Posts Tagged ‘music

15
Jun
09

Between the Curves

Los Angeles local band Fight From Above has officially released their very first music video “Between the Curves.”  Last weekend was the video release party and I have heard nothing but good things from the band and fans alike.  With the release of LA Kids it is now their third album to drop and it only has gotten better over time.

Whether you are driving down the 405 or throwing back Whiskey with a bunch of friends, their music is a perfect compliment to a good time.  I have had the luxury to meet the band and these guys are exactly like their music.  Very chill yet different.  Something even cooler that I bet you did not know about the band is the fact that they filmed, edited, and produced the whole music video.  You need to check these guys out HERE and make sure to go out and get their music.
If you a fan of the pop rock/ indie rock you will not be disappointed. Check out the music video below.

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27
Mar
09

Dorko Mom and the Clarinet….

For you people who play the clarinet, I am sorry.  Today while I was at work, I was talking with one of my least favorite clients.  Imagine that forty something mother who is overly proud and sticks her foot in her mouth without realizing it every time she opens it up.  She is this lady who will not shut the hell up about her son.  For the past month she has been telling me, four weeks till my son turns 18, three weeks till my son turns 18, two weeks until my son turns 18, one week until my son turns 18, you get the point.  Well today is his 18th birthday.  Whopdee frickin doo.

Don’t get me wrong I love hearing about peoples children and their lives at home but man this lady is just on over kill.  I feel bad for her son because she has raised a complete dork.  I have not even met this kid and I know he is a dork.  She talks for an hour and a half non stopped about three things, her sons, birthday which I have covered, how he is in the school Orchestra, and what colleges he has gotten into and rejected from. (Davis, Cal, and Brown he got into.  Rejected from UCLA, Stanford, USC, Dartmouth, and Cornell.)

Seriously this lady is like ohhh I was up so late at my sons recital last night.  Hmmmm the last time I looked, five year old girls played recitals.  Seniors in high school went out and partied.  Don’t get me wrong, and I have said this before, I give mad mad props to anyone who plays a musical instrument.  The only instrument I can play is the easy levels of Rock Band drums.  Holler at video games.

So back to Dorko Mom.  Me being the smart ass I am, was so fed up and annoyed with Dorko mom talking about how her son is 18 and walked straight to the Post Office to register for voting decided to lay the real world on her.  I said “So your son is 18 now, you must be so proud.  Get ready cause now he can buy, cigarettes, loto tickets, and porn. (well i held the porn part out because I have some class, but it did cross my mind).  She awkwardly avoided the cigarette comment and said “You can buy lotto tickets at 18?”  Me “Yup, and he can get tried as an adult, did he go and register for the draft yet?”  And blank stare from Dorko Mom.

Those comments shut her up for a grand total of fifteen seconds.  After the fifteen seconds passed the next hour she was bragging about her son and how he killed his SAT’s and thinks he is going to chose Cal for college.  She then said “my son wants to bring his nice Clarinet to college with him but I am afraid it is going to get stolen.”  I let out a laugh and she gave me a look as though I was peering into the fifth ring of the Inferno.   Satan eyes was like what the hell is so funny, in a far more polite way?  I said well all the closets have locks so he could keep it in there when he is not practicing in the middle of the quad.  It gave her some relief.

Then I told her that the instrument was probably the last thing some one would steal.  Honestly who steals a Clarinet?  Her son needed to worry about his I.Pod, computer, books, graphing calculator, and clothes from getting stolen.  She understood everything but the clothes.  I then informed her that people go around every week to the washers and dryers and have free roam of whatever they want due to the fact that your average college student does not watch his clothes as though he were guarding Windsor Castle.  Looking back on it, she will probably make this poor fool sit in front of the washer and dryer all two hours washing his stuff so it does not get stolen. At least he can practice his kazoo, I mean Clarinet…

I then got to thinking, this mother could be in for a rude awakening when little Jimmy comes home from college with his nose pierced, a tattoo of his frat on his shoulder, and a pawned off super expensive clarinet so he could get some extra pizza and beer money.  I would love to see that…..Holler

BTW, I have never met this kid but from what Dorko Mom has talked about I could pick him out in a line up.  Imagine an 18 year old guy who throws like a very uncoordinated girl, goes to school wearing penny loafers, slacks, and a plaid collared shirt.  He sports those glasses that have the Crookes on them.  He walks around campus with his flute all day and eats cheese for lunch.

BTW part 2:  The only two cool things I can think that have come from the clarinet is that Ferris Bueler tried to play on his day off and every time USC scores a touchdown.

26
Feb
09

Shutup and Let me go……

This version puts that silly band called the Ting Tings to shame……

Fight From Above just signed….Check them out and tell everyone about them so you can be the cool cat on the block who everyone worships for being a Music guru knowing how to pick good bands and have the foresight to see the next big song to headline on Rock Band Galactic Tour.
Or you can just sit down on your couch and keep playing La’s There She Goes….You make the decision!!!!

