Friday, December 24, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sunny down snuff i'm alright

The Empty Bottle was awesome, and so is this. Paul McCartney and his mullet make a guest appearance.

Friday, December 3, 2010

I wont even wish for snow

I love all the Phil Spector Christmas songs.

I also love "All I Want For Christmas Is You" because it's the best Christmas song, and one of the only ones I can listen to any time of the year.

Also, we did "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" on this year's Suburban Sprawl holiday comp.
I also play saxophone on "Merry Christmas and Happy New Beers" by Kommie Kilpatrick.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Can I just say

That I still think Sonic Youth is the coolest.

Lots of shows, applied for blowout, new songs soon.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I'm hip

Gordon just sent me this. Apparently it's always been the same!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I've got a habit of having nowhere to go

First: This is a photo of the first Deadbeat Beat crowd surfer ever. Dude is wearing Sperry's (possibly moccasins?) and a panda mask. COULDN'T HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER WAY TO START THINGS OFF.

We just got home from Nashville, and it was totally awesome. I can't wait to go back there, and to play out of state waaaay more often. Athens, Ohio was awesome too! They gave us free food, and applesauce for the road! Roadsauce.

While driving in southern Ohio, we passed right by a nuclear power plant. Like, RIGHT by it. We could have walked in if we wanted to.

Here are some photos from our show at Glenn Danzig's house in Nashville:

All photos by Emily Quirk!

Friday, November 5, 2010

I'll take this one, get the ones behind me!

Did anyone else play Starfox64?

Do a barrel roll!

Really excited we're going to Athens/Nashville!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Blog blog blog

We looked at this in my poetry class yesterday. The concept is called "internet mining." It's basically what happens on facebook and anywhere where there are ads on the internet, and one day when we go to the mall it's going to be like this for us. THE FUTURE IS SCARY.

Monday, November 1, 2010


You can download our 3 song EP that was recorded on my laptop here:

At least I think you can. You should be able to. Try it, let me know how it goes.

We're playing two out of state shows this week. Friday in Athens, Ohio with the Davenports and Queen Bee & the Honey Donts. Saturday in Nashville with Diarrhea Planet, Big Surr, and D. Watusi.

THEN we're playing with even more bands from Nashville in DETROIT Tuesday November 16th at the Lager House. Pujol, Turbo Fruits, and us. It's also a Terrible Twos record release, which is awesome.

AND I guess Matt got his space echo fixed and secretly mixed our REAL recordings in the night. As soon as those are real, they'll be up on the internet for all to hear.

This post has too much band information, not enough wacky.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Not tryin'a brag

BUT I bought The Velvet Underground & Nico on LP yesterday, and I still can't believe it's real. I freak out every time I see it. Pretty sure this is only the second time I've ever seen one in real life even. It's like a jackalope.

In band news, we're still waiting for Matt to get his space echo fixed so we can mix our recordings. It's a hard life.

Oh! Then our landlord came over because there was some weird house inspection from the city and "Heroin" was blaring from my room. Totally awkward. Had to move the needle over to "There she goes again." It's a hard life.

We're playing with Turbo Fruits and Pujol and the Terrible Twos at the lager house on the 16th of November. It's a FUN life.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Babe of Bass / NERDBLOG

Carol Kaye was a session musician. She was a part of the posthumously named "Wrecking Crew." Which also featured Glen Campbell on guitar, before he was a Rhinestone Cowboy.

Kaye sat in on an estimated 10,000 recording sessions in her 55-year career. She is best known for playing bass on most of Pet Sounds. She also played on the theme song for The Love Boat.

Wait, Glen Campbell played banjo on "I Know There's An Answer." Life is the best.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tis the season

At first I thought the shoe part was my favorite, but then he broke things down a lot, and now I don't know.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


UHF record store in Royal Oak is so good.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hop on the Spaceship

So we played tonight at Simon's After dark. THEN we went to LUNA in Royal Oak, Michigan. There we learned that this exists:

Then I came home and Zak showed me this:

Willow Smith is Will Smith's CHILD.

Willow Smith isn't even a tween. She was born on October 31, 2000.


Monday, September 6, 2010

I touch on you more and more every time

I could seriously watch this all day. Maybe one day Maria could be Beyoncé's drummer in her all female backing band.

I really want someone to buy me this DVD for my birthday. It's coming up!


Thursday, September 2, 2010


Hey, we just got asked to Headline the Hamtramck Labor Day festival on Sunday at 8:00pm. We're playing the north stage! See you there!

records, ETC


Deadbeat Beat is playing a last-minute gig at the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival this Sunday. 8 pm. Free. Gogogogogo.


