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Thursday, October 6th, 2011
4:07 pm
At daybreak, when you loathe the idea of having to leave your bed, have this thought ready in your mind:
"I am rising for the work of man."
Should I have misgivings about doing that for which I was born, and for the sake of which I came into this world?
Is this the grand purpose of my existence-to lie here snug and warm underneath my blanket?
Certainly it feels more pleasant. Was it for pleasure that you were made, and not for work, nor for effort?
Look at the plants, sparrows, ants, spiders, and bees, all working busily away, each doing its part in welding an orderly Universe.
So who are you to go against the bidding of Nature? Who are you to refuse man his share of the work?

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Thursday, February 26th, 2009
7:35 pm
100 Albums on the best jukebox ever, mostly no mixes unless released as a mix. Tried to have no "best ofs" or "lives" unless material was only released on LP as a collection of earlier singles or a true classic recording (live).
Not necessarily my favorite albums from the bands, but best songs you'd want to hear on a jukebox & meant to appeal to "everyone".
five artists have two recordings.

00 > Ramones - self titled
01 > Stiff Little Fingers - Inflammable Material
02 > Best of Sun - (I really wanted Jerry Lee Lewis & this was a good way to get it. most released as singles)
03 > Violent Femmes - self titled
04 > joe strummer - streetcore
05 > pogues - rum sodomy & the lash
06 > mighty mighty bosstones - don't know how to party
07 > weezer - pinkerton
08 > rolling stones - between the buttons
09 > billy joel - the stranger
10 > elton john - good bye yellow brick road
11 > led zepplin - ii (because hearing stairway every 30 minutes on iv would get exhausting)
12 > beach boys - pet sounds
13 > beatles - abbey road
14 > marvin gaye - whats going on?
15 > clash - self titled
16 > nirvana - from the muddy banks of wishkah
17 > bruce springsteen - born to run
18 > stevie wonder - innervisions
19 > james brown - live at the apollo
20 > the who - whos next
21 > bob dylan - bringing it all back home (because some dickbag would play rainy day woman #35&12 over and over again if blonde on blonde were in a jukebox)
22 > the band - the last waltz disc 1
23 > the band - the last waltz disc 2
24 > patti smith - horses
25 > simon and garfunkel - bridge over troubled water
26 > local h - as good as dead
27 > ray charles - best of atlantic recordings
28 > motorhead - ace of spades
29 > rolling stones - let it bleed (gimme shelter should be on the jukebox in every bar)
30 > phil spector - back to mono
31 > neil young - harvest
32 > prince - purple rain
33 > paul simon - graceland
34 > johnny cash at folsom prison
35 > elvis costello - armed forces
36 > sly and the family stone - there's a riot going on
37 > david bowie - hunky dory
38 > weezer - blue
39 > the harder they come SOUNDTRACK
40 > replacements - tim
41 > dr dre - the chronic
42 > the meters - self titled
43 > dr john - gris gris
44 > joy division - unknown pleasures
45 > beastie boys - license to ill
46 > lou reed - transformer
47 > willie nelson - shotgun willie
48 > greenday - dookie
49 > REM - document
50 > barenaked ladies - rock spectacle
51 > pearl jam - vitology
52 > smoking popes - destination failure
53 > cat stevens - tea for tillerman
54 > the smiths - the queen is dead
55 > neil diamond - hot august nights
56 > pixies - doolittle
57 > queen - jazz
58 > kinks- the kink kontroversy
59 > grateful dead - american beauty
60 > creedence clearwater revival - cosmo's factory
61 > bruce springsteen - nebraska
62 > refused - the shape of punk to come
63 > randy newman - good ole boys
64 > cure - disintegration
65 > meatloaf - bat out of hell
66 > police - synchronicity
67 > talking heads - stop making sense
68 > the slackers - the question
69 > the white stripes - elephant
70 > the flaming lips - transmissions from the satellite heart
71 > son volt - trace
72 > wilco - being there disc 1
73 > wilco - being there disc 2
74 > uncle tupelo - anthology
75 > wings - band on the run
76 > lynard skynard - pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd
77 > minute men - double nickels on the dime
78 > cheap trick - heaven tonight
79 > elo - a new world record
80 > george harrison - all things must pass
81 > beck - mellow gold
82 > devo - now it can be told
83 > steve miller band - fly like and eagle
84 > madness - one step beyond
85 > black sabbath - master of reality (not paranoid b/c war pigs is too long...not that long songs are bad...but i get tired of war pigs. I win. my list.)
86 > the rentals - return of the rentals
87 > ted leo - shake the sheets
88 > empire records SOUNDTRACK
89 > acdc - dirty deeds done dirt cheap
90 > thin lizzy - jailbreak
91 > decendents - milo goes to college
92 > misfits - self titled collection (i just realized, i've never heard Where Eagles Dare in a bar!)
93 > the specials - self titled
94 > two gallants - what the toll tells
95 > sublime - 40oz to freedom
96 > big black - songs about fucking
97 > jawbreaker - dear you
98 > operation ivy - energy
99 > bad brains - self titled

