Monthly Archives: June 2006

Deerhoof, Radiohead


Deerhoof opened for Radiohead last night. Yes, I got Radiohead tickets! I had two alarms set to get up at 9:30 a.m. the morning tickets went on sale and after I save my credit card information on the Ticketmaster website, at 9:55 I started clicking to buy tix and I clicked and clicked until it hit 10 a.m. and then finally at about 10 and 30 seconds they went on sale (that 30 seconds was agonizing) and I got them. The only disappointment was that I didn’t know ahead of time that I’d only be able to buy two tickets (it didn’t even say how much the tix would cost ahead of time), so friends I planned to get them for ended up not going 😦 Anyway, Deerhoof was good. I really like the lead singer and guitarist, Satomi Matsuzaki, although some of their songs are a bit loud for me. Radiohead was great. I have to say I was a little disappointed that they didn’t play my favorite song, Creep, but then again it would have been a little too cliché if they had. They played some new songs that were really good and they played a lot of old stuff from Kid A and OK Computer, like “The National Anthem” and “Idioteque.” We were too lazy to go down to the floor; we sat up in the bleachers with our bag of Andronico’s food so we could eat and drink to our hearts’ contents. I like sitting, but it’s also a lot more exciting to be up front where you can see their faces and not just little figures on the stage. Speaking of the stage, their stage show was phenomenal. They had ten jagged screens onto which were projected black and white videos of them playing live from different angles. Behind the screens was a colored background (the last couple of songs were different, which is what you see in the photo). Pretty cool to see close-up videos of the guitarist’s hand, Thom York’s face, etc.

Since I never blogged about this earlier, we also went to see Belle & Sebastian, the Strokes and Brazilian Girls in the past few months and here is the report:

Belle & Sebastian – wonderful. I LOVE them and that was the one concert at which we got up close enough to see their faces. Stevie Jackson is a character and I love how sweet and sincere the lead singer (Chris?) is. And I love that they had a female in their band who looked like a suburban housewife – not thin, not hip, not sexy at all – just a normal looking woman in a B&S hoodie. Very cool. I do love their old stuff more than their new stuff, but I’ve heard enough of their new stuff on XMU that’s it’s begun to grow on me.

The Strokes – One thing interesting about concerts is the crowd that goes to see them. At B&S you had the hip indie crowd of all ages. At The Strokes I think I was the oldest person there. Everyone was about 14 and dancing (and elbowing me) like crazy. Even though the crowd was super young and annoying, it felt much more like a real rock concert becasue they all screamed and jumped up and down when Julian Casablancas came out. I felt like I was at a Rolling Stones or Beatles concert. We were on the floor at the SF Design Center but not as close as at B&S so we got the worst of both worlds – being jostled about but not getting a close-up view. They’re still fantastic in concert, though.

Brazilian Girls – I was introduced to Brazilian Girls by Ani, but hadn’t listened to their album before I went to the concert. They reminded me of Pink Martini, singing in different languages. I wasn’t crazy AT ALL about the lead singer’s mask – she wore this piece of white organza over her face, lifting it up so it uncovered her mouth later on, but never taking it completely off. It was really annoying not to be able to see her face. Anyway, they have great dance music and I danced for the first time in a long time. Definitely a fun concert.

In August we’re going to see Death Cab for Cutie, whom I saw last fall, but this time will be at the Greek (like Radiohead), which will be much better than the Warfield. We decided to pass on the Flaming Lips and the Raconteurs. Just too much going on this summer. I do like the Raconteurs (Jack White’s new band) though, and I’m amazed at how mainstream the Flaming Lips have become.

