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Feb. 13th, 2007 @ 03:48 am (no subject)
So I'm not blogging much, save for random myspacing, but I started a new LJ mostly just for poetry and such if anyone wants to check it out/add it up. The new username is janiejoneswhoa.
Dec. 31st, 2005 @ 12:14 pm year end wrap-up
Feeling oh so : mellowmellow
Rocking out to: Rilo Kiley

Top 10 Albums of 2005

  1. Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity
  2. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
  3. Bear vs Shark - Terrorhawk
  4. A Wilhelm Scream - Ruiner
  5. Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
  6. Common - Be
  7. The Soviettes - LPIII
  8. Atmosphere - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having
  9. System of A Down - Mesmerize/Hypnotize
  10. Latterman - No Matter Where We Go...!

Favorite Song Off Each Top Album

  1. Miami
  2. Modern Girl
  3. The Great Dinosaurs with Fifties Section
  4. Me Vs Morrisey in the Pretentiousness Contest
  5. Red Red Red
  6. Go
  7. Middle of the Night
  8. Smart Went Crazy
  9. BYOB/Kill Rock and Roll
  10. My Bedroom is Like for Artists

Other Albums That Were Pretty Great, but Not Awesome Enough to Make the Cut:

  • Kanye West - Late Registration
  • The Blackout Pact - Hello Sailor
  • Lagwagon - Resolve
  • Bouncing Souls - Live
  • Dropkick Murphys - Warriors Code
  • Lawrence Arms - Cocktails and Dreams

Best Hot Water Music album not by Hot Water Music

  • Smoke or Fire - Above the City

Five Songs That Actually Made Me Turn the Radio Up

  1. Kanye West - Gold Digger
  2. Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
  3. System of a Down - BYOB
  4. The Killers - Mr. Brightside
  5. Gwen Stefani - Cool

Best Show(s)

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, hands down. There's a reason why Mr. Leo's known as "the motherfucking man." Big ups to A Wilhelm Scream, The Blackout Pact, and a handful of local bands for actually making a cynical old woman enjoy an all ages community center show. Warped Tour had it's shining moments with Suicide Machines, MxPx, Dropkick Murphys, and a surprisingly kick ass set from Transplants.

Best Show I Didn't Get to See

The Fat Tour. I don't think I'll ever get over missing that.

Most Disturbing and Surprising Break Up

Bear Vs Shark

Most Disturbing yet Least Surprising Break Up

Tsunami Bomb

 

Dec. 10th, 2005 @ 06:56 pm (no subject)
Fuck finals.

I'ma go get CRUNK
Dec. 1st, 2005 @ 10:50 pm (no subject)
Any chimp can play human for a day.
Use his opposable thumbs to iron his uniform
and run for office on election day
fancy himself a real decision maker
and deploy more troops than salt in a shaker.

But it's a jungle when war is made,
and you'll panic and throw your own shit at the enemy.
The camera pulls back to reveal your true identity.
Look, it's a sheep in wolf's clothing.
A smoking gun holding ape.

Any asshole can open up a museum.
Put all of the things he loves on display
so everyone could see them.
The house, a car, a thoughtful wife
ordinary moments in his ordinary life.

But if she breaks a smile, she'll give you away
'cause no one wants to pay to see your happiness.
No one wants to pay to see your day to day
and I'm not buying it either
but I'll try selling it anyway.

Any idiot can play Greek for a day
and join a sorority or write a tragedy
and articulating all that pain
and maybe you'll get paid.

But it's a sin when success complains,
and your writers block-it don't mean shit.
Just throw it against the wall and see what sticks.
Gotta write a hit
I think this is it.
It's a hit.

And if it's not,
then it's a holiday for hanging

Any fool can play executioner for a day,
and say with fingers pointed in both directions
'he went thataway',
It's only a switch or syringe,
aww, exempt from eternal sins.
But you still wear a cross,
and you think you're gonna get in.

