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1. YOUR NAME: Kevon
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?: Yes. My middle name is Dion (after rock and roll legend, Dion DiMucci.)
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY?: I don't remember. I did get a little teary-eyed during the last few minutes of the final episode of "Six Feet Under" if that counts.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?: I like to think that my penmanship is quite nice.
7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL?: Yes, though this is the first thing I've posted since January 2006.
8. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?: Yes. It's practically a prerequisite in my family.
10. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?: I doubt it.
13. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?: Strong enough, I suppose.
16. RED OR PINK?: Red.
17. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF?: My height. 5' 8" just doesn't do it for me.
18. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?: My paternal grandparents.
19. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?: I'd prefer that they didn't.
20. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES YOU ARE WEARING?: Blue jeans and black shoes.
21. THE LAST THING YOU ATE?: Honey-battered chicken tenders.
22. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?: KEXP (via noise-cancelling headphones).
23. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?: Asparagus. Yes, that really is a crayon color.
24. FAVORITE SMELL: Freshly baked bread.
26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?: No one technically sent it to me; I just ripped it off mollyringle 's journal.
27. FAVORITE DRINK?: Chardonnay.
29. HAIR COLOR?: Dark Brown.
30. EYE COLOR?: Hazel.
32. FAVORITE FOOD?: It's a toss-up between a perfectly-cooked steak and sushi.
33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING?: A scary movie with a happy ending.
34. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?: Infamous (via Netflix).
37. HUGS OR KISSES?: I'm not a huge fan of white chocolate, so I'm going to go with kisses.
38. FAVORITE DESSERT?: Cheesecake.
39. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?: I would have said Kim (a.k.a. dirae), but I think she's already done this.
40. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING?: I'm not reading one.
41. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?: Drops of water.
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST ON TV?: "Little People, Big World" on TLC.
43. FAVORITE SOUNDS?: Colin's laugh.
45. FURTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?: Alamogordo, New Mexico.
46. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?: It seems that I have a special talent for remembering useless (mostly music-related) trivia.
48. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?: Atlanta, Georgia.
49. NEW YEARS RESOLUTION?: To have a New Year's Resolution...next year.

Current Mood: okay
Current Music: KEXP

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On January 12, bluesound posted a link to a list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It seems that I have heard quite a number of them. Read more...Collapse )

There are a couple that I'm rather ashamed of, but such is life...

Current Mood: groomed
Current Music: KEXP

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As I was returning home from my second job yesterday evening, the throttle valve cable (the cable that links the accelerator pedal to the valve that regulates the supply of fuel to the engine) on my Ford Focus snapped. I'm not much of an auto mechanic, but when the pedal fell to the floor board, I was certain that I wouldn't be driving the car any further. Fortunately, I was on a secondary road with a low speed limit and was able to coast the vehicle to the side of the road without causing any traffic delays.

Having absolutely no idea who to call to get the car towed, I phoned the supervisor of my second job since he lives in the area and asked him to call a tow service. I then called Kim and informed her of what happened and that I would need her to come pick me up. The tow truck arrived and took myself and the car to a repair shop within walking distance of my place of employment for a fee of $60. I met Kim a few minutes later and we finally made it home around 8:00 PM.

Not a big tragedy by any means, but after the week we've had with the hard drive in the Powerbook deciding to take a permanent vacation, TurnipFarm missing his connecting flight in Minneapolis, various issues at work, this was the last thing that we needed. As it turns out, the repair shop cannot get a replacement cable until tomorrow, so I'll be without the car another day. Actually, I'm rather thankful that this happened now than during our trip to Canada in July.

Barring any other unforseen events, the rest of this week should be much less chaotioc than last. TurnipFarm is returning on Friday and will be attending the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival with us at Long Branch Farm in Millwood, VA on Saturday before leaving for an event in College Park, MD later that evening. As for the remainder of our weekend plans, who knows...Sunday will probably be spent on the sofa with the remote in one hand and a choice beverage in the other.

MP3(s) of the Week

3 tracks from The Cure's March 5, 2004 performance at the Barfly in London:

Hey You!!!
Fire In Cairo
Grinding Halt

("Fire in Cairo" and "Grinding Halt" were performed as a 3-piece)

Links to these MP3s courtesy of Largeheartedboy.

