Drop the Needle: Palmdale’s “Get Wasted”

Artist:  Palmdale

Album: Get Wasted (EP)

Release Date: March 23rd 2010

  The weather is getting nicer and that means everyone is thinking of what’s going to make up their Summer of 2010 soundtrack. Having some fun music blasting out of your car windows or getting that party jumpin’ is essential. So in this sea of shoe-staring-hipster-ephemeral-schlock bands how are you going to keep it fresh??  Worry not friends, Palmdale is here with their 5 song debut EP “Get Wasted” It has all of the fun, catchy lyrics, rock melodies (read: HOOKS!) and pop charm you’ll need to keep the party going til August and beyond.

  Palmdale is a brand new band consisting of Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo) and Linus Dotson (Linus of Hollywood). Its very likely that you know Kay Hanley from her Letters to Cleo days as a Boston alt-rocker, but it should be mentioned she’s had countless solo albums, done soundtrack work and even toured as a backup singer for Miley Cyrus. Linus Dotson may not be a household name, but he is a prolific songwriter and producer around LA, has multiple solo albums, he also did a brief stint touring with geek rockers Nerf Herder. The duo is somewhat of a match made in musical heaven with Hanley’s sexy chick rocker appeal and Dotson’s ability to both compliment and magnify.

  The “Get Wasted” EP, opens with the sun-soaked pop gem  “Here Comes the Summer” which is Hanley at her best.  The song comes in soft and then Hanley kicks the door open with enthusiasm and aggressive, witty lyrics. The music is sweet, edgy pop the likes of which you don’t hear much anymore, but Hanley and Dotson are seasoned professionals at turning out. That said, its amusing that these songs were born from the duo playing around writing “cheesy pop songs” that they later decided to get serious with and Palmdale was born. The EP includes 4 original songs and a cover of Local H’s 1996 hit “Bound for the Floor”, which is such an unlikely cover, but if you’re like me and keep an extra special place in your heart for 90’s pop rock it’s a treat.

  All in all, “Get Wasted” is a solid collection of well-crafted pop songs. It is only the five songs which leaves you wanting more, but on their website the EP is referred as “EP #1” and according to Hanley the duo is already back in the studio recording more tracks. Hopefully this means we will hear more Palmdale in the very near future.  In the DC area, “Here Comes the Summer” has already shown up at the clubs and lounges on U Street that incorporate a rock mix. Check them out for yourself on iTunes or head over to their website for a free download!

Rating:  5 out of 5  (GO GET IT NOW!!!)

 

Music review format…finally!

  I’ve been promising to get more agressive with a “formal” review of new music on here, so now is as good a time as any.  As some of you know, Tuesday is the day new music comes out and thanks to a co-worker I didn’t have to move my butt to get my hands on one of yesterday’s new releases, although with the world wide interweb I wouldn’t have to move…but I’m a traditional kind of guy. Which is why we’re calling the music review…

Drop the Needle: New Devo!

Artist:  DEVO

Album: Something for Everybody

Release Date: June 15th 2010 (June 11th, digitally)

    The sticker on Devo’s first album in 20 years, their ninth studio release over all,  reads “Focus Group Approved”.  We’d expect nothing less from new wave, art rock conceptualists from Akron, Ohio.  Much more than a just a new album,  “Something for Everybody”  is a multimedia, performance-art project & marketing campaign designed to reintroduce the band as “DEVO Inc.” with commentary on American corporate culture and conformity.  The focus group sticker isn’t just a goof either, the band actually produced promotional videos satirizing the use of focus groups and corporate marketing methods to determine everything from which tracks would be on the album to what color the bands “Energy Dome” hats would be this time around.  (The color blue was chosen in the end.)

