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Thursday, December 30, 2004

My Top 05 of 04

Ok, ok, keep it down. You can all stop clamoring for list of the best albums of 2004.
In first place we have a three-way tie:

1) U2 - How to dismantle an atomic bomb.
This album was on repeat on my iPod for about 2 weeks straight. I listened to this complete album about 25 times in a row, no exaggeration. I don't need to tell you why it's good, because you should already have it. More heartfelt, yet also more rockin', it far surpasses their milktoast 2000 offering "All that you can't leave behind". By far, unquestionably. And the special edition of this cd comes with a cool book and "Making Of" DVD. So check it out.

1) The Walkmen - Bows & Arrows
These guys are simply awesome. Good, moody, powerful, weird, spooky, funny. Really terrific new sounds in music.

1) The French Kicks - Trial of the Century
This pop/rock/new wave mix never gets old. Very nice harmonies, good drums, etc. I've listened to this album a whole lot this year, and it still sounds fresh every time.

2) Interpol - Antics
Good, simple, rhythmically appealing indie rock. Pretty tight in concert too. I've listened to this far more than their first album.

3) Elliott Smith - From the Basement on the Hill
Half of this is immediatly ear-friendly, the other half are "growers". But, my how they grow! A good investment for your ears. This disc rewards with repeated listening. God rest his soul, and all that.

4) Joseph Arthur - Our Shadows will Remain
Go buy this now, because you probably haven't. He's brilliant and has been compared to Peter Gabriel and Miles Davis, but he's truly in a class all his own. Sometimes acoustic and whispery, sometimes distorto-guitars and dozens of layered vocals. He's hard to classify, but harder to recommend highly enough.

5) Rufus Wainwright - Want Two
Well, even the worst Woody Allen movies are better than the best Tim Allen movies. Similary, even though I just got this album and found it doesn't measure up to the glorious heights of Want One, its still good, and I should listen to it instead of watching a Tim Allen movie.

5) Brian Wilson - Smile
Duh. No list would be complete without this, even though a lot of us have heard most of these songs in one form or another. It's fairly amazing to hear how these all weave in and out of each other, melodically.

Honorable Mentions:
Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters: glam/dance/pop rock. Really good on SNL, too.
Bjork - Medulla - nice vox, ok?
Air - Talkie Walkie - Did this even come out this year? I don't even remember. It seems like it's been out forever. Whatever. It's good electro/euro-pop bla bla bla. Good for backgrounds and Sofia Coppolla films. According to my iTunes playcount, I've listened to this one a lot, so I guess it goes on the list.
Jay-Z, The Beatles & DJ Dangermouse - The Grey Album - I know it's risky putting a hip-hop album on my list, but I have to admit this has some really great beats and made me appreciate the White Album even more.

So, on a personal note, if anyone wants to "get" these albums, just let me know, and I can assure you that you will "acquire" this music some way or another, legally or otherwise.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

My neighbor

So, yesterday, I was awakened by dreaming of this joke, and it really made me laugh when I was still half asleep, but now, I just don't know. Here's the joke:

So, I've got this neighbor, and I think she's German, but she's really short. So yesterday, she was walking her dog past my house, and I went up to her and said, "I thought you people were supposed to be tall." She said, "You people?! You people?!! You ignorant sunuvabitch!! Just because I'm black, doesn't mean I should be in the NBA, you white bastard!!"

Maybe she's not German.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

It's official! U2 have a secret satanic mission!

Finally, a good christian organization has done an exposé on the secret satanic agenda of that sacrilicious rock band "U2".
Here's an 8 minute video on the evil treachery perpetrated by them. Half the fun is the narrator, who sounds like a cross between a Canadian, a voice actor from a Godzilla movie's English overdub, and a Baywatch lifeguard. Check it out here:

http://www.goodfight.org/e_u2.html


Thought of the day:
"Thank god for Christmas, a time when we can make loved ones unhappy, or at least uncomfortable."

Currently listening to: voices in my head, brought on by the satanic messages in U2's "music".

Thursday, December 16, 2004

LIVE!!!! NUDE!!!! JAZZ!!!! 2 posts in 1!

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> > Hey, are you coming to see the Quarter Pounders tonight? It's all
> > ages! They serve Guiness! And espresso! Christmas Jazz like you've
> > never heard it?! It'll be good. Costellos @ 8, ok? See you.

Actually the name of the artists formerly known as the trio of 3 is still in debate. Contenders are: the Long Shots, the Four Pounds, The Four Pounders, The Really Big Dictionaries, Only a Garnish, and The O'Neaters (aka the Oneders). And I think we can all agree that "Zartan" is a totally kick-ass name, but is better for a prog-rock band. I can't believe Christmas is next week. I mean I literally can't believe it.

