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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
fuck yeah mumm-ra! why can't i bring you around with me to work so you can do my bidding for me? cuz you know, you gotta love an evil mummy in a dress...just saying...hahahaha.
-i worked like 9 days in a row or some crazy shit like that and just got a day off yesterday. what did i do? SLEPT!!!!! i did school work and had a mini buffy marathon (rewatching season 5, prob one of my favs), but the 14 hours of continuous sleep was just so amazing. that's like 3 days of sleep for me normally. haha.
-its always funny when you find out later, after someone has screwed you over a lot and treated you like shit, yeah its funny to find out they're walking around with a hair-do closely resembling a fucking mullet. i mean i guess it's their choice to have horrible hair but you never know, maybe they think its a good style? idk. haha
-i've been being a complete dweeb at work lately and wearing a different colored knit hats every night to have fun with my team. they are always guessing what color i'll do next (last night i did green) and on thanksgiving i wore a hot pink hat...all night...and had several serious conversations with various people. what can i say, i fucking rock that shit! (i have to pull out the baby pink on i have too....hmmm....)
-i finally snagged the new home video record, "the automatic process," though do to my LOVELY 70 hours at work last week, i haven't really gotten to listen to it all that much...interestingly enough, the first track on the record is called "accomplished but dead" haha. their last record, 2006's "no certain night or morning" is part of what got me through the first few months of working overnight when i started it 4 years ago.
-oooh tristeza has new stuff out today! "paisajes" was just released and now i need to get my mits on it so i can report back. soon my friends, soon!
-go here to stream a new song by david lynch (yes, THAT david lynch). i wasn't sure what to expect, but it's actually a really good chunk of semi mellow electro pop with pretty heavily vocoded vocals and is right up my ally! i'm def interested in what else mr. lynch will come up with musically. man, now i wanna stay up all day and watch twin peaks. haha.
-i've cracked 17,000 song on my ipod. oooh! i have to find where i wrote down the last mini-lump i did so i can post that....if not, i need to just do a fresh one...which i should really do any way. so stay tuned suckaz!
this is short. i need to go to sleep. i have to work at 10 tonight. i love it!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
-i've worked so much the past 2 weeks. i'm tired. and sore. and don't know when my next day off is. but i'll deal. haha. i think i have next tuesday off actually...maybe. ooooh boy!
-the new gay. read it yo.
-check out pitchfork's staff 2010 gift guide. i want the ion tape express tape-to-mp3 converter! it sure beats the "rigging my old 4-track and old pre-amp/usb converter to my old computer" gig i have to work with now. its more trouble than its worth which is probably why i haven't bothered with it in so long. i have the ion mp3 turntable which is really easy to use and gives a pretty decent end result, though prob not according to an audiophile, but good thing i'm not one. haha.
-today i decided to be extravagent so i bought something super fancy for myself. that being a hot pair of new sweats to sleep in. damn am i living laaaaaaarge!!!!
-new post at effing dykes. i love that shit!
-so it's official, they're remaking buffy, or "rebooting" it, without joss whedon. not suprising warner bros wants to cash in on an already popular franchise and the vampire craze, but i mean, come on, the buffyverse and joss whedon himself have like fucking cult status! you can't mess with shit like that! it's not clear from what i've read if any of the original cast will be involved, and if its just a remake of the movie, pretty much none of the characters from the show were in that anyway so...idk. i have mixed thoughts about this. as a fan i want to be like "fuck no, i don't want to see it if joss isn't involved!" but on the other hand, what if they come up with something really great? iiiiiidddddkkk! haha. but for me, the cast on the tv show and how they evolved with those characters is really what made me love buffy in the first place. we shall see!
-you all know i heart instrumental music. i'm listening to unwed sailor right now and really digging it. give it a listen fools!
-cokesylvania. read that shit fools!
-mini lump and or a new shuffalump coming very soon. my ipod is up to 16,972 songs. i have a kid at work that is always like "my god, you know SO much music" he's so cute, he was trying to talk to me about it and was like "yeah, i love creed and three days grace, do you like them?" and i was like "ummmm...." hahaha. but i didn't want to crush him so i was like "yeah you know, some stuff is...okay" hahahahahahahahahahahaha. fuck creed. seriously. that singer guy is a douche and a pompous windbag.
-due to circumstances beyond our control, the show we had planned at 32Jones for december has been postponed until february. it sucks, but its the best choice for all involved and we will be able to present a much better show in the new year. stay tuned for details of course.
What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca-Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca-Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca-Cola, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor
knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
hey baby, how you doin? haha
-i just asked steve if his laptop wanted to take a bath in pepsi. cuz i'm mean like that. hahaha
-i'm listening to catherine wheel right now. i do heart them 4E.
-whats with all the fertility ads i keep seeing on facebook? ummm....i'm not looking for my sperm donor, thanks for checking though. haha
-go here for an interview with corin tucker on emusic
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-i woke up to the sound of one of my cat's puking this morning. how pleasant!
-i got a new snuggly blanket today. i so love blankets! haha
-i was just thinking about the dixie cups (you know them, they sang "chapel of love") and how i really need to DL them. i should get on that
-i need to post the mini-shuffalump i did last week. yep i sure do!
-tobacco has a new ep out, la uti which features rappers performing over songs from maniac meat plus a few new tracks. i haven't heard it yet, and i wasn't as into mm as i had thought i would be, but i still heart tobacco and bmsr so i'm def interested in checking it out of course. once i get my hoosy paws on this, i will report back on my findings! haha
i love you but i've chosen darkness...
it's so easy to make a fucked up mistake and walk away...
Thursday, November 18, 2010
hoos in JC!
[pic via the lovely and talented luca of lollibomb and my co-curator/partner in crime at 32Jones]
-peppermint oreos? yes please!
