Indecent Digit: January 22, 2006

Saturday, January 28, 2006

FAMILY FUN TIME: Frozen Primates!


ARCTIC MONKEYS: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
8.5/10

Try and imagine a world where a new release from an indie label in the United States (say Sub Pop) shattered all imaginable first week sales records, moving millions of copies. Hell, imagine a world where such a release could sell 300,000 out of the gate. It's a little hard to fathom, isn't it? Well, if you live in the UK, you're in the midst of such a musical miracle as I type this. Four young men from Sheffield, England have managed exactly this with their debut full length album for Domino Records. Collectively known as Arctic Monkeys, they have taken their homeland by storm with flurry of very well received advance singles and sold out live shows. Managing to move over 200,000 copies of their album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not , in only a couple of days, they have propelled themselves past even such Brit-Pop stalwarts as Oasis into the musical record books. As with anything this widely accepted and furiously hyped, you may ask if the album deserves all this attention. Abso-f'ing-lutely!

Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not the newest entry into the danceable British indie guitar rock onslaught we've been getting here in the states. Like their brethren Maximo Park, Franz Ferdinand, and Bloc Party, they bring angular guitar and a rump shaking rhythm section to the party along with intelligent lyrics. Unlike their older peers, however, these boys manage to maintain a certain amount of grime in their recordings without sacrificing the musicianship presented. The tracks are slick and hook ridden but just raw enough to maintain the earnest tone that the lyrics present. Singer and songwriter Alex Turner uses everyday inspiration for his expertly crafted, witty pop songs; referencing aggressive club bouncers ("From the Ritz to the Rubble"), lame scene poseurs ("Fake Tales of San Francisco", and parasitic hangers-on ("Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But..") to paint a picture of life as he sees it in his small town. Certainly, they are not completely innovative or groundbreaking, but how much can that really matter when just hearing them makes you want to dance and smile? Let's just hope they don't implode or get lame like the last couple of Britain's greatly hyped bands The Stone Roses and Oasis.

Release Date: 2.21.2006

Tracks to check out:
"From the Ritz to the Rubble"
"When the Sun Goes Down"
"A Certain Romance"

Arctic Monkeys
Domino Records

FAMILY FUN TIME: A New Member Of Team Goldenstar

Hello regular Digit fans! Seeing as the founding members of the team are currently without means to update this digital fun festival as regularly as they might like to, I have been recruited to assist in making things look shiny and clean. There's not much to inform you of quite yet, but I wanted to post a quick hello. Keep checking in to see future installments of FAMILY FUN TIME for music and film reviews (maybe even comic book and game reviews if I really let me geek flag fly).

Until Next Time,
Mr. Biscuits

Friday, January 27, 2006

The Most Disgusting Story of the Day

...hope you haven't eaten lately...

The money quote:

"Larry has this Indian costume that just drives me wild . . . I wear chaps!"

Oh, the indecency...

RAW STORY Roundup

Since I can't get away with too much surfing today, I chose to get all of my Friday news trash from The Raw Story.

Here's what you missed:

Well, duh...

Buyers' remorse anyone?

When all else fails, try kidnapping!

When all else fails, fire up the bigots!

When they fire up the bigots, fire back!

...and if that doesn't work...

For more news you can use, click around in the links at the right.

Ann Coulter: Still a Scumbag

This Month in Indecency

Greetings, gentle visitor! It's been about three weeks since I've been able to post anything here, and I promise that I've hated every minute of it. The Team Goldenstar home computer is still lifeless and I can only blog when my boss isn't looking (and that isn't often). I'm told that a new computer may be in our future, so hopefully we'll be able to get up and running again real soon.

In the meantime, I'm inviting some new contributors and adding some new "regular" features that I've been planning for a while, such as music and movie reviews, so that we may continue to wallow in our own geekdom as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience!