Posts Tagged ‘Sleater-Kinney’

A Top 5 List

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Top five bands I wish I could go back in time to see live:

  1. Knapsack
  2. The Wrens
  3. Pavement
  4. Sleater-Kinney
  5. Elliott Smith

I’m not so in to reunion tours though…

Addendum: The truth is that it would have been possible to see many, if not all, of these bands in my lifetime. However, due to other, external circumstances, including but not limited to age, transportation (or lack thereof), and lack of awareness, I missed out. Lame.

Influences

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

I’d like to take this opportunity to “highlight” one of the blogs on my “blogroll”; Monitor Mix. Monitor Mix is written by a member of Sleater-Kinney, one of the greatest bands out there (on an “indefinite haitus”), and is probably one of the motivations for my beginning to write a blog. Sleater-Kinney and the like, riot bands are another post for another day. But everyone should check out Monitor Mix. She writes about subjects beyond music, too! And it’s hosted by NPR, so how could you possibly go wrong (ha…).The author writes very well about pop culture phenomenon and today, she blogged about trying to find the common roots for rock music – you really have to see what she wrote to understand. This is something I think about a lot but I don’t quite have the extensive knowledge to allow me to come to any conclusions. I can play the “it sounds like” game, but my capabilities only extend so far. Just something to think about…

Back to the Bay

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

So, I realize that I promised a post soon and didn’t write a post soon.

I’m back on the West Coast after a very good trip home-for-the-holidays. I’m still in the midst of appreciating the differences between the two places. Since I got back to the Bay, there have been some enormous rain storms. Our apartment has two sets of windows looking out from the kitchen and living room, and the hurricane-force winds were blowing rain at them in such a way that the kitchen flooded Friday morning. In California, windows, like Driver’s Ed classes, are not designed with precipitation in mind. In reality I didn’t realize how strong the storms were until someone asked if I was alive (joking) and I started to read the articles. I did notice that it was raining a lot. And I heard that we’re getting more rain this week than we did in all of 2007. Here’s my only picture – leaving work Friday, driving west on the 880 in Oakland:

Also, I heard thunder for the first time since moving here on Saturday morning! One long, loud rumble. Wow! And all of that on top of the great blizzard we had in Ann Arbor on New Year’s Eve:

Since coming back to California, I’ve worked two days, visited a bar we hadn’t explored before (lame), visited our favorite neighborhood bar, gone to Amoeba Music (Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew Spirit If… and Sleater-Kinney‘s closing album The Woods), done an art project, and gone grocery shopping. Not bad. Here’s what I made:

It’s the earring rack in the bottom right hand corner. I made it from a used picture frame and window screening. I used thumbtacks to attach the screen to the frame – I may try to improve on that at some point. But in the mean time this will help keep my earrings from getting more beat up than they are. I have a couple more similar projects in mind.

We saw Kevin Drew play at The Fillmore in November and it was a great show. Kevin Drew even referenced Ann Arbor. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks played a show at the Great American Music Hall two days before I left for Michigan. The drummer from Sleater-Kinney is now playing with him and she rocks pretty hard. I’m more disappointed that I’ll likely never see Sleater-Kinney play. My roommate and myself were called out hardcore on being from Michigan during that show… Another post for another day.

More of everything later…