I'm moving....

It's been almost a year since I've written here. So, in the spirit of try to do something with this whole "blogging" thing for myself; I'm moving.


Update your bookmarks.

It looks like crap right now. Mainly just all default settings, with my old posts imported for posterity's sake, but when I have some time it'll look sweet.

Sidenote: Someone bought the domain sotherewewere.com .... wtf? People monitor the interweb registrant sites to see what domains are being looked up and then snap them up. I guess so that they can try to sell them back to you. I emailed them to ask how much they want....no response. Effing trolls. So, someone bought my domain before I could get to it and will never use it.

Damn you, procrastination. Damn you.



A quick little self/friend-promotion....

so, as a little side project taking what i'm learning from my job and as a favor to a good friend (the best one), i have been putting some effort into building a website, a blog.

it is definitely worth the read, he is quite a talented writer....so go check it out and take a look at my handiwork.

The site is Chispa Stories and the blog will document my friend as he travels throughout Central America looking for delicious and, at times, scary food.

seriously, go.... now.



What a Reunion Show, I need to Stop Missing These Things...

Some of you may or may not know that Rage Against the Machine reunited at Coachella this year. All reports say that it was politically charged and absolutely amazing. The guys at Stereogum had this to say:

"Killing In The Name" was particularly insane; you haven't lived until you've yelled "Fuck you I won't do what you tell me," pumping fists with 60,000 sunburned kids in the desert.

And with a set list like this, who is to say any different:

01 "Testify"

02 "Bulls On Parade"

03 "People Of The Sun"

04 "Bombtrack"

05 "Bullet In The Head"

06 "Down Rodeo"

07 "Guerrilla Radio"

08 "Renegades Of Funk"

09 "Calm Like A Bomb"

10 "Sleep Now In The Fire"

11 "Wake Up"

12 "Freedom"

13 "Killing In The Name"

By the end of that you had to have experienced some sort of cathartic musical revelation, or just ended up really, really angry....at everything.

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Texas Is The Reason live in Buffalo: 4.20.96

brandon at Lake Erie Monster has decided to start posting videos of concerts that he taped in Buffalo between the years 1995 - 1999...and i wholeheartedly support his decision because the first is a monster.

not having the time or money to get to NYC for the reunion show this past november, i will still absolutely settle for a 31 minute recording of a concert a decade ago approximately thousand miles from where i was living at the time.



on redirects and media conglomerates...

so, during the normal meandering through the interweb that makes up my daily routine, i came across the bodog myspace page. "huh", i thought to myself and loudly across the office, "this is a great looking myspace page...i wonder if they manipulated the page themselves and what does the coding look like to do that." i was looking for some ideas and this type of layout would work really well for a client. i pulled up the page source and saw that all of their images and video were being hosted on 'http://creative.myspace.com'. ok, interesting, so it looks like they probably paid a pretty penny to get myspace to design and/or host their layout for them, which explains why the page, in some fundamental ways, can't just be a modified profile like the one's available to us peons.

well, i decided that i would take a look at that root 'creative' site and see if this is a service that is offered publicly and might be democratically available, like most other myspace services have been in the past, or just offered to those with the big bucks. what happened next was rather amusing, though probably just to me. i typed in 'creative.myspace.com' and after a couple of flickers, really milliseconds, i was redirected to this page: http://streaming.myfoxatlanta.com/.

"what?!?, how did i get to my local fox affiliate's streaming media site," you may ask. well, as if to hammer home the point that myspace is home to the "big boys" now, my ip address was tracked and i was sent to my closest fox media website. "why?" fox, myspace, and a litany of other media outlets are now all part of the same media empire belonging to one Rupert Murdoch. i know this is not particularly earth-shattering, but it definitely shows that the media world is getting smaller. myspace and fox on the same level, who would've thunk. plus, i now definitely have my work cut out for me to keep up.

songs that played:
the used - buried myself alive
dirty on purpose - mafia lights
dntel - last songs
luxury - the needs of the many, the needs of the few




you can't buy this kind of advertising...

and he is absolutely correct about the waitress thing...



Explosions in the Sky - Lenny's Bar - 3.13.07

the picture is awful, i haven't really even begun to explore the pic taking capabilities of my blackjack.
anyway, nothing quite prepared me for the sheer amount of noise that was generated by EITS on stage that night.
before i get any further though, let me say that i thoroughly enjoyed the opening band the paper chase, very mathy and melodious at the same time.
anyway, i don't say "noise" in a bad way because, although at times overwhelming, it served as a perfect counterpoint to the quiet, introspective moments. i will say that i got to know the face of the bassist/guitarist very well as he was the only person visible on stage to me while the two other guitarists fiddled with effects peddles and what-not. the show was absolutely transcendent, just standing there and letting waves of sound wash over me was a great way to spend a tuesday night. i had read in several places that the albums that EITS have put out haven't been able to capture the intensity and rapture of their live performances and that is exactly correct. the wife and i fall asleep to the fiday night light's soundtrack almost every night (admittedly the most mellow album), but sleep was the farthest thing from our minds as we watched them sway. the haunting and beautiful melodies that i have mentioned before were brought to life a thousand fold during the hour long set. the phrase that i came up with the describe the show was "indecipherably separate" in that you knew that there were different songs but knowing where one stopped and another began was a difficult task. so, i just closed my eyes and found myself transported. while i usually prefer more interactive shows, this was definitely just a passive indulgence of brilliant orchestrations.

along those lines, i do feel that this is a form of what could be described as some sort of "new classical" music. bands like mogwai, godspeed! you black emperor, EITS, and mono piece together movements no differently than the masters did, symphonies and requiems that last anywhere from three minutes to 30 minutes.

my e-music has renewed and i made some interesting choices, so once i get it loaded and playing i'll let you know how i liked my choices. although, as i mentioned before, one of them is the new EITS and i'm sure we all know how that will go.


songs that played:
jeremy enigk - been here before
metric - too little too late
jimmy eat world - goodbye sky harbor
bright eyes - gold mine gutted