25 September 2011

Happy Happy Joy Joyce

::  J O Y O U S   O C C A S I O N S  ::
artwork from the joy of living ~ visions of a healthy future

{all photos courtesy of my iphone hipstamatic addiction.}

Ah, fall is officially here, meaning summer, my fave season, has come to a close. Boo hoo. Add to that, the world is akimbo: reported gloom + doom based on the U.S. economy; earthquakes on the East coast a few weeks ago; Apple brainchild Steve Jobs retires, R.E.M. breaking up. Quel dommage.

I respect these state of affairs and their (greater?) purpose, yet they are counter to my essence. Despite being in my own state of flux, I keep pushing on. Those around me ask, "How?" It's not that big of a mystery: happiness can be found in spurts/doses/segments. And should be celebrated as such. Chasing categorical, 24/7 happiness is a challenge beyond (my) means.

My Mom led by example: she lived in the moment. Her fifth year yartzeit (an endearing term a Jewish gal friend taught me) was last week. Five years... Hard to believe.

I telegraph many special moments w/her that were just that, 'moments'... be it a half hour or 5 minutes: a scrabble game, a shared beer, an inside joke at the expense of my rival-of-the-moment... just short blips at the moment caught my breath and made me take note. I am thankful to whatever higher level granted me the awareness to take that pause.

If your parents are still alive, I suggest you love on them. Today. Or, as often as you can.

Playing a bit of catch up here so this playlist is long... but worth it. I've been working on it for awhile. Just wanted to take my time. It's a happenstance of happy tunes for reasons that probably only make sense to me. Sorry. ;) But I'm fairly sure these tunes will linger w/you, as they do me.

Fond farewell, Summer. See you not soon enough. And Mom, thanks for watching over me. And to the rest of you, find your happy place - even if it's for a minute to two. xo to all ~Joy

Go Outside
Cults
This song is the epitome of me. From the xylophone to the lyrics. Totally this girl. If you hate this song, we can't be friends.


Ohio
The Black Keys
My home state boys! Love this tune. Timely tribute to Ohio. I also cannot wait for their next BlakRoc project. aside from being insanely talented, Dan Auerbach seems to have the midas touch on all his side projects (like the divine Jessica Lea Mayfield.)


Wouldn't It Be Nice
Bullion
My fave part of the tune is at 1:47: "Run run run..." ala Beach boys. Nice.


Can't You Tell
Vetiver
Another Beach Boys ish vibe. Just meandering. Isn't that what downtime is all about?

Waves (Rodaidh Radio Edit)
Holly Miranda
I love this tune. THEN I found this video, and fell in love deeper. I love that bar/café, I love the raw high contrast b/w vignette Vincent Moon chose, I love that the Barback-come-Violinist is as relevant to this vid as Holly. Listen to the dialogue of this vid from the get go. Shot glass clinking and all. Sláinte, eh?

I've always been a print/interactive girl, but after being moved by this vid, and a recent chance to suggest the soundtrack to a good friend's indie movie, maybe video is my next big thing...



Stand In the Water
Wildlife
Great title. Even better lyrics.
 

Street Joy
White Denim
Dreamy Cali vibe. Slight added bonus that "joy" is in the title. I'm listening to White Denim constantly. Their LP, D, is worth your ears + time as well.


Put The Days Away
Sun Airway
Time's passing. Embrace the moment. Or reflect on the past. Both have value. ;)

As most of you know, Twitter is a strange time suck. Most days I've a love/hate relationship w/Twitter. A necessary occupational evil, I say. However, there are normal folks out there. Witness them at Twistori. It can def pull you out of a slump if you follow the positive words.

Goth Star
Pictureplane
I love the stop/start -ness of the vocals, somewhat like Ohio's Fall: one day cold, next day crazy hot... I also love the title of this tune as it supports my art school mentality that all goth kids are cool. As is my friend Lor, below. She's not goth, but she is a star in my eyes + heart. 


