Posts tagged “Busdriver”

Monday, 24 January 2011

O So Much Musics

There’s so much live music goin’ on right now-ish that I’ve either just seen or am going to see! It’s crazy! Here’s a brief rundown:

Here’s the really cool thing: With the exception of Busdriver’s show, I personally know someone playing in each of these shows!

Grr… now that I’m looking at that list I’m pretty positive I left something out. I can’t think of it right now, though.

*EDIT* Tangentbot pointed out in the comments that I forgot to mention that he’ll be providing the music for Three Ninjas at the Chop Suey show. SEE!? I KNEW I’D FORGET SOMETHING!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Links, Music.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

3Ninjas, Open Mike Eagle, & Busdriver

For many a year now, Busdriver has been consistently near the top of my list of favorite musicians. He’s been featured a couple of times on this here blog of mine, as well as having an album be an “Of the Month” at least once.

Earlier this year I was exposed to one of my now all-time favorite hip-hop artists, Open Mike Eagle, through my good pals Three Ninjas and NHP (Natural HyPe man). I’ve met him twice since, and his album “Unapologetic Art Rap” was my “Of the Month” back in May. He’s a really, really cool guy.

SPEAKING OF Three Ninjas, I’ve known him for a few years now, and seen him perform countless times all over the Seattle area. His latest album, “Three Ninjas is Smarter Than a Lettuce” is fantastic and you should own it and listen to it ALL OF THE TIME.

ANYWAYS. Open Mike Eagle and Busdriver collaborated on a song on “Unapologetic Art Rap” called “Original Butterscotch Confection.”

Well, now Three Ninjas has made an officially sanctioned remix of “Original Butterscotch Confection” for Open Mike Eagle! I think that the 3Ninjas remix is an improvement over the original. Threeni has turned the song into a delirious circus of sound, with an alarmingly entertaining twist in tone towards the end.

But don’t just take my word for it! Take a listen!

It’s three of my favorite hip-hop artists making frikkin’ fantastic music together. I’M SO HAPPY! Also, this remix has been mentioned in Above Ground Magazine and on Mush Records’ website!

You can download the 3Ninjas remix FOR FREE right HERE!

And also, you should own all of these albums:

Categories: Links, Music.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Mix CD Mania

One thing you might not know about me is that I don’t listen to a lot of music, by which I mean I tend to focus on a small selection of music and then listen to it over and over and over again.

One of the things I do is I make Mix CDs that I listen to while I’m driving around—to and from work, to and from Fools Play, etc. Thing is, I only make one Mix CD about every three months and that’ll be pretty much all that I’ll listen to until I make another one.

Traditionally I go iTunes and organize my music by most recently added, then start pulling the best songs over to a new playlist as I work my way back in time through my music collection. This way my Mix CDs tend to have a handful of songs that I’ve acquired recently. I also try not to put in too many songs that were in my previous Mix CD. But I don’t add much music to my collection very often, so doing it that way only fills up a portion of the CD. So then I delve into my list of all-time most listenable songs. Y’know, the songs that I don’t really ever get tired of listening to (the playlist that I call “Ultimate Flawless Victory” in iTunes) and toss in a few of those. Then I look at all of the songs in my collection that I’ve given four or five stars and toss in a few of those.

These Mix CDs are both reflective and projective. I try to incorporate how my musical tastes have changed over the past three months while at the same time trying to predict what I’ll want to listen to for the next three months.

Here are the last two CDs I created:

August 2009:

  1. Always Been There Anyway – Julia Massey
  2. Around the Bend – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  3. Brain Problem Situation – They Might Be Giants
  4. Buddy Holly – Weezer
  5. Cellars by Starlight – Kay Hanley
  6. Golden Blunders – The Posies
  7. Good Fish – Julia Massey
  8. Have a F*****g Baby – Three Ninjas
  9. Headphones on Your Heart – Leeni
  10. House of Mayors – John linnell
  11. The Last Thing On Your Mind – Lights
  12. Little Fighter X – Fighter X
  13. Lollipop – Mika
  14. Lovebite – Order of the Crimson Wizard
  15. Me + Yr Daughter – Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
  16. Over and Over – Leeni
  17. Red Underwears – Three Ninjas
  18. Say It Ain’t So – Weezer
  19. Shut Up and Let Me Go – The Ting Tings
  20. Soft Rocked By Me – Jonathan Coulton
  21. Somewhere on This Couch – The Crazy Boy Floyds
  22. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  23. You Don’t Know Me – Ben Folds (featuring Regina Spektor)

November 2009 (there is one repeat song from the August CD—see if you can spot it)