    The album’s 12 tracks were actually chosen through a real crowd-sourced “Song Study” and are true to the band’s somewhat formulaic style of jerky, 80’s era synth-and-guitar, catchy pop riffs and tongue-in-cheek commentary on the human condition.  This is a solid album in both tempo and vibe, with the first track  “Fresh” coming right out of the gate swingin’ with a sound that reminds you of why you loved Devo the first time you heard Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!  Other tracks like  “Please Baby Please” and “Human Rocket” have a dance floor feel to get you on your feet.  The overall production on this album gives Devo an updated, contemporary sound without sacrificing the band’s original feel.  Younger listeners might find this album interesting and open the door to exploring some of Devo’s earlier work – after all they’ve been praised heavily by everyone from Pearl Jam to Lady Gaga. Older listeners will be suprised to find an even more exciting and polished version of what they were expecting!

Rating:  4 out of 5   (whateverI’mratingthingsbasedon….eggs?)

 

For lack of a better post…

It’s Like, Dislike!

Today I…

Like:

Coke Zero

I’m still liking the idea of being a vegetrian. That 10lbs of meat is nearly gone, so it’s probably time to make this happen!

My kids playing guitar. See….

The fine products from Johnston & Murphy.  (Who would have guessed that Bristol Palin’s baby daddy and an aging, black comedian would make such a great team designing men’s shoes & fashion??!!)

The good feelings I get when I think about one day being able to travel internatioanlly again. This may conside with my recent visits to multiple Embassies (including Greece, Slovenia and Bahamas) I also recently came across the blog, life with aack.,   which focuses heavily on the artistic enclaves and culture of Shanghai, China. Here she profiles Taikang Lu (Road) and includes some beautiful photos.

Dislike:

People who say “Its OK, we need the rain”    To which I reply, F U.  Rain sucks and you know it.

Still hating the guy from The Juice Joint on Vermont Ave in DC.  Nuff said.

Taking an economics class in the summertime. Class content is fine, but summer school blows no matter how old you are or how you try to view it!!

That I’m crapping out with this post……

The Guardian considers BP’s situation….

Thought this article was interesting, so here it is in all of its proper English. Man, I wish our journalists could sound this smart….

Gulf oil spill: Will Deepwater sink the 101-year-old BP?

Mud-smeared BP logos, boycotts, and an almost halved market value indicate deep disgust over the handling of the oil slick

  • by Andrew Clark in New York
  • guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 2 June 2010 17.37 BST
  • At a BP service station in downtown Manhattan, the British company’s green and yellow logo has been defaced with huge brown smears of mud. Protesters clad as oil-soaked mermaids have occupied garage forecourts, anti-BP demonstrations are taking place from Los Angeles to Florida, and a boycott BP campaign is creating a buzz on the internet.

    BP’s name is, quite simply, dirt. Americans are disgusted with the once proud London-based energy company.

    As political leaders threaten criminal prosecution and possible seizure of the company’s assets, and environmentalists bay for blood, BP’s stock is plummeting: it has fallen by a third since the Deepwater Horizon rig caught fire on 20 April, causing the worst oil slick in US history. In financial circles, questions are growing about whether BP can salvage its reputation in the US and whether the company can survive as an independent entity at all.

    “Ultimately, we’ve got no idea how much this accident is going to cost,” said Dougie Youngson, an energy analyst at Arbuthnot Securities. “People have been throwing around numbers like $10bn, $15bn, $20bn, but the reality is we just don’t know. They’ve made five attempts to plug this leaking well and they’ve all failed.”

    Youngson believes there is a real possibility the Deepwater disaster could destroy BP, leading to a break-up of the 101-year-old company, which employs 80,000 people, operates 22,400 petrol stations and generated $239bn of revenue last year. He said: “The longer this situation goes on, the more realistic that becomes.”

    The US interior secretary, Ken Salazar, has warned that BP’s “life is very much on the line”. The company’s market value has dropped from $122bn to barely $80bn. John Kilduff, an energy analyst turned hedge-fund manager at Round Earth Capital, told CNBC television: “It’s questionable whether they can continue to do business in the United States.”

