Wednesday, February 28, 2007
TRENT = FOREVER ALT!!
ALT HAPPENING #1:
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ALT HAPPENING #2:
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EMO = ALT!!
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Ok, so everyone knows the power that is Grunge, Seattle, Singles and all that is ALT. All of these powers came together once, to form the most powerful supergroup of ALT-time! Combine 4 parts Pearl Jam with 2 parts Soundgarden, and basically you are UNSTOPPABLE! Their powers were immeasurable and no one could stand in their way! NO ONE! In a sort of Mortal Kombat-esque tournament that once occurred in Seattle, it featured Temple of the Dog defending their ALT-ability against 3 of the most worthy opponents...Junior Mafia, Zwan and Audioslave, in 3 epic battles, last man standing. Here's how the matches played out:
Temple of the Dog
TOTD is going hungry, and they need some something to satisfy their thirst for BLOOD!!! Junior Mafia is fat and definitely not starving. So basically, TOTD steps in the realm of Junior Mafia and feeds Lil'Kim's fake boobs to Biggie while stompin' on Lil' Cease. Easily PWND!
Temple of the Dog
Zwan, now this is a tough one. Eddie and the boys had to work on their teamwork wrestling moves for this. The match starts off with Eddie throwing Billy against the ropes, attempting to put Billy in a headlock, but little did he know Jimmy Chamberlin greased up Billy's head, making it impossible to grab a hold of him. Luckily Billy's reversal was totally foiled because, Zwan as a team is unable to harness its true potential (Jimmy was getting high, and the other dudes just completely bailed), proving that they totally suck! TOTD once again prevails!
Temple of the Dog
Most worthy adversary by far...Audioslave even went so to clone Chris Cornell for their evil plans, but instead of cloning the "Outshined/Rusty Cage/Jesus Christ Pose" Chris Cornell, they cloned wussass "Spoonman/Black Hole Sun" Chris Cornell. Fatal mistake! Not even tagging Zach De La Rocha into the ring could help them here. He's been out of the game too long and is way too rusty (and not like in a rusty cage sort of way).
Thus proving that TEMPLE OF THE DOG DESTROYS ALL!! and YOU CAN'T FUCK WITH TOTD!
Temple Of The Dog Stats:
* Jeff Ament - bass guitar
* Matt Cameron - drums, percussion
* Chris Cornell - banjo, harmonica, vocals, guitar
* Stone Gossard - rhythm guitar, slide guitar, acoustic guitar
* Mike McCready - lead guitars
* Eddie Vedder - backing vocals ("Pushin Forward Back," "Your Saviour," "Four Walled World"), vocals ("Hunger Strike," "Wooden Jesus")
"Temple of the Dog was started by Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. After the death of his former roommate, Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood, Cornell wrote two songs in tribute: "Say Hello 2 Heaven" and "Reach Down". Cornell approached Wood's former bandmates, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, with the intention of releasing the songs as a single. The band's lineup was completed by the addition of Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and future Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready. The band started rehearsing the songs, as well as re-working some existing material from demos written by Gossard, Ament, and Cameron. One such demo became a song for two bands, recorded as "Footsteps" for Pearl Jam and as "Times of Trouble" for Temple of the Dog. These rehearsals soon led to several new songs, and the planned single soon became a full album. The album and group became known as Temple of the Dog, after a lyric in the Mother Love Bone song, "Man of Golden Words".
Eddie Vedder, who had flown to Seattle to audition to be Pearl Jam's singer, ended up providing backing vocals. "Hunger Strike" became a duet between Cornell and Vedder. Cornell was having trouble with the vocals at practice, when Vedder stepped in. Cornell later said that "he sang half of that song not even knowing that I'd wanted the part to be there and he sang it exactly the way I was thinking about doing it, just instinctively."
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Ok, so you wake in the morning. Deciding on the just the right footwear is a tough decision. You have to ask yourself, "What do I want people to think I am listening to on my Ipod?" If it's Candlebox, you already know the correct choice. That's right dust off those docs and lace them up. But let's say you want to get modern...I mean it's 2007. And how many people on the L train are really ALTing out to Metallica or Marilyn Manson. So let's see what our other options are...I mean after all, you just downloaded that new Kaiser Chiefs (illegally, of course), or you ran out over the weekend to get the new Deerhunter. Maybe you finally got that Interpol CD back from your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend who broke your heart. That's right, you're a modern day ALT! So here are your footwear choices:
Choice #1: Vans Slip-Ons
I mean, you see a pair of these and you know for a fact, this dude went to Misshapes this past weekend. If not that, they had at least one cup of coffee was had at Verb Cafe. And if he (or she) were to brake out their Ipod, they could battle of ALTest of the modern day ALTs for most non-mainstream playlist. A similarity, as with it's predecessor, the Chuck Taylor All-Stars, the more broken in the shoes are, the more ALT. Extra points if a toe is exposed. Double bonus if a bare toe is coming through because of a hole in your sock!
