Sunday, February 04, 2007

Divine Intervention

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, of Cruz Bay, Saint John, USVI, enlists the help of a higher traffic authority.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Last Week's Concert Recap

Since I haven't posted anything here in approximately forever.

Saturday the 4th - The Obligatory Post Where I Gush About The Black Keys Show

AKA - That's a lot of noise for only two guys.

Tight. T-I-G-H-T. Tight. Tightthightthight.

And lovely LOUD. (I really needed a loud show. I could feel it soaking in and my brain sighed for love of the loudness.)

First. The opening act, The Black Angels = The Hollies + a smattering of Jim Morrison. They were quite decent (female drummer, which for whatever reason, always wins bonus points with me) and also very high. I'd go see them if they're around, but not for more than $10 ($15 if they were with somebody else good.)

Second. Following the theme of the evening, the drink of choice was Johnny Walker Black. Yum.

Third. "That Girl and Guy Who Would Not Stop Screaming and Singing Along Poorly" were right behind me. I didn't pay $18 to hear them mangle the songs. Tonight, though, was better about the request yelling. Probably because there was about 1.5 seconds between songs.

The set was only an hour, but easily the most intense hour I've witnessed. Owing to the fact that a) there's only two of them so nobody gets a rest, and b) they attack their instruments, I believe "blistering" would be an appropriate word to use. I read a review/article about how the drummer plays "like the drums just stole his mother's purse." Well, tonight the drums and guitar were in cahoots stealing mom's purse, running over the dog, and insulting the sister.

I am also jealous of Dan Auerbach's hair, because it's very nice and you know damn well the guy does nothing with it. Shampoo is probably a rarity, as is a comb. And I applaud Patrick's sock choice. If you're going to pull up one pantleg so it does not interfere with the kick drum, dark socks are a good choice, particularly in a complimentary color to one's Chucks. Well played. (Ok, I admit it. The drummer is my favorite of the two.)

Musically it pays to see The Black Keys live, given that distortion (lovely, lovely loud distortion) doesn't come through on a record. Even the most precisely engineered albums, and theirs are far from it thankfully, can't get that feel just right. If you like them, go to see them. It also reinforces the fact that they're 27. Dan singing sounds like a large 40-something African-American man who drinks whisky every day for breakfast. Technically, the drummer gets all the glory. While the guitar is done very well, drummer boy just about levitates off his seat while playing an array of items. He gets the variety, and it is exceptional.

And finally, tonight's set list = a happy me. They played about four songs of the new record (the one they're supposedly touring in support of) and a good 1/4 of The Big Come Up , their first record and still my favorite, and another 1/3 to 1/2 of Thickfreakness. And a little something off Rubber Factory, of course.

Wednesday the 1st - The Obligatory Post Where I Gush About The Decemberists Show

First. I'd like to say that I'd love to be about 4 inches taller so I could see while amongst the masses at the Electric Factory.

Second. Even though it's a general admission show, this does not excuse rudeness. No pushing.

Third. My top concert etiquette pet peeve - the yelling out of requests. Shut up. There is such thing as a set list, jackass. All those instrument switches are carefully planned and choreographed. And even if they're not, it's incredibly rude. Stop it. And specially stop with the "Freebird" bullshit. (Hmph.)

Ok, so it was a typically outrageously fun show, complete with a reenactment of the Charge of the Light Brigade. No, really. They played everything off The Crane Wife except "Summersong" and "When the War Came" (which I really wanted to hear) and a smattering of stuff off all their other albums. This lead to a face off between the left and right sides of the audience (and a short soliloquy a la West Side Story about how once you're a Jet, you're always a Jet even after you wear out your last pair of Clarks). On "16 Military Wives" we were asked to assist with the "la di da di da" parts (Decemberists shows are very interactive, you can't just stand there and listen). An imaginary pit of snakes divided the crowd (Colin: "You have to stay on your side. Oops. You just fell in to the pit of snakes. You're dead.") and we were instructed to sneer and growl at the opposing side while trying to out "la di da di da" them. During the mind-blowing Perfect Crime #2 (extended to a 15 minute version) we were advised "Ladies and Gentlemen, if you were using your time wisely, you'd be having a dance contest now." So the first ever Decemberists Dance Contest was held, though I was too far away to participate. The inclusion of "Legionnaires Lament" was a nice surprize, as was "Red Right Ankle". And the kinda awkward rendition of "Take It To the Limit" done with Lavender Diamond (who opened and I would not like to hear ever again. The is the second pretty bad L.A. based folk band I've seen open for the Decemberists. Maybe I'm just missing something with these choices.)

