I've been doing this series of paintings over the last couple of years. The goal is to produce a bunch of quick, small paintings that require no thought or preparation on my part. Choose a photo at random that I've taken, lay down an under painting color that doesn't relate to the image (my favorite is pink), and start painting without sketching or anything. Ideally, it will take no more than 2 hours. Some are more successful than others, but hopefully I'll end up with a few pretty good paintings.
Anyway, at this point I've got some under my belt, and I'd like a place to post them where no one I know will see them. Enter AbsolutePunk. I'll be posting as I finish them.
Favorite Albums of 2009:
12. Kevin Devine - Brother's Blood
11. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing
10. Flight of the Concords - I Told You I was Freaky
9. mewithoutYou - It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream It's Alright
8. Lucero - 1372 Overton Park
7. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
6. The Dangerous Summer - Reach for the Sun
5. The Motorcycle Industry - Electric Education
4. Passion Pit - Manners
3. Thrice - Beggars
2. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
1. Fun - Aim and Ignite
Favorite EPs of 2009:
5. The Republic of Wolves - His Old Branches
4. Man Overboard - Hung Up on Nothing
3. Bon Iver - Blood Bank
2. Murder By Death - Finch
1. Modest Mouse - No One's First and You're Next
2009 was really a year of me taking the time to appreciate albums that I'd written off in the past. My favorite albums that it took me until this year to discover:
4. Sigur Ros - Takk...
3. Fall Out Boy - Folie A Deux
2. Daft Punk - Discovery
1. Jimmy Eat World - Futures
5. Say Anything - Say Anything
4. Brand New - Daisy
3. Langhorne Slim - Be Set Free
2. Weezer - Raditude
1. The Snake The Cross The Crown breaking up for good
5. The Real World
3. 30 Rock
2. Flight of the Concords
Things that dominated my 2009
Pop Punk - Just when I thought I'd grown out of it...
Vinyl - Love the physicality of it, love the big album artwork, love the timeless feeling of spinning a record that my dad played when he was my age
IPAs - Never a fan of hoppy beers before, but this summer it just clicked.
Books - God a lot of mileage out of my library card this year. Especially psyched about Dave Eggers
So we went ahead and bought a new car about three weeks ago. A perfect little Scion XD. It's the first car either of us have ever owned that hasn't come out of somebodies front lawn, so obviously we were really proud of it.
Fast forward two weeks. I'm at work looking out the window at our new car, when I notice a long, white scratch running down both drivers side door panels. Son of a bitch. 400 miles on it, and our new car is keyed. Brian and I are furious, and suspect some drunk asshole keyed it at the Brewer game we drove it to two nights before. We decided that it wouldn't have happened at either of our jobs, and certainly not in our apartment parking garage that only the 30 residents of our apartment have access to. So we take it to get an estimate- $1,000. Just because some asshole keyed our car in the space of a second. The body shop can't get it in until May 5th, so we figure we'll suck it up and drive a keyed car around for a few weeks.
Fast forward to this morning. Brian goes down to the garage to leave for work, and what the fuck, there's a new scratch right above the first one. Not as long or as deep, but holy shit, someone keyed our new car again.
So obviously this changes everything. The scratch wasn't there when I parked last night, and now it is. Someone keyed our car while it was parked in the secure garage, which means someone in our tiny apartment building keyed our car. So now it's personal. It's not some random crime. Someone, for some reason, is keying our car, and we have no ideas. I don't think we have any enemies in the apartment. And what happens when we get it fixed? Will someone just key it again?
So Brian and I saw Astronautalis last night, and it was a fantastic show. The guy's a great performer, and his free styling blew my mind.
Really gracious guy too. I bought a copy of Pomegranate, and he seemed just as excited to sign the LP as I was to have him sign it. I will absolutely see him again if he comes back to Madison (although I wouldn't blame him if he didn't- the crowd sucked).
Brian and I are probably buying a new car next weekend. I've never had a car before that didn't come from somebody's front lawn, so I'm pretty excited about it. Either a Honda Fit or a Scion XD. Something small with manual transmission that gets good gas mileage. I can't wait.
Getting cut back to part time at work is fantastic and awful, all at the same time. I really enjoy all the extra time that I have, especially now that it's getting warm out. I'm taking the time to paint again, which I haven't done in months. And I'm collecting unemployment for the hours I miss, so it's not a total bust.
On the downside, I love my job, and I hope the business doesn't go under. It turns out that designing graphics for airplanes is the perfect job for me, and prospects aren't looking good right now for finding something else.
Jeez, who knows? Life is frustrating sometimes. I just need some job security so Brian and I can buy the Honda Fit we've been eying.
Looking forward to St. Patty's day and Irish car bombs, plus seeing a friend's band play in town. Should be a fun night.