    Seemingly aware of its rock-bottom public image, BP this week hired Anne Womack-Kolton, once press secretary to the former vice-president Dick Cheney, to bolster its public relations effort in the US. A CBS poll found that 70% of Americans disapprove of the way BP has handled the oil spill. And the worst has yet to come: so far relatively little oil has washed up on the US coast; in the weeks ahead, images of stricken birdlife, clogged marshland and blackened beaches are likely to be ubiquitous.

    James Hoopes, a professor of business ethics at Babson College, in Massachusetts, said it was hard to imagine a worse public relations fiasco. “This has to be one of the all-time disasters for corporate reputation. The most graceful course of action for BP would be to hang its head for a very long time and admit it has some deep issues to deal with.”

    The company’s predicament is far worse than Exxon’s battering in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez tanker hit a reef off Alaska. Not only is BP a foreign company with little claim to US loyalty but it is a repeat offender: memories are raw of BP’s Texas City refinery blast in 2005 which killed 15 workers after serious safety lapses, and of the damage caused to the Alaskan wilderness in 2006 by leaking BP pipelines which, the firm admitted, had not been maintained adequately.

    “Is BP dishonest, is it ill-intentioned?” Hoopes asked. “I don’t think there’s any evidence to suggest those things. But the ethical lapse concerns a lack of caution and lack of responsibility in handling what is an inherently risky business. Accidents happen but there is evidence to suggest that BP is unusually accident prone.”

    As of Tuesday, some 257,000 people had signed up to a Facebook page advocating a boycott of BP. Additionally, a consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, is calling for Americans to avoid filling up at BP petrol stations for three months to punish the company.

    Tyson Slocum, director of the Public Citizen’s Energy Program, pointed out that BP had pleaded guilty to two environmental charges arising from its Texas City and Alaskan difficulties, before the Deepwater spill took place.

    With valuable, tangible, property around the world, BP is not in danger of simply evaporating like Enron, Arthur Andersen or Lehman Brothers – all asset-poor business that had little left after they lost their reputations. Theoretically, the collapse in BP’s share price could make the firm cheap. Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell have been mooted as possible eventual purchasers.

    The Obama administration, which wants to cut US dependence on foreign oil money, would have a significant say; it hands out exploration licences and is unlikely to be keen on Russian, Chinese or Middle Eastern control of strategically important American resources.

    Not everybody thinks BP is doomed. Charles Maxwell, an energy analyst at the US broker Weeden & Co, says he does not consider Deepwater Horizon fatal for BP. “While you’re right in the melee, the battle rages harsh and hot and fierce around you, but there will come an end to it. They’ll drill a relief well and it will work, I’m sure.”

    Maxwell said reputational damage would fade since consumers barely distinguished between brands. He said that BP’s chief executive, Tony Hayward, who succeeded Lord Browne of Madingley as chief executive in 2007, had not had enough time to repair the damage wreaked by his predecessor.

    To start regaining consumer trust, BP needs to show a more human face to America, said Dan McGinn, a communications expert at TMG Strategies, who suggested Hayward and his colleagues should “emote” more freely. “Don’t make it so technical, so mechanical. Give us a sense of passion, that you feel people’s suffering.”

    Corporate giants have rebounded from catastrophes before. The tyre maker Firestone, which seemed terminally tarnished in 2000 when it was accused of covering up flaws in products linked to hundreds of deadly accidents, turned around its reputation. And General Motors, which filed for bankruptcy just a year ago, is back on its feet, winning market share and praise for new models. “What we do know … is that you can suffer extraordinary damage in a short period of time but you can also recover,” said McGinn. He added that the worst sins, in the eyes of the public, were not accidents themselves but a sense of gross incompetence, a perception of cruelty or veneer of sheer arrogance. “If it comes across that you not only don’t understand but don’t care about the consequences of your actions, that’s unforgivable to Americans.”

    BP Top Kill: Epic Fail. also…Boycotting BP

     

    ” After three full days of attempting top kill, we have been unable to overcome the flow from the well.”

