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I put up some songs that I'm enjoying today on Pownce.

A song by Loudon Wainwright III and another by Nickel Creek. Check 'em out.

I also suddenly have 27 invites for Pownce, so iff'n you want one, send me an email in whatever fashion you deem necessary. (you can email me off my profile page)

Today's blow by blow summary :
-Woke up around 7 thinking it was a work day. Mainly because I think Maximus the looove cat thought it was time for me to get up. I thumbed my nose at him. Okay, well, I snuggled him, and then slept for another hour.
-Made coffee
-Practiced drums
-Attended drum lesson
-fixed a few fence boards in my yard.
-Poised weedy areas where I don't want vegetation to grow. I'm trying the Round Up 4 month poison. We'll see how it works.

Next stop, the local library.

The Shins!

Aug. 15th, 2007 03:38 pm
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Are going to be playing at Berkeley's Greet Theatre.

October 5th.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

Yeah. I'm so there.

Who is with me?

Bonnaroo

Jun. 15th, 2007 11:15 am
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You know, there are way too many supercool music festivals that occur far far away from me. There's the Download Festival in Donnington, UK, there's the Austin City Limits festival. And then there's Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee.

Bonnaroo is happening right now. It apparently coincides with Hypericon, a speculative fiction con that I know [livejournal.com profile] scarcrest, [livejournal.com profile] reannon, and [livejournal.com profile] ariedana are attending right now. And it's right down the road from them.

You my adorable con-freak friends, are down the road from one hell of a music festival, and I can't even live vicariously through you.

Balls to that, I say. BALLS.

Look at this lineup:
The PoliceTool • Widespread Panic • The White Stripes • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals • Wilco • The Flaming Lips • MANU CHAO Radio Bemba Sound System • The String Cheese Incident • Franz Ferdinand • Ornette Coleman • Bob Weir & Ratdog • Damien Rice • Ween • Gov't Mule • Ziggy MarleyThe Decemberists • The Roots • Kings of Leon • SuperJam feat. John Paul Jones, Ben Harper and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson • Michael Franti and Spearhead • Wolfmother • Regina Spektor • The Black Keys • Galactic • DJ Shadow • Gillian Welch • Spoon • Keller Williams (WMD'S) • Sasha & John Digweed • Lou Donaldson & Dr. Lonnie Smith Quartet • STS9 • Old Crow Medicine Show • North Mississippi Allstars • The Hold Steady • Lily Allen • Fountains Of Wayne • David Murray Black Saint Quartet • Hot Tuna • Feist • Hot Chip • Mago Feat. Billy Martin & John Medeski • John Butler Trio • El-P • Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys • Ravi Coltrane Quartet • Aesop Rock • The Richard Thompson Band • Dierks Bentley • James Blood Ulmer • Xavier Rudd • The Philadelphia Experiment • David Bromberg and Angel Band • Gogol Bordello • Junior Brown • Tortoise • T-Bone Burnett • Mavis Staples • Don Byron Plays Junior Walker Feat. Chris Thomas King • Clutch • Pete Yorn • Stefon Harris & Blackout • Cold War Kids • Dr. Dog • Scott Amendola Band Feat. Nels Cline • Paolo Nutini • Brazilian Girls • RX Bandits • The Nightwatchman • The Slip • Lionel Loueke • Girl Talk • Railroad Earth • Martha Wainwright • Yard Dogs Road Show • Rodrigo y Gabriela • Annuals • Tea Leaf Green • Sam Roberts Band • The National • Elvis Perkins in Dearland • Charlie Louvin • Sonya Kitchell • Robert Glasper Trio • Mute Math • The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars • Jacky Terrasson Trio • Apollo Sunshine • Stanton Moore Trio • The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians • Uncle Earl • Doug Wamble Quartet • The Little Ones • The Black Angels • Ryan Shaw • Gypsy Hands Tribal Belly Dance • Firecracker Jazz Band • Miss Lolly Pop's Burlesque Coterie & The Sideshow Bennie Experience • Eenormus Sidecar

Musical greatness is just a short drive away and you're at a venue with events entitled Midnight Spam Slam. Gah! Agony!!

Seriously folks, I'm sure you're having a great time, and you're doing what you want to do, but ....dadgummet.
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It is a simply gorgeous day today.

Sadly, part of it is being spent at work, where I am currently crafting this post.

Fun with compaq servers! Everyone screeeeeeeam! Yeah, it's just that exciting. I also have some other work to do. Here's hoping that the wings of efficiency carry me and I can finish all this work quickly.

Last night I had an enjoyable evening. I saw and heard The Kimberly Trip, a local band, for the first time, and I found them to be a delightful band. I acquired a few of their CDs and look forward to future performances by them.

I awoke today with a little crick in my neck-shoulder area. This does not please me. Otherwise, life is delightful.

