Thursday, December 20, 2012

Song Of The Week - 12/21/12

Please forgive the lack of a Song Of The Week last Friday.  Though I had something written up and ready to go, I decided to forego posting for obvious reasons.  Like you, I was shocked and appalled at what had happened, and while I wanted to share my feelings on the matter, this is not the appropriate forum for moral or political discourse.  I hope to return with more levity in the new year, but until then, I wish you and yours the Happiest of Holidays.

Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør - Running To The Sea

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Song Of The Week - 12/07/12

It was brought to my attention this week that Brazil actually has a competition known as the Miss Bum Bum Pageant.  You can imagine my disappointment when I learned that the winner was, in fact, the woman with the most shapely posterior and not the one with the most fashionable bindle.  I don't know about you, but the latter scenario sounds much more entertaining to me.  I know if I were a female vagabond, I would definitely be willing to overlook some objectification for a chance to win a lifetime supply of pork and beans.

Hybrid - Enjoy The Silence

Friday, November 30, 2012

Song Of The Week - 11/30/12

With all the hullabaloo over Powerball, Twinkies, and the "fiscal cliff," the biggest news of the week has gone largely unnoticed.  After years of trying, Apple has finally done what was once thought impossible and actually released an aesthetically pleasing version of iTunes.  Not only that, but it's consuming less system resources than before, so as the antithesis of an Apple fanboy, I've got to tip my cap and ask the question, "What does crow taste like, and how much will I have to ingest?"

Punks Jump Up x Dubka feat. Saint Saviour - Feels Good

Friday, November 23, 2012

Song Of The Week - 11/23/12

As I emerge from my tryptophan-induced coma and reflect upon the year that has been, I can't help but be overwhelmed by the many blessings in my life.  A new job, a master's degree, a wedding, and a honeymoon have all contributed to the best of my thirty years on this crazy planet.  And I know that with the continued love and support from great friends, a wonderful family, and an amazing wife that the best is yet to come.  Speaking of my lovely spouse, this particular SOTW is dedicated to Cassandra, whose love is the thing for which I am and always will be most thankful.  To everyone else, thanks for reading, and to you and yours, I wish a safe and happy Holiday Season!

Disclosure feat. Sam Smith - Latch

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Song Of The Week - 11/16/12

Some people just don't know when to quit, and I happen to be one of them.  After receiving a handful of requests to bring back SOTW, I've decided to oblige my rabid entourage...all three of them.  Why such a long hiatus?  It's difficult to say, really; perhaps I spent the past few months trapped in an existential vacuum, questioning the very nature and origins of the universe.  A more likely answer is that I'm lazy and wanted a break.  Either way, the important thing is that I'm back in the saddle, and I'm ready for the inevitable chafing that comes with it.

The Presets - Fall

Friday, August 10, 2012

Song Of The Week - 08/10/12

After a brief hiatus to celebrate our blissful matrimony, Cassandra and I are back to reality.  And our return couldn't be more timely as now we're able to spend our evenings on the couch watching the Olympics.  The only problem is that for the past week, I've had to overcome the urge to play the Google Doodles instead of doing something productive.  That, and my self-esteem takes a hit whenever I see a shirtless athlete...well, except for maybe a power lifter, but that's a whole other ball of inadequate wax.

Purity Ring - Fineshrine

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Song Of The Week - 07/13/12

It's officially one day until I am joined in matrimony with fiancee, and we couldn't be happier.  My only hope is that I don't choke up during my vows.  I may not have the heart of a poet, but I've done my best to condense my feelings into a few meaningful sentences.  As a treat to all of you, I've included a teaser of what will be said tomorrow afternoon.  "While I may not be perfect, I will always strive to make you happy, even if it means putting the toilet seat down and engaging in proper hygiene from time to time.  You mean the world to me, and even though I may get distracted by the occasional 49ers game, that will never change.  I love you.  Go Niners.  I DO!"

Peter & The Magician - Memory (Original Mix)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Song Of The Week - 07/06/12

Since you've just recently celebrated your independence from the British, I thought it might be appropriate to share a song by one of their archest nemeses' countrymen.  That's right, I'm talking about hop aboard my imaginary jet to The City of Lights, but don't forget to pack your jingoistic slogans of American exceptionalism.  After all, we invented da funk.

Para One feat. Jaw - When The Night

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Song Of The Week - 06/29/12

Do you want to know how lucky I am?  Upon my return from Las Vegas last weekend, I was greeted to an absolutely amazing man cave.  I can't tell you how thoroughly thrilled I am to have a space to call my own, but more importantly, I am feeling incredibly blessed to have such a kind, thoughtful, and loving fiancee.  If the before and after pictures below don't convince you that I've got the greatest wife-to-be on the planet, I suggest you get your head examined.

