mixtape 022

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 022.

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Common Archie

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Six-Word Reviews of 763 SXSW MP3s

You know, when I listened to all of the 2007 and 2008 SXSW torrents, I thought that was kind of hardcore.

I was wrong.

Paul Ford is hardcore. He listened to all of the 2008 songs, all the way through, and wrote six word reviews of each.

Such as:

No. Artist Song Review
7 Adam Kesher P-Katherine Thin white men, tight black pants?
18 AM Old Song Someone’s been eating Hall and Oatesmeal.
79 Blue Rodeo & Friends This Town You’ll pay for this, Steve Perry.
184 The Deadbeat Poets Ernest T. “Dear Wes Anderson, here we are.”
258 Furthest Drive Home Forget His Facade Treacle. I want to stab dolphins.
274 Great Lakes Myth Society Heydays I call this genre “Dayjob Rock.”
332 Jon Mueller Homeostatic The drum solo has achieved singularity.
338 KaiserCartel Season Song (live) You know what audiences love? Whistling!
350 Kevin Shields Muscle Hair Like a dog fucking a blender.
382 Limbeck Let’s Get Crazy Where is the crazy you promised?
740 WIZ KHALIFA SAY YEAH Bitches AND money? In ONE song?
741 Wolff Addition By Subtraction Wizards of Gondor, unleash your tubas!

Plus digressions such as:


It's easy to quantify male vocalists: they are either douchebags, or, if they play guitar as well, double dog douchebags. But I also found myself dividing the female vocalists — and there are surprisingly many, which is a promising development — into two camps.

First, there are twee little things who will sing about forest sprites and make you collages when you have the flu. Then there are the tougher ones who wear glitter and make eye contact.

The question I asked myself, to divide between the awesome and cute, was: would this woman (1) help you to get an abortion? Or (2) just write a song about it? The ones who would drive you to the clinic without judging you, in my opinion, make better vocalists. I could be wrong but I think Martha Wainright, and the women from Creature, would go with you.

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So, apparently since the last DST change, my DirecTivo is confused about what time it is: it thinks it's an hour earlier than it really is. Fortunately, the program data is also off by an hour, so it's still mostly* recording the right things, but having the clock be wrong is annoying.

It's a hacked Philips 7000/17 S2 box (apparently running 4.0.1b-02-2-240), so I can't apply DirecTV's software update. Any idea how to fix this? There is no zoneinfo directory on the Tivo file system, so I don't know where its DST rules live. The clock is correct w.r.t. GMT, it just doesn't know what the new DST rules are.

I don't understand why this didn't happen last year. I think I would have noticed.

* It stopped recording The Daily Show at the proper time because I use a "manual" recording for that one (to stop getting a dozen copies of it a day when Comedy Central botches the metadata, which is often).

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"Arbeit Macht Funny"

Apparently not a joke:
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that's a big rock

"Left: All the water in the world (1.4087 billion cubic kilometres of it) including sea water, ice, lakes, rivers, ground water, clouds, etc. Right: All the air in the atmosphere (5140 trillion tonnes of it) gathered into a ball at sea-level density. Shown on the same scale as the Earth."

DNA Lounge: Wherein I plug the absinthe.

After being banned for most of a century, there are some varieties of absinthe that are again legal in the US, so we now have an absinthe bar! Come give it a try.

The new bar is under the main stairs, and open most nights. We have a few varieties of absinthe, and also use that bar to stock the various other strange and higher-end liquors that we occasionally get in.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that there are photo galleries up now of the Informatik show and Dirty party last month.


Dandi Wind

If you weren't one of the thirty people to see Dandi Wind last night at Bottom of the Hill, you screwed up. That was one of the most entertaining shows I've seen in a long time. They were a guy playing keyboards and a girl dancing like a spastic monkey. She was radiating Nina Hagen levels of crazy the whole time, it was awesome.

I wish the Centro camera wasn't so utterly worthless:

Also re-discovered on my phone: here's bathroom graffiti from some random Mission bar from a few weeks ago:

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my inner nerd is curled up in the corner, crying.

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