I hope your Sundays are going well!
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Here's their video for Valencia.

In other news, I had to erase and reset my old series 2(Bertrand) has been recording the wrong channel, even though it displays the correct channel information. I hope that fixes the problem. I don't quite understand what was causing the problem at this time. I'm thinking there was a rogue element of old DirectTV service somewhere, even though I couldn't find it. Once shows start recording, we'll see if it's stabilized.

My mother called to tell me about Riches, a new show on F/X with Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard. So far it is entertaining, if for no reason but that I enjoy Minnie and Eddie.
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So I'm listening to Broken Social Scene. Their songs have quite a distinctive quality to them. First of all, in many cases, you know they are singing, but you cannot understand what. Broken Social Scene does something that Led Zepplin was prone to do on occasion: entitle their songs with verbage that makes no appearance in the lyrics. * Well, there's the Lemon song, but we all know it really wasn't about Lemons. Or lemon juice.

*With the exception of "the".

So, consider this song:

Broken Social Scene
Handjobs for the Holidays Lyrics

Let me take you on, we'll get high just a little
Try to surface the calm, we don't come inside

Has it brought you closer to this?
Yeah, has it brought you closer to this?
And is it coming alive? Try to believe it
Was the question a point? I don't want your love
Has it brought you closer to this?
Yeah, has it brought you closer to this?

We've got eyes that leave us in places we don't see
We've got eyes that leave us in places we don't see

Let me take you on, we'll get high just a little
It kinda takes the joy away, we don't come at all















Now, this song has an infectious, mellow, yet upbeat sound to it. But in listening to it, you will not know what they are talking about. I live in mock fear of giving someone pure of heart and mind a ride in my car sometime, this song will come on, and he or she will ask, "Oh, this sounds nice, what is it?"

Perhaps this song is an obtuse homage to Spinal Tap and Nigel Tufnel's composition of "Lick my Love Pump".

Of course I could make up a song title, but what fun would that be?
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I awoke this morning to a slightly raw throat. The one someone gets with excessive post nasal drainage. I'm feeling a bit wrong in the sinuses, with an unsavory runny nose to boot.

So, it's time to drop some Airborne, and other vitamins, as well as some sudafed.

I'm watching the Asia channel on Comcast and there is some show about a South Asian Swimsuit Calendar.

Last night was spent watching an episode of Six Feet Under, drum practice, and some more reading of Bill Moyer's Genesis.

I found a new Podcast from Pandora on some music recording and some basic music theory stuff. I think for a beginner, this is a pretty cool thing.

[livejournal.com profile] zonereyrie is reporting on Tivo's booth at CES 2007. For those who are interested in the Comcast/Tivo collaboration, check it out.

Time to get ready for work.

How's your day going?
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Work was not particularly difficult, just long and tedious. One of the fun things we did, however, is changed the Muzak that blasted alternative rock on the floor we were working on. This is normally a no-no during the week, because pleasing everyone requires we play music for prozac patients. But nevermind that. We were the only one in the building, so we busted out the rock.

The day was dragging, until one song came on that made us giggle like school children.
Three Little Pigs by Green Jello )

It amused me greatly. Now I'm considering buying their album. Being a fan of "Spinal Tap", this music seems right up my alley.

ETA:

Youtube has the original video, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pacalissanctum.
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So, at the end of episode 3, a song was a-playin'. I was wrything in cerebral agony because I had heard this song before. "Jumping Jesus on a Segway, where the heck have I heard this song before," I shouted to the ceiling.

It turns out [livejournal.com profile] phonographgirl posted the song in her journal about a month ago. So, without further adieu, here's the song that captures Veronica Mars' (and often mine, too) sentiments, "Fidelty" by Regina Spektor:

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I'm loving their latest album, "The Crane Wife". Especially "O, Valencia!" which is a delightful variant of the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Thank you, Decemberists, for writing sad songs with reasonably happy music. How sad is it? I'll tell you!

This is the chorus:

Oh Valencia
With your blood still warm on the ground
Valencia
And I swear to the stars
I'll burn this whole city down


Ah, true, star-crossed, tragic love. Makes the heart sing, it does.
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...is being very very good to me.

I feel like I'm playing hookie, but I'm not.

Here's the plan: laundry, house chores, exercise, then goofing off.

But first, some music appreciation:

1. The Pink Spiders' Modern Swinger. They are your typical 20-something punkass party boys from Nashville. But they make for a fun song, especially when Rick Ocasek produces their album.


lyrics to Modern Swinger )

2. John Hiatt's "Cry Love".

Lyrics to Cry Love )
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As far as low budget videos goes, this OK Go video is rather captivating to watch. Okay, maybe I'm weird that way. And yes, I was watching Stephen Colbert.

