All the missing crooked hearts

Thought I’d post this before my six-hour road trip during which I will do ridiculous things including listening to, like, the entire Foo Fighters discography or “Peaches” on repeat.

Items in each list are in chronological order. Continue reading “All the missing crooked hearts”

All the missing crooked hearts

“Hey, señorita, that’s astute.”

Here is one of my favorite ideas for a specific focus that this blog could have: I post relatively current/contemporary songs by artists who would be unfamiliar to people my parents’ age, then relate those songs back to an artist with whom they would be familiar.

For example, I have long thought that Vampire Weekend sounds like Paul Simon’s Graceland era. Though my parents love Graceland and Paul Simon, they may never be exposed to Vampire Weekend. (This is a travesty, FYI. Vampire Weekend is awesome.) Continue reading ““Hey, señorita, that’s astute.””

“Hey, señorita, that’s astute.”

The problem with altruism (with soundtrack)

Altruism (n): the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others

I hear lots of people talking about altruism like it’s this elusive behavior or characteristic that people should constantly strive to embody or employ. People feel guilty for not being altruistic, like it’s something we’re supposed to naturally know how to do or be. You hear people saying things like this all the time: “I know I should be practicing altruism and everything, but I’m just really mad at her,” or “it’s so hard to be altruistic when he’s being such an ass.”

Are we supposed to just come out of the womb knowing how to battle all of the animosity, selfishness, competition, and jealousy we feel? Are we supposed to understand how to feel happy for someone when it goes against every instinct we have?

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The problem with altruism (with soundtrack)


One of those ancient MySpace/Facebook quiz things.

1)Don’t take too long to think about it.
2) List Twenty-one Albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. First twenty-one you can recall – not in order of greatness!
3) Tag a few friends, including me because I’m interested in seeing what albums my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your 21 picks, and tag people in the note)

1) Rubber Soul – The Beatles
2) Beggars’ Banquet – The Rolling Stones
3) Moondance – Van Morrison
4) Hits – Joni Mitchell
5) Breakfast in America – Supertramp
6) Mr. A-Z – Jason Mraz
7) Greatest Hits – James Taylor
8) Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan
9) Gold – ABBA (sorry. I thought a lot about it, but it’s true. I can’t imagine my life (or, rather, my relationship with my mom) without ABBA.)
10) Juno (soundtrack) – Kimya Dawson & others
11) Stop Making Sense – Talking Heads
12) Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club
13) Sympathique – Pink Martini
14) Lonely at the Top – Randy Newman
15) Nilsson – Harry Nilsson
16) Dial-a-Song – They Might Be Giants
17) Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
18) Orange Crate Art – Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parks
19) Negotiations & Love Songs – Paul Simon
20) Car Wheels on a Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams
21) Greatest Hits – Simon and Garfunkel

Close runners-up, either because they’re more recent, or just because of the sheer number of times I played them:
1 – The Beatles
Greatest Hits – Heart
Greatest Hits – Pat Benatar
Standing in the Shadows of Motown (soundtrack) – The Funk Brothers (+Various motown artists)
A Mighty Wind (soundtrack) – Various
This Is Spinal Tap (soundtrack) – Spinal Tap
Come On Feel The Illinoise – Sufjan Stevens
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Continuum – John Mayer

Tell me yours!


Incidents and Accidents: tripleshot

I accidentally downloaded nearly 200 songs today. I know you don’t believe me. How could one accidentally download 200 songs?

Fair enough. I guess only about 15 of them were really by accident. But all were free. Beat that.

Anyway, you probably know how these things go: watch one YouTube video, be reminded of… that one band. Look them up on eMusic, go see if they’re in your Saved Items folder. Get preoccupied with cleaning out your saved items, then in the process, get preoccupied with organizing iTunes. In the meantime, you remember that thing you were going to look up on FrostWire, and then FrostWire tells you that they have all these immediately downloadable folk albums for free. Say wha?! You get some of those folk albums, which remind you of more stuff you had on eMusic. Then you look up that stuff on YouTube, and then you find some online software that will convert YouTube audio to downloadable MP3s. Lifesaver.

In the midst of all that, you update podcasts, subscribe to some NewsU courses, make dinner, eat chocolate, check Facebook, Tweet, write a coupla emails, do some jumpingjacks, make tea, text, and contemplate life and death.

Please tell me this sounds familiar; otherwise I’ll keep thinking I’m a freak.

Here are a few of the things that so grabbed my attention:

I don’t like the intro of this song, but once it picks up, it’s delightful. I don’t usually listen to music like this in the summer (ditching mellow electro-folk for more upbeat, dance-y things), but it’s nice for a cloudy summer afternoon.

Haven’t decided how I feel about this song, but I fiercely admire the animation.

And one more, because of the artistic, intimate portrait of the artist (literally):

And, just to complement the title:

Incidents and Accidents: tripleshot