Nov 12 2009, 23h29

    If you see this, post the first 5 songs that come up under "boring" and "interesting" tag radios! Not a chain letter, if you're wondering. Will fix the format tags later.

    The Phantom Band - The Howling
    The Clientele - Policeman Getting Lost
    The Pierces - The Power Of...
    The Dave Pike Set - Mather (Badmarsh & Shri Mix)

    Team Sleep - Your Skull Is Red
    Animal Collective - My Favorite Colors
    The Tiny - Safe Than Sorry
    Austronautalis - The Wondersmith and His Sons
    Blind Pilot - Things I Cannot Recall

    I've only heard of the first 2 on the Interesting tag. Go figure!
  • R.I.P. James "Shoogs" Newton

    Mar 15 2009, 20h21

    My very beloved, precious feline James "Shoogs" Newton, has officially passed on at 3:00 A.M. this morning.

    He was my very best friend, someone I could ALWAYS turn to no matter what. He was of the tuxedo breed.

    Not too long after he was born, his original so-called "caregivers" undoubtably treated him with abuse and got his front claws removed. This may or may not have to do with raibies.

    A year or so on, my cousin found him and took him home. She had a few other cats and realized she couldn't take care of them all, James included, so my sister got a hold of him and kept him for a while.

    Finally, when I moved from Pennsylvania to Delaware back in 2000 (not a good period, mind, but I'm getting off-topic), my sister moved in with my parents and I for a short period of time along with James. Thankfully, after Melisa moved out, she "left him behind" for somewhat obvious reasons (for both of us).

    Throughout the years, he had been a healthy, fun-loving, and ferocious cat, despite the lack of front claws and strong teeth. We'd play, go outside, or just relax everyday. He was the essence of my child and early-mid teen hood, my life period.

    Recently, he's shown signs of getting older and thin, despite eating properly. He couldn't move around nearly as much as even a year ago.

    Last night, he was more unstable than ever and started having seizures, so my mom finally took him to the vet's emergency room. The vet said that he had an infection that could hardly be treated. Naturally, she put him to sleep but it didn't last long. His heart stopped beating and he passed away to cat heaven.

    R.I.P. James "Shoogs" Newton, 1990(?)-2009. May your preciousness never be forgotten. I'll upload a few more of my favorite pictures of him eventually.
  • Stipe and Co., the Semi-National, and the Mice at Merriweather

    Jun 12 2008, 18h30

    Wed 11 Jun – R.E.M., Modest Mouse, The National

    Whew! I was lucky enough to get tickets, especially Right Lawn V ones. I really wanted to go, because, lets face it, R.E.M. are one of the best bands of all time, regardless of what you think, and seeing 2 big name, great Indie Rock bands open suit just makes it even more worth it. Awesome, awesome show, anyone who thinks R.E.M. are getting too old or are way past their prime MUST see these chaps live. Merriweather is also a gorgeous venue, lots of intoxicated people, as ElectricMelody explained in her review, but ah well. Here are the reviews/setlists of the bands!

    The National:

    Woww... forget me calling them the Semi-National in my title, these guys absolutely flooded. Even though there's normally 5 people in the group, there were about 8 live. The singer was in tune (I thought) the whole time and seemed like a nice guy, there was a fiddleist/keyboardist (he switched roles between some songs) that was out of this world, and the drummer... my, oh my, does he have patterns (with regular percussion too, may I add). A perfect or near opening band if there ever was one. "Squalor Victoria" was especially a highlight! I really need to get into them more.


    Start a War
    Baby We'll Be Fine
    Slow Show
    Mistaken for Strangers
    Squalor Victoria
    Racing Like a Pro
    Apartment Story
    Fake Empire
    Mr. November

    Modest Mouse:

    Issac, Johnny and co. were better than I expected based on a review for the Chicago show. Brock looked both serious and not into it, but you know what? He still poured lots of energy pretty damn well. As with the National, there were more people in the band than normal. There was even a stand-up bassist! While I wasn't familiar with some of the songs and most of those were forgettable, stuff like "Dashboard" and "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" stormed the stage. Issac even played banjo on a couple songs! They also played "Out of Gas", which was pretty unexpected. I wasn't a big fan of We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, but the tracks performed from that were much better live. The variation of "Float On" was the highlight.


    Satin in a Coffin
    Fly Trapped in a Jar
    Truckers Atlas
    Out of Gas
    Dance Hall
    Float On
    Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes
    The View
    King Rat


    What can I say? Just amazing. The whole crowd stood up, Stipe was funny as hell between some songs, and the band had great chemistry. The screening was cool as hell, pretty psychedelic, occasionally it had lyrics, speicifally on the songs from Accelerate (9 out of 11 tracks!). I was singing along to most of the songs, didn't get very hoarse tho. I was about to orgasm when they brought out Johnny Marr for "Fall on Me" and the final encore, "Man on the Moon". You could tell that Buck and Marr are best buddies, in a way. The setlist was very nice, my only complaint is they didn't play anything from my favorite album, Murmur D:. A big suprise was when they turned the otherwise completely distorted "Let Me In" into an acoustical jam with Stipe, Mills, Buck, touring drummer Bill Rieflin, and the touring guitarist. It just seemed like magic, you'll have to see it to get a better explination. Mike Mills sang the most famous song he wrote, "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville", and although I couldn't hear him all too well, he was excellent. Stipe kind of mush mouth masturbated into the mic during the middle of "Bad Day", which I didn't know how to take at 1st, but it was pretty funny :D. That's pretty much all I have to say, so if R.E.M. come anywhere near your domain, go see them, pronto! You hopefully won't regret it, I know I didn't.


    Finest Worksong
    Living Well Is the Best Revenge
    Bad Day
    What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
    Man-Sized Wreath
    Little America
    Hollow Man
    Walk Unafraid
    (Don't Go Back to) Rockville
    Pop Song 89
    Horse to Water
    The One I Love
    Driver 8
    Until the Day Is Done
    Let Me In
    These Days
    Orange Crush
    I'm Gonna DJ
    Supernatural Superserious
    Losing My Religion
    Mr. Richards
    Fall on Me
    Man on the Moon