Tuesday, May 31, 2005

There is something I should tell you

So the world understands that not all of us are spoken for by the actions of our president, we have Sorry Everybody.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Top Ten Ever

I sit down to name my 10 favorite artists EVER. Here is the one allowance, if the lead singer is in another project or the other project is widely connected to the main artist, it counts. Also, there is no particular order, there cannot be, that's why they are favorites:

The Beach Boys
Blur (Mali Music, Gorillaz)
Coldplay
Oasis
Radiohead
Ryan Adams (Whiskeytown)
Saves The Day
The Strokes
U2
Wilco

jamie

inferno 2 sucks, but jamie does not, she might be kinda perfect.

go pre

go.

Becks

Mr. Beckham will be dining at Matsuri tomorrow night at 9:30 if you'd like to attend and kiss him.

These are your neighbors, ok?

Thank you to Kate Bayley for this little flash movie that for some reason, charms the pants off me.

Sorrounded by IDIOTS!

Pre

In morbid fashion, Nike has put togethor a Prefontaine tribute to commemorate the day he died, today, twenty years ago.

Those british are fuckin' nuts, dude.

I love the british, I love their music, in fact, often, I like them way more than I like us... but every once and a while, they pull some crappy stunt that proves why you can't give them too much rope. This week, some ringtone called the "Crazy Frog" beat out Coldplay's "Speed of Sound" for the #1 single. Not in ringtone land, but in legitimate song chart land. Fuck you british people. You're ridiculous.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Maya

It's important that I tell you two things. First, I'm Moved. Second, I just watched M.I.A. being interviewed on Subteranean and she was fucking amazing. I think it's so cool that she makes this music that is so flamboyant, off the wall, all that, and she's just this kind of down to earth really smart and eloquent british girl. That's way better than coming on being all hip hop and trying to make her persona like her music. That's why her record is so consistently credible. And to add a third item, I continually and infinitely will itemize my rants. It happens when I'm speaking out loud, writing, all that... I will sometimes even itemize, and then not complete the itemization. I'll be like "So... A) I'm hungry, 2) I wanna go to La Taqueria and um... forget it."

Hands off the merchandise.

Are you kidding? My sister is fucking beautiful. And no, you may not date her, I don't care who you are.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Itunes Top 10

I got some shit this week for not having posted my "most played" itunes list, well Nick fixed it for me and here it is, unedited:

10) Used To Love Him - Fiona Apple - 9 plays
9) Pioneers - Bloc Party - 9 plays
8) Television - Robyn Hitchcock - 10 plays
7) Feel Good Inc - Gorillaz - 10 plays
6) The Girl From Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto - 10 plays
5) John Wayne Gacy, Jr - Sufjan Stevens - 11 plays
4) Huddle Information - The Go! Team - 11 plays
3) Dirty Mouth - Hot Hot Heat - 12 plays
2) The Predatory Wasp... - Sufjan Stevens - 14 plays
1) See You Soon - Coldplay - 23 plays

*as marc and aaron pointed out last night, i never listen to a song all the way through, and itunes only keeps track of it if you listen to it all the way through. so this list is only partially legit.

Friday, May 27, 2005

#3 not a Mockery

I've been kicking ass with bad post titles lately. Ian Thomsen has a really interesting Mock Lottery over at cnnsi.com.
You'll see it has the blazers taking Marvin Williams. Very exciting. But the only suspect piece is Mccants at #12, yikes, he doesn't deserve it. I hope everyone remember that last quarter of the NCAA Championship when Mccants decided to dissapear, let his teammates do the work, the be the first to tear his shirt off and point at himself once the game was over. This guy is a big time douche.

You assholes

You can comment about american idol, but not about these photos. Dicks. They are the cutest thing ever created.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Beach


Beach
Originally uploaded by Marapect.
Mi Padre Es Muy Bien! El Es Numero UNO!