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Thursday, January 15th, 2009
6:25 pm

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
2:51 pm
XM update:

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
3:39 pm
I don't usually do this, but I spent too much time thinking about this nonsense to just post it as a comment on another LJ.
(By the way, the three people across from me in the Loyno computer lab are singing Smash Mouth's "Allstar" while I type this.)

Favorite Albums/Releases from every year alive. These are my favorite NOW & most (starting in 1991) were my favorite THEN.

1980 - Springsteen - The River
1981 - Minor Threat - First two 7"s on a 12"
1982 - Descendents - Milo Goes To College / Violent Femmes - SelfTitled
1983 - The Police - Synchronicity
1984 - Replacements - Let It Be
1985 - The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & The Lash
1986 - Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
1987 - Neil Diamond - Hot August Night 2
1988 - Pixies - Surfer Rosa
1989 - Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Devil's Night Out
1990 - Pixies - Bossanova / Sonic Youth - Goo
1991 - Nirvana - Nevermind
1992 - Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
1993 - Flaming Lips - Transmissions from the Satellite Heart
(1993 was the toughest year. Bosstones' Don't Know How to Party & Crash Test Dummies God Shuffled His Feet are a couple of my favorite all time albums.)
1994 - Blue
1995 - The Rentals - Return of the Rentals
1996 - Pinkerton
1997 - Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Lets Face it
1998 - Refused - The Shape of Punk To Come
1999 - The Rentals - Seven more Minutes
2000 - Elliott Smith - Figure 8
2001 - The Shins - Oh Inverted World
2002 - Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
2003 - Ted Leo - Hearts of Oak
2004 - Ted Leo - Shake the Sheets
2005 - The Ergs - Dork Rock Cork Rod
2006 - Fucked Up - Hidden World
2007 - Lil Wayne - Da Drought 3
2008 - So far Fucked Up's Chemistry of Common Life (after 2 listens)

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Thursday, October 16th, 2008
3:27 am
Saw D4 & The Ergs last night with Matty Green Project.
The show was in an ancient brewery/warehouse half a block from the L train stop I used when I lived in Bushwick last fall. The bands played on a stage built the day of the show and by The Ergs' fifth song it started to collapse. Mikey moved his kit to the front Fred Leblanc style and they finished up.
The crowd for D4 was insane. I loved that fat, older punks gave the kids a run for their money in energy and joy. I'm stuck in an endless battle against my age.

You can see the side of my head in this picture, taken while D4 was playing.

After the show MGP & I raced to Bowery to see as much of the end of the Fucked Up 12 hour show as we could. Because of the line outside we saw Jay Mascis leave and only got in for the last song, Crusades. There are pictures of Moby, Jon from CroMags & Tim Harrington from Les Savy Fav playing with fucked up during this set too.

Missed Thou and Abe Vigoda tonight. More Fucked up tomorrow night.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
1:22 am
It suddenly dawned on me, watching Buddy Holly on youtube that I haven't told anyone in forever how great Rivers' little solo/bridge thing after And that's for all of time is.

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
10:50 am

by John Kennan

Dear Editor,
I enjoyed reading the article on Tuesday about putting a traffic light by the interchange of Castillo and Grand streets. I aint know nothing about politics, but I seen too many cars hit too many light poles over the years.
A man gets weary of it.
Just yesterday my wife said be careful at that stop sign.
Why? I asked.
Well just a week ago the Johnsons got sideswiped by that guy who sells those turquoise stickpins in his shop on Esmeralda.
I forgot about that, I responded. And sure enough, I was careful at that stop sign. But the driver in back of me wasnt.
A truck carrying a load of lumber down from the old ancient pine forest of the newfound wrath of a somnolent god or just the terror of fading memories hit the driver square on the left side of his Volvo.
Oh shit, the driver said, just before his life escaped into and incarnadine tributary on his steering wheel.
I dont want to see that again. A traffic light is needed, and that soon. Or we will continue to inhibit our temporary souls which wait like cowed children at stop signs, as it always was before those signs crept like stalks from the Earth.

