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1. I downloaded Band of Horses' "Everything All The Time" last night and it's really quite awesome. The singer might as well be the guy from the Shins, but the band has a much wider texture palette and the songs are, for the most part, quite fantastic. It's a great album to usher in Spring.

2. I was nervous about last night's live draft in the LJ-only fantasy baseball league; as it turns out, it was totally awesome and I'm forever sold on the format. In the past, I did some very minor pre-ranking adjustments and just hoped for the best; last night, I had a much better idea of where I wanted to go - and it was really quite fun having to make adjustments based on what other people were doing. Next year I'll make sure I'm a bit more prepared, but all in all I'm actually OK with my team. I've got no speed, and I've got 2 super-young starting pitchers, but I like my offense.

C - Michael Barrett
1B - Carlos Delgado / Jason Giambi
2B - Mark Loretta
SS - Bobby Crosby
3B - Eric Chavez
OF - Manny Ramirez
OF - Carlos Beltran
OF - Preston Wilson
Bench - Jay Gibbons / Lyle Overbay

SP - Dontrelle Willis
SP - Roy Halladay
SP - Zach Duke
SP - Matt Cain
SP - Francisco Liriano
RP - Brandon Lidge
RP - Derrick Turnbow

3. The Good Evening show went pretty well on Monday, aside from some major technical difficulties. I'm pretty much done with Sin-E, at this point - the sound on the stage is absolutely dreadful. We had zero turnout but there were a lot of people in the audience while we were performing, which was nice - we were also asked to do an interview after the show by a film crew who were there for a different act, which was wierd but also fun. We also might be playing Bridgeport, CT in May, and if we're going that far out of our way we'll try to get something in Boston, too, since most of you live there, anyway.

4. Coming down with Kath's cold, which is not awesome.

Thought I had enough for 5. Maybe later.
I saw Band of Horses open for Iron & Wine back in June in Northampton, MA (at the Iron Horse, ironically,) and though I wasn't overly impressed, all the praise they've gotten lately is inspiring me to give them another go.
They're the sort of band that I probably wouldn't want to see live. The album sounds great but it's the sort of thing where the album is as good as those songs are going to sound.
1 - Usher has many albums that he considers "great" every Spring.
3 - just be glad to have played at Sin-E and therefore scraping a little piece of history into your handbag. Sounds like it was fun-ish. Do you wear earplugs live? Something I've discovered is that I SHOULD wear earplugs. I cannot trust the monitors to return my vocals at an appropriate volume, so if I put earplugs in, I can hear myself great... through my own head. If I need to hear more of something, I just ask the guys on stage to adjust their volumes accordingly and/or stand in a different spot.
It's not that I don't trust soundmen, it's the issue of "why should I bother?" because half the gigs I play have great sound and the other half have none. So earplugs it is.

5 - Hurwitz quits