  1. Dance, Dance, Dance – Lykke Li
  2. Dirt Bike – They Might Be Giants
  3. Doll Partz – Order of the Crimson Wizard
  4. Heading Out at Dawn – Terrapin Productions
  5. Jenny Towner – Julia Massey
  6. Los Angeles – They Might Be Giants
  7. Mario’s Café – Saint Etienne
  8. Powers – Three Ninjas
  9. Pride & Strawberry Wine – The Wastelanders
  10. A Quiet Room – Tangentbot
  11. Secret Skin – Busdriver
  12. Spin Around – Josie & The Pussycats
  13. Stairs – Locust Street Taxi
  14. Starry Eyed Surprise – Oakenfold
  15. Stop – Spice Girls
  16. Sun Shower – Busdriver
  17. Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
  18. Theme from “Greatest American Hero” – Joey Scarbury
  19. True Affection – The Blow
  20. Ugly Girl – Fleming & John
  21. Vancouver – They Might Be Giants
  22. Veronica – Elvis Costello
  23. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  24. What’s Golden – Jurassic 5
  25. Your Love Is a Drug – Puffy AmiYumi

I have no idea what these songs say about me, so feel free to psychoanalyze me to your hearts’ content based solely on the content of these lists. Enjoy!

Categories: Music.

Friday, 28 March 2008

Hard To Drive a Bus in the Snow

Yesterday (Thursday) we woke up to snow on the ground. This was no big surprise considering that it was snowing Wednesday evening. It was kind of a surprise that it was snowing at all this close to April, though. This never happens ’round these parts. I got Carrie off to work nonetheless, and from there she left for Portland for the weekend (boo).

After work I came home, had a sammitch, fed Suki, took care of a couple of sundries around the house, then I headed up to Seattle. It started to snow again while I was on my way up there!

I hung out with Sandy a bit and then we went and got Mathias and proceeded to have dinner at Taki’s Mad Greek. This has got to be one of my favorite Greek restaurants evar. Especially the Oven Baked Feta appetizer. And their pork is cooked just right: not too much, but not too little. And everything just tastes really, really tasty.

I also took a photo of the decorations in the men’s room:

On the left there we have a completely nude Poseidon, but on the right we have Theseus covering his privates with a leaf! I wonder why. Does he not measure up to Poseidon? I just thought it was funny.

After dinner we parked near their apartment and then walked through the bitter cold (though it wasn’t snowing at that time) to Neumos, where we met up with Jason and his wife Jennifer, as well as Geoff and Lisa!

Why were we there? Why, to see Busdriver, of course! Look:



The man moves as fast as he raps; it’s difficult to get a good picture of him. Just look at the blur lines on his left hand in those pictures!

When we got to Neumos we were basically the only people there. Everybody else was in the attached bar. When Busdriver took the stage we were still practically the only people there, but Busdriver plunged ahead anyway. A handful of other people trickled in after he started (30 to 40). Last time I saw him the place was packed so we all thought it was weird, until we figured out that this was a 21-up show, and he usually plays to all-ages at Neumos. I guess only the kids like the Busdriver.

Anyhoo, it was a great set, and he did that cover of Man, It’s So Loud in Here by They Might Be Giants that I really like. He played for just under an hour. We all met him over at his merch table, where Sandy bought the last copy of his rarities CD. He told me he’d go to his car and see if he could find another, but I wasn’t able to catch him again before we left. I talked to him a bit about that TMBG song he does, and he said it was pretty old and he was thinking of retiring it. He’s very shy and awkward off the stage. Hopefully he’ll have another copy next time he comes into town.

Sandy kinda creeped him out by showing him a picture of the Busdriver Bot magnet that she made.

An hour after he left the stage the “main attraction,” the Gray Boy All-Stars took the stage, and suddenly the theater was swarmed with frat boys, bros, and similar early-to-mid 30s types (and the kind of women who hang out with them). They were a jazzy kind of quintet, with drums, bass, guitar, sax, and keyboards. They were all very skilled musicians, but it was just not what we were in the mood for, and also didn’t really sound like what they offer on their MySpace page. They sounded like they were straight out of 1985. Seriously! They even looked it.

At one point Sandy turned to me and said something to the effect that she felt like they were a band that the Huxtables would go and watch on the Cosby show. Mathias summed it up best by saying they were “Sportscoat and Bluejeans” jazz. They didn’t go with Busdriver at all, so it wasn’t a big surprise that none of their fans came out to see Busdriver go crazy.

We left after four or so songs. Jason gave us a ride back to S&M’s apartment, and from there I drove on home.

You can read Mathias’s “version” of events over at his website. He’s got some really crazy pictures up, too.

Categories: Life, Links, Music, Pictures, Restaurants.