Little Boots - Headphones (Dimitri From Paris Remix)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Song Of The Week - 06/22/12

As you read this, I'll be heading to Vegas with an entourage of hooligans to celebrate my final days of bachelorhood.  Not to worry, they've been given explicit instructions to bring me home in one piece and without any blemishes on my permanent record.  That said, there's plenty for a group of twenty-to-thirtysomethings to do that doesn't involve being handcuffed and hauled in by the authorities.  For example, do you know those "Hot Babes Direct To You" cards that people hand out all over The Strip?  Why not collect and trade them?  You know, like Pokemon for adults.  It's fun for all involved, and the risk of acquiring a disease is reduced by at least half.  Man, I can't wait to arrive and get a big whiff of all those broken dreams that permeate the Vegas air!

Breakbot feat. Irfane - One Out Of Two (Oliver Remix)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Song Of The Week - 06/15/12

Father's Day weekend is upon us, so don't forget to call up your old man this Sunday.  After all, he'd probably appreciate that more than another novelty tie or a bottle of dollar store cologne.  And when you get him on the line, don't complain about all those physical abnormalities you inherited, just thank him for graciously donating his genetic material in the first place (and subsequently putting up with all your tomfoolery).  Personally, I see a lot of my father in myself; whether it's my affinity for Genesis, my off-kilter sense of humor, or my ability to chain together profanities while doing housework, the best parts of me are due largely to him.  Thank you, Dad, I'm so proud to be your slightly odd son.

Hot Chip - Night & Day

Friday, June 8, 2012

Song Of The Week - 06/08/12

We live in troubling times, my friends.  Whether it's the massacring of protestors at the hands of a brutal regime in Syria, or countless children starving in disease-ravaged African nations, we see examples of pain and suffering every day.  Thankfully the good folks at PBS have released the one thing that can bring together a planet divided by nations, gender, race, religious affiliation, and sexual orientation.  That's right, an auto-tuned tribute to Mr. Rogers...if this can't bring about world peace, nothing can.

Ladyhawke - Sunday Drive

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Song Of The Week - 06/01/12

People often ask me, "Jace, how can I find contentedness and peace in this workaday world in which we live?"  My first response is, "thank you for not ending that sentence with a preposition."  After that, I usually remind them that I'm not a licensed professional, so nothing I say should be taken seriously.  Once I've covered those bases, I simply tell them that it's all about perspective.  For example, say you recently invested you entire retirement savings into Facebook.  You're probably feeling a bit down in the dumps, but with the recent incident involving cannibalism in Florida, you may not want to retire in the first place.  Just keep reminding yourself that greeting Wal-Mart patrons is slightly better than having your face devoured and you'll be fine.
Niki & The Dove - Last Night

Friday, May 25, 2012

Song Of The Week - 05/25/12

This week, electronic music lovers such as myself were delighted to find that Robert Moog's legacy was being celebrated in the form of a Google Doodle.  He was a true pioneer, inventing the famed synthesizer that shares his name and building a company that remains on the forefront of waveform synthesis.  I can't think of a better way to remember his contributions than to share this funk-filled electro throwback courtesy of Brooklyn-based Chrome Canyon.  Long live the Moog synthesizer!  

Chrome Canyon - Computers Of Love

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Song Of The Week - 05/18/12

Another week, another untimely passing of a musical icon.  Long-time receivers of the Song Of The Week e-mail will undoubtedly know of my fondness for all things disco and new wave, so news of Donna Summers' death was unwelcome and saddening.  If any solace can be taken, it's due to the fact that she left an indelible mark on the music industry, and her influence can still be heard today.  She was the original disco diva, and dancefloors the world over owe her a debt of gratitude.

Van She - Idea Of Happiness

Friday, May 11, 2012

Song Of The Week - 05/11/12

Many of us were dealt a devastating blow this past week with the passing of Adam Yauch.  Though he is with us no longer, we can take solace in the fact that while he was here, he was like a lemon to a lime, a lime to a lemon, and he sipped def ale with all the fine women.  He will be missed, but no one can deny that he, Adam Horovitz, and Mike Diamond stayed relevant for over twenty years, and in doing so, not only provided a soundtrack for a generation of people the world over but also touched countless hearts, minds, and ears in the process, including mine.  RIP, MCA.

