December 31, 2006

Winding Down ’06

Filed under: Life through my lens,Love,Music,Music Review,Personal,Podcast,Writing — base2wave @ 11:25 am

All the important details of the year have been recapped, I won’t waste time with that. I guess that means it’s time for a few obligatory something-something ’06 lists…

A number of the best albums of ’06 [In no particular order]:

  • Waiting for the Time to Be RightThe Brother Kite: Waiting for the Time to Be Right
    Sun-bleached melodies, with a lingering melancholy without being heavy. The album reminds me of ‘Pet Sounds’ if Brian Wilson weren’t so full of himself.
  • Ten Silver DropsSecret Machines: Ten Silver Drops
    I can best describe this album as ‘anthemic’. It has arena heavy drums, swirling guitar sounds, and great lyrics.
  • Tom Cruiseill lit: Tom Cruise
    If I HAD to choose, this album would be my favorite. It’s cosmic road music for a generation that is trying to find home. Somewhere Gramm Parsons is smiling.
  • Everything All the TimeBand of Horses: Everything All The Time
    I suppose this is best described as southern-influenced rock; a indie with a twang, if you will. There’s a comfort in the familiar sadness here.
  • October LanguageBelong: October Language
    This album is skittery and static-y the perfect album to turn on and drift into your own head late at night. Lyrics would have ruined this album, as its swells and distortions conjure create the emotions without manufacturing a feeling.
  • The History of Modern SilenceThe Black Spoons: The History of Modern Silence
    The sophomore album from a trio [well, currently duo] of talented musicians. It’s intelligent, thoughtful rock music with no pretenses.
  • FoiledBlue October: Foiled
    If you haven’t heard Blue October by now, you must be living in a cave [Can I come over and have tea?]. It’s dark, raw, honest rock music. As an added bonus Imogen Heap sings ‘Celebration’ with them. What more do you need?
  • Hallelujah SirensDirty on Purpose: Hallelujah Sirens
    This is an album of jangly indie-pop music, again, probably best suited for late nights alone with bottle of wine.
  • Night RipperGirl Talk: Night Ripper
    Again, if I had to chose, this album would be #2 for the year. It’s a continuous mix mash-up of hip-hop and pop music. Things you never thought could go together somehow mix SEAMLESSLY with one another. A must-have.
  • Movement EPLetting Up Despite Great Faults: Movement
    Apparently as I compile this ’06 was a year of melancholy. This albums is a great mix of organics like a string section, acoustic guitar, and a piano with the blips and bloops of daydreaming synthesizers and gentle, sad music.
  • Eyes OpenSnow Patrol: Eyes Open
    So, sometimes I tend to be a music snob, and I almost missed these guys without giving them a chance. Just a great emotional indie-rock album.
  • With Strings: Live at Town HallEels: With Strings – Live at Town Hall
    I typically HATE live albums, as I’ve rather SEE a band live, but this albums I think captures the intimacy that Mr. E set out to accomplish. You can almost smell the scotch on his breath.

Other notables include Té, Tex La Homa, Metallic Falcons, Brightback Morning Light, Chin Up Chin Up, Amusement Parks on Fire, Blue Sky Black Death, and the list goes on. Hopefully I’ll get around to reviewing ALL of these and more in the next year. Which brings us to our next list…

A Few Things I Intend on Doing Next Year:

  • Write more regularly: Both on my blog and in general. I’m still struggling to regain my previous habit of writing. I caught myself procrastinating too much this year and self-editting to the point of destroying a piece before it’s ever started.
  • Get married. I think this requires no real description.
  • Read more. I got burned out on reading this year due to the high volume of tech blogs I read daily and the general exhaustion from work. I need to force myself to do this. There’s a great deal I want to read, but I just haven’t sat down to do so.
  • Work on some animation. I have these ideas rattling in my skull, I should try to get them out.
  • Take more time for myself. It seems simple, but I am horrid with that. I need to take time to mediate, read, and take care of myself so I can better take care of those that I care about.

Well, it’s time to get dressed and head out to toast the END of the Rockettes. Happy New Year!

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Catching Up

Filed under: Life through my lens,Love,Personal,Work — base2wave @ 12:47 am

I have become unspeakably negligent of this poor site, specifically in the past month, but surely not exclusively.

Well, obviously, and as most of you who read this blog know, L and I are now engaged.  On November 4th [our one year anniversary], I proposed to her at the Byzantine Chapel.  But beginning at the beginning…  We started the day of driving around to different furniture stores in search of a new bead and mattress, as:

  1. We had been given a generous gift of money from the sale of some furniture that had been given to us that we had no way of actually claiming.
  2. Our old bed a a futon [a nice futon, but a futon none the less] that was taking a toll on both of our backs.

After a trip to the "the Dump" [For those of you out of town, it’s a store full of overstock, etc., with DEEP discounts] we purchased a top of the line hand-stitched pillowtop mattress [cliche as it may be, it’s like sleeping on a cloud].  And less than an hour later had found a the bed frame that we had really liked at a different store, but in the correct mattress size AND $200 less.

Later, we had dinner plans that night for our favorite restaurant, Divino’s, but I told her I had a surprised planned before dinner.  So we got dressed for dinner and headed out.  Near the intersection of I-45 and I-59 I told her she had to close her eyes.  We arrived at the Byzantine Chappel and I guided her inside.  I then made her stand at the back of the church, facing the back.  When she opened here eyes and turned around there I was, on one knee, holding this:

Show up you damn image
Yes, that is an LED light built into the box…
and yes, I am that big a geek

So, yeah, she said yes. [Well, to be exact she said "Oh my God!  Seriously?  Yes!"]  We are planning on getting married on November 3rd, 2007 in Santa Fe, NM.  Detail and documentary of all the planning and our thoughts [I’m trying to get her to TRY to blog during this period] will land on our newly acquired site www.lydiaandjoel.com.

Elsewhere in life, work has been busy.  The Radio City Rockettes [or as we call them at the office, Evil Bitches from Hell…  I should note, the Rockettes and just about everyone with the show is very nice, it’s just the fact that we are all tired as hell from 58 performances of the same show in less than 30 days] have been in the theatre, but their last performance is tomorrow afternoon.  After which all of us at the office will start new years about 11 hour early and start popping open the corks.  So yeah, life on the work front is busy.

And Christmas has come and gone.  I put away the Christmas decorations today and threw out the tree.  After which I set loose the newest member of our family Nunu, the Roomba, to handle the aftermath [I wanted to name it Suckey, but L didn’t like the name].  I am quite surprised by just how effective it is.  My floor is spotless and Nunu is took itself back to it’s charging station.  Morgan gets major props for this gift!  The better gift was just having Morgan home for a few days, as I haven’t seen him in close to a year as he is finishing his education elsewhere.  It was nice to have a holiday with the post-nuclear family; Morgan, L, the Goblin [and now Nunu :)].  Other notables include a new 80 GB iPod [as my 4th Gen 40 GB is nearing death], the Riedel O-Series Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling wine glasses, A Scanner Darkly on DVD, and a massager for my recliner.

And that brings to the present.  L is away for about three month in Sarasota for work.  The Goblin is currently on Christmas vacation in Illinois with her mother, to return later this week.  And me, well, I’m just here, doing my thing.  Looking forward to a slower time at the office so I can clean my office [with a Bulldozer] as there is a great deal of crap my predecessor left, well, EVERYWHERE.  I also hope to spend more time working on this site and get some mixtapes up in the podcast soon and maybe a few music reviews.  And of course wedding planning will own my life a great deal this year.

So begins a new year and a new chapter…

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