I just went to the record store for the first time in a WHILE w/ Alex. Spent a lil bit too much money. No more record shopping for this girl for another month. BUT, this is what I picked up...

The Rose Garden, S/T

Only album from a sort-of unremarkable 60s folk-rock group. I bought it because it had two Gene Clark songs I'd never heard before. When I got home and looked the band up on the internet, it was kinda funny because Allmusic says super geeky Byrds fans will buy it because it has the only recordings of two Gene Clark songs on it. Bahhhhh. The girl in the band has a really deep voice and I guess the song "Next Plane to London" was a hit back in the day. Listening to it; just got to side two. So far I like everything except the lead vocals on their cover of "She Belongs to Me." Um also they have a song called "Flower Town" and somehow Kim Fowley has a writing credit on it. It's so serious. BAHHHH.

The Bee Gees, "Bee Gee's 1st"

Not gonna lie, I'm happy I got this, but I wish it was Robin Gibb's super bitter solo record "Robin's Reign" instead.

The Rolling Stones, "Flowers"

Okay I know it's almost "Between the Buttons" but I don't care because it's mono and the first pressing. And it has so many hits. And I looked it up on ebay and it's going for more than twice what I paid. Woooooooo. And I like the cover. And mono.

The Rubinoos, "Back to the Drawing Board"

I remember when that Avril Lavigne song came out (ya know the one that Lil Mama later collaborated w/ Avril on a remix version) and Zak sent me a link to a fake Rubinoos MySpace that had the song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" and it was the same song, basically. MIND BLOWN. Then 4 years later I bought this album because it was rainy and I needed to spend money on records so I wouldn't be depressed on account of the weather. Look at that cover. How could you be depressed.

Joni Mitchell, "Blue"

An all-time fave that for some reason I didn't own in this format.

Sometimes blogging about records I bought makes me feel better that I'm probably only going to be eating peanut butter 'til I get paid again next Thursday.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Take a ride to the land inside of your mind

That is a link to this kid's youtube channel. He has 552 videos of himself looking at videos on youtube. He has 5 favorite videos of other people doing the same thing.

I found it when I was looking at some Vivian Girls youtube clips. It was the number one related item. You can watch it here:

This was the video that he was watching:

Is this a new youtube thing? This is bizarre. Please, if you know more about this, let me know.
Here's one more of the

Also, on a lighter note:

Blowing my mind.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

In the sun, sun having fun

Leslie Gore forever.

The weather today is SO PERFECT. I'm gonna go mow our lawn so that we don't get ticketed by the city.

My log has something to say

I'm watching Twin Peaks with friends, which means it's almost Fall. We're recording still, almost done! This is in my head:

That song is so good.

If you ain't watching Twin Peaks with the Log Lady intros, you ain't shit.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Listen to me baby, and listen real good

Josh has yet to ever update this blog, but I have faith that he might one day. He has this tumblr of pictures he took on his phone. He hasn't updated it since June sometime, but there's a lot of pictures and I like them. I hope you do, too! If you do, tell me, and I'll make him post things on here. If he wants to.

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I want our neighbors to give us our recycling bin back. Yes, we lent it to you one time-- but we have recyclables, too! I'm taking it back tonight, by the moonlight.

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So I've only been able to listen to Sweetheart of the Rodeo by the Byrds lately. And by that, I mostly mean I get in my car and listen to "You Ain't Going Nowhere" over and over and over until I'm almost wherever I'm going (usually work), then listen to "I like the Christian Life," "Nothing Was Delivered," and that "Someday Soon" song by Harlem (that song is soooo good).

I had to burn SOTR onto a CD because my record player is dying. This little nugget is relevant probably only to me. My record player has been dying since I started using it. Maria's dad fixed the belt for me when I was in High School, and it was my parent's in the 80s, and it was pretty nice back then I think. Now it's totally the worst, and there's always 10 things wrong with it. One of the channels goes out every 8 minutes or every time you change records/sides of records, so you have to unplug it a lit. And now you can't even hear the first song, it just skips along the record until somewhere in the middle of the second song of the lp. And it's crackle fest all the time, even though the needle is clean and good. SAD/REALLY HARD LIFE.

I should probably just get a new one, but I just don't feel comfortable yet.

Oh, and we're almost done recording. Kind of. I need to finish the lyrics to one of the songs like right now what am I doing.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ted Nugent's Vernors commercial

and "MOTORBOAT" by Kim Fowley

The video isn't important, but it's kind of funny.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Recording 8/1/10

No Alex because he took the pictures.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Real Talk

Okay, so some stuff came up, and we actually start recording on Sunday.

