Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Currently playing: "Safe And Sound" by Azure Ray.

Interesting idea in this song: "Love is how it's lost, not how it's found." Gorgeous music by these two females.

I almost always refer to females as "girls" instead of women. Is that bad? All the ladies in the house say "Yeah" and let me know if I need to change that habit of mine. I don't mean for it to be disrepectful or anything....

I have more free music to offer today. Actually, before that, two thoughts about this free music.

(1) It's not really me who is offering it. I'm just finding it and trying to put people in touch with stuff that doesn't suck.
(2) I'm not sure how long the links will stay active so get the music fast! Since I'm not hosting the music, I have no control over it's availability.

Today's offers: Last Broadcast by Doves. This is one of my favorite British bands. It's a trio from Manchester who started out in electronic dance music and have since switched to making these epic brit-pop songs that are moving and full of emotion. This is the second record and has a couple of stand-out tracks. I highly recommend "Pounding" as a place to start. (But you really should download the entire thing--I don't recommend bad music. And I'm also not a music snob....)

Second offering piggy-backs off an mp3 I suggested earlier this week. I suggested people listen to Sufjan Stevens and his eager endeavor to produce 50 albums, all as tributes to the 50 US states. c@it is the one person who has commented on the music (and Sarah at the coffee shop) so I found his first record online, FOR FREE, Greetings From Michigan.

Tough conversation today that has me wiped out. Short post, but enjoy the music.

If you don't want to suck, stop listening to mainstream radio!

(I'm running out of ideas for that little sign-off....)


Tuesday, May 03, 2005

No new music for you to download yet, but two great albums to stream. (All chick music this time too!)

First, Morcheeba. This is probably my favorite trip-hop band on the planet. Gorgeous, silky-smooth vocals and really intricate grooves and instrumentation. Chill music for sure! The album will be "out" next week, but I'm not sure when we can get it here in the US. Can't stream the entire album, but listen to what is available and you won't be sorry!

Second, Aimee Mann's new concept album, The Forgotten Arm is fantastic and typically Aimee Mann as she does better than just about any other female writer out there. This album would not have been made on a major label and is brave and interesting and rewarding. Download Quicktime for free on this site and listen to the entire thing--it's worth it!!

Finally, E-Rin-Tin-Tin passed this little passage along to me and it made me laugh hard. I'm sharing with you good people as well.

I understand that Scissors can beat Paper, and I get how Rock can beat Scissors, but there's no f*#^ing way Paper can beat Rock. Paper is supposed to magically "wrap around" Rock, rendering it immobile? Why the hell can't paper do this to scissors? Screw scissors, why can't paper do this to people? Why aren't sheets of notebook paper constantly suffocating students as they attempt to take notes in class? I'll tell you why- BECAUSE PAPER CAN'T BEAT ANYBODY! A rock would tear that shit up in 2 seconds. When I play rock, paper, scissors I always choose rock. Then when somebody claims to have beaten me with their paper, I punch them in the face with my already clenched fist and say "Oh shit, I'm sorry- I thought paper would protect you, a*#hole."


Monday, May 02, 2005

There was sleet when I was driving home today.

Just to remind everyone: IT'S MAY 2ND!! Any remnants of snow or snow-like precipitation is to be gone!

Weather has the potential of pissing me off.

I stopped to get Chinese last night and saw something I can't get off my mind. I was waiting for my chicken lo mein when an older guy waddles in. A woman comes to greet him and asks, in her unique english, "How many there be?" I looked up just in time to see the man stuff his hands deeper into his pockets and let out this huge sigh and say "It's just me.... I'm alone."

I don't know the story and don't want to begin to guess about it even. What I do know is that I'm scared of being that man. I'm scared of being alone--I never want to admit it, but it's true. It's down there, no matter how deeply I try to bury it and pretend it doesn't exist. But it's not just being alone, like that man, that I worry about. I worry about reacting that way every time it can come up--every comment I will blow out of proportion; every person I'll make feel guilty for asking; every time reminding--and reliving--a single status. I know myself well enough--I could be that guy...

I'll try to not think about it when I finish my lo mein later.

Got the cutest pictures of my nieces in the mail today. These two little twins are adorable. These pics have the cutest little tooth-ey smiles and are in frames that say "My uncle is the best." Cute and true. I'll hopefully post pics of them again soon.

For those looking for free music: You can download the entire Your Love Means Everything album from Faultline. Chris Martin, of Coldplay, sings on two of the tracks.

Also, I love the band Interpol and you can also download their album Turn On The Bright Lights. This band is unique and worth giving a shot. No one sounds like this singer...

c@it and I just agreed: Grey's Anatomy is a fantastic show. Great music on that show--you should just watch it for that reason alone. Last night, Butterfly Boucher made a sonic appearance. Postal Service and Interpol are alum as well.

Have I mentioned my hatred for the weather?

June 11. On that day, Aaron and I will run the Holland triathalon. 1/2 mile swim; 22.8 mile bike ride; 4.8 mile run.

I hope I don't drown.... I have a lot of prep to do for the swim!

Stop listening to mainstream radio. Download the Interpol record and give up on Creed/Alter Bridge/Crappy Music immediately.

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