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It's been a long time, so I redid my journal design.

After seeing Juno, which was fluffy, quirky, and clever, I've become an instant Kimya Dawson fan.  I spent many years deep into the rave/techno scene, so it surprises me that I like the new folk/antifolk movement.  The two genres can't really get much further apart on the spectrum.  I love the low-fi - hearing thumbs on guitar strings and off-key mistakes, affected or not.  Jeffrey Lewis is another good one.  I realize Daniel Johnston was the low-fi pioneer, but I can't really get into him.  I liked the covers album, with other people covering his songs much better than I actually like Daniel's songs.  Bright Eye's cover of Devil Town is one of my favorites off that.

This semester I'll be taking Intro to Sociology, my prerequisite English course, and Intro to Film.  Classes start on the 15th.  No more night classes, so I'm pretty excited.  I fully expect to be an insufferable, pretentious, film snob by summer.

I have the day off tomorrow, and thus I am going to stay up late drinking Flying Dog Classic Pale Ale and fucking around on the internet, eventually making my way upstairs to feed the neighbor's cats while they're away (the neighbors, not the cats.)

Good times, cool beans, as them youngins used to say.

Date: 2008-01-03 06:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] irnbruise.livejournal.com
I like the layout. Though this particular style used to confuse me because I can never figure out where the link to the userinfo is, that went away with the handy toolbar on top. I wish I could take Intro to Sociology and Intro to Film. I think I'd get a lot out of both. Hope they're fun!

Date: 2008-01-07 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackshoegazer.livejournal.com
Ooh, I never use that toolbar; I hate that thing :)

I'm pretty excited about this semester since they're all subjects I want to take. I just hope English isn't going to be diagramming sentences :P

Date: 2008-01-03 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pretzelcoatl.livejournal.com
Oh wow. That new layout is awesome in more ways than I can count.

I need to actually do my own layout one of these days.

Date: 2008-01-07 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackshoegazer.livejournal.com
Thanks. It's fun and I like to frak around on Photoshop.

Date: 2008-01-07 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pretzelcoatl.livejournal.com
Where do you get some of your graphics, if you don't mind me asking? That's one of the problems with being unmotivated to make an LJ layout: I don't exactly have any good ideas on images to build it around. :)

Date: 2008-01-07 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackshoegazer.livejournal.com
I use Google images search, gettyimages.com (which is free, but you have to register if you want to get rid of the watermarks), various t-shirt websites, plus lj communities like [livejournal.com profile] film_stills, [livejournal.com profile] vintagephoto, and [livejournal.com profile] collages.

Date: 2008-01-07 04:23 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-01-03 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ed1nburgh.livejournal.com
I love the layout!

Everybody has been talking about Juno. I think I may go see it.

You should check out Cargo Cult. They're a great sort of... underground, electronic-grunge-dark-techno-whatever band. I really like them.

Date: 2008-01-06 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackshoegazer.livejournal.com

It's great. My favorite movie of the year. Too bad I saw it in December so I can't add it to my 2008 list :P

I'll look them up.

Date: 2008-01-03 11:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ms-elusive.livejournal.com
I wish Juno was out over here. It doesn't come out till FEBRUARY 8!

I'm on the same page as you with Daniel, I waay prefer that covers album, but my favourites are the Tom Waits and TV on the Radio covers.

Date: 2008-01-07 03:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackshoegazer.livejournal.com
That's what you get for living over there! :P

Date: 2008-01-03 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abmann.livejournal.com
I'm bored with my stark design and would like to jazz it up a bit, make it feel like a pulp adventure. :) The code LJ uses is arcane to me, however. Bloody electro-mobile contraptions.

Date: 2008-01-06 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackshoegazer.livejournal.com
I have no idea what code LJ uses. I get by using the basic alteration bits :P

Date: 2008-01-03 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brdgt.livejournal.com
I wonder what your sociology class will be like - my experience has been that intro to sociology courses are highly dependent on the whim of the instructor. Can't wait to hear about the film class! We've been keeping a list of classic films we want to see and trying to mix them into our regular picks. Right now we're on a early 1970s kick.

Date: 2008-01-06 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackshoegazer.livejournal.com
I've been trying to do some film education the past couple years on my ouwn - I'm desperately behind in seeing classics. For instance I didn't see Citizen Kane until 2005. Of course, it's referenced in everything (even Tiny Toon Adventures, for crying out loud) so I often felt I didn't need to see it :P

My high school sociology class was kind of all over, so I have no idea what to expect. My favorite part was the description of the habits of "primitives" we had to read that turned out to be a very alien description of modern humans.

Date: 2008-01-04 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marie-paris.livejournal.com
Wow, intro to film was one of my favourite classes, but I also had the joy of having a retired B movie director as the prof, a friend to Earl Owensby who did work on Hammer films (this was in a tiny town in the foothills of North Carolina-such an odd place to find such a man), and it ended up that he was born in the same tiny hospital I had been in a tiny historic town in Massachusetts, and then he took me under his wing and gave me keys to his cabin whilst he was away--totally nifty memories. We watched a lot of Cocteau that semester...ahhh, happy nostalgia.

Your layout is swell, I need one of those!

Date: 2008-01-07 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oxy-irony.livejournal.com
I know precisely what you mean. I saw Juno the other night and immediately fell in love with it and its cast. I can't claim to be so knowledgeable about the "antifolk movement" though.

Date: 2008-01-07 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackshoegazer.livejournal.com
I loved the soundtrack so immediately looked it up when I got home. Kimya Dawson and her side bands (The Moldy Peaches, Antsy Pants) are new favorites of mine.

Here's a bit on the antifolk movement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-folk). I had to look it up. I always research my new music finds :P

Date: 2008-01-07 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oxy-irony.livejournal.com
Huh... I'll definitely have to check that out, then. The music was fantastic, if rather Napoleon Dynamite-y.

Date: 2008-01-09 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] relivethemagic.livejournal.com
I found you randomly, and I completely agree, I'm now in love with Kimya Dawson. What other bands have you discovered, and is there any music you would be able/willing to send me? Thanks. :D

Date: 2008-01-10 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackshoegazer.livejournal.com
The Juno soundtrack is now available (as you yesterday, methinks.) Kimya has quite a few songs available on her website. I'm also digging Jeffrey Lewis right now and I think he has some stuff available online too. maybe I'll make a post soon with some of my favorites available.


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