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Jun. 9th, 2007 @ 03:33 pm
As I don't write in this too often, I've started two new blogs. One is mine, the other is by myself with friends.

Thus, I present to you:

somuchbetterlive.blogspot.com
-->this is my new pop music blog. daily updates, all the news that I care about (and thus, you should care about), videos, songs to download, and plenty of reviews/musings. If you like music websites, I'm gonna do my best to make sure it's one you'll like.


dailyflingo.blogspot.com
-->this is by me and my roommates, and our friend Carl. We choose a different topic each day, and everyone writes about it. So sometimes it'll be boring, sometimes it'll be entertaining, but it'll always be fresh. Do you flingo? Well, you should.



I'll maybe update here occasionally, but those are gonna be where I do most of my writing from here on out. Enjoy.

ps, I straight up love Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around, Comes Around"
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around...Comes Around

May. 16th, 2007 @ 07:28 pm
This is my film that I've been working on the last few weeks.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TZXbB63-Bg


Be honest, and unmerciful.

May. 1st, 2007 @ 03:45 pm
So, Coachella was amazing. I’m just going to say every thought that comes to mind, rather than break down the festival with any sort of organization.

Revelation of the festival? Manu Chao & Radio Bemba Sound System. I’ve got two of Manu Chao’s albums, but when he plays with Radio Bemba Sound System, he apparently rocks the fuck out. SO loud, SO much fun. That was unlike any show I’ve ever seen, and blew me away. Easily one of those shows I’ll look back on years from now and still think of as one of the best I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was so amazing. Bloc Party last year took the cake because of the audience experience. This was just purely mindblowing performance, though. I just got the live album, and it’s one of the best I’ve heard at expressing the energy of a live performance. Totally awesome.

Tony put it nicely. Manu Chao was like a “prelude to a communist revolution.”

Which would be Rage. Which was totally and thoroughly and completely awesome. I was really glad they mostly let the music do the talking. One great speech during “Wake Up” (in which they called for all American presidents to be hung, tried, and executed for war crimes, particularly the current one) but otherwise just great music. Tom Morello is a guitar god. And Zach de la Rocha, back from the wilderness, was exploding with energy.

That said, I hate hate hate Rage fans. Total asshats, total morons. More interested in beating each other up than enjoying a show. I’m all for mosh pits when they come from the energy of the music, but when the crowd is moshing 3 hours before the show and throwing shit at the bands before Rage, you know you’ve got a ton of fucked up people. Just totally disrespectful assholes, the lot of them.

Arctic Monkeys gave a great performance. Amazingly polished, they had their shit down. They don’t go crazy all over the stage, but they play with a confident energy that’s just great. They also look like they’re 15. Trippy. Because they’re amazing.

Arcade Fire was, naturally, incredible. Bombastic and theatrical, the kind of religious performance that turns people into lifelong fans. They played everything I wanted to hear with more energy than any other band in the festival (or possibly ever, in my experience). I’d be seeing them again when they come to LA, but tickets sold out in like 30 seconds. They’re probably the hardest act to get tickets for these days, so I’m glad I saw them.

Oh, and Scarlet Johansson came out and sang with the Jesus and Mary Chain. They didn’t introduce her, but it was her, and it was way cool. She sang the backup on “Just Like Honey,” which was the song at the end of Lost in Translation. Nice.

Rodrigo y Gabriela had probably the best audience reaction of the festival. They had their tent overflowing to the point where I couldn’t get inside, and this was in the early afternoon, when nobody pulls that off. A full audience singalong to Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” full-on clapping (as in everybody, I couldn’t find anyone not clapping. and in legit unison! wow!) to every song. It was wild to watch and be a part of.

Biggest bummer? Air coming out 30 minutes late. But that wound up leading to us checking out Manu Chao earlier, so there’s a silver lining.

Grizzly Bear were like an acoustic Radiohead, rocking out very nicely.

Sonic Youth played a noise-heavy set with lots of stuff from their latest album, “Rather Ripped,” and I ate it up.

Bjork is just weird, but incredible when she rocks out instead of staying mellow.

The Chili Peppers put on a very solid show, though it wasn’t quite as awesome as I’d hoped.

Kings of Leon were another band that just rocked so much harder in concert than they do in their albums, and I love love loved it. I was actually glad I caught them instead of The Decemberists.

Lupe Fiasco was sweet, bouncing all over the stage. And the New Pornographers played a set that I very much enjoyed, thanks to my recent falling-in-love with “Twin Cinema.”

And I think that’s most of it. Only Air really let me down. RHCP were a bit disappointing, though it may be because they had to follow Arcade Fire. My top 5 acts? Manu Chao, Rage, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Grizzly Bear, and Sonic Youth. Wait, that’s 6. Dammit.

Oh well. Heaven '07 is over. Pictures will come soon.
Current Music: Manu Chao Radio Bemba Sound System

Apr. 27th, 2007 @ 01:27 am
This is the planned schedule:

Friday:

Brother Ali --> Tokyo Police Club --> Satellite Party --> Silversun Pickups --> Arctic Monkeys --> Jesus and Mary Chain --> Jarvis Cocker --> Interpol --> Sonic Youth --> Bjork


Saturday:

Fountains of Wayne --> The Fratellis --> Regina Spektor --> New Pornographers --> Kings of Leon --> Arcade Fire --> Red Hot Chili Peppers --> The Good The Bad and The Queen


Sunday:

Lupe Fiasco --> Tapes 'n Tapes --> Grizzly Bear --> Explosions in the Sky --> The Roots --> Kaiser Chiefs --> Willie Nelson --> Crowded House --> Manu Chao --> Rage Against The Machine


See you on the other side, bitches.