26
Feb
09

Whats playing on the C-POD?

I’m Courtland and I will hopefully be a regular here on Kaliphornya.com. I’m finishing up my degree at Cornell College in Iowa. I’m from Minnesota so naturally I am a HUGE Twins fan and…well…that’s about it. Our country is struggling through its toughest economic times since the Great Depression while Minnesota sports are a Great Depression. I play tennis at Cornell and have found that there is a very important piece that goes into my game that has nothing to do with “G” or what kind of racket I use. This would be my pre-game music. Before each weekend (we usually play clusters of matches on the weekends) I make a new play list on my iPod shuffle to get me going for the game. Whenever I watch NBA games and see such players at Lebron James, Steve Nash and Baron Davis walking into the arena with their gigantic headphones, I find myself wondering what they are listening to.

So I am here to give you some insight into what a men’s tennis player from Iowa will be listening to before matches this weekend. This, obviously, in no way represents what professional athletes listen to but I hope that through this you can find some good tunes to work out to or get pumped up to before a sporting event. Not all songs are rock or rap/hip-hop…you must find your true mood before!

Here are 10 (out of 103) songs that will be listened to on my shuffle:

  1. Our Truth – Lacuna Coil

  2. Ain’t I – Young LA feat. Young Dro & T.I.

  3. Still Dre – Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg

  4. Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body) – 36 Mafia

  5. The Anthem – Pitbull feat. Lil Jon

  6. Elevator – Flo Rida feat. Timbaland

  7. Roll – Flo Rida feat. Sean Kingston

  8. Real American – Rick Derringer

  9. The Champion In Me – 3 Doors Down

  10. Beware Of The Boys – Panjabi MC feat. Jay-Z

Tennis is a very different sport as compared to the likes of football and basketball. Both of those sports you can run 100 miles per hour and be very physical and jacked up. The difference is that tennis is a very mental game where fluid motions and a sound mind are key. So throughout the rest of this play list, one may find some classical music, r&b music and other types of moderately relaxing music. I’ve found that the best play lists for tennis are the ones that are eclectic in genres and don’t contain too much caffeine.

I plan on being a regular here on Kaliphornya so check back each week for my play list updates for the latest on my shuffle and for some new music to add to yours!

If you would like to get some more songs that are on this playlist, you can email us at: Kaliphonryablog@gmail.com and make sure to have “Playlist” as the title of the email.

Until next time-

24
Jan
09

Fight From Above

Fight From Above
Kaliphornya blog has found its favorite new and upcoming band. Fight From Above is a gift to the city of LA and the great state of CA. The members are all products of their environment, being bred in this city of angels. Their new album LA kids has just dropped and it is worth the time to check it out. Their style of music according to them is Indie Rock with a twist of pop. I have seen the band live two times now and have yet to be disappointed.
I consider myself a fairly harsh critic when it comes to bands that have not made it big. I know in college I went to various shows of smaller bands trying to make it in this colossal world known as the music industry. After the show you have everyone saying how great these bands were and crowning them the next big thing. It’s funny when you go to a concert in smaller venues, everyone becomes a music critic, jumps on the bandwagon, buys the CD’s and T-shirts. Two weeks pass and the CD is a new coaster for the coffee table and the shirt is hanging in the window at the local good will store.
Seeing these bands live in college live, I was never blown away. Don’t get me wrong I have mad respect for anyone who knows how to play an instrument and puts their heart and soul into their craft. Call me a hater but there comes a time where some one has to say either you have it or you don’t.
FFA has it. I have watched them play at the Troubadour and The House of Blues, both very famous places that any band would be lucky to get a gig in. If you look at the people who played there in the past, FFA is in great company. As far as I am concerned, if Biggie Smalls has rapped about a venue that you have played in (“sippin on booze in the House of Blues, I’m going back back to Cali Cali”), then that is a huge deal.
If I were to describe FFA to unlucky few who have not heard them, the first thing that pops into my mind would be a clean combination of Jimmy Eat World or New Found Glory, mixed with OAR. Take that concoction and add dashes of Green Day or Blink and you have the unique sound of FFA.
How many times have you been to a concert and left disappointed cause the headliner sounds no where near what they sound like on their CD. This band is not one of them. I believe that this is one of the few bands out there that I have heard which sounds even better live then on the album.
In a nutshell, this is the kind of music that you will throw in your stereo on a nice summers afternoon (which is almost everyday in Southern Cal) while having your closest compadres over sippin on beer with some cattle on the grill, and everyone kickin it around the pool. Simply put it makes the good times roll.

 

I picked this picture because they were standing next to tennis courts and I play tennis.

I picked this picture because they were standing next to tennis courts and I play tennis.

These guys are just a bunch of “LA kids, with faded kicks, spittin game, and turning tricks”-




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