Bob Dylan's Beard

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Forgetfulness

Man, I forgot I even had this blog.  Now that I’m back I realize I missed it.  So here’s the revamped Bob Dylan’s Beard.

Just a couple things to tell you.  You(if anybody reads this) should really listen to this band, The Welcome Wagon.

You should also go check out my shop at cafepress – http://www.cafepress.com/stburly

When I wrote that title it made me think of this song, “Forgiveness” sung by Anna Faris in the movie “Just Friends.”  Amazing…

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January 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

No Name #1

Linking is much easier than this complicated copy and paste.

http://stburly.vox.com/library/post/top-20-actress-singers.html

June 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In remembrance of them

Listening to the latest Weezer release, the Red Album, earlier today left me a little dissapointed, but fortunately I ran across a piece of nostalgia.  Unfortunately I don’t even remember what blog it was or how I came across it, but someone recently posted an acoustic version of “Pink Triangle,” a version that reminded me that I had it on a burned cd.  Hearing this song again is like a tall drink of water when you’re dying of thirst.  It reminded me of how much I love “old” Weezer and how Weezer just…well…isn’t and won’t be “old” Weezer ever again. Maybe that’s ok.

Only recently have I come to grips with this fact. Others have come to this conclusion much earlier than I. Really I’ve known it for a long time, but haven’t wanted to really believe it. I have now given in to the belief…and I’m ok with it.  Let me have my Blue/Pinkerton Weezer and if Weezer can come out with a gem here or there so be it. Back before the Green album came out I was sad for the fact that I thought Weezer would never make another album and would never tour again. Fortunately I have been able to see them a couple times, which is a couple times more than I ever thought I would back then (although I still regret the fact that I missed the Weezer/Tenacious D/Jimmy Eat World tour) and they’ve played the old stuff.  So today, not in mourning, but rather in honor and remebrance of a dear friend, I give you these gems.  Acoustic beauties from the late-90’s…and a freebie from the few im promptu songs Rivers Cuomo and Matt Sharp played together in February 2004.

No One Else

El Scorcho

The Good Life

Pink Triangle

Matt Sharp and Rivers Cuomo – Undone (The Sweater Song)

June 10, 2008 Posted by | weezer | , , , | Leave a comment

Bungalow Bill or The Continuing Story of How George Bush Parades Around the Desert

Bungalow Bill

Jack Handey, of SNL’s “Deep Thoughts” fame, recently gave a speech on NPR called “My Speech to the Martians.”  It’s a very fine commentary on human-martian relations.

I think my favorite line is: “I came here in peace, seeking gold and slaves, but you have treated me like an intruder.”

This imagery of the bungling human (or American) reminds me of my newest, favorite Beatles song from the White Album.  When I hear this song I can’t help thinking of “W” and his masterful foreign relations policy.  Mr. President is Bungalow Bill. The song describes a rich, young American and his mother who come to India to stay at the ashram of the Maharishi, Mahesh Yogi, and happen to be there at the time the Beatles are there. What actually happened is somewhat disputed, but one way or another, the young man went out on an elephant, killed a tiger, and came back to the ashram proud of his kill.  John didn’t seem to like this American even before the incident, but he remarked “But wouldn’t you call that slightly life-destructive?” although others claimed that it was a necessary defence.  No matter what actually happened, a great song was created from it.  This song is also special because it has the only female lead vocal (Yoko) on any Beatles track – a single line. 

Hey, Bungalow Bill
What did you kill
Bungalow Bill?

He went out tiger hunting with his elephant and gun
In case of accidents he always took his mom
He’s the all American bullet-headed saxon mother’s son.
All the children sing

Hey Bungalow Bill
What did you kill
Bungalow Bill?

Deep in the jungle where the mighty tiger lies
Bill and his elephants were taken by surprise
So Captain Marvel zapped in right between the eyes
All the children sing

Hey, Bungalow Bill
What did you kill
Bungalow Bill?

The children asked him if to kill was not a sin
Not when he looked so fierce, his mother butted in
If looks could kill it would have been us instead of him
All the children sing

Hey, Bungalow Bill
What did you kill
Bungalow Bill?

 I can imagine Bungalow Bill giving a similar speech to the Martians.

The Beatles – The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

May 19, 2008 Posted by | The Beatles | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A bee has got to sting…but you don’t like it, you love it

                                          

After further inspection of the newest Weezer single:

I’m enjoying this edited version of the song.  It could be put on Pinkerton with no problem.  Maybe add a little distortion and screaming at the beginning instead of falsetto, take out the part in the middle that sounds like The Green Album, also the middle part that sounds like Make Believe, and the part that sounds like Elvis, and the part that sounds like Sweet Adeline(My Evaline) and the part that sounds like “You Gave Your Love to me Softly” or “I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams” and easy peasy you have a Pinkerton single.  But seriously, this edited version is very radio-friendly, unlike the 6 minute epic.

