Oh i forgot to mention that we almost ran into Justice. Literally my friend sara almost ran over Xavier De Rosnay as he walked out into the street with her car. then they made music and we had dance party.
its true. and as they brushed past the car, i yelled ‘justice!’ like a 14 yr old who saw tiffany in a mall in 1984. turns out that the glass of a 1973 duster is not sound proof and i got a strange look from the entire leather-coated menagerie outside. it was embarrassing.
“We must stop the blatant East Coast bias that has trumpeted Sam Adams as the height of beers, while leaving numerous superior Oregon brews in relative obscurity!”—steve novick, senate candidate from oregon. this slight aside was taken from an otherwise very informative interview found here, which grant posted about as well. after much contemplation, ive decided to follow henry’s move and throw steve novick my official blog-dorsement.
so i took quite a hiatus from this bit, but now that i started bringing my laptop into work, i have all my music. thus, the great return of fmf. todays installment focuses on a band called ambulance ltd. ive been a fan of these cats since larry and i saw them open for elefant like 5 years ago. they play a mix of folk, indie, shoegaze, and a bunch of other things, which is to say they play catchy, pretty songs. they received a little bit of major attention after signing to TVT and releasing a stellar lp (conveniently titled lp) followed by an ep that included a live track, a demo, and a few new tunes. the included track is called ‘anecdote’, form the aforementioned lp, and its simple, folksy, well arranged, and catchy as hell. alright enjoy it and enjoy your friday.
so its come to my attention that a certain blogger-er has been invited to our super cool portland tumblr meet up potluck next saturday. while she may be a hip fashion blogger and famous national geographic writer, this will not stop me from tying wrists with her and having a knife fight to the death, preferably the choreographed jazz-tap kind.
so this is kind of a work in progress. i wrote and played the guitar part, my friend valeri (who i posted about here) wrote and sang the vocal parts. i like the results of this more than i care to say. this is the first (unfinished) part of a series im trying to do where i doop my talented friends into singing songs i wrote, so i can then share in the credit of their awesomeness.
a while back, i was in a band (with this man, in fact) that did a little bit of touring. nothing humongous, but a month or so on the road occassionally when we didnt have school. one city we were sure to hit up was seattle, given that its pretty close and we always managed to get a decent show. on one such trip, we were playing at a club called el corazon. we loaded in and started chatting with the sound guy for the night, a personable twenty-something kid in a mariners hat who knew his way around the soundboard.
during our chat, he offhandedly mentioned that he had gotten hired to do sound for a danzig tour a little while before. grant and i were instantly intrigued, and demanded the full story (because i cant speak for grant, but i thought, and still think, danzig might be able to shoot fire from his eyes and harvest the souls of children for food). the soundguy said it wasnt a big deal, but he did mention his contract; a ridiculously long document that contained demands only worthy of someone that wears as much mesh as danzig. chief amongst them were these (seriously):
you are not to look danzig in the eye
you are not to speak to danzig unless you are spoken to by danzig
you are not to enter a room containing danzig until you are individually invited in
conclusion - glen danzig is precisely as batshit crazy as he should be
im doing some document review stuff at work today and most of it deals with corn that has a certain gene, a gene which has been patented by its developers. i know the proccess of creating the gene, but its the gene itself that has the patent on it. thats still bizarre to me. maybe i’ll make my millions by patenting a new kind of kidney.
finally, my first tumblr recruitment. lindsay finally broke down and got one (she gets my official ‘you should follow her’ stamp). hooray! im glad she did, mostly because she is funny and interesting, but also because she officially qualifies as one of 3 people i know in real life who has a tumblog besides me. this needs to change tout de suite.
alright, you know how the game works; if you were stuck on a desert island, these are the top 5 things in whatever category you would choose to take with you. the first one is easy/hard/obvious - dvds. heres mine
indiana jones and the last crusade
the last waltz
children of men
alright tumblr, dont let me down now. respost your answers
Goodman:How is it that the food we eat now, it takes time to read the ingredients?
Goodman:You actually have to stop and spend time and perhaps put on glasses or figure out how to pronounce words you have never heard of.
Pollan:Yeah, it's a literary scientific experience now going shopping in the supermarket, because basically the food has gotten more complex. It's -- for the food industry -- see, to understand the economics of the food industry, you can't really make money selling things like, oh, oatmeal, you know, plain rolled oats. And if you go to the store, you can buy a pound of oats, organic oats, for 79 cents. There's no money in that, because it doesn't have any brand identification. It's a commodity, and the prices of commodity are constantly falling over time.
