July 20, 2009

Music Rotation — 13 Jul

Posted in music at 7:44 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound “Roena: The Fania Legends of Salsa Collection, Vol. 4” (1994)genre: Salsa.
The Style Council “Confessions of a Pop Group” (1988)genre: Pop Jazz.
Department Of Eagles “In Ear Park” (2008)genre: Freak Folk.
Brian Wilson “Smile” (2004)genre: California Pop.
Cat Power “The Greatest” (2006)genre: Modern Torch Song.
Joan As Police Woman “To Survive” (2008)genre: Modern Torch Song.
Phoenix “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” (2009)genre: French Alternative Rock.
Pet Shop Boys “Yes” (2009)genre: Techno Pop.
Kings Of Leon “Because Of The Times” (2007)genre: Southern Rock-n-Soul.
Gomez “Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline” (2000)genre: British Alternative Rock.
The Veils “Sun Gangs” (2009)genre: Emoschlock.
The Bird And The Bee “Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future” (2009)genre: Techno Twee Pop. I’m obsessed with this album. It’s like overloading on a bag of sweet, syrupy taffy. Yummy.
Cantinero “Championship Boxing” (2004)genre: British Indie Rock.
The Feeling “Twelve Stops and Home” (2007)genre: Emoschlock.
Flight Of The Conchords “Flight Of The Conchords” (2008)genre: Comedy.
Til Tuesday “Welcome Home” (1986)genre: Anti-Prozac Pop.

July 12, 2009

Music Rotation — 6 Jul

Posted in music at 11:15 am by berzerkeleyan

This week:

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros “Up from Below” (2009)genre: Freak Folk.
Manic Street Preachers “Journal For Plague Lovers” (2009)genre: British Rock.
The Phoenix Foundation “Pegasus” (2006)genre: New Zealand Indie.
Patrick Watson “Wooden Arms” (2009)genre: Canadian Indie Rock.
Paul Weller “22 Dreams” (2008)genre: Mod Rock.
The Bird And The Bee “Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future” (2009)genre: Techno Twee Pop. Currently in very, very heavy rotation.
The Veils “Sun Gangs” (2009)genre: Emoschlock.
Sara Lov “Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming” (2009)genre: Twee Folk.
Lush “Spooky” (1992)genre: Shoegazer.

July 10, 2009

A Shell of Its Former Self

Posted in hiking, pacific northwest, volcanoes at 1:47 pm by berzerkeleyan

A Shell of Its Former Self, originally uploaded by Out and Aboot the World.

I’ve wanted to visit Mount St. Helens ever since it exploded when I was twelve years old. This is the view from the Johnston Observatory. The park folks have done a very nice job describing the event and its aftermath. If you want to compare my photo with this volcano’s former self, go here. It was remarkable seeing firsthand the scale and totality of destruction caused by the eruption.

And so began my first hike around Mount St. Helens. It was memorable for the wrong reason.

July 6, 2009

Music Rotation — Jun 29

Posted in music at 1:07 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

June & The Exit Wounds “‘A Little More Haven Hamilton, Please'” (1999)genre: California Pop.
Manic Street Preachers “Lifeblood” (2004)genre: British Alternative Rock.
Razorlight “Razorlight” (2006)genre: Britpop.
The Raveonettes “Pretty In Black” (2005)genre: Neo-60s ElectroRock.
Winger “Winger” (1988)genre: Hair Metal.
Stereophonics “You Gotta Go There To Come Back” (2003)genre: Brit Pop.
The Stills “Logic Will Break Your Heart” (2003)genre: Post Punk Revival. The decade is almost up. And this album is still holding the top spot as my favorite album of The Oughts.
Kings Of Leon “Only By The Night” (2008)genre: Southern Rock-n-Soul.
Aldo Nova “Subject…Aldo Nova” (1983)genre: 80’s Synth Rock.
Various Artists “Dark Was The Night” (2009)genre: American/Canadian Indie.
Manic Street Preachers “Journal For Plague Lovers” (2009)genre: British Rock. This is a very nice return to form for MSP. Taut, lean, and mean.