SomePeopleThink Death Cab’s ‘Codes and Keys’ is the Album of the Week

SomePeopleThink Death Cab for Cutie releases their new album Codes and Keys this week. They do. It’s their first since Narrow Stairs was released almost 3 years ago. Since then, lead singer Ben Gibbard has quit drinking and married actress/singer Katy Perry Zooey Deschanel. Those are two pretty major life changes. Gibbard is known around the indie scene as arguably the best lyricist in the business. SomePeopleThink this is a a bold statement. Let’s go track by track and see if  he can live up to his reputation:

1. Home is a Fire- Voice decoder with a weird piano transtition over an otherwise simple rhythm. Not the tone I was hoping they would take on the first track. They did say less guitar and more piano would be on this album.

2. Codes and Keys- More traditional Death Cab. I hope the album follows suit after this. The piano sounds natural on this track.

3. Some Boys- Simple but good, catchy song.  Ben Gibbard doesn’t have to be real deep with his lyrics all of the time does he?

4. Doors Unlocked and Open- Repetitive chorus witheven more voice decoder. The people demand he sing!

5. You are a Tourist- You can see why they released this as a single, my favorite song so far. Upbeat, all Gibbard, relatable lyrics. Why can’t you make this song ten times and call it an album?

6. Unobstructed Views- Pretty song. Nice piano instrumental intro leading into a ballad. TheGreatMikesby will probably consider it for his wedding song.

7. Monday Morning– I was expecting an anti-work week anthem with this song. What do I get? A song where I have no idea what he is talking about. I’m gonna give him the benefit the doubt here and say he is being real deep.

8. Portable Television- This one is a toe tapper. Would make for a concert good sing along. Plus, the title reminds me of days spent during my childhood watching football on a portable television while tailgating at a Patriot’s game.  The stations never came in clearly and you can forget about sound, it was the worst. I guess its fitting for this song.

9. Underneath the Sycamore– Not my favorite. Another song where the chorus is repeated to the extreme. Easy to learn I guess. I was singing along on my first listen

10. St. Peter’s Cathedral- Yay, Ben Gibbard lyricism! Where have you been the last few years? So detailed, paint that picture my man. Do it for Zooey. Seriously this is the a great song though, perhaps the best on the album..?

11. Stay Young, Go Dancing- Cool acoustic melody then some piano thrown in. Jamming to this one. Hard to imagine a Death Cab song about dancing in the past. Certainly an upbeat ending to the album.

Overall Conclusion:

Completely different Death Cab on this album. More upbeat, simpler lyrics, more piano, less acoustic, dare I say happier. It doesn’t really fit. I want to hear Gibbard’s life struggles and emotions straw out across his beautiful yet pain-filled melodies… maybe that is sick to say – but it’s what made him great. As for the sound experiment, it works great on some tracks, not as much on others. SomePeopleThink you should just go download Transatlanticism if this is your first introduction to Death Cab For Cutie, you can save this one for later…the rest of us will be content. That’s all I say.

SomePeopleThink Death Cab for Cutie gets a 6/10

Other releases that SomePeopleThink you should check out this week:

  • My Morning Jacket- Circuital
  • Kate Bush- Director’s Cut

SomePeopleThink Lizzy Caplan is Your New Favorite Actress

So, I’ve been asked to add a bit of estrogen to Some People Think. Well, not sure I was technically asked…But like most things in my life, I’m offering my goods for free (hmm, that didn’t come out right).

As a human with a vagina, who is often surrounded by penises (gosh, this is just NOT sounding at all how it did in my head), I’m often caught in the middle of the gender divide. I find that I get along really well with boys, and have a tendency to see things from a bit more of a male perspective than other 24-year old girls.

But when I really start thinking about what that means, I get confused. I hate beer and don’t know a damn thing about sports, but if you give me a glass of white wine, and at least answer my questions about whichever game happens to be on (how many periods in hockey? What’s a technical foul?), I’m going to be a hell of a lot happier than seeing the newest romantic comedy and discussing which Sex and the City character I am (That is such a Samantha thing to say).

I know what a New York City apartment costs, Carrie. Freelance writer? I'm calling bullshit.