Does anyone else feel, that, like me, they were pretty mature in high school? I went to plays, I read Shakespeare. I bought "The Complete Shakespeare", I bought all sorts of quality hardback works of literature, in the years shortly after high school. I spent a long time with no tv, barely a computer, and definitely no video games. So now, here I am, 27. I'm married, I own a home and 2 dogs. And yet I feel like a kid, in many ways - I eat more ice cream than ever, play more video games than ever, I read magazines, comic essays, and stupid web-sites far more than I read classic of western literature.

Wha' happened? I dunno. I really don't. I could go on, but you get the general idea.

Dang it, there I go again. That was a quote from a Morrissey song. Rather than come up with actual thoughts and ideas of my own, I find it far easier to quote movies and song lyrics, or just be totally sarcastic.

Sincerity is hard work, or so I've been told.

Monday, December 13, 2004

A meeting of the minds: Posh Spice, W, and li'l baby Jesus

I've been waiting all my life for the following to be in a news article:
"He pushed Posh and Becks over. It caused some damage but we don't know how much. The baby Jesus is fine," said a spokeswoman for Madame Tussaud's waxwork museum in London on Monday.

Thank god for CNN dot com, because without them, how else would we find out about such important, relevant news items such as this.

And when is "Spice World 2: The Spicening" coming out? I've been waiting, like, 4 years for that, man.

www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/12/13/beckhams.nativity.reut/index.html

The most ironic part is that George W. Bush is one of the three wise men in that stupid waxy nativity.
HA!

Oh, and today is my 27th birthday. Jealous much?

Saturday, December 11, 2004

My Top 5 All Time Favorite Movies

So, I've made a little change on the right, so it now shows a quote from one of my top 5 movies of all time. Those movies would be, in alphabetized order:

1. Annie Hall
2. The Big Lebowski
3. Kicking and Screaming
4. Manhattan
5. Rushmore

So, can you guess what movie that quote is from? And can you see what all these movies all have in common? They're snarky comedies. Characters and slappy dialogue are of utmost import in all these.

More quotes from all:

It was arousing...violently arousing.

Don't you see the rest of the country looks upon New York like we're left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers? I think of us that way sometimes and I live here.

Of course the car made it home, you're calling me at home. No, Walter, it did NOT look like Larry was about to crack!

Never in my wildest imagination did I ever dream I would have sons like these.

It's brown water! I'm paying seven-hundred dollars a month, I got rats with bongos and a, and a frog and I got brown water here.

M just got here, so I can't really got into what's so amazing about all these. But I will tell you that the writer/director of "Kicking and Screaming" co-wrote the new Wes Anderson movie, with Mr. Anderson.

Currently listening to: Beatles for Sale - which I got on the compy from my bass buddy Ben. I love the early Beatles albums. I listened to them when I was a kid, like 9 years old, and this music honestly takes me back to 4th grade. Am I nostalgic? You bet I'm nostalgic.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

I'm so glad to be alive

Well, there's 2 items you should know about:
1) Dimebag Darrell, from everybody's favorite Christmas band, Pantera, was shot and killed while performing at a concert last night. Those in attendance knew that it was just too much rock in the moshpit. The song that he was shot during began kind of soft and mellow, so the mosh pit did that sort of slow motion head bobbing and slow running thing. As the song got more frenzied, the crowd did too. Pretty soon, people were running into each other for the sake of, er... running into each other. Then slamming into each other, and jumping. The next logical step was to pull out a quickshooter and start going bonkers. The gunman was trying to take it to the next level, and assumed that everybody would have guns and it would be a good old fashioned rock 'n roll shoot out/mosh pit. But the freakin pigs had to show up and shut down the show. See? Here, once again, The Man is keeping down the free-spirited rock 'n roll attitude that has been a tradition since The King (E. Aaron Prezzly) first wiggled his hips on national TV. The Man... The Law... The law! Well, I guess this is it Pee Wee...

Secondly, and more importantly) After 10 glorious, life-changing episodes, the Heather Locklear comeback vehicle "LAX" has been canceled. Only one word and 4 syllables can describe my feeling right now: de-va-sta-ted. I don't know about you, but I first started watching this show because I thought it was going to be about life at a Laxative factory. I was sadly mistaken. It was about life at an airport. You know how when you go to the airport and have to wait for hours, just sitting there, stairing at the wall, or the decades-old carpet? Someone at NBC had the brilliant idea to turn that into an hour long program. After this streamlined decapod of a season of viewing, I can't believe it was cancelled. DAMMIT! Sometimes life just doesn't make any sense. What happened to "Give me your huddled masses"? What the hell has happened to this city? I believe in monsters and things that go bump in the night, Jack. May they rot in hell, along with their attorneys.

I tell you what, this job doesn't get any easier, but I try to make it. Day by day... day by day...

Para una cierta diversión verdadera, temple adentro en la semana próxima para mi lista de los mejores
álbumes yo canciones del mejor año siempre, 2004. ¿cAutorización?

