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Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Imagine the blackest of pitch black darkness. Then take away anything that shines or reflects in that blackness; there are no stars, no shadows, just the absolute absence of any light or color. Now, cover your eyes in duct tape, put on a blind fold, then put on sunglasses. Now put on a ski mask, backwards. Now try to perform some skilled labor on faulty equipment, in front of an audience with their arms crossed who aren't aware of the darkness you're in.

When you've done all this, then you'll have a good feeling for what it was like for me last night performing at Dunes. I can't speak for the rest of the band, but it was definitely the darkest venue I've ever played in.

But the crowd was nice and appreciative, and we made our way through the darkness, and even played 2(!) new songs. Well, 1 new song - untitled instrumental - and 1 cover - The Cure's Lovesong, which was what we in the music biz call "completely unrehearsed".

When we were done, Neighborhood DJ played MIA near the beginning of his set that closed the night. We talked with our friends, our friends talked with each other, and I spent a few hours trying to recover from night blindness.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Thought for the day

I like to think it's just a matter of time until there is a celebrity named Jamin. And that way, when people ask what my brother's name is, he won't have to correct them:
"What is it? James? Jamie? Benjamin?"
"No, not Jamie, not Jammin'. It's Jamin. Like Jaymen."
"Oh, like the famous tennis player turned astronaut?"
"Exactly like that."

See what I mean? So, all you talented and lucky people named Jamin, start doing something that'll make you famous, and save my brother some time.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Searching for Sublime Music (and not the crappy band)

In one of my classes at University, we're talking about "The Sublime" and what that means. For the longest time, I've always associated "sublime" with that terrible, terrible jock band from Cali. But it turns out that there's actually something more to it. I actually learned something at college, imagine that.

Here's some of what wikipedia says:

Sublime - Pleasure from perceiving objects that threaten to hurt or destroy observer. Pleasure from beholding very violent, destructive objects. Pleasure from knowledge of observer's nothingness and oneness with Nature.

The imagination is awed and instilled with a degree of horror by what is "dark, uncertain, and confused." While the relationship of the sublime and the beautiful is one of mutual exclusiveness, either one can produce pleasure.

So something beautiful isn't sublime and vice versa. The prof gave a few examples of sublime works of art:
Oedipus Rex
Beethoven's 5th Symphony
A Day in the Life - The Beatles
100 Years of Solitude - by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

These are overwhelming works about dark subjects; they are a pleasure to experience, but calling them "beautiful" doesn't convey their essence properly. I've been taught that a sublime thing also overwhelms our sense of reason, and we can't quite get our heads around it, so we keep going back to it.

So, all this is to say that I want to make a mix cd of sublime music, and I'm looking for suggestions. The qualities I'm looking for in these sublime songs are:
1. Dark/tragic subject matter (if there are lyrics)
2. Interesting/Overwhelming/Threatening/Enigmatic, musically
3. Preferably not a song that gets commercial radio play

My list so far:
1. A Day in the Life - Beatles
2. Paranoid Android or Kid A - Radiohead

That is all for now. I hope this makes sense to you and to me.
Now, let's get sublime!

Friday, February 10, 2006


This just in:
I invented something. At least I'm taking credit for it. It's the use of pig butts on the internet. Most net savvy folk will recognize this :) as a smiley face, or this ;) as a wink or even :P as a tongue sticking out. I wanted something quick like that to express my feelings even better; so I did.
The pig's butt!
Here's an example of usage in conversation:
F: I just distrust artists who think the world stopped with some Old Master. Those guys are like Thomas Kincaid.
me: Kincaid is a genius! Without him we wouldn't have Family Circus!
F: Whatever he is he paints like the art world just stood still at naturalism or realism or whatever.
me: I fully agree. He is a pig's butt. Q

Or like this:

F: You're the only person I've ever know to use Q to mean a pig's butt.
me: I'm a trend setter! I invented it.
F: Yeah, you're definately a trend setter.
me: You're definitely a terrible speller. ZING!

So there you go, folks. A new entry in the world of internet short-hand.
With that, I bid you farewell.

I've got IBS!

I'm going to name a condition. I'll call it: irritable buddy syndrome.

So when you have drunk friends at a party, or loud roommates, it'll give you an excuse to be rude to them.

Like, "Hey get the fudge out of here, you raving jerkwads! I'm doing homework!... Sorry for lashing out, it must be my IBS".

Monday, February 06, 2006

10,715 Hits!

A few questions:
1. Whatever happened to the angel of death from the Old Testament? Did he find a new job to fill after God got tired of genocide?
2. Do people still create new musical instruments? If so, who? And do they think that these instruments will be used 100 years from now?

Moving on, I just wanted to give a shout-out to all the blokes and birds that helped me get to this amazingly high number of hits. Those are the people that found me by searching for:

show do u2
انظر الصورة بحجمها الكامل.
lyrics "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore."
really bad gas
how can i speak good english
Bekijk de afbeelding op ware grootte.
Teljes méretű kép megtekintése.
midnight ice cream yoshi
sorce of life energy shake
Bild in Originalgrösse anzeigen.
"ha ha funny" or "queer funny"
mosh pit + shakespeare

And that's a pretty accurate summary of my blog up to this point.

This and that and meme

Another Monday. We had a new co-worker here at the office; he started this morning at 8:00 and quit by 8:20. That's a new record, as far as I know. The last new employee lasted 1 week. It's not a tough job; just terrible.

Willis is working on the [former band name] music video; I'm hoping it turns out something like this.

Headline of the day: King remembered as 'the queen'

In other news, I've been tagged for a meme from good ol' Feav. Here goes:

Four Jobs I’ve Had
1. Christian Merchandise Monger
2. Camera Repair Shop Office Monkey
3. Camp Counselor
4. Message On Hold Script Writer

Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over
1. The Big Lebowski
2. Annie Hall
3. Manhattan
4. The Empire Strikes Back

Four Places I Have Lived
1. Hawthorne District (Portland)
2. Renton, Washington
3. Multnomah Village (Portland)
4. Montavilla (Portland)

Four TV Shows I Love to Watch
1. Arrested Development
2. The Office (both BBC & US versions)
3. Family Guy
4. Curb Your Enthusiasm

Four Places I’ve Been on Vacation
1. Disneyland (4 times)
2. Chicago
3. The Oregon Coast
4. that's all. I've never really taken vacations. kind of sad, really.

Four of my Favorite Dishes
1. Pad Kee Mao - vegetarian, medium spicy
2. Flying Pie Pizza
3. Ham & Eggs with toast and coffee
4. Waffles

Four Websites I Visit Daily
1. Pitchfork
2. Stereogum
3. The Hype Machine
4. Chud

Four Places I Would Rather Be
1. Home
2. Paris
3. Toronto
4. Berlin

Four People I’m Tagging
1. Emtotheizo
2. Lavalier
3. Kazugoogoo
4. BethinPortland

Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Best Email of All Time. EVER!

I received this email at work today:


Thank You,


Needless to say, not only do I think our clients aren't MENSA members; they'd probably dispute the existence of such an organization.