    – Doug Suttles, COO, Global Exploration, BP

     

    Top Killing the well  (btw, a method only tested in porn) by shooting thick mud into it was a bad idea and had a pretty low likelyhood of sucess.  BP has got to go down their environmental and profit protection plans, though.  We’ve seen domes and hats and siphons and now cum shots mud shots in BP’s slow progression tword reluctantly capping a well that they had hoped to continue using. We now know that within the first week of the spill BP was more concerned with not being able to continue to use the well rather than stopping the spill. So, they initally put themselves first and the environment and Gulf second. Yes, the last thing ANYONE wants is for you to have to destroy a “perfectly good well” to prevent a global crisis. That was some solid quick thinking in the face of disaster, BP!

    Plus, Surprise! It isn’t just 5,000 barrels per day leaking 5,000 feet below the Gulf, but much much more, and conservative estimates have two million barrels on the way to the Florida Keys, over to Cuba’s pristine coral reefs, and already covering 65 miles of Louisiana shoreline.  

    And now they say the NEW solution will likely have the leak slowed down, but still leaking ALL SUMMER LONG.

    Another thing for us to keep in mind….Boycotting BP:

    Alot of youngsters have been protesting BP at their gas stations, etc.  I think this is more damaging to the franchisee rather that the corporate giant, but I get why it should be done.  They are pushing the products of a company that should be avoided and if we all (or some of us) go to another provider it may send a message. Therefore its important that we all remember that BP sells products under the following names if your are choosing to boycott:

    First, look for the helios symbol,  the  green and yellow sunflower pattern similar to the emblem of the Green Party of Canada. Ironically, they changed their logo to this to highlight the company’s interest in alternative and environmentally friendly fuels. Fuckwads.

    BP and BP Amoco (Amoco changed its name to BP in 2000, but there are still some out there)

    ARCO  (is BP’s retail brand on the US West Coast in the seven Western States of California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, and Utah.)

    Castrol (the brand of motor oil and other lubricants which is entirely a BP brand but tends to retain its separate identity.)

    If you feel strongly about this situation in the Gulf, or are just pissed that your shrimp cocktail will now cost $500 when you’re on vacation this summer, then you might consider avoiding the BP brands. Yes, yes, before some of you jump all over me….I do realize the fact that boycotts of oil companies seldom have an impact on their bottom lines….and the point is that human error can lead to disaster on any oil rig, owned by any company, at any time…its not like BP planned this. But they are effing up the clean-up effort and that pisses people off and makes them feel the need to do something.

    Whats wrong here? (other than the giant font header)

    Here is a real “police blotter” story from the suburbs of DC. This was printed in the Washington Post, so it’s not from some podunk news rag.  Can you find what’s wrong here?

    Two Va. dogs die after eating poisoned meatballs

    Fairfax County police are investigating the deaths of two dogs who ate toxic meatballs.

    Police say animal control officers were called to a home in the 15100 block of Olddale Road in Centreville at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. A 5-month-old pit bull had eaten a meatball tainted with an unidentified toxic substance and became sick. Officers then found that a West Highland Terrier at a nearby home also had eaten a tainted meatball around the same time. Both dogs later died.

    Officials say meatballs were found in the backyards of three neighboring homes. They say the meatballs are being tested at a local lab.

    Police say residents should inspect their yards for unusual or suspicious items, and if they find any, they should call police right away.

      If you said “animal cruelty!”

    or

     “Looks like some sicko has got it in for the dogs in the neighborhood”, you are correct.

     Did anyone else think…

    “WTF?? Isnt the REAL story that there are random meatballs showing up in people’s yards? Sure, we can guess where they came from and why, etc.  But the story doesn’t even address the random meat!???? ”

    Where was this part of the story?

    “Random yard meat is a common occurence in Northern Virginia neighborhoods, so none of the residents were surprised to find the meatballs. Mrs. Gilbipple of Smitsville reported a small pile of fried asparagus and two large heaps of spaghetti with marinara on her back lawn, but since there were no meat products Fairfax police were not concerned.”