A Flash from the Past (Most People Missed the First Time).

21 01 2011

I absolutely love this.  What a great song, what a treat to hear it so professionally done, and that the money is FINALLY going to the person that deserves it…  Just amazing.


Roky Erickson was the lead singer/rhythm guitarist for the ill-fated 1960’s band, ‘The Thirteenth Floor Elevators‘.  Follow the links if you’re interested in the band’s history, and Roky’s story, parts of it are certainly interesting, suffice to say that the Elevators (and the Svengali-like influence of Tommy Hall) were a hell of a place to start for a kid (think he was all of 16 at the time) with a knack for songwriting, a great voice, and a vocal style that was blatantly ripped off by Janis Joplin, Robert Plant, and not so obviously (but still a mugging) by Michael Stipe of REM fame.

I first started listening to his music, their music actually, in the early 1990’s.  Being at the time, a very drunk and drug-addled tween (not the common usage of the word tween I understand — I’m referring here to a twentysomething that acts like a teenager, as opposed to a 10-12 year old, which should really just be called a pre-teen — we should actually take back the word tween from those who would use it to describe someone who likely still wets the bed from time to time, and has no problem getting up at 5AM to watch cartoons, and from now on use it only to refer to twentysomethings that act like teenagers) I was a sucker for a band that the underground press was selling as incredibly drug-addled, and having been screwed out of the millions they were owed by ‘The Man’.  Hard stuff for a kid who is still trying to sort out who he is to resist for sure.

Luckily for me I got through that phase of my life, and what a pleasant surprise to find that those old Elevators still sound pretty damn good to my present day 99.9% drug-free ears.  Oh yeah, a quick fact about Roky I nearly forgot, he is actually an alien, and apparently has legal documents proving it.

Another thing, I guess it wouldn’t be right to not mention ‘Okkervil River‘, as they obviously played a huge part in the creation and release of this latest Roky Erickson album.  I’d be blowing smoke up your ass if I were to start saying how great a band they are though, and that I love them, love them, love them.  Truth be told I watched them on Austin City Limits sometime last year and just couldn’t get over a feeling that they were very talented, but not in the slightest bit sincere, performers.  This album (the proceeds from which benefit Mr. Erickson? I think I read that somewhere), while being very professionally done, leaves me with the exact same feeling, that the band is once again merely going through the motions.  Therefore, while ‘True Love Cast Out All Evil‘ is certainly a tale of redemption for a man whose life has seemingly been one tragedy after another, the feeling of emptiness imparted by it for me though comes in part from, once again, Okkervil River simply not having their hearts in what they’re doing.  Thanks though, Roky sounds like he was enjoying himself.


Charity Sponsors in the Blogosphere

20 01 2011

So here I sit setting up a new blog for us to entertain ourselves with while continuing our mission of observation above your planet when low and behold I find a widget (SocialVibe) that would allow viewers to take a couple minutes time to ostensibly help a good cause.  Fantastic, we may not be allowed to interfere with the affairs of Humanity, but there’s nothing saying we can’t give them a little nudge in a positive direction while they sit on their asses in front of their computers.

There were a good number of charities to choose from actually, and after perusing the options I chose to support ‘Environment’ with my new Blog, a charity that helps with conservation, protection, and beautification campaigns.  Very important work in our collective opinions, and if you’ve somehow failed to notice, Mars is a dead planet these day, so take it from us, the conservation and protection of the Environment and the organisms you share it with ought to be of the utmost importance to you.

‘Alright!’ you say, ‘Sign me up!’

Well, from how it appears to us, and we’re not always so adept with lesser technologies so bear with us please, all you need to do is click on the banner to get started, and in no time at all (unless you’re still using dial-up HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA) you’ll be tasked to watch a few advertisements, and do a little clickey-clickey participation.

Not much for asking others to do things we ourselves wouldn’t do, we clicked straight away to get the ball rolling, and the carbon footprint lessened.  Enjoy your day Earthlings, take a moment to reflect on the wonder and diversity nature presents to you, not every planet is as blessed.

So….  In the interests of helping Earth today, we watched a Covergirl commercial with spokesmodel Drew Barrymore (whew! that’s an attractive specimen, gonna have to push up her appointment with the anal probe), submitted a Webcam photo to said cosmetics company, learned about a new television show called…. I forget actually… and it wasn’t important really, based on our constant monitoring of your transmission technologies you don’t really need another crime drama with a ‘clever twist’.  Lastly, we watched a short video in which Daniel Radcliff asked us to turn our attention to the issue of suicide amongst gay, lesbian, and transgendered teens.

Hey!  Suicide is no laughing matter, and kids are mean to each other, we see that everyday.  Help the gay kids out for crying out loud, your younger generation is setting new records for laziness, and short attention spans, why on earth should they put effort into accomplishing something worthwhile, something that might require some drive and a bit of thought.  Pick the easy target, belittle the heck out of someone for being different than they are, different than most of their friends.  If only complacency wasn’t an issue I’m sure they could prove their beliefs as to their own superiority are correct.

Greetings Earthlings…

20 01 2011

What was it we used to say… ahhh I remember, “Nice planet, we’ll take it.”

Scary huh?  Well to be perfectly honest with you, we’re not permitted to take your planet anytime soon, we’re here strictly as observers, and besides, our spaceship is super-comfy.

Anyways, this is our new blog, more to come for sure.  Please subscribe, if only as a welcoming gesture to us, we’re not like those ‘V’ aliens, bad news that bunch.  We mean you no harm, seriously, you do more than enough to yourselves.