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Interests Meme
Borrowed from the much-too-sweet megrainwater:
Look at your LJ "interests" list. If you have fewer than 50 interests, pick every fifth one. If you have between fifty and seventy-five interests, pick every seventh one. If you have over seventy-five interests, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of 'em. List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly what it is about these things that interests you so much.

basia: Basia Trzetrzelewska was my first big musical crush. When I was in the 9th grade, a fell in love with her first solo album, "Time and Tide", and I sought out as much information on her career. In 1994, I had one of the world's first fan websites with a Basia page off of the Georgia Tech server that also held the ACM homepage and my personal page. I'm not as big of a fan anymore after being exposed to lots more music, but I still get a kick out of listening to the old albums.

cartoon network: how could one not love a network that shows [adult swim] programming every night?

demetri martin: brilliant stand up comic out of New York who was a writer and bit player on Conan O'Brien's talk show. He often performs with a guitar and visual props, and he reminds me of Stephen Wright before everyone knew his material.

flying: I do too much flying as part of my job. I've flown about 36,000 miles this year and that's without any trips out of the country.

greg the bunny: Great TV show about fabricated Americans working on a kid's TV show. It's being revived on IFC as a series of movie parodies.

jenny toomey: She's the lead singer of Tsunami and now a solo artist. I originally heard about her from reading a girl's online profile, and picked up an album at Cheapo on a whim. Very complex lyrics that criticize relationships and the music industry, often with a lot of wit.

movies: So far, I've rated over 850 movies at http://movielens.umn.edu/. I've got another 500 movies on my wish list to be seen. I've got some work to do.

pdas: I've been working with Palm OS devices professionally since 2000, as a fun side project since 1998.

sam phillips: Not the Elvis Presley producer, but the singer who put out the excellent album "Martinis and Bikinis" back in 1994 and many great albums since then. I just love her gravely voice and sardonic words, and the music is mellow but biting.

sleater-kinney: Who doesn't love this rock chick trio from the Northwest? "You're No Rock and Roll Fun" is still one of my favorite party songs.

strangers with candy: the very weird combination of after school specials and twisted sketch comedy staring Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, and Stephen Colbert. It's TV with a heart, a very black heart.

the new pornographers: Canadian pop super-group that put out the excellent album "Electric Version" in 2003. I got hooked on them after seeing several of their videos on 120 Minutes, and stuck around mainly to hear Neko Case's vocals.

venus hum: Every time I'd go to Fry's Electronics, I'd notice the playing a DVD of a really cute girl wearing awesome horn rims in a dress that oscillates through neon colors while the Blue Man Group goes wacko with percussion. That's Annette, a third of Venus Hum. Their work on their own is even better; I dare you to listen to "Soul Sloshing" and not smile.

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I picked up Sleater-Kinney's The Woods and The New Pornographers Twin Cinema tonight since they were recommended. It may seem bizarre and unusual to you that I've never heard of either before. Hmm.

Anyway...haven't had too much time to digest both CD's, but I can tell you that I like them both a lot. I've given TNP more play time, and it reminds me of a few bands I listened to in high school - fun FUN stuff. This one is definitely going to grow on me even more. There are a few songs that really struck a chord with me. Either because of a memory or a certain sound or melody that I was really drawn to. These Are the Fables is my favorite song on the CD. I love the cello and her sweet voice. This is one of those "road trip" songs that you play when the wind is blowing through your hair and the sun is setting and you have a smile on your face. (Trust me, I tried it) If you pause long enough to contemplate it, there is a feeling as though everything around you is moving in slow motion, like in a movie. :D I also seriously jammed to Three or Four. I think I looked kind of funny trying to dance and drive at the same time. *grin*

As for Sleater-Kinney...Carrie has a REALLY powerful voice. Wow. That's a Good Thing(TM), by the way. :) Okay, and let me just interject how hilarious their lyrics are. *snort* I suspect they would be amazing to see in concert. How incredible it would be to see them in a small(ish) bar setting. I REALLY need to get down to Austin. There must be some outrageously good bands that are still relatively unheard of. (got off track there) Back to Sleater-Kinney...I look forward to listening to them more tomorrow. I have been able to identify that my most favorite song is Night Light. It's beautiful.

Thanks. :) (((hug)))

It's not that bizarre not having heard of them -- neither have really hit it big in the mainstream, although both are becoming more popular. S-K was on Letterman earlier this spring. I've not heard TEP's "Twin Cinema" yet; I DLed it from eMusic last week, but didn't have a chance to burn a disc for the car. "The Woods" is growing on me, but I still prefer S-K's two previous albums, "One Beat" and "All Hands on the Bad One". My favorite songs on the Woods are "Jumpers" and "Entertain". I really like the guitar riffs that start off "Jumpers" and that whole sound of being on the edge.

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