Choice #2: The Urban Cowboy/Cowgirl
I mean we all know that you just came from the Wild West, rode your horse all the way to Manhattan, fighting off bank robbers and outlaws, to get to your part time temp office-photocopying job. I'm sure you are making your Mom and Dad proud! You can show them pictures of you at all the best parties, possibly topless, definitely wasted and/or high. You made it! I mean, at least you're not sitting on your ass at home, collecting your trust fund interest. No, you are making something of yourself. You're saying, "Mom...Dad...I'm ALT!" New ALTs are responsible. Sure, their parents are still paying for your one bedroom apartment in Williamsburg (let's not be ridiculous), but at least you have a job. It's your first one ever, but how else are you going to pay for beer once the open bars are over?
Choice #3: White DJ Shoes
Seriously at the top of all modern day ALTs! Not only are you going to all the parties and know the music, but you are throwing the parties and playing all the jams. Damn, you are one step away for being in backpack ads, MTV and really not needing that trust fund anymore. There is no doubt that you are a force to be reckoned with.
Although there are a lot of similarities between OLD SKOOL and NEW SKOOL, the one main difference is the lack of gender specific shoes. Both guys and girls can wear any of these. I guess the ALTs of today have evolved in that sense. They are blurring the gender lines in many ways. This topic will be revisited in future posts, no need to worry. In the meantime, STAY ALT!!
Friday, February 23, 2007
FRIDAY NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!THESE DUDES ARE ALTSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!
SATURDAY NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!THESE DUDES ARE TOTALLY ALT!!!!!!!!!!
Damn guys, this is going to be a great weekend! Especially after last night...seriously, KIP and I ALTed out more than anyone ever! Imagine Eddie Vedder hanging with Scott Weiland, going to a PRIMUS show.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Come Party with Me 2000' gets my vote for THE most underrated album OF ALL TIME. That's right, you heard it here. This album is pure genius and only those who can appreciate the warped sensibilites and wacko sense of humor that Gene and the gang bring to the table will understand. Premised on the idea that it's the quantity not the quality that count (how cool!), Gene Defcon's 'Come Party with Me' packs in 47 poppy/lo-li/garage rock-with-a-drum-machine blasts of sleazy goodness that's you'll never forget. A parody of info-mercial cheeseball no-budget compilations and greatist hits collections, this baby packs the hits, the laughs, and the beats with an underlying critique of commercialism.
Buy this shit now from Insound.
Since you asked for it, here's what the ALT ladies were rockin' on their feet in the prime ALT years (early-to-mid '90s) while tapping our toes to "Been Caught Stealing" and "Andre".
We too were wearing Chucks, but not the high top kind. We tended to sport the daintier, ankle-exposing low-tops as pictured here.
As M.I.A. has previously said (“Bought $20 shoes from Payless [Payless is almost the same as the Goodwill or Salvation Army...ALT!]”), shopping at Payless is totally ALT, and since my Mom was pretty ALT, that’s where my generic Chucks came from in 1994. They were navy blue and I covered them with Smashing Pumpkins lyrics like “Shut your mouth and strike the demons, cursed you and your reasons…” and friends’ phone numbers and peace signs and flowers. (I was still in that awkward phase between 1993 mall hippie and 1994 ALT rocker).
When not in Chucks, or fauxChucks in my case, many girls were wearing Mary Janes with baby doll dresses or ripped jeans with tights underneath.
Like Courtney Love!
Knee-high socks were also key! Man I wish you could see my shoes in this picture, but you can see I’ve got the requisite tights under my ripped jeans:
Army boots were also good for being ALT, as was the case for the boys. My ALT parents didn’t want to cough up the cash for genuine Doc Martins, so my boots were brown German Army boots I found at an Army surplus store. Though not as trendy at the time, those clunkers actually have had enormous staying power and are still a part of my ALT wardrobe to this day!
Check out Bling Kong's new Contraband and super ALTastic video, and maybe get yerself a hot date.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I saw him at Misshapes and he's down with the scene!! He even has braids or cornrows, or whatever the hell those are...I also heard that a "Chinese Democracy" would be pretty freakin' ALT too! Along with white sweatshirts and acid wash jeans!!
Check out this new track, brought to you by Idolator!
Guns N' Roses- Better
M.I.A!'s ALT Fact Of The Day!!
Young ALT says to Older ALT: "Do you like Soundgarden?"
Older ALT retorts: "Dude, are you kidding? I've been listening to Soundgarden since you were like still wearing Pampers!"
