September 16, 2014

September 14, 2014

aerosmith played here friday night. people were really excited about it, but i figured that was probably a lot just bc no big names ever play here. aerosmith have always seemed to me like one of those bands that’s widely known but not especially loved/favorited. i mean, like, people were pumped when it was announced that aerosmith was coming here, but i don’t think many of them necessarily would have said “aerosmith” if you asked “what major band would you like to see play here”. i dunno though. anyway, i don’t care much for aerosmith besides toys in the attic and this song, which i don’t think really sounds like an aerosmith song anyway (it was co-written with a professional songwriter, marti frederiksen, who also co-wrote most of the other songs on this album, but none of them seem very good). i’m not sure what it is about it—i mean, i have an embarrassing, deadly soft spot for like, 90s ~mainstream-under-the-influence-of-alternative guitar rock, but there’s something especially about the guitarchitecture of this song that i don’t know enough about music on a technical level to articulate, like aw man. most of this staging is fucking ridiculous (and gross, actually…v blatant about the whole women-as-decoration/props thing) but the back wall with the purple/blue light arrangement and tumbling veil-drape trapeze things fits those opening chords really good, i think

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September 14, 2014
RE: update

weirdly, now that i am actually doing things with my life day-to-day, i don’t really feel like i have anything more to say. not like i’m too busy to think of things to talk about or anything like that, just like…idk, still doesn’t seem any of it particularly worth talking about. so i guess a bit of an update dump:

i am back in university. (though, loans still pending so uhhh hahahaha) after transfer credits, i’m basically in the second year of a 4-year honors english degree. (thankfully the transfer credits got a lot of the core requirements out of the way, so after the anthro/soc course this year it’ll be pretty much all english ahead.) i’m taking: non-dramatic literature of the 16th century (full year; wasn’t really interested in this initially but actually it might be kinda cool), some anthro/soc course (full year; seems boring as hell but also not hard, so), history of the english language (full year; seems like a thing i’d be into, but idk, somehow not grabbing me…not bad, though), romantic poetry (half-year; had been meaning to familiarize myself with for ages anyway, prof seems nice/smart), and, the one i’m most (like actually quite) excited about, 20th century criticism and critical theory (technically half-year but like this is up to 1960 then next semester there’s 1960-present and i’m taking that too).

first half of first day i was mess of fried nerves then once i got over that i just kept thinking about how everything was futile anyway and felt really sad but after all that it’s been pretty much okay. still too intimidated to speak to anyone in any of my classes but hey.

the thing that seems like will be harder, more than the sheer workload, is keeping 5 little mostly-separate active compartments in my brain.

September 12, 2014
fuckmaniknowbuthey described the strawberry aero as being v neapolitan-ish, which had me a wicked of hyped to try it. the first thing you notice is how much heftier it is than a regular aero, even just when you pick it up off the rack—they’re using a thicker chocolate. (i get the impression they’re trying to angle it just a little “fancy”: the wrapper design goes vertical rather than horizontal, y’know, like lindt as compared to kit kat or whatever.) it’s not bad, the neapolitan note is actually pretty on point, and i think the “not cold” is more the lack for me than “no vanilla”. the chill in ice cream works, i think, as a mouthfeel offset for stuff that would be otherwise kinda gratingly sweet. milk chocolate, especially at room temperature, often runs to this sort of mouthfilling creamysugary, like that you feel in your teeth (this is why i tend to like my milk chocolates with wafer or nuts or something, i think) and the artificial strawberry flavor here just pushes it over the edge. the orange, though, which is made like a normal aero bar, is typical choc-orang—so, like a terry’s, basically—but totally solid. mint is still my favorite.

fuckmaniknowbuthey described the strawberry aero as being v neapolitan-ish, which had me a wicked of hyped to try it. the first thing you notice is how much heftier it is than a regular aero, even just when you pick it up off the rack—they’re using a thicker chocolate. (i get the impression they’re trying to angle it just a little “fancy”: the wrapper design goes vertical rather than horizontal, y’know, like lindt as compared to kit kat or whatever.) it’s not bad, the neapolitan note is actually pretty on point, and i think the “not cold” is more the lack for me than “no vanilla”. the chill in ice cream works, i think, as a mouthfeel offset for stuff that would be otherwise kinda gratingly sweet. milk chocolate, especially at room temperature, often runs to this sort of mouthfilling creamysugary, like that you feel in your teeth (this is why i tend to like my milk chocolates with wafer or nuts or something, i think) and the artificial strawberry flavor here just pushes it over the edge. the orange, though, which is made like a normal aero bar, is typical choc-orang—so, like a terry’s, basically—but totally solid. mint is still my favorite.