-billy corgan disses pavement ...again....here. i've never been into pavement, but seriously, billy corgan is an idiot and needs to come off this. its been more than 15 years, who gives a shit? and besides SP aren't actually that good, so he has no business saying who "has the love" and who doesn't. or calling anyone a sellout for that matter after he himself recorded a song with jessica simpson. um...excuse me? can she even name one SP song or in reality, spell their name correctly? hahahaha.
-new from girl talk is the album "all day" it's free to DL from the link, and they provide several more links you can nab it from if their servers are overwhelmed, which they have been pretty much all week. i never got that into GT, i mean, its fun and all, but it seemed a little gimmicky to me. i heard the entirety of the new album last night and there was a lot on there that i was like "oh shit! really?!" to, and my friend who had it was really into it, but still my reactions were more out of nostalgia and fun rather than a serious nod. i did like the fact that he used shit from fugazi and the toadies (i wonder how many people listening to it caught those samples and knew who it was), i mean, who the hell uses that shit in making modern beats? haha. i also liked the ramones/missy elliott parts, not two sounds i'd ever expect to hear together. i suppose this would be fun to have for a party situation, but like i said before, i do have trouble taking this seriously. i guess that is a little douchy of me, but i'd really like to see what mr. gregg gillis could come up with on his own, sans really well known music/vocals used as samples. go here for an interview with him in spin.
-it's week two of school! i'm pretty much done with the majority of my work, i just have to do the outline for the paper i have to turn in at the end of the class. not too bad. i was just posting on our discussion forum and was amused to read one student's post about using correct grammar and punctuation...who then proceeded to butcher the whole point of the matter by using sentence fragments and a slew of incorrect commas. hahahaha. way to nail that shit home! and i know i don't write all proper and shit on this blog, but when it comes to formal writing, i have that shit on lock yo. i edited my mom's master's thesis, shit! and you should see my work emails...they are the stuffiest things EVER, all prim and proper. hahaha. my mom did want me to be an english teacher, but i think if i were, i would either spend my nights crying or eventually i'd just go postal over the way people butcher the english language. haha.
-slumming at other people's houses and doing laundry while they're on vacation totally rules!
-so...i just got asked to try out to play bass for a band...and i thought about it pretty hard. a part of me really wanted to do it, a part of me almost did...then i realized i just can't make that kind of commitment to an established band that has already toured and released an album. it sucked because there are two things that i miss so much that it almost hurts and one of them is being in a band (and the other is playing hockey) but i know it was the best decision cuz with my work schedule and school i just can't do something major right now. that and i'm not so great at playing bass. haha. i can wing it, and with enough distortion can make it shit that sounds pretty badass and loud, but in the end...i'm still not that good. hahaha. still, this whole thing got me thinking and i do want to start something from the ground up, something more low key that can work within my schedule, and something where i won't have to dissapoint anyone else with my work/sleeping restrictions. whether that means something with one or two other people or if that means trying my hand at some electro shit....i want to make something happen. (as luck would have it, i discussed music with a friend the other night and he's working on a project that he may need a drummer for. he described exactly the scenario i'm looking for. i've jammed with him in the past and heard his solo stuff; its def something i'd be interested in. we'll see how it shapes up)
-work has been totally kicking my ass this week. i'm sore. boo!
-i heart the meters, its true.
so DJshadow was pretty awesome the other night. i couldn't really get any pictures, so i stole this from his website. haha. the lighting wasn't right and i didn't feel like fighting to get up to the front. the shadowsphere (pictured above from behind) was pretty ridiculous as well. there were projections on/behind it throughout the show, my favs being the death star and the exploding justin beiber head. hahahahahahahaha. there were sports themed shots too, of the sphere being a bowling ball rolling down an alley and a baseball being knocked out of the park which was cool. they also had projections of him live from little cameras inside the sphere intersplaced with other images which was fucking awesome, but later in the show he did turn the sphere around so the crowd could see him in action face to face. not that i was close enough to really see much, but it was still cool to see him crafting shit right there on the spot. all in all, it was a good show, and i really love his music and respect the talent he has, but i really probably wouldn't go see him again. its not the same experience of seeing a band play and i just love that so much as a fan. the energy to me just didn't feel the same, because after all, it was canned beats even if he was mixing live, and that will never have the same appeal to me as a live band. at one point, i went to just listen at the bar and didn't watch the performance at all. but maybe if he played something really small where i could be up close and actually watching him work in detail...that i would probably go back for. he's working on a new album which is supposed to come out sometime next year which i'm def excited about. details on that as i grab them of course.
i think last night you were driving circles around me....
Monday, November 15, 2010
this is the cover of black moth super rainbow's album, "eating us," which happens to contain two of my fav BMSR songs of all time, "twin of myself," and "fields are breathing"
-i tear up my work clothes pretty often, especially my pants. but not to fear, i totally just scored 4 new pairs of pants on clearance for $5 each! i guess i can retire the other pair i've been sporting lately that are barely 4 months old but are already in shambles. maybe one of these days i'll start hemming my work pants...we shall see!
-bombing science graf art and culture
-go here for an interview with antony hegarty of antony and the johnsons. if you could go back in time, where would you go? "i would like to see manhattan island before it was sold to the dutch." i particularly liked his response to this question! i wouldn't mind see that myself. in fact, when i die, i want to be able to see the path of the history of the world...what it was like before we got here, and what happened along the way. and i also want the real answer to the JFK assassination (as in duh, lee harvey oswald, didn't fucking do it!)
-i'm reading about freud for school. yay!
-i'll be on my way to a photoshoot for LXIXmag right after posting this. and no, i'm not modeling (though maybe in the future) just assisting today. i will have more art in the next issue though. i'll keep you hookerz posted.
-dj shadow tonight!!!! pics if possible....i should be able to snag some....yeah. haha
-i did a mini-lump the other night getting ready for bed...that will come soon, and i have arranged for one, possibly two, guest bloggers who will be contributing shuffalump's of their very own in the near future. i haven't decided if i'll contribute commentary to their posts or not...we'll see.
