I can't lie. I really enjoy the first day of fall classes.
I catch everything now. I see every furtive glance at a map or schedule by image-concious freshmen, notice every meticulously arranged "first day" outfit and revel in smiles offered by those given the opportunity to loose themselves of whatever adolescent baggage they dumped on the last day of high school.
I smirked to myself as i walked by the Houston Chronicle rep casting his sleazy commission-fueled spell over two freshman girls today. I could almost read their thoughts. Why did he choose us? Would we read the newspaper? OMG, Do we have to subscribe to get away from this guy? Their naivete was endearing. I wanted to tell them that they could walk away. Infact, that they could tell the goateed paper-pusher to go F himself, but i'm sure they'll figure that out shortly.
I've given a&m alot of flack for being the largest state-funded babysitting institution in the nation. At a university that places a premium on 'what you do' and what you're 'involved' in, there is little choice for former StuCo kids and Who's Who's' than to dive in headlong. Inclusion is a great feeling, and extra-curriculars can be some people's greatest joys. But I wish i could tell every freshman that, 'involvement' or not, they'll be fine. Believe it or not, your college experience isn't measured by crush party invites, leadership positions held or Buck Weirus watches. Ah, maybe i'm venting.
To every member of the class of '10: the best of luck to you, FLO or no FLO.
Somehow the stars have aligned and the heavens have opened up and blessed me with an early birthday gift. Broken Social Scene will be playing three Texas dates in late October, most notably the 26th at Stubb's and the 27th (my birthday) in Houston. Their label, Arts & Crafts, doesn't mention who they'll be touring with, but i'm assuming it will be either Metric or The Dears, who are both on A&C.
Broken Social Scene - Ibi Dreams of Pavement (live @ KCRW) (mp3)
Oh, and i got off with a warning after rolling through two consecutive stop signs this evening. I could not believe my good fortune.
I've been listening to these guys (and girl) for a couple of months now, and have grown to appreciate their style. The music is exceptionally melodic, but remains daring enough to be interesting. The eight piece collective released their first full length LP ( Floating World) this year and it's been met with varied reviews. They've garnered atttention and widespread praise from many bloggers, but recieved less than flattering attention from independent music media (*cough, pitchfork).
"Glockenspiels, trumpets, trombones, flugelhorns, chains, harps, cellos, melodicas, bells, Velcro,...a capella- group harmonies, Bible stories, Jeff Buckley balladic callisthenics, Ben Folds piano drama, a quick Rain Dogs-cum-Man Man freakout, Appleseed Cast guitar sprawl, a surfeit of time-signature changes..."; Reviewer Marc Hogan can say what he wants to about the cd because, frankly, he writes for pitchfork and they've never blown a record review. I think the live show will be amazing, not in spite of, but rather because of, the litany elements the band incorporates. Be that as it may, their noon timeslot on sunday has them out of the festival limelight and poised to play to a small, but lucky, crowd. I know i'll be there.
Anathallo - Hanasakajijii (One: The Angry Neighbor) (mp3) Anathallo - Hanasakajijii (Four: A Great Wind, More Ash) (mp3)
I'm already getting excited for ACL in September, and seeing Sufjan at the Paramount.
Paramount Theater in Austin
I'll be putting up ACL preview posts and mp3s in the next couple of weeks, but here is what will be bangin in the honda for the next month.
My August Mix. Midlake - Roscoe (mp3) The Acorn - Plates & Saucers (mp3) Destroyer - Virgin With a Memory (mp3) Jose Gonzalez - Hand on Your Heart (mp3) TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me (mp3) The Knife - Heartbeats (mp3) The Foundry Field Recordings - Warning Raids Over Kiev (mp3) Midlake - We Gathered In Spring (mp3) Bishop Allen - Click Click Click Click (mp3) Islands - Rough Gem (mp3) Peter and the Wolf - The Fall (mp3) Cold War Kids - We Used to Vacation (mp3) Tacks, the Boy Disaster - Frozen Feet (mp3) Voxtrot - Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Wives (mp3)