enjoy their offerings on here. I admire Zooey Deschanel and her group She and Him for covering “Please.” Naturally, it does not match the original, but it is not too far off and in fact, some of it’s flaw (though it has very little flaw) is due to it sounding too much like the original and not really venturing in its own direction. I appreciate the fact that my favorite band, the Black Lips (like y’all didn’t know!) are receiving more exposure with the inclusion of their triumphant song, “Bad Kids.” Those that like this ditty, please check out the rest of their discography. Check it out on here! Alright, that’s enough KLYAM promotion midway into a review. “There Goes the Fear” (Doves) and “Sweet Disposition” (The Temper Trap) rank as some of my favorite tracks and definitely some of my favorites of recent times. I feel like those two songs, especially, the latter have hit potential, if they are not big enough already. Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bookends” completes the coming of age, twenty-something feel of this album/film and Meghan Smith’s cover of the Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man” is amazing and truly brings out the tune’s pop hooks, even more than the original. All in all, one of my favorite soundtracks from one of my favorite films.

Grade: A/A-

Classic Album Review: Superfuzz Bigmuff

Artist: Mudhoney
Full Title: Superfuzz Bigmuff plus Early Singles
Year: 1988 (recorded), 1990 (released)
Label: Sub Pop
1) Touch Me I’m Sick– 10
2) Sweet Young Thing (Ain’t Sweet No More)– 9
3) Hate the Police (The Dicks)- 8
4) Burn It Clean- 8
5) You Got It (Keep It Outta My Face)– 9
6) Halloween (Sonic Youth)- 8
7) No One Has- 8/9
8) If I Think- 8
9) In “N” Out of Grace– 9
10) Need- 8
11) Chain That Door- 7/8
12) Mudride- 7/8

NOTE: “The album contains the entire Superfuzz Bigmuff EP, the A-sides and B-sides of 2 singles, and 2 covers from split singles with Sonic Youth and The Dicks.”- Wikipedia.

For those of you youngsters out there that are strugglin’ with the ladies, here’s a new pick up line for y’all to try out. Tell em’ “Touch Me I’m Sick!” So, after you get clocked in the face, grab a case of beer and get rowdy with this sucker. Here we have the legendary Mudhoney at their muddiest. Loud, fuzzy, muzzy guitars, pouding drums and the distinctive, apathetic drone of singer, Mark Arm. These songs have that filthy feel to them, but at the same time the riffs are memorable/catchy and Arm’s vocals are pretty damn clear, especially for this kind of music. As we all know this became the template for the Seattle Scene and what would become known to the rest of the world as “Grunge” (yes, I hate the term too, but it’s useful as a point of reference). This record and this band are without a doubt influential, but a tad bit overrated. Don’t get me wrong, most of the songs on here are good, it’s a very good record, but there are only a few great, stand out tracks, and yes they are exquisite. “Touch Me I’m Sick,” is fucking great for headbanging and I can imagine moshing; as a whole Mudhoney is great for an intoxicated state, particularly “Touch.” It’s a classic for a reason, well many reasons. Of course sonically it showscases the garagey Seattle sound better than any other tune in their catalog, but for me, the lyrics and presentation of those lyrics are also extremely vital. It’s a song I can relate to, a different kinda love ballad, if you will. You see it’s the honest male emotion that’s key here- “I’m a creep and I’m a jerk”- Arm’s nastiness and brutal delivery turns girls off, while spineless blokes like John Mayer sing about your daughter and tell the females exactly what they want to hear, so they can love him, at least they used to. But enough of that ranting and raving, “Touch” is complemented by its B-Side, “Sweet Young Thing,” which is the second track on this compilation, making it one of the greatest singles of all time. “In ‘N’ Out of Grace” is certainly one of my favorite tracks and exemplifies the group’s excellent guitar playing; one of the best riffs I have ever heard. All in all, this is a really good record, but not exceptional. I feel like Mudhoney is more of a “sound” band, like they have a great sound to almost all of these songs, but for me to love this thang, I need more fabulous tracks. It’s definitely worth a few listens and if you like “grunge” music, then well, you suck if you haven’t heard this and shouldn’t call yourself a fan of said style, but I’ll give you a break and let you listen to this and impress your average mainstream listening friends.

Grade: B+