-i've heard good things about raindeer so i'm DLing their s/t EP right now. i love that both roy orbison and weird al are both in their top friends on their myspace page. hahahaha.
don't be scared to be free, to let go
yeah it feels so good to be free....glad i left your ass in the dust....
Friday, November 12, 2010
this is me rocking out to one of my fav gravy train!!!! songs of all times "ghost boobs" i posted it on my FB and now i'm putting it here again cuz i just want to revel in my own stupidity! hahahahahaha. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. and actually cuz this is the only pic i can upload right now since blogger is still being iffy about image uploads. ain't that some damn shit!?
-oooh ocotpus project i'm sorry i momentarily forgot how much i love you. it will never happen again!
-it's cosmic bowling day at my school on the 22nd. damn it, i knew i was missing out on something by going to school online! haha. maybe i'll fly to iowa for just that one day...since i have a private hoos airlines jet and all. hahahaha.
-santa skull boxers rule. the end.
-i purchased a HOT new slayer shirt yesterday. its says "1981" on it too so me and slayer are the same age, oh yeah!
-i am really amazed at some of the stuff that people in my class are posting on our discussion forums. um...like do they realize this is COLLEGE and not a blog or facebook? oh and that we're being GRADED on what we post (it accounts for 40% of our grade in fact) and our subsequent responses to our classmates? i was shocked to see most of the postings in the weekly discussions include shorthand, colloquialisms, and incomplete sentences. someone even wrote "lol" i was like are you fucking kidding me? i would never even dream of doing something like that on a college level assignment but i guess that's just me being prim and proper. haha. oh and then there's my favorite, the awesome lady WHO WRITES EVERYTHING IN ALL CAPS AND RUNON SENTENCES THAT GO ON FOREVER WITH RANDOM INCORRECTLY USED COMMAS AND LOTS OF MISPELLED WORDS THAT ARE SPELLED WRONG IN HER LIFE (no really, that is the way this chick writes and phrases things. hahahaha)
-i went shoe shopping with jenny the other day...and she came to realize just how absurdly particular i am about pretty much everything! after hunting and searching, and me rejecting every pair of women's shoes she tried to pick for me, i found a passable pair of little boys shoes. hahaha
-dj shadow on monday! i will do my best to sneak pics...last time i was at irving plaza was a few years ago and they were whiney about pics so i'm sure they'll be the same now. yay!
-wilfully obscure an mp3 blog.
hoosatron....shit i have to go to bed now....out!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
okay so this shuffalump is happening...now...live...as in i'm listening to it and will be fiendishly typing my thoughts as i go.....here goes! part seven suckazzzz!!!!!! oh and by the ways.....beeetttttteeeeeddduubbbsss...the song count it up to 16, 837. my ipod can crush your ipod!!!
AFI- affliction (you know, i'm not the biggest AFI fan in the world, but i really do enjoy the album that this is on "december underground" for its musical value and for certain memories i have surrounding it. yeah. haha. also i love the fact that it was released on june 6th, 2006....666 bitch! hahaha)
PLASMATICS-white's apartment (you gotta love a song that starts with the sounds of people screwing. and continues on with a voiceover about people getting eating by giant maggots and worms. and that's about all there is to it with this one. hahahaha)
PINBACK- shag (i love pinback. let me repeat that, i fucking LOVE pinback. i can't rate just this song cuz they are one of my favorite bands in the entire world and i just like them so much. what i love about them most is their odd but amazing song writing, the subtle and gentle vocals of both singers, and zach's bass playing. i mean...if you really listen to their songs, there are so many layers and so much he does...with just a bass. i mean yeah its multitracked, but still, any bass player that plays primarily chords is a-okay in my book. and he pulls a lot of that shit off live so its not all just studio tricks. oh and to see them live? shit! i have had the pleasure of seeing them several times and every time was incredible...well maybe not the time i went right after i had hurt my ankle at work but...yeah. haha. and don't even get me started on the prolific output of rob crow who has been in so many bands that i can't hardly remember them all. and then there is his solo work. oh i love you rob crow! maybe i'll do a fake rob crow shuffalump...hmmm.....interesting idea....)
FLIN FLON coddles[version] (again, i won't talk about the song, but rather the group behind it. and let me say that i love any band that names themselves after a town in manitoba famous for producing hockey legend bobby clarke, and then proceeds to release an album with all of the songs named after canadian cities, "a-ok" oh and did i mention their drummer used no cymbals? haha. cuz he didn't. i first heard them in 1999 when i saw them open for sleater kinney in nyc and was like...this is sooo weird, but i REALLY like it! i had never seen/heard a band like that before...no distortion, almost no chords from their guitarist, no cymbals and mechanical-like beats from their drummer, driving bass lines that took the lead of the song, and mellow, almost conversational vocals. it was my first step into a larger world, as i was a recovering pop-punk kid at the time. hahaha. it was definitely a turning point in my life when i realized that indie music could be so much more than a bunch of whiney brats shouting shitty lyrics over bad guitar. i later learned more about their singer, mark robinson and his long musical history and founding of teenbeat records which has a wealth of great bands. oh flin flon, how do i love you? let me count the ways!) [as an aside, the above mentioned show was one of the best shows i've ever been to. FF, mary timony, and sarah dougher all opened for SK. it was amazing and introduced me to a whole new world of music and the people behind it]
DETHKLOK crush my battle opponents balls (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. the name of this song says it ALLLLLL!!!! this is of course the fictional band from the cartoon metalocalypse on adult swim. hahahahaha. i fucking love this shit, i mean, i myself love to have a good laugh at metal stereotypes and cliches so you know i'm gonna love a cartoon that does it too. hahaha. this is from the soundtrack album that came out around season 1 of the show. i need to break out my dvds of this for reals. and buy season3 cuz i haven't seen it yet)
THE FEELIES the good earth (aah the feelies i do enjoy them and know that they influenced a lot of bands. and that they were mentioned in love is a mixtape by rob sheffield. to me, this sounds like shoegaze without the fuzz actually. haha. its a really great song. so now i get to the fun part! haha. last year i got a part time job for a little while to make some extra money...and while there met a guy named dave. a few people mentioned to me that dave was in a band and that he did percussion. i thought that was rad but never really asked him about it. then i found out that dave's band, well...that was the feelies. haha. so it came up one day that i had them on my ipod and he was like "really?" haha. so we talked about some music and he really knows his stuff. i didn't stay at the job much longer after this initial dorkout on music, but one of these days i should go back and visit so we can chat. and yeah, i should prob go see them too since i never have. haha)
