firstly, i hope everyone has a lovely new years eve. i, for one, am going to be watching my kids and enjoying some beers all by my lonesome. sandy, my bride, has to work this evening, which is fine with me cause she should make some huge cash – i hope. to be quite frank, nye lost its allure about 14 years ago, so i aint heartbroken…
secondly, i find it hard to believe that with all the los lobos shows out there that i have never posted one. it boggles the mind… in my humble opinion, los lobos are one of the most underrated if not the most underrated band performing today. they make as interesting of music as anyone, no matter the genre. sadly, to this day when i mention to people that one of my favorite bands is los lobos, the typical response is “oh the la bamba band.” yeah…. as far as i am concerned they have not made one bad record, and to top that i dont think they have made even just one marginal record. their entire catalogue should is phenomenal – kiko, the neighborhood, the town and the city and how will the wolf survive in particular, through and through. i am sure there are some los lobos fans out there that can back me up on their awesomeness…
here they are playing @ biddy mulligans in chicago on 12.14.84. i lived in chicago for 29 years and never heard of this place, btw…
the time again to make a plea to those of you who use places like seeqpod, mp3realm, and places of the like, to just fuckin stop. i dont know if you know much about bandwidth consumption, but 200 gigs a day is fucking outrageous and its all due to these sites that just scrape the internets looking for data. these sites dont make their users visit the sites they are scraping from, just stream away like they havent a care in the world. i can only do so much in terms of banning ips, sites, etc… cause i just dont have that kind of time. so, if you use those types of sites, just stop it cause eventually you will drive places like this joint out of business due to insane bandwidth useage. luckily my host is very forgiving, but there is no way captains dead can last if this keeps up. enough with my kvetching, thanks for whatever….
Day Number of visits Pages Hits Bandwidth
01 Dec 2008 11411 132238 157743 189.40 GB
02 Dec 2008 12146 145982 168708 207.57 GB
03 Dec 2008 11476 145834 168285 213.25 GB
04 Dec 2008 11054 122293 141581 186.99 GB
05 Dec 2008 11573 132086 152342 203.87 GB
06 Dec 2008 12031 148169 162851 206.68 GB
07 Dec 2008 12495 160600 175435 241.96 GB
08 Dec 2008 11848 131525 151546 244.65 GB
09 Dec 2008 11526 121413 140431 205.45 GB
10 Dec 2008 11230 117926 138196 215.53 GB
11 Dec 2008 11097 117608 134635 218.23 GB
12 Dec 2008 11476 133154 148423 200.80 GB
13 Dec 2008 12084 147223 161681 304.81 GB
14 Dec 2008 12343 139167 165059 236.72 GB
15 Dec 2008 11008 110875 160885 196.84 GB
16 Dec 2008 10949 109254 161703 194.19 GB
17 Dec 2008 9979 110596 157234 153.86 GB
18 Dec 2008 10897 119153 166932 205.23 GB
19 Dec 2008 11830 137950 185172 193.29 GB
20 Dec 2008 12393 160444 201275 215.25 GB
21 Dec 2008 11757 150588 191802 199.35 GB
22 Dec 2008 10650 121250 163367 165.10 GB
23 Dec 2008 11887 149616 215996 295.87 GB
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25 Dec 2008 10721 145268 189751 233.36 GB
26 Dec 2008 11315 154000 200028 223.30 GB
27 Dec 2008 10669 142342 184273 219.59 GB
28 Dec 2008 10805 133350 176269 219.66 GB
29 Dec 2008 11161 130086 175060 219.73 GB
30 Dec 2008 11460 149604 196723 235.37 GB
31 Dec 2008 460 4799 7045 12.35 GB
Average 11023.03 130780.94 163814.10 208.97 GB
Total 341714 4054209 5078237 6478.00 GB
i got a real love/hate relationship with sonic youth. it’s a relationship that hasn’t changed much since about 1988. i whole heartedly appreciate the music they make, kinda like hansel and his indifference/admiration of sting, but i dont really listen to em all that much. actually, other than sister and goo, i dont care for an entire sy record. every record has its fair share of unadulterated awesomeness, but are just too scattered for my brain. i always kinda felt like i should fall in line and just give into the noise, that sometimes borders on nauseating self indulgence, but just couldnt bring myself to do so. maybe one day, i suppose…
here they are playing at the palladium in hollywood on 8.17.90. it tis a pretty awesome show, i should add.