  • 0:00 – 0:51 Very Pinkerton-esque
  • 0:52 – 1:17 Sounds like the Green Album
  • 1:18 – 1:50 Synthy like parts of Make Believe, but also similar to B-side “Devotion”
  • 1:51 – 2:21 Rivers talking like Elvis – un-Weezer like unless you consider intro to “Undone”
  • 2:22 – 2:54 Reference their barbershop roots (see: Blue Album b-side Sweet Adeline(My Evaline)
  • 2:55 – 3:10 Sounds like old “I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams” (Pinkerton b-side)
  • 3:10 – 3:38 Again Pinkerton-esque

Weezer – The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Variation Edit)

Interesting news: according to Karl’s Corner, Weezer are releasing a cover of “The Weight” by The Band as an addition to the UK version of the album. 

May 16, 2008 Posted by | weezer | , | Leave a comment

I don’t know much about Cinco de Mayo…two weeks later…

With summer coming around I’m not looking forward to the upcoming TX summer.  I think it’s going to be even more humid than usual.  Regardless, it makes me pine for a northwest summer, where you cherish every day that is about 70 degrees.  Every sign of warmth was an excuse to play catch and practice(?) for church league softball.

Recently I came across this cover(courtesy of Fong Songs), which reminded me of how much I Iove Cake (the band, not the baked good – I prefer pie).  This song reminds me of summers in Portland and driving to Multnomah Falls with a good friend and fellow Cake lover.

Kim Richey – Mexico (Cake cover)

He always let me pick the music in his Stang.  I always appreciated that.  He’s on a list of people I need to call. This cover is dedicated to him.  Also, dedicated to the fact that Cinco de Mayo crept up on me and flew right past me.  I showed up at school totally unprepared to celebrate.

May 16, 2008 Posted by | Cake | , , , | Leave a comment

New Weezer or Something to Smile About

Just wanted to shoot this out quick.  Did Rivers just become Brian Wilson?  I can’t believe how many tempo changes there are in this song, but on first listen I think it’s the best Weezer song post-Pinkerton.  This song makes me smile thinking about “the good life.”  It also sounds like a classic rock epic…and it’s been awhile since I’ve heard once of those.  Makes me really wish they’d finish “Songs from the Black Hole.”

Even the second song here has, I think, the first bridge since the Blue Album.  More smiles.

Weezer – The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)

Weezer – Everybody Get Dangerous

May 15, 2008 Posted by | weezer | , , , | 2 Comments

Kermit does Elliott

This is kinda brilliant…

Apparently someone has decided to make the happiest frog ever the saddest frog ever.  Hey, Jim’s death hurt me too, but I’m still clean.

Needle in the Hay is quite possibly my favorite Elliott Smith song if only for the guitar part.  I could hear an instrumental of it on repeat for at least…3 times through.  This has to be my favorite cover of it, but I haven’t heard many other covers.  I’m also partial to this song because of this video and its Royal Tenenbaums references.

My next Halloween costume/Outift to work:

 

Just because I love the picture:

 

Sad Kermit has a few more covers, and another Elliott song. For more info and downloads visit his site.

May 13, 2008 Posted by | Elliott Smith | , , , | Leave a comment

Friday night is alright for fighting

I consider myself fairly civilized, but the wild man in me is drawn to the show “Man vs. Wild.”  On the latest episode, Bear cornered a porcupine in a burrow in Namibia.  Not a very smart move, but it made for great tv.  

Warning!! **SPOILER ALERT!** – Porcupine dies…not gruesome, but watch at your own risk. 

Enjoy this delicious cover.

Ben Gibbard and Ted Leo – Porcupine Pie (Neil Diamond Cover)

May 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Swell Season

I know you’ve seen the movie Once and I’m sure you loved it as much as I did. I convinced many a friend of the need to watch it. One said friend then convinced me to go see The Swell Season with her to listen to the songs live. I have to admit, I kind of just went because she wanted to, and the excitement about the film (and my addiction to the soundtrack) had definitely dwindled between the point months ago when I bought the ticket and last Saturday when we went to see the show.

That said, their performance is one of the best concerts I’ve been to in a long time. It was at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House here in Denver, a gorgeous gorgeous theater with such perfect sound that when Glen Hansard first took the stage he stepped in front of the mic and monitors, said, “Can you hear me up there? I hear they do opera here and figured, what the hell” and then proceeded to perform the first song solo acoustic right there, sans mic. It was perfection.

I could go through song by song about how the show was really good. But I just want to instead say that I think an ideal show for me, no matter what kind of music, is one where you feel like the artist has successfully created a specific mood and atmosphere. You feel like they’re really tuned in to something. This show had such an intimacy to it that, even though I was in a balcony probably 100 feet away from the stage, I felt I was the only one there sitting in a living room listening to friends play songs.

Instead of further describing this, go here and listen to the entire concert from when they were in DC at the 9:30 and tell me you don’t just become totally enraptured listening to Glen’s story about how “Drown Out” got made or by the clarity of Marketa’s voice or that you don’t get all goosebumpy listening to “Star Star” and their cover of “Into the Mystic” or just get ecstatically happy listening to their second encore covering “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.”

May 7, 2008 Posted by | The Swell Season | , , | Leave a comment