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Violently Happy

I’ve been listening to Björk all morning. I shit you not. Post. Debut and Debut Live. I tried. I tried years ago. And I am trying again now seeing if there was something I missed. I clearly didn’t. She does nothing for me. Again, I just needed to prove I wasn’t be ignorant about music. I don’t know why I keep doing this. I am not sure who I am proving this for. I am done trying. There is no need anymore. It’s not for everyone and it’s clearly not for me.

Last night Kier and her Mother came over to discuss her music and selling it and websites and what not. We’re having dinner at her house on Thursday to discuss more business. She’s much shorter than we thought and talks just like we thought. They were so cute though. It’s fun watching the mother/daughter dialogs. Talking with Kier really solidified the fact that we only want to deal with artists and musicians for the design slice of our business. It’s the only way. And Emily totally worked it like she never has before. She’s pretty good at talking the talk. More than she knows!

Shortly after Kier and Alice left, Sara and her friend Greg came over. We caught up over tea and a sad dying fire on our new couch listening to Sinéad O’Connor’s newer record and Herbie Hancock’s Sextant. She’s writing a book on the Riotgrrrl scene. Sara amazes me. I am glad we’re still friends. There’d be no other way. It’s so amazing how she’s interviewing Kathleen Hanna among other people that she was so inspired by in high school. It’s so great and I can’t wait to read it.

In other news, the speakers came. I ended up getting the Athena Technologies Audition Series 2 F2.2. 1″ teteron dome tweeter. 2 8″ injection molded polypropylene woofers. Frequency response from 35Hz – 20kHz +/- 3 dB. Sensitivity to 93dB. And can handle 250 solid watts. Each one weights just under 50 lbs. And the weight and size really make the difference. You can try to defy physics in some aspects of life. But never in audio. It’s just too simple. I am just so happy with my new babies. Emily asked me last night, “Are these going to be the last speakers we ever buy?” I said, “No way, but we’ll have these for a very long time.” They are sick. SICK. And huge. Over 40″ tall. But they totally work with the room and definitely don’t overpower it. Bummer they take about 100 hours to burn in. Which is something new to me about speakers. But even now right out of the box, they sound amazing. They passed my test. Which is:

  • Soul Coughing – Irresistible Bliss :: The upright bass is a true test to the clarity and response of the bass of loudspeakers
  • Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage :: There’s something about this record that sounds so good to me. I am not sure what it is.
  • Lisa Loeb – Tails :: The upper harmonics of her voice are so shiny and make any speaker system beg for more
  • Roni Size – Represent :: The dynamics of drum & bass/electronic music really push speakers and their amps to their limits
  • Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin :: The drums being one of the most dynamic instruments lends to be a great testing tool

And since we finished Season 1 of Lost and we needed more we downloaded from iTunes the first few episodes of Season 2 to Emily’s Video iPod. We couldn’t wait for the DVDs. It’s pretty amazing. It’s clearly compressed, but the video is actually not bad at all on our crappy 19″ TV.