Thursday, January 27, 2005

Long Time, Nothing New...or maybe so....

So, I haven't posted in a long time, not like anyone reads this anyway...

Welp, not much to report. Life just seems to get more confusing, and so I just shut up and go to work and hope it gets a little easier the next day. Is that sad? I'm not so sure that it really is...

Listening to the Jayhawks - "Save It For A Rainy Day"...what a great tune, and man what incredible harmonies.

Still reading the Elliott Smith book...can't seem to read it too fast, scares me and makes me sad, so I guess I'm soaking it up slowly.

Sorry if I'm glum...I'll try and post somethin' CHIPPER the next time I feel that way.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

This Fucking Time of Year

Well, it's been a while. It's okay though, I don't delude myself into thinking that anyone reads this thing. I think it's here more for my own ramblings to myself.

It's the end of the year and that breeds contemplation and reflection so here's mine:

It wasn't great, it wasn't terrible. Another year gone by and I feel closer to somethings and farther from others. I am not sure I am getting anywhere or maybe I am, if I had the fucking answers I wouldn't be typing this "BLOG". There are some folk who came into my life this year and I would like to tell them thanks and I love you. There are those who drifted in and out and I say to you I hope you'll stay. Then there are a few that I have said goodye to and for a few of them I say good riddance and fuck you. I hope it catches up to you later in life, God knows you deserve it.

Now I want to give a brief "Best-of" kinda thing -

For me in 2004 the best in :

Film

Garden State
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Bourne Supremacy
I heart Huckabees
* and I have yet to see "The Life Aquatic" but I am sure Wes will not dissappoint.

Music

Elliott Smith - From A Basement On The Hill
Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
Darth Vato - Havoc
Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell
Oliver Future - The Fucked Up Bear Chronicles - ep
The Shins - Oh Inverted World (okay I just now bought it, sorry technicalists)



So that's my fancy (and somewhat predictable) favorites kinda list.
And if you do read this there are 4 people in particular I wanted to say something to:

1. Eric Grubbs - you are a great person and someone I admire whether or not you know it. You know who you are and what you like and aren't afraid to admit your shortcomings and your gifts. Thanks for your co
nstant thoughts and musical updates.

2. Mattie - I missed you for the 5 or so weeks that we drifted and even though I have only known you a year or so I love you so much and hope you never stray from me nor I from you. You are someone I need for my sanity's sake and someone who has so much yet to accomplish.

3. Kevin
- You have been so much to me I can't really say. This year brought me you and you brought me new direction and that alone is enough to call the year "worth it". I hope there are so many more to come.

4. Alison - You are my rock. You make me laugh. Thank you for putting up with my shit, and loving me anyway. I think you'll know what I mean when I say I wouldn't be "here" if it wasn't for you. I love you.


It's been a long December, maybe this year will be better than the last.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Tomorrow the Green Grass, Today the Grey Sky

So I am in Austin for the weekend for some friends' wedding and naturally that means I must've made a trip to the grand Waterloo Records store. And so I did despite the rain, which was out in force today, and I spent a good hour or so hunting through their wonderful vinyl LP selections and browsing the large CD collection. And for those of you keeping score, here's what I came up with:

First, I bought "Tomorrow the Green Grass" by the Jayhawks (on CD) because I didn't already own it (I know, shame shame...) and of course the brief ride home proved it to be an outstanding purchase (especially for only $10.99).

Second, I found the most recent Spoon record "Kill the Moonlight". Granted, it's not their best album (that would be 2001's "Girls Can Tell") but I am venturing out to see them in a week or so (Dec. 3rd at Trees in Dallas) and I wanted to hear some more of the recent stuff. Let me add that the first single "The Way We Get By" is good enough to merit buying the whole record, but there are some other great tunes as well.

Finally, and I may take a ribbing for this but I don't care because I genuinely like them, I bought the most recent 7" from the Strokes - "The End Has No End" from the "Room On Fire" album. It was more of a collector thing since I have several other 7"'s from them already, but I am excited to get home and spin it because it has a b-side I have not yet heard called "Clampdown". Also, it appears the Strokes are already at work recording their third album, for those of you that care. Let's hope it's something a little different even though I still enjoyed the last one.

So, if you're reading this I know that this isn't the most exciting blog ever, but IF you're reading this then you probably know and love me (or at least like me) and you know how much I love this kinda shit.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The FBI truck that's parked outside

So I've decided to start one of these. I'm not exactly sure why, but blame my friend Eric if you need too.

Not exactly sure what I will "blog" on about, but probably just what I am thinking about for the day/week/hour etc...


I just finished listening to Wilco on Morning Becomes Eclectic (which is where the title of this post came from) and it was utterly fantastic. I know I am not the first person to place my head firmly up Jeff Tweedy's ass, but I have to say that I do enjoy the view. Jeff (as I like to call him) had some real great insights as to what making music really is and how overblown a lot of people/media/etc tend to make it. I particularly enjoyed him likening it to kids drawing on the ground with crayons. Wilco finished with some live tunes, ending with "Be Not So Fearful" by Bill Fay. This may be one of the best ballads ever written, if it is in fact fair to call it a ballad.

Can't seem to get "Shadowlands" by Ryan Adams out of my head...maybe it's all this rain that we seem to be plagued with as of late. Oh well, could be worse.