September 10, 2014

this book has simply had it, it is done

September 9, 2014
RE: have been dreading this for a while now

they finally stopped making the ipod classic :(((((

have had my 160gb for like…at least 5 years now, pretty sure more; it seems to be working ok besides the dwindling battery life. you can get a replacement battery for i think $70 or so?? but i would ideally, if i can scrape it somehow, like to buy another classic as backup before they are gone bc somehow there is (as far as i know) no other mp3 player on the market with that capacity and like, i’m down to 1 or 2gb free even when i’m trying to be tough about clearing shit, so

i don’t even know what to do…like i think i could learn to live w/o portable listening?? but i don’t know what else i would do with my music for actually listening to it…like, i can’t on the laptop for a bunch of reasons; attn span probably being the worst—bc like i find it not easy to get into a good focused listening mode anyway but w/ the whole internet etc sitting right there in the same box it’d be exponentially worse—but also that the laptop is noisy as fuck and would fuck with listening to anything that wasn’t busy/loud enough to drown it out

aaaaaaa aaaaaaa aaaaa i know how stupid it is that i am this bothered by this but

September 9, 2014
"The best perfumes are completely abstract, but as in other artforms, amateurs are more interested in the photorealistic—they are, in fact, more interested in a representational object that is just like a rose (or a woman, or burnt toast) than those items themselves."

— elisa gabbert on perfume from the self unstable, also me on chip/beverage flavors

September 7, 2014
we were talking about an episode of jem and this happened

we were talking about an episode of jem and this happened

September 6, 2014

imathers said: Cola people always ask that, like it’s weird to like anything else if you don’t like cola. I try not to drink any of it too often, but I like almost literally every other kind more; orange, sprite, root beer, ginger ale, various jarritos, etc

i am sorry about this presumptous colacentrism! and also thank you for pointing this out, bc as i think of it, like it’s definitely my first response, but i don’t really know why?? i mean it’s not like cola is the base of other sodas or anything… but also i am angry about jarritos now!!! they sound so good, aaaaaa…which ones have you tried?

September 5, 2014
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goodbyemisery:

murkytimeistimeschool:

imathers said: I will never understand why so many people I know love cola.

and vice versa! do you dislike cola or just not love it? are there any sodas you do love?

this was not directed at me, but…

although I agreed with yr reasoning for why pepsi beats coke, colas are probably my least favorite of the common soda varieties. actually, no, lemon-lime sodas are probably my least favorite, although they used to be among my favorites when I was younger. let’s see:

  1. ginger ale
  2. root beer
  3. dr. pepper
  4. cream soda
  5. orange soda
  6. mtn dew
  7. cola
  8. lemon-lime
    [am i forgetting anything else that should be considered a major variety? i assume i probably am]

obviously this list only deals in broad strokes - when you take individual brands and varieties into account it gets less simplistic, but overall I think this sums up my general preferences. i don’t actively dislike any of them.

ps: a good ginger ale is hard to find - I don’t like ones with too overpowering a ginger taste, but I don’t like it to be completely absent either. when i’m back in the states i should do a taste test and figure out what my favorite variety is.

pps: my favorite soda in bosnia is schweppes bitter lemon

(i should have known better but actually always counted dr. pepper as a cola! i love dr. pepper a lot though, it’d actually be my overall no. 2 soda after pepsi i think. to continue the analogy: big star maybe? underdog; a little less immediate/punchy but nicely nuanced; some bright/sweet but not quite the dominant vibe)

ginger ale is great and underrated too. my first association for is always having it w/ crackers if i was sick when i was a kid. idk if you guys have it but we have a brand here called sussex golden that i really really like, it’s…different, i’m not sure quite how to describe how?? (fuckmaniknowbuthey: help here?) but a similar of-the-type-but-unique relation to other ginger ales as barq’s:other root beers. (related: barq’s is my favorite root beer for sure—has that same little burn on the end as coke)

ok rough draft for me:

  1. cola
  2. dr. pepper
  3. mtn dew
  4. orange soda/cream soda (i almost never have these, but then when i do it’s like “oh shit this is so good”…i think the latter part depends on the former but i still enjoy them enough on those occasions to earn this spot—oh, and shout out to pink fanta!)
  5. lemon/lime (if we count san pellegrino limonata in this i might flip 4/5)
  6. root beer (i feel bad putting root beer this low bc i actually do really like it, i just never think to get it for some reason)

September 5, 2014

imathers said: I will never understand why so many people I know love cola.

and vice versa! do you dislike cola or just not love it? are there any sodas you do love?