Current Music: Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey

Coachella Preview day 2 Apr. 25th, 2007 @ 09:33 am
Totally didn't update yesterday. Nobody out there really cares.

Anyway, three more bands to get you jealous.

Friday: Silversun Pickups. The closest I'm gonna get to seeing Smashing Pumpkins, it appears.



Saturday: The Fratellis. Like a brighter Franz Ferdinand, or a better Hot Hot Heat.



Sunday: Lupe Fiasco. Just awesome.

Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Arctic Monkeys - 505
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So, I haven't been writing much lately. This is a good thing. It means I'm busy, but not with work (if I had work, I'd be writing, because I'd be procrastinating). I've been super-happy-busy.

This week, I finish the sound on my film. When I do so, my film will be done. I'm really, really, really happy with it. There's just a lot of sound to do now, lol.

Never wrote any reactions to the virginia tech events. It's gonna stay that way, though I have immensely complicated reactions. Ask if you care.

This upcoming weekend is Coachella. I'm going to use this week every day to highlight two artists I'm incredibly psyched about (other than Rage and RHCP, since hopefully you all know their music).

So today, check out Arcade Fire and the Arctic Monkeys. Arcade Fire's the band I'm most psyched for. Epic rock, amazing performances. They're one of my favorite bands right now, just stunning. Check out their performance from Coachella '05 and be jealous you won't be there:



Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys just released their new album, and I like it more than their first one, which was one of my favorite albums of last year. Plus, the first single is called "Brianstorm," and I've been waiting all my life for a song about someone named Brian (other than Brian Wilson), and it's a badass song. Here's a live video of them. I'm so excited.



So yeah. Get jealous. Three more days of this still to come, and then I enter heaven '07.
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I forgot how gut-bustingly hilarious this was.



» "Oh, the dashboard melted, but we still have the radio."
Man, I couldn't be happier with the way things have been going lately.

The film is looking really, really good so far. I'm really thrilled. We've got about 4/5 of it done. We just need our opening scene, and a middle scene, and it'll be finished. I got to work with the three coolest kids today. Sure, their parents forgot their work permits, but they were just awesome to work with. And perfect for the roles, despite having not auditioned them -- they were the kind of kids that I would've selected even if I had auditioned.

Everything's just coming together really nicely. Coachella will make finishing the sound a real bitch, but that's okay, it'll be fine. We've got our composer, and he writes beautiful stuff, so I can't wait to meet with him and hear what he's got.

I wrote a big report on the state of our gym here, and I'm making a presentation on Monday to representatives from the Gym and Student Affairs. I feel really good about our chances of getting extended hours and increased funding next year. This report will kick some ass. Plus, it's the last big project I wanted to work on. I've accomplished most of what I really wanted to do in student government, and sure, there are a ton of other things I think we should be working on, but the things I wanted to do will be done.

Friday Night Lights has its season finale this week, but that's okay, because Entourage comes back tomorrow. I fucking love Entourage. I have some major 24 catching up to do.

I cheated on my celiac disease today. On set, the only thing I could eat was pizza, so I had to eat it. God, it tasted so good. And when I got back, I was too exhausted to eat just rice, so I cheated again and had three plates of tortellini alfredo, fried rice, and a hot dog with a bun. Oh man. And just now, I couldn't figure out anything wheat-free to eat this late, so I just said screw it and got a BMT at subway.

I love food SO MUCH. That all tasted so much better than I could have ever dreamed.

I'm just very happy these days, what can I say? It's pretty awesome.
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So, my life has taken a 180-degree turn in the last month or so. Really, almost everything seems different.

My friends are different. Some for the better, some for the worse. It's going to be a complicated senior year. I guess that's just how senior years go. I'm happier with/for a couple of people than I've been for anyone in a long time, and I'm more upset with a couple of people than I've been in a long time. My instincts confirmed, both for good and for bad.

Meanwhile, I'm nearing the end of the shoot for my film. It's been going mostly really well. We've got about half of it done, and we're shooting the other half this weekend/next week. It'll be an intense shoot, but only two days, so it should be good.

Of course, Coachella's less than a month away, and I've barely had time to be psyched. This is a good thing. I like that it's snuck up on me.

For the uninformed, I may or may not have Celiac disease. This involves me not being able to eat wheat products, or anything with gluten. So basically, everything I've ever eaten is out of my diet. I have to do this for two weeks and see if I feel better, then maybe get an endoscopy (as my dad put it: "That's what I had, except the other way!" Thanks, dad.).

All in all, I'm happier than I've ever been here. Happier than I've been in a really long time. I'm just generally really excited about the summer (which I'm spending in LA), and next school year. No more RA job, no more student government. Just partying and hitting the beach, every week. A personal life? Remarkable! It's going to be awesome.
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Jesus Christ, Friday Night Lights is so good.


SO. FUCKING. GOOD.



This marks, like, the 8th time I've written some variation of that as an LJ post. I can't even begin to describe how much I love this show. Only The Office does it for me the same way these days. And at this point, I don't think 24 or Lost were ever as good as FNL/Office are now.
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