Sunday, December 27, 2009
Here are some facts about Palmerston North:
-There are two bowling lanes. There is only one in Chch. This evening I went to Bowl-a-rama.
-English comedian John Cleese said some mean things about the city once. The residents hated him.
-Cafe Eminem recently opened. Amazing nomenclature.
-The city has been known as the Rose City, and also the Knowledge City. Presently, it's slogan is 'Young Heart, Easy Living.'
-Queen Victoria Esplanade is probably my favourite place in town. That and the Science Centre.
-My parents have lived in their house for about 24 years.
-A bylaw makes it illegal to drive three consecutive times around The Square. Apparently.
-The Cross on The Clock Tower in The Square had stood since the '50s, and had become mildly controversial in the '00s. Conincidentally (conspiratorially?), it 'fell off' a few years ago. No one was injured.
-I lived in Palmerston North for the first 22 and one third years of my life. If you'd like to know anything else about the city, feel free to ask.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I felt like I related to my family better than in the past. Talking to them was easy.
My family really liked the presents I made them. The poncho is still a work in progress, but it's looking good.
I got a book about New Zealand's biogeographical history, bicycle lights, and towels. What are your thoughts on the Oxford comma used in the previous sentence? I enjoy using them, perhaps more than I should.
It feels nice to be back in PN, though I'm not sure how much longer that feeling may last. PN strikes me as being a flat city, which is strange considering I've been in Christchurch for three years.
My bed feels so comfortable, it's hard to leave in the mornings.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
- The first semester of uni this year, I was studying physics and astronomy. As much as I like astro, I really hit the wall, and decided to change to biology. I remember very clearly wondering how wave equations would impact on my life. It's been a good change, and second semester results were far better than first.
- I started working at Rialto Cinemas in July. It's a pretty swell job; I sell tickets, and make popcorn and coffees. Though I can go to the movies whenever I like, I've seen very few. My favourite movie this year was Mary & Max.
- I became an underwear model in August. My friend Morgan owns Nudel, and he was on the lookout for 'slim models'. It seemed like a pretty awesome idea, and I had a good time. Check out the hot pics here and here.
- RDU continued to be heaps of fun. I've been hosting my current show for more than a year, and it's awesome. It's nice when people say they like the show.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
- I went to Camp A Low Hum with Rose, and had a great time. I think a bunch of those gigs will be in my favourites for the year list.
- For the first few months of the year, I kind of realised that I'm the only person I can count on. I know I have amazing friends, but a few things happened that showed me you can only rely on yourself. I'm not sure how much I still feel like this.
- I threw an amazing tantrum on February 3rd
- This year I've become way more open and honest about how I feel about people, and usually tell them.
- I've become much more crafty and discovered how much I like making things
- April 30 - "It really feels like I'm just seeing beauty everywhere and now that I do, it almost feels self-reinforcing. Sometimes, parts of me feel cliched, but it just isn't a notion worth entertaining because I'm just too happy." For more on beauty and happiness, check here.
- I built a time machine like in the Science of Sleep. It really works too!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
- New Year's Eve, I watched the Shocking Pinks play. It was a pretty quiet night, until Eamonn, who I didn't know very well (but who is now one of my best friends) showed up. At midnight, I had a group hug with Shea and Adelle. Beth showed up later and we walked around, then looked for a cab to take her home. I walked home, and had work at The Warehouse the next day.
- I was working full time at The Warehouse over summer. It was actually pretty cool. The customers were okay, but got more demanding after Christmas. I was a 'checkout chick'.
- I met Beth at The Warehouse. I saw her at a couple of shows. I asked her out on the last day I was working. We dated a few times, then she returned to Wellington to study. You can read the rest of the story here and here and here. Spoilers - we end up being great friends.
- I went to the Big Day Out with Rose. It was pretty good - highlights were Mint Chicks, Neil Young, Hot Chip, and Black Kids.
