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Compulsive Music Buyer, Right Here
11/28/10 at 07:34 PM by Adrian Villagomez
I went through a musical drought upon first moving to Austin because I couldn't really justify spending money on music (yes, I pay for music). Now I'm making up for it. Here are the albums I'm listening to now:

Hellogoodbye - Would It Kill You?
Johnny Cash - American IV: Ain't No Grave
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

These are the albums being shipped to me:

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
The National - High Violet
Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto

And of course I had to take advantage of the sweet $1.99 deals going on at Amazon MP3:

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Sara Bareilles - Kaleidoscope Heart
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Weezer - Hurley
The XX - xx

Finally, I was shopping for a new dress shirt at the Goodwill store and decided to flip through the records they had in stock. I found some good stuff, and at 99 cents a pop, how could I resist picking up six new records? I can't recall everything I bought, but I know I grabbed these:

JS Bach: Motets BWV 227 BWV 229 BWV 226
Elton John - Honky Château
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Otis Redding - The Dock of the Bay
Various Artists - Christmas Is... Memorable Songs of Christmas By Greatest Artists of Our Time

My only regret - there was some Elton John that I left behind. Maybe I'll head back tomorrow to pick them up. Got 'em:

Elton John - Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
Elton John - Elton John
Elton John - Madman Across the Water
Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection

There's still plenty of 2010 music that I'd like to listen to, and it's unfortunate that those unheard albums won't make it onto my end of the year list. But at least I have plenty of tunes to keep me warm this winter. Hallelujah.
Tags: music
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Selling Out: How Much Do Artists Earn Online?
05/31/10 at 02:42 PM by Adrian Villagomez

Credit goes to Information is Beautiful.
Tags: image, music economics, music industry
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The Future of Music
05/18/10 at 08:36 PM by Adrian Villagomez

The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution

Writers: Dave Kusek, Gerd Leonhard
Publisher: Berklee Press
Publication Date: 2005

I'll accept a late pass for this one, but this month I finally read The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution by Dave Kusek and Gerd Leonhard. Every serious music fan needs to read this book. It's all about how people who love music can - and will - take music back from big business and turn it into a service (like a utility payment) rather than a static product (see: overpriced CDs).

Record sales may be plummeting, but people are listening to more music now than ever before. As Kusek and Leonhard explain, the time is ripe for entrepreneurs to give music consumers exactly what they want - all the digital music they can listen to, anytime they want, for as little money as possible. Convert the millions of file-sharers into paying customers with a low service fee and incredible soft/hardware that makes music easy to find and share. Even if the flat fee is as low as $1 a month, the result will be an immense pool of money that reflects just how important music is to us.

Kusek and Leonhard cover a lot of ground with The Future of Music, and it's inspiring to imagine the possibility of "music like water." That is, music that surrounds us as a readily available resource that we hardly think twice about consuming. If I was part of the antiquated and uncompromising record industry, the ideas presented in The Future of Music would haunt my dreams. They'd also motivate me to sign any flavor of the week that just might turn a quick buck. But that's part of a rapidly dissolving present; it's time to look to the future.

Buy The Future of Music.
Tags: book, dave kusek, gerd leonhard, the future of music
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Brand New Covering "El Scorcho"
07/11/09 at 07:31 PM by Adrian Villagomez
My favorite band covering a song off my favorite album? Of course I need to post it in my blog.

Brand New - "El Scorcho"
Tags: brand new, cover, music video, weezer
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Music Thoughts
06/16/09 at 12:31 AM by Adrian Villagomez
You must buy Brother's Blood by Kevin Devine. It's my favorite album of the year thus far, and the lyrics are very impressive (see "Carnival" and "Another Bag of Bones").

To those still pining for a Movielife reunion: let it go and pick up the new Nightmare of You album on August 4.

"The Tragedy of the Human Condition" is the best track off Forget What You Know.

Sycamore Meadows is the most honest release I've heard in a long while. I appreciate that.

"The Abyss" is still fantastic.

I don't own American Idiot (shame on me), but I promise to buy the new Green Day album soon. I like the new single better than the first single off American Idiot (aka "American Idiot").

It's cool that Blink is back, but it's more important that Mark, Tom, and Travis are friends again.

Jimi Hendrix makes me feel alive.

The new Beatles Rock Band game better be epic. I think it will be. Rock Band > Guitar Hero (since Harmonix jumped ship).

I love the twist at the end.
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Are You Experienced?
04/24/09 at 01:00 PM by Adrian Villagomez

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
Record Label: Track Records / MCA
Release Date: May 12, 1967 (UK)

Purple haze all in my brain.
Lately things just don't seem the same.
Actin' funny, but I don't know why.
'Scuse me while I kiss the sky.

Purple haze all around.
Don't know if I'm comin' up or down.
Am I happy or in misery?
Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me.

Purple haze all in my eyes.
Don't know if it's day or night.
You got me blowin', blowin' my mind.
Is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?

Recommended If You Likeelectric guitar; psychedelic rock and roll; Cream; The Beatles

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Hey Joe"

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Foxy Lady" live at Woodstock
Tags: music video, recommendation, the jimi hendrix experience
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Into the Hot, Hot Land I Landed with No Shoes
04/23/09 at 10:27 AM by Adrian Villagomez
I've been revisiting Say Anything this week. ...Is a Real Boy is even better than I remember it, and In Defense of the Genre isn't a very strong defense, sadly. On a related note, I remember listening to Razia's Shadow and thinking, "Now this is a superb use of guest vocalists in the 'scene'."

