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Just about to head out on round one my Super Furry Road Trip but I wanted to tell you what happened last night. About a week or so ago, a friend at the White House offered to give me and a few friends a tour of the West Wing in all it's glory. Of course I jumped at the chance and got a small group together. Last night was the actual tour and it was one of the highlights of my time here in DC. We got to see the Oval Office, the Rose Garden, the Press Room and everything in between. We also got a quick tour of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is next door to the West Wing, and sat in the conference room where the Watergate Tapes were made. It was just an incredible experience. We weren't allowed to take pictures of the inside(for obvious reasons) but let me tell you, the West Wing is much smaller than you think it is. It has very low ceilings and smallish rooms. The tour was a real eye opener. Our friend, who also acted as out tour guide, is a real history buff and had a wealth of knowledge about the building and the history that's happened there and it added something special to the experience. Quite frankly my mouth was agape the entire time. Here's a shot of me behind the podium in the Press Room:
Could I seriously be less photogenic? More pictures of my White House tour over at Flickr. Only in DC bitches!
That's all I got today. Time to hit the road.
You'll just have to take my word for it that this picture looked MUCH better at home on my Mac. Busybusybusy day today. Fellow Virginians, don't forget to vote!
SFA is on at 10 p.m. tonight, so we're all meeting up at DC9 around 8:30. Come say "Hi"!
And in the longtimenohearfrom category, unofficial information leafblower correspondent Emily D. checks in from last night's SFA gig in Beantown:"...they kicked so much ass. of course. they were quite a spectacle and had some hilarious banter going. Gruff went on about how Cian & Bunf ran the marathon while they were in NYC over the weekend, but that he couldn't run due to a "calf injury" so he 'passed out oranges and wrapped my friend in blankets - to do my part.' awesome." Thanks for the report Em! Always nice to hear from you. Hope Boston is treating you well.
Yesterday I forgot to mention the crappy weekend the Celtics had. Friday restored my complete and utter hatred of that effing motherfucker Richard Hamilton and Saturday we lost to the effing Bobcats. I'm just trying to put it all out of my mind at this point. But it was nice of Grambo and Peabs to call up and offer their condolences.
I'm sure most of you had a wild and crazy weekend, but not me. I took it easy. I stayed in on Friday, cooked some food and did some writing. Saturday I went out to dinner with L Boogie, Johnny English and some other friends in Crystal City. JE was running the marathon on Sunday, so we went out to cheer him on. We missed him (somehow) at the 12 mile mark but caught up with him around the corner at mile 14. JE actually bested his time from last year by like 20 minutes. Nice one sir. I had a great time at the race, so I wil refrain from commenting on Metro's inability to run trains at sensible intervals to ferry race watchers around the course. Jeezy Creezy. I took lots of pictures and they're up on Flickr.
My new camera is out for delivery today!
The setlist from Depeche Mode's Bowery Ballroom show.
Peep this, you can buy live Mylo DJ sets from the UK company Live Here Now. So much awesome.
I might have to pick this up.
Jarvis cockers adds "poet" to his impressive resume.
Franz Fedinand to cover Air's "Sexy Boy" on their next single.
Football legend George Best is seriously ill and fighting for his life.
Also, I am FINALLY getting around to uploading all of the old archive photos from my typepad site to my current site, so I can delete my old site and save $8 a month. It's a bit repetitive, but it's something I've been putting off for over a year. Unfortunately each time I republish an entry, it resends out all the original trackback pings again, which is seriously annoying. So if you got some weird trackbacks on old posts on your blog, that's why. I'm sorry, but I have no idea why it's doing that or how to fix it. If you know how to turn this off (or fix it entirely), drop me a line or leave a comment and my seriously underpaid IT staff will get on it. Thx.
Finally, this morning someone from the fine town of Montreal logged on to the leafblower searching for pictures of Melania Knauss and became my 300,000th visitor. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Thanks to everyone that comes by and reads on a regualr basis (you know who you are). Not being one to rest on my laurels, I have some really fun and interesting things planned for November, starting with my annual NBA preview tomorrow. So stay tuned!
Police force Brendan Benson to play the last half of his Berlin gig acoustically after saying his gig was "too loud".
The Artic Monkeys do something to merit those Oasis comparisons.
Speaking of, Noel must be promoting a new single or something.
Guero remix album tracklisting.
Thank you for setting the record straight. I have problems with that too. Great post.