- Beth and I stared in a music video, in which we kissed for about 4 minutes. Here is a picutre; otherwise, the video is here
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Here is a picture of some of the cards I've been making
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Everything a Teenage Boy Should Know, by Dr John F. Knight
This was an interesting book, wasn't it? Indeed, a sort of conversation between a doctor and a teenage boy. Naturally, the doctor dispenses advice that a young man should know. A little outdated, don't you think? Yes, things have changed since 1980. Homosexuality is no longer seen as a disease of the mind for starters. Still an entertaining read though.
You Shall Know Our Velocity, by Dave Eggers
A story that starts on the title page, full on at you. Will and Hand try to rid themselves of a sum of money, by traveling to obscure, poor countries, and seeing the life, real, on the ground. Stories of interaction, anguish of loss, and the experience gained. This is modern American literature, to rock you like a hurricane.
Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw
Higgins: The Devil! I'd never have thought a play about phonetics so enjoyable.
Liza: Oo-er syr, dun yew tall lyke that!
Higgins: (easing) Oh girl, don't be so uppity. And please use your tongue in a more intelligible manner. Characters change in this story. Except me.
Liza: Stey as yew migh syr. A digh'nafyed tale
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Today I walked to town, I read in Victoria Square, went to the library, and got some groceries. Out of nowhere, a very familiar feeling develops inside, welling, sprouting, like something growing, expanding, like what’s inside me might be bigger than the outsides, and more than they could hold. Sometimes like electricity, actually fizzing and whirring everywhere, sometimes explosions, like I will be torn apart, like I will lift off and fly through the sweet, warm air. From somewhere way deep down, the soul, the spirit, the chakra, whatever religious people might call it, but it’s so much more, like in that instant, you must change, something, somehow. To laugh or cry or both or just lie on the ground and flagellate and spasm to try and accept what might be happening.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
It's taken quite a while to upload this photo - mainly because the camera was misplaced.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Our relationship was like someone holding a hot water bottle. At the start, you were so warm, and I would hold you, taking in your heat. Though the rest of the world was cold, you kept me snug, and I held you tightly, selfishly.
Over time though, things changed. I still felt the need for you, but you'd cooled. What I felt as a warm touch from you was merely heat that my own body had given. I tried to keep us both warm, but the cold inside you was too great.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I woke up, and felt really confused. Was that a dream - or was I remembering it? Later in the night, I was dreaming (again?) and thought, no, that had really happened. When I woke up this morning, it took some time to figure out that it had all been a dream. A dream-within-a-dream.
Lately that's how my sleeping's been. Long days of study, punctuated with night time where the things I learn swirl around in my head.
And then the days are what follow the night - whimsical ideas flit about as I review the diversity of flowers.
I always find study so overwhelming, emotionally. I just sit down and learn, and the 'thinking/learning' part of my brain churns away. Meanwhile, the 'emotional/contemplative' part throws curveballs at my conciousness.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Anyway, I hope you are well. I've been studying dinosaurs and flowers, which is all I could really wish for.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
I could gush about them no end, but I'll keep it short. They have a new album out in a few months, and have just released a new song, called The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future.
Pretty awesome stuff.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I'm not sure what to make of it all. I wouldn't of imagined I'd be where I'm at now at 25, but I wouldn't want to change anything. My life before moving to Christchurch was very different and challenging (and mysterious, to most of you). Things in the last few years have been amazing.
It feels like a revelation might be around the corner. When does the life you live make sense in the present?
The Friday before my birthday, I donated blood. Auspiciously, it was my 25th donation, and I got a free umbrella. Well, I guess it cost me about 12 litres of blood. If you're able to, please consider donating blood - it's incredibly selfless and altruistic.
I made a present for my sister (she's my twin, it was her birthday also), it was a crocheted purse. I didn't photograph it, but I'm working on something else that I will show you when it's done.
Also, last Saturday, there was a screen-print-a-thon at my flat. Here's what I made...
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I was reading, and I glanced up to see that she'd gone past the steps, and was very close to the pond that surrounds them.
She fell in. It was so horrible. I ran down to help her, and she climbed out. Another lady helped her up, and security were nearby. She was so frightened. "I just can't deal with not being able to see."
I feel terrible for her, but also like I should've done something. It might not've helped, but I could of called out.
