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Ben Nichols – The Only One (Acoustic)

Occasionally, I forget to remember how much I love Lucero (more than life).

When I stumbled across this video of Ben playing The Only One in the back of their Warped tour bus, it was thankfully, not one such occasion.

It’s a perfect song -full stop –  but it’s a particularly perfect song for a slightly melancholy Saturday afternoon before the holidays.

 

There’s never a bad time for Lucero…

It’s a pretty grey, muggy Tuesday afternoon. Summer has once again, temporarily departed and everything feels a bit meh.

I was daydreaming of a perfect slightly sleepy, slightly melancholy Summer afternoon, and then I found this, and I had to dream no more.

It’s not going to make you want to work though.

Levis Jeans and Leather Jackets…

The new Lucero record is finished. HURRAH. This is possibly the thing I’m looking forward to most in 2009. There’s no info on it yet, but I did find an awesome live set from DC earlier this year. And dude, they cover ‘Aint No Sunshine. I’ve heard from people there that it was the drunkest anyone has ever seen Ben.  I was reading a Suburban Home post a while back and the writer exhibited some concern Will Whitmore was going to get “Nicholed” before he had a chance to play. Good Going.

Here’s a video from the same dude who recorded the set (he posts loads of awesome stuff from around MD)

and here’s the link for the live set.

“Chariots of Fire” – Ben Nichols and Rick Steff from Tony Bowman on Vimeo.

I'm not sure how I feel about this

So, MTV seemed to have ripped off Josh Schwartz’s web only show Rockville CA, with their very own fake reality vehicle $5 cover. Why in the hell am I posting about it? Lucero are in it, that’s why.  Watch and try and figure out how you feel…. There are interviews and shit up on the site, but it’s geo filtered and I can’t be bothered with proxy stuff tonight.

MTV five dollar cover Trailer (HD)

Punktry

Last night’s full moon made me crazy, so I stayed home with Su, drank a bunch of wine and listened to a lot of alt.county (until it started making her sad). I’ve had a really Cory Branan heavy day today which is never a bad thing.

I was cruising videos over at vimeo and I found this one of Lucero doing Nobody’s Darlings at the Ottobar in Baltimore and it resonated with me for a number of reasons. 1) I’m pretty sure Robyn was at this show, I miss Robyn greatly. 2) I’ve had the funnest nights at the Ottobar and 3) this may be the saddest rendition of the song I’ve ever heard. (Also it’s awesome quality, I fricken love vimeo) so yeah. Lucero. Awwwww.


“Nobody’s Darlings” – Lucero from Tony Bowman on Vimeo.

her lips movin' with the words, her lips swayin' as she turns…

I know it’s just the crazy Pisces full moon and Jupiter and Pluto being about to go direct and Mercury about to go retrograde, but seriously… it’s getting hard to stay awesome positive with all the crazy. I only figured out today that it’s the September full moon in Pisces every year that makes me all crazy before my birthday, I’d just figured I was freaking about being old. For someone who considers themselves perceptive I really need to be more alert.

But hurrah anyway, rainy September is upon us, and new Gossip Girl, Dexter, 90210 and True Blood have already been watched. Dexter – hmmmmm, I’m not sure. I don’t think I like Jimy Smits character and I got a little bored midway through the episode. It’s a bad sign if I am getting bored midway through S3E01. Really. I still HATE Rita,this means Julie Benz must be amazing at playing her ‘cos I loved her as Darla, she’s just such an annoying weak family orientated doormat. I still don’t like Deb either, her faux masculinity and desperate need for validation grate on me. Actually, on thinking about it, I don’t really like any of the cast much, with the exception of Dexter. The writers on that show do an amazing job, to make me feel as unattached as their protagonist yet keep coming back to watch week after week.

90210 doesn’t even bear talking about. We already have Gossip GIrl and it’s all we need for disposable teen TV thanks. Oh, and Rufus totally has the hot dad thing sewn up, so please don’t even bother.

Do you get that thing when you have a record in your collection that you know pretty much back to front, but then you listen to something else that contextualises in a completely different way ? (You know what a sucker for intertextuality I am) See, I’ve been listening to “We’ll Inherit the Earth – A Tribute to the Replacements” a lot recently. I think it’s my favourite covers record ever, anyhow, this made me go downstairs to my actual physical format music and transfer the Replacements “Tim” onto my ipod. Getting to know that album well has put a whole new spin on Lucero’s “Nobody’s Darlings”. I literally cannot stop listening to Sixteen right now. And that was pretty much the song that made me fall in love with Lucero in the first place.

I don’t really have much to say about it, I’m gonna put all the relevant songs on the mixtape I’m making tomorrow, and for now I’m going to go and spend the day watching movies and be excited about best girlfriends and cigarettes and whiskey drinks.

you've got a nice hand but never show your cards

Oddly hopeful, eclipse day passed without any huge incidents, we’ll see whether the lunar eclipse in virgo in a couple of weeks passes as smoothly…

Went to doctor and felt better about life, met robyn and lizzy, went for lunch, went into town and spent time at shops full of ridiculously priced clothes and ranted about punk and art for a while.

We were planning a big girlie night, but we were all knackered from walking around all day. So we started watching Blade, then they fell asleep and I decided to have a bath, at 10pm on a friday. Rock and fucking Roll.

Since I already spent too much money on hair colour and lush products today, I decided to make it all better by ordering some stuff from the lucero merch site. go me. Oh, and some guy told me Cory Branan might be playing the UK in a couple months.

Recently things have been making me feel weird and twisty inside, but in a good way. 2 days til Breaking Dawn, and 24 til Gaslight Anthem, this is when summer starts to get good.

What happened to summer ? Mixtape

So, I woke up early into the gloom of another Saturday morning in July and figured it was probably mixtape time. All these songs in some way reflect my mood during this weird warm and gloomy season.

I hope you like it.

http://www.mediafire.com/?ed4d4qilfez

The inclusion of Dashboard is a weird one, but it’s an Afghan Whigs cover, and is sort of worth it for that. Lemme know what you think.

well I tried, but I can't run no more..

Aaaahhh, sunday nights, shaking off the last remnants of hangovers before the work week once again appears with it’s always too early on monday face, catalogue the weekend in your head, smile a little, sigh a little, drink some tea, listen to some mixtapes before it’s time to sleep.

It was a fun and messy few days with Alanna, much fun was had, more alcohol was consumed, secrets were made, wrestling was watched, all night conversations happened, zombina was seen, friends were made. It was a pretty satisfying weekend all in all.

Next week, mercury starts to go forward again, I can literally afford to do nothing, it’s gonna stay cold, and I’m looking forward to some much needed downtime. Just me and my mac and some books and magazines.

Perfection.

Oh, and I found this on the lucero website, and I think we’re all well aware of how I feel about one Mr. Nichols.