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I heard this song on npr the other day and have been obsessed with it since. It's sort of unique in terms of instrumentation, with an off-kilter, rolling beat. Best yet, you can download the track for free here.
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List seven songs you are into right now, no matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your Live Journal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

1. The Teddybears featuring Iggy Pop: Punkrocker - Iggy is the Man. Period.

2. Auf der Maur: Followed the Waves -- it's all about that primal scream in the intro; it makes my ovaries tingle and my chi jump.
3. Bloc Party: I Still Remember - the tenderest song about an awkward teenage moment, ever.

4. Silversun Pickups: Lazy Eye -- alternately screamy and dreamy.

5. 30 Seconds to Mars: The Kill -- very cool riffs, interesting song structure, and Jordan Catalano. (what?!?)

6. Muse: Satellite- big pop electrorocklovesong. Whee!

7. Neko Case: Deep Red Bells -- this could be any one of a number of her songs. I picked this one randomly.

I'm not tagging anyone; do it if  you like. :)
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Behold the beauty that is the lyrics to the new M.I.M.S. song, cleverly titled This Is Why I'm Hot.

    I'm hot 'cause I'm fly
    You ain't 'cause you not
    This is why, this is why, this is why I'm hot

Does it not make you want to weep? I know I feel a tear coming right now, or maybe that's a wave of nausea.

In less sarcastic music commentary, I am smitten with Punkrocker by the Teddybears featuring Iggy Pop. (Oh please, if you know me this should be no surprise. Iggy could sing the alphabet song and I'd be smitten.) The synth line gets under my skin and writhes down my spinal cord, until I'm flailing around the room and singing "I listen to the music with no fear. You can hear it too if you're sincere." It's just so...punk rock Great Pumpkin or something, man. I am hooked.

Lastly, are any locals going to see Neko Case at the Belly Up on the 18th? I'd love to go, but it ain't happening. If you're going, bring me along in spirit. kthx.
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Rise Against: The Sufferer and the Witness
Completely un-poppy punk rock with a political message. I get all wibbly just thinking about Tim McIlrath screaming out the chorus of "Prayer of the Refugee." Seriously.

Got it, thanks to Jesse. It is shiny and good. :)

Black Keys: Magic Potion
Lo-fi no-frills old school rock, mean riffs, and vocals reminiscent of Paul Rogers. Yum.

Silversun Pickups: Carnavas
The current single, Lazy Eye, is alternately dreamy and screamy. I am intrigued. Want more.

Bloc Party: Weekend in the City
I wanted to marry their last album; of course I want this one.

*checks pockets*
*finds lint*
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Received this morning on a glbt-chorus mailing list to which I'm subscribed:

"GLBT singers have been asked to participate in governor elect Ted Strickland's inaugural festivities. On Sunday January 14 at 12:00 there be a gala program at which we will sing two pieces.

I think this is such an affirmation. Ohio has the most restrictive laws pertaining to GLBT persons, and that we were invited to sing at the State House as part of the opening festivities of Strickland--wow!"
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Willie Nelson covering the Pansy Division. Cowboys are Secretly Frequently (Fond of Each Other).

Try it, I'm serious. It kicks ass.
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1. Next week, watch Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. I am for serious. Smart, funny, well-done, character-driven ensemble show FOR THE WIN!

2. If you haven't done so, make sure you never ever watch Fantastic Four. Honestly, I was lying on the couch with a lowgrade fever and I still consider watching it a waste of my life. Michael Chiklis tries not to suck but no one else on the cast or crew seems bothered in the slightest by the roaring sound of the vacuum created by the suckiness of this movie.

run-on sentence FOR THE WIN!

3. Ani Difranco tomorrow night. Locals should go. For serious.

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I've lived in San Diego roughly 6 years now, run trails, gone for hikes. Before that, I lived in Phoenix where I hiked, walked trails, et cetera. I had never seen a rattlesnake in the wild, though.

I can now amend that statement. [livejournal.com profile] virginmartyr1 and I went for a walk at dusk at Mission Trails Park and saw three good-sized rattlesnakes doing their early evening heat soak.

I think next time we'll go for a walk just a little bit earlier.


How was everyone's weekend? Anything exciting happen?


