Inspiration?

•January 26, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I’m not really sure what to write about but I haven’t written in awhile, so, here we go.

Well, I guess that’s probably part of the problem… I look back on the past several years, and when I was blogging and writing a lot, and I think its because

1. I lived in Los Angeles and

2. Unbelievably weird things happened to me in Los Angeles that haven’t REALLY happened in South Carolina… not that I expected it to but give me SOMETHING! Good grief…

So, I guess I lack material, which I guess makes me an uninspired and bad writer… or blogger… because I think

3. Everything I’ve been dealing with and going through has been way, way, way too personal to throw it all up on everyone on the internet… hypothetically blowing digital chunks… as it were… Its interesting to me that our culture has become so enamored with throwing anything and everything up on the internet, on blogs, on youtube… is this healthy? Is it a giant blinking, glowing warning sign? Are we just completely losing the ability to communicate one on one with other humans so we’ve turned to affirmation from digital peers?

So from this I guess I have to find new inspiration because, otherwise, there will be no one left to read the nonsense I type… Its already dwindled since the xanga days…

So, basically, lets hope together that either wacky things start to happen to me again or I find a new pool of inspiration to swim through… Cause you really don’t want to see what’s in my journal right now. Really. You don’t.

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Uhh

•January 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Something substantial coming soon. I promise. Life has been a bit ridiculous as of late. Blah.

Yes. Blah.

P.S.  Go see Juno.

Quickly…

•December 27, 2007 • 2 Comments

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, etc. etc. etc.

I hope everyone is well.  I may be out of commission for a few days as I’m leaving for Nashville in the morning.  Should be good times.  If you’re not going to be there, you’re pretty much lame.  This is not opinion.  This is fact.  Hopefully I’ll have some potentially interesting things to write about when I get back.  I may sneak a post in in-between.  If I feel motivated.  Don’t hold your breath.

Cheers.

Best / Favorite Albums of 2007

•December 20, 2007 • 2 Comments

Alright, since everyone else and their mother, their mother’s mother, their mother’s mother’s third cousins dog walker and you have come out with your end of the year lists, I figure its time I toss mine into the ring.

The order listed pretty much varies based upon the day, the weather and my mood so use your imagination. Really, I’ll list my number 1 and all others have the ability to slide around… This is the way my brain works. I apologize…

Radiohead - In Rainbows

1. Radiohead – In Rainbows

Forget the hype of how they released the album and LISTEN to it. Its amazing how many people have overlooked what a stellar album this is. I had just come home from Atlanta late at night from seeing Kings of Leon (show of the year… by far…) and happened to check my email and there was my download code for In Rainbows. I haven’t felt like a little kid at Christmas in a long, long time, but there it was. That ever elusive as you get older feeling.

So I did what any responsible adult would do… I immediately downloaded it to my ipod, laid in bed and listened to the entire album without stopping. I guess it depends on your definition of responsibility really…

I haven’t felt that way about music in a long, long time. Laying there with my eyes closed, just soaking everything in, my ears still slightly ringing from KoL. I had heard a few of these songs when I was fortunat enough to snag a a ticket to see Radiohead at the Greek in LA last year so I knew a little of what to expect. I was not disappointed. Thom swoons and croons over gorgeous layers of his brilliant cohorts and, I realize, this is why music is so incredibly powerful.

Films and visual mediums generally impact you in different ways. Music has a way of going to your core, to bring up memories and feelings and emotions that no other artform can. This album efortlessly lulls me into those places.

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

2. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

Kings of Leon - Because of the Times

3. Kings of Leon – Because of the Times

The National - Boxer

4. The National – Boxer

Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

5. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky

Band of Horses - Cease to Begin

6. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

7. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
8. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

The Shins - Wincing The Night Away

9. The Shins – Wincing The Night Away

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver

10. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver

Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha

11. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha

Interpol - Our Love to Admire

12. Interpol – Our Love to Admire

The Frames - The Cost

13. The Frames – The Cost

Panda Bear - Person Pitch

14. Panda Bear – Person Pitch

Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

15. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Iron & Wine - The Shepherd’s Dog

16. Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog

Beirut - The Flying Club Cup

17. Beirut – The Flying Club Cup

Feist - The Reminder

18. Feist – The Reminder

Menomena - Friend or Foe

19. Menomena – Friend or Foe

Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger

20. Ryan Adams – Easy Tiger
(Note: Ryan would probably be much higher up the list had he not decided to yell out “guitar solo” on Halloweenhead… shame on you Ryan, shame…)

Honorable mentions that shall not receive an album cover but probably would/should/maybe be on here but then this what was supposed to be brief post will rapidly become pretentious:

The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Lovedrug – Everything Starts Where It Ends
Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals
Peter Bjorn & John – Writers Block
Okkervil River – The Stage Names
The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse
Caribou – Andorra
Efterklang – Parades

The one album I really, really, really want right now that I’m pretty certain would be on this list:

Johnny Greenwood – There Will Be Blood Soundtrack

So there it is. I may add more thoughts to the albums on the list if I find the time. I’ll probably put a film list out but there are several that I haven’t seen which I’m assuming will probably make the list.