Didn't get home too late (11:45) and work didn't suck too hard today. Now to rest up for Saturday's show (which I imagine will be a bit louder and perhaps a slightly different crowd.)

peace, love, and hipsters...

Monday, July 24, 2006

Album Review

Wow, three months since I last posted. Hmmm. Well here's a recent piece, a review of "The Eraser" by Thom Yorke.

Having given this a listen (was gonna go for two, but you'll see why I didn't) I will start off with what I think is useful information. If you can find this on sale, or get somebody to make a copy for you, take it. If it's not on sale, wait until it is. Worth having = yes. Worth going out of your way or budget to get = no.

Knowing that Thom Yorke is a, um, unique individual, I was expecting something kinda trippy and way out there from "The Eraser". 'Cuz old Thom is kinda trippy and way out there. Thing is, I'm finding it's not as out there as I might have hoped. Electronic-y, ambient, Thom spent some quality time with his computer for this one. His voice is the usual quasi-falsetto sometimes whine we've come to expect. First two tracks are quite nice, "Analyse" being an early favorite. Nice keyboard bit in there, and some lovely spiral-y sounds. (I hear in shapes, ok?) The middle - pretty much tracks four through seven - drags on, and in fact, drones on. Take "Skip Divided" as a good example of the droning, "Atoms for Peace", too. As someone who listens to a fair amount of electronic-y music from a variety of genres, I expect that element of repetition. This is by no means even close to house/trance beats, that after five minutes numb your brain. And there's so soul here either, nothing sweaty or grind-y. (Is that even a word? I don't think so.) Anyways, it's planned and calculated, and is an interesting combination of singing over an electronic base, which doesn't always happen, or doesn't happen well.

You won't mistake this for a Radiohead album, no chance of that. Radiohead has a unique ability to showcase individual band members, who are remarkably remarkable in their own right, within each track. "The Eraser" is quite sparse at times, really, and you can image Thom sitting at home in his bedroom, laptop in hand, putting this together. I wanted to listen through twice before writing this, however this is not an album that lends itself to repeat immediate listenings. I think it would fade away into the back of your brain if you did that, by the third track you wouldn't even be hearing it anymore. If "The Eraser" had a color, it would be gray, with a pinstripe here or there. Thin pinstripes. (Apparently I hear in colors too.)

Things pick up a bit at the end with "And It Rained All Night", and the last two songs are like the first two. Lovey boop-boop-beep aspect to the last one. A decent opening, a good close, but the middle drags. Not the first album to experience this, and certainly not the last. Definately worth a few listens.

3.5/5 stars

Friday, April 21, 2006


I had phoned home yesterday afternoon to check in and was filling the Momster in on the "Continuing Adventures(?) of Lori and Art" and how I was trying to figure out if next Friday I was going to drive into the city (and go broke paying for parking) or take the train (and have to find some way home). Mom's solution - "Take the train and let Art figure out what to do with you. And don't forget to shave your legs."

Infinitely practical woman. Wise, too.


(who will not forget to shave her legs)

Thursday, April 06, 2006


[A is for age:] 25
[B is for booze of choice:] Gin (Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire)
[C is for career:] Something involving old houses.
[D is for your dog's name:] Malcolm.
[E is for essential item you use everyday:] Moisturizer.
[F is for favorite song at the moment:] "Gimme Some Salt" by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
[G is for favorite games:] Monopoly
[H is for Home town] Franconia, Pa.
[J is for favorite juice?:] Cranberry
[K is for kids?] Never. Ever. No.
[L is for last hug] Heather, I think.
[M is for marriage:] Maybe someday.
[N is for name of your crush:] I perpetually have a crush on Sherlock Holmes and Atticus Finch.
[O is for overnight hospital stays:] A few total.
[P is for phobias:] I'm just generally nervous.
[Q is for quote:] "You can call me Lori, Dr. Miller if you're nasty."
[R is for biggest regret:] Lately, procrastinating.
[S is for status:] Fabulous. I am always fabulous.
[T is for time you wake up:] As early as I can drag my sorry ass out of bed.
[U is for underwear:] Pale pink boy shorts. Very cute.
[V is for vegetable you love:] Beets.
[W is for worst habit:] Lately, procrastinating.
[X is for x-rays you've had:] Lots.
[Y is for yummy food you make:] Everything I make is yummy.
[Z is for zodiac sign:] Virgo.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

It's too late now...

..but I really should have been a civil engineer.

You scored as Mathematics. You should be a Math major! Like Pythagoras, you are analytical, rational, and when are always ready to tackle the problem head-on!





























