Friday, July 29, 2005

Weekly Friday Top 10 Artists Report

According to that handy-dandy service Audioscrobbler (whose recently played tracks list seems to have been broken all week), I listened to the following bands the most over the last week:

  1. Idlewild - No surprise since I received their upcoming album Warnings/Promises
  2. The Clash - Really, this should never be a surprise on this list
  3. #1 Family Mover - Just getting my Atlanta local music shake on
  4. The Charlatans UK - Again, no big surprise here
  5. Son Volt - Like Idlewild, I just got the new album Okemah and the Melody of Riot
  6. The Smiths - I don't remember hearing them this much, but The Smiths are never really unwelcome, right?
  7. The Connells - I introduced the southern sweet power pop to a friend this week
  8. Love Tractor - Feeling a little Athens nostalgic perhaps since I've heard Harvey Milk has reformed
  9. Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism just totally rocks
  10. Autolux - A coworker shared some tracks that I didn't have with me

And, drum roll please, the most listened to track of the last week? "Fun to be Happy" by Love Tractor.

NP: "You Can Have it All" - Kaiser Chiefs

Thursday, July 28, 2005

How Did I Miss This

ESPN goes to my hometown, and no one tells me anything about it. Not my Mom. Not my friends who still live there. What gives people?

It's nice to see some postive if very fluffy news from that neck of the woods.

NP: "Swamp Thing (Live)" - The Chameleons UK

A Little Creepy

So, I just received a phone call at work from some group of folks putting together an alumni directory for my alma mater. This happens to everyone all the time I assume and shouldn't be a big deal, but here's where it starts to get creepy.

Somehow, they had my work number. I didn't tell them, and I've been studiously ignoring their little postcard requests for information and money to get the brand spanking new deluxe edition of their new directory. Not only did they have my work number, they knew my title, email address, and, get this, my fax number! (who the hell uses fax machines anymore anyway?) Weird. The last time I had any contact with the alumni office was when I worked for Huge Corporate Entity that everyone will recognize if I mentioned them [Ed. note: That term is stolen outright from a former coworker who shall remain nameless to protect his anonymity.]

The thing is, I know the contact information for everyone that I want to keep in touch with. And I'd say they know mine. Of course, life happens, and I've lost touch with some of my fellow alumni. But even they know how to get in touch with me or with someone who knows how to get in touch with me.

Suffice it to say, I didn't buy the deluxe or even normal edition of the directory.

UPDATE: Edited to reflect what I originally intended the post to mean. Sorry for the poor word choice; it wasn't my intent to throw bombs.

NP: "Karl Blau"- The Microphones

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

More Tinkering Under the Hood

I've messed with the comments a bit to make it even easier to comment on posts and to enable trackback by switching to Haloscan commenting. Hence the test comment below.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

St. Mary's: In the News

I saw some of the damage that Isabel caused, and this editorial rightly lauds the grassroots efforts that residents from my former neck of the woods undertook to control the damage from flooding in the future. Most intriguing among their activities was the addition of trees and more ground cover to slow down future torrents. I just hope they keep their imaginative ideas out of the gorge, where such projects could do real damage to the ecosystem. (Where they are working now is mostly farmland and single-family homes, so the ecosystem is probably a little less complex).

In the end though, I agree with the article. Mother Nature can be a bitch sometimes, and there's not a damn thing humans can do about it (despite the mission statement of the Army Core of Engineers).

NP: "Going Underground" - The Jam

Monday, July 25, 2005

Drunkeness Loves Company

And I thought I was the only one that woke up Saturday morning fully clothed with the lights and TV still on. But apparently not...

My electronics were all fine too.

Update: Fixed link.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Friday Weekly Top 10 Artist Report

According to Audioscrobbler, I listened to the following artists last week the most.
  1. Wilco
  2. The Charlatans UK
  3. The Clash
  4. The Afghan Whigs
  5. The Soundtrack of Our Lives
  6. Gorillaz
  7. 16 Horsepower
  8. Pulp
  9. The Mekons
  10. Prefab Sprout
I had six different songs I heard six times each, including a couple artists not on the most played list: Swervedriver and Stars.

NP: "My Favorite Dress" - The Wedding Present

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

As I was walking into work about 10 minutes ago, I heard someone across the street in the City Hall East Auto Shop singing. Opera. La Traviata I think. He was standing in one of the garage bays, which effectively amplified his voice making it very audible across a very busy North Avenue.

Opera! I kid you not.

NP: "Anything You Want" - Spoon

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

To The Moon!

Those of you who know me probably know I've long had a fascination with space exploration. I can psychoanalyze this all I want, but applying Occam's razor yields a far less interesting result. I'm interested because I was born while Neal Armstrong et al. were hurtling toward the moon in 1969. [Ed Note: And if you'd been born when you were due or even four days later, your name would be Neal, heh].

36 years ago today, these men made that one small step for man. In honor of that, I give you Google Moon! Too bad you can't see any remnants (which certain acquaintances of mine who shall remain nameless will say that it proves it was all a hoax).

NP: "Every Planet We Reach is Dead" - Gorillaz

I swear the musical choice is merely coincidental.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Another Trip Around the Rock

So. I'm officially one year older as of yesterday.

