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(no subject) [Oct. 16th, 2014|07:48 pm]
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Music in 2007 [Jan. 25th, 2008|02:37 pm]
So, it seems I've acquired a whole bunch of cds released last year. 27, in fact. So, instead of doing like a top 10 thing like I'd thought of doing I'm going to (quite late) just post what I got, and my thoughts, listed alphabetically, because alphabetical is the rockingest order.

Tori Amos - American Doll Posse
Very close to being my new favorite Tori album. Very cool conept, with Tori taking on five seperate personalities throughout the album. Very varied musically, with some very classic-Tori stuff, with a couple really rocking tracks thrown in.
Related videos:
Big Wheel
Body and Soul (live version) (Easily my favorite song on this album, so I had to find *some* video of it)

Bjork - Volta
A new Bjork album. Yep, she's still Bjork. Cool stuff, as always.
Related videos:
Declare Independance

Blonde Redhead - 23
A decent album. Didn't really grab me the way their previous album, Misery Is a Butterfly, did. Still, excellent title.
Related videos:
23

Melora Creager - Perplexions EP
The frst solo album from Rasputina's frontwoman. Interesting little diversions. Warbots is a really neat track.
No videos I can find. :(

The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets - The Shadow Out of Tim
NEW THICKETS! YAY! The best damn album of the entire year. Mostly based on a retelling of H. P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow Out of Time", starring a new character, marine biologist Timothy Vess. Fun Lovecraftian stuff, from the only band that includes a glossary with their lyrics sheet. Besides the Lovecraftiness, this is just a damn good rock album. Hooray for the Darkest of the Hillside Thickets.
Related videos:
A Marine Biologist (demo)

Feist - The Reminder
A pretty cool album by a Canadian singer/songwriter. I'm not too terribly into it, but there are a few really good tracks. Plus, her videos are fantastic.
Related videos:
My Moon My Man
I Feel It All
1 2 3 4

Gogol Bordello - Super Taranta
Really cool "Gypsy punk" (as the band call it). One of the most fun albums I've heard in quite some time.
Related videos:
Wonderlust King

Interpol - Our Love To Admire
Pretty much more of the same from Interpol. Didn't really do much for me.
Related videos:
No I in Threesome

Juliette and the Licks - Four on the Floor
I never knew Juliette Lewis rocked this hard. As it turns out, she does. Awesome. I think I like her better as a rock singer than I liked her as an actress. And I thought she as a pretty good actress, too.
Related videos:
Hot Kiss
Sticky Honey

Justice - Cross
Neat little electronica/dance album. Not something I see myself listening to frequently, but still cool.
Related videos:
D.A.N.C.E.

Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future
Really fun stuff. Odd mix of rock and electronica, with a lot of science fiction references (and, in one track, a fuckton of Crowley references). Strange, fun, album.
Related videos:
Magik
Gravity's Rainbow
Golden Scans
Atlantis To Interzone

KMFDM - Tohuvabohu
Another really great KMFDM album. I'm beginning to really love the band's current lineup. Not quite as good as Hau Ruck, but close.
There are no videos, but apparently some people on YouTube have posted most of the songs with a still image as "videos". I shan't post any, but the songs are well worth looking up.

Storm Large - Ladylike Side One
Very good album. My only complaint is that there's not enough of it. Too damn short. Still, great stuff.
Related videos:
Beautiful (an older version of the song, live)
Ladylike (again, live)

MC Frontalot - Secrets from the Future
Nerdcore rap. 'nuff said?
Related videos:
It Is Pitch Dark
Bizarro Genius Baby

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult - The Filthiest Show in Town
Sadly, kinda bland. Tries very hard to live up to its title, but just doesn't reach the level of previous TKK albums.
Related videos:
TV Sista (remix)

Noisettes - What's the Time Mr. Wolf?
A seriously great rock album. Not much more to  said about it.
Related videos:
Don't Give Up
Scratch Your Name
Sister Rosetta

Count of Monte Cristo

Pipettes - We Are the Pipettes
An oddly charming pop album. Reminiscent of old girl-bands.
Related videos:
Pull Shapes
Because It's Not Love (But It's Still a Feeling)

