Music


Bonnaroo 2007

Posted on June 20th, 2007 by John Stewart

Bonnaroo. The word elicits in me both terror and delight.

There is no place like it in the world. Think about the freakiest part of the freakiest city you know. Now go freakier. It’s an amazing amalgam of 80,000 dirty stinking hippies, dozens and dozens of great bands, lots of illicit drugs, and a strong dollop of Tennessee June heat and copious amounts of choking dust or mucky smelly mud, depending on the year.

This year was my third. I’m a glutton for punishment.

A buddy of mine and I drove down together (his second ‘Roo) and hooked up with some of his brothers-in-law and assorted friends, seven cars in total. It was a superb group of folks to hang out with and get funky.

We scored a most excellent campsite (for those who were there, right by pod 3 and not far from … Read More »


Idol

Posted on May 23rd, 2007 by John Stewart

Suz and I have been occasional American Idol fans. We watched most of the first season, but we’ve been fairly indifferent since then. The horrible singers in the beginning stages are really the best part, IMHO.

For whatever reason, we started watching it more this year. I gotta say, I love Blake. After the performance on Bon Jovi night of You Give Love a Bad Name, I have to give him huge props. Definitely the most original Idol arrangement I’ve ever seen, and he did it when he needed to to stand out from the other five left at the time. He really knocked it out of the park (make sure to check the last clip in this post, too, for this final beatbox performance):

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The only other performance that night that was close was from LaKisha, singing Ain’t a Love Song. … Read More »


Merry Mixmas 2006

Posted on December 13th, 2006 by John Stewart

DJ RIko (mentioned expectantly in my previous post) has just released his 2006 Christmas mix. I’m downloading this now, so I can’t comment on the quality, but past years’ versions have always been excellent!

Here is his Mixmas page.

This is the direct link to a torrent which has the entire thing as a 320kbps mp3 with album art.

From his description:This year’s edition includes a special treat — an exclusive new track by Amillionsons. Their "Super Sharp Santa" is the best drum-and-bass Christmas song you’ll ever hear and also features what just might be the best use of sleigh bells ever. It’s a song that sounds better and better with each listen.


Santastic II

Posted on December 8th, 2006 by John Stewart

Sick of every damn holiday song, yet you still want some merry music? Here’s your solution.

It’s damn good, and I guarantee you’ve never heard ’em before.

djBC of Beastles fame has gathered a collection of mixups and mashups from all around the world for Santastic II (why do I want to say Electric Boogaloo after that?).

The headliner, in my mind, is Sarah Silverman’s Give da Jew Girl Toys (Dirty) mashed up with Da Da Da Da by A plus D:
I hate to say it Santa, but you’re acting like a dick. You should give presents to everyone that’s good and not just to your personal clique.

You bring me a toy to open Christmas morning, I’ll let you be my boyfriend all dirty fat and horny. oh yeah oh yeah

What does Jesus have to do with you? You’ve … Read More »


Gross or Not?

Posted on April 2nd, 2006 by John Stewart

In August of 2004, two friends and I trekked from Madison, WI to Coventry, VT for the final Phish concerts.

Along with hordes of dirty hippies came a deluge of rain. We managed to get in early, but this was a mixed blessing because we’d be among the last to be able to leave.

As soon as the last show ended, all the roads immediately became clogged with traffic. We could do nothing but wait.

Well, if cars couldn’t get out, that meant the shit trucks couldn’t get in…

…and that meant a lot of really fucking sick porta-potties.

August heat.A hundred thousand hippies.A few dozen shitters.

I have said since then I would present the gross to the world, and now I finally present it to you. Based … Read More »