Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Darth Vader is Luke’s father (spoiler alert!)

I don’t go to many concerts, but oh, how many times I’ve wanted to write a variant of this brilliant letter upon leaving the movie theater. My particular curse is not the annoying music fan, but the Guy Who Narrates Everything That Happens in the Movie to his girlfriend/wife, a tragic woman who apparently is […]

Symphony of the night, again

There so needs to be a heavy-metal rock opera based on the original Castlevania trilogy soundtrack–preferably by a European prog rock band with crazy hair, Ren-fair stage costumes, and a ridiculously melodramatic Goth name. But until that day, I’m content to listen to this guy’s hard-rock renditions of the music of Castlevania. His in-progress “Unchosen […]

It's a mad, mad, mad, mad war

I haven’t really been following Gears of War at all, except to occasionally notice that it looks pretty nifty. But I have to applaud this this GoW trailer, which juxtaposes the game’s bleak setting with the haunting version of “Mad World” I first heard on the Donnie Darko soundtrack. Classy. by

Open letter to the musicians of the world

We interrupt this long gap of blog silence to bring you an important message. Musicians of the world, You know that super-secret hidden track you guys keep putting at the end of the last track on your CDs? Well, you may stop doing that now. It was last considered “cool” sometime around 1991. In 1991, […]

Symphony of the night

The Minibosses perform a Castlevania medley. Really takes you back, eh? The Castlevania series had some truly excellent music. It crops up regularly in my MP3 playlist, at least… by

Did I ever mention that I hate the beat poets?

Just in case you were wondering: the worst song ever recorded is not, in fact, Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping.” It is the version of REM’s “Star Me Kitten” in which William S. Burroughs (coincidentally the worst writer in the history of literature) reads some sort of whacked-out poem inspired by a Marlene Dietrich song. It’s… unlistenable. Just […]

Heroin is so passe

If there’s a song greater than the Dandy Warhols’ Not If You Were the Last Junkie On Earth, I’ve yet to hear it. (On a related note, I’ve heard that if that music video and Requiem for a Dream are played at the same time, they will annihilate each other and trigger the Apocalypse. Don’t […]

Your friendly neighborhood harbinger of the Apocalypse

I gingerly dropped the CD into the tray, put on my headphones, and pressed Play. This was a new album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which meant that I had absolutely no idea what was about to happen. My first encounter with Nick Cave’s music took place several years ago and is an […]

And the road becomes my bride

Now seriously, I ask you–is there any album that rocks more than Metallica’s black album? I think not. I mean, I like the new U2 CD as much as anybody else. But if you put Bono in the ring against James Hetfield, I think we all know who would win. by

Me gusta Megadeth

Truly, you have not lived until you have heard Dave Mustaine growl out a Megadeth tune in Spanish. Trust me on this one. by