11/28/2009

I hate pink antibacterial hand soap

so I really don't like the pink antibacterial hand soap they always have in the bathrooms at bars, restaurants, etc. It smells like a combination of gasoline and vomit and it the odor stays on your hands for hours. I can't believe that there isn't a slightly more expensive version that doesn't smell horrible. Unless the terrible stench somehow scares off bacteria or something. No thanks.

11/25/2009

Music Jam: Friendly Fires - "Jump in the Pool"

so this jam is "Jump in the Pool" by Friendly Fires, an English band that were on the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize, a British music award.



The video has some cool parts and some weird parts, like the synchronized swimming and close-ups of the singer and band, respectively. I like the song a lot though, kind of ethereal like M83 with some good and busy drumming. Pitchfork mentioned the song sounding like 10cc in the beginning, which is a pretty funny comparison -- new electro indie stuff to 70s AM soft rock. And the chorus is kind of strange: it's about a pool? But still, good stuff. Their other single "Paris" is a good one too.

They only have one album out so far, and here's their Myspace.

11/03/2009

Still Flyin' -- "The Hott Chord is Struck"

so I saw this Ford commercial the other day and was trying to figure out what the song at the end was -- it was good and sounded familiar. For whatever dumb reason, Ford doesn't list songs in their commercials on their website, so I emailed them. After getting a response to write my question again, I finally got an answer they said the name of the song, but not the band. Googling, I found out, it's Still Flyin', a San Francisco indie/jammy collective who I had actually seen twice before, and enjoyed a lot.

Here's the video for the song:



and the Ford commercial:

11/02/2009

Violence in sports drives me crazy

so I just read about this: a player for the University Florida football team purposely gouged a Georgia guy in the eye. He got suspended one half of one game, against Vanderbilt, a pretty crummy team, so that's hardly a severe punishment.

That kind of stuff drives me crazy, these guys should get kicked off the team and/or banned from football. There was also a star running back for Oregon who sucker punched a Boise State player after the game and was suspended, but might be reinstated, and Albert Haynesworth for the Titans who stomped on a guy's face, and is still playing.

Now I like football, and it's a rough game. Big hits are OK with me as long as they're legal and serve an actual football purpose. This kind of garbage, however, really makes me mad, and it's insane that they get off so easy.

Here's the Florida video.