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Favorite Music of 2012

Monday, December 31st, 2012 No comments

Once again, I looked at my last.fm profile on New Year’s Eve to see what music I listened to the most during the year.

Top 10 Artists
1. Revision 3 [podcasts]
2. Jay and Jack TV [podcasts]
3. Foster the People
4. Fiona Apple
5. Pearl Jam
6. Nicki Minaj
7. The Smashing Pumpkins
8. Rob, Chris, Robin, and Boston [podcasts]
9. nerdist [podcasts]
10. Mumford & Sons
10. HBO Podcasts [podcasts]

Top 10 Songs
1. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
2. Foster the People – “Houdini”
3. Foster the People – “Helena Beat”
4. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
5. Foster the People – “Call it What You Want”
5. Foster the People – “Waste”
5. Foster the People – “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)”
8. Fiona Apple – “The First Taste”
9. Foster the People – “Life on the Nickel”
10. Birds of Tokyo – “Head in my Hands”
10. Foster the People – “I Would Do Anything for You”
10. The Naked and Famous – “Young Blood”
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Monarchy of Roses”

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sunday, November 18th, 2012 No comments

A few days ago, I got to see one of my all-time favorite bands, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, at the Rose Garden. I’ve been looking forward to this concert for about 5 months. Blood Sugar Sex Magik was one of the first albums I ever bought.

I had a great time at this show even though I was in the beginning stages of a cold that is still with me. The cigarette and pot smoke were irritating my sore throat. The opening act was The Rebirth Brass Band out of New Orleans. They were good, but I was really eager for the main attraction.
rebirth brass band

The Chili Peppers were great! Yes, they’re getting up there in age. They don’t look as good when they take their shirts off as they did 20 years ago. The songs all sounded great. It was a good blend of old songs and new songs. There were 2 songs that I didn’t recognize and I think they were both from the new album. Lots of energy. Great jams and great sing-a-long moments. I will definitely see them again if I get a chance to.
red hot chili peppers

Setlist

  • Monarchy of Roses
  • Around the World
  • Snow (Hey Oh)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Can’t Stop
  • Ethiopia
  • Throw Away Your Television
  • She’s Only 18
  • The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
  • Right on Time
  • Universally Speaking
  • Under the Bridge
  • Look Around
  • Californication
  • By the Way

Encore:

  • Chad & Mauro Jam
  • Suck My Kiss
  • Soul to Squeeze
  • Give It Away

Portlandia/Fiona Apple

Saturday, July 28th, 2012 No comments

Not long ago I saw online somewhere that Portlandia was looking for extras for Season 3. I filled out the online form and included the 2 pictures they wanted: a head shot and a body shot. I didn’t think there was any chance of being picked, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try. I really enjoy watching the show. Wednesday afternoon I got a call asking if I could come early the next morning to be in a sketch. Of course I said “Yes”. They told me what to wear and later that night they sent an email telling me where to be and when to be there. I got there super early, but it wasn’t long before other extras started to arrive. Everybody was really nice. I had a great time. I signed an NDA that I didn’t read, so I’m going to play it safe and not go into any details now. Maybe more after the episode airs. Their seasons usually start in January, so I assume you’ll see it around that time. Hopefully, I’ll be on screen and won’t look too bad.

Later that night I went to see Fiona Apple in concert. The opening act was pretty lame. He played nothing but slow, mellow songs and even joked about that. I almost fell asleep because I hadn’t gotten much sleep over the previous few days. Once he finished, we had to wait about 45 minutes before Fiona came on stage. I was getting restless and it was getting late. When she came on she explained that she was late because she had just had her period. Anyway, she put on a really great show. There was was only one song that she didn’t play that I wanted to hear. She’s a weird one, but she’s good.

Fiona Setlist
Fast as You Can
On the Bound
Shadowboxer
Paper Bag
Anything We Want
Get Gone
Sleep to Dream
Extraordinary Machine
Werewolf
Tymps (The Sick in the Head Song)
Daredevil
I Know
Every Single Night
Criminal
Carrion
Not About Love

Encore:
It’s Only Make Believe

Fun Week

Sunday, July 1st, 2012 2 comments

After many weeks of doing nothing but going to work, watching TV, working out, shopping, and going to see movies, I started to get out and enjoy Portland again this week. A lot of the events that I bought tickets for weeks or months in advance are starting take place now.

On Wednesday I went to a Foster the People concert. FTP is my favorite new band over the past year or so. Their first album is one that I can listen to all the way through without skipping any songs. The concert was outside and the weather was perfect. There was lots of skin on display, and I love seeing lots of skin. A singer named Kimbra opened up. She was good. The next performer was Mayer Hawthorne, who I liked a lot better. He has more of a soul kind of sound. After a while the songs started to sound alike, but I definitely want to give him another listen. FTP was last, of course, and they were SO GOOD!!! They played most, if not all, of their first album and some songs I didn’t recognize. They left the stage without playing “Pumped Up Kicks”, so everybody knew there would be an encore. When they did play “Pumped Up Kicks”, they changed the ending to make it sound like a techno song. Great concert!
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On Thursday night I went to see Aziz Ansari perform. He plays Tom on Parks and Recreation. A comedienne name Chelsea Peretti opened up. She was pretty good, but I was eager for Aziz to get on stage. His act was very funny! My favorite part was when he talked about meeting President Obama.
aziz ansari

On Friday night, I went to see the 80s Room. I learned about this event from Brian. Basically, a PSU student started collecting 80s TV commercials. He categorized them and showed some of them that night. I actually recognized some and the jingles from a few others. It was a really fun snapshot of the 80s.

