I got 74.14
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Archive for April, 2004
I got 74.14
Captain Koons: Hello, little man. Boy, I sure heard a bunch about you. See, I was a good friend of your Daddy’s. We were in that Hanoi pit of hell over five years together. Hopefully, you’ll never have to experience this yourself, but when two men are in a situation like me and your Daddy were, for as long as we were, you take on certain responsibilities of the other. If it had been me who had not made it, Major Coolidge would be talkin’ right now to my son Jim. But the way it worked out is I’m talkin’ to you, Butch. I got somethin’ for you. [The Captain pulls a gold wrist watch from his pocket] This watch I got here was first purchased by your great-granddaddy.
It was bought during the First World War in a little general store in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was bought by private Doughboy Erine Coolidge the day he set sail for Paris. It was your great-granddaddy’s war watch, made by the first company to ever make wrist watches. You see, up until then, people just carried pocket watches. Your great-granddaddy wore that watch every day he was in the war. Then when he had done his duty, he went home to your great-grandmother, took the watch off his wrist and put it an ol’ coffee can. And in that can it stayed ’til your grandfather Dane Coolidge was called upon by his country to go overseas and fight the Germans once again.
This time they called it World War Two. Your great-granddaddy gave it to your granddad for good luck. Unfortunately, Dane’s luck wasn’t as good as his old man’s. Your granddad was a Marine and he was killed with all the other Marines at the battle of Wake Island. Your granddad was facing death and he knew it. None of the other boys had any illusions about ever leavin’ that island alive. So three days before the Japanese took the island, your 22-year old grandfather asked a gunner on an Air Force transport named Winocki, a man he had never met before in his life, to deliver to his infant son, who he had never seen in the flesh, his gold watch.
Three days later, your grandfather was dead. But Winocki kept his word. After the war was over, he paid a visit to your grandmother, delivering to your infant father, his Dad’s gold watch. This watch. This watch was on your Daddy’s wrist when he was shot down over Hanoi. He was captured and put in a Vietnamese prison camp. Now he knew if the gooks ever saw the watch it’d be confiscated. The way your Daddy looked at it, that watch was your birthright. And he’d be damned if any slopeheads were gonna put their greasy yella hands on his boy’s birthright. So he hid it in the one place he knew he could hid something. His ass. Five long years, he wore this watch up his ass. Then when he died of dysentery, he gave me the watch. I hid this uncomfortable hunk of metal up my ass for two years. Then, after seven years, I was sent home to my family. And now, little man, I give the watch to you.
“Hate is reality” says Nailbomb
Glimmering in a black warehouse, an Art Deco falling spiral chandelier had crowds of party-goers mesmerised as they sent text messages to the light and watched their SMSs trickle through the crystal strands like a luxurious ticker tape.
Chairs made to look like giant Esc keys, what every geek needs.
Kill Bill Volume 2 Soundtrack
Not as good as the first but still good. Has more sound clips than the first movie. Most memorable song is Malcolm Mclaren of Sex Pistols fame covering “About Her”, very Mobyesque. It’s such a blissful tune. The other song to listen to is Johnny Cash – A Satisfied Mind which is a cover of another legends song, this time Jeff Buckley. This leads on to:
Johnny Cash – Unearthed
This 5 album boxed set is great if you liked his most recent “American” albums. There’s some very rough songs in this collection and you can hear banter between tracks with Cash chatting away in the studio. Theres some very visceral tracks in this set and it’s definetly worth a few listens. One of the albums is with his late wife and while not very catchy it’s still beautiful to hear him sing with the woman he loved for all his life.
His version of U2s “one” gives the song a whole new and sadder feeling. There’s one full album of gospel recordings too. Might even make people appreciate the bible again. “When the man comes around” from his last album before he died is also on this. It’s the opening song on the new “Dawn of the Dead” soundtrack. Speaking of soundtracks….
Zatoichi Soundtrack by Keiichi Suzuki
Japanese traditional tunes mixed with electronica. This compliments and adds to the movie quite a bit. For some reason it made me think of it as the Blade Runner soundtrack remixed by Squarepusher. The movie is very dancer in the dark at times as the everyday tasks of people in the fields and in the towns have rhythms that are the core beat of the tracks. Good soundtrack to a great movie. The end scene alone where there’s a Riverdance style tapathon is well worth seeing.
cLOUDEAD – ten
A new subgenre of hip-hop needs to be created for this trio. They like to call their music poetry over hip-hop beats. It’s just too hard to describe apart from being the best hip-hop album in ages. Very experimental, surreal and well worth listening to. As a bonus one of their songs is remixed by Boards of Canada. Who’d ever think you’d nod your head to some guy singing/rapping about two dead rotting dogs. “It’s hard to stand the sight of two dogs dead, under a sky so blue. You have to stop the blood to your head to fit the breath in front of you.” My fav album of the past few months I have to say.
Keane – Hopes and Fears
Best album for the 4th quarter of this year. I’m not too sure but I think Keane will release this album in October. Keane are the hottest thing in UK music right now. Everyone wants to be their mates. They’re a cross between travis and coldplay and just as good. This debut album is going to sell well in my opinion and I fear it might get overplayed and diluted on the radio. “Somewhere only we know” is on radios now and is a strong track as is “bedshaped” and “everybodys changing”. Go see them at Oxeygen.
Jet – Get Born
Guitar pop punk kinda music. Mindless and fun and due to play Cork I believe. You’ll leave their concert with ringing ears.
Prince – Musicology
The purple prat is back with his best album this decade and most of the last one. The first half of this album is funktastic and it’s the prince we loved so well before him and his old record label were tearing at each others throats.
zero 7 – when it falls
Zero 7 is the new massive attack and they have very strong vocal leads on the various tracks. It’s trip hop but less vapid and with a bit more life.
Just saw them play in Cork tonight. They also played last night. They’re off back out of the country again after today. They played a great show and did a cover of Metallica’s “One” which is going to be part of a ‘tallica tribute album. I’m not sure is it them doing the whole album or just contributing.
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