It is almost unimaginable to lose a sense, but I guess this lady recently had. It makes me appreciate what I am able to do.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday was wonderfully warm and sunny, and I did some research in a chair on the front lawn. I had a cup of tea, and was listening to a mixtape Beth had made me (a real tape!), and reading about the removal of possums from Kapiti Island. It was a very well written, interesting report. I have a 3000 word case study to write about an invasive species in NZ - it's quite intimidating.
After I'd read the report, I went for a walk to the chip shop, and got some food, and an ice block from the dairy. When I got home, Melinda, Eamonn and I had a picnic on the front lawn, and listened to music. We watched clouds and birds drifting above us. It was a great Saturday afternoon.
I went to a gig that night, but was home fairly early. Netta and I watched a combination of Face/Off-28 Days Later-music videos - none of them were especially good.
Sunday was not as warm - the sun was hiding behind roaming clouds. I read a little bit, and then set off to town with overdue library books. I was also heading to Pak 'n' Save, but rather than shopping on an empty stomach, I visited The Orange Tree, a new-ish cafe. They were closing, so food took a while to prepare.
While I was waiting, a girl walked in, who I'd seen last week in P 'n' S. She had been wearing, as she was now, a red riding hood/poncho, that was very distinctive. We both sort of waited, and I wondered if I should talk to her.
I did - mentioning that I'd seen her last week. We sort of got chatting, and her name was Sophie, and she was touring NZ from Adelaide. We had lunch together in Victoria Square, and it was lovely.
We hung out for a while, and then exchanged numbers. I felt over the moon.
I was really happy with how things went. Reaching out to a complete stranger, and making a really nice new friend.
I bought groceries and went home. I've been crocheting a hat for Netta, which I'm designing myself.
Beth called, and it was great to talk to her. She'd lost her cell-phone, and I was feeling a bit less in touch with her. I'm up to Wellington Friday after next!
Coming up on this week Wednesday Drive (4-7pm), I shall be interviewing Haunted Love, James Duncan and The Gladeyes. Swoon swoon swoon. RDU 98.5fm
Monday, July 27, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
I was getting started on a crocheted hat. I think it might be a bit small, so I might give it to some lucky child. Melinda was working on her complex embroidery, which is a picture of a diatom. Mirabel used children's picture books to make a beautiful collage card. And her lovely flatmate Alex was knitting an amazing pair of gloves!
I think we covered most areas of the craft spectrum. Gareth made some afghan biscuits for everyone, and they were delicious!
It was so much fun! I'll try and find some pictures, though I suspect here will be the best place
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I had a vegan pie; she had a vegetarian quiche. We talked about what we had been doing. I was really glad when Joh said that she'd been feeling really happy, for no real reason - that's how I feel! It's strange - but it's not like it's a bad thing. Perhaps it's human nature to understand why you feel a certain way.
I know that for me, I have lots of thing to feel happy about. I think the two are really connected - when good things happen, you're far more aware of it; when you're in a good mood, good things seem likely to happen.
We talked about the passage of time, Generation Y, and how you see yourself in the recent past. It feels like Joh and I are in a really similar place.
When you surround yourself with beautiful people, good things happen.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I did get a big hug from Beth at the airport. It was lovely. I'd been waiting with her mum, and we thought the flight was delayed, so were just sitting around and then, 'oh, wait, there she is'
We spent a really nice day together on Saturday. It was warm and sunny in Christchurch, and we went to New Brighton. The sun was low in the sky and cast interesting shadows as it reflected off the sand. We played Eye-Spy.
I had work in the evening. It was really quiet, not many people were going to the movies. I cycled to hers when I was finished. I'd misplaced my gloves, which made for some pretty numb, pink fingers.
Next to her in bed, I didn't want her to go. I wish we could have stayed there forever. We drank chai tea.
She was driven to the airport in the morning. I cycled home.
I got a flat tire.
I felt sad, but it was okay. I know that she is still an incredible part of my life, and that Wellington is really close.
