I was up late like usual last night. I got a hold of Sufjan Stevens new album Illinois a whole 3 months before release. It doesn't even have album art...I think. I like the variety of instruments he uses but then again he wouldn't be called a multi-instrumentalist for nothing. I hear he is a very good banjo player, I like his drumming too. Illinois is a 22 track and I listened to most of the whole thing straight through as soon as I got it last night. Every Sufjan release sounds different than the others, this one is no exception. This one is more floaty, kind of airy in some portions and also more angelic because of all the backing vocals. This release has a nice selection of happier songs but then a song like John Wayne Gacy, Jr pops up and I'm pretty sure you can figure what its about. Like his last proper album Michigan, this one has the crazy long titles which are way too long for file names like the second track; "The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience But You're Going to Have to Leave Now, or, "I have fought the Big Knives and will continue to fight them until they are off our lands!". This album is #2 out of 50, of the 50 states albums. He started with Michigan where he was born and followed it with Illinois. I'm trying to rank this in my head as either my favorite by him or second favorite competing with Michigan, I haven't formed a solid opinion. I thought he would of done New York since that's where he lives but if he keeps the good tunes coming who am I to complain.
Today somehow I completely slept through class until about 30 minutes until it was over. My only explanation I can think of is that I was so sleep deprived yesterday from sleeping late after working on my project and waking up early to complete it. It was my best work for the class though so I'm happy.
I worked on my presentation and project most of yesterday as soon as I got out of my last class. In doing so I missed the Mavericks but they lost. I really thought this was there year to make it. I don't have any school work and I'm jamming some new Four Tet and the and their debut. They have some great organic electro-acoustic music, I used to only know them for their remixes, especially the Radiohead remix they did.
Weezers new album was leaked this past Saturday and I got a hold of it today. Some parts are better than others. Its over produced, you can tell that from the first track/first single Beverly Hills. It sounds like a glossy 80s album at some spots. That whole time I was listening to it I thought that it seemed more designed to appeal to the top 40 sound, maybe to push more albums. Some of it is not bad but Rivers, the lead singer doesn't seem to believe in Make Believe. In the new Rolling Stone he said he signed a contract with his record label to only support this album just for one year then he's through with it. You can't ever tell with that crazy weirdo Rivers, sometimes I wish he would just not give anyone his opinion or comments anymore.
I hate these early games. You can't really drink and watch...well you can but it doesn't feel right when its early and you're by yourself. Anyway the Dallas Mavs and the Houston Rockets are playing game 1 of the 7, the first game of the playoffs for both teams. I think I'll just get ahead of myself and mention that the Mavericks lost game 1, it hasn't happened yet but I'm pretty sure thats the soon to be outcome. We had a nice come back after being down my 13, then that went away.
Whiskey and Basketball don't mix too well, atleast in my stomach. I felt it sloshing around as I was playing and eventually winning. After the victory I sat down for bit and all was better.
I've been listening to a lot of Slacker Jazz, the name surprisingly fits really good with the sound other than the incorporation of noise samples instead of horns. So now I'm walking around campus humming bass riffs. dododododo dooooo doo dooooooo doo do do do. Its better than me singing Baby Beluga, trying to figure out the first verse while walking to class and thinking that there is no one around then all of a sudden you hear a twig break and you look back and bam 10 feet away is someone walking behind you. I laughed it off but still felt like a retard. I was just having this flashback moment on the bus to class and remembered something from preschool and it was this song.
I wish every webpage I published online were still up...well few are but I've gone through so many the older ones are just lost. I think it all started 6 years ago when I was in high school and I just made a webpage for the hell of it. I don't personally remember it in my mind but I do remember what I wrote about and I can tie that to six years ago thoughts. My how much I've grown in those short 6 years. My first page was as I like to call it "my whinny webpage" where I just complained about stuff that pissed me off. More of, I wrote like I thought no one would read it. But I have grown, I saw the errors of my ways. The point is that I still wish I could read what I wrote just to get in my 1999 head and see what was going on. Although I do remember analogies involving Godzilla and Mothra but that just makes me want to know more about the content. My new chair is the publish for entertainment value, which is where I think I'll be sitting for a while. I hate getting too personal about things online. I have this phobia of people who I don't know well knowing me a little to well maybe even to an uncomfortable extent. Plus that takes away my element of mystery that I like oh so much. I don't mind meeting strangers, actually I like it a lot but meeting someone for the first time on a web page would be the first entry they see. "Hello my name is Doug and I lose control of my bowls 4 to 6 times a day". That would be Dougs brand for a long time not to mention the impression on his friends who reads his page.
