Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The British opposition leader David Cameron gave Obama a copy of Winston
Churchill’s “A History of the English-Speaking Peoples” and a box of CDs by
British bands, including the Smiths, Radiohead and the Gorillaz.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Having displaced Yuri Andropov as General Secretary, Comrade Obama, a
controversial figure barely in his twenties, son of a Kenyan exchange student at
M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, chooses to take an aggressive stance
against the cowboy Reagan. By launching a crash-course in the new computing
technologies, he successfully revives the Soviet economy and the Soviet war
machine, which goes on to extend a kinder, gentler brand of communism across the
Afro-Asian world. Western Europe abandons NATO to join the Warsaw Pact.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The song could be about whatever you want. It could be for a significant other,
or to commemorate a graduation, it could be about your favorite color or your
ideas on the best way to approach a wild animal without getting hurt. The songs
will be acoustic and I can GUARANTEE they will make you happier than you've ever
been (not a guarantee).
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
"It's about creating absurd, problematic and sometimes disgusting images of
things that really happen, but dressing them up as lighthearted pop songs. The
Canadian media worships its troops, but rarely do they have to sing along with
'kill a couple of carpet riders.' The fact that this kind of racism is
fundamental (and necessary, if you're going to create killers) in a military
occupation is an aspect of our hero worship that we tend to ignore when we mourn
their passing on Hockey Night in Canada."
Just recently, I was able to sit down with Justin Ferraro, frontman, backman, and sideman of New Japanese Technology. NJT has just released a promising debut album, California Blue, and Ferraro, it seems, cannot be stopped:
Pablo Bunny: When did you start writing music?
Justin Ferraro: I believe the first song that I wrote was in 6th grade. However, it could hardly have been called a song, and I'd prefer if we all just forgot about it.
PB: If NJT were an animal, which would it be?
JF: It would probably be a leopard. A sexy leopard. But then it would be poached and made into sexy illegal leopard seat covers for pimped-out Cadillacs. But if it wasn't a beautiful animal which would be immediately snuffed for it's coat it would probably be a baby horse: young, fragile, and awkward.
PB: Why "New Japanese Technology?"
JF:Last September I was walking in West Hartford, making my way down to a music store to find a saxophone book that my band teacher said I needed for the next year. Unfortunately, they didn't have it but luckily I didn't need it. Anyway, walking back from the music store to my car I pasted by a camera store and there was a sign in the window that said "New Japanese Technology". And that just sorta stuck with me. I was kinda puzzled by it because I wondered if anyone would see that sign and say "Wow! They have Japanese Technology? And it's new? Wow I gotta get me some of that!" And I decided soon after that one day I would start a band called New Japanese Technology. Or you know, just do a solo thing...
PB: What are your major musical influences?
JF: Well the real principle influence would be my guitar teacher, Andrew Decker, who taught me things (e.g. chords and soloing techniques) that would directly impact the kind of songs I wrote. Other influences come from all corners of the pop music spectrum from rap to folk. The most major groups/artists that have influenced my music would probably be Radiohead, Wilco, Aesop Rock, Neutral Milk Hotel, Rage Against the Machine, Jimi Hendrix, Sigur Rós, The Strokes, Tom Waits, Gorillaz, and The Fratellis. Oh, and Chris Baker.
PB: Would you say that any particular non-musical source (e.g. Man Ray, flowers, Eric Morrissey) has made a significant impact on your music?
JF: Well, besides Eric Morrissey, the greatest non-musical source is life, of course. But I am also often inspired by movies. In fact, the song "Say I Love You" was inspired by the movie Juno.
PB: What instruments do you play?
JF: I play guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, and saxophone. I used to play cello but I fell out of the practice. I also play a little piano but it's so small you can't hear it. I create all the keyboard and drums sounds through a computer program called Reason. I can draw-in and program different sequences and patterns and export them from Reason. Once they're exported I import them into my sequencing program as samples and put them where I please.
PB: Do you have any side projects?
JF: Eh sort of. I had something planned with my good friend Joe but that's but nothing but an idea for 3 years. My acoustic-metal duo with Mr. Morrissey dubbed Turn Your Head and Cough fell through as well. I am, however, looking forward to two possible prospects. The first is a funk project with my friend Collin, the lead guitarist from the last band I was in. And the second is a Beets cover band dubbed Taco Friday.
