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Oct. 27th, 2008

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some bits from new york

there truly is an ending amount of good graffiti, especially here:



the best place i've eaten so far was fanny, off the graham L, and it was absolutely mouth-watering, perfectly cooked french food.



i work in chinatown, where you can do all sorts of convenient shopping on the street walking around. there's also an awful lot of spitting.



i keep doing touristy new york things and had to visit rockefeller center, mostly because i love 30 rock.



times square is just as cheesy and filled with ads as i expected, but i did pick up a great umbrella there. from a guy who told me a tsunami was coming. ("it wasn't." said in ron howard voice).



central park is wonderful.



especially the bethesda tiles and terrace



and strawberry fields



i also really liked the museum of modern art (aka moma)



i seriously can't put down the camera.



generally speaking i like new york and i'm glad i moved. but the jury's still out until another six months goes by, because at least every other day i just want to go home. and i miss meekus terribly, even if he is way happier in my mom's yard and not stuck in a small room here. on the other end i've spent hours in the park, seen famous museums, went to some fancy parties, went to some tiny dirty bars with awesome bands, hit a bit of cmj, and am definitely doing more than i would if i were still in seattle. and i still really like the job, which helps a ton. so we'll see. ; ).

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Sep. 4th, 2008

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new york

so...

i got a new job working for xlr8r magazine, selling ads. i moved to new york last thursday. at some point i might find the time to organize photos but for now they are all in my flickr. here's a short summary i sent a friend that i wanted to copy and paste into le blog:

New York... it's sweaty, smelly, super humid, and also super exciting, full of energy and crazy big.

Overall the entire experience is incredibly overwhelming, but I'm getting used to a lot more day by day.

The sublet I had for the first few days was a 20 minute walk to the subway, a bit too far given the bad, non residential area - it's definitely not safe to walk quite that far in a desolate area near housing projects known for violence.

Luckily, my apartment is fantastic. No cockroaches, A/C in the window in my room already. Right out my window across the street there's a garden in between two buildings with little lights up, it's super cute. The other apartment windows look over trees. My room fits a full bed, a new dresser I just bought, and would fit a desk if I had money leftover to buy one. The roommate is cool, very friendly and talks possibly more than me (amazing!). The best part is that from door to door I have a 20 minute commute. Three blocks to the Marcy stop on JMZ, six blocks to the Lorimer L. My work is two train stops away - I couldn't have asked for a better location. It's in South Williamsburg, Puerto Rican neighborhood, safe, and around a mile from the heart of Williamsburg bars and hipsterville. I'm here through the end of the year and then we'll see once the lease is up because my roommate could actually afford to live alone, just wants someone here since she travels a lot for work through the end of the year.

The job is awesome so far but it's been two days so we'll have to see. By that I mean, we'll have to see if I can afford to live in NY on the commissions and how that all works out, because so far I love my bosses an d the company, but I kinda already knew I would. The walls are covered in really old issues of XLR8R, except that they look like clean copies, and the ones I remember were like dirtier and someone has sat on it and they were all passed around at ravers houses, ratty and stuff. Even back then there was a piece on Baltimore slang. It cracks me up how totally huge the zine/magazine used to be back then.

I feel way better now that I'm unpacked and it's feeling more like home, but expect it to be a few months to be fully settled and know where the fuck I am.. right now I might just buy a compass to figure out where I am once off the subway and I have to plan a lot to figure out routes, but I'm getting there quicker than I expected.

Aug. 2nd, 2008

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rip scrabulous

i just read this little blurb in entertainment weekly "On July 29, thousands of players were C-R-U-S-H-E-D (13 points) when, faced with demands from Hasbro, Facebook's Scrabulous application was shut down. We tried to find words to express our grief but alas, we literally have none." i now have wordscraper.
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Jul. 18th, 2008

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capitol hill block party plan of attack

this time last year, i hardly knew who any of the bands were at the block party, and went mostly to convince the neumos owners that i could enjoy indie rock, since i was applying for a job there.  i ended up having an awesome time, and i've since learned about so many bands that it's hard to pick who to see when for this years festival. the organizers did a great job staggering and scheduling - yes, i'm biased since one's my former boss, but  lajeunesse's talent in booking is fantastic and i'm super excited about the lineup. here's my general list of picks for the weekend, but we'll see how great i am at keeping any sort of schedule once there.