Current Mood: complacent
Current Music: The Vaselines - "Molly's Lips"

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Birthday: February 2, 1976
Age: 28

I was...
25 years old at the time of the 9-11 attack on America
23 years old on the first day of Y2K
21 years old when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash
19 years old at the time of Oklahoma City bombing
18 years old when O. J. Simpson was charged with murder
17 years old at the time of the 93 bombing of the World Trade Center
14 years old when Operation Desert Storm began
13 years old during the fall of the Berlin Wall
9 years old when the space shuttle Challenger exploded
7 years old when Apple introduced the Macintosh
7 years old during Sally Ride's travel in space
5 years old when Pres. Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.
3 years old at the time the Iran hostage crisis began
not yet 1 year old on the U.S.'s bicentennial Fourth of July

(Results provided by the Age Gauge)

MP3 of the Week

This week's selection is a track from the forthcoming Matt Pond PA album, Emblems, which is scheduled for a May 18 release on Altitude Records.

"Grave's Disease"

Current Mood: aged
Current Music: They Might Be Giants - "Ana Ng"

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Like a complete sports geek, I spent several hours on Saturday afternoon watching the first 2 rounds of the 2004 NFL draft, which, like the best reality shows on television, is always full of drama, excitement...and controversy.

It's a family affair...

Since the beginning of the last week, there had been reports in the media that top prospect, Ole Miss QB, Eli Manning, had told the San Diego Chargers, who held the first pick, that he did not wish to play for their team and that he would sit out the season if they chose to draft him. Manning, instead, wanted to play for the New York Giants, who had been eyeing him for months and had unsuccessfully attempted to consumate a pre-draft trade with the Chargers allowing them to trade up to the number one spot to secure the player.

While the entire Manning family was being unecessarily villified for their actions by sportswriters everywhere, it's worth noting that the San Diego Chargers didn't even want Eli Manning in the first place. Coach Marty Schottenheimer had his sights set on NC State QB, Phillip Rivers. Why they didn't simply draft Rivers with the number one pick shall remain a mystery...

The draft was to begin at 12:00 pm on Saturday afternoon and still no agreement had been reached between San Diego and New York regarding Manning meaning that the Chargers would in fact be selecting him. When NFL Commissioner, Paul Tagliabue announced the first pick, boos and disgust erupted from the crowd at Madison Sqare Garden. A visibly unhappy Eli Manning made his way to the stage and reluctantly held up a Chargers jersey as he shook Tagliabue's hand, but refused to place a Chargers hat on his head at the urging of the crowd.

As the draft continued, rumors began circulating about what the New York Giants would do with their number 4 pick, and that if everything worked out, there could be trade that would send Manning to New York. Not surprisingly, the Giants selected, yes, you guessed it, QB Phillip Rivers. A trade was imminent...

Less than 30 minutes later, Paul Tagliabue announced that the Chargers and the Giants had, in fact, swapped draft picks with the Giants giving up their third round pick in 2004 as well as their first and fifth round selections in 2005 for the rights to Manning. Only time will tell who came out on the better end of this deal.

Though not a common occurence, Saturday's fiasco was not the first time a player has spurned the team who drafted him. In 1983, Hall of Fame QB, John Elway was drafted by the Baltimore Colts, who told the team that he would rather play baseball than be a part of their organization. A week later, Elway was traded to the Denver Broncos and the rest is history...

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Current Mood: chipper
Current Music: The Postal Service - "Such Great Heights"

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Rather than boring you with yet another nostalgic story about how the music of Nirvana changed my life, I will simply post some mp3s from one of their final live performances recorded in Rome on February 22, 1994:

Drain You
About A Girl
Lounge Act

The complete show can be found here.

In more obscure music news, Niki Sullivan, an original member of Buddy Holly's band, The Crickets, has passed away at the age of 66.

Current Mood: nostalgic
Current Music: Ugly Casanova - "Things I Don't Remember"

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On Friday, ten_fifteen and I will be travelling to Charlottesville, VA to see Death Cab For Cutie at the Starr Hill Music Hall. Also performing that evening will be Aveo and Ben Kweller, neither of whom I'm really familiar with. The venue also doubles as a brewery and restaurant, so we will likely dine there prior to the show.