In other news: The 2006 Drum Corps International World Championship! Broadcast on ESPN2! Tonight at 8pm!
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Answer: Singing at a memorial service for someone I don't know, choking on incense and references in the homily to Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ.

It was nice to sing Precious Lord, Take My Hand. That's a good hymn.

I will endeavor to make up for the morning by drinking lots of red wine at Frenchie's birthday party. But first, I must engage in strenuous exercise so as to sweat out any lingering Holy Spirit. Amen.
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  1. Season 2 of South of Nowhere premiers on September 29th. Shut up, yes I know it's on Noggin. I don't care. There are two queer girls who are dating, dammit. Not "having a drunk kiss" or doing stunt lesbianism, but flirting and laughing and going dancing and making out in cars and dating. I will tune in to watch this; yes I will occasionally make fun of myself for watching a teen show but I will not stop watching cute girls dating!

  2. I bought the new Secret Machines album, 10 Silver Drops. Verdict=thumbs up. It took a couple of listens with the stereo cranked up before I realized how much I like the disc. I think that's the best way to listen them. They make grand long epic layered musical concoctions and you need to give yourself room to soak everything in. It's a good thing. Go buy it.

  3. I've been bumped off a low-priority project to dogpile on the #1 project. This is good, this is a bummer, but I'm choosing to remain positive. I'll get another chance to really showcase my talents soon enough. I just need to be patient.

  4. Still working on those lyrics. They currently have a PJ Harvey mixed with Shirley Manson feel. We'll see what turns out.

    I wonder if I remember any chords on the guitar? Hmmm

  5. That is all.
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Music meme. A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away, [personal profile] mosca gave me a letter of the alphabet.  Now I give you five songs that start with the letter E. Files via yousendit, since savefile is currently being wonky.

Weezer - El Scorcho. (Articles count if they're non-English. *thbbbbbbbbbbbbbblt*) God damn you half-Japanese girls. Seriously, has there been a better, odder way to open a song? I think not. I have extra love for this song because of the line "or the redhead said to shred the cello." I knew that chick. Just, you know, not biblically. No matter what her husband thought.
Pairs well with: kegs of beer.

Radiohead- Electioneering This is one of my favorite Radiohead songs. Or, at least one of my favorite Radiohead-with-bone-crunching-guitar-songs. Snarling leads, snarling vocals, the disdainful it's just business. This goes on repeat during every election season.
Pairs well with: hard cider and a blow upside the head.

Steve Earle - Everyone's in Love with You I shouldn't love this song like I do. His voice is a ruined growl, it makes my throat ache to listen to him. But I feel that bone-aching feeling of loving the wrong damned person, too.
Pairs well with: cheap bourbon.

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs- El Matador (see first entry. said rule was written for this song) Open up for some Rock En Espanol circa '96 or so. Great loping beat, horns, vocals and a fantastic breakdown.
Pairs well with: cana

Ella Fitzgerald- Embraceable You One of my all-time favorite singers, singing a lush arrangement of a Gershwin classic. I don't think I need to say more.
Pairs well with: fine wine and firelight
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I just picked up the re-release of Short Sharp Shocked. I had it on cassette way back in the day; I'm pretty sure I wore the thing plumb out. The album (and much of Michelle's early catalog) was out of print for roughly 10 years. Imagine my glee to see a brand-new, remastered CD with a whole extra disc of bonus material.

On the way home, I listened to "Black Widow" and that hammered dulcimer sounded so sweet and clear that I almost cried. It feels like welcoming home an old friend.
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1. For some reason, I no longer own any Dead Milkmen cd's. I very very much need to have the song "Life is Shit" in my collection; does anyone have it?

2. [profile] virginmartyr1 and I were Good Lesbians and saw Indigo Girls last night. I hadn't seen them since I lived in Phoenix. Good show, lots of fun; I was surprised at how many of the lyrics I recall.

3. I've come to the odd realization that I'm a cowboy. Seriously. Don't believe me? Go here, she explains the whole thing. Chaotic good = cowboy = me.

Does this make me Mal? Dude.

4. Dead Milkmen. For me. Please.
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I really didn't know what to expect last night. The Sister Singers Network is a loose affiliation of "feminist-minded choruses;" that phrase brings to mind lots of birkenstocks and tie-dye. While that's certainly true for a chunk of the participants, there's a lot more to the delegates than that.