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Thanks-taking (o, el dia de gracias)

Alright, my peeps. I hear what your saying, and I get the impression that you want another blog posting. So here it is. I've been waiting because I've been so freaking busy with the holiday rush at work (which, ironically isn't a "rush" but is rather boring and tedious) and getting ready for the end of the term at school. And I've been pretty busy saving the 'verse via Halo 2. So, things that have interested me lately include: Mark Rothko - simple shapes with emotive colors; Yoshi - the best, yet most expensive, and currently stinkiest (we can't wash him, due to stitches, for 1 more week) dog, ever; the new U2 collector's edition cd/dvd/book - a very nice combo for a really great album; family - had coffee and scones with my parents, brother and Marisa this morning - fun time.
Since today is Thanksgiving Day, I've been asked to bring music to my in-laws for us all to listen to while we eat. I always get asked this for their family get-togethers, and at least half the time, someone in the family HATES what I put in. I mean, HATES, with a capital H! So, today I'm bringing the new Joseph Arthur album, "Our Shadows will Remain" (a really great album), and probably the Simon & Garfunkel "Old Friends" box set. I don't have too many CDs anymore, since I converted everything into iTunes, and sold my CD collection. And maybe just for fun I'll bring the latest Bjork album. That's GUARANTEED to piss off most of the family. I can hear them now... "What the hell is this crap? It sounds like she's not even singing in English!!"
Ha ha! I can't wait. Oh, god bless my inlaws.
After dinner, we'll have coffee and dessert, then some cocktails, then we'll all settle in to watch "White Christmas", a very fine movie which I had never seen until I started dating Marisa and we had our first Thanksgiving together. Her family is bound by tradition to watch "White Christmas" every Thanksgiving Day. Or at least start the movie, then about an hour into it, one sister will be Instant Messaging someone, and the other will be knitting and reading a magazine, grampa (or Abe Simpson, as we call him - he's a dead ringer!) will be asleep, and my mother inlaw will be about halfway through washing the dishes. It's a really great time, honestly.
Well, I'm getting hungry now. So be sure to check out feaverish.com for the latest trends in internet website fashions.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Can I borrow a feeling?

Well, holy crap. Time goes on by. Time is like a string of pearls, you see the future just hanging there. I'm sure all of you have the new U2 album, which is totally great, after 20 listens. But do you have the new/unreleased track "Mercy"? It's really really great and clocks in at a whopping 6.5 minutes. It's good though. Go to the forums at interference.com to find it.
El dia de gracias is fast approaching. What are you thankful for?
Who me?
Yeah.
I don't know. Music? Jonny taking a drum part I recorded and using it on a song he wrote and posting it online at http://www.nowhereradio.com/artists/album.php?aid=4147&alid=-1

What am I not thankful for? Working on a Saturday; it's, like, the worst idea ever. EVER!! Who really wants to hear Christmas music while on hold anyway?

What do I want for Christmas? Well, I know it doesn't sound too cynical or jaded, and not to sound like a hippy, but all I want is love and peace on earth. Seriously.
Material things are fine, but transient. Everything that you can grab or buy or see can break, tarnish, rot or burn, and will eventually turn into dust. So forget about getting things. Who needs things? We all do. But most things that we have, we have because we want them, not because we need them.
So think about that, you damn dirty apes.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

You have been sentenced to 4 more years

Well, I can only assume that God is mad at our country by putting us through another 4 years of the retardation of the nation. That's what we get for being bad I guess. Too much Ashlee Simpson and Linkin Park on the airwaves. Now, my dear countrymen, stop being so stupid.
Take this friggin idiot in my Spanish class. She arrives at class most days, at 9:30am, munching on handfuls of sugar cereal like Lucky Charms or Trix, whilst drinking a liter of Coke or Cherry Coke. The teacher had this guy tell us how to convert their PC computers in order to type the correct spanish ácceñts. Apparently, there's a whole lot involved in doing this when you have one of "those" computers. Poor non-Mac users. Anyway, after this was explained, this dummy girl says, "You mean, in Spain, every time they turn on their computers, they have to do all this?". Everybody was kind of stunned for a second, then tried to explain to her that most non-idiots already know that, indeed, since Spain is on a different continent and they speak a different language, they might have different keyboards. Now, I'm not one to throw around phrases like "dumb blonde", but dang if this girl's elevator doesn't even come close to the top floor. I'm guessing she voted for Bush.

