Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Givers featuring Ra Ra Riot.

So last night I was supposed to go see Ra Ra Riot with Mrs Chops and Cleo. Mrs Chops bailed as she "had already seen them once". And as much as I enjoy Cleos company I did not think a date with her and I would be entirely appropriate. So we brought a mutual friend who I will refer to as "Sam" and off we went to The Warehouse in downtown Houston.

To be perfectly frank I was not as excited about the show as I had hoped I would be. The new Ra Ra Riot album, The Orchard, while quite pleasant, is something of a let down after Rhumb Line. But Cleo and Sam were turning out to be very enjoyable company and I was determined to have a good time.

The opening band took the stage and introduced themselves as The Givers from Lafayette LA and then proceeded to absolutely and throughly kick. @#!*% . I am truly at a loss for words to describe how completely these guys rocked. I did not know their names and I had never heard them before but no more than 45 sec into the first song I was jumping up and down and smiling uncontrollably. The young lady front and center, (whom I would later learn was Tif Lamson) was singing, playing Ukele, drums, tambourine and most dramatically the xylophone. It may have been a glockenspiel. I am not as au courant with the subtleties of percussive instruments as I would like. Either way, Tif walked up to it, berated it and then took it back and gave it the thrashing of its like. She played that thing like her only child's life depended on her maintaining an output of 120 decibels or more. She wailed on it like it had just stabbed her dog. And she did it with a smile.

I cant even accurately recall how many songs they played or how long their set lasted. Their songs blended toghether and had a very cohesive feel. I do know that I loved every minute of it and was sad when they left the stage. They played with such unabashed joy and enthusiasm that it was impossible to not be infected. I have an equally hard time describing their music. At the time it felt very basic, strong drum rhythms being thumped out by no less than three band members. But as they progressed they layered in some electro-funk and then what sounded like jazz. I couldn't even tell where all the sounds were coming from at some points.

Here is their "Studio" version of Up Up Up. Please, PLEASE dont judge them based on this one. It does NOT convey the majesty of their live show..




This is the only video I could find that gives an accurate depiction of what it felt like to be there.

"Saw you first" from eliot brasseaux on Vimeo.



Eventually The Givers had to go and they did. Next up were The Villagers. The seemed very sincere but... meh. I actually felt kind of bad for the lads. Their music was perfectly fine, it just.. I don't know. After The Givers anything would have been a let down I think. This is from his MySpace page.

"Villagers’ began life as a nameless collection of musical poems, all under the pen of one Conor J. O’Brien. “Ultimately, I’ve learned that a song is not an isolated thing. You have to wash the dishes before you write a song. It should never be taken too seriously. It must be treated with joy and humour, regardless of the subject matter,” muses Conor, as he strokes his hairless chin."

Decide for yourself.



Finally Ra Ra Riot took the stage. They were stellar. unfortunately for me, my advanced age had betrayed itself and my eardrums had almost completely failed at this point. I was unable to discern most of the nuances of the songs that Ra Ra Riot played as most sounds had been reduced to a loud buzzing. However, I was a mere 4 feet from the luminous Rebecca Zeller. All was well.


Ra Ra Riot - Boy

RA RA RIOT | Myspace Music Videos

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How I'm Feelin'.... Cleo style

I love this song. I have loved it forever. It always makes me dance. I think it's angry enough to get the point across, but not over the edge.

There are several different versions of this song available, even an acoustic version by Something Corporate. I, however, am a purest. I typically prefer the original song performed by the original artist. Well, unless the Killers are doing it. They make everything better in Cleo land.

But why don't I allow you to choose for yourself?









It's apples and oranges to me... totally different. I prefer the original.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Only the Young... I HAd tO Do iT

I tried, but it's too beautiful not to share. I can't help myself. He's a genius. And pretty.


This is the second single from his debut solo album entitled Flamingo. Even my 13 year old daughter, who claims to not like the Killers (she's got to assert her individuality somehow, right?) was complaining that she "didn't wanna like it, but it's just way too catchy."

Indeed. It. Is.




Well done, my sweet and talented friend. This is a great video.


We now get to see the outcome of the boy who did fly.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Marina and the Diamonds

I have not had anything worthwhile to say in some time. I think this young lady is deserving of your attention.

Her name is Marina Diamandis. She is of Welsh and Greek descent. She is 25 years old. She writes and produces her own music. These songs are from her debut album. On some of her songs that seems more evident than others. I like the music, her voice, her spunk and her intent. Her lyrics get a little.. muddled... sometimes. Like she started writing and ran out of words to rhyme. Just my opinion. I think that with some time she will be even better. Mrs Chops likes her. As does my eldest daughter. My wifes favorite band is Smashing Pumpkins and my daughters is The Jonas Brothers. Thats a pretty wide range of musical tastes that this young lady has managed to please.