The KDMS - Wonderman

Friday, May 4, 2012

Song Of The Week - 05/04/12

After putting in some serious academic overtime, I'm finally graduating with a Masters of Business Administration.  Yes, that's right, I went out and got probably the douchiest of all graduate degrees.  My only regret is that I never took the time to learn how to bundle subprime mortgages into Triple A bond rated securities.  Nevertheless, I've learned a great deal over the last two years, and I'm hoping that someday it will lead to an overpaid executive position with a nice golden parachute package.

On a more serious note, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to my beautiful bride-to-be for her unwavering love and support throughout this program.  Cass, you are my everything, and I am truly blessed to be sharing my life with you.  I'd also like to thank my family, friends, professors, and fellow classmates who have, throughout the years, helped me get to this point.  You have all played a major role in my academic, personal, and professional development, and for that you have my eternal gratitude.  Now let's party!

Punks Jump Up feat. Dave 1 - Mr. Overtime (Mickey Remix)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Song Of The Week - 04/27/12

Next week a group of my fellow MBA students will travel to Argentina for a unique learning opportunity.  While I won't personally be attending, I've advised a number of them to put their negotiation skills to the test and try to reclaim the Falklands from Britain.  Furthermore, I've instructed some of the male travelers to wear black suits, black ties, dark sunglasses, and an earpiece.  If recent events have taught me anything, it's that it drives South American ladies crazy.

Sébastien Tellier - Cochon Ville

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Song Of The Week - 04/20/12

It's that time when masses descend upon southern California for two weekends filled with blockbuster musical acts and an overall lack of personal hygiene.  Much of the buzz at this year's Coachella Festival has been about the surprise appearance of Tupac Shakur, though many of the hipsters in attendance gave the performance lackluster reviews.  One horn-rimmed bespectacled audience member was quoted as saying, "Princess Leia did the holographic thing before it was cool, now everyone's doing it."  You heard it here first, people, posthumous holograms are officially OVER!

Jupiter - One O Six

Friday, April 13, 2012

Song Of The Week - 04/13/12

It's Friday the 13th, so heed my warning, you pot-smoking degenerates.  If you plan to drink alcohol or engage in premarital sex near Crystal Lake this weekend, keep your head on a swivel.  Now that Rick Santorum has officially dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination he's got a lot of time on his hands, and the timing of the announcement is no coincidence if you ask me.

Moon Boots - Got Somebody

Friday, April 6, 2012

Song Of The Week - 04/06/12

People keep telling me that today is "Good Friday" despite the fact that it's been dumping snow in the valley all morning.  "Have you looked outside?!  What's so good about it?"  Blank stares.  "Yeah, that's what I thought."

Sam Sparro - Happiness

Friday, March 30, 2012

Song Of The Week - 03/30/12

If Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" has taught me anything, it's that you don't actually want to win the lottery.  Unless, of course, being stoned to death by townsfolk is your thing.  But with all the talk of Mega Millions, I can't help but daydream a little about what life would be like if I became an overnight millionaire.  I wonder...

James Curd - Guide Me (Gigamesh Remix)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Song Of The Week - 03/23/12

My apologies for posting the Song Of The Week in such belated fashion.  You see, I was on my way to Oregon when I came down with a rough case of yellow fever.  Fortunately I managed to recover in time to post this only a few days behind schedule.  On the other hand, Ol' Festus, my best ox, well, he wasn't so lucky...if only I hadn't tried to ford that river.

Miike Snow - Paddling Out

Friday, March 16, 2012

Song Of The Week - 03/16/12

Well, March Madness has officially begun, and my only thought is that the term itself sounds more like Medieval slang for syphilis than a basketball tournament.  But with record numbers of college students crowding fevered arenas across the nation, I may not be too far off base in my assessment.

Pitchben - Friday Night

Friday, March 9, 2012

Song Of The Week - 03/09/12

Hey, guys, did you hear the news?  It's all over Facebook that Apollo Creed is leading a guerrilla army of children in East Africa.  I know what you're thinking, "hey, wasn't he pummeled to death by Ivan Drago in Rocky IV?"  That's what he wanted you to think, you fools!  It was all an elaborate scheme to escape the extreme fame and wealth he had accumulated as a pugilist to live out his violent, militaristic fetish of being a warlord in the forests of Uganda.  This whole situation is pretty much the extreme polar opposite of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and like most problems in the world, we can somehow find a way to tie it back to the Soviets.  Draaaaaaggggoooo!!!

WhoMadeWho - Inside World

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Welcome to Funk Nouveau!

Well, here you are, staring at the inaugural posting on my brand spankin' new blog.  You must be asking yourself, "Why now did this self-important egomaniac decide to enter the blog-o-sphere?"  First, that's a great question, and second, I need to provide you with a little context.