Tuesday, October 31, 2006

iPod 10

The last 10 songs shuffled thru my iPod:

"Ceiling Fan In My Spoon" - The Lemonheads
"Lime Green Sweater" - The Negro Problem
"Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic" - Prince
"Together In Electric Dreams" - P.P. Arnold
"Cool, Cool Water" - The Beach Boys
"Can't Buy Me Love" - The Beatles
"If It Don't Work Out" - The Zombies
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" - The Beach Boys
"Kiss It Better" - Deborah Harry
"Soggy Noodle" - Paul McCartney

Sunday, October 29, 2006

It's a witch! Run Hansel! Run Gretel!

Picture taken on October 28 last year, during a visit to an apple orchard. I tried to warn the children but I think the witch may have gotten to them later.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

In my oven: Mr. Hotdish

One of my fave recipes that my mom makes. After I became vegetarian she altered the recipe a bit, but it's just as tasty using veggie burger. (Click on the recipe for larger version):

Friday, October 27, 2006

On my turntable: R.E.M. - Fables of the Reconstuction

This one's for Jan. I finally purchased Fables! I've never felt the need to own this album, but I saw a sealed copy of it yesterday for $5 and figured it's time. Fables of the Reconstruction (1985), or Reconstruction of the Fables as some fans (incorrectly) call it, harkens back to a time when Michael Stipe sang lyrics that only drunken college kids understood. Case in point: a little number called "Kohoutek". As I type this I'm only on song #4 ("Life and How to Live It") so I don't yet have an opinion of the full album, but so far it's a fun listen.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

My fave videos: Duran Duran - "Perfect Day"

The only video to feature the lineup of John, Simon, Roger, Nick, and Warren:

Andy Taylor quits Duran Duran...again

Duran Duran has released a statement saying that guitarist Andy Taylor has split from the band. Personally, I've always viewed Andy as the most dispensable member of the band, and that Warren Cuccurullo (guitarist from around 1988-2000) was a better fit. Anyway, I'm glad to know that the band plans to continue on.

From the official Duran Duran website:

"To Our Fans We know that there has been a tremendous amount of speculation over the past few weeks regarding Andy Taylor's continued involvement with the band and we are sorry that we've been unable to provide you with more information until now. The past five years have been an incredible journey for us all - and having the original five back together was something that we had wanted to see happen for some time. As of last weekend, however, the four of us have dissolved our partnership and will be continuing as Duran Duran without Andy, as we have reached a point in our relationship with him where there is an unworkable gulf between us and we can no longer effectively function together. Although obviously disappointed and saddened about this, we are excited about the next chapter of the Duran Duran story and look forward to seeing you all soon. Simon, John, Nick and Roger"

I hear New Jersey is nice this time of year...

Breaking news (from HRC.org):

This afternoon, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right, under the state constitution, to receive the same state benefits, protections, and obligations as opposite-sex married couples. The legislature has 180 days to comply with this ruling by either amending the marriage statute to include same-sex couples or creating a similar law, like civil unions. This ruling demonstrates that now, more than ever, we must work to elect fair-minded candidates across this country who support equality. In that spirit, we are working toward victory on Nov. 7, securing much-needed change in this country. I hope that we can continue to count on you in these final days. Please consider making a donation and signing up to volunteer, and most importantly, don't forget to vote on Nov. 7!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The gays have finally arrived

"Brokeback Mountain Duo" is one of the stickers in the latest series of Wacky Packages. I think this is a cultural milestone, perhaps even up there with Stonewall. OK maybe not quite that big.

Monday, October 23, 2006

On my turntable: The Vines - "Don't Listen To The Radio" double 7"

This is easily the record of the year for me. It has every element needed for a perfect power-pop single, all crammed into just over two minutes. No frills, all goodness.

The double UK single features two live tracks: "Nothin's Comin'" and "Fuk Yeh".

In my kitchen: Lava Lamp

"Perhaps they should try it."

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Someone revoke this gal's weekend pass from the looney bin.

Michele Bachmann, the little spitfire wingnut politician from Stillwater, is now telling churchgoers that God has chosen her to run for congress. From the StarTribune:

"Bachmann, who is running against Democrat Patty Wetterling in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, told parishioners at the church on Saturday that God had called on her to run for Congress, according to a video of her appearance posted on YouTube by "Dump Bachmann Blog." She also said that God is now specifically focused on her race."

Rah for the U of M

I've been a part of the U of M Twin Cities campus, either as a student or staff, for almost 12 years. I am always trying to put my finger on what it is that makes me love this place so much. Part of it is the amount of time that I spent here as an undergraduate. That part's easy. The rest is a mix of the University's long history, the beauty of its campuses, what it represents as the most important higher education instutution in the state, and other little things too numerous to mention. Whenever I hear students complaining about how huge the U is, or what a bureaucracy it can be, I can't help but think that someday they'll end up missing this place, and appreciating all of the little (and not so little) nuisances for the learning opportunities that they are. I know that the U is not perfect, but no school truly can be. If it were perfect then it would have nothing to strive for.