Please tell me what you think. I look forward to hearing your opinion.












All in all, not bad for a first try.

Not bad at all.

I'm kind of obsessed about a Boy, A Gril and a Graveyard

I am loving this song right now.



Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tired Pony

This is for my sweet friend who is in love with Gary Lightbody, NOT Brandon Flowers.

Here is a new Super Group fromed by some fairly cool dudes. Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol) Peter Buck (REM), Scott McCaughey, Iain Archer, Richard Colburn (Belle and Sebastian), Troy Stewart and Garret "Jacknife" Lee...








Here are a few songs...















Album drops in the U.S. on Sept 28th... That's next Tuesday, folks!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The National

is cool.

Here... I'll prove it...

And here is Edward Cullen's theme song.... "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Make New Friends

But keep the old....


I was on Facebook this morning and chatted with one of my sweet friends from high school. It's amazing that you go through life and talk to someone after 15 years and totally remember how special they were to you!

She posted this great song, so I thought I'd share it with y'all!




To Kathleen, best. damn. home movie/talk show producer. ever. It was great catching up with you! Can't wait to do it again!



*DISCLAIMER* They do say the "f" word several times in this song (gasp!) If thou art easily offended by that, listen at your own risk

Saturday, August 28, 2010

You people suck.

Yeah. You. Am I the ONLY person who blogs anymore? Fine. If that's the way you want it....


Good thing I'm cute and funny.


I have not posted this yet because I was afraid the peeps were gettin' sick of Brando... but I have ceased to give a crap. This is good. Listen and be happy.




Yeah. I sooooooo need to move to Vegas.



That is all.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cuz ur my bff....

and I love you.

I know this is late, but you know me. I'm kinda retarded.

I wanted you to know that you are one of the most important peeps in my life. It kills me that things suck for you right now. I know you and have faith that you will make the right decisions you need to so that your life is happy again. You deserve to be supremely happy. Forever and ever.




Maybe sometimes, we feel afraid, but it's alright
The more you stay the same, the more they seem to change.
Don't you think it's strange?

You're gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.


I wish I could see your shining face every day. My sad days would then be few and far between

yep.... that is pretty much all...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This is how I'm feeling today...

This is going to be my final post for a while. It's hard to share your thoughts and feelings when you can't get a handle on them yourself. I'm mainly lonely and sad. And no one wants to hear about that.

My sweet friend Tommy, who I have to add I've never actually met in person, sent this song to me to make me feel better. Apparently, I'm bringing the facebook peeps down too. Who knew? Anyway...It's a sweet little song. And I think a fitting adieu. Because quite frankly, it says all I've actually ever wanted. I always seem to get on the brink, and then I drive people away. It's what I do. Maybe I expect too much, and give too little. I don't know.

Anyway...enjoy some Nada Surf...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cleo Don't Feel Like Dancing...

And well, that's just sad. Cause the girls got some sweet ass moves. Just sayin...

I'm missing my sweet BFF. Living far away from people you love is for SUCKS!!! So anyway...here's some songs to make Mrs. Cleo feel better. And stop missing me so much.





Go buy yourself some knock off sunglasses and drive around in your mini van. You'll feel better.

Oh and one last thing... I've already been humiliated on the interweb, so what the hell.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

It's all about the romance...

As you may remember Mrs. Cleo did a special list post a few weeks back. And as lovely as that was I have been feeling the need to do a 'pre' special list post. You know for the leading up to the special list. Yeah...you get it.

Now Cleo and I, although we overlap on occasion, have very different tastes in music. She is more left of center where I am more all over the spectrum. So, there will not be any Cure on my list. Ever. Not that they aren't lovely. I just think of them more of a shoot yourself in the head sort of band, then getting it on with your lover. But that's just me.

Anyway...this post is about the romance. The candle lit bubble baths, and slow dancing under the stars, and cuddling in the dark, and stolen kisses, and daisies on the pillow. That one may be just me. Now, I'm not gonna lie I'm a hard girl. I like a good hair pulling like 80% of the time. But the other 20%, when I occasionally remember that I have a softer side, It's nice to be made to feel special. Being so close to someone that you feel like you're one, breathing in unison, feeling heart beats. Nice.

So here are my pre special list picks...







Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'll just leave this right here...

Hey guys, not to barge in but I found this today and I thought you might like it. I dont know how I have remained ignorant of its existence for so long.


Its the same thing twice. A live version so we can look at Regina and Ben and a studio version so we can hear them better.






Continue about your business.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Gingers Pick of the Week....Slip Knot

I'm loving this song this week.




Also, I'm not sad. I just like it. No freakin' out people. Geez.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cleo's Pick o' the week- Erasure- I Love Saturday- Acoustic

This is an old song, but it's so great! I love it!