Phone


Phone
Originally uploaded by Marapect.
Hola! Es Keegan En La Casa? BIEN!

Knees


Knees
Originally uploaded by Marapect.
que?

Contending For A Second Season

Why on earth would you not renew THE CONTENDER? I mean, I know the final two fights sucked some serious serious ass, but come on, the rest of the show was amazing.

People? What the fuck, seriously?

The TOTAL amount of people who voted for PRESIDENT this year amounts to only 1/5 of the amount who voted for the final AMERICAN IDOL. Wow.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

A Good Way To Put It

I thought Marty Burns summed up this year's draft very well today:

"This year's draft crop, according to most experts, doesn't have any impact players like the last two drafts. No LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony or Dwyane Wade. Maybe not even Emeka Okafor, Dwight Howard or Ben Gordon.

Instead it features three very good prospects in Utah center Andrew Bogut, North Carolina small forward Marvin Williams and Wake Forest point guard Chris Paul. Most GMs and scouts agree the three will probably need at least a season to learn the NBA game. After that trio, there are a bunch of mostly very raw international players and high school kids with considerable potential but lean bodies sorely in need of bulk and experience."

Orange

I realized that now that I can't drink really sugary shit like slurpees and slushees all summer, my new favorite thing is Diet Coke with an Orange slice squeezed and floating in it. Bring that shit ON!

Fall togethor, Fall apart

Glad to see Nicole is back for WASHINGTON, the third installment of the Dogville, Manderlay...(USA) trilogy. Will be interesting to see how they include both Howard and Kidman. But either way, both are kinda of fantastic actresses.

Something

There is something kind of dope about this picture.

Lucky Number Three

Every year the 13 worst teams (who did not make the playoffs) partake in a lottery to decide who gets the first 3 picks (and 3 best players) of the draft. Portland was statistically supposed to end up around #5. But anything can happen and sometimes a team can slide all the way to #7 or worse. We had an 8% chance of pulling #1. So... we pulled a #3, way better than anyone expected and a major chance to pick a HUGE player of consequence for the future of the franchise. OR we just won some serious serious trade leverage. John Conzano wrote a great article today, talking about how the chances are very, very good that Bogut or Marvin Williams (UNC!) could be very much available at #3. That is outstanding. And it also means that the first three picks are totally up in the air, increasing the value of the pick that much more. It's already been spoken that perhaps we could package a huge expiring Nick Van Exel package and that #3 pick and get Michael Redd from Milwaukee. All I know is that luck was on our side, and more importantly, we better not pull a Sam Bowie and blow things like we did when we took Bowie in front of Michael Jordan, dooming us up until now. It seems that breaking curses is in fashion, and I'm ready to begin the Blazers trip down that path.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Steve James

is an amazing filmmaker, an amazing guy and most of all, a straight shooter who loves film and what it can do. The Onion AV club interviewed him to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of it's release

For Kali

Um...

Draft Plans

So I'm not gonna even approach the coach/gm position and who should be there, it's a mess. But I will tell you my thoughts about our draft.

Depending on how the balls come up on friday, we have some options. First of all, if you get a 1-3 pick, you take the absolute best player and call it a day, taking Jawad Williams or Salim Stoudamire in the second round and feeling great.

Now if you get your 4 or 5, more likely, you consider this:
(and stay with me now)
You trade Nick Van Exel's expiring contract along with a promising young talent (i.e. Kryhapa, Monia, Outlaw, etc.) to Boston for Paul Pierce and their probable #16 draft pick. There, you would select Sean May if he's still available, or perhaps a European big man to remind everyone of Sabonis and back us up at the PF position. The trade looks like this:

Outgoing
-Nick Van Exel

6-1 PG from Cincinnati
11.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.3 apg in 30.6 minutes
- Viktor Khryapa
6-9 SF from Ukrane
4.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.8 apg in 16.3 minutes
-A #4 Draft Pick

Incoming
- Paul Pierce
6-6 SF from Kansas
21.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.2 apg in 36.1 minutes
- A #16 Draft Pick

Successful Scenario
Due to Portland and Boston being over the cap, the 15% trade rule is invoked. Portland and Boston had to be no more than 115% plus $100,000 of the salary given out for the trade to be accepted, which did happen here. This trade satisfies the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Now do I think it's unrealistic to think that they'd give us their #16, yes, especially for so little in return except cap relief, yes. BUT, I also think that we have SOME pieces that might be desirable to them, one being Darius, another being Theo.