Upside Down
Bassnectar
I'm from Northeastern Ohio. As such two words are all you need to know when it comes to amusement parks: Cedar Point. End of discussion. And if you do go, make sure when you ride the Corkscrew, you do so in the very last seats.


In Every Direction (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Remix)
Junip
Two of summer's favorite darlings in one song? Hooray! Junip (José Gonzales frontman) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (possibly best new band name of the year). This song is solid on it's own, but I do love this remix as each band's essence is kept pure (vs a remix casualty.)



Once Around The Block
Badly Drawn Boy
Light and whimsical this tune... (Yoda speak. lol)


Sunlight
The One AM Radio
Further evidence you can take the girl out of So Cal, but you can't take Southern California out of the girl. The reference to "driving down the stretch of Wilshire Boulevard..." tugs at some heart strings mostly because back in the day I was doing so in an uber luxury vehicle in the name of due diligence for my then client Land Rover. Too. Much. Fun. (to be paid for. truth.)


Which One Of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer
Blockhead
Love the title of this song as it makes me think of all the blockheads (pun!) I see when I go to the Memorial Tournament. Please note, the fine gent below is def NOT a blockhead (nor is my fab friend who shined me onto this artist.). ;)



Sleep Forever (Bassex Remix)
Portugal. The Man
Perfect tune to end this long post. Night, everyone. Or, happy nap, pending when you read this.


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You quiver like a candle on fire
I'm putting you out
Maybe tonight we could be the last shout
But I'm fascinated by your style
Your beauty will last for a while

You're feeling instead of being
The more that I live on the inside
There's nothing to give
I'm infatuated by your moves
I've got to search hard for your clues

~ Once Around the Block by Badly Drawn Boy

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22 July 2011

Oscillate Wildly, Baby

::  D V D P  M A D N E S S  ::

Inspired by the heat, keeping this short + sweet. { thanks, Friday. }

Oscillate Wildly
The Smiths

 

16 May 2011

Stopgap Pleasure

::  T O O T H P A S T E  for D I N N E R  ::

I stumbled upon this illustration and savored the irony as believe it or not, my blog HAS been top of mind. A new year's resolution was to post monthly. And I did so...um...until April. My conundrum: I have so much (new + old) music I want to post, I can't get my act together to focus on which I want to share first. Maybe it's because I'm listening to a lot of mashups as of late that my blogging brain is now scrambled into 10 second sound bites/bytes... Curse you, Gregg Gillis. ;)

So while I laugh at myself, at least I've found the hospitality to offer up some eye and ear awesomesauce as a stopgap gesture regarding my intent to get back to heartfelt and scintillating blog posts. (source: Information Aesthetics)

::  anatomy of a mashup | Daft Punk Visualized ::

Listen. Download. 
Cameron Adams, The Man in Blue

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Work it
Make it
Do it
Makes Us

Harder
Better
Faster
Stronger...


~ Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk 

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11 March 2011

earthquakes, tsunamis, catastrophe, oh my.




I am so distracted by the earthquake + tsunami in Japan. I have a friend there on business travel and can't image how the fear would be compounded by being in a foreign country away, and from your family.

For reasons unknown, this has shades of 9/11 for me in that I can't stop looking at/reading the news wires. I'm in awe of the photography shown to date. And even stumbled upon a haunting audio of the seismic waves. My heart goes out to all. The America Red Cross has set up donation relief efforts quickly. The opportunity to text a $10 donation is in place: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10

What's particularly disarming is that I have an unusual amount of friends out on business travel this week and next, both state side and international. I wish everyone safety. Come home soon! Big hug ~Joy

Safe From Harm (Perfecto Mix)
Massive Attack

Safe and Sound
Electric President

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11 February 2011

A Bit o' Britt

::  B R I T I S H   G O V E R N M E N T   P O S T E R  ~  C I R C A  1939  ::

Ah, to be fourteen again.

And to be in a band. Now, that would have been sweet...

