little_tristan: (Maus)
I'm sort of begging everyone to watch this. It'll be worth it.

little_tristan: (Kitten Squee)
In two weeks! I know, I never get to do anything awesome, except now I do! Russell just mentioned when we were talking about good and bad music (in his opinion) that a band I'm always talking about is playing Spirit Mountain Casino, just down the road from where I grew up. So I checked the website and IT'S THE GIN BLOSSOMS!!! The best part is that he's heard me playing their music a lot and always remarks I don't know who these guys are, but at least they can play. So he's going to take me, since Mark can't abide crowds. Makes him paranoid and weird. Me too, really, but it's a in place I think of as home turf so it feels safer. And it's THE GIN BLOSSOMS!!!

If you don't know who that is, click here:
little_tristan: (Kitten DJ)
As you may remember, I was anxious to be able to play my mom's Bonnie Guitar 45 for [livejournal.com profile] catyah, so she could hear the songs I used in her birthday fic Meiner a couple of years ago. Well, she did get to hear them, but only because the nice man at the record store downtown played it for us. I guess we were too cute to refuse.:)

Bruder found a really nice turntable in the basement (a mid-70s Philips 212, for those interested in such things), still in the box. (We bought it at a yard sale to put on eBay and then never did.) But it didn't work. When we took the table off, we discovered it didn't have a belt. I ordered one from Vintage Electronics--the 212 being a favorite of vinyl purists--and it arrived shortly after [livejournal.com profile] catyah went home.

However, when I went to put it on, there was another surprise. The old belt was really still in there. It had just melted sometime in the last 30+ years and remained a perfect circle of black goo around the drive spindle and the edge of the wheel. It was really kind of fascinating, how the rubber was reduced to its chemical elements and preserved without hardening. I don't even have anything to compare it to. But we Gileadians aren't quitters, so Bruder put up the card table this morning and we went to work cleaning it out.

He started with alcohol, paper towels, and a steak knife for scraping, but it turned that female gear was what was really called for. Q-Tips led to cotton balls, then makeup sponges, a nail file to scrape goo without gouging the plastic, and a pair of white cotton panties for the delicate parts where cotton balls were coming apart. Easily the strangest thing to have ever been in my underwear, although maybe not the strangest use we've ever put it to. That prize probably goes to stuffing the bedroom window frame around the air conditioner. (Covering my butt is old hat. The adventurous panty wants more out of life.)

Then it was just a simple matter of hooking it up to the amp that's been sitting unused for years and years and remembering what knobs do what. But in the end, I got to play Only the Moon Man Knows. Twice.
little_tristan: (Emergency! Johnny Up)
As fans of They Might Be Giants, know, their classic Mink Car album was released at midnight September 11, 2001, but the party was naturally cut short. Now, for the tenth anniversary of both the record and the tragedy that overshadowed it, it's been released again with guest musicians covering each track, and all proceeds go to the FDNY Foundation. I've been playing it all morning and it's fairly awesome. GO HERE to sample some tracks (I personally recommend Marian Call's Hovering Sombrero) and see if you don't agree it's worth buying.
little_tristan: (Christina's World)
Jennifer Knapp wrote and recorded my all-time favorite Christian/Folk album, Kansas. Her voice, her style, and the Biblical beauty of her lyrics just blew my freaking mind back in 1998, and it still does. But today, just now, I saw this article on NPR and found out she disappeared from the gospel scene because she's a lesbian. I may be alone in this, but suddenly her music makes even more sense. She's making a comeback as a folk artist of faith, and I'm going to hunting her new music all day.

But first I had to hear this again. It means so much more now...
little_tristan: (Saints1)
Source of my journal title:


And subtitle:


If I had to describe myself in two songs, these might well be the ones I'd pick.
(My monkey loves you very much, and he's sorry.)
little_tristan: (Charlie Bartlett)
I had such a thing for this song years ago. After listening to it for 2 weeks straight, all day, every day, I suddenly understood what it was saying. It was devastating, but I still love it.

little_tristan: (Moo)
It's amazing how it grows on one. I think it gets better the longer it goes, and I can't believe they canceled it after only four years. I thought the first season was totally ridiculous, couldn't believe it stayed on after that, but now it's completely awesome! I love the growth and character development, especially with Marc and Amanda. Marc's vulnerable and honest moments are my very favorite part of the show. Any ep where his little chin quivers is a great one. And when he and Betty talk on the phone while they're sitting at desks ten feet apart? Thoroughly warms my wittle heart.

And the music! It's my soundtrack! The other day I saw an episode that featured Circle by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. I didn't think anyone even remembered them, and it's such an obscure song but it's totally one of my favorites and they played almost all of it. And then just now? They played all of The New Pornographers' Adventures of Solitude while Betty was breaking up with her boyfriend. I love Adventures in Solitude. It's the theme song of my second novel.