RADIOHEAD-15 step (so what that this song was in twilight! i still like it! hahaha. radiohead are shuffalump vets, this being their 4th appearance. i swear its not rigged! haha. but yeah, this is one of my fav songs from "in rainbows" i just love the way it drives, with the liquidy guitar line, the spacey electro elements and combo of live and canned drums just blending to make a superb track. i heart you radiohead. its true)
ARCADE FIRE-no cars go (before they were media darlings and the next big thing and super cutesy with all 7,000 of them in magazine spreads....they were a little unknown band opening for broken spindles. and they had a demo cd that was marginally crappy in its recording quality. and i was impressed with their live show so i purchased said demo from them. flash forward 6 years and here this crappy recording is still on my ipod and i'm listening to it right now. now i didn't become a huge fan of them...i kind of don't really like them much at all in fact, just a few songs here and there, and def think they are way over-rated. but whatevs. haha. somebody has to be the darling of indie music and it can't be me, so why not have it be them. hahaha)
LADY SOVEREIGN- so human (aww lady sovereign. you're so gay and i so totally knew that when i saw you play in 2006 but you so didn't come out of the closet til 2010. hahahaha. let me say that again...hahahahaha. i was not suprised at all when i found out she's gay and was like "hell yes! its official now!" haha. anyway, after her crazy on stage breakdowns and all that shit in 2007, she came out...of the closet...and with her 2nd album jigsaw which is not a bad sophomore release. this song in particular is super bouncy fun times and i just want to pogo around when it comes on. haha. i def need to give it another listen for curses to see if i can play this at work...it will definately pep the team up!)
Kleenex/LiLiPUT- ring-a-ding-dong (oh kleenex/liliput, how do i describe thee? they were definately pretty odd, and this song gives me a creepy crawly kinda feeling. the guitar, bass, and piano all revolve around and around with an insistent and slowly driving pace. i def like repetetive and simple stuff like this so i have no problem with it, but i know that it's not for everyone. this is def not something i can get away with at work...not for being foul, but for being a little too far out there. hahaha)
CRASH COURSE IN SCIENCE- kitchen motors (this shit fucking rules! CCiS was a lo-fi shitty electro band formed in philly in 1979, you just can't beat the realness and rawness of shit like this. no fucking computers, no software, just some sparse instruments, bad drum machine beats, weirdo videogamey sound effects, and goddamn drills and appliances(yes power tools). shit yeah! this song is amazingly, yet divinely simplistic, and makes me nostalgic for a time when people still gave a shit enough to do lo-fi shit like this with minimal skills, crap instruments, and power tools. my first band had a song with a drill part....it was magnificently absurdly beautiful in its shiittyness. sigh....hahaha)
NOVA SCOTIA- stop motion (this is the only song i have ever heard by nova scotia. it appears on one of my favorite comps of all time projector:another studio compilation that was released by yo yo in 1999...i think. this comp was and still is such a great mix of some really talented people from the pacific northwest. some of the bands were pretty small, some were one-offs that i only ever heard/heard of on this comp, including this song. i was fooled into thinking this was an instrumental until the last 30 seconds where all of a sudden, a subtle man's singing voice comes out over the music. the musicianship is great on this, and i really need to try to track down more by them. i'm not really finding much info on them or any other releases...but if/when i do, i will update)
okay...so i typed all of my initial thoughts as the songs were playing, then i admit i went back and supplemented my thoughts a little...or a lot in the case of some of the songs....and gathered the links. this was fun. maybe i'll do the next one this way too. i def had more fun with this edition than the last one, and i really liked just talking and telling stories about some of the bands (pinback and flin flon) almost as much as i love music itself, i love the stories and facts surrounding it. okay, so until next time, that's fucking all folks!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
sometimes i like to google random words and see what the resulting image is. i have an exciting life, i know! haha. anyway, i just googled "damaged" and this came up. i thought it was pretty rad. it is apparently, according to wikipedia, "an original gameboy damaged in the 1991 gulf war. it still works and is now on display at the nintendo world store in new york. everything but the screen is original. the screen was the only replacement, as reported by nintendo power"
i had an original gameboy...and i remember the night the 1991 gulf war broke out...i was playing batman on my gameboy. my brother started freaking out and i was like "what's wrong?" annoyed that my game had been interupted. he apparently thought it was the end of the world and we were all going to die, but at just barely 10 years old, i was really kind of clueless as to what was happening. and he was always very serious as a child. haha. anyway, i ended up trading that same gameboy to my brother years later when we were in high school after he broke his. i got some star wars book from him. a dork eye for a dork eye. hahaha.
-the great pumpkin, an mp3 and etc. blog. yay!
-check out plastiq passion. i had heard of them through a friend but hadn't had a chance to hear their tunes. well they just friended me on FB so i decided to finally give them a listen and went to check out their music on myspace; i was def impressed. they're tight and have some damn fine catchy tunes and the recordings sounded really solid and well produced. i particularly enjoyed the track "angel" (i love the lead guitar parts and the vocals) as well "oh death." i was excited to see they have a lefty guitarist in the band too! go southpaws!!! i def need to make it a point to go see this band play in the near future... [and i may soon have my chance cuz they might play at HPCC which is were my gallery, 32Jones is housed...stay tuned for info on that plus our grand reopening show!] (and shit, have i mentioned yet on this blog how fucking much i miss being in a band??? why must my schedule suuuuccccckkkkk?!?! i need to find some time and some people to make this shit happen again. srrrrssssllllly!!!! it's like a piece of me is missing without playing music. if you want to bang drums loudly and possibly badly with me/you shouting and me playing shitty guitar, or if you want to do serious instrumental music with me playing drums much better than i play guitar, then we should definately talk. haha. but i'm open to other ideas too. hahahaha. i need to pull out a tape of my first band so i can get really nostalgic now. hahahah)
-the dash key (aka ----) on my laptop is sticking. its annoying.
