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December 31st, 2006

Gwen Stefani has officially jumped the shark.

That anyone said “Sure Gwen, this is a GREAT idea!” scares me.

That anyone will BUY this crap scares me even more. Poor Gwen. She used to be all that back in the day. Now she’s just a yodeling goatherd.

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September 8th, 2006
Academy Gym Disco Panic Heroes

It’s all because of Snakes on a Plane and it’s soundtrack. See, if you stick around for the credits at the end of the movie (which DH and I do, as a matter of principle) you get to watch the video for “Snakes On A Plane (Bring It)” which is about the darned catchiest song I’ve heard in a while. So naturally, as soon as I got home I had to know all about the band etc.

This led me to discovering The Academy Is…, and Gym Class Heroes. I already knew about Panic! at the Disco (who are also on the soundtrack), but was pleased to learn they are on the same record label. I really, really want Almost Here, the album by The Academy Is… Their lead singer is one FINE LOOKING man, oh yes he is. And he can really belt out a rock song! Sadly, my venture into Everyday Music with DH tonight did not yield me any CDs by The Academy Is…

However, I did manage to pick up a copy of Gym Class Heroes’ As Cruel as School Children. Yay! I also really want The Papercut Chronicles. YouTube has a channel devoted to bands on their label, and I watched the video for Papercuts – it’s a great song.

It’s interesting, because in general I am not a hip-hop fan. I just DO NOT care for the whole bitches/ho’s/drugs/bling/pimpin’ whatever subject matter of most hip-hop today. Gym Class Heroes seem to be more of the fun, funky, not demeaning-towards-women hip-hop, and I really like their music. They are well worth checking out.

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August 22nd, 2005
X & Y

I bought the newest Coldplay cd a while back, and it totally rocks. It’s called X & Y.

It’s a bit of a departure from their first two albums. I was commenting to DH that it seems like they’re seriously channelling U2 on this record, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’ve been driving a Volkswagen Passat since I put a dent in my car, with a pretty decent stereo and the cd sounds great on it.

If you’re looking for songs like “Spies” and “Yellow” you won’t find them here. But the cd still rocks and I like to see my favorite bands challenge themselves to do something different, and do it well. Bravo.

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April 15th, 2005
Mmm, guilt

Over at My Whim Is Law Betsy asked what our musical guilty pleasures are.

I guess that’s a tough one for me… does “She’s So Unusual”-era Cyndi Lauper count? I adored Cyndi and thought she was waaay cooler than Madonna. That cassette was one of the first ones I owned. I bought it on CD a few years ago and like to play it in the car. When I was a tween I thought Tiffany (best known for a covers of I Saw Him (Her) Standing There and I Think We’re Alone Now) was waay cooler than Debbie Gibson. However, I do not currently own any Tiffany.

Most people outside of my close circle of friends (consisting namely of DH and our co-best friend I’ve known since 8th grade) don’t know of my deep abiding love of early-to-mid-90′s grunge rock/alt rock. Oh yeah. Green Day, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots… I heard a Weezer song in the sandwich shop at lunch today from their first album and KNEW ALL THE WORDS. My dad was responsible for that one. It was a 2.5 hour drive from my mom’s house to his house and he introduced me to both Green Day and Stone Temple Pilots via car cassette player and I was totally hooked. My dad is the coolest.

Current day guilty pleasures? Alanis Morissette is a little guilt-inducing. My love of the Dixie Chicks is guilt-worthy. Is Sting guilt-worthy? Possibly. I love all of Depeche Mode’s music, from 1981 to present-day. That might be cringe-worthy – that early 80′s synth-pop was pretty cheesy.

Ah well. My musical tastes really run the gamut so it’s hard to label something a guilty pleasure. I think the Dixie Chicks probably rate the highest because I’m the only one who likes them in my group of friends, and I sing along loudly to all their songs when I’m in the car.

edited to add the biggest guilty pleasure: Bon Jovi. Enough said.

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April 13th, 2005
Frou Frou

I just love the name of this duo. I was introduced to Frou Frou because one of their songs was on the Garden State soundtrack, which I promptly bought after seeing movie. (While I’m recommending things, I loved Garden State – we saw it three times we liked it so much.) Anyway, after a little more time went by (and money was saved for such things) I bought Details, Frou Frou’s cd.

It was in my car on constant rotation for the better part of a month. I guess when I find something I like, I immerse myself in it (wow, I guess that’s true of my life in general, come to think of it). I think the Garden State soundtrack played for at least a month, followed by The Shins (Oh, Inverted World, to be specific, which also rocks my world) for many weeks. Now I want Last.FM for my car…

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