Currently listening to: Sails Wave Goodbye - Peter Murphy - from the album Cascade. Pretty good song, I'm looking forward to his next "pop" album.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Art Study Version 2.0

Well well. It seems another friggin week has passed. WTF, mate? How is it that I'm already halfway through the term? I've got a midterm today and next week. I'm like, "Hey, wha' happen'd?" So last night and this morning, I've been cramming my brain full of historical art facts from my 1200 page Art History book. Did you know that Van Gogh was important not only for his use of color, but also because of his distinctive brushstroke? Now we both know. You know, it's been said, "I don't know much about art.", but I say, "Everything I needed to know about art history, I don't think I've learned yet". Between school, lots of work back at the office and the World Series, and the speakeasy tonight, I haven't had too much ME time. It's time I get back in touch with an old friend - myself. Ha! Just kidding. I don't want to get to know me at all. Oh and forget what I said about the speakeasy. The first rule of the speakeasy is "there is no speakeasy."

Anyway, thanks for all the band name suggestions, they've all been submitted to the committee, so expect about 9 months of debates, before the band decides to keep the name as it is already.

Currently listening to: "I Believe in You" by Kylie & the Scissor Sisters. This is a really really terrific disco/dance song. I can't get enough of it. I've listened to it on repeat for several times in a row now. I got it over at newfluxblog, I believe. This song always gets booties out to the dance floor, believe me. If you've not heard the Scissor Sisters, well, first get out of that cave you've been living in, then find a friend who has the album that you can copy it from, you'll like it. They do a really terrific cover of Comfortably Numb, in like a disco style. It's very nice.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Groove is in the heart

So, I "sat in" (played drums) for one set with Jamin (upright bass), Luke (electric guitar) and McLane (sax and floot) (aka The Trio of 3) at Costello's (over on about 23rd and NE Broadway) last night. It was pretty fun. 99% original instrumental light swing/loungey/bossanova/cocktail music. Everybody loved it, and so it looks like I'll probably be playing with them more. The one cover we did was Watermelon Man, which goes like "ba ba ba, pa da da do do dada, ba ba ba da da da do do da" etc. The thing is, everybody hates the band name "The Trio of 3". Especially me. So, if anybody has ideas for the new band(which will be 4 of us)'s name, please suggest here, by posting a comment.
Also, when I first parked and was unloading my drums, I'm pretty sure there was a drive-by shooting about a block away. Gunshots + speeding cars = drive-by, right?

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Yeah, I see fish...

Hola, coma testas? Had my Spanish class today, and for the first time I understood at least half of what the teacher was saying. Probably thanks to the 2 weeks worth of homework that I caught up on, on Sunday. The Stanfills came with Marisa and I up the gorge, to the fish hatchery on Sunday, which was totally rad. In the "spawning room" (aka killing floor/death room) they have a Coke machine, and a candy dispenser, and I thought it would be a really great idea for them to have a fish dispenser. Or at least a canned tuna dispenser. Maybe even canned salmon. Anyway, Marisa and I go up there every October, it was one of our first "dates", even though Feaver was with us on our first time there. It's a good cheep date. And there's a gift store where you can get chocolate-covered fish, and fish-covered chocolates.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/clipserve/B00000299I001003/1/104-0981249-5213523

Currently listening to: City of Blinding Lights (live) - U2 - from a bootleg recording at a BBC TV show last week. It's a really great song, reminiscent of Where the Streets have no Name and The Unforgettable Fire. Go to the forum at Interference.com to find a place to download this song.

Friday, October 15, 2004

That young witch on the WB.

Well, today it looks like I'm playing a last minute gig with Jaycob Van Auken for a democratic rally at the PSU park blocks. The guest speaker is supposed to be Alyssa Milano, of "Who's the Boss?" fame. She was also once married to the singer of Remy Zero. She was also in "Commando" starring Arnold Schwarzennbacher, now the Republic guv of Calliflower. Should be a fun time. Everybody get there at 2:00.
Vote, democrat.

Monday, October 11, 2004

The Art of Public Music

You should be able to hear my "band" (Jonny and I) on this internet radio station:
http://www.nowhereradio.com/lmixr
Although, last time I checked it was temporarily down. Give it a whirl though.
The tracklist for the latest mix cd I made is this:

Shake That Ass On The Dance Floor - Vicious Vicious Blood & Clover
Stoned Love - The Supremes Hitsville USA, The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 (Disc 4)
The Judgment - Solomon Burke Don't Give up on me
This Is to Mother You - Sinéad O'Connor Gospel Oak
Return To Oz - Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters
Return - OK GO OK GO
The Model - Belle & Sebastian Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant
After the Fall - Elvis Costello Mighty like a Rose
Cascade - Peter Murphy Cascade
A It Miek (Original Version) - Desmond Dekker Anthology 1963 To 1999
Evil - Interpol Antics
Fog - Radiohead Knives Out (single)
Hard To Handle - Carl Dawkins The Upsetter + 8
Air on a G String - Walter Carlos Bach-Carlos: Switched-On Bach 2000
A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Willie Nelson Always On My Mind
Shine - Worm Is Green Automagic
Jesus - The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground
I've Lived On A Dirt Road All My Life - Manitoba Up In Flames
(I'm A) Roadrunner - Jr. Walker & The All Stars Hitsville U.S.A., The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971
Rockin' Chair - Hoagy Carmichael Hoagy Carmichael And Friends: Stardust Melodies
Deep Purple - April Stevens & Nino Tempo Atlantic Hit 45's '58-'77
Vega-Tables - Brian Wilson SMiLE

Hope you can make head and tails out of this.
God bless the iPod.