Well, since I so rarely blog about music (I’m not into music or being up on the latest greatest NEARLY as much as Martin or some of my friends), here is a list of what I’ve been listening to in the past year or so – some of it new, much of it older:

Sigur Ros
Air
The Strokes
Death Cab for Cutie
Modest Mouse
The Raconteurs
Ambulance
The Avalanches
Sia
Zero Seven
Radiohead
Belle & Sebastian
The White Stripes
The Notwist
Yo La Tengo
The Decembrists
The Shins
Nico
Le Tigre
Ladytron
Pizzicato Five
Badly Drawn Boy
Sufjan Stevens

There are also tons of great bands I hear on XMU but there are so many that I can’t keep track. Some I remember are: Acid House Kings, Milosh, Nada Surf, Sun Kil Moon, The Go! Team, Mobius Band, and the list goes on.

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I Love Google

One thing I love about Google is their sense of humor. I just noticed that when you open your Spam folder in G-mail, they have a link titled “Spam Hashbrown Bake-serves 8” and when you click on it, this is what you get:

Title: SPAM HASHBROWN BAKE
Categories: Main dish
Yield: 8 Servings

1.00 pk Frozen hashbrown potatoes,
-thawed slightly (32 oz)
0.50 c Butter or margarine, melted
1.00 t Salt
1.00 t Pepper
0.50 t Garlic powder
2.00 c Shredded Cheddar cheese
1.00 cn SPAM Luncheon Meat, cubed
-(12 oz)
1.00 cn Cream of chicken soup
-(10 3/4 oz)
1.50 c Sour cream
0.50 c Milk
0.50 c Chopped onion
0.25 c CHI-CHI’s Diced Green
-Chilies, drained
2.00 c Crushed potato chips

Heat oven to 350’F. In large bowl, combine potatoes, melted butter,
salt, pepper, and garlic powder. In another bowl, combine cheese,
SPAM, soup, sour cream, milk, onion, and green chilies. Add SPAM
mixture to potato mixture; mix well. Pour into 2-quart baking dish.
Sprinkle with potato chips. Bake 45-60 minutes or until thoroughly
heated.

MMMMM

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“Will This Marriage Last?”

How appropriate. Po Bronson, author of What Should I Do With My Life and Why Do I Love These People is running a series of posts on his blog this week titled “Will This Marriage Last?” I am anxiously awaiting his next post!

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Six Feet Under


I finally watched the finale of Six Feet Under. First of all, now that my friend Jenn has watched episode 9, I can say “Holy Shit! They killed Nate!” I know this is really old news for anyone who has HBO, but I don’t, so I had to rent the last season from Netflix. It was so sad when Nate died, but so good. It was all so good. What a great but depressing show. I loved the finale, too. Such a perfect ending for a show that takes place in a funeral home. I’m sad to see it end, though.

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Friendship has many faces

A friend of mine is upset with me – doesn’t want to come to my wedding partly because she says she doesn’t feel she’s a part of my life anymore. I drove a long ways to her birthday dinner back in November, and she came to our wine tasting party in February, but I haven’t seen her since and that’s mostly my fault because a few weeks ago when we did make tentative plans to see a movie, I completely forgot and never called her. We had no firm plans, so it wasn’t in my calendar, not that that’s an excuse. I just have so much going on right now that sometimes I need someone to e-mail me or call me a couple of times before plans are firm and in my Palm Pilot. I tried to explain that I am insanely busy (nearly fainted while driving-if that’s possible-from stress, remember?), that I just graduated, am working on a book proposal and planning a wedding, that I hardly see my friends who live three miles away and she lives much farther, but she is still upset and doesn’t want to make plans with me or come to my wedding. I guess there’s not much I can do about it. I wish her well and hope that some day she will stop being angry with me and give me a call. I have friends that I talk to very seldom, that I see once a year, or not for many years, but we are still close friends and I am always excited to see them when I do and I always wish we lived closer so we could see each other more often. In fact, I have two close friends from Michigan, whom I only see once a year at Christmas, who are flying out for our wedding. I have another friend in Seattle, whom I haven’t seen in four years, who is also hoping to come. I have a friend in Paris whom I saw last summer for the first time in TEN years and whom I can’t wait to visit again. All this to say that friendship has many faces – friends who only call when they’re in town, friends who send Christmas cards once a year, friends you don’t talk to at all for years and friends whom you see once a week or once a month or e-mail ten times a day. I’m very thankful for all those friends.