I wonder what the band's next album will sound like.

Say Anything - "Woe" acoustic on MTV
Tags: music video, say anything
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Congratulations Kidz Bop
04/20/09 at 12:59 AM by Adrian Villagomez
Kidz Bop is no longer the most annoying music I've discovered via infomercial.

Alvin and the Chipmunks - "Livn' on a Prayer" (from the album Undeniable)

The only Alvin and the Chipmunks song I've ever approved of is "Christmas Don't Be Late," and that's due more to nostalgia than anything else. "Christmas Don't Be Late" also has some depth because it reveals how much of a taskmaster David Seville is. Classic stage father.
Tags: alvin and the chipmunks, ear grinding music
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Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
04/18/09 at 08:28 PM by Adrian Villagomez

Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
Record Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: October 17, 1955

Every kiss, every hug
Seems to act just like a drug.
You're getting to be a habit with me.

Let me stay in your arms,
I'm addicted to your charms.
You're getting to be a habit with me.

I used to think your love was something I could take or leave alone,
But now I couldn't do without my supply.
I need you for my own.

Oh, I can't break away,
I must have you everyday,
As regularly as coffee or tea.
You've got me in your clutches and I can't break free.
You're getting to be a habit with me.

Recommended If You Likevocal jazz; Dean Martin; Miles Davis; Tony Bennett; classic pop

ListenAmazon; iTunes; Myspace

Frank Sinatra - "You Make Me Feel So Young"

Frank Sinatra - "Too Marvelous for Words"

Frank Sinatra - "I've Got You Under My Skin"
Tags: frank sinatra, music video, recommendation
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The Science of Things
04/08/09 at 09:57 PM by Adrian Villagomez

Bush - The Science of Things

I want you to remember
A love so full it could send us all ways.
And I want you to surrender
All my feelings rose today.
And I want you to remain.
The power of children can amaze.
I'll try not to complain.
I know that's a pisser baby.

The chemicals between us,
The walls that lie between us,
Lying in this bed.
The chemicals displaced,
There is no lonelier state
Than lying in this bed.

Recommended If You LikeGavin Rossdale; Nirvana; grunge; Stone Temple Pilots; cool '90s alternative rock

ListenAmazon; iTunes; Myspace

Bush - "Warm Machine" live Woodstock '99

Bush - "The Chemicals Between Us" live Woodstock '99

Bush - "40 Miles From the Sun" live Woodstock '99
Tags: bush, music video, recommendation
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A Rush of Blood to the Head
03/31/09 at 08:31 PM by Adrian Villagomez

Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head (alice+interiors' review)

Said I'm gonna buy this place and see it go.
Stand here beside me Baby, watch the orange glow.
Some'll laugh, some just sit and cry,
But you just sit down there and you wonder why.

So I'm gonna buy a gun and start a war,
If you can tell me something worth fighting for.
And I'm gonna buy this place is what I said,
Blame it upon a rush of blood to the head.

Recommended If You LikeTravis; Keane; The Fray; Radiohead; britpop; piano rock

ListenAmazon; iTunes; Myspace

Coldplay - "The Scientist" live

Coldplay - "Green Eyes"

Coldplay - "A Rush of Blood to the Head" live 2003
Tags: coldplay, music video, recommendation
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Never Better
03/10/09 at 10:05 AM by Adrian Villagomez

P.O.S. - Never Better (Drew's review)

Do you recognize when the world wont stop for you?
Or when your days don't care what you got to do?
Or when the weight's too tough to lift up,
What do you do?
Don't let em choose for you;
That's on you.

Recommended If You LikeDoomtree; Astronautalis; Atmosphere

ListenAmazon; iTunes; Myspace

Hands On: P.O.S. - Never Better

P.O.S. - "Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)"

P.O.S. - "Optimist (We Are Not for Them)"
Tags: music video, p.o.s., recommendation
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I <3 This Song
02/26/09 at 01:51 AM by Adrian Villagomez
"Great Expectations" was my favorite song last year, and after finding the music video on Jason's blog, I had to steal it for myself. So, enjoy.

The Gaslight Anthem - "Great Expectations"

A band can't really can't go wrong with a performance video, but with this song I'd like to see a companion story being told. A story that fits really well with the classic sound and the bitter words. It's okay though, because I do like this video.
Tags: music video, recommendation, the gaslight anthem
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We're Gonna See If This Bad Boy Can Fly
09/02/08 at 11:22 PM by Adrian Villagomez

Now that you're home won't you rescue me?
I've been trying so hard to be good again.
Now that you're home won't you rescue me?
I've been trying pretty hard to be good.

Well now that you're home I can see again,
I can see again.
Now that you're home I can see again,
God, I can see.
Tags: manchester orchestra, music video
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She Doesn't Need Me Quite Half As Much As I Need Her
08/22/08 at 06:29 PM by Adrian Villagomez

And when I feel like giving up, like my world is falling down
I show up at 3am, she's still up watching
And I see her pretty face,
It takes me away to a better place and

I know that everything,
Know that everything,
Know that everything,
Everything's gonna be fine.
Tags: blink 182, josie, music video
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