Last night's opening ceremonies were wonderful. Sound Circle opened the festival with Praises for the World. At times, I felt the piece wavered on the brink of Linus-in-the-pumpkin-patch Sincerity; my inner punk chick still scoffs at earnest declarations of love for our Beautiful Amazing Mother Earth(tm). But in the end, it was a moving, textured work and I thanked them for presenting it.

Annajoy Springer's opening address was much more to my taste, as its intent was to map "the intersection between feminism and punk rock." She read aloud exerpts of her novel in progress; the subject matter was a bit depressing (aren't all star-crossed love stories?) but the writing and delivery were crisp and bright.

Then SDWC took the stage with the Black Storytellers of San Diego for a reprise of our collaborative work, "Women Rising: Our Lives through Story and Song." I can't speak to how the program went off from the audience's perspective, but from the stage it was an amazing, energetic, thrilling evening. We were loose, engaged and sang from the heart -- hard not to when the Storytellers prefaced most of our pieces with amazing readings. By the time we asked the audience to join us for We Shall Overcome, I couldn't contain my energy and when everyone in the audience stood up and linked arms I was over the moon. Wow!

It's such a letdown that I have to go to work today. Ah well, there's more festival tonight...

desmond :(

May. 26th, 2006 07:34 am
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Salon.com Arts & Entertainment | The Fix:
Ska icon Desmond Dekker -- who had hits like "Israelites" and "You Can Get It If You Really Want" with Jimmy Buffett -- died of a heart attack at his home in England on Thursday. He was 64. (Associated Press)
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I heard "Crazy" for the first time this morning and just now I heard it again.

*brain gets eaten*
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"I am a teller of tales. And I want other people to hear them..."


We are pleased to bring you exclusive news that the first ever PJ Harvey DVD will be released by Island Records on May 1st 2006.

Titled "PJ Harvey On Tour - Please Leave Quietly" and directed by Maria Mochnacz, it was filmed during the Uh Huh Her Tour and offers an intimate and insightful look into a world of touring, performing and travelling.

Having finished her seventh album Uh Huh Her in the autumn of 2003, Polly took to the road with a four-piece band. The collection of performances featured on 'PJ Harvey On Tour' charts her journey through summer festivals, to her UK and European tour and on to the US in October 2004, creating a patchwork quilt of sights and sounds.

Live performances taken from the tour are combined with behind-the-scenes footage and material. Stage sets are constructed and dismantled, sound-checks take place and recording studios are explored. PJ Harvey shares her thoughts and feelings about the process of touring through unique video diary footage, giving a very personal account of life on the road.

Featuring two previously unreleased tracks, Uh Huh Her and Evol, the cameras are also on hand to capture contributions from crew members working on the tour, giving a complete picture of the day-to-day experience of touring. Extras include a unique 28 minute interview with Harvey which sees her share her thoughts on writing, recording and performing.

The tracklisting, which spans Polly's career, features the following songs:

Meet Ze Monsta / Dress / Uh Huh Her / Taut / Down By The Water / It's You / Big Exit / Harder / The Darker Days Of Me & Him / A Perfect Day A Perfect Day Elise / Victory / Catherine / Who The Fuck? / Evol / My Beautiful Leah / The Letter

*faints from the wanty-ness*


Mar. 15th, 2006 04:42 pm
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Anyone have much experience with this? Anyone on it? I've just signed up and am playing a shitload of my music just to "train" the recommendation feature to work a little better. We're making progress: instead of Smashing Pumpkins (ew) we've finally switched over to Arcade Fire. Much better.

So, pointers? Tips? Suggestions? Really cool users I should check out?

tra la

Mar. 3rd, 2006 08:27 am
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Reposting 'cause I like this picture. I was getting a lot of cool effects on my digital camera that night, with long exposure times etc. I played with Photoshop a little to increase the pixilation, because I happen to like the pixilation. (If you knew the guys in Whitechapel, I think you'd understand why blurring their faces seems to be an appropriate artistic statement.)

Also, I need more Wire. Anyone have some I can bootleg?
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Pics of Dead Letter Room and Whitechapel taken 021706 can be found here.




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