Go Gophers.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Aardvark Records closed

Each indie record store closing hurts a bit more. Leo & I went to Aardvark Records in NE this afternoon, only to learn that it closed at the end of September. This is the third Twin Cities indie store to bite the dust in less than 2 years (the others being Root Cellar and Let It Be). The sign on Aardvark's door said that the store is closed "...for now", which hopefully means there is a new location in the works. I'll be sure to post here once I hear anything.

On my turntable: Paul Westerberg - Songs From Open Season 10"

Believe it or not, this is my first Paul Westerberg record. I've always appreciated The Replacements (although I hated when people called them "The Mats"), but never cared enough to buy their stuff. The new Songs From Open Season 10" was cheap (and cute) enough for me to take a gamble. The vinyl features four songs not on the soundtrack CD, and some really happenin' tracks like "Love You In The Fall" and "Wild As I Wanna Be". Good stuff.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Jesus says "Happy Birthday"

Tonite I attended a surprise 40th birthday party for my lovely friend Kim. It was great to see so many of my friends in one place, many of which I've had since junior high. Here's a pic of the card Leo & I made for Miss Kim.

Friday, October 13, 2006

On my turntable: Big Star - 3rd

I just got picked up this album tonite at the Uptown Cheapos. I first bought 3rd on CD when I lived in Mankato, MN as a grad student. For some reason the album never grabbed me back then, but right now it sounds fantastic. Guess I just wasn't ready for it ten years ago like I am now.

3rd definitely has the sound of a splintered band. The songs are rough around the edges, childlike in spots, sad and dark in others. This 180 gram reissue on the 4 Men With Beards label is terrific, with all original artwork. Fave song: "Thank You Friends".

Purchase Big Star 3rd on LP from Insound:
Buy it at Insound!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

New sweater

I've recently developed a mild obsession with vintage Izod cardigans. I bought this one last week on eBay for around $8. It arrived yesterday in practically new condition, and softened up nicely after washing, as you can see from the pic.

National Coming Out Day

So many people in this country are afraid to come out, and in many respects who can blame them. The climate towards GLBT folk in America can be mighty hostile at times. One of the best ways for all of us to fight this is to be visible.

To quote the ever immortal singer and poet, Donovan:

"You can have everything if you let yourself be."

Today is National Coming Out day. For more info on how YOU can make a difference, visit HRC.org!

Blog problems

So my blog was missing this morning. Gone. Hopefully things are cleared up now. Thanks for the emails.


Monday, October 09, 2006

Rabbits eat our mail

The way our rabbit Austin was going to town on this envelope you'd think it was laced with bunny crack (or some other drug equally addictive to rabbits).

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Vinyl continues its comeback

From The Telegraph (UK) 10/05/06

"Most of us have a soft spot for records, whether for the memories that the picture sleeves conjure up or simply because we think a slab of vinyl is a lovely thing. And for vinyl lovers, the news is good: last year, sales of 7in singles were 1,072,608, compared with a dismal 178,831 in 2001."

Thursday, October 05, 2006

October 5 - Day of Mass Resistance

From WorldCantWait.net:

October 5 - Day of Mass Resistance

On October 5, people everywhere will walk out of school, take off work, and come to the downtowns & townsquares and set out from there, going through the streets and calling on many more to join us - making a powerful statement: "NO! THIS REGIME DOES NOT REPRESENT US! AND WE WILL DRIVE IT OUT!"

If there is not a protest organized in your area, head to the downtown or town square at noon on Oct. 5.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

My latest eBay acquisition

I just won this super cool shirt on eBay for a BUCK. Whadya think - is this a "Jeff shirt"?

Sometimes eBay truly kicks ass.


Rock the vote -- Action Center

iPod 10

The last ten songs shuffled through my iPod:

"Nothing Clings Like Ivy" - Elvis Costello w/ Emmylou Harris
"When It Started To Begin" - Nick Heyward
"Back In The Sunshine Again" - Paul McCartney
"Let's Go Forward" - Terence Trent D'Arby
"Dance, Dance, Dance" - Wilson Phillips
"America" - Prince & the Revolution
"If Not For You" - George Harrison
"It's Your World" - The Time
"Mean To Me" - Crowded House
"Good Clean Fun" - The Monkees

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Teach peace

Violence is learned.
Non-violence is also learned.

What are we teaching?

Monday, October 02, 2006

On my turntable: R.E.M. - Around The Sun

Not many bands have stuck it out like R.E.M. has, while retaining their integrity. My friend Jan disagrees -- she tends to believe that recent R.E.M. records just suck. Around The Sun (2004) is one of my favorite R.E.M. records (definitely top 5). From the past decade, I love ATS and Reveal (2001).

My fave songs on this record include: "Leaving New York", "Wanderlust", "Worst Joke Ever", "Electron Blue" and the title track. The vinyl release (pictured) comes in a nice gatefold sleeve with custom lables and inners. A second pressing of the LP has corrected cover art, eliminating the off-center art on the first pressing.