Thursday, October 28, 2004

And I told you that we won't stop...



SOMB Fantasy Football: Week 7


Pocket Mice
185

The Broken Biscuits
60


Team Name W-L-T WPct Pts

1 Pocket Mice 6-1-0 .857 1320
2 Be My Demon 5-1-1 .786 1541
3 Wyld Stallyns 5-1-1 .786 1365
4 Vatos Locos 5-2-0 .714 1498
5 Little Ravens 5-2-0 . 714 1314
6 Guests 5-2-0 .714 1231
7 The Vagina Splits 5-2-0 .714 1191
8 Jalepeno Poppers 5-2-0 .714 777
9 munkyjunkies 4-2-1 .643 1356
10 Big Tuna Casserole's 4-3-0 .571 1378
11 Big Blue 4-3-0 .571 920
12 Geo's Death Squad 3-4-0 .429 1002
13 I Am Waking Up To Us 3-4-0 .429 783
14 Lukins 3-4-0 .429 673
15 The Broken Biscuits 2-4-1 .357 926
16 The Sweet Ninjas 1-5-1 .21 4 758
17 Malachi Crunch 1-6-0 .143 658
18 BeautySchoolDropouts 1-6-0 .143 333
19 Sack Danglers 0-6-1 .071 369
20 Ramalams 0-7-0 .000 449


The mightiest team in all of fantasy football is back in first place once again where it rightfully belongs. Know that.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

HBE 10/25/04



playlist for Hectic But Eclectic (Mondays 6:00-8:00 P.M. Central http://www.uicradio.ws) on 10/25/04


Zapp & Roger-More Ounce To The Bounce
Cake-No Phone
Ratatat-Germany To Germany
Ghost Town DJ's-My Boo
Fanny Pack-System Boomin'
Hangar 18-Blown Bubble
Chingon-Malaguena Salerosa
Bjork-Oceania
Handsome Boy Modeling School-A Day In The Life
Q And Not U-Wonderful People
Mooney Suzuki-Alive And Amplified
Diverse-Certified
Go Home Productions-Justin Loves Blondes
Ms. Dynamite-Brother
M.I.A.-Galang
(click here to see the video)
Radiohead-Let Down
Apples In Stereo-The Rainbow
Brian Wilson-Cabin Essence
Kanye West-Jesus Walks
Aaliyah-I Can Be
Frankie Valli-Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
Madonna-Deeper And Deeper
Basement Jaxx-Red Alert
The Police-Roxanne
Polyphonic Spree-We Sound Amazed/A Long Day Continues


The artist I've decided to highlight for this week are the Mooney Suzuki. They're a band out of New York who are known for cranking out hot, sexy and gritty rock 'n roll ditties, but their latest album, Alive And Amplified, has them singing a different tune. When their 2002 album, Electric Sweat, was released, the Mooney Suzuki were instantly lumped in with the rest of the new wave of garage rock bands that were making a scene at the time (y'know, folks likeThe Strokes, The Hives, blah blah blah...). In effort to further distance themselves from that sub-genre, the usually sweaty and lascivious Mooney Suzuki hooked up with the chart-topping songwriting/production trio, The Matrix, the same folks behind Avril Lavigne's first album and a few joints off the latest Liz Phair. The results are some of the most glossiest and sugary pop rock that you're likely to hear all year. The Mooney Suzuki have channeled the spirits of 70's AM radio to make a fun record that has everyone crying sellout. Too many of the reviews I have read for this album complain about how their sound has changed, but very few talk about the merits of the music. I'm sure those who were major fans of the Mooney Suzuki before must have been really upset at the direction that they are going in, but all I is ask is for anyone to approach this record with a clean slate and observe the music the Suzuki are making now, not what they were doing two years ago.


Mooney Suzuki-Alive And Amplified
Mooney Suzuki-Legal High

To buy the album, click
here.

And if you haven't noticed, I've also posted the video for M.IA.'s "Galang" as well. All of the artwork in the video is her own, but I hope she doesn't take the same credit for the choreography as well. The song is definite hotness, but I think she could stand to learn a new dance move or two.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Have you ever had a dream come true?




I just got through looking at the new Dizzee Rascal video, "Dream". Weird. It's bizarre to see Cap'n Rascal in a such a kiddie setting, but I find the contrast very appealing. I've also noticed that they've added a drum track to the video version of this song, where as the bare bones album version contained only the sample. The drums definitely give it some groove and a more commercial feel, but I like the album version more, only because it's minimalism comes at the perfect time during the album. Click here to see the video for "Dream".

And for those of you who might have missed "Stand Up Tall", the first single from his second album, Showtime, I've offered it up for download. Is it garage? Is it dancehall? Is it jungle? Who cares when the track is this hot? If there were any justice, "Stand Up Tall" would have been setting fire to dancefloors all across this nation.