From today's "Make 'Em Say 'Duh'" newsfile; iPod nano lawsuit will only benefit attorneys.
Hey, I almost forgot! I have a contest for you all. Supergrass just released their latest record, Road to Rouen, and I'm really digging it. To celebrate, I'm giving away the following:
GRAND PRIZE: Limited edition tinymeat ipod case, a copy of Road to Rouen, magnets, pins and a "Kiss of Life" CD single.
Runner Up Prize: a copy of Road to Rouen, magnets, pins and a "Kiss of Life" CD single.
All you have to do is drop me a line and tell me what Supergrass video saw the group imagined as giant muppets. Winner will be announced in two weeks.
To tide you over here are some Supergrass links and videos:
Road to Rouen album website
"St. Petersburg" video Windoze / Real / glorious Quicktime
Finally, here is video of the band performing on Leno.
I also remembered my Forgotten Fovorite today.
Lush: Sweetness and Light (MP3)
I heart Lush and this is one of my favorite songs of theirs. Quoth the bar manager at Saint Ex when I played this last week. "Wait, is this Lush? Fucking Sweet." Indeed. And while we all know Miki was the really, really hot one (I totally have a thing for pink hair), any Lush fan worth their salt knows that Emma wrote the best songs, like "Sweetness and Light" (lyrics). Remember when VW used this in a Jetta ad? This is from the album Gala, which was the band's first three EP's all packaged together. I think Spooky is still my favorite album of theirs. Buy some Lush at Amazon.
My camera shipped last night and travelled from Maspeth, NY to Saddlebrook, NJ to Harrisburg, PA to Laurel, MD in the span of about 15 hours. Unfortunately, it's not scheduled to be delivered until Monday. Oh well.
The C's ended their preseason on a high note last night. Gerald Green, take a bow. Here's to many more.
That is exactly what I wanted to hear. Thank you.
The good folk over at ProductShop NYC give us a much needed update on Jarvis Cocker, including the haps on the music from the next Harry Potter film and a download to boot. In case you forgot, I'm a big Jarvis fan.
Ooh ooh ooh, is this coming out over here too? Pretty please? I have fallen off the Rufus wagon of late but I will hop back on on Halloween night when he plays the 930 Club.
If your 5G iPod is fucking up, turn it in now and reap the benefits.
If I knew anything about la Traviata, I would make one helacious joke out of this.
How to fight splogs. Splogs, worst term ever.
I just ordered my Canon Powershot G6! Hopefully it will be here in time for the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday.
Here is my interview with We Are Scientists. More of it will be available soon on the next DCist podcast.
I'm STILL pissed at Spoon for completely passing over DC/Baltimore on their upcoming tour. Fuckers!
Maximo Park to soon begin combing over their new record. Even though they have yet to play DC behind their first record.
Goldie Lookin' Chain, not totally a joke. Only kinda.
Liz Phair hearts podcasts.
OK, fess up. Anyone bought one of these for their iPod Shuffle?
Latest Sports Guy mailbag.
I don't have much other content today, so I'll do what I usually do when I don't know what to talk about. Talk about sports! I caught the Celtics/Nets game last night, and while the C's lost in OT, overall we looked very good. The Nets started strong but their starters faded in the third, especially after JKidd went down with a boo boo. If you were wondering, yes, Vince Carter is still a punk.
The C's looked very good at times, building up a 20 point lead with the starters in the third quarter before the bench gave it away in the 4th and OT. Rookie PG Orien Greene is going to earn some heavy PT if he keeps up his heady play (making Marcus Banks or Dan Dickau expendable). Considering he's just a rookie, he's doing really well at running the offense. Former Net (and current blogger) Brian Scalabreezy finally showed he had a pulse last night, and actually hit a few jumpers. Al Jefferson looked good in limited minutes before fouling out.
In case you can't tell, I'm looking forward to the start of the season next week.
One final note, the Milwaukee Bucks might have cemented a playoff spot by trading Desmond Mason to New Orleans for Jamaal Magloire. Great deal for the Bucks, although is this a vote of no confidence for #1 pick Andrew Bogut?
I'm sorry for neglecting you all. It's been a busy day and my head is going to explode if I read one more digital camera review. They all contradict each other and it drives me crazy. "Doesn't focus well in low light", "Takes amazing low light pictures!", "Screen broke after two weeks", "Sturdy construction", etc. Argh. The more I read, the more confused I get and I feel my desire for a new camera slipping away. The further I go, the less I know.
