Archive for May, 2007

I hate scrabble!!!

I usually don’t write posts about things I hate. I leave that to the pros. But Charley just mentioned Scrabble.

I hate Scrabble!

Nothing sucks the potential energy out of a fun night of board games more than Scrabble does. Those little wooden tiles, with their little point values. And the the long, long, long waits while people try and make a word. And then.. they make a word, and everyone has to disagree! “That’s not a word! You can’t use plurals! Lincoln is a proper name! No it isn’t, it’s also a street” etc. Aye! I’m already getting a headache.

Then you have to add up all the little letters and pick up those little wooden tiles to see if you put your “E” tile on a triple point score.

I never want to play Scrabble in my life, ever!!! Even boardgames that revolve around balancing your monthly budget are about 100 times more fun!

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May 31, 2007 at 3:00 pm 8 comments

Wonders: Sonic Youth’s Washing Machine

On my way to work a song from Sonic Youth’s 2006 album “Rather Ripped” came on my iPod, and it got me thinking about Washing Machine.

I love this album. In fact, it is my favorite Sonic Youth album. “BLASPHEMY!!” cries all the hardcore Sonic Youth fans! “Daydream Nation is better! Goo rules you!” Yeah.. well, I’m not a hardcore Sonic Youth fan so you guys can keep those albums in your favorite spot and let me have this one in mine.

I first heard this album through a sampler disc I got sometime in 1995 with the short version of “The Diamond Sea” on it. I didn’t pick up the entire album until years later in Portland, when I got it at Ozone for super cheap used. It was then I found out that “The Diamond Sea” is a 20 minute song. Oh, Sonic Youth! You’ll never outdo “Sister Ray!”

I love all the lazy music styles on this album.. and it really feels like the last of that mid-90’s noisy-melodic grungy arty album sound that sort of defined my music tastes growing up as a teen. My favorite song on the album is the title track “Washing Machine.” It reminds me of the Lou Reed song “Andy’s Chest” for some reason. At ten minutes, it almost overdoes it, but I can’t get enough of “Yeah…. I took my baby down the street, and I buy him a soda pop. He’s so sweet. OH RIGHT NOW, OH RIGHT NOW etc. etc.”

I’m usually a fan of the perfect 3 minute song, but Sonic Youth is one of the exceptions because I can listen to them fuck around on their guitars and effects pedals for long time. Long time!

May 30, 2007 at 2:56 pm 2 comments

cottage cheese

OH GOD is anyone else sick of this fat cow Beth Ditto? I saw “The Gossip” in Eugene and they effing sucked! And I stood pretty far back from the stage, and Beth Ditto’s large frame still intimidated the shit out of me. Intimidated not because she is a lard ass and proud, but I was intimidated because I worked at the UofO during that time, and I knew I left a ham sammy backstage before the concert. You know she ate it!

And now she is the hot indy chick who poses nekkid on NME (does anyone still read NME?!) with the oh so provocative line “KISS MY ASS” on the cover! HOLY SMOKES! PUNK ROCK FOREVER! What could she do to top this? Flip off the camera?! She hates the establishment!

Anyway, in ten years maybe she’ll be on the forefront of the new “HEART DISEASE IS SO PUNK ROCK” or the “FUCK SOCIETY, LET’S GET DIABETES” movements. She is so brave to eat a bucket of chicken every single night. You know what? She also doesn’t even care if you think she is fat! That is how punk rock she is!

Barring all of the unhealthy fat talk, “The Gossip” still suck. Also.. Beth Ditto looks like a fat storm trooper who walked into a Pepto Bismol waterfall and accidentally got pink.

Behold:

gross
“Hi! I eat Twizzlers and fried cheese sticks and that makes me a real woman!”


“Look sir! Droids!”

May 29, 2007 at 10:44 pm 15 comments

Folk Documentary Heaven

I found out about this website through NPR – it is called folkstreams.net and it contains hundreds of full length documentaries ranging in topic from blues to local artists to farming, etc. I’m very excited to waste some time tonight looking through these.

I’m recovering from a very eventful Memorial Day weekend. Oh god. Hope yours was as awesome as mine!

May 29, 2007 at 3:30 pm 3 comments

blues and boogie shoes

Hi kids. Just a quick stop in to say hi. I just got back from Amoeba and I am “ripping” my “new cds” to “iTunes” so I can play them on my “iPod.”

Sunset Blvd between La Cienega and Amoeba is the worst condition road in Los Angeles. I thought i was Lincoln, but after my last few trips on Sunset, I’m calling it out!

YES! I finally got The Future is Unwritten soundtrack as well as Robert Pollard and Tommy Keene’s side project The Keene Brothers – Blues and Boogie Shoes. Finally. I’ve been listening to “Death of the Party” for 6 months now.

OH THESE CDS ARE ALMOST DONE then i’m out again kids!

Oh yeah! I got a boba tea on the way back, and I was on the phone and this.. um.. transient came up to me and was staring at me. I asked him if I could help him with something, and he said “is that a boba drink?” and I replied “Yes it is.” He then asked “Can I have some?”

I politely declined.

May 26, 2007 at 1:04 pm 4 comments

did we miss anything?

Did you miss anything taking a chance? What did you lose by breaking out of your comfort zone? A glance? A story? A chance to experience something (anything) new?

Move around and feel what you are missing. Catapult! Catapult!

I blacked out there for a second. Anyway – I just finished off a bottle of wine and I’m very excited for the weekend, as I took friday night off and relaxed with this devil wine and unpacked all my CDs and put them in alphabetical piles. Yes. It is true.. that’s what I did.

I want to listen to more tapes and get that teenage feeling again. SOUND. SYSTEM. SOUND. SYSTEM!

May 26, 2007 at 12:30 am 2 comments

Tooth trophy

I listen to This American Life a lot. I have a lot of old episodes and I listen to them at work.

One of my favorite episodes is #188 Kid Logic. You can click on that link and listen to it. If you are impatient, and want to hear the most hilarious thing in your life without waiting, fast forward to about 9 minutes in, where they are interviewing little kids about the tooth fairy.

My favorite favorite thing. I just listened to it again, and laughed so hard. I wonder if people at work want to know what I’m laughing at. They can read my blog to find out.

May 25, 2007 at 12:47 pm

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