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Summer Fun

August 28th, 2006 | Comments Off | Posted in Entertainment, Personal

Well, the big pool party I’d been planning went off this weekend… everything went very smooth and I think everyone had a great time. The turnout was great, and I must say I was very flattered by the utter pandemonium that broke loose when I finally jumped into the pool. Plus Kellie had the (ingenious!) idea of buying a couple disposable underwater cameras and passing them around, which worked out awesome because (1) the things worked amazingly well and gave us good pics and (2) I actually get to be in some of my own pictures. I think I’m gonna start doing that for all my parties, even the ones on dry land. That said, I take full credit for the idea of passing teeny little squirtguns. I have my moments.

Anyways, it was enough fun that it demands to become a tradition. Just wait till next year.

I’m a Bad, Bad Man

August 21st, 2006 | Comments | Posted in Personal, Politics, Site Info

Sorry for the lack of posting lately. I’ve had a couple political/philisophical-style rants I’ve been wanting to get down on paper, but this weekend I was swamped with getting my car fixed and shopping for my pool party next weekend (you think Socrates or Gautama ever had to deal with auto mechanics? No!). I’ve also been working on a new musical project… writing songs and lyrics for a “concept” album. I’m not ready to reveal the concept quite yet, but those of you who need to know already do. And I’ve also had an awesome idea for a book, but who has time to write these days?

Lastly, I’ve been reading Larry Gonick’s Cartoon History of the Universe recently. These things are hilarious and incredibly packed with information; I plan to make my children read them. And one thing you realize when you pass over the bloody, vicious history of human civilization: we are real softies these days. Even India, birthplace of Buddhism and Jainism, has a history of death and torture that would make any modern American’s toes curl. People like silly old Jack Thompson who claim that video games (!!!) are the cause of society’s ills should try this excercise: close your eyes, spin a globe, point at a spot (that isn’t on Antarctica), and thoroughly read the entire history of that place. Be sure to take note of every invasion, impressment, rape, pillaging, torture, stabbing, mutiny, revolution, beheading, decimation, poisoning, disembowelment, violent coup, etc, etc, etc… and if you’re lucky enough to get any place in Europe, Asia, or (god forbid) the Middle East, I hope you have a few weeks.

When Jesus Closes a Door, He Opens a Window

August 1st, 2006 | Comments Off | Posted in Music, Personal

He’s just magic like that. Here, I’ll give you a couple examples.

This weekend I had the lucky priviledge of attending the hot and sweaty Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Great bands, good company… all around good times. Highlights include watching John Darnielle making a gun with his fingers during Mission of Burma’s “That’s When I Reach for My Revolver”, highly energetic sets from Man Man and The National, a really kickass setlist choice by the Mountain Goats (open with Jenny and then go straight into Source Decay? Eff yeah!), and the always entertaining Art Brut. But now that it’s all over, what shall I look forward too?

SXSW, that’s what!!! The website has officially opened up for South by Southwest 2007, and I’ve got my badge and hotel already booked. Start clearing your schedules, people: March 13-18 2007, we are taking over Austin. Rock!

Another example… tonight at 7pm, NPR is carrying one of the last handful of Sleater-Kinney shows, live. I only got one chance to see SK, which was at the SXSW kickoff party for 2006, and I can say that rarely have I been so impressed by a live show. This is a band which (in my opinion) simply can’t be appreciated on record the way they can live, and unfortunately records are the only way they will be experienced from now on. So what’s a depressed music fan to do?

Why, enjoy the birth of another soon-to-be-legendary band… The Old Fashioned Way! Yup, we got our reel back from the studio and it sounds pretty darn good. I threw together a rough mix of “Robot on Fire” that you can listen to right here. I’m really excited about how this came out, and it’s just a first mix, so let me know what you think.

Anyways, for kicks, here’s a clip of Dan Bejar doin’ his thing in the Chicago heat. Peace out.