Ah, but the pardons never come from up-stairs.
They're always a moment too late,
but it's entertainment
keep the crowd on their toes,
it's justice, we're safe.
It's not a hit, it's a holiday
Nov. 28th, 2005 @ 10:57 pm (no subject)

I wanna make you know i can do everything but i don't ever show you how i really am i wish i could say i have no regrets i wanted to much from you I don't wanna be this way i kick myself i wish i could say that I have no regrets today But i'm so nervous that i lose my cool everytime i pick up the phone and try to call you standing out in the freezing cold until i'm numb wondering why i'm always acting so dumb I don't wanna be this way i kick myself i wish i could say that I have no regrets today

Things just happened to turn out this way i can't say that i have no regrets today

Oct. 29th, 2005 @ 12:22 pm I used to love her, but I had to kill her
Rocking out to: Guns N Roses
Halloween is brilliant. Best holiday, by far. Last night I danced with Kanye West, flirted with Jesus, and did Jager bombs with a pirate. That shit just doesn't happen on Columbus Day.
Oct. 10th, 2005 @ 10:55 pm (no subject)

Top 5 albums of the week, even though it's only Monday:

  1. Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
  2. Cave In - Perfect Pitch Black
  3. Descendents - Everything Sucks
  4. Tom Petty - Wildflowers
  5. Foo Fighters - In Your Honor
Oct. 4th, 2005 @ 10:58 pm (no subject)
How does Ben Folds always make me cry?
Oct. 3rd, 2005 @ 10:21 pm If I may ramble on semi coherently for a moment...
Feeling oh so : irritatedirritated
Rocking out to: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

It's not that I'm anti authority, we'd be in chaos without it (and not the good kind of chaos where you get controlled excitement, the bad kind of chaos where you get stabbed and people run traffic lights) there's a time and place for the right people to be in authority. What I do have a problem with, is being expected to submit to people I'm smarter and more capable than. How I am supposed to respect the opinion of someone I'm pretty sure just learned how to tie his shoes last week?

I know I'm not alone.

This isn't a political rant, though it applies to The Man as much as it applies to my own small scale current annoyance.

There's a commerical for something, I don't remember what, a cell phone maybe? where this dude who looks like a bigshot says to his faithfull underling, "I'm sticking it to the man." The pee-on replies, "but you are the man, so you're sticking it to yourself?" Then we, the consumers, laugh because the bossman has used a common phrase, and the worker has used the literal meaning to make him look foolish. He himself is "sticking it to the man." That clueless boss/snarky subordinate schtick is comedy gold. He's saying what we are all thinking!

BUT

If we're really all smarter than the men (and women, ha!) in authority positions, why are they the authority and we're not?

Maybe because there's a certain satisfaction in being the snarky subordinate. You're not just better than somone, you're better than the most important someone. And being in a grunt position means you constantly have something to bitch about. Everyone likes that. You can also waste hours of valuable time pondering the ways you would do everything differently, and not actually have to do anything at all.

But probably just because life's a bitch.

 

Sep. 26th, 2005 @ 11:34 pm in all my busy-ness, I still have time to think too much
Feeling oh so : contemplativecontemplative

I watched "No Direction Home", the new Bob Dylan documentary, on PBS tonight. There are several scenes from a show somewhere in England, I don't rememer the exact place, but that's not really important. Bobby's there with his electric guitar and his back-up band, and the fans in the crowd are just booing him emphatically because it's not how they saw him the last time, it's not the Bob Dylan they fell in love with. The songs, though, they sound so much fuller with the back up band and get a whole new dimension on electric guitar. The diehard fans don't care, it's not what they came to see.

It's not hard to draw parallels to today's music. Those same fans are in the audience today, talking shit about bands who experiment with their sound, or grow and gain a wider audience. I can't seem to make sense of the obsession with keeping music your own little secret  (though admittedly I've been guilty of it a time or two). If you love a band, why wouldn't you want them to try new things? Does anyone really want to hear the same album over and over and over?

I think maybe people find a certain comfort in music. Maybe changing that makes them feel vulnerable. I don't know, just something I'm thinking about right now. Thoughts anyone? Care to expand?