i’m buying babies like angelina jolie.

Two days ago about this time, I was standing in the Off Broadway in St. Louis, Missouri a few minutes away from Camera Obscura taking the stage. That show will get it’s own entire post, but now I’m posting a bunch of random stuff that’s been kicking around my inbox and my brain lately.

After my Philosophy of Feminism class today, a bunch of us were standing around talking and the following video was mentioned. There are no words in the English language to describe this so I’ll simply post it and let you watch…in horror. It’s almost likeJesus is a Friend of Mineexcept without the catchy music, sweet outfits or positive messages.

Now that you’re looking for something to get that taste out of your mouth, I’ll give you this.

I don’t really have any words for that, either. It pretty much speaks for itself and what it says is all very, very bad. (What the fuck is up with the person in the pig suit? And why were they choking that girl? Seriously? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?) I discovered that horrific waste of digital video through a very amusing site,Your Scene Sucks, which I’m sure has been linked up and down teh interwebs but, on the off chance that you haven’t seen it, I thought I’d post it. Big ups to my friend Neil for telling me about that site. (In case you’re wondering, I fit somewhere betweenIndie JesusandOrgcore Punkerexcept I dress better.) I think, since as of tomorrow I’ll be unemployed, it may be time to start growing an epic beard.

Okay, enough craptacular music, now on to the good stuff.

They Shoot Music, Don’t They?recently caught up with Camera Obscura (or, at least, Tracyanne, Kenny & Tim) and filmed two brilliant liveperformancesofFrench Navyand, my current favorite,Honey In The Sun. Pure awesomesauce.

I posted something on my Facebook page about wanting more Scottish pop music (basically today it’s been all Camera Obscura, The Vaselines, Belle and Sebastian and The Fratellis) and a friend suggested I check outStrawberry Switchbladeso I did and was quite impressed. Very synthy, very 80’s…but then again, so is some New Order and that’s not a bad thing.

Interestingly enough that Fratellis song posted above was apparently featured in an iPod commercial as was the Chairlift song from a few posts ago. I learned that after the fact in both cases as I don’t have cable, so I don’t usually see commercials. Weird.

Camera Obscura’s4ADlabelmateSt. Vincent(Annie Clark) is just pretty god damn amazing…aaaaaaand she’ll be playing theBottleneckin Lawrence, Kansas on February 15th, 2010. An early birthday present to myself, I think. See you there?

Does anyone remember the old MTV commercials where Toby Huss pretended to be Frank Sinatra and sang current songs of the day? They were quite amusing and someone has put them on YouTube.


I know a lot of you have probably seen CB4, the amusing mockumentary starringChris RockandPhil Hartman(R.I.P.) There is a lesser-known rap mockumentary called Fear of a Black Hat that is equally, if not more, amusing.

The Papercutsopened for Camera Obscura and they were very good. I’ll be posting a full review of their album You Can Have What You Want later this month.

Tori Amoswill be streaming a live concert on Facebook Friday, December 11th. You can learn more about that here.

Finally, coming to us fromemilymphocyte‘s wonderful site is Marina and the Diamonds, which is really the stage name for Marina Diamandis and other assorted collaborators. If you can’t place the accent, don’t worry, she’s Welsh. Most of you probably have no idea where Wales is.

I love this song because it’s catchy as hell and true. I’d much rather live in Wales than America most days. Our “culture” is shite.

This is your brain on Hogs.


I haven’t posted an entry since July 28th. The reason for that is quite simple. I’m ridiculously fucking busy. So busy, in fact, that I’m not even doing my beloved radio show this semester. It’s very sad, I know, but never fear loyal readers/listeners, I’ll be back next semester with a vengeance, better production, more music and, of course, more Bacon. Just because I’m not on air, however, doesn’t mean you can’t listen to the other awesome DJs here.

Now that the sort of housekeeping issues are taken care of, we can dive into the meat and potatoes of the blog.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the reigning Stanley Cup champions. I never get tired of saying that.

They raised their Stanley Cup banner at what will be the final home opener at Pittsburgh Civic (Mellon) Arena. How unreal is Dennis Miller as a narrator?

If you’ve read this blog before you’re probably well aware that Camera Obscura is my favorite band in the whole world. They’re going to be playing some US dates later this year, one of which happens to be at Off Broadway in St. Louis on December 1st. I’m going, of course, and I’m so excited that sometimes I lose feeling in my extremities.

