Archive for July, 2010

Good Things Come In Funny Packages

July 26, 2010

Since the new LoveSound blog was birthed, I’ve only taken the time to write about music and film…  But there are so many other interesting things that need to be made known to mankind!  One odd example of that is a website called The Doug & Jon Show.  Now, I won’t tell you my exact age, but I am in my 30’s, and I honestly don’t believe that I’m their target audience, but they got me!

The Doug & Jon Show are a very respectable duo who are actually online just to do a good thing, which, as you probably know, is quite rare these days.  It’s main objective is helping teens-to-twenties in day-to-day and extreme struggles, and they have a highly effective way of doing it!  It’s one of those sites that you can get caught up in for hours and hours at a time (and this time, mom and dad shouldn’t mind, because it’s not making you dumber).

Although there are helpful and inspirational videos, blogs, etc., may I please direct your attention to something called the ‘Slappies’, and my personal favorite category, ‘The Adventures of Doug & Jon’.  Excuse the poor analogy, but they are the Pringles of funny videos, and I bet you can’t watch just one.  No, ‘The Adventures of Doug & Jon’ are of no help whatsoever….but that’s not the point, they’re flippin hilarious, some of the funniest (and most wholesome) vids out there right now!!!!  Groucho Marx would be proud.

So, this short article is my toast to some good people who are doing some good things at a time that good things need to be done!  Cheers!

WWW.THEDOUGANDJONSHOW.COM

Spacey Space….

July 12, 2010

When I first starting playing the new Alphanaut record in my car a few weeks ago, I immediately thought to myself, “Well, this certainly isn’t for me…”.  After the first song or two I began rethinking my quick decision and merely thought “Well, it’s definitely not a listen-often type of record…”.  By the time track 4 (‘More Than I Do’) was finished, I was nicely surprised, and from there it just got better.

Alphanaut’s ‘Out Of Orbit’ is one of those records that bloggers, like myself, continue to ‘re-label’ again and again as they listen.  I thought for sure that “Spacey Space Rock” would sum up the album in it’s entirety.   And I could continue with references about the record’s kinship with several 80’s bands.  And then all of the sudden ‘Don’t Hide Away From The Sun’ makes me fairly certain that I’m listening to a very modern band who is heavily influenced by TV On The Radio.

One thing that certainly stands out about this record is the voice of Mark Alan.  Though he never does anything overwhelmingly incredible with his vocals on this record, I do find that he creates a new way to fit into every angle that this record goes….  Like his voice alone has multiple personalities….  And he nails each track!

I don’t believe that this record will be completely accepted by the masses, but I think it’s mainly due to the fact that, well, too many people are anxious and impatient.  But, if you do give this record a chance, you’ll be glad you did, I’m 85% sure of it…

LoveSound Rating – 6/10

Favorite Tracks – ‘More Than I Do’ & ‘Don’t Hide Away From The Sun’

Alphanaut – http://www.planetalphanaut.com