Wednesday, April 2, 2008

In which surrender is not an option.

In the true spirit of DemoWAR, the turnaround on this update was roughly 30 hours from concept to execution. Negotiations began on the possibility of a trans-Atlantic duet, the seeds of which, whether sown in Europe or North America, would ultimately flower on the opposite shore. This was to be an olive branch extended between two contentious parties; a breaking of bread to assuage a fitful alliance.

The duet idea was scrapped, however, when Joe delivered a perfectly complete version of Society, from Eddie Vedder's latest "album." The song arrived with harmonies and percussion included, despite Ryan's protestations of, "Wha?", "But I thought we...", and many shakings of fist.

Right click to download: Society.mp3

Click album art to sample the original:

Hippies, hippies, everywhere.

Florence, Italy - GMT 22:30:00
Phone calls were made, long-distance charges were incurred, and a rarely-used, unmarked door slid open silently in the hills near Certosa Del Galluzzo. The 14th century abbey has been classified as inactive since the early 1900s. Therefore, nobody saw the dark sedan as it rolled down the drive. No one was there to bear witness to its four passengers, their faces shrouded by hooded robes as they proceeded on their mission.

Meanwhile, in the States, a humble publisher's assistant makes his way back home. He swings his arms rhythmically as he walks, as if a song plays through his head. His mood can best be described as "content."

The fruits of his labor can be found here: No Ceiling.mp3

Into the Wild is a soundtrack, but it is entirely written and performed by one artist. Does that make it simply a soundtrack? An album? As an collection of songs, it rises above flops like Flash Gordon and Maximum Overdrive. As a score it's more song-based than Dead Man or Grizzly Man. It doesn't approach the rock opera vibe in Purple Rain.

Ultimately, the songs stand on their own in album fashion, and I find it most comparable to Tom Petty's soundtrack to She's the One. It's his best album between 1989 and 2006, and his worst-selling. I blame Ed Burns.

Duets are stupid anyways.

UPDATE: Having just heard from Joe, it seems that a cadre of anonymously-employed assassin monaci have been liquidated, and our brave Admiral Boyle is only slightly worse for wear, having merely sprained his ankle and scuffed his new calfskin loafers during the tussle. The injury is excusable. The scuff, alternately, is an affront to fine Italian leather.
Commendations to the Admiral for sleeping, as he says, "with one eye always
open, you bastards." and we look forward to many more fine contributions from him and his staff.

*Veddarian** -adj: of or pertaining to Eddie Vedder or related works (i.e. Pearl Jam, Hunger Strike, etc.)

**All rights to the term Veddarian are reserved by the author.

1 comment:

Ro-Beast Rollie said...

These tracks should come with free grenades.