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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

 

Ever Thus the Deadbeats

Obviously you're not a golfer....

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

 

Fear and Loathing in a Borders Superstore

OK, so get this: There's been this guy who's tried to steal some dvds from us twice in the past two weeks. Both times I foiled his plans with the help of other staff members. This guy is so obvious. He's a bummy-looking black man who stacks up dvds by the dozen, including more than one copy of each new release usually. He's so bad that we know him not only by the suspicious activities in which he partakes, but we know what he looks like. We know to get in his face the moment he walks in the door, to not let him out of our sight, and to take the bag away when he's decided he can't get away with stealing the items. Why he wasn't banned from the store previously, I do not know. You know I hate wasting times - hate to play silly games. But I do know, though, that he stole from us today. Game Over.

For one hour today I was at the register by the parking lot, so I wasn't on my watch dog duty. The thief walks in and starts his usual act of idoicy, hoarding handfuls of dvds into a bag. I hear over the radio that he is doing this and kind of chuckle because I thought I knew what was going to happen. I thought he was going to play this game and leave the store. This time, however, someone failed to follow him closely and he decided to simply walk out. I saw him coming toward my exit so I get between him and the door and say "Sir, the police are outside, I suggest you leave the movies here or else you'll be arrested." A blatant lie, but quick thinking nonetheless. I'm blocking most of the door, by the way, but this guy just ignores me and squeezes by, right out the door, alarms blaring the whole way. Now, I know I could have taken this guy, but corporate policy dictates that I cannot do anything. So he walks right out the door.

What would Hunter S. Thompson say of the obviously degenerate state of humanity? Dr. Thompson, to be sure, would have maced this guy and lectured him about the American Dream while he waited for the police to show up. He would have disregarded the rules and would have brought this thief to justice. But here I am, knowing full well that i could have done something yet I chose to play the corporate game. Why? So I can keep my job? So I can feel bad about letting a thief walk right out the door? He wasn't stealing from me, but there are certain principles we live by that make society decent. So in that sense he was stealing from me. He was stealing from all of us. He was stealing our freedom - walking on the American Dream like it was that soggy carpet at the mall entrance encrusted with salt and caked with cinders. He made me want to crawl into that cave in which people like Kurt Vonnegut - people disgusted with humanity - reside for much of their day. Next time I will be waiting for you, you bummy-looking man. Next time it's game over.

Friday, January 26, 2007

 

New Mix



Figured you fellas would wanna check this out. This is a mix I made a little while back, and I honestly think this is one of the better ones that I have done. It has a nocturnal, overcast type feel to it to the selection, and I think the tracks flow well together. Some are new, some old; some are popular and others aren't. Give it a listen around bedtime for full effect. I'm getting better at the whole DJ part, and all in all I'm pretty proud of it. Plus I made cover art with a monkey holding miniture cymbals.

Download it Here




And now for the tracklist

01 - Califone - One
02 - El Perro Del Mar - Shake It Off
03 - BenoƮt Pioulard - Ext. Leslie Park
04 - Koushik - None In Mind
05 - Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
06 - M. Ward - Lets Dance
07 - Aeroc - A Little Something
08 - Bert Jansch - Courting Blues
09 - Cat Power - Cross Bones Style
10 - Interpol - Hands Away
11 - Cold War Kids - Hang Me Up To Dry
12 - Milosh - Push
13 - Thom Yorke - The Clock
14 - The Books - That Right Aint Shit
15 - Jackson C. Frank - Blues Run The Game
16 - Broadcast - Tender Buttons
17 - The Rapture - Love Is All
18 - Piers Faccini - Sharpening Bone
19 - Fiest - When I Was A Young Girl
20 - Cougars - I Wish It Would Rain
21 - Prefuse 73 - Vikings
22 - Dani Siciliano - Be My Producer
23 - Junior Boys - In The Morning
24 - New Young Pony Club - Hiding In The Staircase
25 - Architecture In Helsinki - Do The Whirlwind
26 - Broken Social Scene - All My Friends


Let me know what you think, friends.

Mixbrigade; worldwide

Friday, January 19, 2007

 

Clap Your Hands Say Thunder!

Okay; first installment of my hopefully semi-frequent postings. I promised you some music, so I figured I'd hit you with the good stuff.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Some Loud Thunder

This is a zip file, so download it much like we did with the mixoff and unzip it. Give a few listens, then post up thoughts in a few day. Dave Friedman (aka the 5th lip) produced the disc, and his fingerprints are all over this; My initial impression is that Some Loud Thunder isn't the immediate knock out the S/T was, but they may have to do with how similar the production is to At War With The Mystics, and there isn't anything as transcendent as "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth," but the album as a whole may be a bit more consistent. I'll post a more in depth review after a few more listens, and I suggest you do the same

Michael

 

Blog Resurgence

Wow...alright, new postings. I am definately excited to see new posts on this blog after a severely long hiatus/break/ memory lapse this site exists. I hereby state my intention to once again be a contributor here and i can find no better way to start than by saying this: She's not my special lady, she's my fucking lady friend. I'm just helping her conceive.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

 

New features coming soon

I recently found a website that allows for unlimited storage, so I figured I would make use of it and starting tommorow I was going to post some (whatelse) music that I have come across that deserves to be heard. I was gonna mix it up; maybe an album one day, a song after that; pretty much whatever strikes my fancy. And since I secretly one day want to be a music reviewer, and figured I would make some short reveiws to practice. And my first post I promise is good one

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

 

Vonnegut

I've been plowing through Vonnegut lately. I read Cat's Cradle about a month ago and I thought it was a very solid read, but at that point I really had no idea what I was getting myself into, not even close. I picked up Breakfast of Champions after that, and felt like a new man, like life mattered once again, that there was something worth bothering with and this something was reading Vonnegut. Please read the book. Mike Y can attest that it's a quick read and funny as shit in the sardonic tone that we as a group have adopted. It's also heartfelt in an apocalyptic sort of way - you'll understand when you read it. Right now I'm "re-reading" Slaughterhouse Five, meaning I'm pretty sure I was supposed to read it in high school but never did. I'm almost done and I'm saddened because these are the types of experiences you never want to end. I am taking solace, however, in the fact that there are about 10 other works of his fiction I can bite into, but first, and this is actually what this post is about, I'm going to read a recent release which is pretty much as close as we'll ever get to having a Vonnegut autobiography. The book is called "A Man Without a Country," and it's being touted as an introspective look into Vonnegot the man. I'm not sure if this is good or bad, meaning I hope it's more funny than it is serious (and I'm sure it will be this way, actually). It's about 140 pages, and by the looks of the type settings you'll probably be able to read it in a day. I happened to come across it wasting time in borders, so I took it home for free with their employee book loan (my own personal retail library is pretty awesome, you must admit). I'll post again letting you guys know how I feel about it, but there's probably no need to wait, unless you're going to read Breakfast first.

Monday, January 15, 2007

 

New Edition of Infinite Jest

Hey guys, I told you I was going to start posting again so that's what I'm going to do. For those of you who still have not read Infinite Jest and who aspire to do so, there's a helpful little nugget of inspiration in the form of a foreword to this new edition:
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/8175/dfw.htm
Dave Eggers writes this into, and I know a few of you have read Heartbreaking Work, so basically the guy isn't bullshitting you. Also, if you don't own the book, this new edish is 10 bucks so it's pretty much a no brainer.

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