OR HERE IS ANOTHER TRY:

Outgoing
- Paul Pierce
6-6 SF from Kansas
21.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.2 apg in 36.1 minutes
- Raef LaFrentz
6-11 C from Kansas
11.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.2 apg in 27.4 minutes
- A #16 Draft Pick
Incoming
- Nick Van Exel
6-1 PG from Cincinnati
11.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.3 apg in 30.6 minutes
- Theo Ratliff
6-10 C from Wyoming
4.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.5 apg in 27.5 minutes

- A #4 or 5 Draft Pick

This situation gives Boston a solid center, who although having a poor season last year, still has huge upside and can change an entire team with his defense, and look at it this year, they get rid of Raef. AND, they get Van Exel's expiring contract, and 40 mil in cap relief for free agency.

So to summarize, I think unless we luck out and fall in the top 3, or maybe 4, our best option is to trade, and to use expiring contracts or sign and trade scenarios to do so. And the goal of that is to obtain an experienced and marquee SG. And then we use any remaining picks to get a young PF or C to back up Pryz.
Keep in mind that it'll be tough to move Darius' contract cause he has Base Year Compensation shit that makes it near impossible and colors any trade that he's involved in. ALSO, consider that he could really succeed when Pierce is hitting big shots, Zach and Pryz are hitting the boards, Bassy's tossing passes and we've got the russians backing him up. ALSO, keep in mind that we should look for a SG who has hands and passing skills. As we saw last season, the team is at it's best when the ball is moving, players are moving and shooting is a product of tough D and an energetic motion offense.

Returned in Full

Monday, May 23, 2005

Why?

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Proof of Stolen Articles

In the fantastic somber news category, Coldplay loves us, for who we are, who we will become and all that posotive stuff. And to congratulate us for that, they've written a little b-side for the "Speed Of Sound" single that will bring a little happy tear to your eye. This blog doesn't link to stolen music, it just links to other sits that DO

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Sleeping Beauty


Sleeping Beauty
Originally uploaded by Marapect.
I just thought you should see this, cause it's kinda of staggering. Nick actually fell asleep in this position, how that's possible, I'm not entirely sure. I guess a long and thorough day at Coney Island will do that to you.

Friday, May 20, 2005

God hands you gold... and you crap all over it.

You get in the elevator, tired and brain dead from work. You forget to press the button. You are staring into space. DING! The doors open. In front of you stands Naomi Watts. Her and her friend get in the elevator. You say "one?" she says yes. Her and her friend stand with you in silence. You want to tell her that her converse are outstanding, but her friend is there and you don't wanna look like a schmuck. She dresses eerily like someone else and is fucking beautiful. DING! Lobby. You let them out first, she says "thank you". They walk out onto the street. You realize you should have said something, just something. She's seen you around the hotel a lot. She knows you work there. Of course she's in love with you. But you didn't. Now she's gone and you kinda want to kill yourself.
Wow.
Darkness.
A Dark time.

FATONE?

nope. Kirkpatrick

Yikes

"We didn't want to run from out problems..."

Great article about Jawad Williams trying out for the Blazers on Oregonlive.com today. Man I love Jawad, and better yet, he's a Tarheel, making us proud. Right now we have Raymond Felton as a potential pick on draft city. Kinda crazy to think that we've got 5 Tarheels that will probably go in the first round, May, Williams (J.), Williams (M.), Mccants and Felton. Wow. We could end up with TWO. I just hope it's not Mccants.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Bring It?

