Stuff...

Jul. 7th, 2011 09:31 am
amnesiack: (batllerina)
The weekend (plus a few days before and after) was awesome. It included Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz on the big screen at Central Cinema, an awesome wedding at the Woodland Park Zoo, and amazing house show with 11 bands and tons of friends, and the annual "best 4th of July party ever (until the next one)" at the house of [livejournal.com profile] random_girl and [livejournal.com profile] grandmoffdavid.

I've been playing bass again. Three friends and I decided to put together a band and mess around and see what comes of it. We've had three practices in three weeks so far, and while we're still not good, we're definitely better than when we started. It's a very cool, low-pressure situation since we're all either (a) brand new to playing our instruments (which includes vocals) or (b) haven't played them in 7+ years. So we're just figuring things out together as we go.

On a less postivie note: )
amnesiack: (screaming monkey)
White Crosses is the new Against Me! album. I think it's a much better record, overall, than New Wave was, but it's still not really what I want from an Against Me! record. It's probably a failing on my part, but nonetheless, it's a record I'd enjoy more if it had been released by a different band.

Still, the video for "I Was A Teenage Anarchist" is pretty awesome.



UPDATE: Tom Gabel on "I Was A Teenage Anarchist".
amnesiack: (SPAZ)
Episode 5 features an interview with Seattle band Shakes and three songs off of their debut EP!

SPAZ Episode 05

Cheers!
amnesiack: (SPAZ)
I put up a new podcast episode a week ago: Best of the Grn Strp Haus (Part 2).

This is another music-focused episode. Here's the tracklist:

* 0:41 - "True Story" by The Pillowfights, from Round One
* 1:30 - "Identity Confused" by Down We Go, from From Up New Sleeves
* 4:10 - "Slow Car Crash" by Classics of Love from Walking In Shadows
* 6:49 - "Galloping Gurdy" by Smooth Sailing, from 2009 demo
* 10:51 - "Exploding Houses, Dirty Floors" by Smokejumper from 2009 demo
* 13:11 - "Southbound 280" by Mike Park from For The Love Of Music
* 17:13 - "The Sickness" by The Hollowpoints, from The Black Spot
* 21:31 - "Adventures, Baby" by Breaker Breaker One Niner, from their recent demo
amnesiack: (SPAZ)
SPAZ Episode 002!

Episode two is here! This is the first SPAZ Radio episode, featuring eight songs by bands that have played at the Grn Strp Haus in Seattle. Enjoy!

Show Notes:

* 1:00 - "Crass A Nova" by Anchor Down, from Steel To Dust
* 4:53 - "Gentlemen Prefer Tea" by Destruction Island, from Preaches The New Wilderness
* 7:29 - "Rage Blackouts" by The Mark Sparkles, from Parking Enforcement
* 10:37 - "Full House" by The Sweet Revenge, from Creatures of Routine
* 12:45 - "Loose Teeth Don't Need My Help" by Like Claws!, from Prints & Things
* 14:40 - "My Boss My Hypocrite" by Marginal Way, from Marginal Way
* 17:49 - "Mind Eraser" by Shakes, from Shakes
* 20:31 - "Revolution Schmevolution" by Success!, from Success!

SPAZ Radio

Nov. 12th, 2009 02:43 pm
amnesiack: (SPAZ)
In an effort to put out at least two episodes of my podcast each month, I have decided to launch SPAZ Radio. SPAZ Radio will consist of music-only episodes that will appear regularly between interview episodes, featuring songs by local and touring bands that have played shows in Seattle recently.

I hope to have a theme for each episode to help pick the music that I play. For the first several SPAZ Radio episodes, the theme will be "Best of Venue". For these episodes, I will pick songs by bands that I have seen play at a specific location in Seattle; the first one will be "Best of GRN STRP Haus"!

Since interview episodes come out on the 1st Monday of every month, I'm planning to release SPAZ Radio episodes on the 3rd Monday of every month. However, the first SPAZ Radio episode may be a bit late, since I am just now getting started on it. We'll see!
amnesiack: (SPAZ)
The first episode of Seattle Punk Audio Zine is now available: http://bit.ly/1lKhCu

In this episode, I interview The Damage Done and play four songs from their album Scream All Of Our Cliches.

