• Musical criticism and commentary

    A factory showroom of They Might Be Giants

    I love They Might Be Giants. They have, over the years, earned a spot as one of my top three favorite bands (tied with U2 and The New Porngraphers). While they seem like a “funny” band at first, there is so much more to their music than humor. They Might Be Giants really dives deep into the human experience. Sometimes their lyrics are dark, but with a humorous sounding tone. Sometimes their songs are a three minute history lesson. Still – other times we find the songs of TMBG are pretty much a musical experiment – let’s make an interconnected loop of the lyrics. Regardless of the style – They…

  • Musical criticism and commentary

    Ladytron’s Playgirl

    Ladytron will release a new album this year! I was part of the Pledgemusic campaign, and I am extremely excited. In preparation for the new album, I’ve recently listened to every Ladytron album. This made me remember a theory: In many Ladytron songs, appears a reoccurring character – the Playgirl. Ladytron portrays the character as tragic at times, but at times we see this character as someone who one should be warned against. We see the Playgirl at different stages of her life. Sometimes, she loves her lifestyle, sometimes she hates her lifestyle. More importantly, The Playgirl in these songs serves as a cautionary tale both to people like her,…

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    Bring me a theoretical higher love.

    Ever since I first heard Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love,” I’ve had an issue with the song; It’s kind of demanding. Higher Love is a good song mind you, but the whole concept of the song relies on Winwood getting his “higher love,” and getting it now! Ok, let’s back up for a minute he’s saying that he doesn’t want to waste time on a shallow love. Winwood wants to go deeper into his love for his partner. That is admirable. Then again, as Mariah Carrey reminded us a four years later, Love Takes Time! It’s not something you can just jump into – you have to work hard for this…

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    Maybe I’ll give Death Cab for Cutie another shot.

    I remember back in the mid 00s, I kind of hated Death Cab for Cutie. I had several reasons, but honestly, I think it was that they were just too popular and I was just too cool for school. I remember a friend of mine from that era used to say that if I don’t like something just because it was popular, I was still letting what is popular influence me. Damn I hated when she would say that. of course, I always said I wasn’t doing that – that I actually did not like whatever song, movie, or what have you. Still looking back at who I was, I’m…