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May. 14th, 2008 09:11 pm
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (road trek)
I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to getting on Pandora. [ profile] jmargethe introduced me to the site, ages ago, but because I didn't have high-speed access at the time it wasn't really an option. Then I kind of forgot about it for awhile. I ran across the site again the other day, though, and this Music Genome Project thing is really, really working for me. It seems like I've discovered more new music over the past week than during the preceding year.
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (Love of Carmen)
On Christmas Eve, the family got together as we usually do at my sister Carmen's McMansion in Voorhees, where per our customary practice gifts were exchanged at midnight.

I'm indebted to Carmen's daughter April, "my favorite niece" (we're only a few years apart, so more like siblings), for supplying me with gift suggestions for all of my relatives back there, since I live so far away and I have trouble keeping track of what people are in to and have.

Potlatch )

I wish that I could include pictures of the event and the ensuing sea of torn paper, but my camera died on the eve of this trip. So I'll have to wait for my relatives to email them to me, then maybe I'll make a separate post.
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (Locas2)
Meme, per [ profile] aztecson:

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, SHAPING YOUR SUMMER. Post these instructions in your LJ along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening to.

7 Songs, 7 Tags )

All Ages

May. 28th, 2007 08:46 pm
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (springheeljack)
I only managed to get down to Folklife for part of the day on Sunday, and ended up spending most of the afternoon swaying and stomping at the very un-folksy Ska tent with [ profile] sleepwhenimdead and [ profile] sarrabellum. There was actually one fella there in Old School Ska regalia: black suit, black hat with a headrag underneath, white socks, one pant leg rolled up past the ankle. Then there were all these kids in pastels--some of them like junior-high-school age. I love how Ska bridges those generational divides--and convinces all of us that we can actually dance.

I wonder whether Mr. Old School's knees felt any less abused than mine, after the sway and stomp ...
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (quijote2)
I've been on one of my periodic flamenco kicks, lately. why everything sounds better with castanets )
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (watch)
"Orphans is a dead kid driving a coffin with big tires across the Ohio River wearing goggles and a wife beater with a lit firecraker in his ear."

Gotta love Tom's stream of consciousness, there. Seriously, I love this album! Faves so far: the rockabilly "Lie to Me" (in which Waits does his best Young Elvis imitation), "Lucinda," "Road to Peace," and "World Keeps Turning."
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (paulie salud!)
A friend had the excellent taste to suggest going to see The Departed on Sunday, and, man, did I ever love that movie. By my lights, at least, The Departed is the most vivid, memorable, and rousing Scorsese film since Goodfellas.

Great music, too: I've had The Dropkick Murphy's "I'm Shipping Off To Boston" ringing in my ears, ever since walking out of the theater. As The Village Voice puts it: "The Departed, after all, is a movie about Irish people doing violent shit in Boston, and the Dropkick Murphys are a band that sing about Irish people doing violent shit in Boston; it's a match made in heaven." Or a match made in Southie, anyway.
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (goin' to hell)
Another aspect of Saturday's--in fact, this weekend's--splendidness derived from attending my friends Pam and Kerri's housewarming party, that evening. Pam's a former coworker with a rock-star swagger and seemingly boundless energy, and she and Kerri form two-thirds of Danielli, a favorite local band. (I knew that Danielli was my kind of band before I ever heard them, when I read that their influences included Neko Case, the Dead Kennedys, and Carson McCullers ...)

Pam and Kerri's house is charming, but with Friday the Thirteenth and Halloween both right around the corner, I suppose that it was inevitable that the party's theme was hell and damnation: Helluva Party )
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (watermelon)
The radio alarm woke me yesterday with a July Fourth music mix I might have programmed, myself: "One Time, One Night (in America)" by Los Lobos; "Fourth of July" by X; "American Girl" by Tom Petty; plus a number of other obvious but pretty cool choices by the likes of the Blasters and Dylan. Consequently, I spent the day with lines like "She couldn't help thinkin' there was/ Somethin' a little bit more/ To life somewhere else" and "On the stairs I smoke a cigarette alone/Mexican kids were shootin' fireworks below" ringing in my ears.

Somewhere Else )

Shootin' Fireworks )
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (headphones burns away)
I've been meaning to go to the Baltic Room's annual Diwali/Bollywood party, well, since I missed last year's. So was I going to let a little thing like a recently dislocated shoulder and multiple pulled muscles stop me? Hell, no!

So, in what might have been described as an excess of joi de vivre, I shed my sling, put on some cool clothes and went with my coworker Ajitha & her partner Diwakr to (belatedly) ring in the Hindu Near Year, last night. It was like Brimful of Asha on the 45 (with live percussion!) till the wee hours.

Amazingly, I appear to have damaged myself in no important way--especially considering that I dislocated my shoulder for the first time a dozen years ago while ... dancing. But last night's calesthenics were, ah, less vigorous than that at infamous incident.

But, man, am I sore! Good thing I got to sleep, today ...


May. 30th, 2005 06:01 pm
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (wirewear)
I want to say "thanks" to [ profile] sarrabellum  and [ profile] sleepwhenimdead  for Saturday: after the latter helped me with my little book sale (which actually generated more cash than anticipated), I finally got to see their new house (which made me nostalgic for the days when I had a yard), and then the group of us all went down to the Seattle Center for Folklife.  We had a picnic lunch, they got their faces painted, we listened to various acts involving everything from bagpipes to dijeridoos, did a little shopping at the fair.  We even went up to the top of the Space Needle--something I haven't done in years, and never before without some guest to entertain.  It was a nearly-perfect day for it, with Seattle and its environs drenched in sunlight and the mountains at least mostly visible.  I'm really glad we made it out there, Saturday--especially given the gloomy skies we've had for the rest of the weekend ...
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (headphones burns away)

Last night, [ profile] attam , Jackie & I went to see Danielli at the Mars Bar.  The three of us used to work with Danielli's bassist, Pam, at my old company--it was great to see Pam, again: She's just this funky, friendly, upbeat chica who really, really ought to be a rock star.  (She writes fiction, too, these days, it turns out ...)  Danielli only played a short set, but they rocked, and I gather that there were some record company people there, so it was an important night.  I hope it pans out for them.

saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (zorro)
The other night, my friends Iain and Roxane and I went to see a Flamenco show at "La Porta," a Greek restaurant in Seattle's Eastlake neighborhood. The artists were the band "Carmona Flamenco," who accompanied la bailarína flamenca muy linda y talentosa, Ana Montés. (Roxane teased me that I'm un poco enamorado con Ana Montés. ..) This was my third Flamenco show. ¡Me gusta mucho! I'd love to learn to play the guitar or el cajón for Flamenco. Well, it looks really cool, anyway ... ;)
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (highway)

Instigated by [ profile] drglam :

* Reply to this message telling me which of these 20 artists you have also seen.
* Take the ones from my list that you have seen, and post them in your own LJ.
* Add more until you have 20 (recent, favorites, or just go for diversity ...).

Read more... )
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (17)
OK, it’s been 10 days: Click here to see my playlist answers.
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (changeyourlife burns away)
On your current playlist, hit shuffle and pick the first twenty songs on the list (no matter how cheesy or embarrassing), and write down your favourite line of the song. Try to avoid putting the song title in the line. Then, have your friends comment and see if they know the songs.

Some of my playlist selections should be pretty easy to guess; others might be just about impossible. I thought that it would be more interesting that way ... ! ;oD

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