Friday

4:00 - 4:30 Black Eyes and Neck Ties @ Neumos
4:30 - 5:15 Common Market @ Main Stage
5:00 - 5:30 The Pharmacy @ King Cobra
5:00 - 5:45 Head Like  A Kite @ Neumos
6:00 - 6:45Truckasaurus @ King Cobra
6:15 - 7:00 Past Lives @ Neumos
7:45 - 8:45 Girl Talk @ Main Stage
7:45-8:30 PWRFL POWER @ Vera Stage
7:45 - 8:30 Thee Emergency @ Neumos
8:30-9:15 Champagne Champagne @ King Cobra
9:15 - 10:15 Les Savy Fav @ Main Stage
9:15 - 10:00 The Dodos @ Neumos
9:45-10:30 Pleasure Boaters @ King Cobra
10:30 - 11:15 Natalie Portmans Shaved Head @ Vera Stage
10:30 - 11:00 Jay Reatard @ Neumos
11:30 on - Pase Rock, Paul Devro, Sing Sing! @ Neumos

Saturday

2:00-2:45 Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground @ Main stage
3:00-3:45 Little Party & the Big Business @ Vera
3:15-4:00 Cave Singers @ Main stage
4:30-5:30 Kimya Dawson @ Main stage
4:15-4:45 The Physics @ Vera
4:00-4:30 The Whore Moans @ King Cobra
5:15-6:00 Man Plus @ Vera
6:00-6:45 Sleepy Eyes Of Death @ King Cobra
6:00-7:00 Fleet Foxes @ Main stage
6:30-7:15 Jaguar Love @ Neumos
7:30-8:30 Chromeo @ Main Stasge
7:45-8:30 Throw Me the Statue @ Neumos
7:45-8:30 Akimbo @ Vera
10:30-11:30 Super Secret Special Guests! @ Neumos
11:00-11:45 Book Of Black Earth @ King Cobra

saturday is also the 5th anniversary party for mercury cloud, at the war room. they throw awesome parties and the war room is the perfect place for an early blowout there. mercury cloud is my former employer and perhaps my favorite past job - super nice people, with outstanding work. looking forward to congratulating them in person.
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Black Wolf Crckr!

in xlr8r magazines's 15th anniversary issue, they have a little blurb about their copy editor, saying "She's been severing dangling participles here for almost two years, and wishes to thank DJ /rupture, Sunn O))), Adult. and !!! for all the interesting grammatical and stylistic challenges they've provided."

it totally cracked me up - in my working past, i've certainly seen my share of, shall we say, "interestingly different" band names. some notes of my own regarding what to name your perfect music projects:

* putting black in your name does not make you more dark, more cool, more punk, or more new york. examples of "black" bands: Black Mountain, Black Angels, Blackstar, Blackalicious, Black Sabbath, Black Kids, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Flag, The Black Keys, The Black Crowes, Black Eyed Peas, Big Black, Black Label Society, The Black Halos, Black Sheep, Black Whale, Black Eyes and Neckties, etc. some of them are pretty bad ass but overall it's overdone... at least pick another color.

* animal names are apparently the starting point for loads of bands to take cues from, wolf being the new black in this case. Wolf Parade, Wolf Eyes, Peanut Butter Wolf, Wolfmother, We Are Wolves - there must be more. other animal bands:  Grizzly Bear, Dinosaur Jr., Band of Horses, Deerhunter, Deerhoof, Fleet Foxes, Caribou, Animal Collective, Super Furry Animals, Animals At Night, Tiger Army, Le Tigre, Street Dogs, These Arms Are Snakes, The Dodos, Arctic Monkey, Cat Power, Pigeonhead, Flipper, Jesus Lizard, Mouse on Mars, Modest Mouse, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Red Sparowes, Gorillaz, Seal, Tortoise, Miss Kitten, Felix da  Housecat, The Squirrels, Rabbit In The Moon, Counting Crows, Snoop Dog, Ladyhawk, Jaguar Love, Mountain Goats, Trick Pony. to be fair, this one's old school. started by The Byrds, The Eagles, Temple of the Dog, Adam and The Ants, Skinny Puppy, The Monkees, Buffalo Springfield, Def Leppard, and White Snake.