Anybody interested, and who is a NYRR member, should run this simple cake ass run. NYRR Anniversary 4.7k

Um... Are you kidding me?

The Fiery Furnace

Chad Ford of ESPN's INSIDER had this to say today in his weekly chat:

Matt (san francisco): Chad, the Blazers picked up their option on their GM Steve Nash (ha) yesterday. After horrible moves such as overpaying Randolph, Miles, and Ratliff, and failing to improve the team at the trade deadline, some of us are upset. What's your take? THANKS!

Chad Ford: (12:47 PM ET ) Gotta love the Blazers. Nash had a tough job to do in Portland, but the bottom line was that he actually made things worse. I wouldn't take his re-signing as a good sign either. Who is giving Paul Allen advice these days?

You're gonna miss your plane

Cambodia

That Empty Feeling

John Conzano puts words to the topic that made me a little speechless yesterday. I know everybody gets on his balls for being negative, but I like him, a lot, and think he is the only person giving the Blazers the critical treatment they deserve.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Tumbleweeds

This blog has been a desolate place since chad hasn't been in town to comment, but either way, I wanted to say that I re-watched "Hoop Dreams" and have a hard time placing words to it. I was 13 when I first saw it and it left a lasting impression, one that would shade how I viewed basketball (a sport I love more than life) for the rest of my life. Seeing it again shook me in an entirely different way and really made me pause for a moment to appreciate such an extremely excellent and important work of filmmaking patience and care.

A Darker Shade Of Black


The Trailblazers extended GM John Nash's contract today.


I'm not sure where to begin, except to mention once more than the blazers tied their worst record EVER this season, and made no moves at vital moments when they had all the pieces to do so. Every worst fear about their future keeps being realized and we're left without Damon, without Shareef, and stuck with the likes of Zach Randolph, Darius Miles and the like. Don't even bring up Ha to me or I'm gonna cut you. That dude is a joke. Nash is the beginning of these problems. And don't try and tell me that cause he pulled in Telfair and over paid him that we're gonna win. Telfair can't shoot and he's headstrong. And the russians, well we'll be lucky if they amount to a capable version of Turkoglu, and that's not saying much. Anyhow. Here we are, with the most promising piece of the puzzle being Joel Pryzbilla (I'll admit, a Nash acquisition). So here we go Joel. Win my heart. It's broken. And if it were another year, I would be so pumped for draft day, our highest pick since our first draft ever, but now, the way things have gone, we'll draft a high schooler too high and overpay him. Damn.

This reminds me to rewatch "Hoop Dreams", a beautiful print that I just purchased on Criterion DVD. That is what real basketball is about. And can we talk about when they show you the meniscul cartiledge that they pull from William Gates' knee!? Dang. That's no good.

I have a problem...

...with any girl who calls me "hun", "honey", "baby", "sweetheart". Truth be told I've NEVER been called this by someone who I know well, and NEVER by anyone I really socialize with. But for some reason these tramps at the hotel (hostesses, waiters, servers, etc.) think that cause they've got a sweet ass tan and some blue eyes that they can call me a pet name. Negative. Please. Spare me. It makes me wanna learn some karate and test it out on you.

Casimir Pulaski Day

I've said it maybe a hundred times, but "Illinois" is amazing. I only hesitate to say that because I think there are too many "filler" tracks of ambient stuff in between the real meat. But the songs themselves are incredible, the lyrics are incredible, the album itself as a whole is incredible. The Predatorial Wasp song (I won't quote actual song names cause they exceed multiple commas in length) is enough to kill somebody it's so good. That's all. It's a shame that more people don't make more work like this.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

One and the Same



This will offend some, but it is true:

The Passion Of The Christ = House Of Wax

Both crappy movies with grotesque violence that serve no purpose.
But let me say this, House Of Wax is outstanding, Passion is not.

