Jul 30, 2013

Coke Weed

      I would like to take a moment to introduce you to Coke Weed. They're, well, what is their genre? Fuzz rock? Surf-wave? Like, Cheech pulling over in a low-rider to give Chong-in-drag a ride ["Hey double bubble!]?  Who cares. Anyways, I like them alot - and you should give them a listen!

     Coke Weed's main vocals, provided by Nina D., are big and languorous - like heavy 1960's vogue eyelids at noon. As an ensemble, they sound like the reminisce of a beat up suitcase in the back of a doorless van. The best part is - Coke Weed's nostalgic sound is a buddy road-trip. They don't, like, fly solo, man.

The Coke Weed Rockers, photo by Jarly Bobadilla
The Coke Weed rockers, photo by Jarly Bobadilla

Nina D. of Coke Weed
Nina D., from CokeWeed.com

     Here's their third and latest album Back To The Soft (2013):

      I hold an endless summer in my heart all the live-long Maine winter.
      Coke Weed: soundcloud, web, store, youtube

Jul 15, 2013

Suburban Lawns

     Artist Denise Gallant's video for the Suburban Lawns' Janitor is as peculiar and awesome as singer Su Tissue's succinct recitations. Her performance reminds me of knocking on a hollow log that something weird and creepy lives in, but you don't know what it is.

      As an innovator of video design during the inception of the 1980's veejay scene, Denise Gallant pioneered original effects for the likes of such artists as Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, Tangerine Dream, and Supertramp. Between the years of 1980 and 1984, she worked on 50+ music videos - and has since won a Billboard Music Award for her achievements in the industry. Basically, she's a total badass.

Back-side of Suburban Lawn's first self-titled LP

     The Suburban Lawns were formed in 1978 by CalArts students Sue Tissue and Vex Billingsgate in Long Beach, California. They were later joined by scraps of defunct SoCal bands Chuck Roast, John Gleur, and Frankie Ennui. With their powers combined, they became a totally awesome ensemble of observant musical weirdos.
     For some great further reading, check out this awesome interview with Frankie Ennui over at Freida's WhipBoom, Boom - boom, boom.

Jul 11, 2013

HD 189733b

 This is planet HD 189733b:

Planet HD 189733b PNG, backgroundless file. NASA, exo-solar planet. Alien blue planet. planet made of silica, glass planet.

COLOR: blue
ATMO: water vapor, oxygen, methane, carbon monoxide
SURFACE TEMP: 700 °C / 1292 °F
63 lightyears

This planet's 4,000mph winds and surface temps of 1300°F turn its blue reflective silicate raindrops into whipping hot shards of molten glass. How much does it cost to buy this hot sphere? I have cash.