To tide all of us over, here's the video of when Michael Jackson was acquited in 2005. It's kind of a slow burner and takes a little while to get going, but right around the 2 minute mark the camera guy jerks his camera very suddenly as if gasping, because he found that lady who released a dove every time MJ was found "not guilty" of a charge against him. The camera jerk is the best part, because it just looks like the camera guy is like "oh, holy shit. that lady is releasing birds. let's just show this."

Here's what I'm saying: next time there's a big celebrity court case that's televised-- let's go. These people have the right idea. Let's get some doves, bring a cooler with snacks and brews, and watch Mel Gibson go to jail! I'm just assuming. I don't think he's going to jail or whatever right now, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time. I mean, come on.

EDIT: wait the comments on that video are so good.

Monday, July 26, 2010


We are recording on Thursday and Friday of this week! I'm buggin' with excitement. We did some demos on my laptop that you can listen to on myspace, and that looked like this.

So, yeah, recording on Thursday will look like that. Only instead of a basement we're moving up in the world to a living room in Hamtramck. Also, we're trading in the laptop/usb microphone technique for a reel-to-reel and actual microphones that you can't buy at the apple store.

After that, our next show is Saturday August 21 at FUCKING AWESOME FEST at the Magic Stick. Get ready, because it's going to be a killer fest. We're playing the same night as the Greenhornes. See you there, friends!

Oh, and we're also playing the Ferndale DIY fest. See you there, neighbors!

Alright, time to go watch Keeping up with the Kardashians and hate everything.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I'm using "beyonce" every time I play scrabble now

Often times, I remind myself that Beyonce is a real person. Usually I'll do it by thinking something like "I wonder what Beyonce is doing RIGHT NOW." Or maybe remind myself that she sometimes gets an eyelash in her eye and how it still totally sucks for her, even though she's one of the most important people. ETC.

I think the video below speaks for itself.

Also, I like to think that Tyra's look is somehow related to the commercial success of Just Kids by Patti Smith. The video is from February, a few weeks after the book came out, which was when PS was in the paper EVERY WEEK. I kind of think it was.

WAIT ALSO the username of whoever uploaded this on youtube is "alexaleex." FATE.

this one is easy

Maria's (totally accurate) Shortlist of Albums that influenced her life, arranged by year: Brownell Middle School Edition

7th Grade

"Aaron's Party (Come Get It)," Aaron Carter"

Ain't no doubt about it
I can't wait to get home to you
(I gotta get home, yeah, uh, uh, come on.)
Connected with my baby
Just jammin online with you
(online, online, online)

Here in my room we are as one
(together you and me, together you and me)
Hours connect
As we switch on (switch on)

She's my best kept secret
My internet girl (my internet girl)
She's my one and only
And I ain't tellin' the world (my internet girl)

She's my best kept secret
Hooked up all night with that girl
(my internet girl)
She's my one and only, my internet girl
(my internet girl)
My internet girl, my internet girl.

Shufflin' through my windows
Gotta find my way back to you
(I gotta find away, gotta find a way)
(I gotta find a way, gotta find a way)

You left me mail in the inbox
Thinkin' about what we should do
(I will type again girlfriend, so tell me, tell me what you wanna do)

You left me the password to your heart
(yeah, that's it. I got it.)
No lookin' back we clicked from the start
I wanna let you know
She's mine

[Chorus X2. fade]

"Briefcase Full of Blues," The Blues Brothers

I probably watched this movie once a week before I made friends in 7th grade. This was the last album I bought at Harmony House, back when Harmony House still existed and I could ride my bike to it. Afterward I probably rode my bike to get ice cream by myself, because, ya know, I was old enough finally.

8th Grade

"The Spirit Room," Michelle Branch

~Finding myself as a tween female singer-songwriter phase~

"This Way," Jewel

~Finding myself as a tween female singer-songwriter phase~

"White Blood Cells," The White Stripes

This is actually probably the first album that made me realize people made cool noises on guitar. I think I was a little bit scared of it though. I mean, compare the opening riff of "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" to the John Shanks produced "Everywhere" off of "The Spirit Room." Sometimes I really miss making mix cds for myself with Michelle Branch, Jewel, and the White Stripes. I always made cheesy printed out covers for them too. Those were the days.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

decidedly indecisive

Today I was driving home from the doctor (I got stung by a stupid bee and have an infection) listening to "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac, and feeling pretty out of it after taking 6 doses of a Medrol pack after not eating enough. Somewhere on I-696 between Gratiot and John R I thought it would be AWESOME to come home and blog about the most important albums in my life since freshman year of high school, chronologically. Not because people care, but because sometimes making lists like that is fun, if you try to not think about how it's kinda limiting because most people who actually love music love music too much to make lists about it, which is how I usually tend to feel.

