jackshoegazer: (Kurt Cobain/Original Hipster)
2008-12-07 12:19 am

Writer's Block: Legends of Rock

[Error: unknown template qotd]My first concert ever was NIRVANA at the Mecca Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 26, 1993.

It was epic before epic was epic.

jackshoegazer: (Politics/TurntableofHope)
2008-10-22 07:20 am
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A brighter day will come.

However much I post about politics, I never post this kind of advertisement, but it's really very well done and quite inspiring.  My inner DJ and graphic artist think this is just a top-notch project.

jackshoegazer: (Alone/Corner/Wall)
2008-06-12 06:35 pm
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jackshoegazer: (Leisure/Chair)
2008-01-03 01:21 pm
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Photoshop/Album/Random Meme

(Stolen from [profile] wwonka666)

1 - Go to wikipedia, on "random":
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band. I got Danco Island.

2 - Go to Random Quotations:
The last three or four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album. I got "Nothing is easy to the unwilling." - Nikki Giovanni

3 - Go to flickr and click on "explore the last seven days":
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop or similar to mix it all up. Post it.

And here you have it, my album:
jackshoegazer: (Default)
2008-01-02 11:07 pm
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My fourth-quarter pipe dreams are seeming more and more worth fighting for.

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.
jackshoegazer: (Jack/iPod)
2007-12-10 01:52 pm
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I don't quite know why, but I love random iPod memes.

Show off how lyrically clever you are. iPod is on shuffle, here are the first lines from each of the first twenty-three songs I hear (unless they're immediately self-identifying.)  Which ones do you know?
01)  "Should time allow us to describe our prowess..." For We Are the King of the Boudoir - The Magnetic Fields by [profile] urte
02)  "She took me off my guard with disappointment..."  Nitemare Hippy Girl - Beck by [personal profile] enamour
03)  "Sunbeam shine, mousy girl on the end pew..." Le Pastie De La Bourgeoisie - Belle & Sebastian by [personal profile] antarcticlust
04)  "Do you not hear me anymore?" Battle Of Who Could Care Less - Ben Folds Five by [personal profile] antarcticlust
05)  "She don't like her eggs all runny..." In Spite of Ourselves - John Prine by [personal profile] antarcticlust
06)  "Tuna, rubber..." Marianne - Tori Amos by [personal profile] decemberthirty
07)  "She said you'd given up..."
08)  "I don't know just where I'm going, but I'm gonna try for the kingdom, if I can..." Heroin - Velvet Underground by [profile] atomic_goo
09)  "Gold teeth and a curse for this town were all in my mouth." New Slang - The Shins by [personal profile] antarcticlust
10)  "I can't help my feelings, I'll go out of my mind..." Hash Pipe - Weezer by [profile] punkybrister69
11)  "Tell your boyfriend next time he around, to buy his own weed and don't wear my shit down..." Addicted - Amy Winehouse by [profile] maeghanne
12)  "Neither the flowers on the hill or the moonlight on the sea have ever looked so blue..." 12 Old Familiar Way - Of Montreal by [profile] urte
13)  "When you climb to the top of the mountain, look out over the sea, think about the places perhaps, where a young man could be..." It Ain't Easy - David Bowie by [personal profile] tekelili
14)  "I'm gonna fight 'em off..." Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes by [profile] matadin
15)  "Lately I've been wishing i had one desire..." 15 A Perfect Sonnet - Bright Eyes by [profile] emilyreplied
16)  "Do I need? Destiny."
17)  "This is the definition of my life..." Dry the Rain - The Beta Band by [personal profile] antarcticlust
18)  "I call ye cabin neighbors, I call you once my friends..." The Avalanche - Sufjan Stevens by [personal profile] antarcticlust
19)  "The rain it started tappin' on the window near my bed..." Bowl of Oranges - Bright Eyes by [profile] protodisco
20)  "We sit and we sigh and nothing gets done..." Compliments - Bloc Party by [profile] urte
21)  "I've been in and out of every honky tonk in town..." Mrs. Leroy Brown - Loretta Lynn by [personal profile] decemberthirty
22)  "A heart that's full up like a landfill, a job that slowly kills you, bruises that won't heal..." No Surprises - Radiohead by [profile] protodisco
23)  "New realities are conditions much to little for us to suffer..."
Good luck and happy hunting!
jackshoegazer: (Jack/Kindergarten)
2007-12-02 10:25 am
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The Soundtrack of My Life

Here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle.
3. Press play.
4. For every question, type the song that's playing.
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button.
6. Don't lie.

1. Opening Credits:  The Empty Page - Sonic Youth

2. Waking Up:  Clark Gable - The Postal Service

3. First Day At School:  Lover I Don't Have to Love - Bright Eyes

4. Falling In Love:  Knight Rider - of Montreal

5. Fight Song:  Wake Up - The Arcade Fire

6. Breaking Up:  Punk Love - The Magnetic Fields

7. Prom:  Fog - Radiohead

8. Life:  Porcelain - Moby

9. Mental Breakdown:  The Medication is Wearing Off - The Eels

10. Driving:  Caring is Creepy - The Shins

11. Flashback:  I Cover the Waterfront - Billie Holiday

12. Getting back together:  Litli Tónlistarmaðurinn - Björk

13. Wedding:  Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bushnell - Sufjan Stevens

14. Birth of Child:  Going to a Town - Rufus Wainwright

15. Final Battle:  Ne me quitte pas - Regina Spektor

16. Death Scene:  Blips Drips And Strips - Stereolab

17. Funeral Song:  Roadhouse Blues - The Doors

18. Ending Credits:  You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse

Some of these are pretty silly, but several are hilariously apropos.
jackshoegazer: (Conor/Machine Kills)
2007-10-09 09:39 pm
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iTunes Meme

How many total songs? 2343. That's 7.2 days, and 11.15 GB

Sort by song title - first and last?
"'7" by Moby  & "Ziggy Stardust" by David Bowie

Sort by time - shortest and longest?
"One Last "Whoo-hoo!" For The Pullman" (0:06) by Sufjan Stevens & "BBC Radio 1 Broadcast Essential Mix" (1:57:36) by Daft Punk

Sort by album - first and last?
"'Zebra" by The Magnetic Fields, from 69 Love Songs & "Poor Cow" by Peter Bjorn & John from Writer's Block

Sort by artist - first and last?
"Electronic Performers" by Air & "Bring the Danger" by DJ Zinc featuring GQ.

