this is a song about susan

e27444i’ve been an everclear fan since i heard them on the radio back in 1996-1997. i went to a concert at stcloud state back in probably 2000 during their “songs from an american movie” tour and then saw them when they played a free concert at the UofM maybe 10 years ago (i’m guessing art -the lead singer – was high. it was NOT a good concert). 

so, when i saw they were doing a 20th anniversary tour for the “so much for the afterglow” album, i called up my brother. two concerts, and i’d never been with the second-biggest everclear fan i know (i’m the first). he was hesitant at first; it’s not the original band – art is the only one who is original. but they were playing an old-school album all the way through for the tour, so he hesitantly said yes (besides – tickets were like $40 each for the third row. can’t really pass that up!). 

charlie and i met at our hotel in red wing then headed up to treasure island, where we had about an hour to kill and needed to eat, so we hit up the buffet. we had a great people-watching seat, ate our money’s worth, and i was eating two plates of pie when charlie decided to take a mini brain break in the bathroom. 

there i am, eating my two pies (blueberry and chocolate mint), when i look up and see art alexakis walking toward the VIP entrance from afar. i freeze, and my first thought is “omg it’s art and charlie’s in the stupid bathroom.” so i fumble for my phone, first to check if i could text him quick with no service, then wondering how on earth i’m going to take a picture surreptitiously without art seeing me. there was just no way because i’m sitting RIGHT THERE and he was getting closer and closer. AAAHHH. 

so i just look at him and and try to smile (it was probably more like a grimace), when he said “wow, that’s an old-school shirt*,” asked me how i was doing, and shook my hand. AHHHAHAAAA. i don’t know what etiquette is for asking celebrities for a picture while they’re heading to supper, so i didn’t even think about asking him for a pic. 

then charlie took another 10 minutes to get out of the bathroom while i was sitting there like OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG. 

he was mad for being in the bathroom. he wanted to go over and interrupt art during supper. i didn’t condone that and i was having no part of that but told cha could do what he wanted (he didn’t).

we headed in to find our seats – row 3 was a good choice! super close to the stage, and we were on the aisle, which was great. listened to a couple fastball songs, then headed out so charlie could have a break and i could get a couple beers. came back for a couple vertical horizon songs – got some video!

then everclear set up! IMG_2061

and then they came out on stage playing “so much for the afterglow” – omg it was great. they played side one of the album, then played some of their older songs – heartspark dollarsign, local god, heroin girl – and one of their newer songs, which i hadn’t heard. 

 (my favorite song!)

IMG_2060security was crazy mean. no excessive jumping around or trying to bumrush the stage. i seriously would’ve been ok with a dancing area. trying to jump around with your hands in the air is really annoying when you’re restricted to your chair area. charlie held up his lighter for about 5 seconds during a song, and THAT was a big no. good grief. what have concerts come to! (well, to be fair, we were at a casino, not a true concert venue.)

IMG_2063then they played side two of the album, and they said that once they finished, they’d do the whole leave stage, but really they’ll be back thing. the break they took was like, 15 seconds, so not even really a true encore. had a great old-school 80s guitar play-off, which led into a more rockish version of AM radio than the album had. after that, we heard wonderful, and they finished up the night with santa monica (yay!). 

they played for about two hours, which is pretty amazing. my ears were stuffed afterward and my voice hoarse from screaming lyrics at the guy’s head in front of me. i wish there had been more jumping and waving of arms in the air; toward the end i was like, who cares, and i threw my hands in the air all the time. that was the only thing missing – a mosh pit!

afterward, i asked charlie if he was ok with the other band members being new, and his tune had changed. as long as art was still the frontman and they were playing old songs, he was a-okay.

for the first concert i’ve been to in close to 10 years, this was a great experience!  

*this is all kind of funny because i was having a mini crisis beforehand about the shirt. should i wear it and be “that guy”? could i get away with it because it was from the original tour? i posited the question to facebook, and the consensus was that i should just get over it and wear the shirt. you do you, dude.

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i was requested to analyze the meaning to flo-rida’s “blow my whistle” song, i think since my “p-control” review went down so well (i guess i wouldn’t know since no one commented on it?).

so, uh, here we go:

Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
Let me know
Girl I’m gonna show you how to do it
And we start real slow
You just put your lips together
And you come real close
Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
Here we go

mr. rida is asking some novice to come on over and give him a bj and he will show her how to do it.