* another popular naming idea seems to be cute little misspellings, similar to those noted by the aforementioned copywriter. maybe the exclamation points at the end of The Go! Team, Panic! At The Disco, !!!, and even Wham! really do make them more exciting. vowel haters MSTRKRFT, XLR8R, and Dntel, or bad spellers Red Sparowes, Limp Bizkit and Chixdiggit are also guilty of rebelling against "proper" grammar.

either way, good music and i'll listen, but some of the names crack me up.  (also, since this post started with mentioning xlr8r - for any friends wondering, no, still haven't heard either way, so assuming i didn't get it. c'est la vie, still fun to have applied.)
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Jul. 17th, 2008

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Additional artists announced for Decibel

Besides the post just before this one, the following artists have now been confirmed as well:

Dixon (DE) - DJ
Glitch Mob (US) - Live
KiloWatts (US) - Live
Fax (MX) - Live
Balún (US / PR) - Live
Let's Go Outside (US) - Live
Cubenx (MX) : Live
Jerry Abstract (US) - DJ
Attentat (US) - DJ
Carole Kim (US) - Visual
Phidelity (US) - Live
offthesky (US) - Visual
Taimur Agha (US) - DJ
novaTRON (US) - Live
Michael Manahan (US) - DJ
Les Freres Courvoisier (US) - Live
m.0 (US) - Live
The Sight Below (US) - Live
SunTzu Sound (US) - DJ
Struggle (US) - DJ
Tracer Visuals (US) - Visual
Sammy D (US) - DJ
Nordic Soul (US) - DJ
Kadeejah Streets (US) - DJ
J-Sun (US) - DJ
Drift Signal (US) - Live
Ctrl_Alt_Dlt (US) - DJ
Crazy Larry (US) - DJ
Alala.One (US) - DJ
Panty Control (US) - DJ
Skoi Sirius (US) - DJ
Rob Noble (US) - DJ
Punch Drunk Productions (US) - Visual
M. Quiet (US) - DJ
Kris Moon (US) - Live
KillingFrenzy (US) - Visual
Ava (US) - DJ
Camino Acid (US) - Live
ndCV (US) - Live
Lucy Bland (US) - Live
Epiphanous (US) - Visual

More coming in August!

Jul. 15th, 2008

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Decibel lineup announced!

2008 DECIBEL FESTIVAL : SEPTEMBER 25-28 : SEATTLE, WA

PRELIMINARY LINEUP
(final line up TBA mid August):

Carl Craig (US) - DJ
Deadmau5 (CA) - Live
Jahcoozi (DE) - Live
The Bug featuring Warrior Queen (UK) - Live
Audion (US) - Live
Burnt Friedman (DE) - Live
Luca Bacchetti (IT) - DJ Set
Tujiko Noriko (JP) - Live
Santiago & Bushido (US) - Live
Barbara Morgenstern (DE) - Live
Deaf Center (NO) - Live
William Basinski (US) - Live
Jeff Samuel (US/DE) - DJ
Library Tapes (SE) - Live
Akira Rabelais (US) - Live
Mike Monday (US) - DJ
Eluvium (US) - Live
Tycho (US) - Live
Noah Pred (CA) - Live
Derek Plaslaiko (US) - Live
Eskmo (US) - Live
Kilowatts (US) - Live
Alland Byallo (US) - DJ
Jeff Greinke (US) - Live
Welder (US) - Live
Jacob London (US) - Live
Deru (US) - Live
Lusine (US) - Live
Craig Kuna (US) - DJ
Nalepa (US) - Live
Nikola Baytala (US) - DJ
Sammy D (US) - DJ
Truckasauras (US) - Live


Jun. 20th, 2008

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cleaning playlist

I Got That Feelin' - DJ Quik
Round & "Round - Hi-Tek feat. Jonell
All I Need Is You - Hi-Tek feat. Cormega & Jonell)
Ital - The Roots
Sittin' On Chrome - Masta Ace
Dwyck  - Gang Starr feat. Nice & Smooth
Your Beef Is Mines - Mobb Deep & Nas
Ladies Can I Have Your Attention - Cash Money & DJ Chase
One More Chance - Notorious B.I.G.
Hold You Down - Alchemist feat. Prodigy, Nina Sky, Illa Ghee
Swing - Camp Lo
This Is Something For The Radio - Biz Markie
Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious B.I.G.
I Know You Got Soul - Eric B. & Rakim
1nce Again - A Tribe Called Quest

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