Here is a little insight of what the British thinks about America. Nice for a good laugh. They like their Homer Simpson and Mr. T
Yes another weekend gone by and not much of anything got accomplished but I had fun doing that. I haven't had a weekend like this because I've had papers, research and projects to do the past month and a half, a break was nice. I think tonight I will listen to much of the music I downloaded recently which include Superwolf by Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (can't ever get enough Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), two Refused EPs, couple of Death Cab 7" and More Parts Per Million by the Thermals and hopefully The Hearfelt by Figurine. I got my night set for me, life can't get better than that.
We finally got rid of the pumpkin that was sitting on top of our tv stand after he sat there for 6 months. First we tossed him around which was pretty funny then he assaulted Joe so we had to teach him a lesson. So we packed in nine m60s in him and took him out to the parking lot.
Has anyone heard the new Coldplay? They have this song called Talk, the hook sounds just like that Killers song, Somebody Told Me, just for a second. Right when he says "Never thought I'd let a rumor ruin" in the Killers song. But alas the new Weezer single rips off Nerf Herders, New Jersey Girl but just for a second. But what about that Gwen Stefani song, her first single that steals from the Weezer song Hash Pipe. Both songs were lame and I think Weezer was hitting the hash pipe a little too much when making the Green album....or anything after. That my music rant for the day....or is it? Nope
I changed some stuff and can't figure why I can't get center alignment. The thing is that when I preview it looks okay but when I bring it up after publishing it aligns left. Nothing too bad so I'm not worried. Also I have a "just-in-case" log of how the code looked like before this happen I'm just too lazy to check on it and rather nap.
I spent a nice hour staking out the convenience store at the corner. I took note of who all bought booze and who didn't and some profile information about them and interesting observations. Some guy hit his car door against mine the first 2 minutes I got there. I just waved it off and he went to the payphone and started yelling angrily in Spanish. Every once in a while you'd get a phrase or word in English like, "who are you talking to?, who are you talking to?" and lots of "mother fucker" with some uttering of "shit" and variations of those in Spanish. Then he went in and bought beer. Good thing I waved that off he looked pretty drunk and mean. There are some weirdos that go/hang out there like me but I'm harmless until I'm armed with my golf club. Other than the various pay phoners and that one crack head who was just standing there smoking cigarette after cigarette and staring at me, it was tame. I guess that's what I get when I go to the nearest beer store to the "hood" as the police referred to it last time I got pulled over on my bike. Well, back to the Qualitative research. I'm trying my hardest to make a mockery of the system, doing a 3 month project in 2 days. A worthy risk.
Askmen.com has their 10 manly drinks, which is worth a looking.
This past weekend I was told that my website was linked to various other ones online which was a mystery to me. I comment on so many sites and most of them I don't keep track of so its easily understood that this could happen. Anyway I think I should return the favor and link them back. So I will try to beef up some links here and there but don't expect much, I have a three month research project to do in 4 days.
I'm bored so I did my usual bored thing, I read every website of everyone I know and don't know, every online news magazine I frequent, emailed some people a song or two and now here I sit. When I'm bored I usually download some new music but I think I played that card a little too much this week. Lets see I've been up for 2 and a half hours, an hour and a half of that I was in class and I some how managed to download 3 albums already today. Yesterday I downloaded 8 [tortoise discography put me over the top] but the day before I didn't get anything according to my records. Yea I think its an addiction but there is so much out there. I'm trying to listen to everything in a timely manner, right now its "Monday at the Hug and Pint", one of yesterday acquisitions.
All my school work is pilling up. Right now I'm in the COBA labs trying to record a stupid sounds for my homework assignment. It has to be your voice reading or saying something and so I decided that I would read a quote from a book quoting another book. My line;
Ah yes the weekend, but this weekend like the last few I have a lot of school work and once again it seems like school has ruined my weekend. But I won't let it. There is a party brewing this weekend for Davids birthday and I like free beer in large quantities thats exactly what I'll find there. Last weekend somehow a keg arrived at Bens and with it a lot of people, this weekend there should be two.