We are going to start a blog, I'll give you the details soon
Friday, July 10, 2009
I'm at uni at the moment. I was going to be doing a phone interview with the creators of Drawn Together, but unfortunately, the phone number didn't work.
I'm staying here to meet a friend-of-a-friend for brunch. I've not met her before, and I'm hoping for a 'hello hug', where two people hug when meeting for the first time. I think that should happen more often.
Yesterday I was waiting for a bus in to town from uni, and at the bus stop there were dozens of sparrows hoping around, scouring the trodden dirt for good things to eat.
Also yesterday, I learnt to crochet. It's really amazing, I think I'm in love. I'll keep practising, and post some pictures.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Now, walking along The Terrace, he could feel the anticipation rising. Having walked the roads of the central city many times, he was moving on auto-pilot - wearing a large coat and backpack, a sports bag in his arms, and his mind on only one thing.
His eyes were focused toward the horizon of the footpath, waiting to see her. It was lunchtime, busy, people everywhere. That's not her. That's not her either.
Then, unmistakeably, walking towards him - there she was.
Her arms folded as she walked to keep warm. A smile shot across his face; she broke in to a little skipping run.
He dropped his bags and embraced her.
A most perfect moment.
Two people, together, alone in the city.
Holding her, his face pressed into her soft hair.
'I missed you,' she said. Barely able to find the words,
'I missed you, too,' he replied.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Beth and I both worked at The Warehouse over the calamitous Christmas/New Year's period. I thought she was really pretty when I first met her.
We went out for coffee (dated?) a few times, and I really liked her. We started going out, and ended up staring in a music video in which we made out for several minutes. She is amazing.
And she studies in Wellington. We had an amazing month of summer loving, and then she went back up north. We just sort of left things in limbo. I missed her heaps.
I went to Wellington over Easter, and we spent an amazing weekend together, and it felt like nothing had changed. It was so special.
And then we broke up. Even though we had something good going, we decided not to try going long-distance. And so we were really amazing friends for a few months.
Then she came down to Christchurch last week, and again, nothing had changed. We still have this amazingly special bond, and it feels so right. If living in different cities is the only reason not to be together, well, I don't think that's enough. She is so worth it.
I adore her so completely, and when I'm with her, I can just feel the love flowing out of my heart.
She is amazing and beautfiul and good and she, like me, believes in magic.
The title of this post is a lyric from one of my favourite new songs, Hug Your Spirit, by Basketball Nightmare
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thanks Netta, there's a wee bit to read, so feel free to take a look and leave your thoughts in the Comment section.
So, exams are over. I'm pretty pleased. For the most part they went well. One of the best, most miraculous things during the whole exam time was that I got ZERO punctures! That's 6km, each way, about 25 trips. Amazing! The cycle fairies were watching over me, especially after they seemingly turned their backs on me when I got three punctures in the two weeks before the exam period.
I've been enjoying the time to chill, and spending lots of time with Beth. I'll write another post about what I've been doing.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
I wrote the following in the back of my physics course reader. I present it to you, unedited,
"The world is such an amazingly beautiful place, and it's all so overwhelming.
But it's just full of beauty - enough to make write and babble at uni, in the dark, because I have to get this out.
A miracle to be alive, and to see and feel and experience everything.
The cold air biting through my cardigan
The whistles of the air intakes
Seeing a man walking in front of me.
Reading blogs after a whole days study.
Time to cycle home.
Beauty is everywhere - a matter of blissful perspective"
"Simply put, I love snow. It's amazing stuff, and I can't imagine living without it. The interesting thing though, is that I only reached this conclusion on Saturday (7th June 2008).
Yeah, embarrassed to say, but I was a snow virgin. It had been a long time coming, I was certainly willing and eager, but it just, you know, never happened. It was awkward talking to people about it, and I'd just pretend to be 'one of the guys', who's had their fare share of days in the snow.
So my snow-cherry was popped, and I can't imagine a more beautiful moment. I was coming back from Pak N Save on the bus, and thought that the rain on the windscreen looked funny. I wondered, suspected, that it could be snow, and when I got off at my stop, was a little confused. It was like, really slow moving rain. And big, and white.
