I'm trying to figure out how much she damaged me as a young adult, and she's trying to figure out why I am such a fuck-up. Not really, but kind of. Actually, we both just love each other so much that we had to take it to the Internet. I am the biggest dork on the planet.
This is a great blog post about what you should and shouldn't do as a band.
Granted, I'm not in a band. I'm OK with this fact (as are my little, fret board challenged fingers), but these eyes have seen it all. I've seen bands succeed, I've seen some fail miserably, and I've seen a good bunch ride the middle line and rock a half-mast of popularity. Not that I want to be that asshole that tells a group of young, hard-working and optimistic musicians that they'll probably go no where with this venture, but it's true 99 percent of the time. Sometimes, you can just look at a band and know that they're not gonna go very far.
I never used to be this way. I used to have saucer-eyes and a wide open heart for dudes with guitars that really loved playing music. I would pass out flyers and write reviews for them because even though most - once again - rode that line of mediocrity, I still liked to have faith in the ideal of music.
It sucks that I'm 22 and I feel jaded. I listen to some of my ALL TIME favorite bands and I'm not even convinced that they can make a splash anymore. I listen and just know that they're gonna fizzle. This is just the tip of a much, much more complex iceberg, but will it ever be like the old days? Will there ever be a chance for a band to be more than just another band? Or do I just have blinders up?
Sorry to be a Debbie Downer tonight. If you can believe it, I'm actually in a pretty good mood.
Tonight, I cleaned up my Google Reader, which was gushing with sites I've been following for what, a year now? Time to get rid of some stuff. Time to freshen up.
But these badboys are sticking with me, 'cuz their my favorites. My Internet livelihood. Maybe you'll like a few too. I follow a ton more, but these are probably my most regular. I've been sending anything from Google Reader I'm loving to my Shared list.
Craftzine Blog - Despite my lack of time, I adore crafting. This blog never fails to produce interesting and sometimes wowing pieces. From this blog to my brain flows a million ideas.
Ars Technica - Easily my favorite tech blog. They're always on top of evverything and their writing is simple, clean and professional. Any news item involving technology, and you'll find it here.
Strike Gently - I don't know who runs this website, but I think we might have the same mind, or at least a same wavelength. There is always something new I want to check out. I love love love this music blog. They also have streaming video for new tv shows and movies and frequently cool features.
Daytrotter - Another music site that I check frequently. Whatever band comes in to record a daytrotter session, you can almost guarantee a sick unreleased song or two. And since the website is primarly focused on indie bands, there's no filler trash - just pure talent. The write-ups that go along with every feature are always well-done, albeit a bit wordy.
College Humor: Harding Working - I'm a big fan of Collegehumor.com. I've been following the site for years both for the humor (duh!) and because it's a perfect example of how a niche market website can do huge and successful things if done right. Their editorial department scripts digital shorts for CHTV, their "television channel", complete with several different series. My favorite is one called Hardly Working, which depict silly situations in work place.
Dooce - The website of blogger Heather Armstrong, an ex-Mormon who moved to LA to graphic design, drink and chill with the stars, but then met her nerd-match, married and moved to SLC, and had an adorable little girl named Leta. She also has two dogs. Besides bringing humor into the mundane life of mother and wifehood, she posts pictures, loves Obama and reinforces the idea that simply is the best way to live life. She also supports her whole family on her blog along. Um, Heather, you're my hero.
Jake and Amir - Jake and Amir both work in the editorial department of Collegehumor.com. On the side they create digital shorts about their off-kilter office/best friend relationship. I've been following them for about a year now, and I've grown quite attached. Think of it as a spin-off of The Office, just more warped and sometimes bloody.
Mental Floss Blog - Mental ... floss. Just as it sounds. Really cool linkage, quizzes and articles from this brain food magazine.
DC Transporation Examiner - My friend Katherine is an expert at public transportation, and to consistently show off her knowledge, she's blogs for the DC Examiner.
Write Directions - My mom is a writer, and now she blogs about it. I've recieved most of my motivation and inspiration from her since I was a wittle gurl. It's nice to always have her pockets of encouragement updated daily.
Listening Post - My favorite magazine is definitely Wired, and Listening Post is their music blog, run by Elliot Van Buskirk. Everyone has opinions about where music is heading, and this guy's opinion I trust.