House of wax is scary as all shit and makes me cringe when I think about it, cause it's so amazingly gorey.

Passion is some wierd mix of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Lord Of The Rings and Braveheart.

I mean, you'd think I'd be all about it since I love movies where absolutely nothing happens. But seriously you guys, not only does nothing happen in Passion, no story is told, and it's so one-note that it's mind-numbing.

Monday, May 16, 2005

goodness

confirmed first sighting of naomi watts in the restaurant. i got this wierd feeling she wanted to make out with me.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

I want to talk to you about THE CONTENDER

This show is perhaps the best on television. Tonight, The Contender brought a tear to my eye. Peter Manfredo Jr. vs Alfonso Gomez. I love both of these men. Both are amazing, amazing fighters. But suddenly, there we were, both men toe to toe, and I turned to Andre and called it for Manfredo Jr. He was just too long, and although Gomez is a rock and his punches are more solid than a wrecking ball, and he's always efficient and specific, Manfredo Jr. had the length. But to see the 7th round, a blistering mess of punches, like a tornado, a sand storm, these two men, the best fighters of the night giving all their hearts would allow, it was hard not to feel an amazing respect. Then, to see Alfonso's face, if you could call it that, his family visiting him and he can't even weep, he can't speak, his face is a piece of tenderized meat. These men are giants.

Beat this CHAD HARTIGAN!

Keegan himself brings you the first clips of the hotly anticipated Riding The Bus With My Sister

Surf Avenue

It's tough to say how long the distance was. Mapquest says 9 miles using freeways, which is fast. Google says 7 to sea breeze ave, it's all a wash. I'm gonna call it a round 8 or 9 mile. Probably 9.5 including the route to my house to prospect park and considering that the brooklyn half marathon starts at coney island, goes to the park and does a full circle (4 miles), meaning my route today was roughly 9.5 from 5th ave. Anyhow, that out of the way, it was long, amazing, totally worth it. You start off, climbing the big hill up to 11th/12th ave, then you've got to make you're way over ocean parkway and onto the side road which later joins it. You then realize you are at Avenue C, you've got 21 letters and some odd more avenues to go before you hit the board walk. Around Avenue N I take a rest, 60 seconds, stretch out on a bench, tuck my metro card back in my sock, all that good stuff. Then I start again. Around Avenue V perhaps is when your body starts to sabotage you, your stomach starts to knot up, your shoulders bunch up, you have to breath real good and release that stuff, maybe curse at yourself a little better, tell yourself to grow up, and keep running. Anytime you slow down or break, after about 6-7 miles, you legs don't understand, they are automated for forward movement. It's interesting, slowing down/walking feels unnatural and no matter how tired your body is, your legs propel you forward. That is not to mention that from about Avenue G on, it's a long and slow upward climb to the water. Finally, you hit Avenue Z, about 70 minutes later, and your body hurts, you're sick of that long ass hill and you can just barely see the boardwalk far ahead, you've still got 4 or 5 avenues (named ones) to go. But then, you hit it, the boardwalk, and it feels like, for one section of maybe 5 minutes, that you are REALLY living your life, your vision only sees forward. You see water, pan right, the parachute drop, the cyclone, pan left, housing developments, piers, you walk in slow motion out to the water, dip your hands in, pick up sand. You walk your way back up the boardwalk. Let me tell you something, nothing is worse than being stuck outside the cyclone without 5 dollars to ride it. I tried to talk the stoic indian fellow running the booth to reward my meritable acheivement with a free ride, he didn't agreed, I considered selling my 73 dollar metro card and walking home just to ride. Anyhow, you find the subway, you listen to Arvo Part, your body withdraws into itself, 10 miles later you feel pure, and if your knees would allow it, you'd run you're way back cause you know the brooklyn subway system will take longer than you and your own two legs.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Google Maps

I just used Google Maps to find my running route for my 10 mile trek to Coney Island tomorrow. This site is outstanding, especially for panning from direction to direction without long loading times. Wow. Tomorrow the huge goal will be conquered. But can I go both ways.... well probably not... that's almost a marathon, but I can do HALF! And end at beautiful, awesome, filthy and enchanting coney island and take the train back. This is huge. The last big Park Slope goal being toppled. The only thing after that is the double lap of the park, or perhaps even the half marathon route from coney island, around the park, then home, OR PERHAPS, to coney island, back, around the park, twice, then home, that my friend would be near marathon distance.