Young ALT: "So I guess you know the story behind their name..."
Older ALT: "Duh, Chris and Kim were jamming and they were like, our sound totally bloomed like a flower in a garden...anybody who knows anything about anything knows THAT, loser!"
Young ALT: "Actually dude, they got it from this"
Older ALT: "umm, yeah I knew that, I was just testing you..."
Young ALT: "Whatever dude, you were just outshined"
Older ALT: "Well, at least I don't have an Offspring CD..."
Young ALT: "Whatever.."
We have been getting lots of feedback from fans and admirers, but a reoccuring theme in most of our fan mail is, "M.I.A!, I've been living my life this whole thinking that I was ALT, but how can I be MORE ALT?". Well your friends at Mom, I'm ALT are here to lend a helping hand. In our first installment of "How Can I Be More ALT?" we are going to cover one of the most essential parts of being ALT...the footwear, old skool ALT footwear!
There are varying degrees of ALTness that can be determined by your shoes. Sounds silly, yes I know, but from one ALT to another, a lot can be told by the shoes you wear. A NEW SKOOL ALT can look at an OLD SKOOL ALT and tell right away that he/she must love Temple of the Dog, Oasis and the Spin Doctors. And an OLD SKOOL ALT can look at a NEW SKOOL ALT and say; he/she loves Interpol, Beirut and most definitely Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. I know this might sound crazy, but we will lay it all out for you right here:
OLD SKOOL ALT CLASSICS:
Doc Martins- come in a few selected colors, eyelet numbers and different lace colors. A force not to be reckoned with!
Chuck Taylor All-Stars- again come in different colors, hi-top/lo-top, and depending on how worn out they are, proves your degree of ALTness.
The all feared "Goth Boots" -no one knows what the hell is going on with these, not even the people wearing them. Use caution when in the presence of a pair these, whoever is wearing them are capable of doing something either crazy, but more likely, extremely retarded.
People that wear any of these definitely own CDs from the following bands, possibly even on vinyl and a true super ALT if they have any 7"s:
Stay tuned for the second half of part 1: NEW SKOOL ALT SHOES! YEAH BOI!
ALTercation [awl-ter-key-shuhn] (n)- when ALTs from different underground (i.e not mainstream) scenes have a disagreement about their ALT-ness.
(ex: who is more ALT than the other)
“There was a slight ALTercation during my DJ set. These goons from the Death Cab show came and wanted to hear the latest Jens Lekman jam. I had my friend Thomas kick them out.”
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
by: ALTernate on the 1992 ALTlympic Team
Launched in 1991, there was no more ALT video game console than the Sega Genesis. Nintendo and Atari both had their heyday the 80s (along with hair metal, cropped jeans, and perms), but the early 90s was the exclusive domain of Sega.
Super Nintendo was sort of like “Stone Temple Pilots” to the Genesis’ “Pearl Jam.” Sure, it was almost as ALT in retrospect, but no one that was truly ALT at the time took it seriously.
And while many remember Sonic the Hedgehog, the iconic side scrolling adventure akin to Super Mario on about 10 cups of Seattle-brewed coffee, the most ALT title of them all was the one that originally shipped with the console—ALTered Beast.
Altered Beast is a platform/fighting game that puts the player in control of a centurion who had died in battle. The centurion has been raised from the dead to rescue Zeus' daughter, Athena. The player battles undead and demonic hordes, controlling the shapeshifting hero. He must defeat several levels in order to save the kidnapped goddess. The game takes place in a setting resembling Ancient Greece, complete with gods, temples and ruined Ionic columns.But basically the game is about transforming into a beast that destroys zombies. In essence you must ALTer yourself to beat the game/destroy the zombies. In fact, the more ALT you become, the more powerful and awesome you are. This game, more than that hippie mushroom eater Mario, teaches a valuable life lesson.
For example, getting some Docs and flannel would make you pretty ALT. Getting some Manic Panic and dying yer hair blue would make you even more ALT. However, to truly reach the pinnacle of ALT-dom, one must get some piercings and tatoos, so as to be invincible against the zombies (mindless jocks and preps, see also: “mains”).
So, to conclude: transform yourself into an ALT beast, or become a Zombie.
As a recent purchaser of a Chia Elephant (elephants are old school alt, horses are the more recent alt animal), I am blown away by just how alt britney is. I mean, seriously , who knew? I'm going to listen to ...Baby One More Time on repeat for the rest of the day. YEAH BOI!!
Here's a great Justice Edit of Me Against the World. Britney Spears...So Fucking Alt! Courtesy of Palms Out Sounds (one of my favorites!)