Following the concert, we will be checking into the Cavalier Inn for the night. Even though, Charlottesville is only 76 miles from ten_fifteen's parents' home in Broadway, VA, we don't want to risk driving across Afton Mountain at midnight or later.

(At age 18, I drove the 128 miles from Richmond, VA to Broadway alone and along the same route after a Judybats show. How we change with age...)

Death Cab For Cutie, Ben Kweller, and Aveo MP3 LinksCollapse )

On Saturday, we will be venturing to Harrisonburg, VA for MACRoCk (Mid-Atlantic College Radio Conference), which is sponsored by WXJM, the campus radio station of ten_fifteen's alma mater, James Madison University. As I mentioned in an earlier post, most of the marquee acts (The Wrens, Pedro the Lion, Mates of State) are performing on Friday, however Saturday's line-up does feature one big name in Death Cab label-mate, John Vanderslice. Other acts we might catch include Sufjan Stevens, All Night Radio, Will Johnson, and Summer Hymns)

John Vanderslice, Sufjan Stevens, All Night Radio, Will Johnson, and Summer Hymns MP3 LinksCollapse )

On Sunday, I hope to have a review of the weekend posted for those interested.

Current Mood: complacent
Current Music: Hüsker Dü - "Eiffel Tower High"

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MP3(s) of the Week

1. Wilco - "At Least That's What You Said"

The lead-off track from the forthcoming Wilco LP, A Ghost Is Born, which is scheduled for a June 8 release on Nonsuch

2. Wilco - "Cars Can't Escape"

An outtake from the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (mp3) sessions

Thanks to Chromewaves for posting the links to these tracks
Cry Baby

In less musical news, NFL wide receiver, Terrell Owens, got his way.

Current Mood: creative
Current Music: Elliott Smith - "Speed Trials"

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Random Observations:

a. The NFL's free agency signing period commenced last week and though they failed to sign such marquee defensive players as Jevon Kearse and Grant Wistrom, the Washington Redskins pulled off a blockbuster trade by sending Pro Bowl cornerback, Champ Bailey, to the Denver Broncos in exchange for stud running back, Clinton Portis. Can you smell what Joe Gibbs is cookin'?

b. What is Terrell Owens' problem? His agent failed to file the proper paper work to make him eligible for free agency and after his former team, the San Francisco 49ers trade him to the Baltimore Ravens, he publicly states that he will not report to the team and starts crying foul play. He has now gotten the NFL Players Union involved in an attempt to rescind the trade. For someone that had such a poor 2003 season, T.O. is in no position to pull such weight. Find a new agent, get your sorry ass to Baltimore and shut the hell up.

c. I hate my satellite television provider. After failing to reach an agreement for nearly two months,
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<b>Random Observations:</b>

<b>a.</b> The <a href="http://www.nfl.com">NFL's</a> <a href="http://www.nfl.com/freeagency">free agency signing period</a> commenced last week and though they failed to sign such marquee defensive players as <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/133332">Jevon Kearse</a> and <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/12838">Grant Wistrom</a>, the <a href="http://www.redskins.com/">Washington Redskins</a> pulled off a blockbuster trade by sending Pro Bowl cornerback, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/133217">Champ Bailey</a>, to the <a href="http://www.denverbroncos.com/">Denver Broncos</a> in exchange for stud running back, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/302215">Clinton Portis</a>. Can you smell what <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/redskins/history/gibbs/gibbs.htm">Joe Gibbs</a> is cookin'?

<b>b.</b> What is <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/1290">Terrell Owens'</a> <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylc=X3oDMTBpcTFhbmEwBF9TAzk1ODYxMDU5BHNlYwN0bQ--?slug=ap-nflpa-owens&prov=ap&type=lgns">problem?</a> His agent failed to file the proper paper work to make him eligible for free agency and after his former team, the <a href="http://www.sf49ers.com/">San Francisco 49ers</a> trade him to the <a href="http://www.baltimoreravens.com/">Baltimore Ravens</a>, he publicly states that he will not report to the team and starts crying foul play. He has now gotten the NFL Players Union involved in an attempt to rescind the trade. For someone that had such a <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/1290/gamelogs/2003">poor 2003 season</a>, T.O. is in no position to pull such weight. Find a new agent, get your sorry ass to <a href="http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/visitor/">Baltimore</a> and shut the hell up.

