Monthly Archives: June 2008

omg fanvids lolz…sort of: “Camera One”, Josh Joplin Band/Tim Russert

Haven’t written in a while.  Lots has happened in the world, lots has happened with me.  I’m feeling pretty damn overwhelmed by lots of things, so the blog has fallen by the wayside.  Hillary dropped out.  Obama’s the nominee.  McCain continues to scare.  Meanwhile, I moved, helped my girlfriend move, am helming a summer theater festival, am scraping together a musical career, am working full time at a busy job with no internet access, am feeling somewhat put upon.

Then Tim Russert died.  That was weird.

I’m not trying to sound glib, not at all.  It was genuinely weird.  Here’s a guy who, for the last few years at least, has sort of just been there – hosting Meet The Press, showing up on election nights with his whiteboard of delegates, popping up on The Tonight Show to poke fun at himself.  Matter of fact, he was just on The Tonight Show a couple days before he died, with his whiteboard.  Then, he flew to Boston to give the commencement address at his son’s graduation.  Then, he had a heart attack in his office.  Out of nowhere.  Scary.  Strange.

Anyway, apparently, there are news fanboys.  Like I should be shocked, I’m probably one of them.  One of them, AntiConformist911, spliced together a strangely affecting music video tribute to the music of one of my favorite obscure one-hit wonders of 2001, “Camera One” by Josh Joplin Band.   The song, I think, is actually about that guy from Suddenly Susan who died, but it works all right.

You can say what you like about Tim – whether he was easier on his right-wing or left-wing guests is probably a matter of political taste – but you can’t deny that he was a dedicated journalist, a smart guy, a beloved son and father, and someone who was fully able to laugh at himself.  It’s Father’s Day.  Go tell your Dad you love him. 

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Posted by on June 15, 2008 in omg fanvids lolz, politics, tv, youtube


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songs you don’t know: “Space”, Something Corporate

Again, this is a song you might know – it was a minor hit back in the winter of 2003.  It’s an angsty little number about…. well, it’s really about how Orange County sucks, but more or less it’s about wanting to be left alone.  I don’t particularly want to be left alone, but I’m really digging this song again right now.  Nor do I particularly want it to be the winter of 2003 again, but this song is making me feel nostalgic for the winter of 2003 anyway.  A little.  Not a lot.  Just a little.

There are a lot of things that are better now than they were back then.  However, this particular song does remind me of how one particular thing is not – is really not – any better at all.  Without going into detail, it makes me miss how awesome the future was going to be back then.

That vague enough for ya?  Look, if you really want to know, I’ll tell you.  Just not here.

Anyway, Something Corporate.  Very underrated band.  They were sort of lumped in with all the other generic emo-pop-punk bands that appeared around that time, and that’s sad, because they’ve got some really good songs.  Someone once said that they’re more like a dead-serious Ben Folds Five than (say) Blink 182, and that pretty much makes sense.  “Konstantine”, if you can find it, is a truly epic nine-minute tale of adolescent love gone wrong that you would have loved when you were 15.  “Miss America” has one of the most gorgeous choruses I’ve ever heard.  And “Space” just sort of rules.  Might not be your cup of tea.  It’s definitely OC emo.  I still like it.