Having a birthday on a weekend is always a nice thing, even if crawling into work this morning was kind of tough. I also got an email that says I share the same birthday as the following people:

Bitty Schram - 1968
David Hasselhoff - 1952
Diahann Carroll - 1935
Donald Sutherland - 1935
James Cagney - 1899
Mike Vogel - 1979
Phyllis Diller - 1917

What, there's no one famous born yesterday in 1969?

James Cagney is very cool, but David Hasselhoff? Yikes.

NP: "Fun to be Happy" - Love Tractor

Friday, July 15, 2005

Last Week's Top 10 Artists

So here's what I've been hearing the most over the last week (Via Audioscrobbler.)
  1. The Clash
  2. Wilco
  3. The Replacements
  4. Elvis Costello
  5. The Charlatans UK
  6. Pulp
  7. Blur
  8. Swervedriver
  9. Uncle Tupelo
  10. Afghan Whigs
I listened to 10 songs twice over the week (too many to list here).

NP: "Now You Know" - Afghan Whigs


I don't where to start with this one, so I'll just link it and yell about it. What the hell does a congressman from Alaska know about the Shenandoah Valley and the impact such a project would have. I'll tell you. Fuck all. He does know that Halliburton (yes, the war profiteer) is a campaign contributor though. (Sorry for the profanity Mom, but I'm that mad.)

I'm seriously so pissed I can't really write anything rational about this. The last damn thing the valley needs is to cover it with more concrete.

On a more fun note. Check this out if you get bored at work. I'm not endorsing this mind you, but there's some cool stuff there.

Normal posting will resume post-birthday (i.e., next week).

NP: "Pride (live)" - U2

Monday, July 11, 2005

News from Home... sometimes very saddening.

When I read things like this is when I feel most at home in Atlanta, rather than returning to the Shenandoah Valley. And you know what, odds are I'm probably at least acquainted with the perpetrators of this crime, and would probably never have guessed it. The area just ain't that big.

On a side note, when I worked for VDOT during summers in college, the trees in this churchyard provided some of the best shade around to lounge, nap, and eat for that precious half hour called lunchtime.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Drunkeness

Get this, in Portland, ME, a man has sued for his right to drink and get drunk on private property. He was arrested and spent nine hours in jail, even though he didn't intend to be in public in anyway. You just can't make this up.

If he wins, it's a victory for alcoholics everywhere. Of course, the flip side would mean that the officers couldn't be sued for neglecting to arrest someone in this situation if they were to end up with alcohol poisioning or something.

NP: "Spitting Games" - Snow Patrol

Last Week's Top 10 Artists

So here's what I've been hearing the most of last week (Via Audioscrobbler.)
  1. The Clash
  2. The Afghan Whigs
  3. The Wedding Present
  4. The Microphones
  5. Pulp
  6. The Replacements
  7. The Beastie Boys
  8. Neko Case
  9. The Pixies
  10. Beck
And, just for fun, this was the most listened to track of the previous week: "Go Man Go" by The Wedding Present (the only song I heard four times during that week).

This list applies through July 3, but I need some theme to my Friday blogging, since I don't own a cat or any other pet.

NP: "Washington Bullets" - The Clash

Thursday, July 07, 2005

El Owen Dee Owen

My thoughts are with my friends in London this morning. Maybe a visit to the British Red Cross may be in order.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Odd Cover of the Year

Mongolian throat singing meets post punk depression? Nope er, maybe, uhm yes? It's just Albert Kuvezin and Yat Kha covering Love Will Tear Us Apart. WTF? (Via Mefi.)

NP: "Beep" - Pylon

Saturday, July 02, 2005

A Song for St. Mary's: A Poetic MapIV. The Word (I)

Mr. Surber walked by these waters
carrying his eponymous device,
and he found 5,000 fishes (tuna
not among them) to go with his bread:
brookies, rainbows, and browns, fry and adult,
and blacknose dace all fed by nymphs and flies.
Trout unlimited plied this stream, to rise
to mayflies from the first warm May morning
and lurk on winter streambeds just alive.
Mr. Surber walked and saw them all,
again looking below the surface
of mere utility to see resources
unmatchable by crowded hatcheries,
the web of life over and above ores
that had briefly drawn profit from this spot.
Native trout fed on a diet of larvae
and flies, their short lives spent inches
above the plane separating them from
the copious life below.
                                That river
flowed out of the gorge into the past
for this is not the same stream Surber saw.
Acid poisons bourne aloft from the west
pour down on depleted soils
their buffering capacity long
shot, leached out with each passing shower.
Native alkalinity subsided.
The mountain’s blood has become leukemic;
some infection has sent its tendrils through
its black skin to weaken its life, limestone
marrow found lacking to stem life-crushing
tide. Endangered species cannot be seen
until their lack endangers visible life.
What disease lurks beneath placid surface?
Genus Ephemerella has become
too ephemeral--all the mayflies are gone.
Rainbow's end, and brookies are on the decline.

Previous Entries:
I. Prelude
II. Processional
III. The Collect

Friday, July 01, 2005

Last Week's Top 10 Artists

So here's what I've been hearing the most of last week (Via Audioscrobbler.)
  1. The Clash
  2. Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  3. The Charlatans UK
  4. My Morning Jacket
  5. Nada Surf
  6. The White Stripes
  7. Swervedriver
  8. Pulp
  9. Supergrass
  10. The Wedding Present

And, just for fun, this was the most listened to track of the previous week: "In a Funny Way" - Mercury Rev (one of 10 songs I heard twice during that week).

NP: "Ursa Major Space Station" - Catherine Wheel