I think one of the reasons I love it so much is because this album came out right around the time I met the beautiful future Mr. Cleo. I distinctly remember getting ready for a date on a sunny and hot Saturday afternoon early in our relationship and this song came on and I was smitten. In fact, if I remember correctly (and I always do...) it was a double date with Gingie. We went to dinner at Outback Steakhouse and had a stimulating and quite lively discussion regarding Nikki French's version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart".

True. Story.



Here's a fairly rare acoustic version.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How I'm Feelin'.... Cleo style

I don't really know what to say in this post. Maybe I'll just delete it before anyone even has the chance to look at it.

I usually stay upbeat and happy. I am an optimistic person. I am a hopeful person. I love people, and I love life. I really enjoy music and having fun.

But lately I don't get to have as much fun as I need. I don't even think I have laughed at all today. Or yesterday.... In fact, it's been a while...

When I feel this way, my comfort is music. I have learned that before I can really be happy, I have to feel the emotion that has overcome me. If it's sadness, so be it. I turn on really sad music and let me self feel sad. I light some candles and take a hot shower. I find that the shower is a lovely place to cry- no one bothers you. You're already wet. Your tears are washed away as fast as they slide down your cheek.

Here's something most people do not know about me-

I have only been dumped once.

Once was enough for me.

I had plenty of boyfriends, but I never got emotionally attached to them and dropped them like acid when they became boring. I didn't respect most guys because they were so shallow and just plain dumb. The one time I let my guard down and thought I could love someone, I found out from a friend that had I gotten in an accident and messed up my face, it would have been all over. He was not who I thought he was at all. He didn't care about me. I was nothing to him but arm candy. All the sweet nothings that were whispered into my ear were lies. This haunted me for a really long time.

I guess you could say I deserved it. I was fairly calloused and I had previously believed that the boys I spent time with were ultimately not worthy of me.

Right around the time that my fragile, pure heart was being trampled, an album was released that had a song on it that touched me so deeply I will never forget the exact moment I heard it for the first time...



Robert Smith shared my pain. He spoke the words that I choked on. He got me through a difficult time in my life. The break-up wasn't the only thing going on that was distressing me... My entire world was in an upheaval that I could not fathom. I had no control. I was nothing.

Now when I hear this song I no longer think of that stupid boy who was completely undeserving of my tears. He is nothing to me. It's a perfect song for those melancholy evenings when nothing seems to be going right and you just want to hang your head in defeat, if only for a few minutes.

Knowing that there was another soul on this planet who had felt pain like me and could actually voice it was a comfort beyond belief. The haunting melody still wraps around me like a down comforter.

I guess what I'm trying to say is this, no matter where we are,or what language we speak, even if we are physically alone, we can find constant companionship in beautifully written words sung over beautiful and melodious music.

It's a good feeling to know you're not alone.

Friday, July 9, 2010

For Timmers...

Having a great time hanging out with my bro so I thought I'd dedicate a post to him.



Love you Tim Dog.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Crossfire- Brandon Flowers- Official Video

I got two words for you.


GOOD. HELL.


My homeboy has done it again. I will admit that I don't usually really get into the whole ninja thing, (Although I am QUITE ninja, myself- in case you weren't aware) I thought the video was entertaining. He is just so damn cute. Even battered and broken, his smile lights his whole face up.




I am of course, eternally grateful for Charlize. Clearly, she saved his life.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

This is How I'm Feeling Today...

I'm a strong girl. I do things alone. A lot. I don't burden my friends with my issues. I just deal with them. I always assumed that I was doing people a favor for being like this. Giving them room to breath and deal with the things going on in their own lives. But, it has been brought to my attention a lot lately that people who are closest to me find this terribly annoying. Bordering on offensive. I let the walls down just enough to give them a peek at the wreckage inside then put them right back up again. And leave them feeling stressed and helpless.

Well, I have decided to make a concerted effort to let people in. To let the walls come all the way down and say this is who I am and I can't do this alone. To learn to love again. It scares me a lot. I don't do vulnerable. It goes against everything I am. But, being strong all the time hasn't really been working out for me. I'm tired. I'm ready to feel fulfilled again. I know this means that I need to make some changes in my life. Let go of some old vices. And be willing to open myself up and embrace the things that are good in my life now. No matter how frightening they may be.

Some things are worth the risk. So, here's to today...

Friday, July 2, 2010

For Eliza...

This song makes me super happy Eliza. Put it on the play list. Then when you feel blue play it loud. And lots of times. This is my way of "hugging it out" from 3000 miles away. Enjoy....



Plus Howie is young and hot. So even better.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Songs I Hate That Other People Like.

