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I keep throwing it down two-hundred at a time.
08/28/08 at 10:17 PM by Julia Conny
This Bon Iver album, For Emma, Forever Ago, is shaping up to be one of my favorites of the year. So gentle, so honest. So careful and delicate, the kind of album that really gets deep into the bone marrow. I think it was re-released in 2008, so it's good for an end of the year list. I'm a sucker for acoustic, and I'm a sucker for whipping out Brand New one-liners for when they're applicable. Strum soft, strum hard. Tug those heartstrings. It's just what I've been craving. Well, that and Drunk Like Bible Times, but there are only so many times i can check my mailbox before I start to drive myself crazy.

My friends are really neat.

In high school, I jumped threw a couple different crews. My friends with the good grades and the paved futures, and my friends with the Kerouac paperbacks and backseats littered with empty cigarette packs. I was never straight-line enough for the good ones, but I cared too much about my future to invest my soul into the ones that I knew would never leave my hometown.

And then, when I went away to Pittsburgh and did what fresh college kids do - force friendships - I did just that - force friendships. Not that a lot of my new friends weren't real friends, it's just that I never felt completely comfortable with them. And for the few that I did, I always end up being let down. Part of that is probably on my accord, mostly because I can be a very sketchy person (it's true, I'm horrible at picking up the phone and keeping plans), but when I left Pittsburgh to move to Baltimore, it was easy. I stayed as in touch as my habits would allow. When I called to catch up, it was obvious I was already on a different planet. The metaphorical distance wasn't hard to digest or sad. I felt a little free, actually. And when I went back to visit, the wavelengths never matched up. And they never had, really.

I always wondered what it would be like if I had stayed in Pittsburgh. My pseudo-comfort would have hopefully grown into some legit groove. I could have found a niche. Maybe a few more nice music kids. Would have definitely graduated in four years. But the friends I have here in Baltimore ... I dunno. They're just something really awesome and special about them. A lot has to do with the essence of this city, I do believe, but a good part of it has to do with me and the fact that when you pick up your life and move everything you've become accustomed to, you can't help but appreciate when the good and comfortable come your way.

My idea of a good night is having a great conversation with friends. Three years ago and I wouldn't even know where to start.

That's my deep thinking for the night. I blame Bon Iver.

PS - Has breakfast with Mom today. Bagels, yum. I taught her what a thread is. I love that she's really interested in new media, etc. because I can talk about threads for an hour and she's completely fascinated by the topic of conversation. She even blogs! What a hipster.
Tags: friends, pittsburgh, moving, bon iver, mom, rant
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03/26/08 at 12:39 AM by Julia Conny
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.
Tags: moomie, mommy, blog, the kooks, ace enders, four letter lie
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I Will Possess Your Heart
03/18/08 at 09:21 AM by Julia Conny
I am ultra stuffy, and my throat is scratchy. I feel the sickness seeping into my daily routine. I'm OK with this though. It's been awhile since I've come down with anything significant, most likely because I spent the last few months taking Emergen-C a couple times a day. I'm no superperson, anymore.

Right this second, I am sitting in my Starbucks, whittling away my words on this keyboard and drinking iced coffee. This may be one of my most comfortable positions. This may be the name of my game. But I imagine this comfortable feeling comes from the new Death Cab single, "I Will Possess Your Heart," that I bought from Amazon just a few hot seconds ago. I've already listened three times. This song is ... I don't even know the words just yet. Death Cab has always personified specific emotions and sentiments via the tones and structures of their music, but because they do it so differently and more special than any other band, I've always found it really hard to describe their music. Other than incredible.

Hmmm, interesting realization. As a reviewer, as someone who looks to write about music - breaking it down, criticizing it, applauding it, and over-analyzing its little do and dads - Death Cab is the ONLY band that breaks down my walls of formal response. I don't know what to think about this. Would this then mean that Death Cab is my favorite band of all time, because no words of mine can cast their script? I've always considered Death Cab ONE of my favorite bands, but I've never cast them as number one. Maybe I need to reorder my lists. Maybe it's this lack of words that should reserve a top position. Maybe I don't really decide my favorites, and my favorite is really Death Cab; it has decided me, and I never took the time to think it through. It's plausible, certainly. I've never grown tired of ANY DCFC albums. I like some songs more than others on their older releases, but on Transatlanticism, my favorite album of theirs, every song operates in the same speechless way.

Mind you, I say all of this in the wake of hearing their new single. But, why should I deny the moment?

How I wish you could see the potential, the potential of you and me
It's like a book elegantly bound, but it'll anguish that you can't read
You gotta spend some time - love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find - love, I will possess your heart

There are days when outside your window, I see my reflection as I slowly pass
And I long for this mirrored perspective, when we'll be lovers, lovers at last
You gotta spend some time - love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find - love, I will possess your heart

I will possess your heart

You reject my advances and desperate plea
I won't let you, let me down so easily, so easily

You gotta spend some time - love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find - love, I will possess your heart

I will possess your heart

I have a lot to update about, more specifically the hilarity at this weekend's punk/hardcore/metal shows. Right now I am going to step away from Death Cab and finish my Lydia review.

Sigh. The sky is cloudy. That's all right with me.
Tags: death cab, moments, favorite
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