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And it's only Tuesday

I am so stressed out right now.

New job stress, bad wine stress, crappy eating stress, hungry for affection cat stress, non-refundable gift cards purchased under duress stress, photography class stress, shutter speed stress, ISO stress, your camera is way more awesome than mine and therefore I suck stress, unpleasant dog smells stress, suburban bunko meets ghetto girl stress, leg shaving stress, what to do about the boyfriend's birthday in two days stress, i-tunes boredom stress, what if McCain wins this shit stress, fuck this Sarah Palin bullshit stress, friends who think I shouldn't have any stress because I ain't got no kids stress, topped off with a fat lump of work-related ethical dilemmas with heavy cream of Satan stress.

To the guy who sits next to me in my photography class: Stop asking to borrow my pen week after week. You're germy and you have no shame. You're in college now, bro, get a damn pen.

I'm desperate for new music. What have you been listening to lately? Anything good?


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Sep. 24th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
I don't know if it's good, but I found Jane Wiedlin's song "Rush Hour" tonight...about eighteen years after it was released to almost no fanfare. But I love those ol' Go-Go's!
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
I'll look for it, thanks.
Sep. 24th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)

I am obsessed with this video of Emily Haines singing "Sprig," which is a musical treatment of her father's poem. I looked for it because I only just discovered his work, which she has been independently promoting, and his words are heartbreakingly beautiful and strange.

A word that comes to mind is kaleidescopic: there is color and beauty, but it is fragmented, sometimes difficult to understand, and looks to be a blurred rendering of the world.

Here is what she wrote of his passing:

"The day Paul died all the appliances in the house stopped working, confirming at once my suspicions that the man was a conductor of electricity. In his absence I often feel like a tired machine myself. I hope that by releasing What is Free to a Good Home? and Secret Carnival Workers together this summer some aspect of Paul's presence - ideally his sense of humor - will send a jolt to the living. Failing that, we can all try to find vinyl copies of Wyatt's album Nothing Can Stop Us, sit on the floor and listen to "Shipbuilding" (3) over and over, memorizing the words to remember we're alive."

Those first two lines, especially, are gorgeous. I know that you didn't ask for all of this, but it may help you appreciate the song!
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
The song is stunning, thank you.
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
It's a few years old, but Hearts of Oak by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Also, the work of the Drive-by Truckers.
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
Yep, good ole Ted.....I've got some Drive-by Truckers around here somewhere, thanks for reminding me.
Sep. 24th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)

Check out the song "I met a girl".
Sep. 25th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Not bad. Thanks.
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Have you tried Pandora Radio online? It's amazing. You just put in songs and artists you love and it plays music in a similar vein. I've found tons of new music I love on Pandora. I guarantee you will dig it and it may even help you deal with the socialization of loss stress.

Breathe. Rinse. Repeat.
Sep. 25th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
I haven't tried Pandora in a while...I'll give it another shot. Thanks!
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Sep. 24th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
I'm really digging Feist lately (especially the song "My Man, My Moon", and also the soundtrack from Once- such a beautiful movie!
Sep. 25th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
ohhhhhhhhh, yes, Feist, thank you. And I'll look for the OST for Once.
Sep. 24th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
>>To the guy who sits next to me in my photography class: Stop asking to borrow my pen week after week. You're germy and you have no shame. You're in college now, bro, get a fucking pen.<<

This is where being a speculative fiction writer could come in handy, as it might make it easier to think of a reply like "I'm sorry, this pen is specifically coded to my DNA, and in fact my leak on you if its sensor detects germy no shame DNA."
Sep. 25th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
Ha ha! Yes, I'll have to try that one.
Sep. 24th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
amen to the feist suggestion. also: gogol bordello. hooray for gypsy punk!
Sep. 24th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
definitely amen to gogol bordello!
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Sep. 24th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
I love Soma FM for streaming radio (esp. Indie Pop Rocks and Secret Agent!). On the iPod front, I've been listening to The Weepies, Imogen Heap, Midlake and Dr. Dog, with a splash of Iron and Wine for good measure.
Sep. 25th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll check it out.
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Sep. 24th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
#1. I love you.

#2. I love you even more. And stop being an enabler to Mr. I Don't Have Shame, And Therefore No Pen Either"

#3. I love you and I like Kelli Ali (she used to go by Kelli Dayton when she was in the Sneaker Pimps in the 90's). She's got a lovely voice.

#4. We should get drunk soon... on good wine. ;)
Sep. 25th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Yes, it must be red wine, and NOT something called "Hussy" bought on a whim.
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Sep. 25th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Yew Knee mixes and the CBC3 podcast are my "omg I need new music" mainstays.

Sep. 25th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Interesting, thanks.
Sep. 25th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
Okay, I don't have any music ideas. 1) I don't know your tastes and 2) The only thing I'm hot for right now is The Swell Season and you probably already either love or hate them (I'm especially into Irglova's songs.

But really I just had to smile when I read your list of stresses. It was so clear headed! All those stresses are a lot individually and you were venting so concisely that I couldn't help but do that grin. I also appreciate hearing that other people worry about these things and that it isn't just me. So I guess I'm saying that your bad head space did me some good.

I hope that the music ideas that have been posted are helping (oh, and I just saw someone recommended the movie Once - that's with The Swell Season music and them the two leads, Hansard & Irglova).
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Wow, I can't believe my bad head space did someone some good. That's inspiring. I must check out The Swell Season asap, especially now that you have mentioned them, too. Thanks!
Sep. 25th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're so stressed out. I hope things will quiet down for you soon!

Why is BIL awesome? I have needs to know. And clean houses and pizza rock!

My recent addictions have been Delta Goodrem, Conjure One, and Rush. Not exactly new, though Delta's "In This Life" has been an IPod staple :)
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
I've never heard of Delta or Conjure One....will do a myspace search, thanks.
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Sep. 25th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Hopefully you punched that stress right in its stress face.

I still like Idlewild.
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
Okay, I just myspaced Idlewild and are you trying to kill me? I mean, that's some heavy stuff....like highway driving through a deserted section of a southern state, in the rain with crappy windshield wipers and the engine light glaring up at you after your boyfriend just dumped you heavy.
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