Pink Is The New Blog

The blog you secretly look at and think is awesome:
Pink Is The New Blog

Big J In Town

God Only Knows

Roman Candle will change your life.
John Allegia, world famous producer thinks so too.
That's why when he heard their version of "God Only Knows" he made them come to his studio so he could put it on record.

God Only Knows
*This is posted without permission is currently property of Roman Candle.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Sunshowers

Since I posted Galang, here's Sunshowers.

YA YA HEY

Amazing how she dances like some sort of bird, and the clothes are ridiculous and the video is outstanding. In person, June 8th. Can barely contain my excitement.

What the FUCK, Dave!?


What is the story man? A mental facility in South Africa? Never returning? I mean seriously... I don't have words for this kind of stunt. What is happening in the world?

Thursday, May 12, 2005

KateLowx


KateLowx
Originally uploaded by Marapect.
As I mentioned below: Kate and Lowx. Sadly, Lowx is going to Seattle for the summer.

All Reason Aside

I am updating from my dashblog widget currently, proudly within the clutches of Tiger, sadly it does not work with Pro Tools. Besides that, it is outstanding.

Ms. Naomi Watts will be staying at the hotel for the next 10 days and I'm mentally preparing to set aside all morality, reason, dignity, etc... to have some sort of sexual rendesvouz with her. This is a tough one, but I think I can manage a total dismissal of my redeeming qualities if that's what it takes.

In the mean time, I prepare for the moves, a visit from the westward Nick and seem to be constantly memorizing lines, attending rehearsals, eating from a craft services section on a set or counting money. It is an amazingly redeeming thing to wake up early, do all your house work, study for another acting project, go to set, hit hair/make-up, shoot some material, then go for a run, see kate/lowx, go back to set, hair/make-up, shoot more, spend time with wonderful and smart people, then ride home on the subway, listening to amazing new albums, arriving home, watch inspiring and wonderful films with friends right around the corner, plan huges shifts in life plans, all of this in one day, and then have that happen for a solid month in different forms. That is a huge huge priviledge. All that while still holding a job, making payments, making money, etc...

It's strange, I realized I have like 3 jobs. I work the hotel, which is insane, I work on the set/rehearsal/performance, then I am either doing strength/running.

I was running on monday before my call time and I headed into the park, decided to take the road-way through the center of the park, but then, once I was working that route, I decided to just do the entire perimeter road, all the way around, with the hill, the entire 6 mile prospect loop. It was great. Finally running knowing there were no tears, just some knee cap strangeness.

Also, and I know I'm picking on the Usher stuff, but I was listening to it and it was reminding me of taking the 4/5 train uptown on a sunday morning at like 7am with all my running gear and my number on my leg, drinking a ton of water and later having to pee at the starting line, and then running those long and really tough races by myself. That's outstanding.

Okay, sudden end, Funny ha-ha style.

Funny Huh? Huh?


I'm not gonna go on a big rant, but simply going to say that "Funny Ha Ha" is the purest and most simple use of cinema in a long, long time. It is something uniquely charming, honest and affecting and is currently playing at Cinema Village.

Go support this now:
Funny Ha Ha

P.S. Ray Carney says this film is amazing, which basically means it fuckin' is, especially cause it's not by Cassavettes.