Here's a Tracy Grammer song I'm captivated by these days:

Gypsy Rose

my love is like a gypsy rose
wild is the only way he grows
out where the sweet july wind blows
he blooms over yonder

his voice is like a mountain stream
washes me clear, washes me clean
i walk along the banks serene
where he will wander

chorus
there is no hill high as the moon, no river deeper than the sea
no shooting star, reckless in flight burns in the night
wild as the love he gave to me
only the rain knows where he goes
thunder and me, ramblin with my gypsy rose

and on the day we were wed
up to the altar he was led
lay like a prisoner in my bed
oh, how we shivered

so i built a house to keep him in
guarded him from the sun and wind
but in the autumn he grew thin
in winter, he withered

there is no hill...

my love was buried in the spring
i see his face in blossoming things
one night i thought i heard him sing
down in the hollow

now it’s been thirty years and three
every night he calls to me
and for as long as i shall be
i know i’ll follow

there is no hill...
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Is it me, or does the dude in the Earthlink commercials that promises to institute safety controls to protect our children on the internet look like a child molester?

Maybe it's just me.

I felt tired today. Things went downhill when I had roast turkey for lunch. It must have had extra triptophan. Like pounds of it. I've been craving a hard nap-down ever since.

And now, it shall be mine.

But before I make that transition into the world of the unconscious, I must remark on the wisdom of sending Peacekeepers to a region where there is no peace. Namely Lebanon. You see, UN folks sent to Lebanon need to be peacemakers. Because there's no peace to be kept over there. And sadly, the fates thought something similar, for the "peacekeepers" were fired. Upon.
By the Israelis.

Mid-east stability. I'm lovin' it.

And finally, one last thing. This is my favorite quote from Ruby in "Cold Mountain". Why is it my favorite? Because it's so true. I see it happen so often. Even to me.

They call this war a cloud over the land. But they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say 'Shit, it's raining!'

So many times, we make our own weather.

Luckily for me, I like the rain. So I'll make my own weather, thank you very much, and say, "Fuck yeah! It's rrrrrainin'!"

Let the record reflect that while I love the rainy nights, I do not love Eddie Rabbit.

Oh, and one more thing, I just dropped a nebelwerfer of an order on Amazon.com. I had received some gift certificates at work for good works performed, and so I have promptly spent them.


My acquisitions:
DVDs:
-pre order of Veronica Mars, Season 2
-pre order of Battlestar Galactica, season 2.5
-Bram Stoker's Dracula (Why didn't I have this in my collection, yet?"
-Under Cover Brother (Again, why didn't I have this in my collection, yet? There's a story here, and it relates to this movie being one of the last movies Thomas and I watched before he died)

Music:
-I'm rounding out my Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer collection with three of their CDs:
*When I Go
*The Tanglewood Tree
*Flower of Avalon (Tracy put this together after Dave Carter died)

By the way, Richard Shindell's song "So Says the Whipoorwill" was a tribute to Dave Carter (I believe he's the mountaineer in this song):

So Says the Whippoorwill

from the album Vuelta

The change could happen anyday
So says the whippoorwill
She hangs around for the seeds I leave
Out on the windowsill
"Be-free-you-fool, be-free-you-fool"
She sings all afternoon
Then, as if to show me how it's done,
She leaps into the blue

The change could happen anyday
So say my true love's eyes
They see into my shadows
With their sweet, forgiving light
She smiles and says, Come on - let's go
Let's stroll the boulevard
It's such a shame to waste the night
Just sitting in the dark

The change could happen anyday
Or so says Father Brown
I listen for that still small voice
But I just can't make it out
Beneath the constant whispering
Of the devil that I know
But who would I be if I believed?
Who am I if I don't?

The change could happen anyday
So said the mountaineer
Before he turned to face his cliff
Without a trace of fear
Yodel-ay-hee-hoo, yodel-ay-hee-hoo
He sang right up until
He caught sight of the open blue
And became a whippoorwill
He caught sight of the open blue
And became a whippoorwill

Feel Flows

Jul. 16th, 2006 11:27 pm
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I don't like a lot of the Beach Boys music. This is due probably to the fact that they have been played so often during my upbringing that I grew tired of hearing some of their standards. But I love this song, heard on the "Almost Famous" soundtrack:

Feel Flows Lyrics
Unfolding enveloping missiles of soul
Recall senses sadly
Mirage like soft blue like lanterns below
To light the way gladly
Whether whistling heaven's clouds disappear
Where the wind withers memory
Whether whiteness whisks soft shadows away
Feel flows (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel goes (Black hot glistening shadowy flows)

Unbending never ending tablets of time
Record all the yearning
Unfearing all appearing message divine
Eases the burning
Whether willing witness waits at my mind
Whether hope dampens memory
Whether wondrous will stands tall at my side
Feel flows (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel goes (Black hot glistening shadowy flows)

Encasing all embracing wreath of repose
Engulfs all the senses
Imposing, unclosing thoughts that compose
Retire the fences
Whether wholly heartened life fades away
Whether harps heal the memory
Whether wholly heartened life fades away
Whether wondrous will stands tall at my side
Whether whiteness whisks soft shadows away
Feel goes (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel flows (Black hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel goes (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feelings to grow (White hot glistening shadowy flows)

White hot glistening shadowy flows
White hot glistening shadowy flows
White hot glistening shadowy flows



And my cat just spilled my cup of water on my keyboard of my windows box. Talk about Black hot glistening shadowy flows...