-i'm playing wesley willis for steve for the first time. i put on "suck a cheetah's dick" (aka my fav WW song) and he was like "wtf is this?" right as wesley said "suck a snow leopard's ass with whipped cream!" i almost spit my kool-aide out all over him i was laughing so hard. hahahahahahahaha. i love to share, its true! i wonder if i could get away with playing this at work? hahahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
-madcon's cover of "beggin'" (orginally by the four seasons) is one of my favorite goodies from the work playlist. one of my guys in the back asked for it and as soon as i heard it i kept playing it over and over again. haha.
-go here for an interview with dan snaith of caribou.
-i just picked up issue #4 of the x files/30 days of night crossover comic (follow the link to an article/review on the book in general)
-i'm done with all of my school work for the weeeeeeeek!!!! and got a 100 on my first quiz!!!! woooohoooo!!!!!! i'm gonna be all smart and get started on next week's work...so i can get this show on the road and over and done with.
-as i'm typing this, steve is watching one of the worst movies ever to exist, 7 lucky ninja kids which i randomly found somewhere for a dollar and gave to him. one IMDB user said "if you've ever said to yourself, 'gee, i've always wanted a hong-kong-produced kung-fu flick with untalented actors, illegally-used music tracks, and poor dubbing', then this film is for you"
and as one amazon user said in their review "better than the bible, 7 lucky ninja kids died for your sins" fuck yes! (this is a really close second to absolute worst movie of all time, which steve also owns and has subjected me to, forbidden zone, which was made by danny elfman's brother, richard. one of the WORST things i have ever seen in my life! hahaha)
the fucking image uploader is currently not working thusly ruining my plans for this section. the end.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
you ever have one of those days? a royal case of the mondays...except its fucking tuesday...and you're stuck on a timeloop where everything has you ready to GO OFF like a SONIC BOOOOOOMMM!!!! well today was that day for me. haha. i told my people at work today "today is the day, you're going to see it happen! the stockroom is going to get blown right off the back of the building! the sonic boom is coming!!!!" hahaha. it was a challenging day, but in the end, all was fine and i kept it cool, mainly by just saying SONIC BOOM to keep from flipping every time something made me mad. by the end of the day, i was laughing at myself, so i consider that a good thing.
-freezepop's new album "imaginary friends" comes out on pearl harbor day. (that's december 7th for the uninformed or historically ignorant)
-wooooaaaaah shiiiiit! a new GOLDEN GIRLS 25th anniversary box set is now out. the best part? they shaped the "box" to look like sophia's purse. hellllll yes! if i didn't already own all 7 seasons on dvd, i'd be tempted to pick this up (i still am to be honest) but i don't have the cash money for such an indulgence right now. damn. haha. if you are interested, go here to pick it up from amazon. i think its high time i get that GG marathon going on. who wants to come to a GG party at my house? shit son!
-also new this week, jean-michele basquiat: radiant child. i reserved this on netflix over the summer and i think i'm going to bump it up to the top of my queue so i can get it this week. (i'm supposed to get dancer in the dark next. sorry bjork, yer gonna havta wait! haha. besides i've already seen it years back)
-when i was in college the first time (haha i love saying that now!) i made friends with an awesome girl named dennia (who i am still friends with 11 years later) and she co-hosted my teeny little radio show with me. she was a huge pulp fan and turned me onto their music as well. i never got super into them like she was, but i did enjoy them (and now have the urge to go DL more of their stuff since i don't have a hell of a lot these days since i long ago lost the mixtapes she made for me!). i couldn't help but think of her today when i was reading on a blog that pulp is going to be re-uniting for live performances in 2011. you can go here to read about it while i send her a message to let her know! you can also go here for another article on pulp.
-another way that cognitive development is linked to physical development is in the area of gender-related choices. as children discover they are boys and girls, they begin to process the expectations and requirements related to their gender—how they dress, what toys they play with, the games and activities they engage in, and the types of interaction they have with others. that's a little blip from my textbook from school. hmm....i don't think i have to state how much this bothers me. but it does and anyone who knows me knows why. "requirements related to their gender" uh huh.....yeah.
-i was thinking about buying a kindle...and now i'm really thinking about it cuz i can use it for my textbooks for school. the book for my current class is all digital and from what my advisor tells me, its looking like a lot of the books for my upcoming classes will be digital too. i think that school is the perfect excuse...er...reason for me to get a new toy! hahaha. and i can use my financial aide $$$ to pay for it too! rooock that shit!
-kanye resonds to george dubya bush calling him out in his new book,"decision points". go here to read kanye's response.
-my eyes hurt.
Monday, November 8, 2010
[i'm never going to finish this. i've been sitting on it for 2 weeks and its still not done, so i'm just going to post what i've typed so far and just fill in the rest with the list of songs with short blips....i've been distracted with going back to school and i've been overnight so i'd rather just post this and move on to a new list because something about this one just didn't inspire me...so here it is in all its incomplete glory...part 6]
as i'm getting ready to post this, i'm sitting on my couch listening to michael jackson and putting together a playlist for my crew at work. its a fun thing my boss and i did about a month or so ago cuz one of the benefits of working overnight/early am hours is that we get to listen to music. we thought we were doing a good job, but apparently the crew was getting bored with what we were playing for them and wanted more variety. with the first edition i ended up hearing some pretty interesting shit i previously had little or no knowledge of. this edition of their playlist also threw quite a few new things at me, including a lot of spanish music and funk, both of which were definately refreshing and new to me. i'm always down to add more music to my collection and what better way than to ask 40 or so people to give you random songs that somehow speak to them? i'm not just doing this to make them feel good about being at work, i'm doing it to get more good tunes! haha. i'm just sneaky like that! haha.
