24 February 2006

did he change your mind

ABC aired the interview with Joran Van der Sloot last night who was involved in the Natalie Holloway case in Aruba. It was very interesting and revealed a bit of the story that we haven't heard until now. He appeared to be very candid in what he revealed. The reason I say he "appeared" to be candid is because we've all seen someone lie on camera to have the media and the nation behind them. Take ole' Scotty Peterson for example. He lied on 20/20, broke down in tears and emphatically claimed innocence to the camera.

Now I'm not saying that Joran was lying, but I'm not going to assume that he was telling the truth either. He seemed to fill in some of the holes in the story that I had never heard. As far as the other brothers that are involved in this, I'd like to hear what they have to say and see if their story lines up with Joran's. I have a idea that there is more to their story than we may ever know about.

On to sports:

Barry Bonds reported to SF Giants training camp this week. Who knows what that means, but it could mean that he's not going to give up until he gets that record. It just seems like that's the monkey on his back.

Does anyone care about the NBA or even NCAA basketball this year??

On to music:

The most recent Stellastar record "Harmonies For The Haunted" is amazing. It's in no way original, but it's so well done. And they've pulled sounds and influences from great music like The Cure, Depeche Mode, U2 and Radiohead. I can't seem to get enough of it recently.

16 February 2006

hey satan

So I was lucky enough to see Sigur Ros on Valentine's Day at the amazing Ryman Auditorium. This was my third time to see them perform live and each time has been amazing. The thing about them is that they don't just make beautiful music. They are flawless musicians who know how to use their instruments in unique was and are so smart about how to combine sounds to make this wonderful music.

The performace was plagued with several technical difficulties, but the band, having amazing musicianship, made the music perfect despite the troubles on stage. I hesitate to say that the performace was perfect, but it was not far off. I could honestly go on for a while about the performace, the music and the musicians, but I will spare all the details. But I do think that it's an amazing thing when you can leave a concert and have to take several hours to process what you just witnessed and how truly amazing that was.

In other music I've been enjoying lately, Stellastar has been bringing joy to my ears. Also The Decemberists, Pedro the Lion, twothirtyeight and Jonezetta have all been making frequent plays in my player.

Current Podcast: XXX Church "Life in the Gutter"

08 February 2006

When you're seventeen

Apparently a group of scientists landed on an island near Indonesia that had no signs of ever having human on the island. They found several new species of frogs and other animals, but still they found no trails, no evidence that any people had ever been there. They are calling is a "Lost World." It all sounds very Hollywood and it blows my mind that there is one bit of earth that had been untouched by humans until recently. I mean we've had people go to the most distant points of the North and South Pole, but a little island in Asia has been left untouched.

I've been spending a lot of time on Pandora. This is an amazing website that allows you to create radio stations based on song or artist preferences and it will play music by those artists as well as music that is similar. You can add several bands to each station and each time a song comes up you can find more information on it or chose to download it from Itunes. And it plays until you make it stop. It's a great tool to read to or work to. I'm currently listening to the station with The Verve and Muse. It's kind of awesome.

Why is the NBA so boring?

01 February 2006

Since I Met You

I've found that I've been reading a lot of the articles on Dr. Dino's Website. He is a Christian who is out to dispell the myth of Evolution and Biblically and scientifically explain creationism. He also has some pretty awesome articles that clear up what most people find to be contradictory in the Bible. There is some very good stuff there and it will keep your attention for a long time.

Recommended listening for the week:
The Verve - "Urban Hymns"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Siamese Dream"
Rage Against the Machine - "The Battle of Las Angeles"
Alkaline Trio - "From Here to Infirmary"
Pedro The Lion - "Control"