Karma, adventure + zine

May 31, 2008

» I dunno. I think Sharon Stone shouldn’t have apologized for her comments. The amount she briefly rose in my estimation, fell sharply.

» Plan is to see Indy IV tonight. First theatre visit in months for me. 

» PLOG 005 should be finished / assembled this weekend. Need to burn and stamp the discs yet.

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Spritualized Songs in A&E reviewed based on 30 second iTunes previews.

May 27, 2008

» Been waiting a while for this one to come out. My plans to pick it up at lunch might be changed based on this preview.

 

Harmony 1: typical shimmery ambient intro.
Sweet Talk: Wow. J. Spaceman’s voice has matured a lot. Kind of like Peter Gabriel doing Van Morrison. Hmmm.
Death Take Your Fiddle: A hill-billy folksong with creepy weezy/whispered background vocal.
I Gotta Fire: Stonesy. Wah-wah pedal. Acoustic guitar. Strained vocals. 1-4-5 chord progression. Hrrm.
Soul on Fire: Sounds like The Verve. Specifically that big hit of theirs from ten years ago. Getting a bad feeling about this.
Harmony 2: Pointless piano noodling interlude.
Sitting on Fire: Folky song with chimey sounds. Kind of nice. Cheasy lyrics.
Yeah Yeah: Garagey. Fuzz and tremolo. A bit more reassuring. This one sounds more like Spiritualized due to the fact it sounds a bit like BMRC.
You Lie You Cheat: More washed out and distorted but still not in the bombastic way songs like “Electricty” were. More like the fuzz was put on top to obscure the song is mediocre. Sounds like digital fuzz too.
Harmony 3: 18 seconds of choir boys.
Baby I’m Just a Fool: Velvet Undergroundy two chord vamp with kalimba.
Don’t Hold Me Close: Now this is more like it. Not spectacular but has that opiated Spiritualized sound at least. Might be rehashing old ideas, but one of J. Spaceman’s best ideas at least.
Harmony 4: Bad squeaky violin / piano interlude.
The Waves Crash In: Baroque folk. Strings and chimes. Again a little more a return to form.
Harmony 5: Accordion and chimes. Why bother with these interludes?
Borrowed Your Gun: More strings. Lastf ew songs have been like Spiritualized unplugged. Too bad more of the album isn’t like this.
Harmony 6: Reverb, glockenspiel.
Goodnight goodnight: Acoustic ballad closer. Morose and slow. Pretty good. But too little too late.


Commute 2

May 21, 2008

» Today was one of those days where someone jumps (or gets pushed) in front of a train at High Park and they stop service at Keele station. They provide a shuttle bus-service but no one can get to the buses because there’s literally over a thousand people on the platform unable to move, much less get down the stairs. Then those that got down the stairs are told go back up because service is about resume. But there is no one up at track level to tell the people trying to get down the stairs that service is about to resume so there was a moment of chaos where two opposing forces clashed and I was pretty sure a riot was about to erupt. But, due to a train arriving just in time, it didn’t. Instead we got on he next train.


Commute

May 21, 2008

» It was one of those days where they kick everyone off the train and then when you get on the next one it’s extra packed for the rest of your trip. I had one hideous gnome of a woman push on board when we were beyond capacity and have the audacity giggle at me as if to say, “Isn’t this fun?” A few stops later I had to physically thrust her out the door in order to let people off to which she gave me the same look kittens give you when you throw them in the bath.


Long lone weekend

May 19, 2008

» Had the apartment to myself this weekend as Nicole was on a road trip with her work friends. I didn’t do much of interest. Watched some movies I knew Nicole would refuse to watch, took a few walks, drank some ale, made a pizza, worked on PLOG. I had plans to get out more but the inclement weather kept me indoors most of yesterday. Everything’s closed today which is annoying. I guess I’ll take an aimless walk. In the nearly raining.

 


Playback + chart

May 14, 2008

» We spent a tense evening listening to the playback of Nicole’s in-progress album. We got through the approval/disapproval process of the guitar/piano elements I added last week. Now more overdubs and then a final mixing session.

» Dreambeat is finally charting this week (#4 on CKXU). Which is a relief since I thought I’d misjudged what people originally liked about The Urbane Decay.


Empire + Chocolate

May 8, 2008

» I had to abandon the Orson Scott Card novel I was reading. I’d actually wanted to check out Ender’s Game as I’d heard yet another conversation about how great it is, but it was snagged off the shelf by this other guy seconds before me so I got Empire instead. Which is horribly written, horribly plotted and entirely right-wing reactionary patriotism to cap it off (it’s about a near future red state vs. blue state American civil war). I kept thinking, it must just be just this character and eventually he’ll introduce other characters with opposing points of view later and there’ll be interesting dialogue about American politics. Not so. The worst part is he characterizes the main character as moderate and not a head-up-his-ass conservative soldier. And his supposedly Democrat wife is actually very much a conservative. It’s like Card had never talked enough to liberals or a moderates to even be able write the character. Anyway, that was clearly the “trashy novel” the Dove Chocolate Fascists wanted me to read. Sorry DCFs, I couldn’t do it.


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