Britney Spears- Me Against the World (Justice Edit)
Sunday, February 18, 2007
So, I mentioned BALT in an early post, but after hearing about this shocking news, I can only come to one conclusion. Britney Spears (completely MAIN) reads "Mom, I'm ALT" and wants to be ALT. The only way she could accomplish this.....become a BALT.
Britney, you now join the ranks of some of the greatest BALTs of all-time. Congrats!!
My favorite character on the Sopranos was by far Uncle Junior (RIP). He was witty, funny as hell and didn't take shit from anybody. One of his signature trademarks besides the big black frame glasses (ALT) and great one liners, was his kangol-style black hat. Now it is more than obvious that Uncle Junior was ALT as fuck. But my question is how do you start wearing one of those hats. It's sort of a style that you can't just rock once in a while, I mean it's not like a winter knit hat or beanie. People wear one of those to keep their head warm or if you're wearing when it's not cold out, you're just trying really hard to be ALT. Anyway, with these "old man" style hats, I just don't get it. My Dad wears one when it's cold out to work, but they aren't that warm. This is something that maybe I'll never understand...I mean is my Dad ALT? I don't know for sure, but what I do know, is that I'm going to get one of these hats and give it a shot. We'll see what happens...
Here are some other ALTs that rock the "old man" hat:
Test Case 1:
Now Common, is ALT. But if you have ever seen him with out the hat, he is in fact a BALT. In fact he is covering up the BALT with the "old man", therefore becoming ALT, again. Woah, this is heavy.
Test Case 2:
This is no doubt Jeff Ament, the bassist for Pearl Jam, is ALT. I mean Eddie and the boys basically invented ALT. Although, his "old man" hat is a little more old school than the "kango-style"l hats I'm referring to, I feel like, today's "old man" hats are an evolved model of Jeff's.
That's all I can think of for now, if anyone has anymore proof whether "old man" hats are ALT or not, I am open to hearing both sides of the argument.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Since I have daily discussions about ALT and being ALT with friends, co-workers and basically anyone I come into contact with, I figured what could possibly be more ALT than blogging about the things I do, think about, music I'm listening to, etc. This was all a though as my I was on my way to the MET after having just come from the Guggeheim. (ALT!)
In case this isn't completely clear, ALT is a shortened form of the word ALTERNATIVE. This term became popular with the rise of ALTERNATIVE music such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins. Along with ALTERNATIVE music came the popularity of an ALTERNATIVE way of living. This includes wearing certain clothes, liking certain ALT movies; the term ALT lent itself more to the way one acts and lives, and wasn't merely just a genre of music. Here is my journey into what is ALT, hope you enjoy the ride!
Here is how my day went, let's see if I was ALT today.
Woke up with a hangover (getting wasted is sometimes ALT, depends on what you were doing while getting wasted)
Finished the last episode of the Wire, which I got from Netflix (Netflix is definitely ALT)
Bought $20 shoes from Payless (Payless is almost the same as the Goodwill or Salvation Army...ALT!)
Got coffee from Starbucks (Coffee is ALT, but Starbucks is totally corporate, NOT ALT)
Went to the El Greco to Picasso exhibition at the Guggenheim (Do I even need to explain this? ALT)
Went to get coffee at the MET cafe, but it wasn't open yet cause they were getting ready for dinner. We were impatient, so we left. (So ALT!!)
Came back to Astoria (not ALT yet, but one day) went to our local Mom & Pop video store which carries Indie flicks and has a Gay and Lesbian section and a huge Foreign Section (ALTTTT!) Rented the following movies:
Hannibal (mainstream, but not really sure, lots of gore, possibly ALT)
Vanilla Sky (semi-ALT)
Legend (definitely ALT)
MEMENTO (come on!)
Went to the grocery store (this could be MAIN or ALT, but since we went on a Saturday, ALT)
Bought Soy protein fake meat (just call me Eddie Vedder!)
Cooked dinner, watched movies, drank alcohol and blogged about it (that takes the cake.)
It's official...I'm ALT!
While at the Guggenheim, I discovered a great artist, who I'm going to do some research on and learn more about. His name is Francisco de Zurbarán. The painting that I thought was his best was called Saint Francis of Assisi. In the painting a monk is holding a skull. And as we all know, skulls are ALT!! There were also some really great Dali and Picasso paintings, along with Miro. ALT, ALT ALT!
Check it out:
Here's what music I've been into lately:
Captain- This is Hazelville
You can't get this at Insound yet, but hopefully soon. These guys are great and totally came out of nowhere! They are definitely ALT! Click here for their Myspace page. Someone made a reference to Hum, but I don't really see that. The best comparision I can think of is a brit-poppy version of this band, The Information. The Information is a band from Boston. You can check them out here. Since most people don't know who the hell The Information are I guess my description sucks. Oh well, Enjoy!