Are you kidding me? You must be kidding me!
First off, some linky links.
First off, everyone, please send your best wishes in Sean's direction - he's been recuperating from what I understand to be a pretty nasty accident, and while we all expected him back sooner, I take it from his lack of activity that he's just needed the R&R. Here's hoping yer up and running in no time Sean!
Secondly,check out this: Ergo Phizmiz "and his Orchestra", cover the Velvet Undergrounds White Light/White Heat (the whole album!), with "Banjo, Bass Guitar, Ruler, Music Box, Violin, Toy Piano, Electric Guitar, Accordion, Squeezebox, Euphonium, Ukulele, Kazoo, Xylophone, Pixiphone, Uumskither, Mbira, Pod, Delay, Turntable, and Percussion." Check out the "Dirty Duck" vocals on The Gift...
Finally MP3Blogs.org seems to have some serious competition. Web Nymph has a slicker look, and a more 'edited' feel, with regular spotligh features on particularly great posts, and unique icons for all indexed blogs. Also, Web Nymph isn't just for MP3 Blogs. The tradeoff is that the Nymph indexes fewer MP3 blogs than MP3blogs.org. It's your call aggregator peoples. I know where I'll be going.
The Aquabats - Love Without Anger (DEVO cover) - The Aquabats are a, for the most part, forgettable comic-ska act, mainly notable for 2 modest hits within the ska/punk scene, and for letting Blink 182 steal their drummer. I don't know when this cover happened, or what album it's from (god bless file sharing, and very obscure tribute albums), but their mariachi take on Devo's classic just always manages to bring a grin to my face. I'm posting this now because I never got around to it during my abortive string of Devo posts, and well, it deserves a post. I mean, check the conviction in those vocals. It's extremely clear that these guys 'get' DEVO, better than many who have tried.
Against Me! - Pints of Guiness Make You Strong! - I made my annual pilgrimage to the Punk Rock Flea Market this weekend. (The Warped Tour. I wouldn't have paid to get in... but if the ticket is free...) Amidst the 12 year olds and the occasional good sets throughout the day, (including one surf-rock band that blew me away, check in for them later this week), I got to revel in nostalgia and I got thinking about Against Me! Against Me are a bunch of Floridian anarchist cowpunks who when I first heard them a while back, revived a great deal of my faith in new and exciting punk rock. This song has the guts and the wisdom to ignore the modern 'punk' formula of "really fast, really short, really loud." By no means a slow song, theres a defenite sense of pacing, with a rhythym section recalling old westerns, and vocal that recalls a young, drunken Paul Westerberg at times, these guys have something. Their second album, was disappointing at first, but on revisiting it, I find that it's merely more subdued. I suppose I was expecting more chaos... Nonetheless, it is in fact quite good. I have high hopes for number 3.
[Buy Against Me albums and Merch from No Idea Records, including this track, from Reinventing Axl Rose]