Archive for December, 2006

Episode 009 – The Top 15 Albums to Get Lifted to: Pt. 2

December 31, 2006

The list continues with classic hits from Sigur Ros to The Beatles. Along with a live performance from Cloak & Dagger intern, Joshua Gillis.

Featured Music:

10. Sigur Ros – Untitled 3
9. Xiu Xiu – Bunny Gamer
8. Brand New – Guernica
7. The Beatles – You Never Give Me Your Money
6. Circulatory System – The Lovely Universe

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December 28, 2006

I haven’t listened to Statistics in the longest time mostly due to Denver Dalley’s electronic beats, and songs that wouldn’t have a lasting effect on me, the listener. One of the only songs I felt that had a decent sound to it was “2 A.M.”, which was actually written by The Good Life’s (and Cursive…) Timothy Kasher. You can listen to Kasher’s acoustic version of the song over here. I prefer this version to the album version sung by Dalley.

Any-who, as for Mesa’s statistics – we’re growing in them numbers. The podcast is doing better than it has before, and the site is attracting much more attention than it was when we were on Blogger, and it has only been a few weeks. Now, I just have to find a way to actually write about things you readers like.

Most of you won’t comment this, or possibly even read this whole bit. But if you are reading, please tell your friends to check the site out, and listen to the podcast. It would be a nice treat for the people who spend their highs and their drunken buzzes, on the p-cast. They don’t do these things because they want to (except for Joshua Edds).

So, I leave you all until the next post on Saturday, which will bring a new podcast for download. Until then, listen to all your favorite albums of ’06 and get off the internet. Find a buddy and go ice fishing (if you have ice).


The Microphones – 2 New Songs; “Don’t Smoke” / “Get Off the Internet” (2006)

December 26, 2006

The Microphones – 2 New Hit Songs; “Don’t Smoke” / “Get Off the Internet” (2006)
By Ian Cruz

If I have ever heard three song titles that gave me the answer to all of my prayers those would be “Don’t Worry, We Can Still Be Friends”, and the two new Microphones’ songs “Don’t Smoke” and “Get Off the Internet”.

“Don’t Smoke” has Phil Elverum howling on the fact that minors are being foolish for wasting their money on cigarettes, and will end up paying the price with the possibility of dieing. It’s nice that the song is upbeat and has that old Microphones’ sound. Kind of makes up for the lecturing.

For a guy who religiously uses the Internet, I really dig the second song on this 7″, “Get Off the Internet”. It’s a beautiful tune, with a few “Oh”‘s and “Ah”‘s. Elverum’s words “We are the ones who are alive / So let’s start living” are sung in a passionate tone, but yet a smudge muffled. It’s all right though, what can you really expect out of a Microphones’ song?

(Lighten up)

Canceled; Mesa Love Podcast – Ep.8

December 23, 2006

I remember that little green gecko who was Gieco’s mascot, being fairly humorous and cute. Now, we are watching these commercials with a caveman that complains all the time. They’re not funny or entirely entertaining. Some may have that one punchline at the very end that can revive the advertisement from being cut, but there are still a lot that have no appeal towards it’s viewers. It’s sad that the stations must rely on the money from their advertisers, and when they start noticing people aren’t watching the shows, they cancel them.

One of my favorite shows, Arrested Development, was canceled just last June after not receiving as many watchers as it deserved. Arrested Development, by Mitchell Hurwitz, was a show with a well developed cast of characters and the actors and actresses who played them. Playing the lead of the show who keeps a balance for his family, Patrick Bateman, who plays Michael Bluth, has done a magnificent job staring as a lead of a hit-or-miss show. In fact, the show had a strong fan base, and won an Emmy.

But now I am watching That 70’s Show(canceled after Topher Grace left), and it’s a good episode (the one where Red is Santa Clause). So, I will go ahead and stop, and just leave you with episode eight of the Mesa Love Podcast, The Top 15 Albums to Get Lifted to: Pt. 1 (another show that is losing ratings).


Episode 008 – The Top 15 Albums to Get Lifted to: Pt. 1

December 23, 2006

Kurt makes his return to the podcast to discuss the issues going on with the site and talk about nothing of importance. Listen in as we play the first few songs from the list.

Featured Music:
15. Modest Mouse – “Paper Thin Walls”; The Moon and Antarctica
14. The Cure – “Just Like Heaven”; Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
13. Broken Social Scene – “Lover’s Split”; You Forgot It in People
12. Of Montreal – “Your Magic Is Working”; Satanic Panic in the Attic
11. The Microphones – “I Felt Your Shape”; The Glow Pt. 2


Readers, Feeders, & 1337395 – Site Update 12/17 – 12/23

December 20, 2006

I’ve got this great idea! Starting now, the site is going to follow a kind of set update time that are mandatory for our blog.
If you have no clue what I am talking about, just keep reading on.