Alas, I find myself amused by living vichariously through my 14 year old niece, Britt. She's always loved music. At last count she has 3 electric guitars; a slew of amps; mics; maybe an acoustic guitar; um, two drum kits... And well-versed on all each piece of equipment. Not bad for a hobbyist, eh?

Well this hobbyist is smart and surrounded herself w/like-minded music junkies who, "...just wanna perform and have fun...". Enter, I Like It Loud, a talented trio formed while attending a music school camp in Southern Florida. Some of their fave bands are ones of pure punk goodness: Green Day, The Clash, The Ramones. They've just started playing local all-age gigs showcasing their original song, "Miss ADHD." And true to the youth of today, they have a strong grasp of the power of branding and promoting (check out their tshirts, blog, videos, facebook fan page!) As long as Britt doesn't come on stage out of an egg, I fully support my girl! 

This post is a belated 14th birthday gift dedicated to my wonderfully creative, cool, and talented niece. The playlist is long, but worth it! It contains British-inspired tunes. However, some are 100% American bands which have a europhile vibe. Some are currently on the airwaves, and other's I've loved since my college days (gasp...)

Britt, most of all, these are tunes I hope you like, and ones which might even wind up on the band's setlist someday. ;) Rock on, Rock Star! I hope year 14 is everything you want it to be! xo Aunt Joy

   The Outright Obvious

All Too Much
Metropolitan

All Over Again
Locksley

See The Sun
The Kooks

For The Girl
The Fratellis

Ruby Soho
Vampire Weekend (Rancid Cover)

   The Somewhat Obscure

Could Be Anything
The Eames Era

Percussion Gun
White Rabbits

Just Drums
Tapes N Tapes

Anti-Anti
Snowden

So Far We Are
French Kicks

Oscar Wilde
Company of Thieves

   The Undeniable Classics

Do It Clean
Echo and The Bunnymen

Live Forever
Oasis

It's Only Life
The Feelies

Still Ill
The Smiths

   The Heartfelt Dedication

Answer To Yourself
The Soft Pack

Let's Dance to Joy Division
The Wombats

That's Entertainment
The Jam

Age of Consent
New Order

A Girl Like You
Edwyn Collins

Ready To Start
Arcade Fire

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You got a talent don't you know?
You're more talented than you know
And you give it a shot
And give it the time
And be surprised how far it goes

~ Answer to Yourself by The Soft Pack
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27 January 2011

You: For Better. Or Worse.

::   1 0 0  T I P S  T O  I M P R O V E  Y O U R  L I F E   ::
By The99Percent.com

Okay kids, end of January is upon us. How are those 2011 resolutions holding up? One friend calls them "Jan-Febsolutions" for their actual life span, despite best intentions. He's probably right.

If you need a little spark to rekindle your new year verve, take a look 100 Tips to Improve Your Life from 99%. These aren't resolutions: not things you need to give up, but things that can enhance your life. Note, those are def two different beasts: give up vs enhance. The suggestions and links gathered by Behance, (the creators of the "Making Ideas Happen" book) are impressive and some, even realistic. One word of caution, if you aren't a Tim Ferriss fan, this list might offend you as his thumbprint is all over this list (although he has made a kettlebell believer out of me.)

I feel we are all our own worst enemies. So give yourself a break if you haven't made a dent in your resolutions (there's still 11 more months!) Take a deep breath and merely make minor adjustments along the way versus wholesale changes. Baby steps, my Friends.

This playlist is a cornucopia of tunes skewed towards our pros, our cons, and everything in between. As the saying goes, "If you don't love you, who will?". ;)

Peace ~Joy

99 Problems (Jay-Z Cover)
Hugo
Starting this playlist about 100 ideas from the 99% with Hugo's 99 Problems was a slam dunk. I love Jay-Z's orig tune. And I love this cover, which Jay-Z did too - he signed Hugo to his Roc Nation label.