If you're at all interested in punk music or would just like to hear what's been eating a good chunk of my brain lately, please listen to show. I've learned a lot just from doing my first couple of interviews and editing this episode, but I know I still have a lot to learn. Feedback, especially if it will help to improve the show, is welcome and encouraged.

There is also a feed you can subscribe to in order to get updated on future posts and episodes. It will probably be available in iTunes in the next couple of days as well.

Cheers!
amnesiack: (ramona hood)
I went to a great show on Saturday night with [livejournal.com profile] lesleymac, [livejournal.com profile] retrocareer, and Reid at Studio Seven (The Damage Done, Shook Ones, The Riot Before, Living With Lions, and A Wilhelm Scream, for those wondering). The music was great, and it was tons of fun hanging out with my friends there, but I always feel a little weird about shows at that venue.

I think it's a combination of the size of the room and the height of the stage. It's not remotely like a stadium or even a concert hall in size, and there's no barrier or security guards between the crowd and the edge of the stage. Still, there's just enough of a distance there between the performers and the crowd that it feels fundamentally different from shows at Grn Strp Haus, Black Lodge, The Bit, FBK, The Morgue, Barnhouse, etc. that goes beyond sounds systems, admission prices, or audience makeup. Hmmm...
amnesiack: (mohawk1)
I love Bella Morte's video for their cover of "Earth Angel." It makes me wish I liked their regular music more.

Word(s)

Apr. 2nd, 2007 10:27 am
amnesiack: (geek pride)
I pre-ordered the new MC Frontalot album today. It ships April 6th.

Also, for the record, my Saturday this past weekend totally kicked your Saturday's butt. Just sayin'.


Note: Posted via email.
amnesiack: (littlehellboy)
I realized this morning that last night was the The Mountain Goats show that I had wanted to go to, and I completely forgot about it. Of course, that would have meant missing [livejournal.com profile] preciousjade's game, so it's a mixed disappointment.

In other very sad music news, Pretty Girls Make Graves have broken up. I count myself extremely fortunate to have gotten to see them a half-dozen times over the last several years, but this is a great loss to Seattle music. To rub just a little bit of extra salt in the wound, I found out about the breakup by overhearing dialog from an episode of Gilmore Girls that [livejournal.com profile] bookishelaine was watching on Tuesday.
amnesiack: (commie star)
Jason and I saw Erin McKeown last night at the Tractor Tavern. She's touring in support of her new album Sing You Sinners, a collection of covers of (mostly) jazz songs from the 30's, 40's, and 50's. It rocked.
amnesiack: (Pan)
Pan's Labyrinth was everything I hoped it would be. It's a dark, grim, gory fairy tale, just like they're supposed to be. Great acting, effects, writing, everything. You have humans behaving like monsters, and monsters behaving humanely. I don't really want to go into a lot of details, since those of you who are interested will see it, and those of you who aren't don't care anyway. It ranks very highly on my list, though, for what that's worth.

* * * * *

For those of you who are still waiting for mixed cds, I haven't forgotten you. They're actually done, I just have to get to the post office when they're, you know, open. Those of you who have received the first wave, feel free to leave comments on what you thought, any bands or songs you particularly liked, disliked, etc. I'm interested.
amnesiack: (skull panda)
So, after geeking out about my new-found love of Bomb the Music Industry, I went out to lunch and read that Mon Frere broke up last week. I kept putting off going to see them live, and now I guess I'll never have the chance. Blech.

* * *

In completely unrelated news, I'm very, very, very excited about finally getting to see Pan's Labyrinth tomorrow night.

Very.
amnesiack: (Default)
There's this thing about Mitch Clem. Mitch writes and draws (among other things) two excellent web comics: Nothing Nice to Say and San Antonio Rock City. Nothing Nice to Say is the self-proclaimed "first punk rock web comic", and it also happens to be the first web comic I ever read. The dozens of web comics that I follow these days all owe Mitch a debt for my readership; it started with him.