Placebo - Meds
A new Placebo album. Yep. Cool stuff. Mainly, I just love the title track, but the rest is also pretty cool.
Related videos:
Meds

Polysics - Karate House
It's amazing to thik of how far Polysics have progressed, musically. Originally just very noisy and DEVO-derivative, they're now pretty damn tight. I love this album.
Related videos:
Catch On Everywhere
ハードロックサンダー (HARD ROCK THUNDER)
Electric Surfin' Go Go

Rasputina - Oh Perilous World
Very interesting concept album, telling a story I'm not certain I understand. One of Rasputina's most impressive efforts to date.
Related videos:
1816, the Year without a Summer

Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight
Didn't do much for me. *shrug*

Siouxsie - Mantaray
Siouxsie Sioux's first solo album, after around 30 years in the music industry. Pretty damn good, actually.
Related videos:
Into a Swan

Tegan and Sara - If It Was You
Really fun album. Far more rocking than I'd expected.
I found no videos. :(

They Might Be Giants - The Else
A few really excellent tracks surrounded by a few unremarkable tracks. Like TMBG's last few albums. The excellent tracks (The Mesopotamians, The Cap'm, Climbing the Walls, and Smothered Hope stick in my head the most) make the rest well worth it, though.
Related videos:
The Mesopotamians
I'm Impressed
With the Dark

Velcra - Hadal
Really cool Finnish industrial band. They've calmed down quite a bit on this album. More "haunting melody" than "loud noises and screaming". While I normally prefer the screaming, I must admit Jessi Frey has a really nice voice when she actually sings. Plus, the album finishes with the supremely cathartic "Quick and Dirty"
Related videos:
Quick and Dirty
Dusk Becomes a Dawn

Warp 11 - It's Dead Jim
Trek Rock. Awesome.
Related videos:
Tribbles and Ecstacy (live)

White Stripes - Icky Thump
I waited a long time before getting this one. I don't know why. It rocks. Especially "Rag and Bone".
Related videos:
Conquest
You Don't Know What Love Is
Icky Thump
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Grr. [Nov. 10th, 2007|07:25 am]
[music |Stolen Babies - "Push Button"]

 The vacation time I put in for the end of this month/beginning of next was denied. I kind of expected this, but, still, grr.
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(no subject) [Nov. 8th, 2007|03:29 pm]
[music |Noisettes - "Scratch Your Name"]

So, it looks like I've started collecting toys now. I started off small, a few Godzillas and assorted other kaiju here, a few DC Direct figures there... And, then, boom, I discover DC Minimates and suddenly *must have them all*, and then I'm tracking down all sorts of DC Direct toys (just got the 52 Booster Gold figure yesterday, finally. Been looking for one for months.) And now, today, I was in the mall and wandered into Hot Topic and found the Futurama toys. They had Frye and Dr. Zoidberg. I only grabbed Zoidberg today, but I know now that I must get the whole set. Why? Because the series has a "build a figure" thing with a different part packaged with each figure. So, if I get all six, I can build the Robot Devil. It's sad how much I want a Robot Devil.

So, I've got myself a new geeky hobby. I think I'll start posting pictures soon.


In other news, I've been planning to do a project involving mutilated little green plastic army men for ages now, and I figured I'd get started on that soon, so I've been trying to find some of those little guys so I can mutilate/mutate them. We have none at Wal-Mart. Typical. Today I went to Toys R' Us, and all they had was a huge bucket (like, way too big to take on the bus) that only had 100 pieces, including tanks and terrain and crap. I do not need vehicles or terrain. I can make my own terrain. All I want are a few cheapo bags of crappy little plastic soldiers. Y'know, the kind that you used to be able to find anywhere. Argh. I may have to look around online for the damned things.
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I voted today. [Nov. 6th, 2007|02:13 pm]
[music |Polysics - "Hard Rock Thunder"]

The sticker on my jacket says so. Also, I bought cupcakes. I love how democracy in action always coincides with children selling baked goods. Or, at least at my polling place it does.

In other news, I just got an assload of comics last week (continuing my collection of many assloads of comics). Have so far read Shazam and the Monster Society of Evil, Buddy Does Seattle, Mystery in Space volume 1, Jimbo's Inferno, Justice League Elite vol. 2, and the first three volumes of Dykes to Watch Out For. I'm currently reading Black Hole, and still have Epileptic and Jimmy Corrigan to go. All good stuff so far.