If you’re still reading, this was my long-winded introduction into why some people think Lizzy Caplan is your new favorite actress – for both males and females alike. You may know Miss Caplan as Casey Klein from Starz’ short-lived series Party Down (which, if you haven’t already seen, I couldn’t recommend more highly), and you definitely know her as Janis Ian from Mean Girls.

But what makes Caplan such a wonderfully alluring actress is her ability to seem just as comfortable as both one of the girls and one of the guys. She’s not annoyingly girly (e.g., Kate Hudson in just about anything), and she’s not obnoxiously “one of the guys”.

During Glee last night, (see! I am a good female!) I saw a promo for a new Fox show, “New Girl”. The description on Fox.com is as follows:

 Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) is an offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn’t. Although she’s dorky and awkward, she’s comfortable in her own skin.

Now, Zooey Deschanel is annoying for about a million other reasons, but this character seems absolutely insufferable – she’s obnoxiously “one of the guys”. And while most members of the male persuasion might not understand what I’m talking about, I’m hoping the female readers out there do.

Anyways, while I’ve gone a little off-track, but Lizzy Caplan is awesome and I’m excited for what’s to come in her career.

Also, she has big boobs. Always a plus.

Watch Lizzy in this fantastic short: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/a5c1f2716c/successful-alcoholics

SomePeopleThink Apple Juice Makes them Sick

This may be a sign that I am slowly growing stupider, or a sign that I have not fully developed intellectually… but the funniest thing to me these days seem to be ‘dubs’ of older videos.

Duuuubbbsssssssss

I feel like a gangsta saying that. Duuuuuubbbbbb stack boiiiii. That’s such a sick phrase; Just once I want to say that without anyone immediately laughing at me. Just once man. I’ve got feelings too ya know.

But maybe that’s why I like these videos soo much, because when I explain the video I get to say dub a lot. I guess I use the past tense though when I explain them, and the word ‘dubbed’ doesn’t sound very cool, so no, that was some pretty stupid reasoning. Forget it. I should probably delete this whole paragraph and start over but screw it because me not deleting this pointless paragraph is my way of at least showing you that I at least tried… right?

Anyways, there is a purpose to this post, and the below video is exactly it. It’s a dubbed (that word fucking sucks) voice over a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Episode that has me dying every time I watch it. I used to watch this show when I was a baby but I had nooo idea what was going on the entire time. I think I really liked the lasers they all had and that dude with the weird metal strip across his eyes was from Reading Rainbow so I loved that dude. Too much pointless information in three paragraphs? Probably, so I’ll stop. Just watch the video, laugh, and pretend I never wrote this embarrassment of a post.

SomePeopleThink Album of the Week: Born This Way

This past year has been the return of the pop star: Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber… but one remains bigger than all of them – Lady Gaga. Whether she wears a dress made out of meat or arrives to an award show in an egg, Everything Gaga does is front page news. The only woman on her level right now is Pippa Middleton (i mean have you seen that booty?).

This week she released her second full length album, Born this Way. The expectations for this album were unfair and living up to her first album, The Fame, was near impossible. So before we judge her too hard, here’s a few things to remember:

  • Gaga makes dance music, don’t go analyzing her lyrics.
  • She makes hits, have fun and rock out
  • She’s insane.

Now let’s get into the album with some good ole fashion track by track analysis.

1. Marry the Night-Hot Intro. I’m dancing already. This would be a big single.

2. Born This Way– We all know it. Inspirational concept. I’ve always liked it.  I am never a drag, always a queen. Homophobics probably don’t get it.

3. Government Hooker– No song could live up to this title. This song is skip material, kind of like a bad Britney Spears song in her slutty phase.

4. Judas– There’s a reason this single never caught fire on the radio. Not good. I’m hoping “Bad Romance” is next.

5. Americano– Uh oh. This album needs to be revived. Has Gaga ever made 3 songs in a row that didn’t hit like the last three? The next one needs to be amazing or we could have a flop on our hands.

6. Hair– This song is hot. Thank God. Gaga returns with a banger. I just want to be free, I just want to be me, I just want a lot of friends that invite me to their parties. Amen. Again, don’t analyze the lyrics, many of these songs don’t make sense. Listen to what she told us on her last album… “just dance.”

7. Scheibe– No idea what the German says in this but once this song goes English, I’m feeling it. The beat is nice and it kind of sounds like a song in the background of a “Bruno” dance scene.