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Giraffes in Calistoga

In other news, I am no longer in a foul mood (yay!), even though I have a student with two no-shows who doesn’t want to pay me for them (sigh). Such is the life of a freelancer.

Sunday Martin and I spent the day running wedding errands. First we went to Walnut Creek to buy him a shirt and a tie. We went to about ten different stores in the mall, but all I bought was some face cream with SPF. Then we went to Calistoga to look at hotels for people who aren’t staying at the ranch. The second one we stopped at was called “Safari West.” It was a bit expensive ($225/night), but so near the ranch that we thought we should at least stop in and look. What we didn’t expect was to find that Safari Ranch isn’t just a hotel, it’s a wildlife preserve. I saw 10 giraffes, including a baby! And some wild cat (I forget it’s name), but we didn’t get the full tour because it’s $62 and takes 3-4 hours. They have buffalo! And cougars! It occurred to me at that point, as I was dripping with sweat at 5 p.m. in June, that it’s going to be f—ing hot in Calistoga in August. I had a minor panic attack. “Why didn’t we have our wedding next to the ocean? Where there’s an ocean breeze? What were we thinking? It’s going to be so f—ing hot! And there aren’t enough umbrellas for everyone. And what if there are no umbrellas on the tables for dinner?” It will definitely be in the 90s during the day in August. Maybe up to 100. I just hope that by 6 p.m. it’s cooled down to the 80s. And I’m happy there’s a pool. I think I’ll tell people to wear their suits beneath their suits. On the way out of Safari West, Martin asked the woman who was showing up around whether a lemur was the guy in Madagascar who sings, “I like to move it, move it. I like to move it, move it.” (He loves that song.) “Yes,” she replied, trying not to laugh. “That’s a lemur.” I wish we’d had a camera with us that day.

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An Inconvenient Truth


Saw the Gore movie Saturday night – “An Inconvenient Truth.” It was bascially a documentary of his PowerPoint (or whatever youc all the Mac version – I forget) presentation that he has given “more than 1000 times.” It’s interesting, but I would definitely have liked more hard facts and more footage of polar bears, glaciers, etc. and less footage of Gore on his PowerBook putting the presentation together. There was a great cartoon of a polar bear, but I would have liked to see a REAL polar bear (for instance.) Anyway, what did I learn? Global Warming is definitely happening, definitely a crisis, definitely goinig to get a LOT worse in the next 50 years. The graph of the last seven ice ages stuck with me most. It showed the relationship between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and temperature change and it is VERY clear from the graph that this is not cyclical. The carbon dioxide levels are far far higher than ever before and rising exponentially, and temperature is clearly linked to it. What bothers me is we don’t know WHEN these changes are going to take place. I heard NY Times reporter Andrew Revkin (who wrote ““The North Pole Was Here” interviewed on NPR last week and, like Gore, he said that if Greenland melted, the sea level would rise 20 feet. Anyway, he said it would happen over thousands of years, while Gore made it sound like it could happen in the next 50. I want answers – consistent answers! For anyone interested in climate change, Gore suggests you visit climatecrisis.org You can also visit this blog. The big question everyone has (which I’ve addressed before) is: What can I do? Here are a few things you can do:

Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs
Move your thermostat down 2 degrees during the winter and up 2 degrees during the summer (also turn if OFF at night during the winter and use an extra comforter)
Clean or replace the filters on your heater and air conditioner
Use less hot water
Use a clothesline instead of a dryer (also keeps your clothes from shrinking!)
The list goes on and on and on. Visit climatecrisis.org and click “Action” on the right sidebar for more ideas.

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