Within Your Reach
The Replacements
Can we talk about the guitars in this song? Just crazy good. Just crazy Paul Westerberg.

No New Tale To Tell
Love 'n Rockets
Still a rockin' great tune.

How You Like Me Now
Heavy
This club fave hit the motherload when Kia used it in their 2010 Super Bowl Spot: Joyride Dream.

Body of Years
Mother Mother

Don't Do It
Sharon Van Etten
Snap. She was in Columbus last week playing The Wex and I missed her... Haunting voice. And tune.

Transparency is the New Mystery
Marnie Stern
I haven't been too heavy handed w/the order of this playlist (for once) so I'm delighted these two tunes back up to one another as they are so very different. Or... are they?

Lose Big
Eef Barzelay
My love for Clem Snide is never-ending (see: Speechless or Apology Not Accepted. As such, so this tune by Eef.

My Will is Good
Port O'Brien
Observation: this band def sounds like they'd be a featured artist on Conan, don't they? Dueling O'Brien's. :)

Good Friends, Bad Habits
Owen
There are published studies by Harvard Medical School which support this theory. See Point #10 in this article. lol

Drink Drank Drunk
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
If the Harvard study above is correct, um, you might not want to share this tune w/your friends.

Cry 4 Help
Har Mar Superstar
Man, talking about "owning it"... Sean Tillmann, Har Mar Superstar creator, just puts it all out there for those to love or loathe. Me, I applaud his audacity and creativity. I liken his live show to the experience I had watching Gogol Bordello at Lolla last year: a raucous, riotous act with undeniable talent.

Dear God
XTC
If you don't know this about me yet, take note: I've unbridled enthusiasm about most things. And life, yes, it can suck. If that's the chosen lens from which you view. I say make your 2011 suck less. :) And if you're in true despair, then this last song is for you. Be well. Be happy. Be you. 

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Old soul who falls down
Can't stop tripping on these old roads I go down
Get back up and get my...

Foot in the door and my face on the page
Make my mark in the world with a bat and a blade
Just a body of work that you can't ever change
Like a body of years that you take to your grave

~Body of Years by Mother Mother 
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10 December 2010

Where the Wild Things Are


~ a little housekeeping note ~
No, I did not abandon my blog. But yes, I had become super uber busy and let is slide.
Sorry. But it's my 2011 priority. Fab. Moving along...

NPR's Morning Edition published a commentary re:the rise of women's roller derby which caught my attention. The article, These Roller Skating Women Get 'Down And Derby', highlights the resurgence of roller derby and dispels the long-held stereotype that it's more theatrics vs athletic prowess. It struck a chord w/me as I have a friend who is on the Denver's Roller Dolls team and lives up to her pseudonym: Kendra Blood (aka Andrea Hill). Andrea's verve for this sport, as portrayed via her Facebook updates, is infectious. She is one wickedly smart gal (UX, strategy and insights expert) as well the consummate athlete (multiple marathoner). She moved from Columbus to Denver, a more lifestyle-driven culture, so it wasn't surprising that roller derby would appeal to her competitive nature. Andrea is proof that the former stigma of women's derby is long gone. As she puts it, "Our league is really focused on legitimizing the sport and showcasing it as a sport..." And while the West was quick to the draw, perhaps Andrea's timing was off as Columbus now has The Ohio Roller Girls (which I def plan on checking out!)

Shifting gears to the music... At last summer's Lollapalooza, Val (valslist.com brainchild) and I noticed the glut of band names with an animal aspect to them - the lineup sounded like an episode of Mutual of Ohama's Wild Kingdom. Ha. But the trend was evident. Out of fashion: names like "The (i.e. The Hives, The Thrills, The Strokes, etc.). Enter: one's with bestial nomenclature. And with the first snow upon us, it doesn't look like the trend is near ending. The bands chosen for this post have names which read like the manifest to an ark, yes? :) Enjoy them. As always: Thank you. Be well. Send me your feedback. I love it. Merry, Merry ~Joy

LET THE WILD RUMPUS START!