These are the days you will find our bi-weekly updates, and reviews:

Wednesday & Saturday – Site updates will happen on these days. Topics can be on anything.
Saturday – Along with new site update, a Podcast will be launched.
Tuesday – New review.

So, that is the new lineup. Pretty groovy…


So, I’m pretty excited to watch The Decemberists, and Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central, go at it in a Guitar Solo Challenge after The Decemberists “stole” the idea of Colbert’s “Green Screen Challenge”. I’m not so sure who I think will win. Will guitarist, Chris Funk, out due Colbert and show him who’s the god of indie prog/rock? Or will Colbert prove himself worthy of an apology from Colin Meloy and The Decemberists?

Top 15 Albums To Get Lifted To

December 19, 2006

People are always saying that what they love about tripping, is the feeling of floating, or the many laughs and peeing-of-the-pants that may occur. In my case, my favorite thing about getting baked is listening to some good albums that inspire me to do things I wouldn’t be doing now. If it wasn’t for music I wouldn’t be learning how to play the instruments I own, writing my repulsive reviews, or reading books. I’d be playing video games, while singing some Metallica. That sounds horrible.


December 15, 2006

I feel that I need to update you, the reader, on things that are happening to the blog and the team consisting of my counter-part and peice, Joshua, and myself. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but last night around this same time, Joshua came to me through one of the only good programs that was released by AOL, AOL Instant Messenger. All he had to say to me was that I’m completely losing myself, and that every time he lays his eyes on me, all that he sees is shit. I sound like shit and even look like it almost 97% of the time I go outside of my house. 100% when indoors.

Well readers, I don’t hate Joshua at all for his words of anguish. Instead, I take them as words of truth and pity. Joshua has everything together for himself; some good grades, a good gal, and the power to shred. I, on the hand, am a loner who seeks someone and something to talk to, but when it comes down to it – I am a disappointment.
Tell you the truth, I have no reason for telling you this. None what-so-ever. Just feel like I need to be more open to those who read this rubish.

With Love and Squalor,
Ian C.

The top CDs to ask for for Christmas

December 11, 2006

“Rockstar Jesus”

Top CDs for X-Mas
Josh Edds and Ian Cruz

2006; Pluto the planet impugned, Playstation 3 debut causes chaos and Chamillionaire is ridin’ dirty? Amidst the clutter and confusion, 2006 has released some of the tastiest and most succulent tunes by far. Numerous unheard-of artists were promoted to instant superstar status after their infectious singles, unceasingly refusing to die (“Crazy,” anyone?) Though their overplayed songs have been on a rapid rate towards ranking “astronomical” on the “annoyance scale,” the following bands have undeniably released the definite soundtrack for 2006:

The DecemberistsThe Crane Wife

Big things happen for those who wait; at least it is the case for the indie/folk rock group, the Decemberists. For over four years, the underground quintet has eschewed the passé angst-filled lyrical content that through the favoring of a storytelling approach with lyrics that echo historical themes and figures. This year, however, marks a change as the Decemberists have left their independent labels to sign with Capitol Records for the 2006 production The Crane Wife. Based on a venerable Japanese folk tale, the album contains ten of the most hyper-literate and musically balanced songs ever produced by the Decemberists; a must-have album for anyone with an adoration for diversified music.

CursiveHappy Hollow

Cellist Gretta Cohn’s departure after The Difference Between Houses and Homes in 2005 left a void in their music. Shortly after, Cursive’s Tim Kasher spoke about having a horn section in the band’s fifth album during a spring 2006 interview with Pitchfork Media. Many doubts circulated about the mesh of Cursive and horns, and many fans grew disconcerted as to the loss of a cellist. With the release of Happy Hollow, many of the doubts have been put to rest, showcasing some of their most prolific and intense material to date. Happy Hollow gracefully intertwines the new addition of a horn section with their idiosyncratic melodic guitars and walking bass lines; a great addition to any indie/rock lover’s collection.

IncubusLight Grenades

Returning from their platinum-selling album Megalomaniac(2005), Incubus brings their might and power into their latest album, Light Grenades. Almost two years in the making, the new release is littered with in-your-face alternative rock and punk. Blending the earlier heavier sounds from the 1997 release, S.C.I.E.N.C.E and their more recent experimental, Megalomaniac, Light Grenades serves up a brassy attitude with purposeful music, proving that content is still valued in music, thus proving their dominance in the modern rock world.

Tenacious DThe Pick of Destiny

Five years; five long years have passed since the “D’s” premier self-titled album was released. It has been an exhausting absence, unceasingly hindering in the back of many “D-ciples” minds. Finally, Jack Black and Kyle Gass have blessed the world with their epic release of The Pick of Destiny. With the assistance of Meatloaf and the legendary Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Tenacious D dishes out some of the most devilishly tasty snacks for the many hungry fans. Though majority of the album includes a full-on electric rock ensemble, the “D’s” idiosyncratic behavior has not been hindered. Armed with an arsenal of rock-a-licious songs about being “metal,” to songs that draw you to question what mixture of drug paraphernalia was induced during the production, The Pick of Destiny is sure to melt some faces and crack smiles.