It was a great year for music in my opinion. The industry in and of itself is a different story. Working in the entertainment business puts an entirely different spin on things. The rise of the indie community that now seems to be more mainstream than the mainstream, the seeming ineptitude of major labels, the struggles of bands to make a living and not be deemed “sell outs”.

I have friends that are in bands out there that are humping it and trying to stay true to their art while also not starve. Its a fine line for these folks and their treading it the best way they know how. In there era where music is perceived to be “free”, its hard for me to grasp how we’ve fallen, as a culture, to this place of give me more, cater to me, and if you don’t, screw you.

Art for the beauty and sanctity of art seems to be either dead or dying. There is no mystery left. Bands can get ridiculed by the masses for not doing that one song or that one thing they did iat their Chicago gig that we saw on youtube and not at our show in (insert city here).

I don’t know what the future looks like. Its either incredibly scary or incredibly exciting. Probably a bit of both. At the core, we, the consumers/audience, have to drop this you should just be lucky I’m gracing you with my presence or ear attitude. Lets try and appreciate the beauty of the art form for its creators and what they’re trying to convey. Not what our perception and expectations of what, in our heads, it SHOULD be.

Thanks For the Fish!

•December 19, 2007 • 1 Comment

Someone once said that becoming aware of yourself and who and what you are is like getting slapped in the face with a grouper. It can be cold. It can stink. It can and probably will feel really strange. The thing is, once you get it under control, it tastes pretty good.

Okay, so more than likely I just made that up but it sounds about right…

Ramblings

•December 13, 2007 • Leave a Comment

The year is almost over.

Thank. God.

This has been one of those chaotic, bizarre years that you will never forget but cannot wait until its over. A lot of how I see the world has been redefined this year, for better or worse. I’m very glad for it though. You seemingly ignore certain realities around and in you, not because you always choose ignorance, but, I guess, in more of a slow burn fashion, become number and number to those realities.

There is no instantaneous reflection for this one. Its going to take some time to come to terms with it. I know this sounds terribly dramatic. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Either way, I guess this is my present reality. Controlled chaos? Sure. I’m not completely certain how else to define the whirling dervish my thoughts have become.

But, you know, this is life, this is living, and I wouldn’t give it back. Would I do things different? Probably. But who knows! Doing things differently leads to different outcomes and who knows what THAT would lead to so, I think what I’m trying to say is, yeah, it is what it is. This is where I am. This is where YOU are.

(Side note proving my point: On the news they just said some guy died from being overrun by fire ants that bit him… now, c’mon, if you want to get into a debate about fate and destiny… we’ve gotta talk about THAT guy)

(Double side note: My previous singular, universal, unifying fear in life was being mauled by a bear. Scratch that. My new singular, universal, unifying fear in life is being mauled by an armored bear. Yeah, sorry, you meet an armored bear, anywhere, you’re pretty much effed.)

(Triple side note: That was a terrible, terrible movie and no one can convince me otherwise… screw the controversy, try making a decent movie, you know, with coherent plot points and well developed characters that I actually give a flying flip if something happens to them, THEN we can progress to controversy. Thanks.)

(Quad side note: For those of you not familiar with me, this is how my brain works… you’re gonna have to deal with it. You’re reading this. Not me. Don’t complain.)

Okay, so, my point is, its not really worth my or your time to sit around and pout about how we wish we could have done things differently. Because we can’t. So what do we do?

I wish I could, with complete conviction, give an answer here. But I can’t. Because I can be a basket case sometimes. Thinking becomes my enemy. As strange as that may sound. Shock of shocks, I don’t always have myself together. I’m making it a goal these days to be completely honest with myself. I guess I’m carrying that over to you lovely people. Whomever you may or may not be.

So lets all agree, no looking back, yes? Momentary reflection, sure, digging a trench in it, no… Cause, seriously, life is too short. It really is.

New Beginnings

•December 12, 2007 • 1 Comment

I need a fresh start. New perspectives. New outlooks. New newness. I’ve had blogs of various shapes and sizes for years and years. I’ve felt uninspired for a long time.

I’m hoping to change things. This is my start.

A lot of you know me. Some of you think you know me. I think I’m finally getting to know myself.

I don’t know what is going to come out of this. I have no immediate intentions for it.

Let’s see what happens, shall we?