Top five played songs?
"Beggin' (Pilooski Edit)" by Frankie Valli
"Joy! Joy! Joy!" by Sufjan Stevens
"Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois" by Sufjan Stevens
"That Boy Needs Therapy/Frontier Psychiatrist" by The Avalanches
"You Will. You?Will. You? Will. You?Will." by Bright Eyes

Find the following words. How many songs show up?
Death: 6
Love: 154
You: 249
Home: 40
Boy: 79
Girl: 29

jackshoegazer: (This Machine Kills Pain)
2007-06-18 07:34 pm
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She just can't remain with all that outer space.

List seven songs you are into right now, no matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LiveJournal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.
1)  Sufjan Stevens - Joy! Joy! Joy!
2)  The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist
3)  Bright Eyes - Four Winds
4)  Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
5)  Regina Spektor - Consequence of Sound
6)  NIrvana - Lounge Act
7)  Of Montreal - My British Tour Diary
And now, I tag:
[profile] kiwikat
[profile] _remains
[personal profile] anima
[profile] soavezefiretto
[profile] protodisco
[profile] gutzilla

Obviously you don't have to do it if you don't want to.  It isn't a binding contract or anything.  The Meme Police will not come bashing down your door.  I promise.
jackshoegazer: (This Machine Kills Pain)
2006-06-05 08:32 pm
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And I hang like a star, fucking glow in the dark.

Tagged by [profile] stateofmind_77:

1. Turn on your favorite media player and turn your shuffle feature on.
2. Hit "play" and keep track of the next 10 songs that come up. (If you have iTunes, you can make a smart playlist that will automatically list your most recently played selections.)
3. Post your 10 shuffled songs, along with these instructions. You are not allowed to lie, omit tracks or otherwise try to make your musical taste seem hipper than it actually is.
4. Tag five people on your friends list to do the same.
01)  Outkast - Rosa Parks
02)  Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire
03)  The Killers - Jenny
04)  The Dresden Dolls - The Perfect Fit
05)  Louis XIV - Finding Out True Love Is Blind
06)  Bright Eyes - Something Vague
07)  The Beatles - Yellow Submarine
08)  Beck - Human Beatbox w/Beastie Boys (live)
09)  Little Blue Crunchy Things - Brahman
10)  Modest Moust - 3rd Planet
I tag [personal profile] antarcticlust, [profile] ghostwes, [profile] choogy, [personal profile] brdgt, & [profile] kiwikat.

For the record, I don't do memes.  Thank you.
jackshoegazer: (This Machine Kills Pain)
2006-05-31 10:04 pm
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Apples are apropos when knowledge is the cure.

There is nothing I know except that,
     this lifetime is just one moment &
      wishing will just leave me empty.
So you can try and live in darkness,
   but you will never shake the light.
It will greet you every morning,
   and make you more aware
   with its absence at night,
      when you are wrapped up in your blanket,
      that comfortable cocoon.
But I have seen the day of your awakening boy,
      and it's coming soon.
So go ahead and loose yourself in liquor,
      and you can praise the clouded mind,
      but it isn't what you are thinking -
            it's the course of history,
            your position in line.
You are just a piece of the puzzle,
  so I think you had better find your place.
    And don't go blaming your knowledge
       on some fruit you ate.

~except from "The Big Picture" by Bright Eyes

jackshoegazer: (Earth Hat Body)
2006-04-04 05:24 am
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His silhouette killed his shadow because it followed him too close.

In other news, I am now going to shamlessly promote my roommate's musical career.

His band's name is either Antilogic, Dripping Wet and the Muse, or Jack Disaster, or something else. They haven't decided yet.

He just posted some songs, just he and his guitarist doing an acoustic thing, on his MySpace Music site. They just recorded them on a CD recorder right here in the basement. He's been in the studio recording them for real, but alas, he's put up the ghetto recordings for now.

The song "Thoughts to Bare" is particularly good.

Check him out. Tell him he rules or he sucks or you want to have like 10,000 of his babies or whatever you think.
jackshoegazer: (Winter Neu Artsy Twine)
2006-01-06 04:20 am
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Bright Eyes / Conor Oberst Icons

Here is but a sample of last night's work...
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jackshoegazer: (Adam Even God Fnord)
2005-11-30 02:40 am
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Little Blue Crunchy Things

Ah, back in my youth, just after high school, I stumbled upon a local band who were just fabulous. I introduced my friends to the phenomenon and they too loved this magnificent band. They dedicated songs to our loyal group who touted their greatness at all turns; we advertised shows, danced our asses off at every one, attempting to go to every show we could to show our support, even two of my friends became their roadies and were nominated for a Wisconsin Area Music Industry award for Best Road Crew. Alas, all good things must come to an end and several years ago, the Little Blue Crunchy Things went the way of the dinosaur and were no more.

However, they are getting together for another show (and possibly more!) To show my appreciation, I have volunteered my artistic service and created a flyer for their Flashback/Reunion show. And I present it here for your enlightenment and education.