ChamillionaireThe Sound of Revenge

If your song is a victim to Weird Al Yankovich, you know you have done something big in the music world. The Sound of Revenge has gone double-platinum this year, and with high hopes, history will repeat next year with the release of Chamillionaire’s. It must be tough to be the man who recorded the infamous rap single, “Ridin’;” counting an endless amount of dollar bills can drain a man, you know. The man even invented a term for the ludicrously ludicrous sum of cash; yes, it sure is hard being Chamillionaire, that heavy “bling” can sure weigh a man down.

Gnarls BarkleySt. Elsewhere

“I think you’re crazy” if you are still infatuated with the numero uno song that echoed against the radio waves like a shriek in a cave this year. St. Elsewhere ought to be elsewhere, (in a trashcan perhaps?); instead, Gnarls Barkley continues to pound their infectious single “Crazy” into the minds of millions. The continual airplay generates a lingering question; when will it end?(!) Despite its gradual annoyance, St. Elsewhere might as well be titled, “The Soundtrack of ’06.”

The Red Hot Chili PeppersStadium Arcadium

As Guitar Player magazine’s journalist Barry Cleveland theorizes, “those given to cosmic speculation might easily conclude that John Frusciante was born to play guitar in the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” Stadium Arcadium may as well be Frusciante’s sonic biography, as his watermark funk/blues style is evident on every track. Forgetting most of their extensive discography and using only experience, RHCP have produced their most energetic and musical record thus far. Stadium Arcadium seems to be the quintessential RHCP album; the album they were meant to make.

Brand NewThe Devil and God are Raging Inside Me

As Brand New’s third studio album, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is remarkably impressive compaired to its predecessor, Deja Entendu. Brand New’s latest release is nothing short of musically sophisticated and lyrically complex, coming from a band that began their career as a gang of juvenile pop punk showmen. Long-gone, so it seems, are the records emphasizing emotional theatre; nice to see you have grown up, gentlemen. Overall, The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me will make a great addition to most any collection.

BeckThe Information
“see review”

Beck; clarity through the clutter

December 11, 2006

Beck-The Information
Interscope (2006)
by Josh Edds

Re-inventing yourself continually can be a daunting task; especially when you have legions of fans anticipating the next mutation. For musical nomad and cultural reconnoiterer Beck Hansen, the alterations seem to come with ease.
Beck’s collective material progressively finds itself in a musical metamorphoses, with each addition becoming more eclectic and enriched than the last. Over three years in the making, Beck’s newest CD entitled, The Information, was released by Interscope on Oct.3. Nigel Godrich, producer on Beck’s previous albums Mutations and Seachange, is onboard once again to bring clarity to Beck’s sonic clutter, producing the 15 plenary tracks on the record. The album serves as a compelling document to some of Beck’s best groove-based material since the release of Midnite Vultures in 1999, as well as a resurrection of the playful, more idiosyncratic Beck behavior that was characterized and modeled after his popular release of Odelay in 1996. Full of rhythmically-rich tracks that range from sample-heavy hip-hop one moment, to fully-indulged folk-rock synthpop the next, Beck’s latest effort is nothing short of inclusive. His lyrical ingenuity proves to be in high-gear this album and all the more apropos, spouting stories about modern-day affairs involving topics such as biotech, the shrinking middleclass, perpetual war and even Scientology. Beck’s most significant change on the album, however, is his lyric portrayal. Older songs such as “Hotwax” are full of metaphor–“Sawdust songs of the plaid bartenders Western Unions of the country westerns Silver foxes looking for romance
In the chain smoke Kansas flashdance ass pants
And you got the hotwax residues
You never lose in your razor blade shoes,” whereas songs on The Information give the listener a lucent glimpse into his spirituality, among other topic matters. An example of the lyrical changes taken place on the new album is the song “Strange Apparition,” –“ When the Lord rings my front door
And asks me what I got to show
Besides the dust in my pockets
And the things that just eat away my soul.”
For an artist who typically supplies lyrics through hip-check wordplay and metaphor, it may be difficult to adjust to the new format.
Over 18 years, 12 official CDs have been released, numerous tours have been endured and somehow, through the density of it all, Beck Hansen has remained un-affected and innovative. The latest release proves his dedication to eschew critics’ attempts of pigeon-holding his music by re-inventing himself, as he perpetually does on each record. With tracks ranging from urban beats to examples folk-rock glory, the record has mass appeal. Overall, The Information is yet another example of what Beck does best; staying true to the music.