Scent Weakly 2.0

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Blogging About How Comfortable I Am

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I Agee

Nothing to report except that the blog It's Too Sunny Out Here agrees that Sunday's Theresa Andersson set was something special.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Field Trip: Tapes 'N Tapes - Theresa Andersson

Last night I went to The Casbah to see Tapes 'N Tapes, but the opening act,Theresa Andersson, stole the show. She works solo, but with the help of a couple looping machines she creates a rich multi-layered sound. Actually I'll stop here and let her YouTube video do the explaining.

Note: This vid must have gone viral. Check out the number of hits.

While the technology is cool, it was Andersson's voice and dynamic performance that won over what can be a skeptical Casbah crowd. I'm now a fan.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

My Live Music Calendar

Here are the shows currently on my calendar. Buy some tickets and join me.

Sunday, January 25 - Tapes 'N Tapes - The Casbah
Thursday, February 5 - Todd Snider - The Belly Up
Tuesday, February 24 - Dead Confederate - The Belly Up
Sunday, March 1 - Ra Ra Riot - The Loft - UCSD
Saturday, March 21 - Missy Higgins - The Orpheum Theater - Los Angeles
Friday, April 17 - Calexico - The Belly Up

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

On Radar: Vast Atlantic & Musikanto

My favorite music genre resides somewhere near the nexus of rock and country. A musical space inhabited by the likes of Neil Young, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Kathleen Edwards etc. As much as I like those artists it's been awhile since they have recorded something interesting, so recently I went on a search for some new music.

Vast Atlantic the first band I found is almost local (The OC). They describe themselves as the illegitimate child of Wilco, Bright Eyes, and Ryan Adams. They're a relatively new band that will improve, but they're solid now. You can listen here Vast Atlantic

Musikanto hails from Chicago, but plays in the same country/rock territory. You can check him out on his MySpace page.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

There's a A Bailout Coming, But It's Not For You

Grampa rock rules.

Monday, January 12, 2009

An Apartment Tour

The "Before" tour of A&A's new digs.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Field Trip: San Fracisco Day 2

On Wednesday I met Will at Four Barrels for coffee and donuts. From there we headed to Golden Gate Park and the Academy of Sciences. The AoS is a brand spanking new museum in the heart of the park. It encompasses several major exhibits that span many different scientific disciplines. Highlights include the four story rain forest enclosure, the aquarium, and the state of art digital planetarium/movie theater. But as good as the exhibits are, the star of the museum is the building itself. It's a stunning achievement in green architecture.

Check out the roof.

After sending Will back to St. Mary's "to do homework" I went over to Annie and Adrian's apartment to make sure they put their oluvfundor together correctly. They had, so we celebrated over sushi and beers at Tokyo Go Go. Delicious.

SW Recommends: The Hype Machine

The Hype Machineis a music blog and mp3 aggregator that I use often to listen to and discover new music. They have recently put up a very cool new resource, the Music Bog Zeitgest. At the site you can listen to the top 50 albums, artists, and songs based upon traffic statistics at The Hype Machine.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Field Trip: San Francisco Day 1

I flew up to San Francisco on Tuesday on a nearly empty Virgin Airlines flight. With attendants dressed in black, the cabin bathed in pink lights, and an oh so hip color scheme the plane looked like a scenster night club. Although the 100 empty seats gave it the air of a club whose hipster clientele decided to do their clubbing down the street.

The flight was uneventful and I met up with Annie and Adrian at their new apartment in the Mission district of San Francisco. It's located above a Korean BBQ in a gentrifying neighborhood. The place is a big improvement over their previous digs and my parental side was happy to see a police station across the street. We made a video of the apartment which I posted on YouTube, only to realize after viewing that Annie had revealed a wee bit too much information about the apt's location. I have since taken it down.

The first item on my itinerary was to complete Annie's Xmas present - a trip to Ikea. We spent a hour or so across the bay in Emoryville buying urkenlivers, olovfundors, velovduls.

After hauling everything up to their third floor apartment (no elevator)we walked to Ike's Place for sandwiches. Wow! Next time you're in The City do yourself a favor and head over to Ike's for a Napoleon Complex sandwich on a Dutch crunch roll. Absolutely delicious. I ate the whole thing when half would have easily sufficed.

At this point all I wanted was a nap, so I headed to my deluxe accomodations and let the kids put the olovfundor together by themselves.

Ike's Place

Friday, January 02, 2009

History Lesson: Presidential Portraits

This is kinda cool.

Time Sponge

If you feel the need to be productive you probably shouldn't play this game.


Thursday, January 01, 2009

Top Gun: A Gay Parable?


A Music Video

For a lot of reasons music videos are a dying art form. (MTV doesn't even play them anymore.) But, when they're done well they are very compelling.

Here is one of my favorites.