Laredo
Band of Horses
Quite possibly my fave tune out right now.

Location
Freelance Whales
Damn, what a dreamy tune... "Thinking softly what a concrete mess we live in..."

Cannibal Queen
Miniature Tigers
Val and I caught these guys on Sunday of Lolla. Super big time fun in such a wonderfully understated way. Put Miniature Tigers on your list if they come to your city. Columbus was blessed w/them on a double-bill with Freelance Whales at The Basement last Friday.

8 4 8
Young Mammals
Houston's Young Mammals have my ear, big time. I hear a hint of back-in-the-day Johnny Marr + New Order in the guitars right around the 1:00 mark. Like.

Coronado
Deerhunter

Girlfriend
Phoenix
Val and I had media passes this past Lolla, Phoenix did an acoustic set to about 50 of us. I had always liked their sound but it wasn't until I heard them so unplugged that my respect increased fifty-fold. What I couldn't get past was Thomas Mars' blue oxford shirt. It was a hot day so he had to be uncomfortable (in my mind). Then when they performed later that night and he was still wearing it, it just distracted me... Music AND wardrobe critic now, I guess. :)

Cheerleader
Grizzly Bear
Not to linger on Lolla, but it is amazing as you can see so many great bands w/in a ridiculous amount of compressed time. You need to be strategic about your scheduling. Getting the proverbal "Where are you?" text for a friend who's seeing an act you intended to is always bittersweet. My good friend David Murphy took his fab daughters to Lolla (from So Cal) and I was mad/frustrated/jealous (self-induced) when I got his text that they were front and center for Grizzly Bear when I had yet to lay foot one on the grounds that early day. Point goes to: Murph! (Hope the crowd surfing is still rich in your memories too!)

Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix)
Nina Simone + Felix Da Housecat
Nina Simone. Nuff said. This track is off, Verve Remixed 2, a worthy addition to your library if jazz and electronica appeal to you. Yummy combo imho.

Skinny Cow Blues
The Foxymorons
What a great band name! I like the Pavement-esque vibe of this tune.

Empty Nest
Wild Beasts
My go to source for music, Cary Whitt, shined me onto this band. Cary has impeccable taste and he once again, was right. Thank you, Cary!

Here's the vid for the tune from a KCRW session. Hopefully it translates to their mesmerizing live show. And if you love KCRW like I do, check out Betsy Moyer. Tell her I sent you!

Spanish Sahara
Foals
Break out your dictionary: a "foal" is a young horse. :)

This is a BIG song which you won't discover unless you stick around until the 1:45 mark or so. It just builds. The music is dreamy, the lyrics are somewhat vague yet foreboding and the result is a big sound that lingers w/you. I mean, who doesn't have "...a ghost lingering in the back of your head." God, I love this tune...

Love of an Orchestra (NightWaves Remix)
Noah and the Whale

Out In The Woods
Birds & Batteries
This tune is like a journey in and of itself.

Be Less Rude
Frightened Rabbit
Good advice! Love the leads vocals in this tune - a skosh scratchy. These guys were amazing live at Lolla. Took the crowd by surprise.

Mama Told Me (Not To Come)
Three Dog Night
Here's a throwback for ya. My parting words: Always listen to your Momma.

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Gonna take a trip to Laredo
Gonna take a dip in the lake
Oh, I'm at a crossroads with myself
I don't got no one else

And possibilities at the door
I won't be needing them anymore
Oh, is this the first time in your life
It's hard just to get by

Laredo
~ Band of Horses 
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06 August 2010

No Apologies

::     R E G R E T S Y  / Where DIY Meets WTF     ::

So....let's just talk about a "Damn: I wish I had thought of that" moment. We all know/love Etsy. But there are some odd-ish things lurking about that site. Regretsy (the self-titled 'Where DIY meets WTF' web site) was to the quick on recognizing those less than stellar homemade madness and illuminate them to those of us who deem ourselves as purveyors of good taste. But really who are we to judge? Hard to say. I mean I "L" to the "O" to the "V" to the "E" IKEA, but frankly those bags are an ergonomic nightmare. Too large... But alas here's a Babe (Inrgrid, to be exact) on Regretsy who's made fashion from them. Check out the site - it's so wrong, it's right.