Dizzee Rascal-Stand Up Tall

And click
here to buy the album from Amazon.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Pocket Mice Clan Ain't Nuthin To F' Wit

"Climb the ladder Monty. Climb the ladder"


Pocket Mice
212


Sack Danglers
28


Team Name W-L-T WPct Pts

Be My Demon 5-0-1 .917 1308
Pocket Mice 5-1-0 .833 1135
Wyld Stallyns 4-1-1 .750 1224
Vatos Locos 4-2-0 .667 1262
Big Tuna Casserole's 4-2-0 .667 1142
Little Ravens 4-2-0 .667 1078
Guests 4-2-0 .667 10392
The Vagina Splits 4-2-0 .667 1030
Jalepeno Poppers 4-2-0 .667 737
munkyjunkies 3-2-1 .583 1109
Geo's Death Squad 3-3-0 .500 863
Big Blue 3-3-0 .500 759
I Am Waking Up To Us 3-3-0 .500 628
The Broken Biscuits 2-3-1 .417 866
Lukins 2-4-0 .333 624
The Sweet Ninjas 1-4-1 .250 705
Malachi Crunch 1-5-0 .167 623
BeautySchoolDropouts 1-5-0 .167 302
Sack Danglers 0-5-1 .083 363
Ramalams 0-6-0 .000 412

Told ya that one loss wasn't gonna hurt us. Never count out fantasy football's mightiest team, the Pocket Mice. King Kong ain't got shit on us. Our precious first place will be ours again in no time.

In other news, I got my first paycheck today from my new job. And to celebrate, here is a song by the Isley Brothers. I got a job baby, indeed.


Isley Brothers-Work To Do

Click here to buy the album from Amazon


Monday, October 18, 2004

Look at what you missed






As I said before in my first post, I have my own college radio show, also called Hectic But Eclectic, which you guys can check out at http://www.uicradio.ws from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Central. Here was tonight's playlist:

Franz Ferdinand-Take Me Out
The Go! Team-Ladyflash
Har Mar Superstar-Body Request
The Pharcyde-Passin' Me By
The Foreign Exchange-Raw Life
Junior Boys-High Come Down
Red Hot Chili Peppers-Soul To Squeeze
The Violettes-Blue Hearted Fool
The Turtles-Happy Together
The Temptations-Just My Imagination
Bebel Gilberto-Everyday You've Been Away
The Beatles-Something
Outkast-Prototype
Flaming Lips-The Gash
Lauryn Hill-Ex Factor
Snoop Dogg F/ Pharrell-Drop It Like It's Hot
Hangar 18-Go Git That
Lady Stush-Dollar Sign
Ash-Candy
Randy Newman-Sail Away
Janelle-Blue Skies
David Garza-Blow My Mind
Asobi Seksu-Umi De No Jiastsu
Lamya-Empires
Digable Planets-Black Ego

Look for updates every Monday night if you aren't able to listen, but I highly recommend that you should anyway (wink). In what's going to be the norm here, I'm going to highlight one or two artists from my playlist who I think deserve your attention, with a song or two to download along with it(MP3S ARE ONLY UP FOR A WEEK!). First off, the lovely Bebel Gilberto:

Gilberto, the offspring of Brazillian pop legends Joao Gilberto and Miucha, has crafted one of the dreamier and more romantic albums of the year, the self titled, Bebel Gilberto. I feel like falling in love everytime I hear this album. Her sensual, fragile voice does it to me everytime when she sings to me in my room that she misses me "every day I've been away." And the hell with anyone who says that she's not singing to me. Next time you're alone, I dare you to listen to this album with the lights off. You'd feed nitroglycerin to kittens to wish that she was singing those songs about you.

But anyways, the song I've chosen to share is her latest single, "All Around", which pretty much sums up the direction she's headed with this album. She's ditched a lot of the electro-bossa nova touches of 2000's Tanto Tempo and gone into full sophisticated Norah Jones-sippin'-pina coladas-on-the-beach mode. She coos softly into your ear, you slide slowly from side to side to the soft brushes of the drum, softly touching her hips. The strings and flute perfectly set the mood. You think things are going your way, but you're not quite sure. Then everything gradually stops, with only Gilberto's vocals and the strings sustaining, "Do you know," she serenades to you, "how it feels without anyone?" A smile crosses your face as her voice continues to soothe you.