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Tuesday, February 14, 2006


A - Available? I suppose that would depend who you are...
A - Age: 25
A - Annoyance: Stupid customers. Nasty customers. Kids who throw books on the floor.

B - Best Friends? Sarah, Evie, Becky, Heather, Kate
B - Bar: Rooney's is nice, and close. But the Deer Park has Shiner. Decisions, decisions.
B - Birthday? September 18

C - Crush: not at the moment.
C - Car: The (Slightly Damaged) Blueberry.
C - Cat: Don't care for 'em so much.

D - Dead Pets Name: Niki.
D - Dads Name: Dad, duh. (Ok, it's Bob.)
D - Dog: Malcolm

E - Easiest person to talk to: Becky. So much so that we have most of our conversations talking over each other. And yet we still understand perfectly. However everyone else looks confused.
E - Eggs: soft-boiled, with buttered toast.
E - Email:

F - Favorite color? At the moment, dark green.
F - Food: Sushi (Philly Rolls, specifically) and anything in the CHEESE family.
F - Foreign Slang:
Teringlijder (which is one version of motherfucker in Dutch.)

G - Gummy Bears or Worms: Both!
G - God: Um, No.
G - Good Time: NAP TIME!

H - Hair Color: blonde-ish, brown-ish, red-ish
H - Height: 5'4.75
H - Happy: About tomorrow being the day after Valentines day when all the chocolate goes on sale.

I - Ice Cream: Ben and Jerry's Karamel Sutra, or Hagen Daas Strawberry
I - Instrument: Piano, working on guitar, and my favorite - suspended cymbals.
I - Idol: Saint Wendy (who I talked to today).

J - Jewelery: None today, just Band-Aids on my fingers.
J - Job: Graduate Research Assistant and Bookseller
J - Joke: Anything dirty that must be told in a wisper.

K - Kids: None, No, Never.
K - karate: Wax on!
K - kung fu: fighting...

L - Longest Car Ride: 8-9 hours, headed to NC about a million years ago.
L - Longest Relationship: 5 minutes? Not even.
L - Love: is rather nice, really.

M - Milk Flavor: coffee or strawberry.
M - Mothers Name: Beth (not Debbie :oP)
M - Movie Last Watched: The Sting

N - Number of Siblings: 1 human, 1 canine
N - Northern or Southern: Northern (I'm a yankee, through and through, and I put sugar in my cornbread).
N - Name: Lori, L-Dawg, Pookie

O - One Wish? No more language exams. Ever.
O - One Phobia? Nazis. Seriously, bad dreams every time. Even the PBS specials freak me out.
O - Otter Pop: is that legal?

P - Parents, are they married or divorced: married, 31.5 years.
P - Part of your appearence you like best: Eyes, they're nice.
P - Part of your Personality you like best: My deviousness. Ok, and my patience.

Q - Quote: "That's absurd, I love it." (I missed "House" tonight, damnit.)
Q - Question for the next person: So how 'bout them Red Sox?
Q - Quick or Slow?: Depends on what it is...

R - Reason to smile: Trader Joe's restocked Volcano Coffee, the bestest coffee ever. Evar.
R - Reality TV Show: No thanks. Though I ocassionally get sucked into Project Runway.
R - Right or Left: Righty.

S - Song Last Heard: Something at work. Either Belle and Sebastian or Spoon.
S - Season: Winter.
S - Sex: Yes, please!

T - Time you woke up: 8:30
T - Time Now: 11:24
T - Time for bed: Somewhere between 12:30 and 2, hopefully

U - Unknown Fact about me: I am an EXCELLENT liar.
U - Unicorns?: Oh, pretty!
U - U are?: Alphabet foul!! I call an alphabet foul!

V - Vegetable you hate: Lima beans.
V - Vegetable you love: Mushrooms, zucchini, beets.
V - View on Politics: Screaming left liberal, borderline socialist.

W- Worst Habits: Procrastinating.
W- Where are you going to travel next? Bed. And as in leaving the apartment, work.
W- Weight: too much. According to me anyways. ('bout 135, give or take).

X - X-Rays: Got a collection, want to see?
X - X-Rated Porn: Is there any other kind?
X - X-xtra special someone: I'm gonna go with "no" on this one.

Y - Year you were born: 1980
Y - Year it is now: 2006
Y - Yellow?: I like.

Z - Zoo Animal: Polar bears.
Z - Zodiac: Virgo, with a capital VIRGO. Look it up in the dictionary, there's a picture of me. Organizing something.
Z - Zoolander: Didn't like the movie.