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This song cracks me up and hey, it's my birthday (for another 1.5 hours) so I might as well post something that is birthday-related, right?

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  • Neil was wearing a grey shirt with something that looked like the flag for Nigeria on it
  • Poncho kept throwing picks into the crowd. If I'd figured that out sooner, I probably could have gotten one for a momento
  • Many of Neil's songs are complete stories within themselves (Ramada Inn) while others are more about concepts (Rust Never Sleeps)
  • I knew we were in for a treat when I saw the giant, oversized stage props from the 80s Rust Never Sleeps tour
  • Just because a particular item is present (the pipe organ, for example) doesn't mean it's going to be used. He headfaked me at least twice that we were going to hear "Like a Hurricane."
  • Los Lobos opened for him, and they were not what I expected.  Fantastic opener. Great blend of Mexican/Tijuana feel with great rock. The drummer, who looked younger than the rest of the band (replacement drummer?) made some hilarious faces while he was playing -- but that's because he was in the moment and having fun.
  • Because this was being filmed, I knew the entire stage show was part of a "story." Again, very similar to the Rust Never Sleeps tour's experience.
  • If you have a lab coat, "nerd" glasses and wild grey hair, you are a scientist.
  • Some of the old tour tricks to make a show within the show are the best tricks ("Road-eyes" return in an evolved state and the Woodstock PA announcements)
  • Poncho loves it if you flip him the bird during "Fuckin' Up"
  • I haven't heard a version of Cinnamon Girl this electric and "crunchy" since the Type O Negative cover
  • Neil put us in a time machine and there was psychadelic pinwheel lighting for Mr. Soul
  • How many backdrop moslins can one performance possibly have?
  • Setlist:Love and Only Love; Powderfinger; Born in Ontario; Walk Like A Giant; The Needle and the Damage Done; Twisted Road; She's Always Dancing; Ramada Inn; Cinnamon Girl; Fuckin' Up; Mr. Soul; Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black); ENCORE: Tonight's the Night
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Below is an open letter about IPv6 and the Pandora radio service. I have posted this to my personal blogs and also mailed it directly to Pandora’s support services.

Read more below )
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[livejournal.com profile] ottr, frankly, amazes me. I gave him one vague half of a lyric snippet (an incorrectly quoted vague half of a lyric snippet, no less) and whined that it was in my head begging me to buy it -- if I could just find out who sang it. I was further aggravated because Google had failed me thanks to my faulty memory and inability to remember more than the concept of "something about waking up from history. Or something." Because, you know, lyric searches work so much better if you can remember the lyrics, right?

Within seconds he had produced the answer for me: Jesus Jones, Right Here Right Now, complete with a link to a lyric website that proved he was right.

I may never know how he did that. Regardless, all hail the otter.

(Oblig. Venture Bros Reference: "Jesus Jones! Now that was a band!")

Kid Beyond

Dec. 18th, 2006 10:00 pm
feren: I AM THE MAN (Vincent)
So you're all probably wishing I'd shut up about Kid Beyond already. TOO BAD. Since I saw him at the Imogen Heap show on Saturday he's occupied a significant portion of my thoughts.

Here is a video from Kid Beyond that explains the technology and process behind his work, elaborating on how he does what he does. Give it a watch if you have the time, I think I'll help you understand why his work fascinates me the way it does... if nothing else you'll get a small sense for what it was that I experienced during his set on Saturday night.

When I need hope and inspiration
feren: I AM THE MAN (Blotch-TooCoolFeren)
Last night I went with my [livejournal.com profile] lady_curmudgeon to a place in Milwaukee called "The Rave/Eagles Club." This was a group outing with several of her friends from K-town ([livejournal.com profile] corvar, [livejournal.com profile] ya_wot_evar and [livejournal.com profile] ldychaos) to see the Imogen Heap concert. I've heard bits and pieces of Imogen's music thanks to Curmudgeon's efforts (and, if you watched The Chronicls of Narnia's end credits, you were treated to some of it as well) but I didn't really know any of her songs. I was a bit concerned about this because it seemed as if everyone I was attending the show with knew this gal's disography inside and out. This fear of would later prove to be entirely unfounded.

And this is how my Saturday afternoon went...(very long write-up) )
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I know [livejournal.com profile] daf666 doesn't read my journal, but I still want to place full blame on him for my current earworm since he passed it to me via #wt.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you Evil Nine -- Crooked as a Flash-animated music video.
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Tallears, I will get you for doing this to me. I know where you live, I have a key to your house, your dog likes me and revenge will be mine if it's the very last thing I do.

For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, it all started with this Flash animation that [livejournal.com profile] roho coaxed me to download a couple of days ago. It's an animated music video set to the song "Move Your Dead Bones" by Dr Reanimator (to my understanding, the song originally was made for an accompanying live-action video that was included as bonus material on the Beyond Re-animator DVD). This fan video was created by [livejournal.com profile] zarla and seems to have hit official Internet Meme status with various demographics including furries, video game fanatics and slash authors. The animation features her original character (Zarla) along with a cast taken from such cult hits as Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Final Fantasy, Silent Hill and others. The various characters are all dancing and ... well, just watch it and see. It defies description at certain points. Despite the animation's relative simplicity it's actually fun to watch and the music is catchy, perhaps because of how campy it is (and if you take into account the films that inspired it, this shouldn't be a surprise). It's probably the most enjoyable 3 minutes and 14 seconds I've ever spent on a meme.

The problem with campy, catchy music is that in some cases it is prone to lodging in your brain. Once there it absolutely will not leave and you find yourself humming it at very odd or inopportune times. You are hereby warned: if you watch the video and find that you become infected as well ... it's not my fault.

Let me give you some green color

Dilemma

Jan. 10th, 2004 09:55 pm
feren: I AM THE MAN (chilly-smiling-feren)
My favorite musician, Neil Young, will be on tour again this year. He'll be coming through the Midwest in early March. So I'm left with an interesting choice: Should I see him in Milwaukee, a venue I've never been to... or go see him at the Rosemont Theater here in Illinois?

Choices, choices!
feren: I AM THE MAN (pantherhead)
There's a song by Blue Oyster Cult called Goin' Through the Motions, and it feels particularly apt here.

And we're going through the motions
Yeah, we're going through the motions
Yeah, we're going through the motions
Going through the motions


That's pretty much what I'm doing at this point. I'm going through the motions, playing it off as if everything is under my control as fate carries me where it will. Forces I only barely understand are slowly turning like immense cogs, rusty machinery grinding into life around me even as I write this. In a way it's awe-inspiring and in other ways absolutely terrifying. What sort of golem have I summoned into being, and do I dare try to tame it? I draw some small comfort from the advice my father gave to me, and it's advice that I think served him well when he was in Vietnam and drawing fire. It's an old axiom that's doubtless been around far longer than I can imagine, but that age serves to give it weight -- if there wasn't an innate truth to it I believe the phrase would have expired long ago.

Pray for the best.
Plan for the worst.


Thank you, Dad. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. If I'm lucky I'll have many more years to learn from you. I wish I had started learning sooner rather than later, but I guess it's only after the son has made his own mistakes that he can come to appreciate the knowledge of the father.

Love was the winner there

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