Best free fonts. I am such a font dork.
I present to you (dramatic pause) the ubertap! Unfortunately, it's about 10 years too late for me to do anything with this.
Peep the Quicktime video for the Magic Numbers track "Forever Lost".
Oscar Wilde action figure. Straight gully.
Marcus Banks is out three months! Luckily we have 247 other point guards on the Celtics roster.
I had big plans going into this weekend, but I spent almost all of it fighting off an impending cold. Friday night I braved the sports bar, despite my failing health, to check out some pre-season Celtics basketball. Not the most exciting game, but I'm convinced Ryan Gomes is going to be a player in this league. If he doesn't become a starter at some point this year, I'll be shocked. Also, keep an eye on Orien Greene.
This scared me off from going into the city on Saturday, so I stayed in Arlington, had lunch with Mike and ran some errands. Saturday night I started watching my new set of Director's Label DVD's (full report coming soon) and the occasional inning or two of the MLB playoffs. Sunday was more of the same although I did make it into the city for a short while.
I also had this weird, psuedo ear infection for most of the weekend that made me apprehensive to stick on the ear goggles and make with the Podcast. It was weird, my right ear kept doing this dull popping sound thing all weekend. Could I make up any more excuses for this thing? All the new records I was gonna use for this thing are old news by now. Grumblegrumblegrumble.
You mission today (and should you choose to accept it, you will be handsomely rewarded) is to download this Super Furry set from the John Peel concert and burn it on disc (or convert it to MP3) and hook a leafblower up! I'm serious, I will ply you with goods in exchange.
Also via Largehearted Best, Stylus plays God with The Verve's Urban Hymns, but strangely leaves off the two best songs from that era, those being "So Sister" and "Lord, I Guess I'll Never Know", one set of b-sides from the "Bittersweet Symphony" singles.
Radiohead start making concert plans, but I bet they don't involve the US.
D'town, holler at your Weinke!
Not so much. Tons of good news today!
Info on the new Outkast record. Big Boi says it will be out by the end of the year. Arista (or whatever label they're on nowadays) says "ThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyou" and offers to pay for a new Boom Boom Room.
What??? Oasis in We're not as lazy as you effing stoodents think we are shocker! Get this, Noel is considering putting out a standalone single (their first since "Whatever") after the band finish promoting Don't Believe The Truth. The kicker? The song, "The Boy With The Blues", was written by our kid Liam. It MIGHT be out next year but Noel isn't sure yet. All of which makes me anxoius. At times unbearably so.
New Futureheads EP! Sweet. The three track EP (isn't that more like a single?) will include "Area" a song they've played at both shows I've seen them play in DC along with two other new songs, one each sung by Ross and Jaff. And the band is working with Ben Hillier on a new record and it's scheduled to be done by February.
There's a new James Bond.
Have a great weekend everyone. No MP3's for you today but hopefully I will have a new podcast for you on Monday.
I have a few issues that I was hoping to get some feedback on so feel free to chime in.
1) I'm in the market for a new digicam. My Nikon has done me well, but I'm ready to up my megapixel count and get some better shots. I'm looking for a compact camera in the 5 to 7 megapixel range that takes (relatively) good shots in lowlight. Some camera's that I'm considering:
Canon Powershot S70
Canon Powershot SD 500
Sony Cybershot DSCP 150
Sony Cybershot DSC W7
Anyone have any experience with these models? Care to recommend something else?
2) I finally jumped on the podcast bandwagon and downloaded a few last night. Anyone have a favorite podcast? I'm looking for a good one from the BBC (like from Steve Lamacq or someone like that) that will keep me up to date on all the new British stuff out there. Some readers have sent me their podcasts and I'll check those out when i get a chance.
I downloaded the KEXP / Music That Matters Vol. 2 podcast last night and am listening to it now and it's already paying off. They open the podcast with a track by the Silver Sun Pickups that is really great. I think everyone knows how I feel about indie rock bands with cello's! Their website says they have an EP on iTunes, I'll have to check that out tonight. Here is their myspace page.
3) What is everyone's RSS reader of choice? Bloglines is too slow and outdated for me. Anyone have a better suggestion?
Drool. New Order played a full set of Joy Division songs at their John Peel Day concert. The Super Furries played a set of John Peel faves and actually missed the Wales v. Azerbaijan match. A true scarifice indeed.
I was watching Lost last night so I missed all of this. But...yikes! It's the playoffs. How does MLB let something like this happen?