Have I mentioned that of the 25 kids in my drawing class, I'm a top contended for "worst drawer in class"? Its true. But I don't let it get me down.

And most importantly, RIP Christopher Reeve. You truly were a super man.
Everybody go rent "Noises off" starring 2 now dead actors, Christopher Reeve and that guy from 3s Company. And it has Michael Caine, so you know it rocks, in a respectable way.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Only the young die good

Aye Carumba! It's been a while, and yes, I'm sorry. I'm fairly busy with school work, and with recording. That's right, recording. My church (The Helix - Sundays @ 11am @ The Bagdad Theater) is recording a cd of original "worship" songs. I put the word worship in quotes because the music we play will never be confused with songs like "Shout to the Lord" or "Step by Step" or "The Lord told Noah to build him an arky arky". We make essentially modern rock music in the vein of U2, The Cure, The Pixies, and (I like to think) old Radiohead. And if you come to our meeting on Sunday am, you should probably bring earplugs, because the stuff gets loud. Ok, so my point was, we're doing an album of songs and I spent the majority of the past 2 days at Jonny's house recording the drum traxx. We did 17 songs, in 2 days. That's a helluva lot of songs in a short time, and I have to admit, I'm pretty pleased with how I played and how the drums sound in Jonny's living room. And thank god for the computer, for those oh-so-few moments when I added a bit too much flavor to a song, or decided to play the chorus instead of the verse (an artistic decision, not a mistake, I swear!), the ol' compy can just copy and paste away anything deemed "a departure from the correct time signature and tempo".

I played in Lapine last weekend with my friend Jeremy Thom and his worship band. Very fun, kind of a culture shock. Downtown Lapine, if you would even call it that, is basically a bowling alley, a pizzeria, a hotel, and a gas station. The temperature varies from 82 in the afternoon, to 22 in the night. We stayed with some very friendly smalltown folks. Chrissy was in charge of the house Marisa and I slept at. Her parents were out of town, but she was a fine hostess anyway. She provided lots of popcorn, and a pretty decent Sandler/Barrymore movie called "50 first dates". Kind of like Memento meets Jackass meets E.T.

Currently listening to: Coast to Coast - Elliott Smith, from his forthcoming "From a basement on the hill" cd. Teresa picked up this cd on her recent jaunt to NY, at Bleecker St. records. This is a great opening song from a great posthumous album. I wish he was still alive. Not to be a downer, but I was pretty sad when he died. Someone once said "Only the good die young." Someone else said "Only the young die good". Get this album though, it's totally great.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Why I'm trying to avoid federal prison...

Well, I started school on Monday. Tri-met was fine on Monday, about a 40 minute ride. Thank the maker for the iPod. And thanks so much to Interpol and The French Kicks. Their latest albums (Antics, and The Trial of the Century, respectively) are totally boss. So, yesterday and today, I rode my brother's super duper 18 speed bike, which was very nice of him, however, his helmet is a tad too small for me, but I wear it anyway. Also, getting my drawing board for my drawing class was a major pain in the butt, literally. And by literally, I mean figuratively. Luckily, they issue lockers to art students like me. Wow, I'm an art student. I actually do have to get a pass to the Portland Art Museum (PAM). The ride to school is downhill almost all the way there, therefore uphill most of the way back. Thank you very much, Mt. Tabor. But, the long ride to school on this bike has worn me out a bit. My muscles are sore, and my butt feels like I don't know what... I mean, I thought my butt was sore yesterday, but after doing the ride again, today's butt is much more sore. Yeah, I'm definitely taking Tri-Met tomorrow. To sum up, my butt is very sore from riding on a seat which seems to be about an inch wide and made from solid brick.

So I'm taking, Basic Drawing, Art History 206, and Espanol. It looks like I'll have plenty of homework this term. The Spanish class is an immersion class, so the teacher speaks in Spanish for 90% of the class time, which is rather annoying. I'm in the USA. I speak English. Most other countries have people that speak English. The countries in Europe that I hope to visit aren't Spanish speaking. Why am I taking this class then, then? Well, I took it for 2 years in high school, so I remember some bits and pieces; also, every other language class was full. Literally. Well, except for Russian, but come on, Russian? You know what I'm saying.

Currently listening to: Wonderful - Brian Wilson, from SMiLE (2004). Yup, this is from the new album, begun in 1966, and finally finished and released yesterday. It sounds fantastic. I've gotten 3 songs from it thus far. Totally great. Much better than the currently available bootlegs, and the regrettable "Smiley Smile". This is really great music, that was the intended follow-up/one-up to Pet Sounds. It doesn't sounded dated, or have bad 80s over-production (like his previous solo work) Everybody go buy it now, or borrow it from friends.

