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

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Get your X-Wing here!

Wasn't the X-Wing a model produced by a company named Incom. I ask, but I need no confirmation because I once held three movies in high regard. Lo, how the mighty have fallen.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Where in the world is fulsome San Diego, Redux?

I'll give you a hint, AG. We went to a college that has the same name as the town in which it resides. The state is Wisconsin and the college was founded a few years before the state was..umm...statified.

Now get your atlases, kids!

First one to guess right wins a kiss!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Gobble. Gobble? Gobble! Gobble. Gobble. Gobble. SQUAK! Gobble. Gobble. Gobble! Gobble? Gobble.

Monday, November 21, 2005

The Day of Reckoning is Upon Us!

In three days hence, the day of engorgement shall come! All shall feast upon the great beast of commerce and DESPAIR!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Pretentious Poetry Thursday!!!

I am a leaf,
I float on the gusts of destiny.
I am a stone,
I am scoured by the sands of time.
I am a river,
I flow in a great ocean of anonymity.
I am a cloud,
I wisp away aloof and remorseless.
I am a star,
I am burning with eternal loneliness.
I am entropy,
I devour all in my quest for enlightenment.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Where in the World is fulsome San Diego?

What has happened to the WRN crew? Have they gone and left me as the sole representative? I guess I'll just have to represent them. But not re-present them. People who stick re-s in front of everything should be tossed in the well next to the people who stick pe at the end of shop and on top of the people who use extra es at the end of old. Bastards.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Friday Random 10: Who Stole My Saxophone?

You know it you love it, plus maybe now we're free from the scourge of poetry

The White Stripes – The Nurse: Jack White is an inestimable mystery. This song torments me with its clear desire to break out in a full fledged frenzy of rock’n’roll but is somehow repressed by the overwhelming power of a vibraphone. 5/10
Out Hud – The Song So Good They Named It Thrice: Electroclash is about the coolest name for a sub-genre out there (although glitch goth won a recent car pool naming competition). I find it terribly pleasing ad only wish it wasn’t one of those things that seems unable to hold up to the media spotlight. Every time it gets close to being cool it far too quickly dives back into the world that created it. These guys have a lightly higher beep to beat ratio than I find ideal but are generally decent 6/10
The Lovemakers – Shake That Ass: The song title pretty much says what needs to be said. Oh, other than that it’s a bad disco song on an otherwise palable album. Let me know and I’ll e-mail the mp3 because it’s funny and deserves to be spread far and wide. 6/10 (key line: “you can have anything you want if you shake that ass for me”)
The Thrills – Hollywood Kids: Irish boys name checkin’ California? I’m not even sure what more I have to add about that other than I still find this to be the best ever California country bar band and I don’t understand how they ended up stranded in Ireland. 2/10
Dirty Three – Rain On: I have to abstain from serious commenting on this song because it deserves more attention than I’m willing to give it right now. Friday afternoon verdict: too minimalist, and lacking in direction 3/10
Kent – Lifesavers: Booming 90’s shoegaze with Radiohead production values. Is there more to life than this? Not much. This song isn’t quite as adventurous as some others but please, just keep that distortion pedal pressed down to the floor. 6/10
Four Tet – Smile Around the Face: Oh wait, here’s pretty much the true definition of perfection. I’m not normally a super-electronic guy (computer collection is skewed significantly from CD collection) but this song (and album) are amazing. This song des pretty effectively encapsulate the feeling of having a smile wrap around your face 9/10. When the melody, such as it is, finally clicks in it is enough to dance for joy and know that new and interesting music still gets made 10/10.
The Flaming Lips – Waitin’ For a Superman: If you don’t know this song, you’ll pretend that you do so I’ll just give it 8/10 and we move on.
Four Tet – High Fives: We are now later in the album and so the song takes even longer to acquire form. I already have to retract my beep to beat ratio comment because there are lots of beeps and the beaty of this song is that they keep moving them around the beat. Anyways, think of wind chimes that sound like a sporadically struck xylophone and a rogue high hat line with some random whizzing and chirping and you have another song that I love 7/10
The Beastie Boys – Shazam!: Kind of a jolt to the system after the previous five songs [also note last weeks Beastie Boys disclaimer] this song allows us to end the week on a “phat” beat with some of the most ridiculous lyrics ever. Provalone and gorgonzola? Way to reach for some polysyllabic words there, boys. Offhand, I think it’s the worst song off the album. 4/10