I feel so understood.
little_tristan: (Possum)
This was my favorite song the year it came out. Totally put a funny spin on my darkest fears.

little_tristan: (Firefly See Kaylee Smile)
When I was a kid in the late 70s and early 80s, my parents were heavily invested in records and 8-track tapes. Cassettes were a bit of a wonder and we didn't really get into them until around 1985, only to replace them with CDs five or six years later.

What I learned during the transition years was that a lot of the albums my mom had on vinyl and 8-track were collections and didn't get reissued in the same form on cassette or CD. One 8-track in particular was a favorite of mine, a collection of silly songs called Dumb Ditties. Some of the songs are common, like Chuck Berry's My Ding-a-Ling, but I didn't care about that one. I cared about obscure songs like Jimmy Soul's If You Wanna be Happy and Leroy Pullin's I'm a Nut. I found a couple of the songs (Teddy Bears' Picnic, Beans in My Ears) over the years in other collections, but they weren't the right versions. You know how childhood is. To really evoke the same feelings, it has to be the same singer, the same inflections, the same music. Our minds forget a lot of things, but our hearts remember. So when I heard Anne Murray sing Teddy Bears' Picnic, no. I was not impressed.

But the temporarily suspended attic project unearthed the original 8-track a few weeks ago. Probably the last survivor of my parents' collection, and I doubt it still plays. But on the label, it has all the song titles and artists. And I have Napster. And today I checked and found that Napster has all the important tracks, by all the right people. It's even better than the original because I no longer have to fast forward through I'm Gettin' Nuttin' For Christmas (possibly the most repulsive holiday song ever) to get to Pink Shoelaces.

Twenty-five years of flea market searching and record store haunting, resolved in five minutes online. And to celebrate, here's a taste of what I'm grooving on today...



little_tristan: (Riptide Orange Grove Surprise)
I thought I'd take a shot with one of my favorites, a song of promises that I repeat and have a really hard time keeping. Still...

Added bonus: recorded at a club in Redondo Beach.:)

little_tristan: (Kitten DJ)
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

My one true [livejournal.com profile] catyah gave me B:

1. Black & Blue--Edie Brickell and New Bohemians


2. Bittersweetheart--Soul Asylum


3. Baby, I've Changed--Fountains of Wayne


4. Ballad of Jenny Ledge--Toy Matinee


5. Bedrock Anthem--Weird Al Yankovic (Sorry, this one has an ad first, but it's so worth it.:)
little_tristan: (Kitten DJ)
From yesterday's meme--the songs that no one guessed are in bold:

1. As I walked into the bar, a man came up to me and said, You know the older you will get, the more perverted you will get
When the Trickster Starts A'Pokin' (Bordello Kinda Guy)--Gogol Bordello

2. Well, I have to kick back and laugh, recalling stories about you
Not Enough to go Around--Pansy Division

3. Sybille sits in a rocking chair, chewing tobacco and spitting out cares
Contest Coming (Cripple Creek)--Michelle Shocked ([livejournal.com profile] oddmonster)

4. Oh dear, what can the matter be, princess is dreaming again
Protect Me--James

5. The girl works at the store, sweet Jane Sinclair
Jane--The Barenaked Ladies

6. Here comes Michael, he's got that look like he's in too deep
Michael (Jump in)--No More Kings ([livejournal.com profile] catyah)

7. I woke up with a headache, slept too late and my coffee turned cold
Take Care of Me--Jonathan Coulton

8. Wherever you go, whatever you do, wherever you are, I'm watching you
Over Your Shoulder--Concrete Blonde

9. A renegade rides a runaway train, to liberate, tear these walls asunder
Rescue Me--The Alarm

10. My my, at Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender
Waterloo--ABBA ([livejournal.com profile] catyah)

11. I used to rule the world, seas would rise when I gave the word
Viva la Vida--Coldplay ([livejournal.com profile] thumpathumpa)

12. He was killed by a cellular phone explosion, they scattered his ashes across the ocean
Mexican Wine--Fountains of Wayne

13. I can see her lying back in her satin dress, in a room where you do what you don't confess
Sundown--Gordon Lightfoot ([livejournal.com profile] hardboiledbaby)

14. Well, I don't think I told you, but you're beautiful the way you are, I never should have talked so hard about you
The Brink--The Mare Wakefield Band ([livejournal.com profile] oddmonster)

15. Blue morning, blue morning, wrapped in strands of fist and bone, curiosity, kitten, doesn't have to mean you're on your own
Murder of One--Counting Crows

16. Dream on, little brother, let your conscience sleep, dream on now, this time the cut is far too deep
Goodbye, Joey Ray--The Escape Club

17. 14th street, the garbage swirls like a cyclone
Cradle & All--Ani Difranco ([livejournal.com profile] oddmonster)