Sunday

Jun. 25th, 2006 11:37 pm
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Today was a bit of a full day. [livejournal.com profile] taogrl and I went to see [livejournal.com profile] brittadotcom's choral group perform in San Jose. It was fantastic. We loved the show. After I said "hi" to Britta after her performance, I dashed off to the restroom and then lost track of her in the crowd of people. So, we left, since it was going to be nearly 9 before we got home and I had some things to do before slumber.

Anyway, I loved the performance, and must recommend the Choral Project to anyone who has a chance to see them perform.

[livejournal.com profile] taogrl spilled tea on her laptop and it ceased to perform as a result. I took home her laptop tonight to try and retrieve the data off her hard drive. The hard drive is perfectly okay, and I'm currently copying the data off of it to an external hard drive.

Now to go sleep.
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I Go Like The Raven
By Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer

Woodpecker woman, chipaway, whittle, carve my name in a hick'ry fiddle
Dance all night, dream just a little, i go like the raven

Down in the meadow, deep in the holler, bullfrong sing to the bug-eyed crawler
Slide to the rake, hop to the caller, reel with the willow waivin

Shine the merlin moonbeam eye
Set my dancin feet to fly
O'er the dark and dervish sky
I go like the raven

Long time ago i had me a feller, three-cocked hat and a coat o' yeller
Locked me down in a sawdust cellar,fed me beans and bacon

Through the doorway he did enter, played him coy, played him tender
Played him slumber through the winter, gone when the birds awakened

Shine the merlin moonbeam eye ...

When they hear my bowstrings tightnin, angels gay, devils frightnin
C'mon fire and midnight lightnin to the garden gancy

Hail the wayward werewolf howlin, haints and shades and goblins growlin
Fiends and demon deevs a-prowlin when i break and fancy

Shine the merlin moonbeam eye ...

Now all you blackbirds, plain or pretty, hear my words for rede or witty:
Keep the greenwood, shun the city and her dandies craven


Now it's time for pimpage:

And my friend [livejournal.com profile] reannon has a new book out from Ellora's Cave. It is called Tandem. Please go purchase this charming endeaver of erotic fiction. It's part of Ellora's Strange Sunburn Lines and Sand in Your Pants "Fun in the Sun" series. Rumor has it that this story is so intense that her ibook screen cracked.

Well, I'm starting that rumor now, anyway.
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I'm listening to Pilotdrift right now. You should check them out. Yes, you should.
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...and surely 30 Helens will agree that Dar Williams' "The Pointless, Yet Poignant, Crisis of a Coed " is quite amusing.

So here, listen to it.

In case you want to read along.
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[livejournal.com profile] taogrl and I returned home from seeing Guster in San Francisco not too long ago.

Our trip was moderately interesting. First we got a tad lost. The new Nav System upgrade I installed had some unpredictable bugs to it. It's not a deal breaker, yet, but it wasn't quite behaving as I had hoped.

We made it to the City and hopped around the MOMA for a few hours. This was delightful. Some of Calder's surrealist work was on display. I really enjoyed his mobiles and staybiles. The Surrealist Photography exhibit was impressive, too.

One freaky chunk o' trivia:
One of the surrealistic photographer's name was Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Meatyard. He was born in Normal, Illinois. His initials are REM, which is simply cool. But a surrealist in Normal? How much fun is that? And Normal, IL? How much more fun is that?!?

No wonder the guy was a fa-reak. Though his work was good.

We took a bus to the Fillmore and ate at the Thai restaurant, A Taste of Thai, across the street from the theatre. The food was delicious. We shared pineapple fried rice and sweet basil chicken. Mango and sticky rice for desert. Fried Bananas and Ice cream, too.

After a big dinner, we rolled over to wait in line to get in the theatre.

I found the Fillmore to be an excellent venue. It was the first time I had been there. They serve food and drinks throughout the evening.

As for the music: Pilotdrift opened up for Guster. I liked them, [livejournal.com profile] taogrl did not like them so much. However, I do have their CD, now. And these boys are hot little musicians. Too bad they are 13 years younger, from Texarkana, and well, involved with other women.

Guster did magnificently. I'm looking forward to their next album.

Tomorrow, we drive to Portland for Round Two o' Guster, as well as Portlandish tourism.

Now, to sleep.

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