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September 5, 2014
RE: pepsi

i was, for a very long time, staunchly a coke person. it was all about that little burn at the tail (still my favorite part of coke, mind). fuckmaniknowbuthey got onto pepsi a couple years ago, i ended up drinking more of it w/him, at his house, etc…i’m won over now, no question. pepsi is…brighter, somehow; less of a darkthick-syrupy character to it. it tastes like teenage fanclub guitars—not that i don’t still feel more like frosting on the beater sometimes, but

September 4, 2014
fuckmaniknowbuthey:

spaghetti and meatballs poutine (Smoke’s Poutinerie, September 2014)
I have eaten on as regular a basis as humanly possible at the Smoke’s location in my city ever since it opened (for you non-Canadians, Smoke’s is a chain of restaurants specializing entirely in ridiculously decadent novelty poutines) and while a great many things have changed about it over the years (the menu’s gone from small to rather bloated to kind of a weird middleground, and this past year the prices have skyrocketed to ridiculous fucking heights) there are two things that remain constant: the surprising consistency of quality (cuz like you’d think “fries, gravy, curds and some random extra toppings” would be kinda tough to fuck up but most other places manage it) and their lovable ridiculous monthly specials.
They’ve run the gamut from fairly straightforward (a beef variant on their chicken curry poutine, which was so fucking good that it actually breaks my heart it was a one-time-only thing) to kind of absurd (I forget what they called it but once I got a poutine that had Kraft Dinner, bacon and hot sauce on it) to just plain balls-to-the-wall stomach-churning but in the very best way (a pile of chicken wings, some celery and a blue cheese vinaigrette replacing the gravy), and when I stepped in for my first poutine of the new semester, BAM, it’s fucking spaghetti and meatballs w/ a gentle dusting of parmesan.
The combination of textures is a bit strange at first (like a lot of the attempts they’ve made at sticking large meat things in their poutines, you kinda have to just eat the meatballs separately cuz trying to catch a forkful of everything is a fool’s errand and will make a hellish mess) but the flavor balance is remarkably careful considering. Cheese-on-cheese runs a lot of risk of grating/honestly just kinda being nothing (Harvey’s once offered a burger w/ like…four kinds of cheese I think??? as the sole topping and it was easily the most bored I have ever been by what is otherwise consistently one of the most satisfying fast food burgers in the country) but the salty snap of the curds balances out parmesan’s very distinct flavor profile, and the spaghetti itself slides very naturally into the mix (Smoke’s has offered a brilliantly tangy homemade marinara sauce as a topping since day one and everything I’ve had made w/ it has been nothing less than a delight).

i miss smoke’s like hell, man
they make a regular and a large, as last i remember it was ~$7-8 after tax for a regular and ~$10-12 for a large, but the regular is very filling and the large is like, unfinishable in a single sitting (usually i’d be struggling by the last few bites of a reg, even). they are super good at the ridiculous fuckpile model of fast food, which i’m usually not that into?? like most mainstream fastfood stuff premised on “here’s the x you know with a fuckton of xtra meat/cheese/whatever on top” ends up just being cluttered to the point of flat/dullness (i.e. yeah, the above-mentioned harvey’s burger), but smoke’s almost always makes it at least a totally enjoyable novelty for the once, and then often even a solid regular eat. (there’s one called the hogtown—bacon, italian sausage, carmelized onions & mushrooms—that i had a bunch of times and was always excellent.) i muchly regret missing out on a lot of their monthly specials, both (foolishly) when i was still in hfx and also since i’ve been gone.

fuckmaniknowbuthey:

spaghetti and meatballs poutine (Smoke’s Poutinerie, September 2014)

I have eaten on as regular a basis as humanly possible at the Smoke’s location in my city ever since it opened (for you non-Canadians, Smoke’s is a chain of restaurants specializing entirely in ridiculously decadent novelty poutines) and while a great many things have changed about it over the years (the menu’s gone from small to rather bloated to kind of a weird middleground, and this past year the prices have skyrocketed to ridiculous fucking heights) there are two things that remain constant: the surprising consistency of quality (cuz like you’d think “fries, gravy, curds and some random extra toppings” would be kinda tough to fuck up but most other places manage it) and their lovable ridiculous monthly specials.

