Wednesday, January 23, 2008

You did well, Heath. Really well.

Yesterday I had a tooth pulled. It's the first time i've ever had a tooth pulled, and I was reminded of my friend Victoria who told me that dreaming about losing a tooth is supposedly a sign that someone is going to die. Sure enough, as I waited groggily in the lobby for Vince and Science to come pick me up, the news of Heath Ledger's passing roared out of the tiny lobby television. 

I'm not a big fan of eulogies, especially for people who I really didn't know. I certainly couldn't compose anything definitive about Ledger, and so I won't try. But in the ensuing coverage, I learned some things about him that I think are important to celebrate.

I noticed that he had been prescribed Diazepam (Valium) AND Alprazolam (Xanax). That indicates a very severe anxiety problem, which could be crippling given his chosen profession. To excel at such a thing as acting while carrying such a social burden is a testament to his strength.  

And he was by all indications an amazing father. I read that he and his ex Michelle Williams went so far as to create identical bedrooms in each of their houses so that their daughter wouldn't feel displaced. 

I don't know. Now i'm starting to feel silly. So i'll just sing a song and call it square. This one's for you, Heath.

Red wine and sleeping pills
Help me get back to your arms
Cheap sex and sad films
Help me get where I belong

I think you're crazy, maybe
I think you're crazy, maybe

Stop sending letters
Letters always get burned
It's not like the movies
They fed us on little white lies

I think you're crazy, maybe
I think you're crazy, maybe

I will see you in the next life

"Motion Picture Soundtrack" -Radiohead

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Coachella Lineup announced!

FRIDAY, APRIL 25: Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, The Breeders, Fatboy Slim, Tegan and Sara, Madness, The Swell Season, The National, Animal Collective, Slightly Stoopid, Mum, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Stars, Battles, Aesop Rock, Midnight Juggernauts, Does it Offend you, Yeah?, Minus the Bear, Spank Rock, dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Diplo, Adam Freeland, Santo Gold, Jens Lekman, John Butler Trio, Vampire Weekend, Dan Deacon, Architecture in Helsinki, Sandra Collins, Busy P, Cut Copy, Black Lips, Datarock, Professor Murder, Reverend and the Makers, The Bees, Porter, Rogue Wave, Modeselektor, American Bang, Lucky I Am.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26: Portishead, Kraftwerk, Death Cab for Cutie, Cafe Tacuba, Sasha & Digweed, Rilo Kiley, Dwight Yoakam, M.I.A., Hot Chip, Cold War Kids, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, DeVotchKa, Flogging Molly, Mark Ronson, Turbonegro, Scars on Broadway, Islands, Enter Shikari, Calvin Harris, Boyz Noize, Junkie XL, Cinematic Orchestra, Jamie T, The Teenagers, VHS or Beta, Carbon/silicon, Erol Alkan, Yo Majesty!, Little Brother, Bonde Do Role, St. Vincent, Akron Family, MGMT, Institubes DJs (Surkin, Para One and Orgasmic), James Zabiela, Sebastian, Kavinsky, Dredg, The Bird and the Bee, Grand Ole Party, New Young Pony Club, 120 Days, Yoav, Electric Touch, Uffie

SUNDAY, APRIL 27: Roger Waters (performing “Dark Side of the Moon”), Love & Rockets, My Morning Jacket, Spiritualized, Justice, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, The Streets, Metric, Danny Tenaglia, Simian Mobile Disco, Booka Shade, Murs, Dmitri from Paris, Autolux, The Field, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Les Savy Fav, The Cool Kids, Sons & Daughters, Sia, Holy Fuck, Black Kids, Black Mountain, The Annuals, Kid Sister w/A-Trak, Man Man, Duffy, I'm from Barcelona, Manchester Orchestra, Deadmau5, The Horrors, Austin TV, Shout Out Louds, Plastiscines, Brett Dennen

(Ones i'm really excited about in bold)

So while I was trying to hear the lineup from the coachella forum yesterday I was surprised by the quite one-dimensionally negative opinions about the festival and more specifically the headliners. But to be honest, I hate it when there's a big headliner. And here's why:

1) Big headliner means enormous crowds devoted to that one band wandering around ruining other shows. case in point: RATM fans were smelly, obnoxious kids who try to start mosh pits at every show they see. Let's not talk about Tool fans.

2) Unless you plan your whole day around waiting for the headliner, you'll never be close enough to enjoy the show. Thus you have to miss at least 3 good side acts to see one headliner.

3) Headliner crowds are vast and thick. You will be molested an average 2.7 times per second while rocking out to your beloved headlining act.

So it's very fair to say I won't miss trying to wade through a quarter-mile of concert-goer masses to try and peer over another quarter-mile to see a band I've convinced myself that I like enough to endure all of it. I'll wander around to different undercard acts all day like a kid in an ear-candy store and marvel at the complete lack of Weezer fans. I'm hoping to compile a list of the bands' myspace pages and youtube links, but that'll be a little more work. Look forward to it in the next couple days. For now, let's just bask in the glow of this announcement.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Apple Hates Me. Stop Hating Me, Apple.

So I got up early today (9am) to watch S-Jobs slap on his fancy blue jeans and black shirt and tell me nothing I wanted to hear. Let's review:

Time Capsule: They took the cord off of the external hard drive. Somehow my world remains unshaken.

iTunes: Renting videos! I'm seeing some utility here, and i'm piqued. I'm also seeing a bit of desperation from the Apple TV camp (Please, folks, go buy one. I don't want next year's keynote to have to sell this thing again). My world is getting arrogant in its unshakability.

iPhone: New stuff! New, not-particularly-interesting stuff! Stocks! Maps! Everything you could've gotten in a Helio and/or Blackberry! On an Apple product! My world is taking a nap.

and then... out of nowhere:

MacBook Air!!! ...I've composed a poem for this little slice of hardware:

Shall I compare thee to an old MacBook?
Thou art slower, and more expensive;
thin frame doth shake the old comp's hook
and leaves consumers awed and pensive,
Sometime they might enjoy CD's to hear,
or watch a DVD of Good Luck Chuck,
but Air cannot contain the discs so near
and begs you spend an extra hundred bucks.
The screen, she calls like siren for your touch
to pinch, rotate, and move with just a swipe
but still the fingers kiss cannot do much
and forced am I to sit alone and gripe.
For ne'er was I in more reluctant woe,
than waiting for a newer MacBook Pro.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Well now I have to go.

Dredg is going to be at Coachella.

Which means I will be too.

Also, Austin TV is crazy.

In fake news, here's a fake coachella lineup:

Cool colors, huh? Okay, so here's why this is fake:
1) Dredg is in all caps. They would take issue with that.
2) It's "Blitzen Trapper," not "Blitzen Trappers."
3) If Liam Sullivan we're going to do a Kelly show ("Shoes" and "Borrow That Top"), he would list the show, and has previously done so at Detour Fest, simply as 'Kelly.'
4) I'm assuming Comedians Of Comedy will be at Coachella, and they're not listed.
5) Third Eye Blind is listed, and my nostalgia-powered rocketship still sits dormant on the launchpad.

P.S. God I wish it were real.