Journal

  • Oh, no!

    8 Nov 2008, 03:10 by dturgentbyrne

    It's a mindless "YR TOP " survey to keep me amused for a few minutes!

    1. How did you get into 30? (The Onion)
    I find the weekly publication somewhat amusing, so I began listening to the podcast.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? (John Vanderslice)
    Time Travel Is Lonely

    3. What's your favorite lyric by 7? (Ok City Ok)
    Either "She gets mad and makes that Kabuki face," or "Navigating by parallel lines that intersect in incoherent lives." It depends on my mood.

    4. What is your favorite album by 9? (Modest Mouse)
    The Lonesome Crowded West.

    5. How many albums do you own by number 13? (Spacehog)
    The three officially released ones, plus one promo of their second album (it's different than the officially released one), and another promo EP, plus various singles.

    6. What is your favorite song by 28? (Ghostland Observatory)
    Silver City

    7. Is there a song by 12 that makes you sad? (Toadies)
    Not really. Maybe Away, kinda.

    8. What is your favorite song by 15? (Gorillaz)
  • Blue October, plus a crappy mix

    13 Nov 2007, 15:51 by dturgentbyrne

    I get made fun of for liking Blue October. I don't care, though. I like a lot of music, and they are one of the bands I like. And "Overweight" is one of the best songs, ever.

    A month ago, I heard they were having a concert in town on November 17th. I was bummed, because I don't have spending money right now (my husband and I just moved and are still paying on the apartment deposits and disconnect/reconnect fees for all of our utilities), so I wouldn't be able to go.

    Well. Last week I got a call from 101X, the local "rock" station, saying that my "U-mix" had been picked. The "U-mix" is something they've been advertising: You go on their site, pick five songs you'd like to hear together on the radio, and if they deem your mix cool enough they'll call you and you get to introduce the songs, and probably win something. I won Blue October tickets, along with "meet and greet" passes!

  • Great Moments in Synchronicity, episode 1: Leaving Florida

    1 Oct 2007, 22:43 by dturgentbyrne

    On September 19, 2007, my dad and I were driving west on I-10, through Pensacola. Having exausted most every CD in the truck (White Stripes, The Shins, Jet, Supertramp, Kissinger, The Police, Ok City Ok, and Ghostland Observatory), we dug up one of my mix CDs on which I had randomly thrown eighty minutes worth of music on and stuck it in the CD player.

    At mile marker 6, Florida by Modest Mouse began to play. My dad lol'd as the line "Even as I left Florida..." was sung.

    Because that is what we were doing at that moment: Leaving Florida.
  • A mix CD about the last 2 1/3 (or 10) years of my life....

    29 May 2006, 13:30 by dturgentbyrne

    Sometimes I make mix CDs just for the hell of it. Just to have songs I like in a certain order (even if I all ready have them in a different order on five other CDs). Sometimes I make a mix CD with a theme that isn't that apparent upon first listen. Sometimes I make mix CDs as "soundtracks."

    This is a soundtrack. One to the past two years, four months of my life. (Or ten years-- depends on how you look at it.) I made it because I needed to have these songs in this order. I made copies for my two best friends, as a token of appreciation (I made them read a long, boring, somewhat depressing written version of the events these songs are supposed to represent).

    This isn't one of those mix CDs I made to sound good. It was made because the lyrics of the song relate to the events... That's why there are so many bad songs on here.

    105.6 miles north of sanity
    01. The Dream
    02. In Asking Land
    03. Sister Awake
    04. El Mañana
    05. Was It You?
    06. Harriet's Got a Song
    07. Plastic Mylar
  • Emo? More like EMU...

    5 May 2006, 01:45 by dturgentbyrne

    These latest "hot surveys" seem perfectly tailored to me and my quest to debunk every mis-conception currently held about me. The last one proved I wasn't as un-mainsteam as others would like you to think, and this one may just prove that I'm not as "emo" as others would say I am...