Bebel Gilberto-All Around



To buy her album, go here

And as for The Go! Team, I couldn't find out too much about them except that they're from Brighton, England and they have a couple of cute chicks in their group. But by listening to their music, one can tell they've obviously spent a lot of time with old 70's pop records and have probably picked up a trick or two from the Dust Brothers. They make giddily, sample-fried songs packed with an insane amount of enegry and very little attention span with plenty of trashy pop tactics, aimed at making you smile and shaking dat ass. Picture a more sluttier, eager to please Avalanches, and you've got The Go! Team. I'm anxiously awaiting the day their debut album, Thunder, Lightning, Strike gets a U.S. release.

The Go! Team-Ladyflash
The Go! Team-The Power Is On


If you wanna try a crack at amazon.co.uk, go to: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002LQ8CQ/qid=1098160200/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_11_1/202-6566119-0909442


Thursday, October 14, 2004

Hot damn...


Oh. My. What an amazing show this is. I can't get enough of it. J.J. Abrams, the creator of Felicity and Alias (two shows that I love also) has done it again. For those who don't know, Lost is one of the hottest new shows on network TV this fall, and it comes on Wednesdays on ABC at 8/7C. It's about the survivors of a plane crash stuck on a island that appears to be deserted, but one mysterious badass creature (Let's just say that "Lost" is one show that J.J. Abrams mainstay, Greg Grunberg, will not have a recurring role in) let's them know from time to time that they're not alone. But the cool thing about the show is that it's not strictly sci-fi, but really delves deep into how such a traumatic event has effected all these people. Abrams is a master at developing rich and complex characters and plots that engage the viewer, and he has a bundle of them to choose from with over 10 regulars on the show. For instance, I love the little subtle details that appear in one episode, but aren't explained until several episodes down the line. For example, in the series premiere, Locke (played by Terry O' Quinn, who appears to be another Abrams favorite) was the only one whose face resembled anything close to a smile during all the chaos of the plane crash that was surrounding him as he walked around. So I'm thinking, "Okay, this guy is nuts. Why is he grinning?" In a flashback during last night's episode, it was explained that Mr. Locke was confined to a wheelchair and couldn't walk at all, but somehow, mysteriously after the plane crash, he was able to walk, which I'm sure brought much elation to him. Stuff like that I just love. Lost has it all. Intensity. Drama. Intelligence. It's easily J.J. Abrams most accessible show (the show regularly wins its timeslot, something Alias and Felicity could never do), but only time will tell if it will be its greatest. I must admit that I am worried if the whole concept of Lost will still be intriguing around season 3 or 4, but for now, I'm gonna enjoy the thrill while it lasts.


Here is the show's official website on ABC:
http://abc.go.com/primetime/lost/index.html

And if you want to check out any summaries of the show so that you can catch up on it, check them out at one of the greatest websites for TV junkies like me,
http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show.cgi?show=136

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Oh how the mighty have fallen...


Sombie Fantasy Football: Week 5

Pocket Mice
169


The Vagina Splits
191


Team Name W-L-T WPct Pts

Be My Demon 4-0-1 .900 1051
Pocket Mice 4-1-0 .800 923
Jalepeno Poppers 4-1-0 .800 630
Wyld Stallyns 3-1-1 .700 978
Vatos Locos 3-2-0 .600 1072 6
Big Tuna Casserole's 3-2-0 .600 936 7
The Vagina Splits 3-2-0 .600 902
Little Ravens 3-2-0 .600 898
Guests 3-2-0 .600 853
Geo's Death Squad 3-2-0 .600 696
I Am Waking Up To Us 3-2-0 .600 581
munkyjunkies 2-2-1 .500 929
The Broken Biscuits 2-2-1 .500 721
Big Blue 2-3-0 .400 652
Lukins 2-3-0 .400 550
The Sweet Ninjas 1-3-1 .300 647
Malachi Crunch 1-4-0 .200 551
BeautySchoolDropouts 1-4-0 .200 272
Sack Danglers 0-4-1 .100 335
Ramalams 0-5-0 .000 353


My beloved fantasy football team has lost their first game of the season. My absurdly optimistic hopes of going 17-0 have been extinguished, but the playoffs are still very likely in this league. See, my fantasy football league is retarded. There are 20 teams in our league, but we have to start two quarterbacks, which doesn't make any sense since there are only 32 NFL teams, which also means that there are several teams in my league are SOL. Next week is an automatic win since my opponent has completely given up on his team, leaving only Torry Holt and two other scrubs on his roster. Never count the Pocket Mice out.

Monday, October 11, 2004

My First, My Last, My Everything

This is Ivan. This is Ivan's blog. This is Ivan's first entry in his blog. From time to time, he will write stuff in here that amuses him, mostly related to music or anything in the entertainment world, or whatever pleases his tiny heart. Ivan is also very busy with school, work and his own radio show, Hectic But Eclectic (Mondays 6:00-8:00 P.M. Central http://www.uicradio.ws), so he asks that you forgive the forthcoming inconsistent updates. Enjoy.