On Saturday night, I went to see Patton Oswalt. This was at the same place I saw Marc Meron. I think I went online and bought tickets the moment the show was announced. I was close for the Meron show, but this time I was right in front of the stage. It was great. Both the opening act (I can’t remember his name) and Patton Oswalt spoke to me during the show. I kept noticing them looking at me. Before the show when I had to sign my name saying that I received my tickets, I saw the names Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and Corin Tucker at the bottom of the list. Google them if you don’t know who they are. I didn’t get to look for them, but I overheard someone say they saw Fred Armisen. Awesome show!
helium comedy club

I was so exhausted last night. I must really be getting old. I want to stay home every night for the next week, but I think I have stuff on my calendar.

Favorite Music of 2011

Saturday, December 31st, 2011 No comments

On the last day of the year I like to look at my last.fm profile to see what I was into musically the previous 12 months.  Since I listen to most of my music on my computer or iPod, it gives a pretty accurate account of what I listened to that year.

Top 10 Artists
1. Revision 3 [podcasts]
2. Pearl Jam
3. Michael Giacchino
4. Arcade Fire
5. Jay and Jack TV [podcasts]
6. Red Hot Chili Peppers
7. Murray Gold
8. The Smashing Pumpkins
9. Foster the People
9. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Top 10 Tracks
1. Foster the People – “Helena Beat”
2. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
2. Katy Perry – “Firework”
2. Arcade Fire – “Modern Man”
2. Arcade Fire – “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”
6. The Naked and Famous – “Young Blood”
6. Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs”
6. Arcade Fire – “Ready to Start”
9. Arcade Fire – “Rococo”
9. The Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Did I Let You Know”

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Some Things to Do In 2011: Revisited

Friday, December 30th, 2011 No comments

It’s the time of year for reflection and introspection. I figured I should look back on the list of things I wanted to do in 2011.

  • Move. I decided not to move to a new place in Starkville, because I was pretty certain I would be leaving Starkville. I’ll be moving to Portland in February. Not quite 2012, but close enough.
  • Go to my first convention. I went to San Diego Comic-Con in July and had a blast. If I don’t go back this year, I may go to one of the Seattle-based conventions.
  • Keep exercising. I kept up the good work I started last year. I’ve lost about another 40 lbs this year. Hopefully, I can maintain my good habits in the new year.
  • Buy new clothes. I bought a few pairs of jeans and some underwear before Comic-Con, but other than that I didn’t do so well. Losing weight gave me an excuse not to buy more. The jeans I bought are already feeling a little too big. I’ll do better next year.
  • Learn something new. I learned some new stuff for my old job and I’ve already started learning new stuff for my new job.I think that counts.
  • Meet new people. I met a lot of people at Comic-Con, but I didn’t meet any local people. I can’t wait to get out and start meeting people in Portland.
  • Listen to music more often. I did well at this at the beginning of the year. I even unsubscribed to a lot of podcasts. At Comic-Con, though, I met a lot of podcasters and started listening to all of their podcasts. I’ll work in that next year
  • Blog more. Once again, I started out well, but slacked off. I lot of times I do have things to say, but by the time I get around to writing about it, it doesn’t seem like it’s worth it. With all the changes coming in the new year, I’m sure I’ll be blogging more.

I think I did well for the most part. Soon I’ll come up with a list for 2012.

Some Things to Do In 2011

Friday, December 31st, 2010 2 comments

I came up with a list of things I want to do in 2011. I hate to use the term “resolution”. I reserve the right to change my mind of any of these without feeling guilty. I didn’t do this last year, so I can’t whether I was successful this year or not.

  • Move. I want to move either to a better place in Starkville or out of Starkville. One or the other is going to happen. The time is right now.
  • Go to my first convention. I want to go to San Diego Comic-con, but if that doesn’t work out I’ll go to Dragon Con in Atlanta.
  • Keep exercising. I’ve lost 45 pounds so far. I just need to keep it up, even if my gym becomes unusable because of all the new people in January. I also want to start strength training.
  • Buy new clothes. I need new clothes, especially new underwear. I hate shopping. The only clothes I get are the ones I get for Christmas presents. I need to change that.
  • Learn something new. I want to learn something new and cool tech-related.  Unfortunately, my job doesn’t provide me with many opportunities to learn new things.
  • Meet new people. Most of the time I’m happy to sit at home, hang out with Reese, and catch up on TV. I just don’t feel like going out. I don’t know how to meet people around here since there’s nothing to do and I’m not a student anymore. It may be that I don’t meet any new people until after I move.
  • Listen to music more often. I listen to too many podcast and neglect the music collection that I’ve spent so much time on.
  • Blog more. I’ve done well this week, but normally I blog only once a month. I want to do better without setting an arbitrary frequency that I might struggle to stick to.