    1. Take your top ten artists and get their 'emo rating' If you look on the artist page and then click "Tags" you can see how many times they've been tagged "Emo"

    Spoon - 13
    Talking Heads - 7
    Voxtrot - 0
    David Byrne - 0
    Kissinger - 0
    The Real Heroes - 0
    The Handsome Charlies - 0
    Brian Eno - 7
    Stone Temple Pilots - 12
    Girling - 0

    2. Add them all together and divide by 10 to get the average...
    3.9 (hey, that's my GPA!)

    3. Then divide that by the average of the top ten emo artists, which is: 826.8
    0.004716981

    4. Multiply your result by 100 to get a percentage
    0.47%

    See, I'm not emo at all! (Though it does sicken me how only four out of my top ten artists are not from Austin, Texas.)
  • Bands I won't see...

    3 May 2006, 17:24 by dturgentbyrne

    Bands I won't see in Austin this weekend because Jason's car got repo'd and he expects me to give him rides to a from work:

    Household Names
    The Handsome Charlies
    Kissinger

    Take the damned bus to work... That's what I used to do, not ask you for a ride!
  • More Mainstream Than YOU

    26 Apr 2006, 18:45 by dturgentbyrne

    You know what to do...

    Spoon 86,972
    Talking Heads 100,685
    Voxtrot 4,600
    David Byrne 24,250
    Kissinger 420
    The Real Heroes 211
    The Handsome Charlies 45
    Brian Eno 63,857
    Stone Temple Pilots 67,908
    Girling 3 (yes, that one is correct)

    TOTAL: 348,951
    DIVIDE BY 10: 34,895
    DIVIDE BY AVERAGE (231,930): 15% mainstream

    See? I'm pretty damn mainstream (or at least more mainstream than a lot of others who have posted this), despite what others say about me!
  • Bands I saw Thursday, Friday, and Saturday:

    19 Mar 2006, 17:16 by dturgentbyrne

    Voxtrot (Thursday night)
    Hell yeah! I love them even more now! Thank you, random dude at the coffee shop for mentioning them to me back in October (if that's who you were talking about)! I did not cry during "The Start of Something." I thought that I would, but instead I started shaking and smiling like and idiot. I still heard what I've mis-heard from the beginning. I even looked at his lips as he sang and mis-saw what I had been mis-hearing. I guess that a certain event 10 years past will never let me hear the true line. (Oh, and I find Ramesh to be pretty attractive.)

    The Handsome Charlies (Friday and Saturday)
    I still love these guys so much. I am so glad they opened for The Real Heroes back in '04 or I would have never heard of them. I'm so glad Sam busted out his clarinet during "New York City" that night or I probably wouldn't have actually listened (sometimes, I don't listen to opening bands).

    I attempted to see Kissinger Thursday, but they canceled the show I could make it to. …
  • This one actually seems interesting...

    25 Feb 2006, 17:22 by dturgentbyrne

    Name your top 10 most played bands on Last.fm:

    1. Spoon
    2. Talking Heads
    3. Kissinger
    4. Voxtrot
    5. David Byrne
    6. The Real Heroes
    7. The Handsome Charlies
    8. Stone Temple Pilots
    9. Outkast
    10. Girling

    Now answer the questions according to the numbers:

    -- what was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    26
    Andy Langer used to play it all of the time on 101X in Austin. I was in love Andy Langer's show and I listened every Sunday... I fell in love with "26." It was so fun.

    -- what is your favourite album of 2?
    Stop Making Sense
    Of course, this changes depending on my mood. Right now it's Stop Making Sense. I especially like the intro for "Crosseyed and Painless" on this one!

    -- what is your favourite lyric that 5 has sung?
    (This is probably the hardest question on here! Lyrics are probably why I like this guys so much...)
    We just let things slide, all the way home
    Over all these years, and nothing was done
    Turn over once
    Turn over twice
    And now the clock has stopped
  • Gold is over-rated, anyway.

    5 Feb 2006, 17:20 by dturgentbyrne

    I was looking at the pages of top fans of Kissinger, and then I began to wonder: "Why is Gold Rush so popular?"

    I mean, I'd only heard it on the radio about twice back when I lived in Austin... And they never perform it live anymore...

    I still believe that the two best Kissinger songs are
    Testostoner
    Allison (though I am still unsure if I have that one tagged correctly on my computer since I've seen it "officially" spelled with only one L before it was released on Ear Candy and gained a second L.)

    I think I'm off to purchase some Voxtrot music online now, seeing as I'm somewhat rich. Or at least not poor anymore.