I decided to take Cleos idea to the far left and post songs that I hate but for some reason other people really like. Not that they are bad songs, or musically weird or anything. I just don't like them. For no good reason. Here they are.




Hate it. To this day whenever I see my Uncle Greg he will see this song to me. GAH!!!



Love Justin. But come on. This is a dumb ass song. I'm pretty sure that you got your own recipe. Oh hell...Hate it.




I got nothing. So stupid. Is every girl named Shorty? And...Honey got a booty like pow, pow, pow. Honey got some boobies like wow, oh wow. Yep...them there's the lyric. Clever I know. Although I haven't heard many songs with boobies in the lyrics so..Way to go Usher. Two thumbs up.



Now, this one was hard for me because every Nickelback song sucks serious ass. But I think this one takes the cake. Ummm...because people are dumb and like pre processed crappy pop/rock music that all sounds the same...you are a rock star. Dumb ass! No need to write a song about it. Arrogant SOB.

Songs I heart.

Well, it's a good thing I'm cool.

I have always been able to entertain my own self and it looks like this situation is no different. So.... until one of my co authors decides to contribute... you're stuck with me. I quite think you're rather lucky, but evidently it matters very little what my opinion is...

Anywhoooooo.....


I have recently compiled a play list for my kids and I to listen to when we swim. We are fortunate enough that we are able to have our own pool, so we get to listen often.

I thought you might enjoy a sampling of what makes our summer family time even better. I believe in sharing good music with my children... they love everyone from The Killers to The Beastie Boys to The Cure and beyond. They're pretty cool kids. Wonder where they got it from?













Come on over, it's a party!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cleo's Pick o' the week- Eminem & Rihanna- I Love the Way You Lie

What I love about Em is that he says what he thinks when he thinks it, and he doesn't give a DAMN.

He's real. He writes songs about things that are not always cool. I was surprised when I heard this because it's pretty raw. I was really surprised that Rihanna was singing with him when I heard all the lyrics. I think it hits a little close to home (no pun intended... I'm just awesome like that).

While most of us can't identify with everything in this song, I think there's enough meatiness that you get it. We've all felt out of control. Those who state that they haven't are either lying, or, have not been fortunate enough to feel emotion so incredibly deep that it can send you spinning outta control and turn you into someone you no longer recognize.

Love can make us crazy. It can make us feel the highest highs imaginable, and lows that you never dreamed you could succumb to.





Whether you love him or hate him, you gotta give him credit for being honest.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cleo's Retro Happiness

I cannot stand logging in and seeing Squiggy any longer. Thanks Chopsie. A whole lot.

It's no secret that I like happy music. I always have. In order to get Chop's damn post off here I tohught I'd share some older songs that have brought me joy for many years.

Come Dancing is a great little song from 1982 with a catchy lil'tune...



This is a great acoustical version of Boys Don't Cry. Oh yeah. I'm not gonna lie- I still have the poster.



You know this one by the very first guitar strum....



I love this one...Everyone needs this mental image.



A Vicar in a tutu is not strange, he just wants to live his life this way.

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Perfectly Honest Mistake




VS





I think you can see where the confusion lies...

My apologies to both David Lander (aka Squiggy) and Tyler Glenn who are apparently not only NOT the same person but upon further research not even related.

Happy Birthday B-Flow!



How do you celebrate your birthday when you are an exquisitely beautiful and damn near perfect musical freaking genius? Why naturally, you release your very first single from your very first solo album.

Duh.


Here's some info I dug up about the new album "Flamingo"...

"Despite all its storied pitfalls, louche reputation and lascivious tourism campaigns, Brandon Flowers remains stubbornly proud of his hometown. The Las Vegas born-and-bred vocalist—whose working hours are usually spent with his band The Killers—makes that clear when discussing his first solo album, Flamingo, which takes its name from a Sin City downtown street on which Sam's Town is located, and where Flowers used to buy his records. "I grew up there, so it's close to my heart," the 29-year-old says. "I feel a responsibility to represent where I'm from, to defend it. It's a place that a lot of people loathe. I can't help but love it. I grew up with a lot of people who couldn't wait to leave, and that was always strange to me. I feel a real connection to it. It's in my blood."

"Inextricably tied to Vegas in both showmanship and ideology, Flamingo is a bombastic 10-track collection of stadium-ready songs that runs the gamut from expert pop executions and forlorn electro dirges to gospel tunes and even blues-tinged rock (read: pedal steel, and plenty of it). "Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts," an upbeat arena rocker with the heartbeat of a dance floor classic, employs gambling as an epic metaphor: "I followed you through the darkness/ I followed you through the cold/ woman, I can tell you one thing/ you're going to wish you could go back and fold." Meanwhile "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" doesn't make Las Vegas sound very fabulous at all. Indeed, there’s also denial, perfidy, absolution, spirituality and the limits of faith—each of which is explored in the album's other 10 tracks. Flowers transforms intellectual concepts into adrenaline overdrive on "Crossfire"; channels Roy Orbison's luminous falsetto to unnerving effect in "Playing With Fire"; and looks for second chances on "Only the Young," in which he offers the following haunting prayer: "Redemption, keep my covers clean tonight."

