Sunday, January 28, 2007

Sesame Chicken Drycleaning And Other Hits

What I'm Listening To Right Now: Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Matt Sweeney: Superwolf
Who I've Been Obsessively Listening To: Charles Mingus

I wonder exactly how many blog entries have been written about mixtapes? And, damn, I know that making it my first entry might be.... well, really, fuck it. I've never had a blog, and have little experience with blogs, I'm naive about this. I'm just approaching this entry in a guarded fashion. Trying to declare my coolness before delving into a geeky labyrinth and tussling with a minotaur that's going to point out all my loserish tendencies to sit in front of itunes and import all my cds so I can make that perfect transition from "II B.S." by Charles Mingus into "This Ain't No Picnic" by the Minutemen. So, yeah, fuck it. Fuck being guarded and hip and fuck talking about some social significance of sharing music with others or other intellectual wankery.

Making mix cds is fun. It kinda fulfills the dream I've had of being a free-form radio DJ. Plotting out playlists where Otis Redding rubs elbows with The Feelies and movie scores. It brings me a lot of joy. Just listening to music is the most fun I can think of having. Last night, my girlfriend, Amanda and I made a mix CD for her friend Sarah. We stayed up until 5:35 am, drinking and searching for that Bonnie "Prince" Billy song where he sings "all around", we found it, it had it in the parentheses "Nomadic Revere (All Around)". It was some of the most fun we've had together in a couple of weeks.

It's been a tiring couple of weeks, we've both been working alot. I am a waiter at a small fine dining restaurant less than a half a mile from my house. Amanda's the assistant manager of a used book store up in North Raleigh. Lately we've only seen eachother at the end of our shifts, and occasionally during the times where the two of us aren't working in the morning or sleeping in. So it was really nice last night to stay up late without having to worry about working or doing something with someone or shopping for some important items.

I've been making mix cds for quite a while now. I missed the mix tape era, mainly because my cd players never had tape decks attached or my tape deck didn't have a slot for a second tape. Mainly an equipment problem. Though I was passed the occasional tape now and again, mostly lame 90's grunge whatnot, (as that was the period we're discussing). Silverchair, Bush b-sides, Stone Temple Pilots etc. were what I mostly had to deal with. What I really longed for I didn't know really existed, I caught tired glimpses of it on Alternative Nation/120 minutes when flipping through a friend's cable television late at night during sleepovers. What peaked my interest was just a roadblock in my friend's quest (and well, mine too, but that music was awesome, what was that?!) to find porn on cable, without waking their parents.

i started writing this at 2:30 in the morning, and when I returned to it twelve hours later, couldn't pick up my train of thought, so...
to be continued...

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