I've never been a big brand new fan. But I've been listening to The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me quite a bit lately, especially the song "Jesus Christ." It reminds me of some other song, but I can never quite put my finger on it.
Except wait, it just hit me, it's a Modest Mouse song. The guitar riff is very similar to soemthing from a Modest Mouse song on The Moon and Antarctica. I'm too lazy to look it up right now, but I will tomorrow.
Anyways, the lyrics are below, with a vid. Maybe Brand New is better than I thought. Maybe not. If anything is relative, it's our relationship to music. Next week I could hate this song. Enjoy it while you can, I suppose.
So I move to New York City this Saturday. Starting my gig as an advertising copywriter. It's cool, because I've been working towards this goal for over two years now. But it's also pretty terrifying because this is a job and this is it. I've been in school my whole life, but that's over. I'm stoked. I'm so stoked. To make money for doing what I love seems like a dream. I hope it's a dream. I mean, I know it won't be, because it's still a job and the point of that job is still to make boring people money. But whatever, it's going to be fun.
And so I move on from Atlanta, a city I have a very weird relationship with. Don't get me wrong, it's a cool place. I wish I knew it better; I wish I didn't have to spend so much time holed up indoors working hard to escape a place I never really lived in. Maybe in another life this could have been my permanent home. Maybe it could have been a place I was proud to call home. But it never will be and that's ok.
Especially when, the people I met here, the people I've grown to love, aren't from here. They are from everywhere. They are the oddities of this even odder country. And they are awesome and I'm going to miss them dearly. But I have a hunch it won't really be goodbye for most of these relationships, which is something I've never really felt the other couple of times I've moved from somewhere. I feel compelled for the first time to keep up communication. Hopefully they do too.
This is a weird time. For every second that I allow myself to be happy, I get sad about the prospect of packing up and going. It's a sort of conflict that is real and also really stupid. Duh: it's a good problem to have. I got a job! That's hard to do in this industry and I thank my lucky stars and the Big Guy every day. It truly is a miracle. But I've been living in a bubble, and that bubble is gone in 5 days.
And in that bubble are some of the best people I've ever known.
the news queue is at zero. i don't know if i've ever seen it at zero since I stared posting news last September. I don't know who's responsible for this herculean feat either. but i don't really care. i would drink a mojito if i knew what that is.
posting news is the e-quivalent (HIYO) of folding clothes at a gap. except with even less motor movement.
also, the new Tallest Man on Earth album is exactly like the old one i.e. great.
It's weird how 2010 hasn't become a year so much as a treasure chest we initially thought lost to poor pirate handwriting. A lot of us, myself included, sort of just figured this whole world thing would have been blown up or disease-ridden by now. If the media is any sort of indication, we should have all bitten the dust around 2004. Nuclear bombs in Whobetchastan, Lemur Flu invading Ecuador. AND THE ECONOMY YOU GUYS. HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE DOW ROBERTS AND THE NAFDAL?? It's bleak out there.
So when New Years night came and went, which was only a short time after I spotted EVAN CHAMBERS from GREEK at some party on some street at a nondescript house in Dallas, it was kind of shocking. I woke up the next morning, that was curiously also a new decade, and used the restroom and turned on the TV and ate a donut. But it wasn't just a donut anymore. It was a donut of hope. It was like a little promise that I would be able to eat donuts in 2020, too.
My milestone new years - at least the one's I remember, I'm sure 1990 was a hoot when we were wearing parachute baby pants and pacifiers from Cher's BAAABY Boutique Line - have been marred by a sense of stupid astonishment.
"Our computers still work? What are we going to do with all this Campbell's Soup?" - anonymous, January 1, 2000
"Roland Emmerich is full of crap." - anonymous, January 1, 2010
I hope that the turn to 2020 is one of excitement and joy, not surprise. There will be a lot to work through this decade, like figuring out why we need our cell phones to also be projectors, but I hope that none of it is so bad that we forget to plan our 2020 NYE parties. I'm not one to plan ahead, especially when it comes to revelry, but I will be having a monster bash on December 31, 2019. Because I'm an optimistic kind of guy.
Been listening to the new Cast Before the Break album Still. It's way different than their last album, much less rock and lots more instrumental, soothing type passages. I like it much more than that album. Look for it mid August, and thanks to the guys for sending it to me (one of the members, somethingliketj, posts on here).
I'll be seeing Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights play tonight at a New Years Eve show. Don't know the band but my research tells me it should be a fun time. Sort of bluesy rock, which is quite plentiful down here in Dallas. The price was right, as were the people. I'm mildly excited, which usually doesn't happen for me on New Years.
Hope you all make smart decisions tonight and try to stay off the roads if you can. Remember that you are can always be in control of your own actions, but you have very little say over what the strangers in the H3 did that night. Hope to hear from you all tomorrow!
I've been blessed to have heard some great music lately. In the hopes that you will hear it (buy it), too, let me list it all.
1.) Dropout Year - On A Lighter Note (acoustic EP of some of their best songs. Steve sounds great on this and the orchestration is a really nice touch. Can't wait to listen to this in the fall.)
2.) Just Surrender - Stronger Now EP (two new songs sound baller. Way better harmonizing and dynamics than the last release, which wasn't bad but just too bland. The acoustic/remix track are also very well done. Expect a review for this)
3.) Family Force 5 - Dance or Die (just as fun as their first record. Lots of great beats and funny lines. This needs lots of time to digest and I think it might get them a scene hit or two if the negative nancies silence themselves long enough.)
4.) Noah and the Whale - Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down (best folky record I've heard this year, though my intake has been limited. The lyrics are pretty depressing, but the dude's voice makes it not even matter. Lots of horns and handclapping. Lots of love for these Brits.)
5.) Hit The Lights B-sides (I usually hate that dude's music in secret handshake, but his remix is straight fire. Find that in the b-sides thread or on their awesome site.)
Today, I'd like to talk about new music. Not any particular band or anything, well, Moving Mountains is what sparked my thoughts. A few days ago, I made a thread about "unexpected hit albums" AKA albums you love but didn't see coming. Lots of people expected and loved TREOS or Minus The Bear, i'm not talking about those. I'm talking about me and From Autumn To Ashes or Ryan Adams. I had no prior listening knowledge of those bands, didn't give a flip about them. Now I dig them alot (Adams more than the other, but still). So here's my point, isn't it wonderful and frustrating about how little time we have to find new music? Am I not the one millionth person to ask about this quandry (thats a 10 dollar word, if its a word, that is)? I sometimes come out of the general or music forums and feel wholly inadequate in my listening habits. I will sometimes feel like I need to find one new band a day, but that's pretty near impossible.
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With the internet, its easy to feel empowered, thus leaving me little or no excuse at musical laziness. Except thats just what has happened. Sure, I listen to a lot of random myspaces in a given week, but when cd's are coming to you with little or no effort (cool brag, right?) its easy to sit back and let it happen. I'm going to try and listen to even more music than ever, search through the extensive cave system we call the blog-nation and find more music. Bring you more music, bring me more music. It's mostly for me, to be honest.
If anyone has any great blog sites I should check out, lay them on me. They don't have to share the music, but they do have to talk about it. Help me faithful readers (hi, mom!)
this was long, if you've skipped to the bottom, focus on the last paragraph. Much appreciation,