I think these are pretty simple and very doable. Hopefully, I won’t forget to look back at these throughout the year and at the end of the year.

Happy New Year!

Update, 1/5/2011
The title originally said 2001 instead of 2011.  Thanks to Morning Toast for pointing that out.

Summer Time

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 2 comments

As of yesterday, it’s officially summer. Summer used to be my favorite time of the year. I’m sure most of that had to do with being on vacation from school. Summer isn’t as big of a deal now, probably because I haven’t had a summer off from everything since 1997. The thing I associate with summer the most now is the heat. Damn, it’s been hot. But still, summers working for a university in a college town are a little more laid back than the rest of the year.

I don’t have anything excited going on this summer. I didn’t renew my lease on my current place, so I’ll be moving in about a month.

In 2006, I made a Summer Mix CD. I’ve included the track list. I usually bring it out at the beginning of summer and listen to it throughout the season. It’s on my iPod now, so I’ll probably be listening to it even more than normal.

  1. “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper
  2. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
  3. “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
  4. “Whoops Now” by Janet Jackson
  5. “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash
  6. “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves
  7. “Soak Up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow
  8. “Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams
  9. “Summer” by War
  10. “Summer Nights” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
  11. “Summertime (featuring P Diddy)” by Beyonce
  12. “Girls of Summer” by Aerosmith
  13. “Sex in the Summer” by Prince
  14. “Hot Fun in the Summertime” by Sly & the Family Stone
  15. “If You Steal My Sunshine” by Len
  16. “Cruel Summer” by Ace of Base
  17. “The Boys of Summer” by The Ataris
  18. “And On And On” by Janet Jackson

Update, 2/23
Oops! I had messed up the name of Sheryl Crow’s song. It’s corrected now.

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The End of LOST

Monday, May 24th, 2010 No comments

Well, LOST ended last night and it was very bittersweet. It started shortly the Summer 2004 Olympics, which wasn’t long after I first started blogging. I’ve watched it since the night of the premiere and I never stopped watching. I really enjoyed the time spent watching the show and interacting with the LOST community. We’ve all known for 3 years that this would be the last year and I’m glad they got to go out the way they wanted, but I still hated to see it end.  The finale was excellent and I am very satisfied. I don’t have complaints about the last few minutes that a lot of people do. I can’t wait to re-watch this series when the complete set comes out in August. I’m sure I’ll notice a lot more the 2nd time around.  24 is ending tonight, but I don’t feel nearly as bummed out about it as I do about LOST.

Here’s the first blog entry I wrote about LOST complete with grammatical mistakes. It’s from December 11, 2004.

Lost is definitely my favorite new TV show this season. Of all the new shows that I started watching this season (mostly NBC shows because of all that advertising during the Olympics), Lost is the only one that I still watch.

The show is about a group of plane crash survivors that are stranded on a deserted island. It’s a lot like 24 in that it’s really just one long story divided into many different episodes. Each episode spans approximately one day. I like the way that use flashbacks in each episode to give you background information on one of the characters. It may be hard to pick up on everything if you haven’t been watching since the beginning, but I urge you to give it a try anyway. It comes on Wednesday nights at 7 CST on ABC. The very first episode is being replayed this coming Wednesday.

It has several actors in in that I recognize from other places: Daniel Dae Kim (24), Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings), Terry O’Quinn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Earth 2), Harold Perrineau (Oz, Matrix 2 & 3), and Ian Somerhalder (Smallville, Life as a House).

There have been rumors about a death on the show for a while now. This past Wednesday, I thought it had actually happened. Dominic Monaghan’s character was left hanging from a tree by some psycho and the doctor couldn’t bring him back. At this point I’m thinking to myself, “I should’ve know something was up when I saw him on The Late Late Show last night because I haven’t seen any of these people promoting this show before”. I was angry because they were killing off that poor little hobbit. Luckily the doctor went crazy, started back pounding on the hobbit’s chest, and was able to bring him back.

Go Doc!

In the near future, I need to find a new serial drama with a complex mythology to occupy my time.

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The Fixer

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 No comments

Pearl Jam is releasing their new album called Backspacer on September 20 (a Sunday), which is less than 2 weeks away. Of course I’m excited!!! The video for the first single, “The Fixer”, has been on iTunes and Youtube for a couple of weeks now and I can’t stop listening to it.

Earlier this year they were saying this album could end up sounding a lot different than their other ones. Judging by the few songs I’ve heard so far, that could be true. Eddie’s experience with making the Into the Wild soundtrack may have had a little influence on the way it sounds. They made it sound like the lyrics on this album were more straightforward, without all the multiple meanings. I like that. Simplicity can be good.

Take a look at the video. They’re getting so old now :).