Lifehacker - Another tech blog that's all about using the Internet for cool tips. Most of the stuff on Lifehacker is a bit too tech for my liking, but every once in awhile, there is a fancy tip I can't resist.
Air & Sea Battle / Eyeblog Records - Jason of Eyeball Records runs A&SB, a mostly indie music blog that's clean and simple. Eyeblog Records shows off goodies from the ER camp. Both are fun reads.
MTV Buzzworthy - I suck at pop culture. And I don't mean pop culture like Trivial Pursuit. MTV, Perez Hilton, Extra - hit music typically brushes right by me, but I'd like to at least know what's up and what's not up. That's why I follow MTV Buzzworthy. I get the upcoming buzz bites so I know my shit before you know what even went down. Blam.
A very good friend of mine, Katherine, is an awesome blogger. I don't mean this in the kitschy, I-think-I-need-to-blog-about-this way, or the I-blog-because-I'm-actually-really-cool-on-the-Internet way. Well, maybe I do, but it's a good thing. She's a wonderful writer, and her posts are always hilarious and exploratory of subjects like public transportation, feminism, crafting (my favorite!), music (also my favorite!), and, well, blogging. She never ceases to make me giggle with her 1) sharp wit and 2) outrageous outbursts. I was reading a recent post about her watching the RNC, sipping whiskey in her parent's kitchen, and had to laugh. While whiskey is cool (like, on the rocks), I know she wasn't really sipping whiskey in her parent's kitchen. Or maybe she was and that new job of hers has brought her higher levels of after-work relaxation and/or higher levels of acquired sophistication. She did introduce me to wine in a juice box.
No matter - watching the RNC and cringing at the frustrating and aggravating rhetoric of the Republican Party would bring anyone to slosh at some numbing juice. Which is why, the other night, my friend John and I decided to put on Clerks II instead of watch the festivities. Screw that, we said. Why leave the night angry and political when we could have a good laugh? I had never seen the sequel. Plus, he doesn't have cable at his new house, and the only other programming on his five channels were Two and a Half Men re-runs. What we would have done during the down time? The changeovers from one archaic conservative speech to the next? Screw that. The choices weren't exactly working in our favor.
I think I am going to go watch a movie and relax. Laundry is washing, storm is coming, and I'd like to clear my head.
I had a nice phone conversation with Mel from All Get Out this week, and you can expect to see much more of this band in the coming months on AP.net. Oh! Haven't listened? Well give my rec a whirl then, don't just sit there! Start with the song "Water and God" - this song is a fusion of Manchester Orchestra and The Format. You might just really enjoy it.
I'd love to be in Philly tonight, seeing You Me and Everyone We Know. I hear Bianca will be there, and Dennis is playing with You Me. Double merhh. Guess I'll be going to work now. Maybe you can boost my spirits by following my twitter? I'll post surly updates from behind the espresso bar.
I've spent the past hour listening to The Kooks. It's been good. If you want some good playlistening, here's my muxtape. Make one too, post it and spread the love. This is an awesome technological bean.
So last night. We had some guests (Four Letter Lie) crash at the crib. Adam Elmakias (or Mark Diesel, I've learned), an awesome photographer-person on tour with the band, was doing a photo shoot for Ace Enders that day. And so, later in the night, Adam was dropped off at our apartment by Ace and van. That's it, really. Ha, you thought it was going to be more exciting, huh? Ha, you have too much faith in me. I'm really quite boring.
In fact, I've been sitting on my couch doing some hardcore school work and thinking about my toothache. Likely a cavity, I'm assuming. I'm so boring, I decided to blog about it.
Today is my mommy's birthday. Please help me (and her) out by going to her new, freshly-launched blog and posting a comment. I'd really appreciate it. Something constructive though, please. It's not that she can't handle a good joke, it's just that she pays my rent.
RCRD LBL is an ad-supported music blog that is stocked with free MP3s. It is the gem of gems for free music, and the good kind at that. Most of it is your standard indie hip, but that's not actually a bad thing. Check it out. Also check out She & Him, a organic folk-pop duo featuring M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. Stream some here. If only I could be as quirky.