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Friday, May 19, 2006

This is the business we chose.

my office smells like pee, again
as usual
and cigarettes

Also, on Monday night, it was hot and sticky and I couldn't sleep but when I did, I dreamt of Beethoven working on Pet Sounds with Brian Wilson, and editing the reels of tape down to the classic sound that we're all now so familiar with. It was great and I was able to listen to the album in my sleep, as it's ingrained in my subconscious. So when I was online on Tuesday, you'll never guess what I read on a music site that I visited. So I'll tell you: "40 years ago today, The Beach Boys released Pet Sounds". Isn't that incredible? Did I already know that, in the depths of my mind, or what? It's a great album and if you haven't heard it, you are missing out on one of the best things since the invention of sound.

If you have heard it and don't love it, then all I can say is, "Now you listen to me, you smooth talking son-of-a-bitch. Let me lay it on the line for you and your boss, whoever he is. What do you think is going on here? You think you can come to my hotel and take over? Sonofabitch! Do you know who I am? What's the matter with you? Is this how you turned out? Hah? What do you think this is the Army, where you shoot 'em a mile away? I don't apologize - to take care of my family, and I refused to be a fool. I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart! There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."

Friday, May 12, 2006

If you have any love in your heart for Portland music...

There's an annual music festival here in Portland, called PDX Pop Now! Festival, to be held this year July 28-30 at The Loveland. The bands who play are voted upon by the little people, like you and me. There's also a compilation cd that goes along with the festival, and the cd and fest have gotten respect from Pitchfork, Tiny Mix Tapes, and other respected press types. So, please, vote now for your favorite Portland artists, whom you want to play at the PDX Pop Now festival, including but not limited to [former band name] here: click me.

You can vote for as many different bands as you want, as long as they're from Portland, or the nearby hamlets. Spread the word.

Monday, May 08, 2006

10 Random Songs

For lack of time & effort needed to make a real blog post, here are the first 10 songs that showed up in a shuffle:
1. "Seven" by James, from "Seven". Ok, good, not embarrassing, just kind of an oldie.
2. "Car Radio" by Spoon, from "A Series of Sneaks". Nice! I like it. 5 stars. Did you this guy lives in Portland now? I saw him at a bar. This is going well.
3. "Mute Witness" by Morrissey from "Kill Uncle". Oh crap. The worst song from the worst album. Next!
4. Ok, there's no way that I'm the only guy in a band that wants to hear what he sounds like live, am I? These live recordings that we sometimes get, I usually just listen through once to make sure it sounds alright.
5. "It's in our hands (live)" by Bjork from "Vespertine Live" Back on track with Bjork. You know, I got several live albums from her on, and after listening to it, I really prefer the studio recordings. She's great, either way.
6. "Better than Most" by AC Newman from "The Slow Wonder" I don't even know what to say about this; I haven't listened to it much. He's good, but I prefer him with The New Pornographers.
7. "Suite Bergamasque I Prelude" by Claude Debussy from "Claude Debussy". Debussy is great and puts me in a great, peaceful, reflective mood. I used to listen to this cd a lot in high school, while doing homework.
8. "Skit #1" by Kanye West from "Late Registration". I don't think I've listened to this track all the way through, ever. And I won't start today.
9. "Drug Ballad" by Eminem from "The Marshall Mathers LP". Holy crap, how did this get on my ipod? I think this was on a mix for a party once. ...Eh with a capital "..."
10. "How Great is our God" by Chris Tomlin from "Arriving" Ah, christian rock. I don't really listen to much of this genre. I learned this to play with my longtime friend Jeremy Thom. If you are a theist, then you'd agree that God is great, yes? I mean if He's got the whole world in his hands, then he must be pretty big. And have gigantic fingernails. And have hangnails the size of Rhode Island.