But that's not the thing about Mitch Clem.

Mitch Clem, being first and foremost a music fan, writes about music a lot. Most of it is punk or in some way related to punk or ska or some other sort of indie music. A good 75% of the time, I don't agree with Mitch's opinions. There are a lot of bands he thinks are great that I find boring, and several of the bands he trashes are, in my opinion, making good music.

But that's also not the thing about Mitch Clem.

The thing about Mitch Clem, is that when he's right about something, he is so very, very right. Over the last 5 years, more than half of the bands that have ultimately become among my most favorite, meaningful music producers have come to my attention via Mitch's recommendation. Some of them have gotten bigger since he first mentioned them, others haven't, and some don't exist as entities anymore, but I can trace the fact that I listen to Against Me!, The Mountain Goats, Kid Dynamite, Discount, and many others directly to Mitch's recommendations and mp3 mixes. And now, Mitch has done it again.

Bomb the Music Industry is a revelation. I am simply stunned by this band. It's not easy music listen to, but it's incredible, original, heart-felt, real, good music. And it's free online, donations accepted. Whether or not punk is still meaningful as a movement, it's definitely still meaningful in individuals, and Bomb the Music Industry is proof of that. So is Mitch Clem.

Thanks, Mitch.
amnesiack: (scottbass)
Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] hillarygayle and modified slightly.

I actually enjoy making mix cds quite a bit, and I love to spread the word on local/indie bands, so I think this is worth doing.

THE SETUP (as modified by me): The first 10 people (unless I decide to do more) to post a reply to this entry will get a mix cd made by me according to the rules below. If you are a Seattle-area person with whom I have regular contact, I will deliver the cd in person. Otherwise, you will need to follow your comment with an email to amnesiack at gmail dot com that contains your mailing address, so that I can send you the cd. The original meme said that the deadline to send them by was Christmas, but I can't guarantee that will be the case with my cds, since I'm going to be out of town the entire week prior to Christmas. As with any meme, you are encouraged to re-post this (or the original here) in your own livejournal.

THE RULES (as yoinked):

1. You must send out CDs. If this is entirely not possible, or if you cannot meet the deadline, an assembled RAR package with tracklist file will suffice.
2. You do not need to make a different CD for each person you're supposed to send one to, but it's not against the rules to do so.
3. The CD must be at least one hour long.
4. The CD must not contain more than two songs by any person or group.
5. The CD must reflect your taste in music.
6. The CD must be accompanied by a tracklist.
7. The CD must be audio only, no MP3-CDs.
8. Try to avoid songs or groups that you know everyone else already listens to. This is more a suggestion than a rule.

Think of this as a way to spread the joy of your taste in music (which is better than everyone else's).

EDIT: You don't have to re-post this or send me anything to get a cd from me. I'm glad to do this for anyone, regardless of whether or not you can reciprocate. If you do, though, that's cool. ^_^
amnesiack: (scottbass)
I set my iPod to shuffle on the way to work this morning, and it put together an exceedingly good mix all on it's own, without me having to skip a single song.

1. Fugazi - "Lockdown"
2. Paint it Black - "Atticus Finch"
3. Pretty Girls Make Graves - "Parade"
4. Grown-Ups - "Rampage"
5. The Mountain Goats - "Family Happiness"
6. Rosemary Clooney - "Mambo Italiano"
7. The GC5 - "Daily Bread"
8. The Blue Meanies - "Pave the World"
9. The Clash - "I'm So Bored With the USA"
amnesiack: (Default)
Jesse Dangerously is a Canadian rapper who is generally placed in the "nerdcore" category, though he's much less blatant about it than, say, MC Frontalot. He raps about things like technology, politics, and feminism; he has guest lectured at universities on the issue of gender roles in hip hop music. He also has a livejournal: [livejournal.com profile] j_dangerously

The majority of his posts concern shows and appearances, but when he does put up an actual blog entry, it's generally intelligent, articulate, and insightful. I'm especially fond of two of his latest entries: The first was posted today about how pop music tends to shape identity in American youth and how movies and other forms of media then use that to tap into our emotions and personal experiences. The second is from a month ago, where he talks about Weird Al and the "White and Nerdy" phenomenon and how it relates to nerds, hip hop fans, and those people who had already bridged the two.