oh, happy monday! i was not much of a fan of antony and the johnson’s previous work, but i have been listening to their upcoming the crying light the past few days and i gotta say its pretty damn spectacular. i dont know what has changed in my makeup to all of a sudden really be diggin antony’s voice/delivery, but i am just going to accept it. maybe i should go back and listen to their other stuff? anyway, the crying light is due out on secretly canadian on 1.20. i havent heard their latest ep, another world, but here is track from it.
one record that i constantly continue to pull out whether i am in the mood for bouncy pop goodness or not is boston’s papas fritas’ (pop has freed us) 1995 debut record. after hearing this record for the first time i think i may have gone and helped an old lady unwillingly cross the street i felt so damn good. one thing i love about it is that its kinda goofy without falling into the normal entrapments of such a record. they put out three records, in total, but their last two didnt have the same effect on me as their debut. still they were/are good records and do contain some killer songs see “hey, hey you say,” as an example. me thinks my part-time partner has the scoop on what lead fritas member tony goddess is up to nowadays, but she wont return phone calls….
top of the afternoon, all. hope you all had a lovely christmas. my christmas was quite lovely, for a better part of the day, at least. then at about 6 pm, the nights and days drinking caught up to me, and i was stricken with a severe case of faucet ass – you can just imagine what that is. it wasnt pretty, to say the least.
normal and greater/more fequent posting will resume on monday, but in the meantime here are some demos to wilco’s classic summerteeth.
merry christmas, happy channakuah, happy kawnaza, etc.. from us/me at captains dead! keeping with what i can now consider a tradition – cause i did this last year, here is pfork’s list of top 100 singles of 08. honestly, i have not heard of 95 percent of this stuff and i really dont know how many of them i am actually going to check out.
secondly, thanks to everyone for visiting captains dead this year! just in this year alone, captains dead had just over a million hits. which is pretty impressive, i think, for a site that is run from primarly from my couch. so, again, thanks for visiting….
oh, yeah, i cant take credit for compiling this, just the posting. thanks and love to the chap for putting this together…
as i was coming up with my favorite songs of 08 i noticed an interesting trend. that trend being that most of my favorite songs were not necessarily on my favorite records. so, i decided to compile a list of my favorite songs that weren’t on my top album list. out of the 12 here, only about 4 would have been omitted by including tracks found on my favorite records.
two of the albums, in particular were real close to getting into the top ten. first one being, horse feathers’ house with no home which is a lovely collection of americana, that fans of great lake swimmers, iron and wine, bon iver, etc would really dig. the other being why?’s alopecia which, while a great record, i can only listen if i am in the right mood. it gets a little long in the tooth, when completely sober, but damn if it aint a great drinkin record…
these are in no particular order. although if i had to pick, it would be between the bottom three. you may axe yourself, “a milli?” really? yeah, i fuckin love that song… it be bangin and sounds so sweet comin out of the elantra’s boomin system.
i think i done fucked up my top ten of 08 list. i knew, i just knew damn well i was missing something. that something was the mountain goats’ most excellent heretic pride. if i remember correctly, this isnt the first time i forgot to include them in my top 10 list. back in 06, i was a huge fan, and still am, of their get lonely and subsequently left them off that list too. i wasnt going to let it happen twice. so, i am going to just shove this in between carried to dust and saturnalia at number 5.5. if you have never dug john darnielle’s wares previously, this record may win you over. if you just cant stand his vocal/lyrical stylings, well, this aint gonna win you over. but me thinks this is probably his most solid and consistent work to date. check it..
sup, fools? in case you missed it, mr largeheartedboy is in the process of compiling what is already an exhaustive list of “best of’s” from around the blogoweird. check it here.
i’m gonna come right out and say it, west philly’s algernon cadwallader’s copping of tim kinsella and his cap n’ jazz is almost embarrasing. even with that said, i really dig em. sure, the world only needs one tim kinsella, but maybe the world needs another cap’ n jazz? considering their short life, me thinks a rejuvination of the cap’n jazz sound is in order. you know why? cause i liked it, and could use more of it. pretty simple. maybe there are other bands out there doing that whole thing, but i havent heard em. so, my money is on algernon cadwallader to rekindle the flame…
i have offered cap ‘n jazz’s “little league” as evidence. its not the best representation, but you will probably pick it up…