Friday, September 24, 2004

School's Out Forever!

No, wait that title should be "Work's out, however school is very much in, forever." It feels like the last day of school today, because it is my last day of full-time work, at least for a while. I start back at PSU on Monday. My plan for the weekend: drink after work with my work buddies; drink at Jonny's art gallery/party tonight; band practice and church practice Saturday; play me some Star Wars Battlefronts finally on Saturday; then on Sunday get ready for school. And by getting ready for school, I really mean: buy some horn rim glasses, grow some facial hair, like a pencil thin mustache, or a soul-patch. I've already got a bike messenger bag, so I think that's the full checklist. Then I need to learn all the good college rock bands. Is Hootie still popular? Oh, wait, I might need some books too, or something. I think that kind of stuff will work itself out.
My favorite website today:
http://bonikastjames.blogspot.com/2004/09/vote.html

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Vertigo!

Ok, so the new U2 song, Vertigo, is being played on radio stations around the world, but not in the U.S. That's ok, because it's easy enough to get an mp3 of it thanks to sites like www.interference.com. Or get it directly, here: http://g0rman.com/u2/
It's a recording from a radio station. I'm listening to it now. The song itself, it's pretty good. just guitar, bass and drums. Pretty rockin, pretty short - just 2 verses, a bridge or 2, an Edge solo and 3 choruses. Clocks in at just over 3 minutes, which would make it the shortest U2 song in 2 decades, I think. Good hook. Better than the lead single from the last album, Beautiful Day which was like rock, but with less calories. Hmm, no drum machines, or orchestrations, or keyboard trumpets. He's singing about rock and roll, kids that can't dance, and Jesus being around someone's neck. Overall, on first listen, it's very good.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Rex Kwan Do

All right, the dvds of Star Wars look great. There's more color and detail than I've ever noticed. No deleted scenes though. If you want to see how it was really supposed to be, then go to these websites:
http://www.starwarscutscenes.com/
http://www.starwarz.com/tbone/cut_scenes/ep4/
You'll find photos, dialogue from the original script, and even some video footage of cut scenes, too.

And by the way, you just have to copy and paste these links into your address bar. I'm just too un-savvy when it comes to internet dealings to make actual "links" that you can just click on. Sorry, but not really.

So, apparently, Elvis Costello did some composing for the movie E.T. But he used a pseudonym. "What's a pseudonym?" you might be asking yourself, to which I answer "Get a dictionary and stop asking me all your stupid questions". "Ok, but what pseudonym did he use?". I'll tell you what, it was Napoleon Dynamite.

Currently listening to: My Old Man - the Walkmen, from the album Bows & Arrows. Really terrific rock band from the east coast. Someone described lead singer Hamilton Leithauser's voice as Bono in a cement mixer, which isn't entirely accurate, but the U2 comparison is fair enough. More like 1982 U2, but with spooky keyboards, and a little more screaming. Marisa and I saw them at Berbati's about a month or so ago, and they were totally deck. Ha. Deck. Look it up: http://www.hipsterhandbook.com/glossary.html

Monday, September 20, 2004

Always in motion the future is.

I saw this headline on the NME website today:
Thom Yorke in 'Star Wars' rant
The Radiohead frontman urges fans to join him in the battle against George Lucas...

So, I clicked on the link, expecting to find that the Idioteque singer was upset about the latest changes to the dvds of the classic trilogy. Turns out, the rant wasn't about Greedo shooting first, Lee-uh vs. Lay-uh pronunciation, or digital Jabba version 2.0. It was some sort of political story! The front page headline actually read George Bush, not Lucas. Sigh.

http://www.nme.com/news/109936.htm

I'm a sucker, like most people are, so I'm buying the dvds tomorrow. And I'm sure in 2007, GL will release the Ultra Special Special Editions, for the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, but they'll be on the "next" format, like blue lazer dvds, or video cubes, or robot maids with tv screens on their bellys, and we just tell them what movie we want to see, and their super-robot brains will download them instantaneously off the wireless internet network that is all around us. You see 2007, that's when we can really say that the internet is an energy field created by all living things, it surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together. Ah, the future! We are all interested in the future – for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives… and remember, my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future!

Currently listening to: The Art Teacher - Rufus Wainwright, from the "Waiting for a Want" ep. This ep is exclusive to iTunes. So go download it now. Or talk to me and I'll burn you a copy. This is my favorite song from this fabulous foursome of songs. Rufus is a wonderfully talented singer/pianist/songwriter; and if you're not familiar with his music, then I feel genuinely sorry for you. I think of him as being a songwriter in the Cole Porter/George Gershwin tradition. Very classic, "standard" type torch songs. Witty lyrics meet really beautiful, dramatic music. I can listen to his songs over and over and still find them refreshing and new on each listen. If you don't have "Want One", do yourself a favor and go get it.