PB: What's next for NJT?
JF: Well right now I am working on another album which should be completed by the end of August. It's going to be called Strobe Lights and Hurricanes and it will be heavier than the last album. I haven't decided if any singles will be released before the album's debut.
Tempted? You can stream/download all of California Blue here.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
"There Will Be Rest" is a choral piece written by contemporary American composer and professor Frank Ticheli to the words of a poem by Sara Teasdale. This may be the best piece I sang in my four years of choir in high school. Teasdale committed suicide in 1933, and while the poem itself can conjure images of death and depression, Ticheli deftly transforms it into an ode to the beauty of a white winter night. The choir glides through delicate dissonance and gradually ascends into a goose-bumps-inducing descant. Then the piece slows down, falling from the heavens to return to the snowy city below. Just awesome:
He just recently released his sophomore effort, a concept album called Patience. I'm still not sure what the concept is, but Santy is definitely not speaking English. (Hint: He just went to India!) It's really, really good, though.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The Broadway Hush also did a pretty good version of the song.
So check it, yo:
Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters - Tonight You Belong to Me
The Broadway Hush - Tonight You Belong to Me
Buy The Jerk
Filligar is a damn good band. They are currently in a contest to open for Coldplay at Banknorth Garden in Boston.
Oh yeah, and those douchebags over at Hipster Doucheblog just reviewed Pablo Bunny. Go take a look at what they have to say. I thought the review was rather generous and was quite pleased. I thought these guys were supposed to be snobs or something.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Pablo Bunny fav I'm From Barcelona is releasing their sophomore effort, Who Killed Harry Houdini?, on October 14th!
For anyone who likes Sufjan Stevens or Page France, or pop music in general, this band is for you.
Adam & the Amethysts - Bumble Bee
Adam & the Amethysts - Stupid Ocean
Buy Amethyst Amulet Now
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Why is this, you ask? Well, it seems as though banana paints and "a neutral, if not nude, color palette" are back in style for this Fall. Where have I been?
What a weirdo...
And here's a song to brighten up your fashionable day. You might recognize it from some hit movie starring a loveable robot that's not R2-D2...
I do, however, really enjoy their cover of The Beatles' "The Continuing Story of Bungalo Bill." I really don't know why. I think Deerhoof does an even better job than The Beatles of conveying the zany safari story embedded in the lyrics, along with the sick juxtaposition of killing things and singing children. Satomi Matsuzaki's voice is perfect.
What do you think?
Deerhoof - The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
Buy Milk Man at Amazon
Monday, July 14, 2008
Well, not really. I just thought you might want to read this op-ed by Barack Obama that is featured in today's New York Times. It's not too often that you get written statements by presidential candidates in a major newspaper. In my estimation, the plan is relatively comprehensive and sensible, at least when compared to Nixon's "secret" plan to bring about "peace with honor" in Vietnam in the 1968 election. I just hope that this isn't Vietnamization all over again.
Anyway, here is an excellent a cappella song written and performed by the Canadian quartet Moxy Früvous. It was written in 1994 and expresses Canadian sentiment toward the First Gulf War. (So it's semi-relevant.) I wish that the "First" weren't necessary.
Oh, it's funny, too.
Moxy Früvous - The Gulf War Song
BUY THE ALBUM (Very Cheap!)
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Welcome to Pablo Bunny, the best blog I've ever started. I will post cool things... mostly music that I think you will like. It should be sorta fun, no?
I'm glad I finally have this blog as another outlet for my narcissism. As if my Facebook profile weren't enough. Anyway, I'm going to try to keep this blog as original as possible. That said, the first song I post here is one I wrote while I had Mono and recorded on Mr. Wolf's ukulele. (Thanks, Mr. Wolf!) Having Mono sucked, but I have the nerve to call this song pretty catchy. I guess that I will go by the moniker "Yig Yig." It reminds me of the sweet Chris Van Allsburg book.
So here you are, cyberfriends!
Yig Yig - Mononucleosis
P.S. Did you know that it is theorized that Epstein-Barr virus causes cancer?