I Am Trying To Lose Your Friendship


I need to tell you something. And I know I've said it before. Usher's "Confessions" is fucking amazing. I mean seriously... amazing. And I bet you're thinking that I like one song in some campy "think I'm ironic" kind of way. But no... I think it is a work of art. Do I have to keep typing "seriously"... sadly society has been reduced to that. I think that this album front to back is flawless, it has a narrative, it has him being an egomaniac, feeling wracked with guilt, I could go on... but... most importantly, it's intelligent, it has soul and it's just bullet proof. I am not being ironic. "Confessions" is a tie for best album of last year. "Seriously".

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Yes, I've said it before.

"Cold Roses" is phenomenal. Yes it is a bit long-winded, takes time to seduce you and makes you work a little harder than you might like at first, but it is truly truly outstanding.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Thank You Laura Bolton

We thank our London friend for her reccomendation, and also toss a shout to the Matheny's for their forwarding of this wonderful link:

Office Dares

When Will You Come Back Home?

This song, by Ryan Adams off of his most recent release "Cold Roses" is so good it is hard to describe.

The problem with women in New York

Is they don't realize that I would want them because they could solve this: Millennium Problems

And not cause they are hotshit and everybody else wants them.

Please, women, figure this out sooner than later.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Don't Believe The Truth


Review upcoming. First instinct: outstanding.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Hellooooo this is M.I.A. could you pleeeaasssee come get me!

Ireland may be hot shit and all, but more importantly, me and aaron and mark are going to see my future wife, M.I.A. in concert in june, so in celebration of that, lets do a "Connect-The-Artists":

M.I.A. worked with JUSTINE FRISCHMAN of Elastica who dated DAMON ALBARN from Blur, who's in Gorillaz with DJ DANGER MOUSE, who remixed JAY Z's "The Black Album" who worked with RICK RUBIN who produced THE BEASTIE BOYS.

This frightens me...and makes me a little uncomfortable.

First things first, Chad and Aaron are lame, lame because they are so fucking cool and way more awesome than I.

Secondly, there is a site called "Post Secret" and it freaks me the fuck out. People create postcards of secrets and post them.

Post Secret

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

It smells like weed in here... big time.



Let it be said, first off and bold as balls, I hate the Grateful Dead. I fucking hate them. I hate everything about them. No- stop right there- I don't wanna hear it-I hate them. Now let me follow that with saying that Ryan Adam's new release "Cold Roses" is eerily similar to the Grateful Dead throughout, and somehow, even though this time yesterday I was so angry I could barely contain it, "Cold Roses" is outstanding.

Every review you're going to read is gonna talk about how this album, spanning two discs, harkens to Neil Young "Harvest" and The Grateful Dead throughout, and I would say that sadly, that is true. But it also gets richer and richer with every listen and signals a Ryan Adams who is perhaps a bit more grown up and producing a more "adult" sound. He's not kicking down your door and singing New York, New York any more, but he is building rumnitive little songs about private things that when you spend the time to love them, love you back whole heartedly.

This is not to say that the album isn't filled with one overwhelming, and in the end, boring theme; that of love, the questions within and the battle for security within. Over and over we hear Ryan Adams, perhaps painfully sober, telling us that you rattle his cage like a thunderstorm and that we should love eachother like we want to be loved. This is obnoxious and when strung out over two discs, wears on the heartstrings and makes more poignant moments less effective.

I have met Ryan Adams and he is perhaps the most ADD-consumed human being I have ever encountered. He is always somewhere else, and yet, has the uncanny ability to absorb everything, you'd find him referencing something you thought he was totally ignoring you say two hours earlier. This being said, it makes me think that Ryan Adams is less of a virtuoso who OVERSEES his expansive talents, but is victim to. He seems to be a person drug about his life by his own unending passion for all things, and although "Heartbreaker" signaled a rock solid LP, all of his releases yet are more like moments captured in times. Instead of getting thought-out, intentional installments of art, it's more as if we're buying live recordings of sentinal moments in a mad artist's life. This latest being "Ryan recovering from a broken hand, heart, and a lifetime of substance abuse '05, Carolina". And all said and done, it is an enjoyable listen.