<b>c.</b> I hate my satellite television provider. After failing to reach an agreement for nearly two months, <a href="http://www.dishnetwork.com/>Dish Network</a> has <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/zd/20040309/tc_zd/121197">dropped all Viacom-owned channels</a> (MTV, VH-1, Comedy Central, TV Land, etc.) from its line-up as the result of a rate increase dispute. I realize that Dish Network feels that they are looking out for the best interest of their subscribers by not caving to the whims of the broadcast companies, but this is the third or fourth time I have gone through this same sort of <a href="http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/local/6000545.htm">corporate pissing contest</a> since subscribing to Dish in 2001. Satellite TV is never going to gain ground on their cable competitors if this continues.

<b>d.</b> <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/040309/1913/w030989ajpg">John Muhammad</a> was <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/washpost/20040310/ts_washpost/a42215_2004mar9">formally sentenced to death</a> this morning for his involvement in the <a href="http://www.jupitersweb.com/beltway_sniper_timeline.htm">2002 D.C. sniper attacks.</a> His partner in crime, <a href="http://www.drhurd.com/nm/uploads/malvo.jpg">Lee Malvo</a>, will be sentenced to life without parole tomorrow.

<b>e.</b> It's nearly <a href="http://www.jmu.edu/wxjm/macrock/">MACRoCk</a> time again. This year's headline acts include <a href="http://www.wrens.com/wrens/oneone.html">The Wrens</a>, <a href="http://www.pedrothelion.com/">Pedro The Lion</a>, <a href="http://www.barsuk.com/web.cgi?jv&jvnews">John Vanderslice</a>, and <a href="http://www.matesofstate.com/">Mates of State.</a> I was really looking forward to seeing The Wrens since I missed them last year, however, it seems that they will be performing on Friday (4/2), the same night that Kim and I will be in <a href="http://www.charlottesville.org/default.asp?pageid=0428B265-D763-4F7F-8818-8E812E30C136">Charlottesville, VA</a> seeing <a href="http://www.barsuk.com/web.cgi?dcfc&dcfcnews">Death Cab For Cutie.</a> Such is life...

<b>f.</b> I just sat through the 90 minute, <a href="http://www.idolonfox.com/home.htm">"American Idol"</a> (Wild Card Show). Is it just me or is this the weakest season of the show to date? With the exception of 16 year-old crooner, <a href="http://origin.idolonfox.com/contestants/john_stevens/">John Stevens</a>, and the emo frat boy look-alike, <a href="http://www.idolonfox.com/contestants/jon_peter_lewis/index.htm">Jon Peter Lewis</a>, who performed "A Little Less Conversation" on tonight's edition, the rest of the contestants seem very bland and ordinary.<hr>
<b>MP3(s) of the Week:</b>

1. Nick Drake - <a href="http://www2.skynet.ca/~nickdrake/music/A3-%20Don't%20Think%20Twice,%20It's%20All%20Right.mp3">"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"</a>

2. The Beatles - <a href="http://www.imi.or.jp/%7Echar/music/ventures/The%20Beatles%20-%20Live%20At%20Shea%20Stadium%20-%2003%20-%20I%20Feel%20Fine.mp3">"I Feel Fine (Live at Shea Stadium 1965)"</a>

If you are a Beatles fan, I strongly suggest that you check out this <a href="http://www.imi.or.jp/%7Echar/music/ventures/">site</a> which features tons of bootleg outtakes and rarities. Thanks again to <a href="http://burnedbythesun.blogspot.com/">Burned By The Sun</a> for posting this link.<hr>

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Current Mood: blah
Current Music: Modest Mouse - "I Got It All (Most)"

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I wish I would have known about these links two weeks ago, but such is life...

1. Buddy Holly rarities & outtakes

(All of these tunes are taken from the unauthorized 1995 4-CD boxed set, "What You Been A' Missin'" and feature tracks ranging from Buddy's first known recording through demos and multiple takes from his hit years as well as his final recordings. If you have any questions about the recording dates and/or personnel for these tracks, please let me know.)

2. Beatles rarities & outtakes

(I think quite a few of these Beatles tracks appeared on the "Anthology" collections, however there are some that I've never heard of such as a cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away.")

Thanks to Burned By The Sun for posting these

Current Mood: infected
Current Music: Preston School Of Industry - "Caught In The Rain"

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