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Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins

Last night we headed over to Eric’s for a little bit of a Lost rerun. It was supposed to be a pot-luck, but last minute Eric canceled the pot-luck part due to other things going on. In the time between last checking my email at work and my commute home, I forgot. Go figure. So we showed up with our dumplings and edamame. Oh well… My memory issues and Emily’s very fast of hearing (or rather Eric’s slow of hearing ways) always proves to be entertaining to many.

On the way there we listened to the latest NPR Podcast of All Songs Considered. It’s definitely my favorite radio show. Since I stopped working for the radio biz I’ve been very out of touch with new music. In fact there have been few bands I’ve started liking since I left last year. And it’s not to say it’s because I liked the bands the radio station played and that influenced me, but I was in that frame of mind of trying new music. It was the way of life, but not the way of life. The only new (to me) music I’ve really picked up this year has been older Jazz and Classical music. Which is fine, but it’s not really new music for me, in that respect.

So in this edition of All Songs Considered they played some Jenny Lewis. And on a side note they played Hem shortly after, which is a band David R. got me in to which I thought was kinda neat to hear them on NPR. So they played a cut from Jenny Lewis’ latest release which is a solo record. It was nice and cute and well put together. I got to thinking: Maybe when I get home, I’ll download some iTunes of Rilo Kiley because I have heard a lot about them from Ely and he typically likes good music. So I bought some cuts from The Execution of All Things (Saddle Creek Records) and this morning I listened to it on the way to work. I really really liked the Rilo Kiley. It’s like the pop sensibility of Lisa Loeb with the quirky, ironic & acrobatic lyrics of James and sensuality of the Cardigans. I am definitely interested to hear more. And perhaps I’ll get that solo record and/or another Rilo Kiley record this weekend if the Feetnik is down for some record shopping.

We Have A Problem

For the past couple of weeks, we watched Season 1 of Lost. Not to mention the 6+ hours of bonus features on the DVD.

That wasn’t enough.

Clearly. We’re no amatures at obsessive and compusive behavior! Please.

So who could wait until the DVD of Seaon 2 comes out? Surely we couldn’t wait. Emily had the bright idea about downloading the new shows to her Video iPod. Genius! The clarity is pretty good. 200 megs for a 45 minute show @ 128kpbs. It’s around the quality of a VHS tape on a 19″ screen. It’s not bad and it’s only going to improve. Perhaps it’s the wave of the future. Definately a strong niche. Time will tell. Looking forward to this Apple Media Server. And better yet, we’re 9 episodes in to Season 2. Now we have to wait weekly for the episodes. We caught up, but watching commericials and waiting a week is going to suck nut.

Anyways. We seriously have a problem. We litterally come home every day, eat some food and plant ourselves in front of the TV to catch up on who Kate has slutted up on. What Locke has done to creep someone out. What Naveen Andrews did to be portrayed as an Iraqi when he’s from India. How Jin became so goddam ripped. How happy I was so see Shannon die. And how awesomely cute Emilie de Ravin’s accent is. It’s so good. However, we need to get out. Are we the only ones who are scared to go out at night in fear the Others will get us? Ack!

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.