While I am in the advertising/communications biz, my degree on paper is a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) so while Regretsy is awesome, I have empathy for the fine artists/crafts-persons I've met along the way that felt their craft was not understood by the masses.

For my readers this post is a blend of the madness that possibly goes into these possible creative geniuses. (One departing thought: Snuggie. Who knew...)

Out of the Blue
Julian Casablancas
I get to see Jules, The Strokes frontman, Friday night in Chicago at Lollapalooza! They are in the same time slot as Lady Gaga. I will peek at her, but just a blush. The Strokes have my love. Can't wait! This tune, "Somewhere along the way, my hopefulness turned to sadness..." is so very Jeklly/Hyde-ian. Brilliant.

Heavens To Purgatory
The Most Serene Republic
Perfect song title for such a debatable topic. Hidden hand claps - my achilles heel.

The Rat
The Walkmen
This band will be at Lolla too. Nice. But that's not why they are in this post. The entire angst of the tune, "you've got a lot of nerve..." Those lyrics ring true to artists who are expressing themselves in a manner which no one else might immediately connect. It's a lonely, angry feeling. They capture it poetically w/this tune.

The Captive Mind
The Helio Sequence
I love this band. Check them out if their sound is new to you. The song title represents what sets creative folks apart from the herd - we are always on a quest.

Beautiful Wreck
Shawn Mullins
Art. Life. Love. All beautiful wrecks. Ingredients for an interesting life. Deelish.

Forgive Me, Love
Clem Snide
My Mom sewed a lot. Threw herself passionately hours into projects. As such she, and many a crafts persons, consider their objets de art, as a love. Clem Snide is such an amazing band -- their sound -- so honest, that this song, while a love song, felt so perfect for this post. 

Baby, We'll Be Fine
The National
This is my one and only "must see" band this weekend at Lolla. There are loads of great bands but I want see/feel The National. I have art directed/produced a music video in my mind each and every single time I hear this song as the lyrics are so visually rich. I relate to it, or know that those that do. And per this post, it's so apropos to (creative) angst.

Misunderstood
Wilco
Who isn't misunderstood? "I'd like to thank you all for nothin'..." Oh, cry me a river, Jeff Tweedy... ;)

Bittersweet
Big Head Todd & The Monsters
I chose this song as creativity is in fact bittersweet. But knowing this song is a fave of a good friend of mine brings double pleasure. Huge props go out to Ms. Alexandra Kelley. She is a tsumani of awesomeness in her passion for the Columbus Arts Scene via community awareness. (ie. Pecha Kucha and  Goodale Park Music Series to name a few...) Thank you, Alex!

Regret
New Order
So the dance of 'second guessing' begins. It's so amazing to design/create something you love. But then... you want to share it w/others. And then, whoo-boey, the second guessing begins. For those on Regretsy, I am guessing their audience were die-hard happy hour go-ers: "Sure, Chuck Taylors cut at the toe make for awesome tennis-sandals... " Wha...? This tune makes me smile mostly as there was a local Columbus/Cinci Band: The Websters, that played this song. A highlight for me any time we'd go see them play: "I was upset you see/Almost all the time/You used to be a stranger/Now you are mine..."

Supposed To Be
Jack Johnson
For the record, I am not a Jack Johnson fan when it comes to his tried and true pop tunes. But man, he has some songs that I just love and as such, credit him as a strong singer/songwriter. Check him on the Thicker Than Water soundtrack if his pop stuff leaves you cold. This specific tune is off the Curious George Soundtrack and it haunts me as my dear friend Ned saw this film before I did and commented on the film's deeper meaning via the soundtrack. This tune encapsulates so much about creativity. And life. Ambiance tip: Headphones on. Loud. Repeat.