Have also picked up some new music. Got some Gogol Bordello, on Laurel's recomendation (great stuff!), and so MC Frontalot, as both Bailey and Ryan have recommended him. Also got more Soviettes.

I've ordered a whole-weekend ticket for New York Comicon next year, and have applied for the vacation time for that weekend. I fully expect it to rock. Just need a bus ticket and a hotel room, and I'm good to go.

I've also put in for some vacation time at the end of November and beginning of December, as I really need to spend a good chunk of time working on creative projects.

I'm putting together a new website due to payment problems with my last one. Unsure when it'll be ready.

That's about all I can think of right now. Ciao.
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I hate Connecticut nazis. [Oct. 22nd, 2007|07:11 am]
[music |Warp 11 - "Everything I Do, I Do with William Shatner"]

So, yesterday morning at work I get as a customer this guy with a shaved head and tattoos, and, as he's about to leave, I notice that he has tattooed across the top of his chest the words "whit power". Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK?! It's 2007, already. How the hell can people still be this fucking backward? I mean, come on, it's been accepted for years now that there are no genetic differences between races, so we're all more or less the same. DARE YOU QUESTION SCIENCE, NAZI SCUM? Gah. Yeah, I know these assholes exist. Intellectually, I know that. Never actually seen one before (to my knowledge).

It's just... very sad and disturbing that this ignorance and asshattery would still exist in this day and age.

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it's a quiz! [Oct. 15th, 2007|07:39 am]
[music |Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Switch" (it's in my head now)]


Do you have an inclination for BDSM?
created with QuizFarm.com
You scored as Switch

You know what you want but it has nothing to do with your own role in the bedroom. You have the ability to be flexible in that area which can be useful for exploring you sexuality with your partner.

Switch

86%

Experimental

79%

Vanilla Sex

57%

Bondage

57%

Masochism

29%

Domination

21%

Sadism

14%

Submission

11%

Exhibitionism and Voyeurism

11%

Degradation

0%
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Rachel needs [Oct. 7th, 2007|09:12 am]
[music |Goldfrapp - "Strict Machine"]

Google "(your name) needs" to find out what you need. Here are the top ten things Rachel needs (stolen from Sara):

Rachel needs to have blush that is very bright and colorful.
Rachel needs no signs to unite with Yaacov,
Rachel Needs Some Good Thoughts.
Rachel needs to refer to Web sites, manuals, and a variety of documentation
Rachel needs guidance and normal supervision.
Rachel needs more caffeine
Rachel needs to join the Original Jyter's Group. (The what now?)
rachel needs 2 get over herself and she needs 2 do it NOW!
Rachel needs to set her sights a little higher.
Rachel needs to place a parrot that has been taught to speak Maypure, a South American language last uttered hundreds of years ago in the aviary.

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Got a good laugh out of someone today. [Oct. 4th, 2007|05:28 pm]
[music |Klaxons - "Magik"]

One of my regular customers came into the store today, and after the requisite "Hi, how are you doing?" he responded and asked me the same. My answer was "I find myself thinking that this job would be much easier if the company wasn't so insistant upon sobriety." I believe the result was what one would call a guffaw. I like it when I can do that.

It went much better than yesterday's attempt at humor, when a customer had a bunch of junk food and said she was shopping while hungry. I said "Yeah, they say you should never shop hungry. Especially at the pet store. They kinda frown on that." That one fell a bit flat.

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(no subject) [Oct. 3rd, 2007|07:38 am]
[music |Nomeansno - "Faith"]

So, the other day, in a conversation with rmmcgrath, I brought up our president's latest wonderful statement, "Childrens do learn." He then said that we have an LOLcat for a president, which has now inspired my latest endeavor:

"Your Daily Bushcat"

I'm pretty much just going to attatch Bush quotes to pictures of cats. Maybe the picture and quote will match up, maybe they won't. Either way, I'll have it started up some time next week. It'll be on Monkey Monkey Pretzel Bomb, a site I've set up for my creative-ish endeavors.
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