Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Hurray for the Riff Raff is a band I like.

Hurray for the Riff Raff is very unfamous.

Hurray for the Riff Raff might be my favorite very unfamous band.

They make great Indie-Adult Contempory* tunes. Their New Orleans residence results in some nice Dixieland flourishes. The singing is top-notch as is the songwriting. "Brick"is my personal favorite, it is a beautifully simple song. Please, like them.

MYSPACE PAGE (for said band, Hurray for the Riff Raff)!!!!


* Does this genre have a Hipster Runoff approved name. Here is a list of suggestions: NPR pop, Park Slope rock, VH(Alt), Grey's Anatomy-folk, Soundtrack-gaze, Los Feliz rock (a sunnier version of Park Slope rock), Dad-wave, Cera-core

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Right around when She & Him Volume II was released, I started bad mouthing the project. To quote myself via Twitter, “Does the world need 2 She & Him volumes? Can't we just listen to Patsy Cline and watch 500 Days of Summer on mute?”

Now, many months later, I finally re-listened to the aforementioned Volume and I feel like a wrongheaded jerk. Maybe, I was acting out of jealousy, for Zooey had recently gotten married, but my assessment was FAR too hasty. The fact is a bunch of these songs are pleasant, regardless of bangs and doe-eyes. Most importantly, Zooey is actually, at times, a special singer. She does not simply go through the motions - she actually goes through the emotions. Take a listen to the album’s standout, “Home.” I’ll wait…

You can actually here Zooey smile as she sings the refrain. Smiling! Actual audible happiness recorded for the listener to empathize! No Auto-tune. No American Idol belting for belting sake. No Beyonce aimlessly singing runs without any regard to the melody. To answer the question I posed by my famed* Tweet: Yes, the world needs 2 She & Him volumes, now more than ever.

*Not famed

My Favorite Thing: June 2010

Yawn - Kind of Guy

My friend (and former roommate) Josh Patterson directed this video. I am not trying to be a schill, instead, I would like to highlight how compelling it is when you see a friend's work for the first time and truly love it.

When you surround yourself with creative people you run the risk of hating their work. An decent level of anxiety manifests everytime a friend wants you to read, watch, listen, or view a piece they created. Still sometimes this product not only quells the anxiety, but also excedes expectations. This is very much the case when I first saw this music video.

In the year of our friendship I have always known Josh to be passionate, thoughtful, creative, properly weird, and quite humble. Watching the video I got a better sense of who he was as an artist and a person in general. The end result seemed to be the perfect extension of everything I admired in Josh.

Not to mention, it is a great video for a great song. Would I have written about it if I hadn't known the director? Maybe not, but that is besides the point. The enjoyment of seeing a friend so successfully realize a vision is special and a very worthy thing to be a month's favorite.