song o’ the day

November 29, 2006

The Cudgels – “Joybang!”

This song came to me via a mix CD that Roque from the poplist sent to me some months back. I can’t find much on the Internet about the band. This song was released in 1992 as a 7 inch on Sunday Records. To my ear it sounds similar to the sound Lush was making at the time, but with surf guitar. It’s one of my favorite songs right now.

mmm, jam

November 27, 2006

This is a ridiculously cute t-shirt, that comes in kids’ sizes as well.

song o’ the day

November 27, 2006

Destroyer – “3000 Flowers”

I was a slow learner, I moved in flourishes.
I was a late-bloomer, I moved in flourishes.

song o’ the day

November 24, 2006

Of Montreal – “The Past is a Grotesque Animal”

but at least I author my own disaster

I’ve downloaded about half of Of Montreal’s yet-to-be-released new album in the past number of days and OH MY GOD. When I heard them play a few of the new songs in Greensboro recently I nodded my head with happiness, knowing the new album would have a lot of that synthy goodness that hooked me into their last two albums. But this, this is incredible. I am far more than impressed, I am amazed at how my head bops back and forth and my shoulders shimmy involuntarily whenever I play these songs. I can’t decide which one is the best, but for now “The Past is a Grotesque Animal” will stand in as my current favorite due to its sheer epicness. It is almost twelve minutes in length, and it keeps going and going and building up and building up to a crescendo that ultimately never comes. When the build-up is so awesome, we don’t need no stinkin’ crescendo.

Said the Gramophone has it up for downloading but if that doesn’t work for you do let me know because otherwise I’d love to pass it your way.

Edit: OK, it’s not there for download (but do click over there anyway…it’s kind of a funny description of the song) so I have it on sendspace here.

stuff online

November 24, 2006

My girls on the soccer field:

1. Tallulah and Matilda with Cinnamon’s kids

2. Matilda sitting on a ball and perhaps pouting

3. Matilda with soccer ball

And my very first finding aid online, of which I am very proud:

Inventory of the Casey Burns Collection

How awesome I get to sort through rock posters as a part of my job.

and the rain came down

November 22, 2006

I was in the main library on campus yesterday for the final orientation in a long series of orientations when a fire alarm began to ring out in the building. All the staff members began orderly filing out, past the students who looked up, unmoving, from their laptops and books. A voice came over the PA – “Attention please, this is not a drill.” So we all huddled outside in the cold morning, and I noticed FLURRIES OF SNOW falling from the sky, trace amounts really, like delicate breaths of snowflakes coming down. It was lovely.

And then later in the morning it started raining. And it continued raining. All day, and night. And into this morning. This is my least favorite weather type. Cold rain. It requires so much extra wardrobe planning in the morning to make the trek to and from the bus stops as waterproof as possible. Despite the fact that galoshes are quite the trendy item this year (and last), they are indispensable – campus is riddled with puddles – so I purchased a pair recently. And then there will be flats in a plastic bag to change into at work because I can’t stomp around in boots all day at work. And then nylon knee socks so that they will dry quickly once I get to work. And then legwarmers over the knee socks because nylon doesn’t do much in the way of warmth. And then wool skirt and sweater for their warmth despite getting wet. And then wool overcoat, mittens, scarf, hat. And umbrella.

Hello winter.

song o’ the day

November 17, 2006

New Order – “Bizarre Love Triangle”

Every time i think of you
I feel shot right through with a bolt of blue.
It’s no problem of mine but it’s a problem I find,
Living a life that I can’t leave behind.
There’s no sense in telling me.
The wisdom of a fool won’t set you free.
But that’s the way that it goes,
And it’s what nobody knows,
While every day my confusion grows.

I only ever got a sense of just how brilliant New Order was until I met Sean. Coming of age in the mid-90s, New Order was just one of those bands I always heard on the radio, and then it was one of those bands that every undergrad had in their CD collection, even if they only had 10 CDs, they had The Best of New Order among them. Like with the Beach Boys, when you hear songs over and over again out there in the cultural mainstream, it can be difficult to really sit down and realize, wow, these people make really incredible music. And they do.

This is of course one of those hits that was always on the radio, and it’s for good reason because goddamn it’s good. New Order really knew how to kick out a beat. It’s a pity their lyrics were often so bad – this is one where they’re actually quite straightforward and good.

song o’ the day

November 15, 2006

Califone – “3Legged Animals”

Leave your memories; we’re almost new.
Sleep for me, sleepless.
Dream for me, dreamless.

I startled awake this morning with this song in my head. I had seen the band play live just hours before, and it was great to wake up in the dark, dark morning and climb out of the cocoon of blankets with this song buzzing in my head. It made it easier to push forward into the day, despite wanting to stay warm and asleep. This song, though the words are cryptic, is very positive, very “Go onward, you can do it” in feel.

Califone were pretty impressive. Such a rich sonic texture. (Ha ha, I can’t believe I just typed that.) I’m too tired to say much more about it. It was a very late show.

You can download the song from here. I highly recommend doing that.


November 13, 2006

How to talk about one’s self without sounding like a total ass?

How to relate what really made me happy about this and that social event without sounding like a vapid trendster?

How to talk about my day without giving away all my secrets?

How to be self-reflective in a journal while maintaining a “do not think about things too much” policy of action?

is it super connected?

November 8, 2006

For the last week or so my stomach has been clenched tightly, and I’ve been having trouble eating as much as I should. I frequently feel like throwing up. It’s not pregnancy-related nausea (goodness knows I know what that feels like…) but I think it’s more nervous-related. I’ve never localized my nervousness into my stomach before, usually it stays in my head, so this is new for me.

In conversation with one my friends yesterday a song came up, Broken Social Scene’s “Superconnected” and while listening to it yesterday evening these lines came into my mind:

But I don’t really want to think about those things anymore.
I really don’t want to think about those things.

So I’m going to try not to.

But all my concerns are minuscule today because THE REPUBLICANS LOST THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES last night. Hell yes.