March 15, 2005

They Say I'm Crazy

Jeff Hanson makes some great music, but it is truly freaky because his voice sounds like a girl. Take a listen to "Just Like Me". Of course, 89.3 listeners may have already heard some of his stuff.

I guess this is the inaugural entry in my "Music2" category, since I can't add any more to the regular "Music" one. I guess some process got interrupted once, and my database is messed up. This is just a stopgap measure.

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March 22, 2005


"Spiders" by Wilco is a good track, but since it clocks in at nearly 11 minutes, I always start thinking "they're still playing Wilco?" after a while when it gets on 89.3. No biggie. Long tracks are cool, as long as they are good. Eleven minutes of minimal techno and I'd kill someone. House music is no problem, but repeating two measures on an endless loop is going to get someone impaled.

Hmm, now I'm trying to remember what track it was that Dan had years ago (back in 2000–2002) that was 25 minutes of something über-peppy. Something very video-game-ish, if I recall.

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March 25, 2005


Argh. I keep playing with fire. Exempli gratia: queueing up Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness this morning. That album is so heavily tied to high school it's not even funny—if I'd been living in the age of vinyl, I would have worn it out. Of course, this also means that is strongly tied to the infatuation I had back then. Well, it was inevitable that I'd listen to it again, since the Beck/Paza track "Bad Cartridge" reminded me of "Where Boys Fear to Tread", the first track on the second disc, which includes an audio sample of the rocket blast from the video game Doom. At least "Bad Cartridge" uses video game noises to make actual music, rather than just extra noise.

One day I'll pick up Gish and Siamese Dream. I've never really been big on buying a band's whole catalog, especially since I always considered myself to be lacking monetarily. Well, my spendthrift nature is probably the only reason why I'm where I am at the moment. My bank accounts have lasted much longer than they should have.

Anyway, I was recalling hearing the title track during the 1996 Summer Olympics. It was something having to do with swimming, if memory serves. Anyway, I was vacationing up north with my parents at my grantparents' lakeside "cabin" (actually a 3-level house) at the time. Well, NBC's sports coverage always has a flair for the melodramatic, so it's not surprising that they used the track.

Oddly, a few moments earlier I had been reminded of one of the three or so visits I'd made to my high school crush's house. She was watching gymnastics, so that's a memory from just a few days earlier or later. Weird. (Oh, and by the way, my visit was not as remarkable as it might seem, since she lived right next to one of my best friends at the time. How then did I never manage to actually get to know her, you ask? Crippling shyness is the only answer.)

She'd been a Smashing Pumpkins fan, having at least one article of clothing from the band (probably two or more, but my memory might be flaking out on me). I always wonder if I like the Pumpkins on their own merits or merely because she liked them.

I am an idiot.

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April 04, 2005


The grass continues to slowly turn green, which is good. I'm still exercising, but I don't think I'm expending enough energy to lose any weight. Well, I've probably gained a few pounds. About a week ago, I was 187, today 190. Yesterday I was 192, but I'd just eaten at Chipotle, and I think I was still wearing jeans. Ugh, I wish I knew how to cook something good and didn't mind taking the time to do it. Well, I suppose I could con myself into thinking that I've gained muscle mass, but I doubt that quite a bit. I've always varied a fair bit, though. One of these days, I'll get into logging such stuff and then make weekly averages or something.

On Saturday I went to Uptown to visit Cheapo. I ended up getting Ladies and Gentlemen, The Suburbs Have Left the Building by The Suburbs, but there's only a few tracks that 89.3 isn't playing ;-) That's the problem with album-oriented stations—sometimes you've already heard everything. Hopefully they're trying to restrain themselves on a lot of the music they play, though, so that people aren't disappointed when they get the CDs.

Anyway, I also chatted with Matt a bit, and went for a walk around Lake Calhoun. I should really run or bike or rollerblade. Unfortunately, running is just kinda painful, and I seem to not have the balance for rollerblading. I suppose that leaves my bike, which I haven't touched for two years. It's probably not in great shape, but I should at least dig up a pump so I can fill the tires and check it out.

Well, I'm going to wander to the downtown Target to get some batteries. Maybe I'll find a cheap pump too.

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April 05, 2005

Happy Hacking

Heh. I hope that was an engineer I heard say "buh buh buh hey hey hey" at around 3:35 today while listening to 89.3. Otherwise, someone is playing with the studio-to-transmitter link. Oh, and now I just heard someone complain about their headphones. Woo. Hmm, maybe they had some wires crossed between studios. That seems like the most likely problem. The station just has weird engineering issues though. It's the WJM of Twin Cities radio ;-)

I was reminded how friggin' heavy my bike is today. It's gotta weigh about twice what an average bicycle does. Oh well, it still works at least.

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