Monday, January 31, 2005

I just found out I didn't get the job at the Walker....Some of the training occurs during my two classes. I'm kind of bummed, but they were interested in getting me in some other job. We'll see.
Oh-on Saturday I went downtown to see the construction crew place the rooftop overhang on the new downtown library. Read about it here . More picts of the entire process are here . A live camera can be viewed from here .

I was talking to one of the construction people and they said the entire building was made locally, except for the large pane of glass that will go over the overhang. It was so large no facility in the US could be used to produce it so it is being constructed in Belgium.
Wow-I can't believe anyone would ever think of this:
an a capella version of The Who's "The Who Sell Out" album
. I read on Pete Townshend's web page he did the sleeve notes.

I heard a version of "Sunrise" by Petra Haden on NPR's All Songs Considered. It's cool. Listen to it here.

Friday, January 28, 2005

This might be really cool, someday.....

It's a new music amp/effect simulator software package, where you can "design" your own effects. From the guy that created WinAmp.
Well, I've been listening to the new NPR radio station I noted in my last post since Monday, and I'm in an a profound state of BLISS.

I love everyone, everywhere, and I want to convince them all to call all their friends and admit their complete devotion to one another.


Monday, January 24, 2005

Well, the new public radio that plays pop music goes on air today, at 9am. Here's a link to KCMP

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

nice pic from today's star trib:
I think I read that a good pop song can save the world. Well, it may be true if the good pop song is by Emiliana Torrini and the song is "Nothing Brings Me Down" from her forthcoming Fisherman's Woman album( to be released sometime in March 2005).

Monday, January 17, 2005

OH, I read "High Fidelity" today. I think I read it before, but I might just be thinking of "About a Boy," which is also by Nick Hornby. Similar themes, language, etc.

Funny. It literally took me only a day to read the book. Really, only 8 hours or so, during my federally mandated day off. But, I've also got books I've been working on for like a year. I'm going to resolve to finish off one of those this week. Hopefully, if my life isn't filled with too much sex or intrigue.
I've discovered that a couple groups I've been longing to see it making a visit to the 'rents neck of the woods-the Minnesota Rollergirls and the Soviettes.

buy your tickets here!

Be there or be square.....And give me a ride :-)

Sunday, January 16, 2005

I hadn't seen my parents since Christmas weekend, so I'm spending it with them. Which is nice-I can spend time with them(well, mostly argue. About the past, which is pointless), read("F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters"), and play bass(I've got it and an amp here).

But last night I was able to sneak out and go to a party. It's theme was Hawaiian and I only knew the hostess (from the last place I worked) and a few other former coworkers. Anyways, I ended up drinking a healthy amount of wop, played Presidents and Assholes, and met a nice girl, who will hopefully give me a call.

Her name is Nikki...and she's going for her masters in Landscape Architecture. We talked about my impending position at the Walker, about St. John's(of course), First Avenue, and a bunch of other stuff. You know how I swoon over intelligent women, and I was in a full swoon.

I wrote some juicy bass parts today...hopefully I can remember them until I get home to record them.

Also, I want to change my recording rig to a Mac based deal: A powerbook, ibook, or a mac mini and Logic. I can get the education discount(because of my new job at MnSCU), but I still don't know if I can swing the $1000-$1400 price tag. But it sure has me drooling.

On that note, if anyone knows of some part time contract type thing, drop me a line. You should know the email.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Boy, this might be a year of renewal...

I just signed up for a composition class that the Macphail Center for the Arts is offering.

I can't wait to wail my awesome guitar licks in their ivory hallways.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Well, it's the new year. What am I up to?

I'm reading quite a bit......Mostly essays by Lester Bangs, and an Anthology from the Paris Review. Good stuff. And it kind of inspires me. While I haven't done anything with the blog (obviously), I been writing quite a bit.

I'm a little closer to getting a new fun job, at the Walker Art Center. I'll do tours and stuff.

I'm also taking a class at 'The Loft,' a nonprofit writer's resource thing.

So far, it's been kind of a fun month. I'll talk to you soon, my patient and lovin' fans!