Flowers wrote the songs on Flamingo over the year and a half he spent touring for Day and Age, the Killers' third, critically acclaimed studio album. (He says the song that served as a catalyst for Flamingo is called "O, Sad American Night," which was recorded during sessions for Day and Age but didn't make the cut for that album, and won't be released on this record, either.) Originally, he'd meant them as material for the band, but circumstances—like being on the road for six years—intervened. "I would prefer if this was a Killers record, although it would obviously be very different if I'd made it with the band," he says. "We're just at different places in our lives right now. It's no secret that they're ready to put the brakes on for a second. It's definitely not the end of the Killers, but you can't blame them—we've been going nonstop since 2003.” The upside to recording the album alone was that without the other members of the Killers, Flowers could call the shots himself; the downside, as he explains, is that he feels "a little bit naked." Oh yeah, baby! Ohhh... the poor thing misses his friends...



Download Crossfire on iTunes now!



In honor of his birthday, here's one of Brandon's favorite songs....



Incidentally, for those who may not know, the Killers actually got their name from the fictitious name of the band in this video. They also pay tribute to this video in their own "Somebody Told Me" vid....



Oh, I almost forgot.... Happy birthday mom!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I Can't be Tamed.....

So my girls totally dig on Miley Cyrus. They have grown up listening to her catchy tunage. The other day I'm minding my own bid-ness when my oldest daughter says...."So Mom, have you heard Miley's new song?" We go Youtube this bad boy and OH HELL. I was in love. I'm sorry.....I'm totally sucked into her cheesy teen pop composition. I adore this song. I seriously...seriously "want to be a part of something I don't know."

Hey, if nothing else, it makes for a GREAT house cleaning song. Just saying. (I secretly pretend I'm a rock star when doing such activities.)


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Neon Trees are Beib-a-licious!

Neon Trees decided to cover "Baby" by The Beibster... Strange bedfellows, no? Sounds crazy, but it's true. They not only covered it, but mashed it with "Stand By Me".

Kinda retro, Kinda Beiber... Totally Neon!



I am diggin' it for rizzzzzzle.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

This is How I'm Feeling Today...

I've been holding on for a long time. Not really sure what for since I know there is nothing there. But now it's time to let go. Say good bye.




And that, is all.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Crossfire- Brandon Flowers

I stumbled upon this little gem and I had to share because ya know it's how I roll.


I love it!

I am terribly excited to hear the entire album. I might be just a little biased, but I think he is one of the best musical minds of our time. Clearly, he is magnificent. I love my boys and I support whatever they do (well, aside from the whole haitus thing- but this is a sweet lil' gift.).

Lemme know what you think!


"Our dreams will break the boundaries of our fear..."




Good. Hell....

I think I'm in love all over again.


Even as a crazed stalker dude he's hawt. OK... I gotta go lay down now...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Two for the price of one...

I have a couple of things that I want to share today. I'm in a very giving mood for some reason. I think it has to do with the new smores dessert pizza at Mountain Mikes, but whatever. First off this little gem that I'm sort of in love with right now.



Okay, now this part is solely for Cleo. She's always asking me to help her with her running play list. So here are some of my favorite songs to run too. All at 150 bpm (according to beatunes) So they are great pace songs.

Numero uno...to Cleos extreme pleasure, I opine...



And I might just add...DAMN...he is sure purty.

Deux...Yeah...I went French. Bite me.



Trois...Less rocky, more airy...But still great.




Talking in videos bugs the hell out of me. Just sayin...


And finally...You gots to have some eminem. It's just not a running play list without him.



There ya go Cleo. Now, get out on the retaining pond and run baby, run!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summertime, baby!

Ahhh..... the sweet sounds of summer.... Birds chirping, lawn mowers mowing, the creepy dude in a cargo van playing enticing music trying to sell push pops to all the little kiddies... Oh wait... sorry Chops, forgot I wasn't supposed to mention that....

I have been loving the summer thus far. I do my best to go swimming every day. Working on that elusive bronze glow that seems to be unattainable due to faulty genetics. My pedi is even festive... my toes are painted "Flamingo" in honor of B Flow's new solo endeavor.

As I was basking in my pool yesterday, I was thinking of some of my favorite songs of summer. Naturally, I knew that you'd want to hear them.









Thursday, June 3, 2010

I'm weak. I admit it.

