December 16, 2006

Yesterday I drove home from school. It takes me four hours, and I didn't leave Ames until 9PM. So I didn't get home until 1AM. It's all good, but I get tired when I drive that long by myself. This time was different. My friend Nimit once told me that all you need to road trip is one good album per hour. Lately I've been listening to the Dashboard Confessional album Dusk and Summer and +44's When Your Heart Stops Beating. But what about the other two hours? Enter my friend Emilia. She sent me two mix CDs. One Indie, one Classic. Ah yeah.

Let me tell you, that was one of the best mixes I've ever heard. Granted, the mix tape kinda left in the 80's, much to my disappointment, but it was still frickin' amazing. I'm definitely checking out all but one of these bands (and I'm not telling you which one). Here's the Indie album:

  • this boy is exhausted - the wrens
  • beautiful car - m. ward
  • hair - atmosphere
  • the first five times - stars
  • cactus - pixies
  • anthems for a seventeen year old girl - broken social scene
  • on pilot mountain - spymob
  • where does the good go? - tegan and sara
  • all you can eat - ben folds
  • take your mama - scissor sisters
  • bad habit - the dresden dolls
  • cozy in the rocket - psapp
  • hornets! hornets! - the hold steady
  • believer - ben kweller
  • lover, you should've come over - jeff buckley
  • bizarre christmas incident - bend folds five
Again I repeat. Freakin' Awesome.

Ludo - Good Will Hunting By Myself

The first time you looked, at her curves you were hooked
And the glances you took, took hold of you
And demanded that you stay

And sunk in their teeth, bit you hard and released
Such a charge that you need, another touch
Another taste, another fix

She just might get you lost
And she just might leave you torn
But she just might save your soul
If she gets you and she, gets you any closer

- Dashboard Confessional Rooftops and Invitations

December 15, 2006

Rock out with your cock out

One of my favorite Threadless T-Shirts was just re-printed. I think I'm gonna buy it. Here's another, just because it makes me laugh.

Check out my roommate Josh's new photo website! It's sweet, because I made it. Actually, it was really easy using JAlbum (more on that later). I just added the folders/pictures and it spit out a website. So I really didn't do anything. Check it out, he's pretty good.

UPDATE: Here's the hyper link for Josh's Photo Website. I forgot to link it last time.

December 14, 2006

Jamie Cullum - London Skies on Leno

So may the sun-rise bring hope where it once was forgotten
Sons are like birds flying upward over the mountain

- Iron & Wine

December 13, 2006

Iron & Wine

Many of my friends own the Garden State Soundtrack, and love it. The interesting thing is how few people know there is a mistake on the CD. The track Such Great Heights is said to be recorded by The Postal Service. Although the original was by the Postal Service (amazing, check them out if you haven't yet), the original was an electronica song. The version on the Garden State is an acoustic folk song, and it's by Iron & Wine.

Samuel Bean is a singer-songwriter that performs/records under the name of Iron & Wine. I only have his first album,The Creek Drank the Cradle, but I want the others. I was listening to the album the other day while studying.
It's great background music. My favorite song is Upward Over the Mountain, with it's simplistic rhythm and soothing lyrics. It also has a slide guitar towards the middle and end, which I actually love. I found a really easy tab here (the song is basically Em C G D).

I guess I just found his music so soothing and even graceful. In the day of shock rock and pop princesses, Samuel Bean's music reminds me that you don't have to be Jimi Hendrix to make great music, and even one guy with a guitar can still blow people away. Check him out.

Indian/flamenco fusion

I can't wait to snowboard

It's almost winter (for real). I'm headed up north next week to board with my cousin. I'm excited.

"The other day I was playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died."

Steve Wright

Stop Motion Music

December 12, 2006

December 10, 2006

"To me, clowns aren't funny. In fact, they're kinda scary. I've wondered where this started, and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus and a clown killed my dad."

- Jack Handey

It won't solve the problem

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