My flatmates Mohammed and Shanna were on the balcony, taking photos when I got back. After confirming that it was, in fact, snowing, we all ran outside. Fantastically, we weren't the only ones. In case you didn't know, I work as a residential assistant at Ilam Village, a hall of residence for students from all around the world. This means that apart from my own deprived self, there were many other people who haven't experienced snow. So there were Malaysians whooping, Saudis slipping in the snowy grass, Solomon Island children making snowballs. Can you imagine a more amazing scene? It was one of those incredible 'we are the world' moments, where we all forgot about terrorism, petrol prices and the cold, and were brought together by snow.
Wandering around Ilam, I found more of the same. It was an incredible day. In the evening, my friend Bronwyn (Canadian), showed me how to make a snowman, and I made the best and first one of my life.
I really have to say, that this was one of the most amazing days of my life in every way. It felt like my heart was going to explode, from being so happy, which is a fantastic feeling.
I hope it happens again."
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
It said something like 'Check your mail box for secret surprise present'
What I found amazed, confused and overwhelmed me.
In a decorated brown paper bag, with a typewritten note, was this:
It was made by a mysterious stranger, because they enjoy my blog so.
I really didn't know what to say. It is such a humbling gift. I enjoyed a strange sense of pride (for myself) and love (for the Mysterious Stranger).
I had my suspicions, and it turns out it was the absolutely adorable (and impossibly talented) Mirabel from All Your Stars Are Out.
We will be having a craft circle on Saturday afternoon. I am very excited, and have a few projects in mind
When dealing with trigonometric functions (sine, cosine, tangent) these terms are shortened, and expressed with a variable. Usually, you'll see sin(x), tan(c) etc.
If I'm lucky, sometimes the problem will be cos(y), which always makes me smile.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
I remember when I was in sixth form at high school, our history teacher, Mr Voelkerling, asked us to describe beauty.
What a hard question. Way harder than any of the essays I wrote about the unification of Italy.
After the class thought for a while, one guy said 'some girls'. Someone else said 'Jesus'.
My answer was 'lots of things'.
It's a question that I still ponder. Every day, in fact.
And while I'm still looking for an answer, I love the examples I find everywhere around me.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
It was very cold.
I wrapped my scarf over the top of my head to help keep my ears warm, and my helmet kept it in place.
The air was still and quiet. It was easy to cycle fast, and I did, which helped warm me up.
I sliced through the night. It was perfect.
The flat was cold and empty when I got home. Wrapped up in blankets, I sat on the couch, hugging my hot water bottle, and listened to Neon Bible.
Beth and I sent a lot of text messages. I wish she was there, then.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
4 track sampler of Liars angular art-punk. Some demos, and a Crystal Castles remix, which sounds heaps like CC (Sailing to Byzantine/It Fit When I Was A Kid)
Little Pictures - Owl + Owl (26 mins)
Minimal bedroom pop from a boy and girl in love. Awww. A bit samey across the album, but heaps of fun. (Owl + Owl/Tiny Gaps/You + Me + My Amplifier)
Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster (42 mins)
Easily my favourite band, just amazing on so many levels. Phenomenal debut. I'll probably post about them later. Anyway, great 'everything in the mix' indie pop. Sound explosions. Vindictive lyrics. Songs about being an aimless 20 something. Relationships. Dance parties. It feels like my life won't be complete 'til I see them live. (all the songs)
Los Campesinos! - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (32 mins)
More great stuff, darker than before. Insanely memorable lyrics. 'We kid ourselves there's future in the fucking, but there is no fucking future'. (it's all good)
Jody O Lloyd - Loops of Love (56 mins)
Great hip hop album, reminded me a bit of RJD2. A more enjoyable listen than Trillion's SilentInvisible (Happy & Healthy/Happiness Is.../Recipe for a Perfect Nap)
Lullatone - We Will, We Will Rock You (To Sleep) - (30 mins)
This 'Beginners Guide to Lullatone' is a great intro to the minimal bedroom Japanese pop duo. Lots of soft percussion, and lullaby-esq tunes. A good place to start when defining 'cute'. (Good Morning Melody/Hello Kitty Makes a Band/A Miniature Finale)
Metronomy - Nights Out (43 mins)
