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Monday, November 26th, 2007

Prominent songs in my head while riding up yesterday:
“He Looks Like Spencer Tracy Now” — Deacon Blue (whenever I drive by Los Alamos I think of that song, because it’s about Harold M. Agnew… see this)
“Pour Le Monde” — Crowded House
“My Rights vs. Yours” — The New Pornographers


Friday, October 26th, 2007

Home and pleased :D

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Justin’s show in LA last night was pretty good, and much more crowded than the SF gig. The best parts of yesterday:
– Getting to see Jenna’s wee belly-o’-doom
– Hanging out with Caroline, Taire, and Lori
– Seeing Justin be extremely weird (including how so many of his songs end with a question mark, meaning that his next album will be titled “Why?” and telling a story about a t-shirt saying “John Lennon… …why?”)
– Meeting a really awesome group of four kickass people who were standing in front of us in line and are my geeky brethren

Overall, I’d say that San Francisco was a better show, but it was good seeing Justin again, and it was fun seeing it with Taire and Lori (who someone recognized as her famous writerly-self at the Hotel Cafe).

In other news, the first ep of Heroes season 2 is really hard to watch while writing because there’s so many damn subtitles.


Friday, September 21st, 2007

Justin Currie in SF!


*snort* re: tmbg

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Email about the TMBG concert we’re going to:

They Might Be Giants
Sunday, September 30 at 8:00 pm
The Fillmore

Please be aware that this performance has Adult Content and is NOT suitable for children.

Although the band has a young fan base due to the release of several children’s albums, this particular show is in a nightclub and intended exclusively for an adult audience.

a list

Friday, September 14th, 2007

1. Justin is also playing in San Francisco on Sept 21. I have a feeling that I will be seeing him twice in the space of three days… woot!
2. The neck is far worse, and I think I have a fever… which would explain why my lymph nodes are all sorts of crazy. The doc referred me to the ENT clinic yesterday but their first opening is October 4. I am pretty much the whiniest person on LJ, btw.
3. Severe. Caffeine. Withdrawal.
4. I might possibly be looking at motorcycles on craigslist again. Dangit.


In honor of my whining, let me tell you about wearing jeans with my knee. The damn thing is still bruised all around the scar, so while it doesn’t hurt to walk, what DOES hurt is the stupid denim bending around the knee when it gets all loose and then poking me in the bruise. Poking in the bruise! Poking in the bruise! Hi, ho, the dairy-o, it’s poking in the bruise!


Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Caroline figured out a way to come to the show in LA! Kickass!

fun for the whole family!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Justin Currie is playing the Hotel Cafe in LA on Monday, September 24 at 10pm. I’ll be there! Will you? :D

i’ll be strong, i’ll try to carry on

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Jeff got me a Four Seasons cd after I whined about the fact that I had lost mine. “Opus 17” is such a great song. I love me some oldies. (“Don’t Think Twice” cracks me up. Frankie Valli raspberries in the song repeatedly.)

I am sort of poking around on Craigslist, seeing what bikes are available. I have the itch to ride again, even though it’s coupled with a healthy fear of crashing; I am NOT buying a new bike any time soon, especially since I *sniff* gave my heart to my SV *sniff* and now it’s at SALVAGE!!! *cries*

In other news, I have babies on the brain. I blame a certain pregnant friend of mine. :D

music commentary

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

I like the new New Pornographers album, “Challengers.”

On that note:
The New Pornographers
Monday, Sep 17
The Warfield
San Francisco, CA

(Also, if you were unaware, TMBG is playing at the Fillmore? on the 20th.)

crowded house at the paramount, 8/26

Monday, August 27th, 2007

One word: theramin.

Liam Finn, Neil Finn’s son, opened the show. I saw him once years ago, when he played with his dad for a Neil Finn solo show, and I was impressed then, but holy cow, the kid knocked my socks off last night. (I guess now that he’s 24 I shouldn’t call him a kid :) ) Growing up as a Finn and having any musical aspirations must be simultaneously amazing (holy crap, my dad and uncle are two of the best songwriters of our time) and intimidating (holy crap, all those fans are going to label me as “Neil Finn’s son”), so I wondered what he could possibly do to move out from under that shadow. Using a feedback loop pedal and a theramin was COMPLETELY unexpected and awesome, and the fact that he played complex songs just by himself (using this method) upped the showmanship quite a bit. He kicked ass.