So you make money by processing it, adding value to it. So you take those oats, and you turn them into Cheerios, and then you can charge four bucks for that 79 cents -- and actually even less than that, a few pennies of oats. And then after a few years, Cheerios become a commodity. You know, everyone's ripping off your little circles. And so, you have to move to the next thing, which are like cereal bars. And now there's cereal straws, you know, that your kids are supposed to suck milk through, and then they eat the straw. It's made out of the cereal material. It's extruded.
So, you see, every level of further complication gives you some intellectual property, a product no one else has, and the ability to charge a whole lot more for these very cheap raw ingredients. And as you make the food more complicated, you need all these chemicals to make it last, to make it taste good, to make -- and because, you know, food really isn't designed to last a year on the shelf in a supermarket. And so, it takes a lot of chemistry to make that happen.
Goodman:I was a whole grain baker in Maine, and I would consider the coup to be to get our whole grain organic breads in the schools of Maine for the kids, but we just couldn't compete with Wonder Bread which could stay on the shelf -- I don't know if it was a year.
Goodman:Ours, after a few days, of course, would get moldy, because it was alive.
Pollan:Right. And, in fact, one of my tips is, don't eat any food that's incapable of rotting. If the food can't rot eventually, there's something wrong.
--i left the last bit of a fred meyer coffeecake on my counter for like 3 weeks and it was still exactly the same at the day i bought it. this concerns me
i’d like to be able to say that my lack of posting in the last little bit is a statement on the boundaries of personal privacy under the ever watchful and intrusive eye of the internet, like lodwick the patron saint of tumblrs, but no. ive just been wicked busy. i figured out i did actually graduate, got a job last week, and have to move out of my apt by the end of the month. that on top of the usual schedule of playing shows, watching too many movies (go see in bruges. i know the trailer looked supremely weak, but trust me. colin farrell, at his best since tigerland, karate chops a midget), and drinkin homebrews really is taking up the time that would otherwise be devoted to posting ridiculous videos on a blog that the 8 of you read. the good news is that i have decided its kosher for me to post at work, so that will start happening. now i must be off to do actual work (forshame)
sorry once again. this new job business plus going out of town the moment i got home really is hampering the consistency of this bit. anyhow, this week i have for you - the zombies. yeah im sure you all know who the zombies are, but don’t rush to judgment yet. their back catalogue has sadly been mined for more car promos and dennis hopper laiden retirement commercials than i care to imagine, but they still wrote great tunes (most of which were 2 and a half minutes or shorter) during their time as a band (1961-67). chris white (the bass player, damn it) is rightfully acknowledged as one of the greatest songwriters ever and below is an example of why. the track is called ‘this will be our year’ and its beautiful. enjoy. more on the zombies here.
alright, so this was supposed to come yesterday, but i found myself at work/looking for a place to live/practicing cello with valeri/a bunch of other crap, so this got tabled for a time. now, i shall make it right. so, as anyone who is aware of my tastes in music knows, i have a special place in my heart for really well written pop music. i think that too many hipsters inaccurately categorize pop music as dismissible because its really accessible, which are two very different things. keeping in mind my love of good pop, i bring you ferraby lionheart (and no his name isnt an ode to what in my opinion is maybe the most underrated van damme movie). ferraby writes whimsical, narrative tunes and the one provided, ‘small planet’, is no different. theres a certain melancholy nostalgia to alot of his music, the same sense i get from certain jeff tweedy or crosby, stills, and nash stuff, which i love. so check out ‘small planet’, the first proper single from his debut catch the brass ring. you can even watch the video for said song here. enjoy
my bad. i know that what to me was just a leisurely saturday afternoon bike ride must have seemed to you to be a deleted scene from death race 2000, but i assure you it wasn’t. my bad. you made a gamble for that acorn in the middle of the street; a gamble you lost my little friend. fortunately for you, the whispy end of your tail doesnt seem to be that sensitive and my bike is so old it might as well have a gigantic front wheel, but it was still close. i hope next time you cosider making the dash for that delicious nut, you dont freeze up like you did today. you might not be so lucky.
alrighty, what do you have today you ask? well, i’ll tell you - we have phoenix. they have consistently been one of my favorite bands of the last few years, and since they popped up on my itunes shuffle i decided it was fate to share them with you. phoenix seems to be one of those bands that everyone has heard at some point, having a number of their songs in movies and stuff, but one that they couldnt really name if they tried. hailing from paris, they kind of specialize in pop music of all sorts without losing an identifiable character of their own. their most recent album its never been like that was released here in the u.s. a few years ago and its their best in my opinion. however, the track for today, titled ‘if i ever feel better’, comes from their previous release united. i included this one because its the song that my friend eric frederic played at a dance party to sell me on this band. he did well. more info here. alright enjoy.
for those people (like myself) who don’t have a ton of people following them on tumblr, does etiquette require you to follow someone back? i think im too flattered not to re-follow someone when they make the leap of faith that my content won’t completely muck up their dashboard.