May 12, 2007

Cybernet News! Finding website! For Me! Buy Broken Ipod! Click The Picture! Enjoy!

May 11, 2007

Andy Ulseth

According to his myspace page, Andy Ulseth is "Indie Folk-pop from the Lakey city of Minneapolis, Minnesota". I'm very excited to write about this singer-songwriter, because I've played with him before. He is an amazing guitarist. The last time we played he pulled out the electric, but it seems that he has switched over to primarily acoustic now.

Andy's music is a soothing blend of flowing vocals and finger-picked melodies that reminds you of a warm summer day. It's great for just laying back and relaxing. Simple, elegant and great. Most of his music is on myspace, but I found one of his songs on a random blog. The Great Blue Heron is one of my favorites, next to Sunday Afternoon which I could not find, but you can listen to it about a third of the way through the YouTube video farther down the page.

Next weekend Andy will be playing as part of a cover night at First Avenue, here in Minneapolis. Aptly titled Multiple Personalities, he will be covering Sufjan Stevens, along with many other local artists. If you are in the area, this is definitely worth a look. I hope he gets a chance to play one of his songs, or maybe something completely different. Andy does a great cover of Korobeiniki (the Tetris song) by Ozma.

May 10, 2007

LOVE105 Is horrible! Bring back Drive!

I am home! And I have yet to really write much since I got here. I have an excuse, although it's not a good one. My computer is on the fritz again, but I cannot fix it. For some reason I cannot connect to the free software site at ISU. So I have no computer except my families' computers, which drive me nuts. My little brothers are always on two of them, one is my dad's for work, and the two at the other house are as slow as mine. So I've been neglecting to post. I'll give you a quick rundown of my week while I listen to a new band I found on Purevolume called PlayRadioPlay!:

  • My little brother decided that internet security software my dad installed was annoying because it kept him from playing WoW 24 hours a day, so he tried to delete it. And when I say delete it, I mean that he deleted every file he could find. He is really stupid, because now it blocks every connection to the internet and won't recognize the password file to be uninstalled. That computer is now useless, permanently.

  • My favorite radio station, Drive 105, which is a combination of three stations (WGVX, WGVY and WGVZ), is no more. It has now be replaced by Love105, which sounds like crap. I am not happy, and I know many of my friends aren't either. Since the swap on Monday, I've seen multiple status changes on the Facebook regarding the change, as well as my friend John leaving a lovely message on my wall about his disgust. You will be missed JP the Radio Slave!

  • Please sign petitions people!

  • In other news, I managed to get out of bed today before 1 o'clock. This is an accomplishment for me, since I really have nothing to do. I also got a 3.55 this past semester (grades released today), and I am fairly happy with it. I will never take 17 credits within my major again.

May 9, 2007

What happened to Andrew?

So what’s the deal?

I’m at home now, back in the Mini. And as much as I like to see my family, I don’t like being here. None of my friends are around (or they are working), I have no pre-defined schedule and I have nothing of substance to do. I get things done, but I really just float through the days. That means I have a lot of time and when I have a lot of time, I think. My mind really wanders until it reaches all the deepest depths of my conscience. I think about life, I think about music, I think about love. The last one is where I get into trouble.

Tonight I was preparing my computer for a total clean out and reinstallation of the operating system. That means everything must be backed up on my external hard drive. And guess what, lo and behold I find a file from my ex-girlfriend Linsey. Yes, I’m over her, but that doesn’t always mean good things. See, I figured it out. Thoughts about Linsey make me happy AND sad. I had fun while it lasted, and we broke up on fairly good terms, but I really don’t see her now. Now take into account that I haven’t had a girlfriend (or much of anything) since then. It sucks, I know. But that means that all my thoughts about dating and love and all that, bring me back to Linsey. So if all my thoughts on love bring me back to her, and thoughts about her are bitter-sweet, then my thoughts about love are bitter-sweet. And for those of your who really know me, that is not me. Love is kind of this end all to everything. It’s very important to me, yet it doesn’t feel right. It feels bitter-sweet.

Now back up to the file I found. It also reminded me of the past. It reminded me of my second semester freshman year. That was a good time. It was a time where I was making friends, having fun, and not worrying about much of anything next to getting the girl and enjoying life. Fast forward to now, where I have to get a job, work 40+ hours a week, and worry about 5 projects at once, all without any girlfriend prospects. Do you see the difference? Honestly, this may just sound like bitching, and that is fine with me. But I’ve come to the realization that I don’t like where my life is headed. And unless I become discovered musically in the next six months, that’s where I will be. I want to be a success, and society has shaped me to think that getting a good job at a company and working my ass off is the way to do so. So I want that. But I also want to be happy, and I know working hard and getting a fat paycheck won’t make me entirely happy. I need more than that. I’m just not getting it right now.

Hopefully Singida and KC will brighten my spirits, or at least Sarah coming back. All I know is that I’ve been home three days, and I already want to leave.

May 6, 2007

Those notes you wrote me, I've kept them all
I've given a lot of thought, of how to write you back this fall
With every single letter, in every single word
There will be a hidden message about a boy that loves a girl

Do you care if I don't know what to say
Will you sleep tonight or will you think of me
Will I shake this off, pretend its all okay
That there someone out there who feels just like me
There is

- Boxcar Racer There Is