Lame lyrics. Lame talking at the beginning. Lame. Lame. Lame. But I love it and I don't care who knows it.



He ate my heart and then he ate my brain. Lame. :)

Monday, May 31, 2010

This Is How I'm Feeling Today...

It seems like everyone has an opinion of what I should be these days. Even those who have my "best intentions" in mind are letting me know of my "potential" that I am not fulfilling. Well, here's the thing... I like me. I think I'm a pretty okay person. Not perfect by any means, but not fallen or lost or any of those other stupid words you're using to describe me. I know exactly where, and who, I am.

So here is my request...Mind your own business. Let me live my life. Which I am enjoying for the first time in a long time. Just because I may not be following what you consider correct doesn't make me less than you. I will not ride into your delusional sunset.



Thank you and have a nice day...

Friday, May 28, 2010

How I'm Feelin'.... Cleo style

There are a few things going on that are out of my control that have been making me kinda sad.

I haven't even really pinpointed the right song yet... but there are a few that have resonated with me lately. The first one I hesitate to add simply because it's on the radio quite a bit, but I love it. So, I'm gonna do what I want and play it anyway. The second one, I just like. It helps me to remember that I am cool.




God gave me style and gave me grace.
God put a smile upon my face.

He put one on yours too....



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

TRAsHy TuEsDAy

After a surprisingly long time digging in the trash, BTW- my manicure is sooooo not cute right now....I thought I'd go with something a little retro... I know you'll remember this one.





Oh yeah, baby.


You know you want some.

P.S. B Flow had better watch out- Ashley Angel is pretty fly.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dear Chopsalicious,




I don't like it when you're grumpy.



So press Play, turn your speakers up, and be happy!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Now that's a great song...

So, I was sitting in my living room watching this one hit wonders from the 80's thing on VH1 while I was folding laundry. And for the first 40 songs of the countdown I unfortunately had My Girl Wants to Party all the Time by Eddie Murphy stuck in my head. But then, they played this little gem. Yeah, I stole that from Chops. Cause he's so awesome. As I stated in my last post.



Now, that's what music used to be. I downloaded and have been playing it on repeat for about an hour now. So great.

Oh what the hell...



You know you wanted me to. Enjoy.

P.S. Please don't ask me why I'm at home folding laundry on a Friday night. I might actually cry.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

All because of an email delay....

So, something weird happened to me today. I was playing around on my phone and an email came in from a post that Chops had done in April of last year. I know, it's a serious delay issue. But as I was reading it I recognized it as one of his old posts and I got to thinking about Chopsy and the person that he is. Here is what he wrote...

"Yesterday I was having a great day. We went for a walk with the whole family. It was warm but there was a cool breeze blowing. The kiddos all picked wildflowers and chased frogs and turtles in the bayou. We got back and I went to get something from the Harry Potter closet and bumped my head. As I was reeling Scooter came and started telling me something. I yelled her to "Shut up and go away!". She left crying.



The other day I was playing with Mo. I was tickling him and he was laughing that free careless open mouth all in laugh that only little kids seem to really have. We played cars too and he was having such a good time. Then I told him it was time for bed and he threw a HUGE tantrum. He was screaming and screaming and I spanked his mouth. He stopped screaming and just looked at me like I was a monster.



Am I a terrible Dad for yelling at my kids and making them cry? Probably. Am I a great dad for taking long walks with them and playing cars for hours? I hope so. Which one is the one I "really" am? Am I really a big meanie that does some nice things to look good? Or am I really a good person with some (serious) flaws?"

The truth is Chops is a really good person. He is caring and loving and hard working. He's also tender and sweet and funny as hell. He loves his family. Adores those little squirts and Mrs. McGee. And he's an amazing and loyal friend. He has the best stories and can make you laugh without even trying. Although I sometimes get disgusted by how much the man can pack away, it makes me laugh when he sends me a text to tell me what he had for lunch. He also has a strange love for bologna which makes me want to vomit as well. But I like being called a gem so I'll let it slide.

I knew we were destined to be friends forever the first time I met him. He was standing in the doorway to Cleos office and said..."Well, it was nice to meet you. I have to go home and pinch a loaf." I'll never forget that moment. Unfortunately.

Here are a few songs that will always remind me of Chops.











Love ya forever Chops.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Anybody remember The Posies?

You know what y'all are?


LAME. ASSES.

I selected a perfectly horrible song, showcased it, and got it STUCK in my HEAD all FRIGGIN' day and no one has even so much as glanced at it. Since I can no longer stand the fact that it's up there, I must now post another song which is much more pleasing unto me.



The Posies... now there's a band you don't hear from anymore. Close your eyes while I transport you back to 1993. You are in your bedroom watching 120 Minutes (remember when the "M" in MTV stood for MUSIC???). You are happy.

