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***July Twenty Third Two Thousand and Seven***



Nothing terribly exciting to report - three new photo journal entries, some music to download, yadda yadda.  I tried
to take some fuckin' rock photos the other night and I forgot my flash at home.  Who's the asshole now?

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"The dots are where I say they are. Melody and tune, that's your trade, Terence. You're a tunesmith."

Dinosaur Jr. - Back To Your Heart.  The new Dinosaur album slays.  I honestly never expected to say that phrase
again for the rest of my life. 
Bonus: Been There All The Time

Explosions In The Sky - Catastrophe And The Cure.  I've been finding it hard to listen to these guys and NOT
think of the television show Friday Night Lights.  Which is a great show, by the way.

Guillemots - Trains To Brazil.  Nothing else this band has released even comes within the ballpark of being as
great as this song.  Really, most of their other material is rather mediocre. 

Herman Dune - I Wish That I Could See You Soon.  This song is even more awesome than the one above, and
the record it is taken from (Giant) is pretty great as well.  There is a heavy Jonathan Richman vibe coming from this
multi-national collective, and I like it. 

Hood - The Negatives.  I always feel as if I should like this band more than I do.  They always have a song or two
I like, and I really like the way the band sounds, but I rarely if ever think to listen to them.

Riff Raff - Everygirl.  I have no idea why this band isn't better known, given it was the punk band that Billy Bragg
got his start in.  The songs are super catchy and get stuck in my head constantly. 
Bonus: I Wanna Be A Cosmonaut
            Romford Girls.

The Broken West - Brass Ring.  Whoever does the "talent scouting" for Merge seriously has a golden ear.  They
keep coming up with these out-of-nowhere bands that are wicked talented, and combined with their senior circuit of
established rockers they seem to never release a subpar album.
Bonus: Down In The Valley

Zumpano - The Party Rages On.  I already talked about this band a few entries back, but needless to say they
were an enormously overlooked pop group.





***July Sixth Two Thousand and Seven***


    

I got my first roll of photos with the Lomo Fisheye developed.  Some mixed results, and I obviously need to try a
little harder not to take photos with the lens cap on, but a few fun shots.  Click on the thumbnails to see larger...

               

               

Also put up a second chunk of vacation photos in the photo journal section.  Still got a couple more to go. 


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I have theories, you don't wanna hear them...

Dead Prez - Hip Hop.  I think I've mentioned this before, but Dead PRez are easily one of the best hip hop artists
working today...they go beyond the superficial clap-trap of what fills the airwaves and actually produce songs of
substance.

Dezurik Sisters - The Arizona Yodeler.
  I've been really loving classic yodeling songs lately, and I have no ex-
planation for why.  All of these tracks are from a compilation called "American Yodeling, 1911 - 1946", and it's a
collection of variosu styles, from classic country to blues to folk to cowboy songs to tracks you'd be hard pressed
to categorize.  Anyways, it's one of the best records I've heard all year, and really the last few years. 
Bonus: Emmet Miller - Lovesick Blues.
               Goebel "The Texas Drifter" Reeves - The Yodelin' Teacher.
               Rex Griffin - You Got To Go To Work. 

John Phillips - Topanga Canyon.
  Honestly, I've never been much a fan of The Mamas & The Papas, but this
solo album of drug-fueled L.A. canyon country-rock from the late sixties does it to me every time.   

Os Mutantes - A Minha Menina.  This wacky Brazilian pop never gets old.
Bonus: Baby.

Pas/Cal - C.A.U. (Sans Muscle).
   This wacky non-Brazilian pop never gets old either. 

S.L.A. - It's All Over No Baby Blue.   Great cover of a great song by these Bay Area locals. 

Snake Flower II - Mind Games.   Also local, I randomly caught these kids opening for the River City Tanlines...
kinda made me think of a psychedelic 70's Neil Young or something. 

The Black Keys - Sad, Sad Song.  I've run out of things to say.  Good song, great band, never been disappointed
with any of their records. 





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