I love Ryan Adams. I think he is amazing. This time yesterday, I was cursing "Cold Roses" to hell, today I am really thankful for it and consider it a success in many levels, more subtle than extravagant. The songs are simple, sometimes shooting themselves in the foot, and the album doesn't benefit from one of the worst production jobs I've ever heard. The overall "sound" of the record is awful, cheesy and shows an utter lack of a producer's advice. There are some songs that foray into places that make them impotent, and a correct producer could of helped harness what was there.

I'm gonna continue to ramble and ramble, but in closing, "Cold Roses" is a quiet and fragile success that either signals a very compelling return to a "Heartbreaker"-like approach to songwriting, or perhaps just another step down the path of the erratic artist, always compelled and never satisfied.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Cold Roses - Cold Shoulder


Remember when anything Ryan Adams touched turned to gold? Remember when he blew your mind? So do I. That's why I'm critically listening to the new "Cold Roses" and am almost entirely convinced that there is a scolding review forthcoming. I'll post tonight.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Concerning the UFO sighting near, oh holy god!

I feel compelled to let you know that Sufjan Stevens' "Illinois" is blowing my god damn mind. AND, I keep getting this feeling that I'm watching some christian high school performance of a musical called "Illinois" with lots of choreographed dancing. Not sure if that's entirely bad. More over, "John Wayne Gacy Jr" is perhaps the most disturbing/totally amazing song I've ever heard in my life.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

I could show you perfect

I'm thinking of someone really specific. And thinking about her just kind of reinforces a couple things. First off, trouble. Second off, it's been that long. And third off, it's gonna be nothing like that, but maybe everything too. I mean, think of it this way, lets not half-ass-it, lets go up to our necks with this one. There haven't been any like that before. Milk.

Excuse the typical blog entry.

This State (#2 of 50)



I'm still in the process of piecing togethor the 22 track puzzle that is Sufjan Steven's "Illinois", part two of fifty in a nation-wide study via music. I can say that thus far, "Illinois" appears to be much more consistent front-to-back, quality wise, than "Michigan" and is stunning in it's arrangements and beauty. It brings us horns, something Michigan sadly lacked, and tastefully uses orchestration to sway and dip it's talent-filled tracks.

Disillusioned and thirsty for good music, we find ourselves in a 3 months period of solid recording releases, a pay off for a long long winter of over-hyped and under-worked releases from seminal artists, including Sufjan. I'm gonna be left out in the cold for this one, but I think that "Seven Swans" is weak, and although succeeding wildly at moments, amounts to nothing more than an equivalent piece to Death Cab's "Transatlanticism", a confusing and navel-gasing foray into laziness.

I'm glad to see Sufjan knocking at our door with his most impressive virtue in hand, endless tracks, each as good as the one before, each one more complex than the one before, and all executed with such graceful ease that you'd think he were uncapable of a release as inconsistent as "Seven Swans".

As I write this, I get deeper into "Illionois" and fill with joy to tell you that it is truly, truly wonderful. Seriously.

Pull Up The People Hombre


M.I.A.
Originally uploaded by Marapect.
I'm not gonna go into length about how exciting, amazing and inventively provocative M.I.A.'s debut "Arular" is. I'm just going to say that I think this is easily in the top 5 of 2005 and it will hold that spot for so many different reasons.

If nothing else, Maya makes me have such a great, awnry, excited and passionate feeling in my stomach. She's raunchy, smart, beautiful talented, all of that shit, and more than anything, she represents about 80 different cool things lacking in modern music that hasn't been cursed with the title "World".

I will just say that I love this album, I sit down to make a summer mix cd and it ends up just being "Arular".

M.I.A. will reward you for your deviance.