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Musical Genius

May 26, 2010

Apparently there’s a new Bieber on the block

Ellen Degeneres is about to take a chance on Greyson Chance, a 12 year old wonder from Oklahoma by signing him as the first artist on her new record label, Eleveneleven.  Now, I have to say, I am super excited to see Ellen take on this new young artist – I really hope she’ll lead him in a different direction than the dance/pop/r&b direction in which the Beebs has gone.  Here’s a really good video of when the Bieber was just playin guitar and singin on a street corner to raise money so he and his mom could go to Disneyworld.

As you can see, the kid hasn’t always been the hip-hop youngster that Usher has transformed him into, and that makes me sad. What happened to the acoustic-guitar playing street performer? Which is why I feel like Greyson Chance signing with Ellen is such an awesome happenstance – perhaps this kid will travel into the musical realm Bieber would have gone into had he not been picked up by an R&B star.

In any case, that’s not exactly what I wanted to write this post on.

My iTunes Genuis has been particularly on point as of late, and I want to share the latest playlist with you all. It’s the perfect combination of the old, the recent (though mostly old, to be honest), mellow, unique, upbeat  and overall greatness of a handful of artists that came up when I genuised one of my all-time favorite songs, “Fight Test” by the Flaming Lips (video below).  It’s at times boppy, at times depressing, both electronic and acoustic, and it somehow manages to sound like it all belongs together.  Let’s just say, this list is like having the ultimate Pokemon deck in the trading card game. The one that’s been banned from conventions because the peons just can’t take it.

(click on Pop-out Player to navigate to the playlist via playlist.com)

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I know you’re anxious to see it, so here it is, the ultimate of ultimates Genuis list:

  • Fight Test – Flaming Lips
  • Haiti – Arcade Fire
  • Gravity Rides Everything – Modest Mouse
  • Kissing the Lipless – the Shins
  • Kid A – Radiohead
  • Over and Over Again (Lost and Found) – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  • The Crane Wife 3 – The Decembrists
  • Clark Gable – The Postal Service
  • Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
  • The W.A.N.D. – The Flaming Lips
  • Know Your Onion! – The Shins
  • You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb – Spoon
  • Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) – Arcade Fire
  • The Good Times Are Killing Me – Modest Mouse
  • The Great Salt Lake – Band of Horses
  • Black Tambourine – Beck
  • Treefingers – Radiohead
  • Is This It – The Strokes
  • Is This Love? – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  • One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21 – The Flaming Lips
  • Saint Simon – The Shins
  • (Antichrist Television Blues) – Arcade Fire
  • The District Sleeps Alone Tonight – The Postal Service
  • Paper Thin Walls – Modest Mouse
  • Lost Cause – Beck

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PS feel free to disagree with me, but post your own musical suggestions in the comments!

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wtf, life?

May 23, 2010

Okay, so recent mistakes have led me to this somewhat desperate attempt to determine what I’m doing wrong and how to fix it.

Here’s the issue:

School got overwhelming and burned me out the last 3 semesters (it was all a downward spiral since study abroad – how can you come back from that kind of experience!?). Every day, I’d come back to my room and stare at all of the clutter in my room and want to take a torch to it all, or maybe get someone to come in, bag it up, and carry it out Santa Claus style. I figured, once I got home I’d have all the time in the world to figure out what to do with it all, that I could sell it on ebay or in a yard sale or whatnot.  **problem #1: the parents won’t let me have a yard sale on account of they don’t want anyone “casin’ the joint” (paranoid freaks)

So I get home, unload my junk into my room so that I can’t see the floor and then try to establish an organizing/selling game plan. This is very obviously **problem #2: how can I figure out where to start when I can’t even distinguish where one thing ends and another starts!?

Add to all of that the fact that I’m peacing out June 1st, much earlier than planned, and as the “deadline” approaches, my anxiety has kicked up several notches each day.  Now, I know this may seem to be a bit of a trivial problem, but if you’ve read any of my earlier blog posts, you’ll know that I consider the state of my living quarters to have a large impact on the state of my life. In other words, for me, messy room=messy life.

That’s really the number one issue here, I have a lot of loose ends that I need to tie up before I can head off to the unknown, and not just cleaning up the physical mess.

But first, I need to take care of some of my more basic needs:

1) Get up before the sun is high in the sky.

My main problem with this is, believe it or not, not the waking up part, but the trying to figure out what I’m supposed to do right after getting out of bed. In other words, I sit up, look around, can’t think of what it is I’m supposed to do in the morning, and then remember how cuddly my pillow was and just lie back down. So I am now establishing that I shall shower in the mornings (I’m normally a night-shower-er) followed directly by getting dressed and then breakfast. 9am, that is my established get up time.

2) Make lists

I need to follow my own advice and start making more lists! And to actually complete the items I put on my lists! I think one way for lists to be successful is to have one, over-arching list, with also a day-to-day list that has only the things you can accomplish that day on it. And I think it’s best to underestimate, that way when you get through the list and get started on the next day’s list, you can feel like you’re ahead of yourself.

3) Stay active and eat healthy

I must admit, my laziness and slight stint of depression (I hesitate to really call it that as it’s more of an after-school confusion than anything) have also affected my health. I haven’t been eating well (mostly because I’ve been too lazy to make any food for myself so I’ve been surviving on left overs) and I haven’t been staying active. So this week, I plan to actually have 3 meals a day and get some physical exercise (even if it’s not treadmill style) every day. I even went to the store and got some chocolate milk!

Here’s one blogger’s way to make new habits stick!

What I’m listening to: Black Tambourine – Beck

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New Postsecrets!

January 17, 2010

New Postsecrets today (every Sunday).  Here’s a video of Frank, the man who started the whole project, giving a talk:

What I’m listening to: The Ballad of RAA – The Rural Alberta Advantage

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First Post

January 14, 2010

We all make mistakes.  Sometimes, I feel like I make more mistakes than other people.  And so in sharing my mistakes with you, I hope to achieve several things:

1) resolve my own embarrassment of uncomfortable situations

2) provide insight into potential social scenarios from which others can learn

3) entertain & remind myself of the humor in life

4) reflect in order to grow and make fewer mistakes in the future

Now that I’ve gotten started, there are a few subjects that I plan to update here regularly : health/fitness, friends/relationships, music/art, organizational/business skills.  Of course, you can expect there to be a wide range of subjects discussed, so be sure to check back regularly!

What I’m listening to: Psychotic Girl – Black Keys

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