April 2009 Archives

Record Store Day

Got up early yesterday to make the trip to Rhino Records for Record Store Day. Most of the RSD exclusives weren't particularly interesting to me, but you say Cursive 10" picture disc and I'm there. It worked out nicely because I hadn't been in awhile and the BoyCrab's birthday is fast approching. Plus everything was 10% off. I got there right before the store opened and there were actually people waiting outside, which I should have expected. Limited edition + vinyl lovers = heaven. However, there seemed to be a large number of people who were just buying one of everything, no doubt to sell the stuff on ebay. That kind of pisses me off because it goes against what RSD is all about....supporting record stores. And it means that someone who actually wanted that item may not have gotten it because of some wannabe dealer. RSD is a great idea and I hope it continues to get bigger and bigger because record stores can use all the help they can get these days.

Since my purchases may or may not be birthday gifts, I won't say what I bought until next week.

Cellar Door

Finished my latest project....Donnie Darko inspired (and also the name of a John Vanderslice album). It happened to be on tv when I was working on it one day which was fun.




I opted not to change colors when I started over, mainly because I couldn't find anything I liked better. I think the color looks good though. I may do it again using backstitch at some point. I'm currently working on 2 Lost related things.

Country Music Should Be Better

I'm no country afficionado by any stretch of the imagination, despite being from Texas. Most of my experience comes from being exposed (by my sister) to Alan Jackson, Sawyer Brown, Garth Brooks, and various other artists popular in the early to mid 90s. In the late 90s, the genre had mainstream pop success thanks to Shania Twain and Faith Hill. From that point, the genre became more image conscious and hipper, although musically the I-got-a-bbq-stain-on-my-white-t-shirt mentality never really left.

So I've been listening to Neko Case quite a bit over the last few months (227 plays and counting according to last.fm), and while she's typically categorized as "alt country", her early albums have a strong throwback country sound to them (see "Whip The Blankets" from Furnace Room Lullaby). The first time I heard one of her songs ("Twist The Knife"), my initial thought was, "This is country". Her sound is more true to the legends of country than probably anything you'd hear on country radio these days. And while she's moved away from those strong country sounds on her 2 most recent albums, I listen to them and think that this is what country music should have evolved into rather than what is out there now. Maybe I don't know enough about the progression of country music from Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash to Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, but it just seems like something went wrong along the way. I don't mean to say current country music is bad, it's probably not any worse than anything else these days, I just think the quality level could be much higher. Country music used to be a well respected genre with legendary voices who wrote classic songs. Now that's all but disappeared. In many ways it reminds me of what has happened with rap the last 20 years, going from urban poetry about life in the inner city to all about bitches and bling and no actual substance or quality. So maybe it's just the way that the music industry as a whole has evolved. But as I listen to Neko Case I can't help but think that this is what all country music should've sounded like in 2009.

Ahhh

Finally started something new and was just getting into the flow of things, then I found a mistake in my pattern (a stupid one of course), which wasn't too bad. But then I left out one stitch and now have to start over from the beginning. Since I had to start over anyway, I figured I should fix the pattern properly, which turned into a massive undertaking. All because of one stitch. Insane. Here's the botched piece (in one of the new hoops my mom bought me)....


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I wasn't really happy with my color choice either...I think it's too dark, so I'll get to try again on that as well. Here's hoping the 2nd time goes better than the first.

Required Listening: April

This decade has been pretty lousy for music, which doesn't come as much of a surprise to me, but I really thought that the early years were much better than they actually were. The stupidest realization I've had during this process is that hey, there's a reason you haven't listened to some of these album since they were new....THEY ARE CRAP! Imagine that, some rhyme and reason to my listening habits. 2001 was filled with albums from bands that just went to hell afterwards, and in some cases, on that particular album (I'm looking at you, Remy Zero). I was going to post my original best of list from 2001, but frankly, it's embarrassing. Let's just move on to 2002.

  • Bic Runga- Beautiful Collision
  • The Black Keys- The Big Come Up
  • Bright Eyes- Lifted....
  • Neko Case- Blacklisted
  • Emm Gryner- Asianblue
  • The Good Life- Black Out
  • Imperial Teen- On
  • Interpol- Turn On The Bright Lights
  • Sondre Lerche- Faces Down
  • Long Winters- The Worst You Can Do is Harm
  • Sonic Youth- Murray Street
  • Spoon- Kill the Moonlight
  • Queens of the Stone Age- Songs for the Deaf
Not too much for 2002, luckily there have already been a number of solid albums released this year so far, the Emm Gryner, Neko Case and Cursive albums are current favorites of mine.