This is ginchy: one of my favorite musicians teaming up with the always entertaining Zooey Deschanel. Not much else to say on that that hasn’t been said, other than I adore the “You Really Got A Hold On Me” cover, because I’ve always loved that song. This is from a live performance on KEXP in late June 2007 (the two also are both involved in the eventually-hopefully-being-released film “The Go-Getter”).
- Magic Trick
- Change Is Hard
- Bring It On Home To Me
- You Really Got A Hold On Me
Edit: Here’s You Really Got A Hold On Me in AIFF form; it’s 16.7MB, but it might work better if the mp3 causes you issues.
July 18th, 2007
The year was 1995, and the Wal-Mart was a recent addition to the sleepy town of North Bend, Oregon, and was not quite the woeful beacon of the underclass that it is today. I was finishing up my junior year in high school, and I had convinced my parents of my need to get new music.
“One album,” was apparently the official decree, and after spending many minutes of searching, I narrowed it down to the horns of the following dilemma:
The one good radio station in town was the “Good Times, Great Oldies” station, and MTV was already well into it’s “Real World” phase of not playing any new music, so journeys like this were my only chance to learn that something more existed beyond the veil.
On the one hand, there stood the first Foo Fighters album. I’d been a pretty big Nirvana fan, like everyone else of my time and place, and this was the first Foo Fighters effort, so I was naturally quite curious. On the other hand, there stood this newly-minted album called, charmingly, “Wowee Zowee”…
I’d certainly heard of Pavement. From my brother, of course, for whom they’d outstayed their welcome after “Slanted and Enchanted”, but I’d never really heard them at all.
By whatever stroke of fate, “Wowee Zowee” made the cut, and although it would be another three months of spinning this record before I cracked the code that made it one of my definitively Favorite Albums of All Time, and Pavement a member of my personal rock pantheon, I took the road that offered more resistance, and that has made all the difference.
In hindsight, although I’ve never disliked a Foo Fighters song, I’ve still never picked up that album, nor any others. I may not know what I’m missing, but should my stylus’ needle wear tired of this world, there are certainly more to tread.
July 9th, 2007
November is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, a phenomenon I just learned about last week through a book I picked up (“No Plot? No Problem”) by the guy who started the NaNoWriMo. The goal, such as it is, is to write a novel, defined as 50,000 generally cohesive and sequential words; it is very much about the act of writing and producing quantity, rather than creating An Important Piece of Literature.
Rather than wait until November, or, indeed, even start and end within a single month, my personal NaNoWriMo started July 5th and will go until August 5th. I’ve got a few hundred words in– a palpable start– and I’ve recruited one other person in on this journey already. And we’ve got a little side-wager on the event, as added incentive, so this should be an interesting month.
So finally I will be able to say, I’ve written a novel, my weighty collection of prose and poems notwithstanding (which, incidentally, falls just shy of 44,000 words, so we’ll call it “a good start”). Come August 5th, I’ll let you know how I’ve done…
Also in the spirit of the thing, I’ve dusted off the trusty iBook, because (a.) it doesn’t have nearly as many distractions on it as my well-abused PowerBook, and (b.) the “d” and “r” keys work a lot more regularly, which is much more conducive to quantity writing.
July 8th, 2007