They’ve run the gamut from fairly straightforward (a beef variant on their chicken curry poutine, which was so fucking good that it actually breaks my heart it was a one-time-only thing) to kind of absurd (I forget what they called it but once I got a poutine that had Kraft Dinner, bacon and hot sauce on it) to just plain balls-to-the-wall stomach-churning but in the very best way (a pile of chicken wings, some celery and a blue cheese vinaigrette replacing the gravy), and when I stepped in for my first poutine of the new semester, BAM, it’s fucking spaghetti and meatballs w/ a gentle dusting of parmesan.

The combination of textures is a bit strange at first (like a lot of the attempts they’ve made at sticking large meat things in their poutines, you kinda have to just eat the meatballs separately cuz trying to catch a forkful of everything is a fool’s errand and will make a hellish mess) but the flavor balance is remarkably careful considering. Cheese-on-cheese runs a lot of risk of grating/honestly just kinda being nothing (Harvey’s once offered a burger w/ like…four kinds of cheese I think??? as the sole topping and it was easily the most bored I have ever been by what is otherwise consistently one of the most satisfying fast food burgers in the country) but the salty snap of the curds balances out parmesan’s very distinct flavor profile, and the spaghetti itself slides very naturally into the mix (Smoke’s has offered a brilliantly tangy homemade marinara sauce as a topping since day one and everything I’ve had made w/ it has been nothing less than a delight).

i miss smoke’s like hell, man

they make a regular and a large, as last i remember it was ~$7-8 after tax for a regular and ~$10-12 for a large, but the regular is very filling and the large is like, unfinishable in a single sitting (usually i’d be struggling by the last few bites of a reg, even). they are super good at the ridiculous fuckpile model of fast food, which i’m usually not that into?? like most mainstream fastfood stuff premised on “here’s the x you know with a fuckton of xtra meat/cheese/whatever on top” ends up just being cluttered to the point of flat/dullness (i.e. yeah, the above-mentioned harvey’s burger), but smoke’s almost always makes it at least a totally enjoyable novelty for the once, and then often even a solid regular eat. (there’s one called the hogtown—bacon, italian sausage, carmelized onions & mushrooms—that i had a bunch of times and was always excellent.) i muchly regret missing out on a lot of their monthly specials, both (foolishly) when i was still in hfx and also since i’ve been gone.

September 4, 2014

i heard about this a while ago: stefan jaworzyn—one of my, at least, top 5 favorite guitarists ever (exhibit a)—jamming with heather leigh murray, of my favorite charalambides model (exhibit b) (and damn fine in her own right, though i’m not super familiar with her solo stuff besides that killer chris corsano collab) (and like, pedal steel!! what a great instrument!! why aren’t more people doing weird stuff with it?) under the (very appropriate) name annihilating light. i was actually like, aching that i would never get to hear this, but then just now i found this excellent quality recording of! at first i thought it wasn’t quite as good as it sounded on paper, but i switched to headphones and cranked the volume and actually no, it’s fucking awesome, some time-slows-down/head-starts-to-feel-like-plastic-left-too-long-in-the-sun level intense shit—one of those walls of noise so overwhelming that it eventually hits a kind of meditative zone…which seems to be how both of them are going at it; murray looks totally tranced out, jaworzyn like yr dad fiddling with an old engine, all in the midst of….that sound, i actually can hardly describe it but i guess maybe kind of like all the sounds conventional electric guitarists would aim to avoid, at like tenfold past the can’t-hear-yrself-think threshold. oh my god this is good

September 3, 2014

a complete lilys performance from 1994! :D

i can’t complain much about the poor quality bc i haven’t seen any other live recordings of them this early and they’re so, so good. i still haven’t quite come around to the 60s pop stuff they did later, but i love early lilys—esp eccsame the photon band—like little other music on earth

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