Heartache or Heartburn?

So there's a really hysterical movie called "The Ref" which has Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey (before he was made to look ridiculous by starring in "Pay it Forward" and "K-Pax") and recent Emmy loser Judy Davis. The point is, Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey play a married couple (Caroline and Lloyd) who argue incessantly, and are having some sort of crisis in their relationship. One of the many great lines of dialogue goes like this:
Caroline : How can we both be in the marriage and I'm miserable and you're content?
Lloyd : Luck?
Which brings me to my point. Last Friday, I had lunch with a couple friends at a really terrific Mexican place. It was great as usual. Later in the afternoon, I got an email from one of these friends which said, basically, "(the person we ate with) got super sick after eating lunch today. She spent the last hour or so in the can and then her boss just took her home." So then, the question she might me ask is, "How can we have eaten at the same place, and I've got explosive diarrhea and you're a shining example of masculine health?". My answer, of course, is "Luck."

There's a funny "short" educational film on how to be emo. And by short I mean 21 minutes. And by funny I mean ha-ha funny, not queer funny. Although this film does talk about that subject too, a little. I think it's making fun of (paying homage to?) some that bands I like (Sunny Day Real Estate, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes), and the clothes I wear (Converse All Stars, hoodies, pants). This is one of those things that's funny and sort ironic, and really crosses the line to where it's so cynical that you can't tell if their being sarcastic or not. Because in order to poke fun at the things they do, the film-makers would have to be pretty familiar and/or immersed in the emo world. There's also a link to an interview with the director/writer. Anyway here's a link, click on the button on the left that says "How to be emo":
http://www.somethingdirectory.com/
There's also a link to an interview with the director/writer.
Currently listening to: Laughing - REM, from Murmur. Back before the Best Of CD, and the additional band members, keyboards, drum machines, mandolins, and self-confidence, REM was a pretty good band. When I hear this album, all I can think of is a young Michael Stipe playing at house parties in Georgia, and makes me reminisce of times I never had when they actually happened.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Mom and dad, send money. By the way, I'm goofy.

So, after writing about it 2 days in a row, I watched Donnie Darko again last night. I'm still not sure what it's "about". But I'll tell you some good words, phrases, and themes from the film: funny, mysterious, creepy, dark, disturbing, kick-ass soundtrack, family life, school life, teenage years, time-travel, therapy, the 80's, Sparkle Motion. There. That mostly covers it. If you're thinking about watching it with the actor's commentary, prepare to hate Drew Barrymore. That woman can talk! Good lord, does that woman talk. Which reminds me of my favorite line from a certain Eddie Murphy movie: "Women be shoppin!... Women be shoppin'!" Oh man, that was good.

Remember that Disney worker that was accused of fondling a kid, while he was dressed like Tigger? Now he's starting fights, and he's goofy. Literally. What a surprise that he's British, eh? Read on: http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/09/16/disney.molest.ap/index.html

Currently listening to: "Ana" by Pixies from the album Bossanova. I'm sure everyone knows that the Viscount Ballroom is now called Bossanova. No? Well it is. And bossanova means "new beat". So check it out.

RIP Johnny Ramone
From Billboard.com: Johnny Ramone, a founding member of pioneering punk act the Ramones, died yesterday afternoon (Sept. 15) at his home in Los Angeles. He was 55 and had been suffering from prostate cancer for some time. The guitarist was born John Cummings in New York on Oct. 8, 1948.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Cellar Door

First off, that Donnie Darko scene goes like this:
Donnie : Ling Ling finds a wallet on the ground filled with money. She takes the wallet to the address on the driver's license but keeps the money inside the wallet. I'm sorry Mrs. Farmer. I don't get this. Life isn't that simple. I mean who cares if Ling Ling returns the wallet and keeps the money? It has nothing to do with either fear or love.
Kitty Farmer : Fear and love are the deepest of human emotions.
Donnie : Okay. But you're not listening to me. There are other things that need to be taken into account here. Like the whole spectrum of human emotion. You can't just lump everything into these two categories and then just deny everything else!

Take that, Bono!

Moving on, any true LOTR geek knows that Peter Jackson is now making King Kong. So, you geeks might want to wander on over to www.kongisking.net to watch some production diary making-of videos of this new epic adventure.

Currently listening to: Fool in the Photograph - Sunny Day Real Estate. I'm reminded of their former glory, and how much their music used to excite me. Now it's just Sic Transit Gloria. Have you heard Sunny Day's new incarnation, the Fire Theft? Ugh. No thanks.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

All you need is love and a flashlight.

