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01 April 2009 @ 10:04 am
27 December 2008 @ 02:25 pm
Shannon's Birthday

Excessive Abuses

Plan 9, Channel 7

Creamsicles In An Ice Storm
Current Music: Dwight Yoakam - "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc."
19 October 2008 @ 05:52 pm
From Judy Blume to V.C. Andrews, there's always a book circulating among teens that their parents don't want them to read. What favorite book did you have to hide from your parents?
Naked Lunch. Not due to its' reputation, but due to the fact that my parents had actually read it, and thought it was a little much for a 13-year-old. In hindsight, they were probably right.
10 September 2008 @ 12:02 am
Poetry in motion:

"Gonna buy me a graveyard of my own,
Kill everyone who ever done me wrong...

Gonna buy me a gun just as long as my arm,
Kill everyone who ever done me harm...


-Jeffrey Lee Pierce, 1980
from The Gun Club's Fire Of Love

(i'm no psychopath, but that's beautiful writing.)
05 September 2008 @ 04:29 pm
I went to Newbury Comics today to see Juliana Hatfield play an in-store appearance. It was fun. But tomorrow is an in-store with New Kids On The Block. I was talking to the dude at the counter about the rules I'd seen online. He agreed that it was insane, and let me know that it was NOT the store that set this up.

Rules For In-Store
31 August 2008 @ 12:14 am
Indie rock's obsession with "baroque pop" or "orchestral pop" or whatever you want to call it can suck my ass. Sure, i like Forever Changes and Smile too, but not every fucking songwriter needs banjos (ESPECIALLY if that's a plural eventuality, horns, and a string section, you stupid, trendy assholes.
Current Music: Cheater Slicks - "Don't Like You"
28 August 2008 @ 01:25 am
I got new drum software. I'm still learning just how to use it, since I get to program every single beat. Way more gratifying than using the pre-recorded loops I've been diddling with the past few years, but WAY more time-consuming.

Here's some retro-style background music for you, but I can't really call it a cover, 'cause I don't know how it goes, really, I only did as much as I can remember, and I didn't do bass or vocals. And Shannon's asleep in the next room anyway, and since our apt. doesn't have doors, I don't wanna stay up too much later.

This Thing Right Here.


Oh, and I've almost completed 2 new Shake songs that are way not like anything you've ever heard Shake do. I'll post 'em when they're done, so you people know that I'm at least doing SOMETHING.
Current Music: Man Or Astro-Man? - "Project: Infinity!"
26 August 2008 @ 08:02 pm
Today was a good day.

Shannon and I bought tickets to see Matthew Sweet in October.

I bought a ticket to see A Place To Bury Strangers in September.

Shannon was geeking it up with the guy at guitar center over a vintage baritone guitar.

We discovered a new record store (well, new to us) that has thousands of 7" singles for her to dig through, and tons and tons of amazing vinyl and cds for me to dig on.

I got a Ventures record, a Surfaris record, and two Thee Michelle Gun Elephant CDs. I still owe Kevin for that tip off.

Shannon got a stack of singles at a dime each, and a bunch of sleeves to finish cataloging her collection.

We then went to a cafe down the street and had amazing dinner and the best tiramisu I've had in a while, which I now know is only ever a 6 minute walk from my front door.

Today was a good day.
26 August 2008 @ 12:04 am
I think that the older I get the more Im appreciating Sonic Youth's post-Washing Machine output. It's somehow soothing. Still experimental, but harnessed into something a little more sprawlingly appealing.

Weigh in? Anyone?

Sister, however, is and will always be my favorite of their albums, but this week it's been all about A Thousand Leaves and Murray Street. Especially the long songs.
22 August 2008 @ 11:03 pm
It's been a pretty eventful week, kinda. A long one, at least.

I have a new guitar. I named it Dave. It looks like this:
The Jazzmeister

It's very encouraging that someone believes enough in my so-called "talent" to gift this to me. I'm really moved by this, in fact. I'm doing everything I can to live up to it, and use it to it's fullest extent.

I had a grounding wire disconnect in it two nights ago, not a huge deal, and the thing still plays fine. I took it to the Guitar Center I ordered it from, and their fucking dimwit repair guy didn't listen to what I said was wrong, called me and told me it was fine, i told him that he needed to take of the front plate (!), and that a grounding wire was loose. I get it home, and find that while he has reconnected the wire, it's still not fixed. NEVER get a guitar repaired at Guitar Center. Please. So I'm really irritated at that, even though I can still totally play it, I need to take it in AGAIN to somewhere ELSE and pay to get a new guitar fixed. Exasperating. But in the meantime, I have a beautiful guitar, that is the first one that feels like a paintbrush in my hands, rather than a machine gun. It's a weird feeling, and I really like it.

I've recorded the majority of 2 new songs, and they're really pretty good, and as soon as I put vocals on them this week, I'll post them. I'm calling them Shake songs, but it's a VERY different kind of Shake. The kind that might belong on Creation Records in 1993. No garage to be found.

I'm getting asked to be a groomsman in a good friend's wedding, and he asked if he could put a song of mine on his wedding "souveneir" CDs. Pretty flattering, for real.

I saw the Coke Dares at the Middle East last week, which was really weird, seeing Bloomingtonites in Boston. It was nice to see Jason Groth, and those guys are really good to an out-of-town crowd. There are way less groaners between songs, and they play like they have a lot more to prove. Good dudes. The openers were alternately fantastic (the second band with the awesome drummer), and HORRENDOUS. But I think it was their first gig as a duo (they're a side project of some Austin band - fuck Austin bands), so I'm giving them a little bit of slack.

Flatwound strings are my new favorite toy. Never really played with them before, and they're a whole new world.

I miss a lot of my former Bloomington cohorts, although there really aren't more than 2 or 3 of them left in Bloomington.

Hamlet 2 is really funny, and has the best performance of Elisabeth Shue's career. Playing Elisabeth Shue.
Current Music: Malory - "Not Here, Not Now"