'Kind of' a concept album about going out to clubs. Fantastic IDM/pop album, and an amazing live act (The End of You Too/On Dancefloors/Heartbreaker)
Mint Chicks - Screens (30 mins)
One of my most anticipated releases of the year, it certainly did not disappoint. I really like the direction these guys are headed (in to the future, to deconstruct art/pop/punk), and it's a strong album full of great songs. (I Can't Stop Being Foolish/Hot On Your Heels/Life Will Get Better Someday/Enemies)
Mount Pleasant - Horseshoe Lake (34 mins)
Wistful, dreamy instrumentation, with the occasional burst of distortion. Very little singing, just fractured, honest statements. A few 'good vibes' floating around too. (In Lust pt.2/Song With X/Track 4)
The Naked and Famous - This Machine (19 mins)
A great debut ep, with mixes of electro, post-grunge, pop, and shoegaze. Spongelike music. (Part 1/Post)
The Naked and Famous - No Light (19 mins)
Ostensibly the second half of the 'not released as an album-album', more of the same, though less rewarding. (Birds/Part 2)
The O'Lovelys - The O'Lovelys (30 mis)
This was probably the first local band I became a fan of when I moved to Chch. Some nicely written pop songs (Oh No/Clocks/Black Stitch)
Operator Please - Yes, Yes, Vindictive (39 mins)
I hadn't listened to this in ages, and found that I still enjoyed it as much as when I first got it. Perhaps even more. Trashy throw away electro-pop songs from precocious kids - heaps of fun. (Leave It Alone/Zero Zero/Other Song)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Inspired by Learning to Love You More, I thought about my own little assignment. On Facebook Chat, I sent this message to everyone online: 'Hello! I just wanted to say that you are a beautiful and unique person, and I hope you've had a nice day'. Here are their responses:
AB - shucks you! you're just too delicious and nutritious for words!
AC - best day ever and you are wonderful!
AK - ha, thanks bro. same to u to man. i havent seen u in ages
AM - wow, i cant remember the last time someone has so unexpectedly said something so nice to me! thank you! and right back at you! :)
CL -? are you sharing the love david
EG -awhhhh david! you too! ^^ hope the studying isnt killing you
EL -Every day's a nice day.
FMP - ... uh thanks
MS - oh. thanks david vice versa
MO - are you sure you're talking to the right person
NR - interesting,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
RP - right back at ya
RL -oh. awww. thanks :)
RA - Why thank you
VO'B - why thank you David! That is very sweet of you. Right back at you my friend.
WM - wow thank you?
Thanks to everyone who took part
Fantastic slacker rap. Lovingly self deprecating, with tight raps and sweet down tempo beats. (Letters to the Editor/Matchsticks)
Insurgents - Yours Disappointedly (12 mins)
Great little ep of pop rock tunes. The album was good, but I think I prefer this as a recording. (Rather Be Dead/None of Us Are Getting Out of This Alive)
Jimmy Zoom & The Beytown Grifters - Jimmy Zoom (11 mins)
Until I listened to this, I'd forgotten how much I liked JZ&tBG. Nice little guitar tunes, genuine stuff (Orange/Golden Girls)
Kim K - The Book Fell Open (25 mins)
Does music get any better than hand-made cds from pretty girls? Delightful ep of folk/twee/soft pop (Marionette/Creatures of the Night)
Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future (53 mins)
It's funny to think about Nu-Rave being the (near) future of music. This album stands up pretty well once all the hype's blown over. Very British-psych, the hits-misses ratio is about even. (As Above, So Below/It's Not Over Yet/Gravity's Rainbow)
Chris Knox & The Nothing - Chris Knox & The Nothing (70 mins)
Media Player is confused again; Full Source apparently. Hadn't actually listened to the whole album before, but it's fantastic - Chris is in fine form, rollicking through genres, with all sorts of humour (Queer/Cordeoline/Outa Here/You Can't Hide Away)
The Knux - Remind Me In Three Days (64 mins)
Red hot hip hop beats, coupled with garage guitar riffs - it's good, but suffers from lack of imagination, and that Krispy says "It's Krispy, check it out now" on every. Single. Track. (Bang! Bang!/Daddy's Little Girl)
Saturday, June 13, 2009
These guys are nice people, and they played well at Camp. This recording's a bit boring - drawling/howling vocals and plodding guitar. (Track 3 was cool)
Enright House - A Maze and Amazement (54 mins)
Tremendously beautiful. Warmly layer sounds and incredibly heartfelt lyrics. (On the Banks of the Rhein/Remember the Stillness/Scattering the Sun Like Gunshot)
Fuzzy Fuzzmin - High-Stepping Horses (24 mins)
Super lo-fi. Super sweet. A couple of great covers too. (See You Again/Track 2)
The Gladeyes - Hearts A'mour (17 mins)
Scratched! iMac didn't want to play this one. Will hopefully review later...
