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Monthly Archives: February 2009

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This weekend should be quite interesting.  I have many old friends in this town who at one point I was close with, but now don’t see at all.  They didn’t move away, but we all just sort of drifted apart.  I’m hoping to see some of them this weekend, but I can understand from their perspective, how hard it can be to reunite with old friends and acquaintances.   After all, we all go through changes in our lives and who we are and those changes were sometimes hard to grasp, but now we are different people and reunions are like being sent back in time to whoever you were when your relationships with those people had meaning.  Whether or not they exist, it is hard not to feel expected to act like the person you used to be.   Change is hard.  It’s hard to see people differently and it’s hard to not want to meet others expectations.  I think it is good for us though and it is certainly part of life.

My tunes for the weekend:

Groove Armada – My Friend (Buy the Album)

The Submarines – You Me and the Bourgeoisie (Buy the Album)

ps.  I am obsessed with someecards.com.

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Credit to Omen2501 @ Deviantart

Ok, I have a confession to make.  Sometimes I want to run away.   Growing older means deeper roots and that’s scares the shit out of me.  I want my roots to settle when I’m damn ready not a second earlier.  I think I will know when it is time for me to settle down.

I know others feel the same way, but people rarely say such things in public.  As technology leads to less and less face to face interaction, we are becoming more and more isolated and the frustration of loneliness will continue to grow.  It would be nice if we weren’t all so guarded about our feelings.  There is something about hearing that others have the same problems (even if you know it’s true) that makes them so much easier to bear.  You can provide each other support and gain a perspective that’s different than yours.  Relationships are good for that, but it would be nice if such an exchange happened more often among friends and colleagues.

I really enjoy this song from the Requiem for a Dream Soundtrack, although there is a better version that I only have a poor quality version of.  This version is less forceful and is missing the big cymbal/drum blasts.

I see To the End and Maybe Someday as songs of hope.   Despite the dire circumstances our heroine finds herself in, I somehow envision that this is not the end for her.  There is something by the look of  desperation in her face that makes me think she is going to make it out of whatever mess she is in.  Here’s my take:   Our heroine, Liza, is  a spy who infiltrated a Top-Secret research facility in the outskirts of Seattle.  She stole a new experimental bio-weapon and evidence proving that the spread of the AIDS virus was actually a result of an experimental bio-warfare experiment gone awry.  The troops with their laser sights on her can’t shoot her because the explosion from the grenade would puncture a canister of the bio-weapon she carries with her in her napsack.   The canister, if punctured, would release a chemical that would wipe out half of Washington State.

Honestly, I really wanted music that went well with this picture.  I can’t get enough of this artist.  Click the image to see some of his other work on Deviantart.

Clint Mansell feat. Kronos Quartet – Winter, Lux Aerterna

The Cure – Maybe Someday

Blur – To the End

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This is Spartaaaaaaaaaaaa!  This is so old, but I’m sure their are some folks out there that haven’t seen it yet, so please enjoy “This is Sparta – Techno Remix.”  base-bar-belong-to-spartathumbnail

This is Sparta – Techno Remix

Mashups by DJ Schmolli and Rick Wain are also available.

Peter Schilling vs. Beyonce feat. Slim Thug – Check On Major Tom [DJ Schmolli]

Lipps Inc. vs. Tom Jones – Funkytown Kiss [Rick Wain]

PS.  Episode 1 of Joss Whedon’s new show, Dollhouse, is up on Hulu. Episode 2 is on tonight.  Woot!

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I danced the Waltz at a country western bar the other night and I am quite proud of it.  I would love to learn to Waltz.  Salsa, Waltz and Ballroom dancing…now those are real life skills.  It’s like learning to ride a bike.  It may be a little rough at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s fun for the rest of your life.

Tom Waits – Tom Traubert’s Blues (Four Sheets To The Wind In Copenhagen)

Leonard Cohen – Take this Waltz

Cake – Sad Song and Waltzes

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credit DeviantArt...artist?

Oh St. Valentine, you plucky Saint you.  You provide an excuse for ladies to break out the high heels or the chocolates and rocky road ice cream and men to nervously hope not to screw up (or worse, forget…if that’s even possible) or to appreciate the merits of the single life.