PLASMATICS- want you baby (this came out WAY before the lunachicks but being the youngin that i am and considering that i was embryonic when this was released in 1980, i immediately thought "this sounds like early lunachicks" rather than thinking "the lunachicks must've been influenced by this" haha. this comes from their earliest release, new hope for the wretched. its rough, gutteral, and nasty, the way good old fashioned punk rock should be!)
SCARED OF CHAKA- girls like you (fast, bratty and snotty garagey punk with a slight edge of pop. i grew up at a time-the late 90s- when pop-punk was king and all us NJ kids were into it, but i got tired of it really fast and longed for things with a rougher edge. at the time i didn't have much to go on, no internet, and pretty much no luck. though they were formed in 1993, i was unaware of them, and i didn't get into SOC until my mid-20s when i found them on a blog, but this was just the kind of stuff i had hoped for in my youth! i had a real thing for them a few years ago, right before i got heavily into instrumental music and put stuff like this on the backburner. i would ride around in my car rocking out to them while driving to and from my lady friend's house. she's long gone, but i still rock the SOC from time to time for fun. ah memories. haha. this comes from the album "crossing with switchblades" which is my favorite release by them)
OF MONTREAL- our spring is sweet not fleeting (oh of montreal! how cute and poppy and weird and epic and out there you are! haha. this is a super short mostly electro instrumental ditty from "the sundlandic twins" record which at the time it came out, i absolutely adored. i still enjoy it very much, but as i mentioned for the last track, i'm more about mellow instrumental/ambient shit now. this record is so poppy and so much fun though and i like to turn it on for a pick me up after a dumb day at work. haha. i saw them play on my bday in 2005, once again in 2006, and they definately put on a great live show. band leader kevin barnes is also an exceptional, if not quirky and loveable, song writer. i haven't gotten much of their stuff after this record but i really should read up on what they're up to these days so i can check it out. )
MONSTER MAGNET- king of mars (i'm not a big MM fan, but i have always really liked their song "negasonic teenage warhead" which i heard at age 14 and is on their 1995 album dopes to infinity as well as the soundtrack for "s.f.w." i never saw the movie in the 90s, but i somehow came into possession of the soundtrack. i actually just found the movie on netflix and watched it recently-it was lost on me at this point and i couldn't get into it- but it was good to finally see it. anyway, this track is also on dopes to infinity which i DL'd at some point in the past year or so. i still can't say i'm all that into them, though they are from NJ so i gotta give them love for that, and this song isn't all that bad either. haha. its a slow, hard rocker, typical of the mid-90s, but nothing all that special really. they're still kicking out new material now and actually just put out an album this october, "mastermind" i'll probably pass this and just stick to the nostalgic listen here and there of "negasonic teenage warhead"
ELECTRELANE- i keep losing heart (electrelane definitaly classifies as one of those bands that i really should listen to more. i DL'd them at some point after hearing a lot about them, but never really devorted a lot of time getting to know them. this song starts off with banjo which i always enjoy...well except for bluegrass. haha. anyway, the song slowly builds up with layers of wind instruments adding in along with the traditional piano, guitar, bass, and drums. i thought it was an instrumental but was fooled as vocals kick in just after the 2minute mark of the song, though don't offer much and the song could have done without them. i need to hear more music from electrelane before i form my definitive opinion, but this was a good taste of them)
MILEMARKER- join our party (milemarker is another one of those bands that i've given a listen to here and there but really need to delve deeper into. they are a bit hard to nail down, as their style is slippery and changes at will from song to song. some songs are straight up harder rock, some are pretty much pure electro, and some blend the 2 together; being a fan of both genre's, this doesn't bother me all that much. this particular track falls into the pure electro vein, with vocoded vocals to boot, which i am always a sucker for. haha. i have 3 out of their 7 albums and i def need to do more homework. assignment, milemarker and electrelane!)
DO MAKE SAY THINK- 1978 (this song is pretty epic in its longness, clocking in at 10:30. it starts off very slow and quiet, just noise really, then kicks in at around the 1:10 mark. it's mostly a weird slowish tempo, lopping jazz number, with some spacey feedback parts towards the halfway mark. this tracks perfect for quiet time and reflection, but not much else to it really. i'm not always in the mood for DMST, but when i have those moments of weirdness that require a strange soundtrack, they definately hit the spot.
MASSIVE ATTACK- rush minute (this is from their latest album "heligoland" an album i've yet to fully reconcile with. i mean i like it, but to me, it lacked some of the dreamyness and mysteriousness of past MA releases which i've really liked. i mean i'm not a huge MA attack fan either, but yeah. haha. this track in particular to me is less trip hop/electro and more a mellow track by a band with full instrumentation, with more almost rockish leanings. not to say its loud and crazy, but still though, i liked it. the guitar parts are layered and fully formed, the bass line is simple but driven as are the drums. though it took me a few listens to get into this, overall its got a quiet and persistent drive and is an enjoyable outing)
GREG LASWELL- same as you (i had been listening to him so much that i guess my ipod figured i wanted to hear him on shuffle too! haha. i love the lyrics from this song and in fact posted them a few weeks ago on this here bloggy. i've already gushed enough about him, so i'll just say, get this record "through toledo" and the ep "covers" to start with, then you can move on to the rest of his stuff. definitaly worth it!)