Pick Up The Pieces
Average White Band
 As the saying goes, "If you haven't failed, you're not trying hard enough."
But hear me now: we creatives are not wimps. Be it our 8-10pm advertising jobs, or the 24/7 stay-at-home-crafter. We are creative. Hear us roar. ;) We can take criticism (kind of) and figure out how to make greater greatness. It's all part of what we call, The Creative Process.

Testify.

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Maybe it's up with the stars
Maybe it's under the sea
Maybe it's not very far
Maybe this is how it's supposed to be

Maybe it's trapped in a jar
Something we've already seen
Maybe it's nowhere at all
Maybe this is how it's supposed to be

Looking forward as we rewind
Looking back is a trap sometimes
Being here is so easy to do

If you want to... (repeat)


~ Supposed to Be by Jack Johnson
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13 July 2010

Better Off Ned

 ::    W I L L I A M S O N ' S  -  H A N G I N'  L O O S E    ::

Ned Williamson, passed away July 13, 2006. A very dark day for so many people. http://nedwilliamson.tributeforyou.com/

He passed away the day before my 40th birthday. He and I had a lot of hilarious banter about my pending Big-Four-Oh (esp since he had just only turned 36) and his absence, the lack of his snark...   was beyond deafening. I now go through a bittersweet annual ritual of mourning one life and then celebrating another.

We were at a wedding w/a gaggle of friends who glommed onto the fact my father's name was Ned too. From there on, I became "Ned Jr." or "Junior" for short. The surname that stuck like glue. Amen.

This was Lucy's (aka Mrs. Ned) homage to Ned at his service, and it's still spot on:
There Is A Light that Never Goes Out
by The Smiths

You all hear me say this often, "Life is not a dress rehearsal." Show up to play, my friends. Let this be a cautionary tale.

Ned, we miss you. Thank God we have Lucy, Ella, + Charlie.

This song's for you
~Junior

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Take me out tonight
where there's music and there's people
who are young and alive
driving in your car
I never never want to go home
because I haven't got one anymore

Take me out tonight
because I want to see people
and I want to see life
driving in your car
oh please don't drop me home
because it's not my home, it's their home
and I'm welcome no more

And if a double-decker bus
crashes in to us
to die by your side
is such a heavenly way to die
and if a ten ton truck
kills the both of us
to die by your side
well the pleasure, the privilege is mine

Take me out tonight
take me anywhere, I don't care
I don't care, I don't care
and in the darkened underpass
I thought Oh God, my chance has come at last
but then a strange fear gripped me
and I just couldn't ask

Take me out tonight
oh take me anywhere, I don't care
I don't care, I don't care
driving in your car
I never never want to go home
because I haven't got one
no, I haven't got one

And if a double-decker bus
crashes in to us
to die by your side
is such a heavenly way to die
and if a ten ton truck
kills the both of us
to die by your side
well the pleasure, the privilege is mine

There is a light that never goes out

~ The Smiths  
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21 June 2010

Running on Empty

::  B P  O I L   S P I L L - G R A N D  I S L E, L A   ::
"Oil collecting at the mouth of one of the breeches on Elmer’s Island...
There were no clean-up crews in sight and no one for at least a mile in either direction."
~Richard Shepard, Aerial Photographer

I am grossly under-qualified to try to comment on this oil spill catastrophe yet when I heard it was going on its second month, it gave me pause. Another staggering stat I read last week is apparently the oil spilled so far would have fueled the United States for FOUR hours. WHAT? That's all?

When will it end? No one knows.

I came across Richard Shepard's site and his aerial images of this debacle are arresting--as are his first-hand accounts from talking w/the locals while documenting this disaster. Worth a visit.