Camera Obscura have a blog on their website and they posted a video of some live acoustic performances they did while on tour in France. My favorite song from the new record, James, is included. Really amazing stuff. It looks like a beautiful day.


Fall has finally reached Kansas and I am loving it but I know it’s only fleeting. By the end of October it’ll be winter so I’m enjoying my month of autumn while I can. Yesterday, I hooked my MacBook up to my stereo, selected the Magnetic Fields, put the nine albums of theirs I have in iTunes on shuffle and opened my windows. I suggest you do that same (or do what I did today, which was the same thing except with Camera Obscura.)

Coming to you from Jeph Jaques of Questionable Content fame is a link to a very strange, yet quite cute website Asian Poses. There are probably people out there who enjoy sites like this a little too much. I’m not one of those people. I don’t have an Asian fetish or anything but the cute poses (such as the cat-inspired Nyan-nyan) are amusing and adorable enough to provide relief from boredom in much as the same way as my other guilty pleasure websites, Texts from Last Night, People of Wal-Mart and Stuff White People Like. Anyway, Asian Poses is weird but cute. Just don’t get too into it, know what I mean?

Speaking of weird but cute, Little Boots has a remix of Earthquake you can download here.

The Paper Raincoat is releasing a CD tonight which I’m excited to hear.

My beloved NPR has a first listen of British band Noah and the Whale which isn’t really my cup of Earl Grey but if you’re into that sort of thing you may dig it. NPR also has a Sunny Day Real Estate concert up as well as Death Cab For Cutie who were on World Cafe last week. (They also have an app for iPhone, incidentally, if you’re silly enough to sign up with AT&T whose 3G deployment is pathetic, but I digress…)

My wonderful friend Meglet knows an author she refers to as “Augie” but whom the rest of the world refers to as August Kleinzahler. His book, Cutty, One Rock is one of the most exposed, honest, beautiful books I have ever read. Meglet was nice enough to loan me her copy (I’m mailing it back next week, Meglet, I swear) and after I finished it I immediately bought my own copy. I urge everyone to read it. Now. Do it now.

Kleinzahler was featured in an episode of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. (Note: at about the 1:50 mark in that video, you can see Meglet listening intently. Love it!) But seriously, read Cutty, One Rock now or I will come to your home and set fire to your pets.

I saw Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It last night and it was great. It was well cast, funny and heartwarming, which sounds like a vomit-inducing romantic comedy, however, I assure you, it was well worth the price of the ticket. Andrew Wilson was wonderful as the team’s coach, Razor.

If you’re interested at all in the recording industry, Tape Op magazine is a good read. In the US & UK you can get subscriptions free, because the magazine is heavily supported by advertisers and they have some good articles about the recording process some of which I find interesting and some of which are so full of technical jargon that I have no idea what is going on but they also have album reviews and interviews with artists. The Sept/Oct issue features a great article on Moby and an interesting interview with Snuff Garrett, who produced more number one hits than Phil Spector and, to my knowledge, hasn’t murdered anyone.

Canadian twins Tegan and Sara have a new album and book box set Sainthood & ON/IN/AT. You can preorder them via the provided links.

I’m going to try and cook more and post pictures of the things I cook and recipes and whatnot. This is a little ambitious, so we’ll see if I actually accomplish this. I guess I hope to be a less awesome version of Not That Anyone Cares with less talk about NIN and NASCAR.

Regardless, I have obtained a flat iron steak and, at the urging of the aforementioned Meglet, I shall be preparing it au poivre with a red wine reduction as a sauce. Meglet suggested I serve the steak with frites but I’ll probably go with mashing the potatoes I got from the farmer’s market recently. I do love good mashed potatoes.

My friend Elam suggests the following for a sauce, I figure I’ll follow his instructions to the letter because the man knows food and I rarely cook anything French.

“Basically, you want to pour about 1 cup of red wine into the hot skillet after removing the big hunk o’ meat, and reduce the liquid on high heat until the result is a thick, syrupy mixture. Gently stir everything so the fond (what’s left from the meat) combines evenly with the wine. You’ll probably end up with about 1/4 cup or a little less. You can even season it to taste with additional salt, pepper, and maybe a little garlic powder, but it’s not necessary. I should add that it’s really important not to let the meat burn, because your reduction will then be full of nasty charred bits.”