So I started making a list on my laptop in "Stickies." Some years were easy, but for some I had so many albums I wanted to include I felt ridiculous. My limit of one per year became two, and then some years got three. Now I just feel like a big goof, which is what usually happens when I try to come up with lists of albums.

I'm going to post it anyway, mostly because it'll probably be funny to look back at it in a year and judge myself. I remember being in high school and making lists of my favorite albums in my dIaRy. Or favorite bands, or whatever. When I like a band I tend to get super obsessed within a couple days and get really overwhelmed if I don't have some nerdy outlet for it.

For some reason, it was harder picking multiple albums per year than just one. So I whittled it down again to just one per year. Except for the first one, oops. Sorry to "Fun House," "Horses," "The Marked Men," "Four Strong Winds," "The La's," "Piper at the Gates of Dawn," "Got What We Want," "North Country Maid," "Stay Happy," "Los Angeles," "Back in the USA," "Help!,"We Did Not Know The Forest Spirit Made The Flowers Grow," "The Slider," "Electric Warrior," "Young, Loud, and Snotty," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," "Blackout" (yes I mean the Britney Spears album) and everything else, because I might actually legitimately like some of you more. See? I am bad at picking favorites.

Maria's (possibly inaccurate) Shortlist of Albums that influenced her life, arranged by year: GP South Edition


"Is This It," The Strokes

This is the album that made me realize that guitars make noises that I want to hear. After 13 years of pretty much only consciously hearing top 40 and young country radio, I always wondered why people played guitar. Then I heard it clearly for the first time. Game changer. Plus I saw Julian's face. His weird, kinda greasy, kinda zitty face, but still great face. Game changer.

"The Velvet Underground & Nico," The Velvet Underground

Blah blah blah, what an influential album for the world, blah blah blah. No, really. When I listen to this album now, 8 years later, I feel like that same geeky teen stealing timpani mallets from the band room and buying cuban-heeled boots from to look like a picture of the Velvet Underground. This album is why I had my first real crush, why I started playing drums, why I spent roughly a year locked in my bedroom in between school days learning their entire catalog and writing nerdy fan letters to Maureen Tucker.


"Marquee Moon" Television

I didn't get it at first. But when I finally did, I listened to "Prove It" on my discman in between every class for a month and made Tom Verlaine (and Richard Hell, since a Voidoids obsession soon followed) shirts with sharpie. NERD ALERT. This carried on through the following summer, as shown by my junior school pic: weird quasi boy hair, braces, black t-shirt with Television pin that went through the wash.


"Let it Be," The Replacements

I was a moody teen. The Replacements made me feel exciting. Plus they were from the 80s, which was new to me.

How do you say I miss you to
An answering machine?
How do you say good night to
An answering machine?
How do you say I'm lonely to
An answering machine?
The message is very plain
Oh, I hate your answering machine
I hate your answering machine
I hate your answering machine...


"Dinosaur," Dinosaur Jr

This was the first Dinosaur Jr album I bought, from Neptune Records in Royal Oak back when Royal Oak still had (at least one) record store. Sure, it's kinda erratic, but I don't care because "The Leper" made me wanna marry J. Mascis. The winter of senior year I'm pretty sure wore my purple Dinosaur tour shirt at least twice a week. Once I started being obsessed with Neil Young, I cared about them even more because they also are geeks for Ol' Shakey.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Stop everything

1. I was originally going to post about Miley Cyrus' new single/video "Can't Be Tamed" and how all of that just needs to stop.

However, there was an ad that played before that video. For this:

Thanks, MileyCyrusVEVO. H.O.V.A. is still better than us, and John Mayer is still confusing. Excuse me, John Mayer. I also like how both he and Jay-Z are so nonchalant about twitter. This clip is 15 minutes long and twitter gets brought up twice.

In other news, we decided to record demos ourselves because actually recording was taking forever to happen. Postin' stuff soon.

Also, we're playing a show Thursday July 1st at the Lager house with the Kickstand Band, Kommie Kilpatrick, and the Sugarcoats. Maria, Eric from Kommie, and I will be DJ-ing between sets. It'll be my first time ever!

Whatever, here's that Miley Cyrus video anyway.

Also, I never continued my numerated list. Oh well. Next time.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Break it up Pt. 2!