Check it out, yo.
amnesiack: (american astronaut)
Fearless was fantastic. The wire-work and special effects were highly restrained, but Jet Li's performance was (as always) very well-done. It's a very straight-forward story with no twists or turns, well-choreographed fight scenes, and a basis in Chinese history that ignores almost all actual historical facts. What more could you want?

* * *

I know that Final Fantasy XII is coming out soon (I have, in fact, preordered it already), but I think that Okami may end up being one of my favorite games of the year. At its most stripped-down, core level, it's a Zelda-style action/puzzle/quest game. If you take all of its elements together, though, it is a brilliantly unique game, with a beautiful visual style unlike any other game I've seen. I'm only about 4 hours into it, and it has already sunk its claws (tee hee) quite deeply into me. With the PS3 on its way in the next couple of months, Sony is certainly making sure that PS2 game development goes out on several high notes.

* * *

Saturday night [livejournal.com profile] yurodivuie, Jason, and I saw The Billy Nayer Show live at this tiny little theater in the Rendezvous Lounge in Belltown. Like most of the people there (I think), my initial exposure to the BNS came from the bizarre uber-movie that is The American Astronaut. I've already described it in a past entry, but having watched it many more times since then, I can firmly say that it is awesome in ways which you cannot conceive of something being awesome. Corey McAbee (lead singer, electric autoharp player, and song writer for the BNS, as well as the writer, director, and star of American Astronaut) is a twisted genius of the highest order, and seeing BNS live actually kicks all of that up a significant notch. Until their two encores, every song they played was from their as-yet-unreleased new album, and the few old songs they played for encores were not from American Astronaut (i.e. songs that I knew). And you know what? It didn't matter one bit. New songs or old, McAbee's lyrics will stun, confound, and hilarify you in a single burst. I left feeling that I had experienced something profound and not entirely comprehensible by my mortal brain. If you have a chance, I would encourage you to do the same.
amnesiack: (blue sun)
Yesterday I turned 26.

The first thing I did after waking was immediately open the box my parents sent to me, which had been taunting me from its perch on top of my sumo for the past five days. From them I received the second season of Veronica Mars (to replace my ill-gotten divx copies) and the soundtrack to Haibane Renmei.

Between Greece and PAX, I didn't have enough vacation time to actually take the day off from work, but my manager was nice enough to let me leave a couple of hours early. We're also going out to lunch tomorrow with the rest of the reporting department (all five of us) for celebratory something-or-other. I'm supposed to pick the restaurant, but I have no idea where we'll be going. But back to yesterday...

I had lunch with [livejournal.com profile] yurodivuie, Lesley, and Daniel at a Thai place down the street from work that I'd never eaten at before. It was good, though they were out of tofu for some bizarre reason, which cut their normally massive vegetarian menu down to about four items.

After work it was mostly Disgaea 2 and pizza and tv (new episodes of Bones, which I like despite myself, and Mythbusters) with [livejournal.com profile] bookishelaine. So, nothing too fancy, but I'm thinking of planning a dinner outing to invite people to, possibly next Saturday. Though if that's going to happen, I should really get on the ball...

Today was when I decided to get some birthday gifts for myself, which consisted of the new dvd releases of the original versions of Star Wars episodes IV, V, and VI. I also drove out to visit [livejournal.com profile] gaaneden to pick up the print copy of Qin: The Warring States that she so kindly picked up for me at GenCon. We also had a fun conversation about her current projects, rpgs, and writing, and I actually didn't even mind the drive to and from the East side, because I was listening to The Restoration of Chaos and Order, which is still, after more than a dozen listenings, really fabulous.

So, yeah, that's my boring birthday story. Cheers.

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