BRIAN ENO & HAROLD BUDD- above changmai (did you know that his full name is
brian peter george st. john le baptiste de la salle eno. thats quite a mouthfull...no wonder he shortened it to just "eno")
BLOC PARTY- talons [phones r.i.p. mix] (though i've always had a little bit of a weakness for them, i have also had the feeling that they are a little over rated and far too self important...but thats just me. haha)
LUSCIOUS JACKSON- she be wantin it more (from their first e.p. "in search of manny)
RIPPING CORPSE- exhumation day (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA)
DESCENDENTS- i wanna be a bear (42 seconds of immature glory from "milo goes to college")
another image by valie export.
this is making me want to go out and shoot some film again with one of my random old cameras with questionable optics. some times i reallly miss the days where i carried a camera or two with me everywhere and always had rolls and rolls of film around with me and just captured images of EVERYTHING i saw (not literally...but you get the idea). you would think with digital i would still be all about that, but as soon as i made the switch, somehow the magic was lost and i stopped taking nearly as many pictures. i really should fiddle around and try to rig some of my old cameras up to do digital work with. there are definately ways, and pretty low-tech ones too, so its not like i'll have to gut a digicam to somehow mount to an old brownie or anything. we shall see.....
-is lady gaga a feminist icon? go here for two different writers take on the subject in the guardian (the first writer, who agrees gaga is in fact a feminist icon argues a much better point.the 2nd writer made a short, whiney point and didn't really sell me at all. i myself am hesitant to call her a feminist icon, but i do think there is more to her than just mere shock value)
-the next shuffalump is coming. i swear. i just...idk. haven't been invested in it this time, but since i started it, i will finish it. then i'll do another one that will hopefully keep me more interested.
-i think my subscription to juxtapoz is expired. that just dawned on me. they never sent me a little renewal card in the mail either. guess i'll have to just sign up again. hmm...
-new issue of inked magazine out now. i like to call this the fancy tattoo magazine as it features fashion, culture, music, a lot of sexy ladies (some of which don't belong in a tattoo magazine if you ask me since having 3 tattoos does not make you "edgy" but thats just my opinion) and "regular" celebrities with ink. this is in contrast to the more "fringe" type tattoo mags which tend to focus mostly just on tattoo world celebrities, profiles of shops and artists, and on industry/convention coverage. anyway, i read inked from time to time, though it can lean towards a little on the- too -trendy -for- me- side. my other complaint i have with it is that i'd like to see more in-depth interviews and articles but i guess it really isn't much more than an "extreme" fashion mag so what can i expect? haha.
-dishes + daft punk and laundry + ke$ha= light work indeed!
-not one to shy away from playing obscure shit at work, i put "bait and switch" one of my fav tracks by emilys sassy lime on the playlist i use for work (aka...all nicey nice and no curse words though on closer listen i realized there are f-bombs on this track but they are so fuzzy as to probably not even be noticed by the busy worker haha). i was sooooo excited when it came on and proceeded to tell a girl who happened to be next to me when i got excited and jumpy ALL about it to which i got some smiles, nods, and "oh really, this was a vinyl record that you converted to mp3? wow" hahaha. which is true, it was from their "some deaths take forever" 7" but i could tell the notion of punk rock and vinyl went right over her head. its all good though. haha.
-death cab is working on a new record due out next spring.
-boy do i love the smuttiness that is peaches! and i just found out that to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of her first album, "the teaches of peaches" she made a fucking OPERA called peaches does herself. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. fuck yes! her webiste also seemed to refer to this as peaches christ superstar which i kind of liked better. hahaha. my god i NEED to see this. hahahahahahahahhahaha. until then, you'll have to excuse me, i need to go listen to "fuck the pain away" and "lovertits" 47,962 times in a row. hahaha [as an aside, when i was in college...the first time.... for photography....i used to work every saturday morning in the studio and BLAST "the teaches of peaches" during my photo shoots. hahahahahaha. my favorite part about it was that i was sharing the space with a super conservative republican girl-who once had the nerve to tell me being gay was wrong-and she had to endure the smut music too! and the lab tech loved it so it was no use complaining to her about it. hahahahaha]
-twee grrrl share. its not updated very often which is a shame. def some fun stuff on here (though not all of the "twee" variety so i the name is a little misleading, but its all indie girl/punk stuff) and there are a lot of bands mentioned on here that i need to get on DL'ing. this is also affilifated with the record hospital ...which is also linked to i could die tomorrow through one of its contributors who does ICDT, RH, as well as the blog puzzle pieces. so i guess you could say TGS is also loosely linked to ICDT....kind of like 6 degrees of mp3 blog seperation! haha
-please check out and donate to, the trevor project. the trevor project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone. also check out tara 4 trevor which is a weeklong charity drive organized by actor/writer/director amber benson (she played tara for 3 seasons on buffy the vampire slayer hence the name). its a fun take on a fundraiser and if i can't do it through her drive, i def want to donate money directly to the trevor project. this kind of makes me want to do something like this for charity with my art....hmmm....any suggestions?
i just finished my first assignment for school. woooooohooooo!!!! less than a week after having reached my breaking point in my life and having the revelation that i need to get my ass back to school or else, i'm enrolled in school again and i feel good. now i'm about to do some more reading for my next assignment so i can be all ready for our class discussion later this week. a better hoosy life, here i come!!!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
above image by valie export
[i'm not a huge cat power fan and i don't really know much of her stuff...but i really like the song "he war" from which i took the name of this post. i happened upon this song on a mix cd a few years ago and i like it partly because its one of the most upbeat songs of her's i've heard, and because it remains one of the few songs i've actually figured out how to play on guitar all on my own, though that itself was accidental and not intentional. haha. in any case, i'm not exactly an aficionado with guitar so i count that as a major accomplishment. haha. and despite not being a fan, i have managed to see her play, once 10 years ago in the summer of 2000, when i was in olympia, wa. i don't remember if i took pictures, but i do remember her being very fussy and particular about the stage lighting and mentioning it more than once to the lighting techs. haha.]