C. McCarthy
Santa Fe

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Saturday, June 7th, 2008
6:35 pm - Posted using TxtLJ
I made a craigslist M4W personal ad yesterday. So far it seems to have been responded to only by spambots.
Can you find it?

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Thursday, June 5th, 2008
8:59 am - Posted using TxtLJ
Back to school today.

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Sunday, May 11th, 2008
4:35 am - Saturday night highlights from WTUL
opening ith tori amos' smells like teen spirit

back to back to back
Eno's - burning airlines get you so much more
Wilco & billy bragg - airline to heaven
Jets to Brazil - milk and apples

played entire graf orlock release.

played loblaws between sicko & man or astroman.

the alkaline trio songs i like are all b-sides or on splits or eps. the new A3 EP "help me" is no different. man...i don't want to like it like i do.

to end the show:
thin lizzy's whikey in a jar
lou reed's coney island baby
tom waits' i wish i was in new orleans

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Saturday, May 10th, 2008
4:35 am - Posted using TxtLJ
Still awake.
Went to bed @ 12a.
Started itching at 1215.
Noticed hives @ 130.
Walked to walgreens in agony @ 200.
Back @ home. Still itching.
This sucks.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2008
12:06 pm - Posted using TxtLJ
Listening to david lynch on the xm radio. So bizarre. But interesting enough to make me see blue velvet again. Maybe it'll make sense. Doubt it.

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12:34 am - Best New Team: Dread Pirates

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
3:21 pm
What camera does Ben the time traveling, assassin warrior and secret holder of the smoke weapon use?
This one.

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Monday, April 28th, 2008
12:30 pm - Posted using TxtLJ
As if i could live on words and dreams and a million screams.
How need a hand in mine to feel.

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Friday, April 25th, 2008
12:25 am - check my bald spot.

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Monday, April 14th, 2008
11:26 pm - Its been almost two years.

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
1:07 am
So I'm going to be getting a macbook thing i guess.

But (as lauren pointed out a month ago at a Lost Club) stupid 13" macbooks only come in white unless you're willing to spend a whole $1,500 for black, but even then the only difference between the White and the black is that the white has a 160GB HD and the black has a 250GB HD.

So I think I'm going to get a White 13" macbook with a 160GB HD for $1,300, a black shell ( http://www.speckproducts.com/products/seethru/13-macbook/24 ) for $50 and a 500GB external HD for $500.

So that's $1850 + a few $$ for shipping. So lets say $1900.

Is it worth it? I could totally get a worthwhile HP for like $900.

Also I've learned recently that some programs don't make Mac editions (final draft in particular). so I'd have to maybe rebuild my PC at home...? Then I heard you can get Windows (or PC?) OS for macs and visa-versa?

Feedback plz.

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Monday, March 3rd, 2008
6:26 pm
Some Books I've Read in 08 and grades:

No Country for old men (C)
I saw the movie before the book, and the book only provides a few more details than did the movie. I stopped reading 20 pages from the end.

White Like Me (A):
Follows dude's path to a better cultural awareness. At least someone out there doesn't have their head buried in the sand.

Black Hole (B):
I've been seeing Charles Burns' drawings for a long time. This is the first time I encountered his book. Its drawn in Burns' stunning, high contrast style and the story is twisted as fuck. Dig.

City of Widows (A):
A female Iraqi activist tells of the history of female activism and resistance in Iraq and the region. The stories leave you wanting more, but its rejection of the western stereotype for Middle Eastern women is strong.

Books I'm Reading:
War and Peace:
My mom, an english major, made me read nearly every classic book ever written by the time i was 14. Somehow this was left off the list and I never got around to it.

Letters to and from Groucho Marx:
While his movies get on my nerves sometimes, I find his wit and humorous writing style among the best of the 20th century. This is great for bus and streetcar reading.

The Good Rat:
Its been years since I first discovered Jimmy Breslin's The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, but the way he captures the demise of the American Mafia is so entertaining and fun. He's got great stories and somehow weaves a great big fabric with a beginning and a middle and an end with a hodgepodge of examples and tangents. Awesome.

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