07 August 2011

Conan O’Brien and My Journey Through Music and Life

posted by: Arjun News & Humor
Conan O'Brien Comedy Tour

My life was changed forever when I watched Conan O’Brien give the commencement address at Dartmouth’s graduation earlier this year. The speech gave me a new perspective on life and hope for the future. He said things that I knew I already knew but was afraid to admit. We were growing up. We were becoming “adults”. It’s scary. He ended the speech by quoting himself from months prior when he had to say goodbye to his dream job; he said, “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.”

Of course, I wasn’t in the crowd that day. I watched Coco’s speech on the Internet a few weeks later. I’m in high school. Fuck you.

MP3: “An Argument With Myself” – Jens Lekman

My name is Arjun. I’m a new writer here at Sunset in the Rearview. I am definitely less “edgy” than that introduction made me seem to be. I plan on just consistently giving you guys good music, while keeping you on your toes and entertained.

The fun train is leaving the station. Hop on.

MP3: “Rock It (‘96 Bulls Remix)” – Little Red

My first musical memory was jumping on the sofa with my brother, listening to “What’s New Pussy Cat?” by Tom Jones. Looking back, the song seems pretty loaded with blatant sexism, but hey, it was my dad’s jam. Why it was his jam is beyond me, but pops probably had a good reason for playing it. This is also why I call all women “pussycats”.

MP3: “What’s New Pussy Cat?” – Tom Jones

At the turn of the millennium, I made a pretty drastic jump from Tom Jones to Marshall Mathers. Of course, I was 7 around this time, so I was listening to Eminem WAY younger than anybody should be allowed to listen to Eminem. Don’t blame my parents, though. They tried to stop my brother and I from downloading his songs. They just couldn’t. Shady was calling out to us…and so was Napster.

MP3: “The Real Slim Shady” – Eminem

After Napster, I turned to iTunes. This is where I got my first real glimpse at “indie” music. I really got into The Kooks, Death Cab for Cutie, Beirut, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, and a handful of Jack Johnson knockoffs. One of my favorite songs ever also came from these iTunes years.

MP3: “1980” – Rehab

It was only last summer that I discovered the magic of the music blog. Before then, I just thought “blog” was a funny word. It still is. I don’t like it. It should be changed to something cooler. I don’t know what though. You guys…make it happen. Anyway, my first blog was Pretty Much Amazing. It was there I discovered some of my favorite artists, such as Childish Gambino, The Drums, and Chiddy Bang.

MP3: “Hey London” – Chiddy Bang

In the past year, my blog roll has grown drastically and has given me the greatest and strangest music of my life. Here are just a few of my favorites.

MP3: “If I Die Before You” – Ludwig Goransson
MP3: “Plage” – Crystal Fighters
MP3: “O0O0o0O0o” – Oberhofer
MP3: “White Knuckles (‘Boys Like Us’  Remix)” – OK Go

Oh, and here’s Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend rapping.

MP3: “Pizza Party” – L’Homme Run
MP3: “Interracial Dating” – L’Homme Run
MP3: “Bitches” – L’Homme Run

Thanks for reading,
Arjun

 

 

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