Dec 112012

“We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when”

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Wait, I know exactly where and when.

Over at my new blog, just as soon as you click this link.

Yes that’s right, this blog is deprecated, or at very least on permanent hiatus. So please do drop by my new cyber-digs and say hello.

Aug 032009

WordPress Updated

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Hey folks, just updated the WordPress install on the blogs to the latest and greatest. If it gives you any grief, please let me know in the comments.

Jun 132009

Hey folks, sorry very much for the month-long hiatus. Life since Sasquatch was kind of beserk.

A few points of order. 1.) Do some spam issues on both my blogs, I’ve had to close comments on posts older than 14 days. Sorry for the inconvenience. 2.) I’ve also had to put some restrictions on the number of links in comments as a way to help Kismet filter out the spam. If you post more than 2 links, your comment will go into moderation. I’ll try to get it approved ASAP.

In recompence for my month of non-posting suckitude, here’s a slick new single that I’m kind of in love with. It’s by The Like and it’s called “June Gloom”:

Oct 222008

First off, for the two other people in the world who got the Kate Rusby reference: congratulations on joining me in the land of Epic World Folk Nerddom.

At any rate: this week’s column (and a review I’ve been working on of the new Oasis album) are late due to illness.  I’ll get them up as soon as my lungs start behaving and I stop having fever dreams about Regina Spektor playing me like a Steinway.

With any hope that will be either tonight or tomorrow.  For now, though, more sleep.

Jul 232008

WP Upgrade

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My cyber-roomy, the amazing Heather, did me the favor of upgrading the Word Press install here at FTT.  As usually happens with upgrades, it broke a few of the tweaks I’d made to the interface.  So if you can’t find something, please be patient; things will be back to normal soon-ish.

Jul 142008

So I had been relying on Word Press’ automated “you have a comment” emails, but recently those have started getting spam-canned. I think I have the problem solved, but if you made a comment and I didn’t respond, I’m going to blame it on an over-eager spam filter.

As recompense, here’s a video that the lovely, talented Ann (who, BTW, just got a new job, so be sure to stop by her blog and congratulate her) reminded me of in comments to last week’s Playlist:

Jul 042008


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Well, I’ve been thinking for awhile that I need to find a good embeddable audio plugin for WordPress. When I finally got around to it, it took me all of 30 seconds, thanks to the power of Google. So here’s an initial test of the creatively named Audio-Player plugin. If this works, then tomorrow sometime I’ll be posting a few tunes from a band which I’m pretty stoked about (and not just because I’m good friends with the singer.)

In the meantime, here’s some Louis Armstrong:

UPDATE: Well that was anticlimactic. It appears not to be working.

UPDATE 2: It helps if you upload all the needed files to the right place.  Should be working now.

Jun 272008

State of the Blog Address

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So I’ve been thinking lately: the weekly review thing has been a lot of fun and has been exceptionally informative, but I think it’s time for a definite break from it. The format as it was was good, but eventually got to feel decidedly like something I had to do rather than something I wanted to do. This is no one’s fault but my own.

Honestly, I think the experience of writing those reviews, all of music which I didn’t pick for myself, has been a great one. I think I’m a better writer and a better listener for the experience. But too often, with as busy as my life has been, I’ve considered it a chore. As chores go, it sort of necessarily ranks towards the bottom of things, since I don’t get paid for it and it’s not necessary for getting through my day. But I did feel like I had to do it. There were even days when I thought “oooh, I should write a FTT post about X! Oh, wait, I’m already a week overdue on my review, I shouldn’t post anything until I get that done . . . ”

So I think that it’s time for a hiatus from the reviews. Honestly, I think that this will increase the rate at which I post here and (hopefully) increase the quality. My friend Ann (half of the hot new movie blog Cine-ful Thoughts) made an excellent point today about “stopping by and just seeing more videos.” I think they’ve sort of become my default filler these days.

So here’s the deal: no more weekly reviews. But more posts, more actual content, less filler. I’m thinking of doing a sort of weekly music newsletter sort of thing. Instead of holding myself to reviews, I’d like to write more about the music industry, what I’m listening to at the moment, and what’s going on in the swiftly evolving world of modern music.

So I’m thinking that there will still be some sort of weekly post, but it will be more of the stuff I care about. With as busy as life is, I think that if I come to this project thinking “I get to write about X” as opposed to “I really should write about X”, then I’ll be better and happier about posting. But overall, and more importantly, I’m shooting for more frequent and more content-full posts. There will still be reviews and videos, just not on a schedule and not chosen by the readers.

For all of you who voted: thank you SO much. I’m a better listener and a better writer because of all of you. And thanks to everyone for reading. I hope you’ll continue to do so. I also hope you’ll all continue to participate in the comments. And now, I’m going to lead out with a video of the Dead Boys covering “Search and Destroy” by the Stooges.

P.S: I’m also going to do something one of these days about the plain default blogger template that I’ve been using. Note to self: learn PHP and a sense of visual aesthetics.

May 132008

Well, if all goes as planned, the Internet Gods (working through their avatar, Comcast Cable Installation Man) will be blessing my humble new abode with a some internets. Probably just a few at first, but, if the Internet God wills it, they will grow strong and multiply, their digital fecundity a marval for all to see.

. . . Uh, okay, so that went kind of a weird place. Anyway, the point is, I’m supposed to be getting Internet hooked up this afternoon, so posting should pick up in the next few days.

In the meantime, here’s another bit of Sasquatch! Festival Preview-y goodness. Here’s Seattle-based folk-popsters Fleet Foxes (Saturday, Noon, Sasquatch! Mainstage) with “Mykonos” off of their Sun Giant EP. Apologies for the lack of live video, I couldn’t find any videos of live performance that weren’t shaky-cam clips with poor sound.

May 072008

Well, this whole “no internet thing” is kind of a pain in the ass and will continue to be so until next Tuesday. I also don’t yet have my speakers set up at my new place yet, so as much as I hate to do this, it’ll probably be another week before I can get back to reviewing.

*Waits for the boos, hisses, and torrent of rotten fruit to die down.*

Many apologies. In the meantime, here’s the first installment in this year’s Sasquatch! Festival preview.

David Bazan, formerly of Pedro the Lion, will be rocking the stage on Saturday. I’ve not heard much of Bazan’s solo work, but I’m a huge fan of his work with Pedro the Lion. Here he is, early last year, playing my favorite PtL song, “Of Minor Prophets and Their Prostitute Wives”, at Messiah College: