May 16th, 2001

full life

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So I went crazy and bought a whole mess-o-stuff yesterday, including:

1. the new Weezer
2. Shuggie Otis, "Inspiration Information"
3. the new R.E.M. (for the woman)
4. Bob Dylan, "Blood on the Tracks"
5. Bob Dylan, "Bringing it all back home"
6. the Best In Show DVD

Here's what Pitchfork has to say about the new Weezer record.

I'm inclined to agree, to some extent. There's nothing urgent about it. And Rivers Cuomo has just totally gone pansy-ass soft - pretty much every lyric is all mushy, sappy love stuff. Where's the "Jonas"? Where's the funny? Where's the full-out rock assault? Plus it's only 28 minutes long. What the shit is THAT about? It's been, what, 4 years?

That said, it's nice to have some new Weezer, and my bitterness is really just because it's early. It's an enjoyable listen, but there's nothing timeless about it.

Oh, and the new R.E.M. is pretty weak. I lost my fanatical interest in them at around the time "Automatic for the People" became overplayed. If you listen carefully, you'll see that pretty much 90% of their songs are all in the same tempo and every chord change happens in the same place. It's boring. (Sorry, babe!)

Shuggie is awesome, though.

More to come - gotta get some work done.
  • Current Music
    Shuggie Otis, "Inspiration Information"
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where it's at

(from emode's rockstar test)

Jeremy, your inner rock star is Beck.

Yeah baby, the rock star part of you is all Beck. Women are enthralled by your seductive energy, a perfect mix of intrigue and poetry. You and Beck have got it all together because you're unafraid to say exactly what's on your mind, and let everyone in on your quirky point of view. Intellectual and sexy, you continually dodge conventional stereotypes with your eclectic personal style. But when you really break it down, it's just your great sense of humor and easygoing talent that makes the crowds go wild. Throw a fiesta, and inspire your inner Beck.
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So I actually wrote some lyrics last night on the subway. I don't necessarily know what music they're for, but they're not terrible. It's a start, at the very least. Having been in a Dylan-intensive reality for the last 72 hours, I'm starting to pick up some of his tricks (i.e., built-in structures)... He sets up a rhyme scheme, setting the listener up for the end of the couplet, but what happens between line 1 and 2 is where his genius is. And so the end of line 2, where the rhyme finishes, is more like a payoff or a punchline. Plus cramming 23 syllables in a space meant for 10 catches you off guard.

OK, but still, I've got 8 pieces of music right now with no lyrics, and not really a lot of time these days...

Today has now officially slowed to a dead stop.
  • Current Music
    Weezer, (green)
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well, i'll tell you, i might have mixed feelings about the new Weezer, but it's been in my cd player for the last 3 hours (which translates into over 6 run-throughs) and i haven't really complained too much about it.