Andrew W.K., “She Is Beautiful”

Alright, I’m sorry to start with such a graphic image but at least maybe it’ll get some attention. When you first see Andrew W.K. or listen to his music, what do you think? Do you think “classically trained musician?” Do you think “tours with string orchestras?” Do you think “astute investor and owner of one of the largest clubs in NYC?” If so, I commend you for being unstoppably perceptive.

AWK is all of those things above, and more. His first release, I Get Wet, is full of non-stop catchy and powerful rock songs. It’s not ironic, it’s just good. “She Is Beautiful” is simply the most fascinating piece on the album. From that opening riff you’re already hooked for the length of the song, but the bridge is where it really shines. As the first true love song on the album, it just sounds like a regular party song until the bridge. You’re afraid that he’s just singing about this girl, but then it becomes super clear that he is invested and gonna do what he can to be with her, all in time with the music itself shifting your attention away from the previous verses. That’s the sound of hopefulness for AWK.

Get motivated yourself! Get it here.

The album cover above was achieved by Andrew W.K. hitting himself in the face with a brick, but when there wasn’t enough bloodflow from himself he had to use some animal blood. Whoops!

And finally, this is the first of my favorite songs. I think I’m gonna do twenty, so consider this one #1. Not ranked, just listing them.

Tegan & Sara, “Sentimental Tune”

I will always be happy to have seen a little bit of Tegan & Sara at Music Midtown in its final year; because while I can’t see myself shelling out the semi-substantial amount of money to see them headline anywhere… They can write a damn good pop song. One of my favorites is “Back In Your Head,” which was somehow further improved by being remixed by The RAC. Check that out if you get a chance too.

This is apparently from their forthcoming album due to be released this year, and it immediately caught my ear. I hope their lilt does the same for you.

Get it now.

Also, worth mentioning.. I think I’m gonna spend the next 20 days or so posting my favorite songs of all time. We’ll have to see how well I stick to that!

The xx, “VCR”

I’ve really been enjoying mellowing out to The xx the past few days, and so that’s why we get two days worth! But seriously, it’s hard to have such a distinct sound and be so minimalist, and this group of 20 year-olds does a great job. This specific song is one of the catchier ones on the album and is a good lead-in to listen to the rest of the tracks. Consider them permanently ensconced alongside Animal Collective on my studying playlist.


Quix vs. Elliot, “Runnin With The xx (Notorious B.I.G. vs. Tupac vs. The xx)”

Cot damn that’s a long title. I’ve been enjoying The xx’s low-key jams, and their instrumental adds a lot of gravitas to the verses from Biggie and Tupac. I don’t have a lot more information to add about this song, but it’s short and good. Check out The xx’s full album.

Get this song.

David Letterman Top Ten Lists by Me (Or: Look! I Can Write Clean Things Too!)

Written for my comedy independent study. Enjoy.

Top Ten TV Shows Looking To Feature Jon Gosselin
10. Family Guy
9. How I Met Your Mother- and then divorced her in front of all of America
8. The Biggest Loser
7. America’s Next Top Ed Hardy Model
6. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (So Badly They Ruin Their Homelife)?
5. 1 vs. 100,000,000
4. Lost … Dignity
3. True Life: I’m Horrible
2. Jon and Kate Minus Kate Divided By Custody Plus Sadness
1. The Jay Leno Show

Top Ten Things We See On The Laptop of the Person in Front of Us
10. Myspace, Facebook, Twitter: Anything but LinkedIn.
9. Pictures of kittens. Thousands.
8. Writing an anti-capitalist tirade on her $2000 Macbook.
7. Editing the Wikipedia page for The Jonas Brothers; a subject he seems to know a lot about.
6. Sending an e-mail about how he was once the prince of Nigeria until a coup. Now he just needs a small investment…
5. Comparison shopping for the Sarah Palin memoir, but can’t find anyone giving it away for free.
4. Tweeting every three seconds about how hard it is to focus in class with all the tweeting she has to do.
3. Writing a rather inappropriate fan-fiction about Harry Potter and his “close friend” Hagrid the giant.
2. Obsessively changing his desktop wallpaper between two solid colors.
1. Blogging about the weird dude breathing heavily behind her.

Copyright © 2009 Brian Regan. All rights reserved.

Drake, “Best I Ever Had (Matamatics remix)”

One of the top hip-hop songs of the summer already had a solid (yet intense) remix in the DIGIRAATII version of this track. However, Matamatics bring a beautiful semi-video game synth as the beat for their take, which is an important shift from the somewhat generic beat of the original. Where the original song felt a little plodding, this sounds exciting and bubbly and cute, which is everything this silly song needs.

Also, if you haven’t seen the music video, it’s a excellent piece of satire.

Drake- Best I Ever Had (Matamatics remix)