Credit *drmarten @ Deviantart

Credit *drmarten @ Deviantart

Half of my world is cynical and either refuses to recognize it as a holiday at all or chooses to rebel in some way (having a girls night out seems the most common); while the other half embraces the opportunity to dress themselves up and entertain somebody new or spend time with their significant other for a memorable, yet undoubtedly crowded, night on the town.

All I can offer are a few songs that I thoroughly enjoy.

The Watson Twins – How Am I To Be (Buy the album)

Franki Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You (Buy the album)

The Decemberists – I’m Sticking With You (Buy the album)

Esser – I Love You (Buy the Album)

Of Montreal – Sing you a Love Song (buy the album)

Joy Division – Love will Tear us Apart (buy the album)

Wilco – How to Fight Loneliness (buy the album)

And finally, a zipped mix of love songs (or at least songs with love in the title) that you might enjoy poking through.

Love songs Mix.Zip

or, if you’re moping around, may I suggest a bittersweet symphony instead?

Bittersweet Symphony Mix.zip

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I sometimes wonder if my actions are all leading up to some spectacular failure; whether  every step is leading  towards some unconscious desire to fail miserably, to shoot myself in the foot.  Why do we do the things we do that are bad for us?  Eat crappy food, drink in excess, let our bodies wither, stay in destructive relationships, plod away in careers we hate and so on.   Why do we do such things? Of all of the negative, stupid decisions we make in life, how many of those originated in some unconscious desire to reach some ulterior end?  Sometimes I think we (at least some of us) have a secret desire to fail and instead of outright quitting, we subconsciously set  ourselves up for failure.  Or maybe it is that when we spend our lives doing things we don’t want to do, we find that before long we are taking steps to frustrate our attempts to continue our undesirable activities.  Meh, I don’t know, but, in retrospect,  I do occasionally fail to understand my own logic when making decisions critical to my life’s outcome.  Carpe Diem, right? I should be seizing the day and not waiting until tomorrow, right? If only life was that easy.

Here are a few indie tunes with female lead singers.  Enjoy.

Jem – They

Sambassadeur – Kate

Maia Hirasawa – And I Found This Boy

PS.  Have I ever mentioned how incredible I think Neil Gaiman is?  He’s my favorite author.  Check him out.


evil-catEver feel like cats are evil?  Sometimes I do.  Our cat likes to walk into the bathroom and stare at us nude or while using the facilities.  I step out of the shower and there he is, focused on me with his cool unbroken stare.  He is clearly plotting my demise.

Union of Knives – Evil Has Never

Cajun Dance Party – The Hill, The View & The Lights

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I’m hoping to make it out at some point this weekend.   I love the club scene in London (Indie) and Kingston (Dancehall).  A few summers ago in Kingston, my workmates and I went out at least a couple nights a week in Kingston.  I really miss that.  I haven’t found any clubs even close in Indianapolis and it is so very disappointing.  No wonder Hoosiers aren’t tearing up the dance floors.   The clubs suck!  If you’re in Indy and reading this, feel free to point me in the right direction.   On a positive note, I saw Galactic last night though at the soon-to-be closed Music Mill.  That was the best live shows I have seen in a long time.  A Galactic post is forthcoming.

Groove Armada – Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub) – Superstylin’

Shiny Toy Guns – Le Disko

Young Love – Discotech

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I owe you a happy post after the last one was such a downer.  This time of year is a downer though, isn’t it?  I guess if you live on  ski mountain, this time of year is a paradise, right?  However, if you happen to live in the midwest (or somewhere equally lame), you might be feeling the winter blues.   But no longer fret, I present to you the above puppy to cheer you up on your most crappy days.

Wow, that wasn’t all that happy after all…good tunes below though.

Loquat – Harder Hit

Justice – Planisphere (Part 2)

Buy Justice and Loquat

Credit to Omen2501 @ deviantart

Credit to Omen2501 @ deviantart

Pink Floyd – Orchestral Manuevers – When the Tigers Broke Free – Eclipse