(Look) I’m betting you like people
And I’m betting you love freak mode
And I’m betting you like girls that give love to girls
And stroke your little ego
I bet you I’m guilty your honor
That’s just how we live in my genre
Who in the hell done paved the road wider?
There’s only one flo, and one rida
I’m a damn shame
Order more champagne, pull a damn hamstring
Tryna put it on ya
Bet your lips spin back around corner
Slow it down baby take a little longer

this woman obvs likes attention and he’s guilty of giving it to her, so keep on going, just slow down a little bit.

Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
Let me know
Girl I’m gonna show you how to do it
And we start real slow
You just put your lips together
And you come real close
Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
Here we go

(chorus)

Whistle baby, whistle baby,
Whistle baby, whistle baby
Whi-whistle baby, whistle baby
Whistle baby, whistle baby
Whi-whistle baby, whistle baby

It’s like everywhere I go
My whistle ready to blow
Shawty don’t leave a note
She can get any by the low
Told me she’s not a pro
It’s okay, it’s under control
Show me soprano, ’cause girl you can handle
Baby we start snagging, you come up in part clothes
Girl I’m losing wing, my Bugatti the same road
Show me your perfect pitch, you got it my banjo
Talented with your lips, like you blew out a candle
So amusing, now you can make a whistle with the music
Hope you ain’t got no issue, you can do it
Give me the perfect pitch, ya never lose it

mr. rida is horny all the time, apparently, and it’s ok that she doesn’t know how to give a beej (because, like pizza, even a bad bj is a good bj, amirite). she’s getting better.

Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
Let me know
Girl I’m gonna show you how to do it
And we start real slow
You just put your lips together
And you come real close
Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
Here we go

(chorus)

Whistle baby, whistle baby,
Whi-whistle baby, whistle baby
Whistle baby, whistle baby,
Whi-whistle baby, whistle baby

Go girl you can twerk it
Let me see you whistle while you work it
I’mma lay it back, don’t stop it
‘Cause I love it how you drop it, drop it, drop it on me
Now, shawty let that whistle blow-oh, oh oh
Yeah, baby let that whistle blow-oh oh!

get your nasty grinding dance on, woman, i will watch you. then give me a bj.

Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
Let me know
Girl I’m gonna show you how to do it
And we start real slow
You just put your lips together
And you come real close
Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
Here we go

(chorus)

Whistle baby, whistle baby,
Whi-whistle baby, whistle baby,
Whistle baby, whistle baby,
Whistle baby, whistle baby

yeah….this song is just about blowjobs. unless you believe it’s about netball

guitar games: a review

i’ve played guitar hero II,III, world tour, and rock band (the original).

rating?

4. rock band
3. GH III
2. GH: WT
1. GH II

first off, rock band is in a league by itself because the combinations on the fret bar just aren’t as challenging as GH. i get really bored really fast when i play rock band by myself.

GH III is pretty good. i think the song selection isn’t really to my liking, so i don’t like it as much as the other two GHs, but i enjoy trying to get through devil went down to georgia 🙂

GH WT is pretty good. decent songs, ability to play with others, nice graphics. yet….i find something lacking. see, here’s the thing. i like medium because i only have to worry about four buttons. i don’t like that orange button. yet, i’ve progressed beyond medium. i need a medium plus or something like that where the fretwork is more difficult, but i still only have the four buttons. i think WT tamed down the difficulty just a bit because of how easy RB is.

GH II — oh GH II if you were only available for the PS3. i would rock you all night long. killer songs, killer fretwork on medium, my fave song ever to play on any guitar-based console game: beast and the harlot. there’s rage against the machine and some primus on there that’s pretty good too….i wish i could buy the GH II songs for any of my other games. as it is, i have to plug in the ps2 and look at the lame-o graphics in order to play (which is okay if i get my avenged sevenfold!).

moosic nerd alert

so, when the movie gladiator came out, i loved it and especially loved the music (courtesy of hans zimmer). so i immediately did my piratey thing and d/l’ed on the d/l. 🙂

i listened to it constantly and still often listen to it when i’m doing something of the creative sort that requires non-lyrical music.

so, when pirates II came out (I was composed by some other dude), i was delighted to hear strains of gladiator music in it, always one to appreciate soundtrack composers. valiantly i hold onto my horner-williams-goldsmith trio (that’s titanic-indiana jones-first knight, moviewise), but good god after hearing pirates III soundtrack, williams will have to be kicked out and zimmer is in. holy toledo, the music he wrote for the elizabeth/will scenes is absolutely beautiful and makes me want to cry.

except that whole wild-west guitar music is a little out of place, but i can live with that. when a movie has keith richards in it, i guess you gotta have a little electric guitar somewhere, eh?

look

i was skeptical at first, since i HATE that dumb fergie my humps song, but alanis is awesome here. way to make fun of dumb hiphop songs. 🙂