I can see me now, long, sunkissed hair tied up loosely at the nape of my neck, my glow in the dark Peace Frogs T-shirt, and the sand betwen my toes. The only care in the world I had was about Ian Quinn and whether he even knew I was alive. I figure he had to have, because we were in the same Government class and he stared at me. A lot. He had electric blue eyes and a perpetual tan from surfing all the time.



Boy, was he was hot.



Anywho- enjoy this little nugget of happiness.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

TRAsHy TuEsDAy

I heard this song on the radio and it made me laugh out loud. And I'm not sure it was in the good way....


The video is even tackier than the song! Good times!






Call me Mr. Flintstone, baby

I need me one of them real nice Barbie necklaces. Never fear, there is time before my birthday to get me one.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Cuz I can...

So, I'm in love with this song right now. I don't really know why. Maybe it's because I have kids on the verge of entering into this stage of life. Maybe it's because I'm grateful that I lived a pretty sweet childhood. I don't know. But I like it. A lot.



And there aren't any vampires or nipples in the video. Sorry to disappoint.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Probably shouldnt admit this...

We have a vendor that we use at work that consistently has the best hold music I have ever heard. The other day I was stuck for like 20 mins and this came on. When I hear something I like I usually just google a phrase of the lyrics and pull it up. But this time I couldn't quite make out enough of it to find it. Luckily I had my new phone and used Shazam and it pulled it right up. I read the lyrics, listened to it a couple times and then did a little research on the artist, Kate Earl. I was all ready to do a post and share the magic with y'all. Then I got home and looked the song up on YouTube to find a video to share. That was three weeks ago.




The ONLY videos of this song all have clips or stills of some stupid show or movie called Vampire Diaries. I have never heard of it but it looks disturbingly similar to those books Cleo is always reading. I just couldn't bring myself to post a video that cheesetacular. So I kept looking and found this one....




While I liked this video quite a bit more, I'm pretty sure I saw some nipple action right around the :49 sec mark and I'm pretty sure Mrs Chops would not approve.

So this is the one "safe" video.. But I dont really like this song as much as the other two.



Now that I think about it I probably should have put that one first....

Oh well.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Who's Madonna?" A tale of crappy parenting.

My heart has been broken and I fear that I shall never be healed fully. Please don't get me wrong. Madonna is not my very favorite artist. I don't really even care for her new stuff to be perfectly honest.

But she's friggin' MADONNA.

There is a certain respect that most girls my age have for her. She's a pop icon. I still remember the year Santa brought me a boom box and the "Like a Virgin" tape. BTW- I also got Wham! "Make it Big". Apparently I was a very nice girl that year.

I fear that I have somehow let my children down. My 10 year old (remember asparagus girl?)came to me yesterday and asked me who Madonna was. I stared at her like she walked up to me and started speaking Latin (which would have actually surprised me less- this is one smart cookie we're talking about here). I thought she was making a joke concerning my age.


She wasn't.

"Mom, I know her name, but I just don't know who is actually is." I still continued to stare in disbelief. Kindly, she placed her hand on my arm and gently said that she would probably like Madonna, she just wasn't sure. After a few moments I got my wits about me and told her that Madonna was a very influential music artist; and while I do not think she believes in a lot of the things we believe in, she is very talented. Please keep in mind that this trauma comes on the heels of a conversation in which my 13 year old saw a current picture of Morrissey and asked "Who's the old dude?" (I am not ashamed. I did indeed weep a bit) Now, in all fairness, she knew him after I said his name because she has a lot of his stuff on her iPod. When she got the iPod, the rule was that if she was going listen to Miley and Hillary, then I was also going to put some good music on there for her. And I must say, musically she is quite well rounded.


I will cut myself a little slack because another time my sweet daughter came to me and told me that the song "Why Do I Keep Counting?" by The Killers helped her through a situation at school. So I guess I don't totally suck as a mom, I felt a little taste of redemption.

Apparently, this lack of knowledge and horrible parenting is not singular to my household. Gingie shared with me an instance where her 8 yr old asked who Nirvana was. Gignie's response was " OH HELLLLLLLL NO!" and they had to sit and listen to the entire discography after dinner.

So, my good friends, I leave you with a small selection of songs that says to me...

"This is Madonna."

Please enjoy.














I could go on like this for a while longer, but you get the general idea.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This Is How I'm Feeling Today...

I don't have a lot to say, I know, shocker. But I wanted to post a couple of songs that make me happy when I'm down. The first comes from a movie that also makes me happy. I'm a hard hearted harbinger of haggis. I'm not ashamed. Don't believe me? I have the t-shirt to prove it. And we all know that if something is printed on a t-shirt it must be true.