Grayson Gilmour - Phantom Limbs (33 mins)
Gosh, this is good. Grayson has the knack of (seemingly?) reusing parts of songs, in a tip of the tongue sort of way. Instantly familiar, but always out of reach. (Blood on the Keys/Cast the Red/Elmira vs the Latchkey Kid)
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest (52 mins)
Charming four part harmonies, and dreamy instrumentation. Outstanding songs, a great album (Foreground/Two Weeks/Ready, Able/While You Wait For the Others)
Heat Like Me - You Want It (22 mins)
Ultra 90's analog synth stuff - pretty good and dancey. Would probably be better without vocals. (You Want It/My Place ft. Tommy Ill)
The Hot Grits - Champion Sounds (38 mins)
Afro-soul-funk. Not sure how I got this cd, but it was better than I was expecting. Annoying diva-ish vocals; better as instrumentals. (Mild Thing/Formula)
I was the only guy there. Well, there was a 7yr old named Alex Foote. He was my competition in the Most Improved Kniter category. I had to go before this was announced, but I saw him eyeing me up, nervously.
There were lots of nice people there. Women were drinking mulled wine. It seems one can knit just about anything. As the 'token guy', my picture was taken for this knitting blog.
Friday, June 12, 2009
The second TDE show, recorded on a walkman. Two ~20 min tracks of super lo-fi surf rock. Great study music. (God Damn)
Dear Time's Waste - Room For Rent (19 mins)
I actually listened to this twice in a row. It's gorgeous. Beautiful guitar work and fragile vocals.(Cows/Room for Rent/Polarity)
The Deceivers - Deceivers EP (20 mins)
I used to manage this band. Sweet funk hooks - party startin'. (Skins n Slaps/Boing)
Die! Die! Die!- Promises Promises (39 mins)
One of my favourite releases from '07. Fantastic album - every song makes you feel something. (People Talk/Whitehorses/Blinding)
Disasteradio - Visions (41 mins)
Good study music. Good party music. Good times. (Ultravision/Hotline/Digital Pop)
Dodos - Visiter (59 mins)
Fantastic album that I've really gotten in to lately. Lots of rhythm, and lots of feeling. (Red & Purple/Winter/Undeclared)
I had a banana chai cake and a soy chai latte. 'You must really like chai', said the waitress. Alana had a baked potato.
As I walked from the cafe to the Crypt, a lady was talking on her phone. 'I love you. Ok. Bye.'
Thursday, June 11, 2009
There does seem to be a bunch of 'regulars' who come to Crypt 2 (not Crypt 1. Oh no. We're here to study, not watch anime, and talk about WoW). There's that fat middle age guy who smokes and smells really bad. There's those three Indian guys who are awesome, and drink a lot of Mother energy drink. And there's that Ginger guy who looks like he could program Skynet.
The study has been going well for the most part. I do have blogging and Facebook to break things up a little. I figure it's not procrastination, just things I do in between study. See? It's all just a matter of perspective.
Also, today I got a job at Rialto Cinemas. I'll be selling tickets. I guess, I didn't really ask. I hope to get to usher people - c'mmmmmon torch! I'll let you know how that goes