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Buy My Friends’ Music

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Two friends of mine recently released CDs and I’m gonna recommend them to you… right… now:

I went to high school with Eliza Lynn but didn’t really get know her until a new year’s party a couple years ago when I first heard her sing her bluesy, old-timey tunes. Holy smackers! That night she gave me a copy of her first CD, Frisky or Fair, in exchange for my as-yet-then and as-yet-now unreleased album. She’s still waiting. (It’s almost done, Eliza!) In the meantime, she managed to record and release The Weary Wake Up. I’ve been listening to “Weary” (the song) pretty non stop the last couple days — especially the vocal good times towards the end. It makes me happy. Almost as happy as “Puddin’ Pie.”

I only knew Thea Lux a couple of weeks before I went to see her band, “Let’s Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop,” and like most of the others in the audience that night, I didn’t really know what to make of them. I was pretty sure, however, that they were awesome — weird and awesome… and fun… and awesome… but definitely weird. They just released their first full-length CD: Listening. If you like short songs, you should definitely go buy it right now. Go buy it on iTunes. For some reason it’s only $5.99. There are few things better in life than hearing Thea sing “Loved Song,” although I’m also a sucker for “VIP Room.”

What are you waiting for?

Oh Those Crazy Days of College Days

Monday, October 29th, 2007

My mom has my entire life (as well as my brothers’ lives) carefully chronicled in an elaborate system of closets, cabinets, boxes and drawers.  When I mentioned the Columbia University Marching Band’s appearance on The Late Show, she disappeared for about thirty seconds before reemerging with a dusty VHS video tape in her hand.

I Wanna Be The Teacher’s Pet

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

I started taking classes in September. It’s been almost 10 years since I did homework or took a test of any kind. It’s kind of fun. Mostly I enjoy accumulating points. My brother Aric asked if I was the teacher’s pet, which made me pause for a moment.

You see, GPH 436 is like going to a stand up show in an empty club. Anyone who’s ever been on stage knows how important the audience is. Unless you’re Don Hedeker, who can put on a manic show for a couple of goldfish, the audience can make or break a performance. My professor is a smart guy, but he definitely feeds off of his audience. When we ask questions and answer his, he’s a better teacher. So maybe I raise my hand more than the others, but I do it for the greater good.

(By the way, The Polkaholics will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary at Martyrs on November 9th. I guarantee it will be a fun show.)