8. Bloody Mary– There goes Gaga mixing dancing and religion again. Who does it better? I love the bridge. This would be a great live song.

9. Black Jesus Amen Fashion– Cool song. Nothing Groundbreaking. Just a solid dance track. I’ve had my paws up through the last few songs.

10. Bad Kids– Maybe my favorite track I’ve heard this far. This album is heating up. Can we make a run at “The Fame”? Get these songs on the radio!

11. Fashion of His Love– Meh. I like it, I don’t love it.

12. Highway Unicorn– This is gonna be a smash. This would be a popular song at Club Gaga, a night club that I am currently creating the business plan to.

13. Heavy Metal Lover– Another strong effort. It’s a party album, stop thinking soo much.

14. Electric Chapel– This song dragged on for me. I was into it at the start but then got bored.

15. The Queen– Another decent song. Goes on for too long. At some point, she thought we listened to her music for guitar solos to close out tracks

16. You and I– Country Gaga? I’m into it. Diversity is cool with me. Should be called “Nebraskan State of Mind” though.

17. The Edge of Glory– I know many don’t, but I really like this song. Standout track for me and perfect closer to the album.

Overall Conclusion:

Born this Way is not The Fame and many will see it as a disappointment. This album will produce it’s share of singles and keep Gaga on top of the world. Not a classic, but certainly not garbage.

SomePeopleThink Gaga gets a 6.5/10

Other Releases this week that SomePeopleThink you should check out:

  • Friendly Fires – Pala
  • Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts
  • Foster the People – Torches

SomePeopleThink Maybach Music is a Good Look for Wale

"That BoA shit we get paper, death over dishonor" -Wale from Pandemonium

Self Made, Vol. 1 dropped today, and I love Wale on Maybach Music. It allows a great (dare I say underground? No, I don’t think so) young rapper the opportunity to get on tracks with one of the biggest and most popular rappers out there (Rozay!). It will do wonders to expand his fanbase. I dig were this is going as long as he continues building on his creative side, i.e. his mixtape with 9th Wonder, Back to the Feature, and More About Nothing. The problem is, getting caught up in pop rap is way too easy; there is too much fame and money at stake. Thats why on the other hand I am cautiously critical of the move because I fear Wale will end up like Drake (I’m going to get crucified for this, I know); over-saturated and lacking creativity. While I understand that Drake is just about biggest thing in music right now, I also know that I don’t like hip-hop when it’s made just for the charts, I’d rather see collaborative and conceptual mixtapes or albums that try to create new and different music. As you can tell, I’m pretty torn here. With that said, I blew through Self Made, Vol. 1 and am really digging it. Especially Tupac Back, Rise, Pandemonium, Play Your Part, Running Rebels and Big Bank. Take a listen and let me know what you think, the download is below but support hip-hop and buy it from iTunes.

1. SELF MADE (PRODUCED BY JUST BLAZE) (download)
2. TUPAC BACK (FEAT. RICK ROSS)(PRODUCED BY MILL WILL/EARDRUMMER) (download)
3. 600 BENZ (FEAT. RICK ROSS & JADAKISS) (PRODUCED BY CARDIAK) (download)
4. PACMAN (FEAT. RICK ROSS)(PRODUCED BY YUNG SHUN) (download)
5. BY ANY MEANS (PRODUCED BY LIL LODY) (download)
6. FITTED CAP (FEAT. J COLE)(PRODUCED BY BEAT BILLIONAIRE) (download)
7. RISE (FEAT. PRINCE CYHI & CURREN$Y)(PRODUCED BY CARDIAK)(download)
8. THAT WAY (FEAT. JEREMIH & RICK ROSS)(PRODUCED BY LEX LUGER)(download)
9. IMA BOSS (FEAT. RICK ROSS)(PRODUCED BY JAHLIL BEATS) (download)
10. DON’T LET ME GO (FEAT. GUNPLAY)(PRODUCED BYTHE INKREDIBLES) (download)
11. PANDEMONIUM (FEAT. WALE & RICK ROSS)(PRODUCED BY THE INKREDIBLES) (download)
12. PLAY YOUR PART (FEAT. MEEK MILL, RICK ROSS & D.A. OF CHESTER FRENCH)(PRODUCED BY THE INKREDIBLES)(download)
13. RIDIN’ ON DAT POLE (PRODUCED BY BEAT BILLIONAIRE)(download)
14. BIG BANK (FEAT. FRENCH MONTANA)(PRODUCED BY YUNG SHUN) (download)
15. RUNNING REBELS (FEAT. MEEK MILL & TEEDRA MOSES)(PRODUCED BY TONE P) (download)

Mayyyyybach Musiiic!
-piff

Download the full album here if you’re too cheap to buy it.