And number 2. This one makes me think of Cleo actually and a Chrysler LeBaron that always smelled like wet dog when it rained. Remember that one time the window got stuck down in the middle of that huge down pour and you were totally drenched by the time we got home? That was awesome. That was my impersonation of Chris Farley. Don't be a hater. I have skills.



So there they are. Two of my happy songs. I have many more but these two never disappoint. So listen and be happy!!!

TrAsHy TUeSdaY

Today's selection was inspired by my daughter who loves to cook. She is 10 and cooks better than most adults I know. What can I say... This gene pool is totally slammin'.

Anyway, we were in the car and this song came on. I wasn't even really listening to it because well, it's Britney for one... also, I was driving. I am focusing on the stuff around me when all of the sudden, she starts talking to me and asking me why on EARTH this girl on the radio was singing about DINNER. Confused as I was, I made her further explain herself. "Mom, she is totally singing about dinner. She must really love to cook."

As if on queue, the chorus came on and I understood what she meant. "SEE! She is saying "Just like asparagus!" she is soooo weird, mom. You should change this song. It is really creeping me out."

So, without further adieu, here is Brit singing for her dinner....

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Big Hair, Big Voices

You know what I really miss sometimes? Really cheesy songs. Not just kinda sappy, I mean CHEESY. I mean, 3 cans of Aquanet, smoke machine, over the top giant cheddar wheel songs.

Mrs Chops and I were watching Glee last night and the episode ended with a rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart". Man I love that song. It was enormous. And I am hard pressed to think of a modern band that makes giant songs like that anymore. Sure they talk about feelings and sex and what not, but is thier love gonna last till the end of time? Is it like living in a powder keg and they're givin off sparks? I dont think so.
So heres you assignment, gimme your favorite Monster Ballad. I dont care if its old or new, it just has to be huge



Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ra Ra Update

Hey y'all, just a heads up, cause I know you been wondering. Ra Ra Riot is finishing up their second album with a release date in the near future. Check out an interview with them and a clip of one of their new songs at Stereogum.

Also, if your in H-town in the near future you can check them out at the Free Press Summer Fest on June 5th. Cleo said she would buy tickets for anyone who came down to see them. Also, she said you could stay in her game room. She has a tent.

Just sayin...



Also, if you get bored, go back and re-read our review of their last show in Houston.

This is How I'm Feeling- Cleo Style

I love this song. I'm not sure that much more really needs to be said.


And this is how I'm feelin'...




Every little piece of your life
Will add up to one
Every little piece of your life
Well they mean something to someone


You fuse my broken bones
Back together and then
Lift the weight of the world
From my shoulders again

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Brandon Flowers to release a solo album



It's official!

The countdown is over and B Flow is gonna hit us with some fresh tunes!

No release date as yet, but the title will be "Flamingo".

http://www.brandonflowersmusic.com/ you will hear a clip from one of the songs on the upcoming album... I've heard it, and I think it's kinda hot!


I will update you as soon as more information is released. Meanwhile, Check out this article:

Killers' Universal Publishing Deal Extended

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I done tol ya she was cRaZYyy...

Oh yeah. I tried to warn y'all. I been knowin' this was comin' for a LOnG time.

I finally got proof.

Homegirl done lost her ever-lovin' mind.

Me and Gingie go waaaayyyyyyy back. Not a huge secret. I know that I can never really piss her off cuz she could pretty much ruin my life. Almost every idiotic choice I have ever made was in the company of Gingie. We won't go into details, but suffice it to say that our parents deserve a special reward simply for the fact that we are both still alive. Unfortunately for us, their reward came in the form of grandchildren that are not too dissimilar from their mothers. As my loving mother always likes to remind me.... "Payback's a bitch, sweetheart."

Anywho- No matter what- it's always been me and Gingie. We got each others' back. I could tell the stupidest bald face lie to get my butt outta a jam and that girl will not bat an eyelash. She will finish the story for me. That's just how we roll. So when Gingie was sad, she came to visit me. See, what the average person may not know is the fact that I happen to be a natural antidepressant (I try to keep that on the DL, but ya know...). I have very few side effects and the ones I do have are totally worth it.

Who can you lay beside in a bed covered with cheese, grapes, Tostitos and Taco Bell singing every song you know at the top of your lungs with?

That's right....baby,

me.



She is one of the happiest peeps I know. She makes me happy. She makes everyone happy. But lately, life has been a struggle for my 'lil friend. Mainly cuz she's retarded, but we will talk about that some other time. It brings me great joy to see her smile (you know, she's got great teeth, too). I love this girl. I want her to be happy.

It is strictly with her happiness in mind that I post this next video for you.

please enjoy. Oh- and parental guidance is totally suggested.



video


That is all.
 

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