Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dan Kilian and The Million Man Band - Prove My Love

Thursday, March 24, 2016

I'm So Sick of Those Same Old Songs: Six-Song Review

Sheer Mag "Nobody's Baby"
The drums are tinny and hissy and the vocals are compressed and verbed into a shoebox with a canyon inside it, but the song is rifftastic and Christina Halladay's growl comes through strong. She may lament her shabby treatment by someone who won't dance with the one they brought, but something in that strength suggests independence over loneliness.

Selena Gomez "Same Old Love"
Her beauty is all youth and makeup, a pretty doll without distinction. Her singing is much the same. Good song choice though, from Charli XCX and Stargate: the spooky lines of this slinker weave through fingersnaps and breezy synths, suggesting it's all late-night and grown-up. What a sentiment! She's so sick of that same old love. I like this song, but I wish it weren't so heartbroken, that she was expressing boredom in a relationship, and the desire to sleep with someone new. That's something people feel but rarely sing about, not in the way this song should. Instead it's that same old relationship angst.

PJ Harvey "The Community of Hope"  
PJ, PJ,'re interesting, but to be interesting you have to sometimes be tedious, to take the risks that fail. Case in point. I actually liked her last album, a bunch of dirges about the death sprawl of World War I. This one is from The Hope Six Demolition Project, which seems to be an album about about city planning gone awry. It's dancing about architecture! The chorus to this song is "The Community of Hope," which flows lyrically about as well as you'd expect. Interesting! 

Parquet Courts "Outside"  

Holy Husker Du, Batman! Maybe Andrew Savage isn't emulating Bob Mould, maybe he's just another nasal singer, but like the Du, we have choice melody over a (more sedate) form of punk rock with production that feels very 1984 DIY. Catchy, but check back in a week to see whether I'm actually caught. 

Lake Street Dive "Side Pony"
Destined for a public radio feature story. Jazzbo's playing light funk. She can sing like a teetotal-ling Amy Winehouse, and scat too! Unbearable. 

Katy B. Craig David, Major Lazer "Who Am I?"
Who ARE you? Another whiner who has no identity without a lover. Some more of those same old drum patterns with that easy epic sound. Listen to some Sheer Mag.

--Dan Kilian

Undeniable Better Crackerjack: Five-Song Review



Friday, February 12, 2016

The First Vegetarian

Mmm! Good monkey! 

Chew! Chew! Gnash! Chomp!

Is very good monkey!

Brothers! Why eat monkey?

Is food! 

Is good!


No! Monkey is friend! Monkey have feelings! Wrong to eat!

We eat monkey!


No! No eat monkey! 

What eat? Pigs?

No! No eat animals! Eat…berries! Grass!

Ha! Pussy! 


You go eat monkey. One day all eat berries and grass. 

Eat the monkey!


Eat the monkey! Chomp! Chew!



Then…we eat YOU!








Chew. Chew.

Berry eater taste good!

Good! Chew! 

Better than monkey. Why?

Maybe berries make taste good.

Maybe berries good. 


Chew. Chew. 

--Dan Kilian

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bright Light/Deep Shade: Can Someone Please Give The Man Some Reggae?

JoFi plays Jacko! Casting the white actor Joseph Feinnes to play the King of Pop is sparking outrage among those who are unfamiliar with Michael Jackson's plastic surgery and pigment shifts. I guess they want a black actor to undergo bleaching and melting. 

Tyga has been seen with a DoppleJenner! Tyga Tyga burning bright, with a Kylie Jenner lookalike! 

First Abe Vigoda and now this. According to Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the hit HBO series Game Of Thrones, Jon Snow is definitely still dead

Zayn Malik never wanted to be in One Direction. Neither did I!  

Steven Tyler's claim to have inspired the Guns 'N Roses reunion is not the Axl truth! According to the reunited band's twitter feed, there have been a lot of GN'R Lies. Axl Rose does admit to wanting some Reggae.

That's all that matters!  

--Dan Kilian

The Swarm

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

My Dungeons Are Science

I’d like to point out that my dungeons are Science.  

Small animals as prey for the large ones are accounted for.  Science:  Ecology.  

Types of tunnels and rock are appropriate for location and depth.  Science:  Geology. 

Multilevel shafts are represented on all levels through which they pass, even if they do not open upon those levels.  Science:  Geometry.  

Undead creatures are located near evil spellcasters or rifts to the negative material plane.  Science:  Necromancy.   

My Dungeons Are Science.  

--Steve Kilian

Regarding the Events off of Mayburn Key, July 23rd, 1964