-my brother called me yesterday for use of my gaydar. hahaha. he wants to know if the checkout girl at his local supermarket is gay cuz he wants to ask her out and doesn't want to waste his time if she is. from what he described to me it seems like she might be but i told him that i needed more than a telephone consultation and that we need to go on a recon mission so i can fully assess and make my analysis for him. hahaha. so you can look for me soon at a supermarket near you, hiding behind a display of cans of beans, on a gay recon mission with a really short nerdy guy. hahahahahahahaha
-speaking of girls...can't i just find one who doesn't suck? and who likes jawbox? cuz that would be a major plus...you know, in addition to not sucking.
-the lefsetz letter i've mentioned it before. here i am again. and i very well may again in the future. check it out.
-erase errata has a new 7" out, "damaged" their first release in 4 years. its also available as a digital DL (follow the link). as much as i love vinyl, i will be obtaining this digitally cuz i just have no room for vinyl anymore. sad but true.
-cokeslyvania. in addition to being its own sovereign nation, it is now also a blog. amen to that!
-i just found out the work that i had at LITM in the "superstition" show sold. hell yes! the person who bought them was there to pick them up the other night while i also just happened to be there hanging out and watching 80s movies, so i had a chance to meet her briefly. its always nice to see who buys my work and get a chance to thank them. i need to make more work like those pieces (in float frames with transparent paper overlaying words...the last time i did such a set 3 years ago, i also sold those....hmm...)
-i just DL'd sooooooooo much my dad is dead. i had 40 tracks already and stumbled upon someone on soulseek who had tons more. i didn't even realize MDID had such a prolific output...i knew they had a lot, but not 11 albums worth. i didn't manage to nab all of those albums, but a good number of them. [i used to have MDID lyrics scrawled on the steering wheel of my old car: "sometimes what matters doesn't really matter at all"] after this DL'ing escapade, i'm up to 9 albums plus some rarities for a total of 120 tracks.
-don't forget to check out the first issue of LXIX magazine. LXIX is an independently owned and operated magazine featuring XXX pornographic pictorials and underground art editorials packaged in a retro, heavily distressed design. Inspired by 70s smut, subculture & cinema, LXIX aims to blur the line between art, design and porn by blending each of these aspects into one other. LXIX will be available in print and digital form and showcases artist who's work may be too risqué for the mainstream eye.
i have some of my sticker art in the first issue and the second is being assembled now. i'm planning to submit some work to it as well so hopefully i will be in it again (though before you ask, i will not be one of the sexy models, i will just have artwork! haha). i will keep you posted of course.
i am over it.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
above is a pic of a kodak brownie hawkeye camera. it was introduced by kodak in 1949 and discontinued in 1961 you can go here for more info and links to the manual for it. i used to be, and still am somewhat, a HUGE camera geek, so i def have one of these..in fact, i might have 2 but i'd have to double check. years back in college, i shot some film with it just messing around. these models, like all old kodak models, take 620 film, which was discontinued by kodak in 1995 (it actually still is available through some websites, including B&H but its pricey...double the price or more than a roll of 120 film). its basically the same size as 120 film except the spools are bigger (i think they wind backwards too but my memory is not too clear on that). to get around this difference in size, you can re-spool 120 film on a 620 spool if you have some handy, you can trim them down, or you can just be stubborn and tenacious like i was and JAM THE SHIT in the back of the camera. hahaha. anyway, i happened upon this picture today on my computer and thought i'd share some dorkyness. hahahaha.
-HOOS IS GOING BACK TO COLLEGE...THAT'S RIGHT HOOS IS GOING BAAAAACK TO COLLEGE. i had a revelation the other day and decided it was time to stop wasting my life away so i looked around for some logistics programs and found one i liked and went for it! i got accepted and i'm working on my financial aid shit now (its giving me a headache!) and when thats all squared away, i will start class in just under a week. so if all goes well, and they take all of my previous credits and i study hard and be a good hoosy student, i will have a bachelor's in supply chain management in 2 years! hell yes! if you had asked me 10 years ago if i ever thought i'd go to college to study logistics i would have said "what the hell is logistics?" hahahaha. i'm already a logistics supervisor at work and i really like it and feel like i'm halfway decent at it haha. so why not build a long term career out of it? and with a degree i can do a hell of a lot more than just retail logistics too which is definately an incentive. after i'm done, maybe i'll even go to grad school. woohoo! hoos is getting edjumlakated!
-dadfag? yes please!
-red velvet chocolate milk is sooooo fucking AMAZING!!!!! steve brought some home the other day and it was truly divine. like jesus fucking christ himself milked the cow and made the chocolate. but good thing its only a limited edition seasonal item cuz i might love this too much. haha. its 4,000 million billion calories so loving it too much will land me in the fat farm! haha.
-cold. sucks. COLD SUCKS!
-Lambda Literary lists 10 books that deal with LGBT teen suicide and bullying. this is a great list and i def want to check out some of the books on it. if you only ever check out one link from this blog, have it be this one.
a strip from pinocchio vampire slayer, a new book by dusty higgins and van jensen available from slave labor graphics. it looks pretty cute, and along the lines of a lot of the stuff slg releases (they who brought us lenore by roman dirge, johnny the homicidal maniac by jhonen vasquez, and one of my personal favs, ubu bubu by jamie smart). i might pick it up if i get a chance cuz i like this cutesy, crazy, spazzy style. haha. the only thing i can say now without having read it and just look at the above art (which i do like) and website (theres a motion comic preview on it as well) briefly is couldn't they have picked a better name? i mean....its more than a tad bit reminiscent of oh say....that movie..and that tv show...and that other comic book about a girl....named...um..."buffy the". haha. i just thought it was a little lame as a title especially since the buffy franchise is pretty big and is so well established. but whatevs it still looks cute and i'd still check it out despite that.
-george w. bush disses kanye in his new book! go here to see a blurb in yahoo news.
-been listening to beat happening the past few days. i feel so cute on the inside and like i want to hand out candy to everyone i know!
-my head hurts. laaaaameness.