SomePeopleThink This is How You Cook

This girl is freaking hilarious. After 30 seconds of watching this video I knew I was gonna post it. It combines 3 of my favorite things: drinking, breakfast, and smashcuts. I can’t decide if she’s actually getting drunk or if she’s just a good actor, but either way I’m digging it. Some of her one liners absolutely killed me, especially: :46, 1:39, 1:42, 2:42, 3:10.

Enjoy!

Stay hungry my friends.

-piff

Thank to Ileza and Ross for passing this one along.

SomePeopleThink They Like My Taste in Music

Listen, I legitimately think I have the best taste of music in the world. I guess everyone thinks that about themselves, but who else can bang out to some Calvin Harris and then, with equal enthusiasm sing along to Jason Aldean or Keith Anderson? I challenge you to find someone else who would do that. At any rate I’m sure everyone will disagree and call me a loser and what not, but that is just my unbiased opinion. With that said, today is Friday and I am PUMPED to get out of work today. I’m really not doing much here besides listening to some jams and I figured I’d share that with you all while I have a minute.

Below are 9 songs I’ve been rocking out to for the last few weeks. The first three are electro dance, second three are some new(ish) hip hop and final three are some chilled out songs I can’t stop playing on repeat. Not all these songs are new (most aren’t), just some shit I’ve been playing a lot recently, hope you enjoy.

Electronic/Dance

Avicii – Id (Original vocal mix)

Calvin Harris – You Used to Hold Me

Nadia Ali – Rapture (Avicii New Generation Mix)

Hip-Hippopotamus

Maybach Music Group – Pandemonium (Rick Ross, Meek Mill & Wale)

Curren$y & Alchemist – Full Metal

Big K.R.I.T. – Country Shit (Remix ft. Ludacris & Bun B)

Chilled out heady shit. 

Theophilus London – Humdrum Town

Air France – Collapsing At Your Doorstep

The Knife – Heartbeats

Happy weekend

-piff

SomePeopleThink This Is Cool Artwork

Photography inspiration

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Are you adding a note or a person?

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Amsterdam Train Station by my good friend, Ross Culliton.

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Enlightened

SomePeopleThink that one is me.

SomePeopleThink The Red Sox Yankees Rivalry is the Best in Sports

I will tread lightly while posting this because I know how sensitive an issue this can be for all parties involved and I don’t want this to end up like it did in October of 2003. This has nothing to do with the Sox sweep of the Yankees over the weekend; the good guys have nothing to gloat about while being in third place in the AL East and reaching .500 for the first time of the year in mid-May. Anyway I saw these awesome New Era commercials over the weekend and thought they were pretty freaking hilarious. John Krasinski from the Office and Alec Baldwin of Mercury Rising play “themselves” in a satirical example of what the Sox-Yanks rivalry can mean between friends. They couldn’t have picked two better guys for this commercial, both are at the top of their game as they dominate two of the best shows on tv.  Baldwin grew up in Long Island, while Krasinski grew up in Newton, MA a suburb right outside of Boston (not as close as Brookline, or as cool) so they actually picked two real fans. My favorite part of these ads is how well I relate to them; Shmekie (a fan of the evil empire) and I have a reoccurring joke on opening day that we’ll be friends again in November after baseball is over. Be on the look out for more of these, I hope this is just the tip of the iceberg. Well done New Era.

Go Sox

-piff

SomePeopleThink Workaholics is Great

I just heard about the Comedy Central Show Workaholics. Needless to say, it’s hilarious. The premise is that it’s 3 20-something underachievers at work. Sounds cliche and terrible, but I tell you it’s not. If you’ve seen the show, you already know and love this little bit. If not, enjoy and start watching it. It’s OnDemand and season 2 is already in production. Enjoy this clip on YouTube.

Fur.....sure

Workaholics Clip on YouTube

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