According to www.atu2.com, Michael W. Smith told a concert crowd last month about a recent conversation he had with Bono. As Smith tells the story, Bono asked if he (Smith) knew how to dismantle an atomic bomb. Smith said "no," and Bono answered his own question: "Love. With love."

Q: How to dismantle an atomic bomb?
A: With love.

I say: Get a job, sir.

I guess in the eternal, global sense, I agree, but on a practical level it's just, um, not practical. I know that all you need is love, and love your neighbor, etc., but that's like: how do i pay rent when I don't have the money? "With love." How do I get a bachelor's degree in art history? "With love." How do I make you shut the hell up? "With love." It's too simplistic. There's a lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what-have-yous. Nothing is as simple as "with love". It's like that scene in Donnie Darko, when the teacher makes the class choose the correct response to the hypothetical situation. There's not just one easy answer. So, how to dismantle an atomic bomb? With love, a manual, a flashlight, and preferably, some practice.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Where is my mind?

Finally a new post. Well, I'm on Theraflu, so I have an excuse for forgetting my username and/or password. I'm sick, you see. Inquiring minds wanted to know, so here's a link: www.milkandcookies.com. They have some funny videos and more whatnot. Also, be sure to check out the newly revised www.stereocrush.com. Erik did a really bang-up job giving the site a facelift. Oh, and the new U2 album is called How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. I like this title. 2 months till it comes out though. The new single Vertigo will be out in a couple weeks. Their last album was a big let down. What say you?

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Fresh, Hot Muffins!

Ok, I finally fixed it so that anyone can post comments. Sorry for not doing that earlier.

Currently listening to: Broadway - The Clash

Washington Vice

I don't want to believe that our vice president said this, but he did:
"It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice," Mr. Cheney told a crowd of 350 people in Des Moines, "because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States."
That's basically blaming people like you and I for whatever terrorist attacks might happen if John Kerry wins. That's asinine and insulting. Read the full article here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/08/politics/campaign/08bush.html?th

Currently listening to: The New - Interpol

What makes a man?

I'm not sure entirely, but the purpose of my blog is I guess just to exercise my writing/humor/venting/time-wasting muscles. I didn't really think about it when I set it up. It was really about a 3 minute process to put it in place. I found the blogspot by going to places like this: http://www.qtdiary.blogspot.com/ (apparantly Quentin Tarantino's blog) and www.theplug.net (not a blog, but a pretty funny, simple little website) and http://newflux.blogspot.com (a blog which features mp3s for download, plus links to lots of other blogs) and: www.TTIKTDA.info and www.dooce.com is sort of funny, but a really great and personal look into the life of a woman in Utah).

On a random note, I always avoid the Laurelwood "pub" or whatever they call it. It's like a Gap version of a bar, crossed with McDonalds, so don't go there.

Currently listening to:
Summer turns to high (her space holiday remix) - REM


Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Labor Dabor

Friday: Don't Really Remember.
Saturday: Cleaned house, then practice the drummy things for 3 hours; then saw Harry Potter 3: The Prisoner of Boring Crap, with my brother.
Sunday: Rock and roll at church, then starred a music video/short film with Erik.
Monday: Finished music video with Erik, then coffee with mom, then A-ron, then BYOBOBBQ with Jonny and friends.
Tuesday: Went to work, gave notice, since I'll be going to PSU in the fall (meaning 2 1/2 weeks).
Today: Found a "new" Brian Wilson song from the forthcoming Smile 2004 album. If you don't know the legend of the Beach Boys ill-fated Smile album, look it up.
Like here: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dllp=amg&sql=10:4q77gjtr26ix~T1

You can find the new mp3 for Child is Father of the Man here: http://teachingtheindiekidstodanceagain.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 03, 2004

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Marketing

This is the confirmed script thus far. It seems a little short, but I'm sure George Lucas will come up with some filler dialogue, a la "It's rough and coarse, and gets everywhere":

Padme: "It's not all about you, Anakin."
Obi-Wan: "Now let's get a move on, we have a battle to win."

Commander Cody: "Yes Sir!"

Anakin: "I don't fear...."

"I've got a bad feeling about this."

"No......"


Looks like a sure winner.

I also should point out that I'm changing my political affiliation to Independent. If anybody wants to join me in tearing up your registered republican card, please do so. Even send me pictures. Now, if only I knew how to post pictures.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

50 Cent is a wanker

This was my favorite headline to type this week. According to NME, the rapper was booed off stage and had water bottles thrown at him, while the crowd chanted (everybody together!!) "50 cent is a wanker".
http://www.nme.com/news/109703.htm
I love it.
Currently listening to The Beatles "Let it Be... Naked" on the 'Pod. I wonder if those ellipses in the title are completely necessary.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

What's going on?

Well, this seems to be a blog for me. Things are going weird right now: http://strangeplaces.net/weirdthings/

See what I mean. This is really sort of bland. Hopefully the suckfest will end soon.