The second opener was Pete Yorn. Between the two sets, Caroline noticed that the drum kit sported the text “Minibar”, who is a band that we’d seen open for Lloyd Cole and the Negatives back in 2001 and hung out with at the bar after the show for a sizable amount of time. We idly wondered if Pete Yorn had been replaced for the night, but when he came on set with a large band, we dismissed that notion. Then Ian (userinfoloic) used Ickypedia to see that holy crap, it really WAS Minibar! We were tempted to talk to them outside their bus after the show, but it was closing in on midnight and I just don’t care about talking to musicians as much as I did six years ago. However, they did a really kickass job as a supporting band, even if some of Pete Yorn’s music was repetitive and a little boring at times. Also, they ended with “Suspicious Minds”, which is one of my favorite Elvis songs (and Caroline did an admirable job of adding in backup vocals).

Finally, Crowded House. Oh, Finns, you are one of my most favorite musical families ever, and I’ve seen you in all incarnations except Split Enz (obviously… I was pretty young when they broke up) and CH. I’ve loved them since I was ~10. The show was FUCKING AWESOME and made up for all the time I’ve been waiting (and wondering, while they broke up) to see them somewhere near me. They did not play “Chocolate Cake” (thank g-d), but they opened with “Recurring Dream” (one of my all time favorites) and they played Caroline’s fave, “Pineapple Head” as well as “Distant Sun” (two of the best tracks from Together Alone). They also did… “Something So Strong”, “Better Be Home Soon”, “Nails In My Feet”, “Weather With You”, “Fall At Your Feet”, “When She Comes”, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (obviously), “Locked Out”, and a bunch of stuff from the new album (“Pour Le Monde”, “Transit Lounge”, “Walked Her Way Down”, “Heaven That I’m Making”, “She Called Up”, “You Are The Only One To Make Me Cry”). I really wish with all things that I can wish that there’s a boot out there, because the banter… the breaking into random songs for enough time that you know they are all incredibly skilled musicians… the fact that Nick Seymour is the Alison of the band… I just can’t describe it. It was incredible, and one of the best shows I’ve ever been to (the other best show I’ve ever been to was Neil + Tim Finn together).

Like, if I smoked, I would have smoked a cigarette after that show, it was so good.

Pachelbel <3

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

Holy shit, this is hilarious.

weird compliment ;P

Friday, July 27th, 2007

(10:39:56 AM) Alison: remember that “She cuts her own fringe” song? [Ed note: It’s by The Uncle Devil Show, a Justin Currie side-project.]
(10:40:29 AM) Patti: Yes
(10:40:38 AM) Alison: i consider that a “patti” song.
(10:40:43 AM) Alison: whenever i hear it i think of you immediately.
(10:40:51 AM) Patti: aw
(10:41:00 AM) Patti: I feel that way about you and all Tom Jones songs.
(10:41:06 AM) Alison: lol
(10:41:12 AM) Alison: that’s a weird compliment. I think.
(10:41:20 AM) Patti: It’s all because of Sex Bomb, I swear

I agree with the sentiments here re:organized religion

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

(If, by Paul Heaton)

*insert very squeaky alison noise*

Monday, July 9th, 2007

I am listening to the NEW Crowded House album!!!!!!

I am in awe. Holy crap, I am so glad that they re-formed. Let me tell you my favorite artists of all time so you can understand:
Del Amitri/Justin Currie
All Finn incarnations (Tim, Neil, Crowded House, ALT, Split Enz, The Finn Bros)
The Beautiful South
Big Country

There are lesser favorites that are still ranked very high:
Lloyd Cole
Grant Lee Phillips (and Buffalo)

hold music

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Dear Insurance Company:

Listening to your hold music makes me feel like someone turned off the video to a bad, bad porn.



hold music

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Dear Insurance Company:

Listening to your hold music makes me feel like someone turned off the video to a bad, bad porn.



i wouldn’t want to go home on a night like this

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

The weather in the mornings has been beautiful — ~65F, clear and gorgeous. By the time the afternoon rolls around, we’re all sweltering in the 90 degree heat and wondering why the hell we all walk to lunch every day. At least there is no oppressive humidity, though, like in Madison. (WAY fewer mosquitoes here, too, thank goodness.)

Anyway, riding to work in this kind of weather makes me feel a little sleepy and pleased. I like it.

Also: today is Big Country day.

i just want… to shake us up!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Remember the song “Gel” by Collective Soul?

Let’s mingle!
And make it well!
Oh come together now!
Let’s gel!

Man. I totally am having flashbacks to college.

i remember that

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

I’ve had the same Prefab Sprout song stuck in my head since last night: “I Remember That”.

(prefab sprout songs tend to be cheesy)

Damn you, Paddy McAloon!