So here I am again, on my lunch break at work. Maybe this will be when I BLOG from now on.

Three things:

1. I think someone just took a picture of the back of my head. Is it because I haven't washed my hair since ... is it bad that I don't remember? Wednesday? Dry shampoo, y'all. Deadbeat Beat should have an endorsement.

Am I bad at being a girl?

2. I couldn't fall asleep last night until 2:30 am so I TOTALLY could have gone out anyway.

Am I bad at being a real person?

3. On my 15-minute break earlier this morning I started reading Kate Gosselin's book "I Just Want You to Know." She kept using the phrase "six tiny faces."

In band news,

We have some new songs. Can't wait to record everything! Word on the street is that we're playing July 1 at the (PJ's) Lager House w/ other bands that might include Kommie and the Sugarcoats. Whatever it is, I'm sure it'll be a BALL!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Break it up!

Totally on my break at the bookstore. The Internet never works at work except today! I'm not gonna talk about what's happened at work so far because you're not supposed to post about that sort of stuff on the Internet!

However, I will say that I am bummed that I'm working until 11 pm tonight + opening at 8 am tomorrow morning because I kinda wanted to go see Kommie Kilpatrick. If I still worked at LBD I'd probably go anyway because customers couldn't really see if I was sleep deprived/hung over because I could hide behind a counter. And my face was always flushed because of the pizza oven anyway. But at the bookstore I have to help people find things and sell them e-readers and memberships, so how my face looks matters a little bit more. And I guess at the deli I didn't have to be in until 10 am on Saturdays anyway. Which was so much cooler than every other morning I worked, which began at 7 am!!!!! Oh man, all this talking about food service jobs makes me miss them already.

Hmm, what else can I BLOG about? Alex always posts pictures/vids so I'm trying to offset them with text so our BLOG seems more legit. I guess I'll talk about things I've been digging lately:

"Younger Than Yesterday" by the Byrds (I wrote about buying this on vinyl in my last post)
the Byrds in GENERAL
making dresses out of giant dudes button down shirts from Value World (if you buy them in XXL they're totally long enough for a 5'5" gurl)
trying to keep my room clean (NOT)
drinking Oberon
alphabetizing books/records (thanks bookstore job)

Okay, well, guess I have ten minutes left until it's back to the grind. If I'm going to pee, might as well put my stuff away and get the bathroom key now. SEE YA GUYS LATER.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Listened to "surf wax usa" by weezer while watching this. That may have been a little Blue Crush of me.

See also:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Storm's a-brewin

Lightning just struck the ground and the thunder set off my neighbor's car alarm. It was like a movie, or a ride at Universal Studios. Like the Quake ride, only over faster.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

day off

Cloudy day in Ferndale, MI. Day off. Went to bank, made accidentally weak coffee. Washed clothes from Value World. Tried not to step on broken glass in basement with bare feet.

Sittin in room lookin at new records. Alex and I have been buying records left and right lately! At places other than Car City! A couple days ago I went to Record Time by myself and bought:

"Palace of Swords Reversed," a compilation by the Fall
"Drop Out With the Barracudas," the Barracudas
"The Best of Love" by Love because I wanted to have a Love album to listen to on my record player and I'm probably not gonna find "Da Capo" or "Forever Changes" for cheap any time soon
"Between the Buttons," the Rolling Stones
Annnnd the remastered "Raw Power" (meaning the original Bowie version of it) by the Stooges for Lee's b-day!

A few days earlier Alex and I went to the Record Collector by our house and I got:

"Old Ways" by Neil Young because I'm working on having every NY record ever because I'm a dweeb
a Kim Fowley-selected compilation called "Kim Fowley's Hollywood Confidential"
"Sweetheart of the Rodeo" by the Byrds
Annnnd "Younger Than Yesterday" by the Byrds

So basically, whenever I break down and buy some records, I'm more than likely to just buy albums from bands that I already like, or I buy different formats of albums I already have. Oops. But, it's nice having albums to listen to on yer record player.

Since now I have no money, maybe I'll use this time to 1) hope I don't overdraft my checking account and 2) think about other records I should get. It would be cool if I didn't already own them, or listen to the band. Any suggestions Internet?

A Reminder

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Also (a picture post)

They make sea horse whiskey in Thailand.

And scorpion and cobra whiskey.

I bet you could find that at Gibraltar Trade Center.

Also, for those of you whom have had the pleasure, aren't you used to Gibraltar Trade center looking like this:

Did you have any idea that it sometimes looks like this:

Those photos are from ""