The [Ninja Turtles] henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady have hijacked the musical genres for us just like the Lone Ranger hijacked the William Tell Overture for our parents.

- xkcd

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

song 2

Song 2 for this CD is giving me a lot of trouble. I re-listened to the Jazzanova that I have and nothing there is quite what I'm loking for. In fact, I think I'm moving Jazzanova down to where the six organs/tortoise song was.

So much so that I really want to just use the Blur song "Song 2." However, I think that song is still a little to recent to get away with that -- meaning not old enough to get "retro" points and not quite new enough to be current. Here are my current thoughts:
1) Chinese song --> I have some Chinese folk songs available and one or two, "Racing Horses" especially, is rather fast and a longtime personal favorite
2) The Magnificents --> Digital Dirt or Blueprint -- both are pretty uptempo and might make pretty good uptempo songs, I'm just not sure how they're going to transition from some jazz-rock trumpet wailing
3) Pearl Jam --> go back to(one of) my favorite album(s) and the one that seemed to mark the end of a love affair for the world. "Spin the Black Circle," "Not for You," "Whipping."

that's all for today

Monday, May 16, 2005

CD stuff

Alright, you gotta start it hot and heavy, so I think I'm gonna lead off with

1) Chase - Get it on
2) Jazzanova - (song under debate)

Then kind of alt-folk around with

3) The Evens - Shelter Two (for the chorus of "it's all downhill from here")
4) Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day
5) Canasta - Slow Down Chicago
6) The Neins - (?)

Transition out of that and into "indie" set

7) The Wrens -
8) Torpedo - Declare despair
9) Seven Feet Four - Last Days of Summer

Into energy set

10) The Russian Futurists -
11) Juliet -
12) ??Caribou?? -

Back to alt
11) Faraquet
12) The Sames - In Liberty Lights
12) Torpedo - Declare Despair

A little Metal
14) C Average

Close it out and slow it down
15) The Magnificents
16) Six Organs of Admittance
17) Comets on Fire

We'll see how long this lasts

edit(s): fixing/adding song titles throughout day

lots and lots

So it's been a rather up and down past ten days but I think my optimism is finally reasserting itself.

Some good news:

1) My evolutionary interests are reasserting themselves thanks to finding cool new evolution/science blogs with lots of intelligent people (see: Pharyngula, evolgen)

2) More music love (post to follow shortly), and I'm going to try and begin a weekly "column" on music in case my brother decides to actually revive his mostly defunct web review site.

3) Chicago was a lot of fun and it was good to reunite the "fearsome foursome" although the loss of La Pasadita was a fell blow indeed.

Bad news:

1) I'm single again (I think -- late developments have made this process slightly more ambiguous or at least opened the possibility that my status may change again soon)

2) I spent the weekend in bed reading old cliche'd (not sure how to make that a word) fantasy books and eating bad junk food

3) I'm broke. Nothing relating to this website but more the fact that cars are expensive and such. Oh well

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Once More

A days worth of digging for new bands yields a few promising leads

1) The Sames - good ol' indie/garage rock that is kind of like The Strokes but better (and I love The Strokes)
2) The Village Arena - melodic punk rock from LA
3) Temper Temper - post-punk + Danzig vocals
4) The Russian Futurists - pretty cool, keyboards and some neat effects and fuzzy bass. (via fluxblog)

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

May music compilation

So, I am part of a group that puts together music that each member is listening to of late. May is my month so I am trying to put together my compilation for the group. It should be accurate and yet there is a little drive to impress.

So far, my hypothetical CD goes as follows (I might sidebar this so I don't just keep posting variations):

there isn't an order yet (or even a song since I'm at work)

The Evens
The Magnificents
The Wrens
Comets on Fire
The Neins
Helio Sequence

Other possibles:
Vienna Teng (sf area folk-ish piano)
Joanna Newsom (sf area fok-ish harp)
Loquat (extra sf local, pop-ish)
Pearl Jam (to remind people they exist)
Blur (alternate band for the same reason)
British Sea Power

I am still looking for a few more songs so if anyone wants to tos an mp3 my way, feel free.

Latest news

Whales off the starboard bow! Ahoy mates, well, I wasn't on a ship but I did go visit Point Reyes on the Northern California coast and what should I see but four frolicking whales! It was interesting and pictures will be added shortly.

Crisis = Danger + Opportunity debunked (prety effectively for me) and also some criticism of the term laowai here.

bye for now.