18. Anything's hard to change, but hey, I got you down on your knees again
You Can't Count on Me--Counting Crows

19. Johnny was a schoolboy when he heard his first Beatles song, Love Me Do, I think it was
Shooting Star--Bad Company

20. Well, I heard you're getting married, it seemed inevitable to me
I Really Wanted You--Pansy Division

21. This night never happened, if it's all right with you, not a word of our weakness, so much as a clue
Whitewash--The Gin Blossoms

22. Every night she sleeps alone, and by her bed she puts the phone
Goodbye Again--Mary-Chapin Carpenter ([livejournal.com profile] oddmonster)
little_tristan: (Crazy Reject)
Borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] hardboiledbaby:

Step 1: Put your itunes/mp3 collection on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 22 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing (and some of them are!)
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly.
Step 4: For those who are guessing -- looking the lyrics up on a search engine is CHEATING! (And boring)
Step 5: If you like the game, post your own.

Notes: I skipped over rap songs where I wasn't sure what the words were, and everything not in English. I tried not to do the same band more than once, but there weren't enough different bands on my pod to make that practical, so there are a couple repeats. Nothing from the same albums, though. :)

1. As I walked into the bar, a man came up to me and said, You know the older you will get, the more perverted you will get

2. Well, I have to kick back and laugh, recalling stories about you

3. Sybille sits in a rocking chair, chewing tobacco and spitting out cares
Contest Coming (Cripple Creek)--Michelle Shocked ([livejournal.com profile] oddmonster)

4. Oh dear, what can the matter be, princess is dreaming again

5. The girl works at the store, sweet Jane Sinclair

6. Here comes Michael, he's got that look like he's in too deep
Michael (Jump in)--No More Kings ([livejournal.com profile] catyah)

7. I woke up with a headache, slept too late and my coffee turned cold

8. Wherever you go, whatever you do, wherever you are, I'm watching you

9. A renegade rides a runaway train, to liberate, tear these walls asunder

10. My my, at Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender
Waterloo--ABBA ([livejournal.com profile] catyah)

11. I used to rule the world, seas would rise when I gave the word
Viva la Vida--Coldplay ([livejournal.com profile] thumpathumpa)

12. He was killed by a cellular phone explosion, they scattered his ashes across the ocean

13. I can see her lying back in her satin dress, in a room where you do what you don't confess
Sundown--Gordon Lightfoot ([livejournal.com profile] hardboiledbaby)

14. Well, I don't think I told you, but you're beautiful the way you are, I never should have talked so hard about you
Brink--Mare Wakefield Band ([livejournal.com profile] oddmonster)

15. Blue morning, blue morning, wrapped in strands of fist and bone, curiosity, kitten, doesn't have to mean you're on your own

16. Dream on, little brother, let your conscience sleep, dream on now, this time the cut is far too deep

17. 14th street, the garbage swirls like a cyclone
Cradle & All--Ani Difranco ([livejournal.com profile] oddmonster)

18. Anything's hard to change, but hey, I got you down on your knees again

19. Johnny was a schoolboy when he heard his first Beatles song, Love Me Do, I think it was

20. Well, I heard you're getting married, it seemed inevitable to me

21. This night never happened, if it's all right with you, not a word of our weakness, so much as a clue

22. Every night she sleeps alone, and by her bed she puts the phone
Goodbye Again--Mary-Chapin Carpenter ([livejournal.com profile] oddmonster)
little_tristan: (Scotty)
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Eleanor Rigby. It's the first Beatles song that I remember hearing and feeling that instant attraction to. I was maybe five or six and it came on the radio while I was playing. I had to put down my toys and just listen. And I spent years listening to that lousy AM station, just hoping to hear it again. It's a perfect song in every way, lyrically, musically, and emotionally, capable of evoking whatever I need to feel on any given day.
little_tristan: (Cool Reject)
Okay, I made this one up because it's something I think about a lot and I want to know what my friends' lists would look like. The perfect album is one that you listen to over and over without having to skip any tracks; the one you'd want to have if you were playing it on cassette in a Walkman because you don't have to fast forward. Many albums come close, only to be spoiled by one song that annoys you, unreasonably or not (as, for me, Forgiven ruined Alanis Morissette's otherwise perfect Jagged Little Pill). I chose ten because that's how many I could think of. YMMV. Greatest hits, compilations and soundtracks are all welcome.

This is actually in order of perfection, 1 being most perfect and 10 being sometimes tempted to skip just one:

1. Concrete Blonde--Concrete Blonde

2. Michael Penn--March

3. Concrete Blonde--Free

4. Juice Newton--Juice

5. The Barenaked Ladies--Stunt

6. Peter Murphy--Deep

7. Counting Crows--August and Everything After

8. The Gin Blossoms--New Miserable Experience

9. Julian Cope--Peggy Suicide

10. The Black Crowes--Shake Your Money Maker
little_tristan: (Chekov Frantic)
On the off chance she's somehow not heard it. :P

little_tristan: (Potsie)
And if anyone can help me find printed lyrics, I'd be so happy. :D

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