Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Long Time No Blog

Sorry folks for not updating in a long time. I've been very busy 'n stuff. Well, I've been listening to a record by The Velvet Teen that I really like. I can tell flat out that these guys listen to Jeff Buckley, because at least on this first record of theirs, if he' s not going for an homage, the lead singer is almost going for an attempted imitation of the Jeff. However, on their second record which definitely shows more polish, but ironically not as much variety, it seems as though he's at least changed his voice or matured a bit to begin to find his own style. Either way, I really love both of these CD's and the styles of both are wildly different. I like that. I guess they're working on a third CD, so I'm keeping my hopes going for that one.

Booo, my girl's in LA right now.

I went to my cabin last weekend and it rained the whole time, though a lot of reading was succesfully logged.

No more hurricanes!

I plead insanity. I want cookies. Give me milk to paint the walls. Yum Yum.

Sorry bout that. I think he escaped.

Anyway, I've been really diggin the new Better than Ezra CD. It's very catchy. As always, I love KG's voice. My favorite track right now is Overcome. It very much spotlights his voice and the music is just gorgeous. Very soulful. This is definitely one of their more artistic tracks taht they've done. It comes very close to dislodging Particle as my favorite BTE song. Another standout track (although I love the first two tracks as well) is Southern Thing. It's got some bite to it and it's like a split between the great pop of Closer and the artsyness of Garden. Check this damn CD out. Also, the production on this CD is just gorgeous. Listen to it with headphones on. The use of Stereo space and layering really shine here.

OK, that's enough for now.



Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Oasis and BTE

I picked up the New Oasis CD and it's actually really good. It's not a total classic or anything like that, but it's just really solid.
Although it's not a huge musical stretch, it seems to me like they're using a little bit more color in the music. A heavier use of falsetto helps to accomplish this as well as much more textural layering. I don't dig track 2 very much but everything else is really damn solid.

I'm also diggin on the new Better Than Ezra CD. Check it out. Overcome is my favorite track on the CD. That's dude's voice is just friggin awesome.
Also here, no real new musical ground is tread, but it's very solid. Although my favorites are probably tied at Closer and Garden...this is a pretty close second. Very solid. The production is top notch!


New Job

I got myself a new job, yo!
I get done and I'm not exhausted as all hell!

I'm gonna get a lot of writing and practice time logged. Hell yeah, baby!

Also, I moved to a new apartment cuz our old management sucked some serious ass. The new place is much smaller but way less ghetto. Our workout room is all busted up, though.

Hmmm...well I'm starting to be able to hear much better out of my ear although it's still not as good (I don't think) as when I went into the surgery, but it could be up to another 5 months until it is actually as good as it will get. Ho hum.

Oh yeah, and I got a girlfriend. (yay)


Thursday, May 26, 2005

Medical Trauma

On Monday I underwent ear surgery because I've had a chronic ear infection for about a year. I woke up with a big frickin pile of gauze around my head and what looked like a cup strapped to my left ear. I couldn't hear anything out of my left ear. (well, hardly at all). This totally sucked, folks. I encourage you never to acquire a chronic ear infection. The painkillers they gave me just made me puke so I've just been alternating between ibuprofin and tylenol. I finally took the gauze off a couple days ago and was unpleasantly surprised to find that it really didn't help my hearing much at all. However, it has very very very slowly been getting a little better. I just need to bitch I guess. The pain is subsiding. I will survive.

On the upside, then next day I had a heart checkup and I found out that my heart is still beating and won't need to be replaced anytime soon.

The next day I had a dentist appointment and while I found I do need to get my wisdom teeth removed (yay, more surgery), I didn't have any cavities. So that's cool.

I'm gonna play a show tonight. I'm a little nervous as to how it will go because I can't hear so well...but actually when I've played guitar here in my room I've been fine...so it will probably be just fine.


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

New Music

I've bought a ton of music lately:

Beck's Guero,
Tegan and Sara's So Jealous,
Bright Eye's Digital Ash Digital Urn.

I was a little dissapointed with the Stereophonics cd. That song Dakota that's on the radio is frickin awesome, but the rest of the CD (with a couple of exceptions) is less than what I was hoping for.

The new Beck CD is outstanding. Very deserty.

The one I'm really surprised about, though is the Tegan and Sara CD--man that's frickin great. Go and pick this up. It's been stuck in my car CD player for days. The tunes seem pretty simple, but somehow a kind of complexity seems to emerge from them. Most of the songs are pretty short, but there are some really killer melodies and...well...just some great music.


Thursday, March 24, 2005


So today I found out that we are definitely playing our first show in the Twin Cities. I absolutely love that. There really is nothing else in this world that I love more than performing.

So...anway, now that weather is getting better out...I don't mind my job so much...I think I just have a really strong aversion to the cold. I don't know if I could survive another winter, though. Our music thing just better take off.

The music that I'm listening to most right now is:
THE MUSIC--Welcome to the North

I'm gonna try and do a better job of posting here. I realise there's not much here, but hey...if I can update from the road on tour...how awesome would that be?

Monday, February 07, 2005

Jobs Suck

So today I found out that I didn't get a job that I applied for. That totally sucks. It was an entry level position; you'd think that would be an easy snag. They went with somebody from within, so I guess there' really no way to compete with that.

I'm just about done finishing up a song I've been writing for months. I guess all of my songs take months, so that's no surprise. I played it for someone and they liked it so I guess that's a positive. Ah well, I'm stickin to it.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

First Day

Hey, guy...this is my first posting. Sorry it's so lame. O'Doyle rules!