Sunday, January 25, 2009

Roller Jammin'

We drove to Staten Island for some "Adult Night" roller action.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I'm famous!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Who Am I?

Out of all my music, this is what I put on my iPhone. What do these record choices say about me? (p.s. the only reason Rod isn't on here is b/c we only have records.)

Aston Familyman Barrett - Familyman in Dub
The Band - Music from the Big Pink, The Band
Beck - Sea Change
Blonde Redhead - 23
Bob Dylan - Desire
Brighblack Morning Light - Brightblack Morning Light
The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Cat Power - The Covers
Court and Spark - Bless You
Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball
Feist - The Reminder
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Gillian Welch - Time
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - How I long to feel that summer in my heart
Greatful Dead - Working Man's Dead
Hall & Oats - Greatest Hits
J.J. Cale - Troubadour
Kraftwerk - Computer Love
M.I.A. - Arular
Magnolia Electric Company - What comes after the blues
The Meters - Best of
Miles David - Kind of blue
Morrissey - Bona Drag
The National - Sad song for dirty lovers
Neil Young - Tonight's the Night
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Paul McCartney - Ram
Richard & Linda Thompson - I want to see the bright lights tonight
Roxy Music - Avalon
Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
The Smiths - Meat is Murder, Hatful of Hollow, Rank, The Smiths, Strageways
Supertramp - 3 songs from Breakfast in America
Tom Petty - Wildflowers
Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt
Vetiver - Thing of the past
Wiskeytown - Strangers Almanac
Wilco - Sky blue sky
Wolfkings - Freeze - Die - Come to Life

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Scott and I went to the NY Philharmonic tonight and heard some amazing music. My favorite was the piece by Tristan Murail called Gondwana. Gondwana is the name given to the southern portion of Pangaea.

I searched online for a performance of Gondwana, but couldn't find anything. The music is really hard to put into words, but here is a review I found that describes it pretty well.

The originality of Murail’s musical approach is everywhere apparent, couched in a sequence of saturated harmonies which sometimes achieve a positively Messiaenic luxuriance. The work’s opening few minutes, in which a single chord is gradually transformed and ultimately dissolved into a flurry of trills is a good example of Murail’s spectral technique, both in the strange initial harmony (a complex, bell-like sonority generated using the studio technique of frequency modulation) and in the way Murail shapes his music in long, seamlessly evolving paragraphs – an apt musical parallel to the massive geological processes which led to the formation of the ancient super-continent of Gondwana evoked by the work’s title.

Spectral music involves the use of the fundamental properties of sound as a basis for harmony, as well as the use of spectral analysis, FM, RM and AM synthesis as a method of deriving polphony.

I'm starting to sound like Scott now, but all those words above = really cool sounds that make you want to lay back, close your eyes and let the waves wash over you.

Oh and on the way home, I didn't notice, but some dude was "apparently" taking photos up my dress with his phone and this other guy walked over and started screaming at him to erase the photos and then told me that he saw the guy taking flash photos up my dress. The photo guy of course denied it and offered to show Scott his cell phone for proof to which Scott said, "nah man, I've already seen up there." I felt bad for the guy if he wasn't taking photos, but just in case, I moved seats. Only in New York...