Mmmmm…charred bits.

This may be my longest blog post to date, I had a lot to catch up on. I hope to be doing this more often now so they won’t be as long or scattered in scope or subject. I leave you now with one of my favorite artist, Tori Amos.

This is your brain on Hogs.

P.S. – Holy shit, I can’t believe I forgot this in the original post.

My friend Jamie told me about a web program called Yacht Rock and it is bloody hilarious. Do yourself a favor and watch every episode now.

Step One: Ask Nicely
Step Two: Make Him An Irrelevant Joke
Step Three: Loggins

they say that cat tori amos is a bad mother…

Shut yo mouth!

I’m just talking ’bout Tori Amos.

We can dig it.

I adore Tori Amos. She makes amazing, interesting, layered, gorgeous music.

Maybe California is no exception. And, today, Mother’s Day 2009, she is offering an MP3 download as well as a download of the video and a ringtone version of the songhere.

I found out about this onSpinner.com via the Spinner Twitter Feed. Torialso has her own Twitter feed, as do I –Hogs Twitter.

Happy Mother’s Day! Stay tuned.

i’m the rhyme janitor sprinkling wack mcs with my saw dust pile.

So, it was a wonderful grey day in Manhattan today. Ben Folds played last night but I didn’t go because I was going to listen to a live Camera Obscura show on Sirius but I ended up getting home too late and spent too much time fumbling with the Sirius trial membership and downloading plug ins to actually listen. (That’s some boo roux…not just boo sauce.) I had a free ticket to Ben Folds offered to me but I still don’t think I would have gone. Hate on me all you want, I just don’t like Ben Folds that much.

When I got to the studio today the program that controls our on broadcast was all fucked up so I had to switch to our backup, which was not playing modern rock, apparently, and restart the system. That was pretty sweet (sarcasm) and took about 45 minutes. Then I kicked off the start of my shortened “show” with some dead air because the cassette I was using for Black Flag allowed me to preview the track but didn’t let me broadcast. Good times. (More sarcasm.)

So, yet again the Depression’s Got A Hold On Me show is delayed for at least a week but after I fixed the system, the show went on but I didn’t feel like talking much. Though, as usual there were DJs and staff hanging out so I got to see four time award-winning broadcaster Andy Glazier, station director Loren Seeger (please, Chicago non-profits, give her a job!), Scott and my friends Adam and Lindsay came to kick it in the Stu G.O. so today wasn’t a total loss, I suppose but the show kinda sucked, anyway. (Oh, and if you liked Peacey P, you can see more of him here…seriously, if you’re not down with homestarrunner.comby now, what the hell is wrong with you?

Got some badass links for y’all today and I’m surprised I’ve never found them before. The first is Spinner.com which is just chock full of (notes*) music awesomeness and, linked from that is Interface which has live performances from some great artists (Billy Brag, Neko Case, The Budos Band, etc) and you can subscribe to their video podcastfor more content and interviews. They also have new releasesyou can listen to…and all of this from AOL, who knew?

As seen on Facebook, you can text AMOSFAN to 66937 and get “text updates, exclusive content, tour info and contests” from Tori Amos. You’re only billed for messaging charges, nothing extra. You can also sign up for her newsletter here.

Aforementioned station director Loren Seeger shared some Shaolin Soul with me before and I, in turn, shared it with you. She has again come through with 5th Chamber. All sorts of hip-hop goodies there, some downloads and fun videos, such as thiswhich I had seen before but which is still hilarious. (Mostly because I find Lil’ Jon hilarious.)

As I write this the sky has gotten even more grey and it has started to rain but good news (at least for me) is that I’m about to go hang out with the aforementioned Adam and Lindsay and rip vinyl to MP3s so I can listen to my records in my car. (That’s the second time I’ved used the word “aforementioned” in this post…weird.)

Strange Famous Records has reissued Mac Lethal available. If I weren’t broke as a joke, I would pick these up.

On this grey, rainy day, I leave you with a picture a friend of mine sent me and two videos which should help you fight depression…or something. I’m off to get beer and listen to music.


*That was for Steph.