How does this all works into a blog post? Well I love songs that have this 'on and on and on' vibe. A perpetual motion, if you will. And I have more friends than not, it seems, that are runners (crazy lot, those runners). So this post is a nod to them and hopefully a near-soon end to the tragedy in the Gulf.

Be well, All. ~Joy

TO DOWNLOAD tunes: right-click (pc) or control-click (mac)
the song title link in the page (vs the player at the bottom).

Jumping Someone Else's Train
The Cure
Mark my words: this it where all began (for me). 1984-ish. At Wittenberg. WUSO 89.1-FM. College radio. It started w/INXS  (see Beck track), and quickly led to The Cure. The Smiths. New Order. R.E.M. et all. 

Good Thing
The Wooden Tops
I was exposed to The Wooden Tops via a road trip from Springfield to Cincinnati (destination: a landmark Cinci Diner who's name I cannot recall. Suggestions welcomed.) Off the Giant LP. (okay, I had the cassette and played it to death) Every song was great. Very rhythmic. Fantastic lyrics here in Good Thing. Be sure to give an acute listen.

Brimful of Asha
Cornershop
Cornershop's got a fab ditty here. "Everybody needs a bosom for a pillow..." Yes, indeed.

Answer Yourself
The Soft Pack
Perfect words of advice to BP? Hell, for all of us truthfully. The Soft Pack will be at Del Mar Race Track (xo Lucy + Ned) in August. Would love to see them there, but guess I'll have to suffice for their Lolla gig. Not a bad Plan B.

Low
Cracker
I saw these guys on a triple bill at the Polaris Ampitheatre in the mid '90s with The Gin Blossoms and Spin Doctors-who, brace yourself-were the headliners. Yikes. Cracker. Stole. The. Show. Hearing this song live was special. You just caught all the subtle nuances of the guitar. 

Some Are Lakes
Land of Talk
I had never heard this tune/band but tuned into the Friday, June 4th CD101 Guest DJ session and it was a pick of Margot Heinlein's. I can't stop listening to it. It fits perfectly into my sound wheelhouse. Thank you, Margot + Lesley James!

Sweet Disposition
Temper Trap
High on my must see list at Lollapalooza this year is Temper Trap. I wish they were playing later on Sunday as I'd love to hear this song when the sun goes down because that's the color I see when I hear this song - burnt orange. My fave.

Get It
Rjd2
Little known fact I unearthed off iTunes: Rjd2 lived in Columbus, Ohio for a brief while. Fancy that.

Blessa
Toro Y Moi
I love Richard Armitage's Pitchfork article description: "Blessa...feels much like a summer's slumber..." which nails why this song is so Joy - I la la love summer like no other season.

Round and Round
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Odd this post is turning out so electronica skewed as categorically I'd say I'm a more Indie/Alt/Alt-Country fan--but here we are and this playlist is def suggesting otherwise. Hmmm.... Anyhow, does anyone else hear Ariel Pink's Elvis Costello-inspired vocals at 1:20? And, I love the "pick up the phone" + other lyrics droning on at the end.

Still Missing (Royksopp Remix)
Beck
This is a toss up: I love both the orig Guero LP + the Royksopp remix... And I love Beck Hansen even more due to paying homage to INXS (along w/St. Vincent, Liars, Os Mutantes...) INXS was mentioned above as their sound was so unique. So sad Michael Hutchence left us so early.

Sleep On The Bottom
Low, Transient Waves & Piano Magic
This very sleepy dreamy tune was found a while back on Motel de Moka. Yum. If you are a runner (and did in fact download this playlist for your run--see download directions above) I can only hope this plays when you are in your zone... and helps time pass by like waves of the ocean.

All My Friends
LCD Soundsystem
May this seven plus minutes of piano frenzy segueing to controlled chaos of clever lyrics paying tribute to life + growing old motivate you to keep on running. That run-on sentence was intended, btw. An epitome of the tune. :)

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I prayed heaven today
would bring its hammer down on me
and pound you out of my head
I can't think with you in it 


~Still Missing by Beck
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