Lucky number 11, to improve my chances with the ladies: Soul Coughing – Mr. Bitterness

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Poetry Challenge

I challenge anyone else to start posting home made poetry regularly. No content limits and whatever style and meter you want. Here is my first salvo:

Cold feet in the morning,
Warm bed at night.
Elvis on the radio,
Singing, baby, it's all right.

Can fulsome retaliate? Will dontEatnachos whither in the face of my rhymes? Stay tuned to find out!

Monday, November 07, 2005

How Young is Too Young?

I am 27. Is a junior in college too young? I am just curious, this has absolutely no bearing on life. None at all.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Friday Random 10: Somebody call a DJ

I realize I missed the pre-party last night but perhaps we'll revisit it this weekend.

Also compare my list to tehl4m3 and popren. Oh and UC has one too but everyone who reads this reads that, I'm pretty sure (or should). Actually, I think everyone probably reads the other ones too because we all wuv each other soooo much.

Let's get it started

1. The Beastie Boys -– The Brouhaha: I know having The Beastie's as about the only hip-hop I own makes me ridiculously "white bread" but that'’s the way it goes. That said, I think this song is good and I am glad to own this album
2. The Black Heart Procession -– The End of Love: A 12 second intro to their album. The chords are kind of sad and they actually do serve nicely to transition out from the hip-hop into the next song so it is locationally blessed
3. Xiu Xiu - Clowne Towne: This song is beautiful. I could get into avant-garde percussion if all of it ended up as beautiful as this song. His straining voice complements the various sounds accompanying him and these great cymbal crashes and other percussive elements fall in all the right places.
4. Xiu Xiu -– Support Our Troops OH! (Black Angels): This song reminds us all of the dangers of avant-garde percussion because we start off with some spoken word anger towards jocks and then some crazy guitar string slide frenzy and other appropriately discordant sounds. It is appropriate for the sentiment he is trying to convey and definitely music that you experience and don’t necessarily enjoy.
5. NOFX -– Don'’t Call Me White: Well, it makes sense when you’re a teenager and trying to show you’re not racist but not quite sure how to go about it. This song is a result of my attempt to understand Nachos psyche. It suffers from the crazy transition but it I still can’t quite hate that California punk sound
6. The Zutons -– Confusion: A much slower track from one of my pet British bands. More tenor sax please! Still it is a decent song. Mostly, I'’m hoping they stay around long enough to put out one more album
7. Hairdoctor -– Major Label: An interesting Icelandic band. Think Duran Duran meets Mum (according to their producer). Pretty cool and total hipster cred bonus
8. Coralie Clement - Bientot: Again, feeding my inner exclusive nerd we move over to some silky French vocals. Apparently she has worked with Nada Surf and some jazz musicians but this song is a very French cross between jazz and folk with her voice whispering over the top.
9. Deerhoof -– Bone-Doctor: I really really dig this new album. This song violates what (relatively) little I know of Deerhoof history because one of the guys sings. However, it moves nicely from the smooth French vocals to some art-rockers tryng to sound pretty
10. Blur -– The Debt Collector: We now round out the triumvirate of doom. We have Blur trying to sound like a gypsy circus. There’s a trumpet and flute playing one of those timeless little ditties that ccould accompany people swinging from the trapeze. I always just sway back and forth while I listen to this song because that’s as close as I get to gymnastics.

Bonus: The English Beat -– All Out to Get You

UPDATE: teh p0s3r made me fix his link and points out my faith in popren has been for naught. Instead, here's a link to the groovy chick (never met her before but maybe she'll show up to the party).