Happy Hunting: November 2003

I’m excited for all of this music to come out. Some of it is already available, but you’re just gonna have to wait for the others. It’s the perfect mix to listen to while I’m driving home in the dark. It just makes things a little lighter and a little brighter. Hell, that’s kind of the purpose of these things. I’m not posting MP3s anymore. It’s a hassle and in most cases, you can put it together on your own. It costs me too much for hosting, and while I appreciate the people that have donated some money in the past, there’s just not enough to pay for the bandwidth. And besides, it’s a bit of a conflict of interest for me and getting in trouble at work because I post MP3s just ain’t worth it.

01 Apocalypse Please – Muse
Taken from Absolution

02 Eye For An Eye – U.N.K.L.E.
Taken from Never Never Land

03 Paths (FSOL Cosmic Jukebox Mix) – Robert Miles
Taken from Organik Remixes

04 Shining – Kristian Leontiou

05 They – Jem
Taken from Finally Woken

06 N.Y. (Chris Coco Remix) – Doves
Taken from Lost Sides

07 Cherry Blossom Girl – Air
Taken from Talkie Walkie

08 Bruxellisation – The Electric Soft Parade
Taken from The American Adventure

09 Elevator Love Letter – Stars
Taken from Heart

10 Surrender (Demo) – Tim Booth

11 Bad Day – R.E.M.
Taken from In Time: The Best Of R.E.M. 1988-2003

12 Reptilia – The Strokes
Taken from Room On Fire

13 Darling Nikki – Foo Fighters
Taken from Have It All (UK Single)

14 Luminol – Ryan Adams
Taken from Rock N Roll

15 The Sound Of Settling – Death Cab For Cutie
Taken from Transatlanticism

16 Woman Like A Man – Damien Rice

17 Trouble – Ray Lamontagne
Taken from Ray Lamontagne

18 Gentle Moon – Sun Kil Moon
Taken from Ghosts Of The Great Highway

19 Esta Noche – The Twilight Singers
Taken from Blackberry Belle

Bon Weekend

I had some time this evening to finally get to work on this month’s mix, but it’s just not going very well. It’s not flowing at all and the music is all over the map. I think I’m going back to the drawing board. Did I mention the new Jay-Z record? I can’t really say I’ve been much of a fan, but I really like this album. I’ve been listening to a lot more hip-hop because of work and it’s always fun to discover something new which I probably never would have been exposed. Also of major note is the new Basement Jaxx album. Certainly one of the best albums I’ve heard all year.

Friday night Joel and I went to check out Paul’s new bar in the valley. It’s called NoBar. Here’s all the info:

10622 Magnolia (one block west of Cahuenga)
North Hollywood, CA 91401
Monday-Friday: 6pm-2am
Saturday & Sunday: 8pm-2am

The Leona Naess and Josh Rouse show was pretty mediocre. Leona’s a great songwriter, but her performance left me pretty bored. The highlight was seeing Ethan Johns playing guitar with her. I had to pull him aside after her performance to tell him how much I love the new Ray Lamontagne album. I told him the story about how I just happened to take it home one night, listened to it a few times and was nearly moved to tears. He said he cries every time he listens to it and said it was one of the most amazing experiences he’s had as a producer. Josh was off. I don’t know how else to explain it. Of course I only have one other show from which to compare, but it just didn’t feel like he was super into it. The crowd was good to him and sang along wit a lot of his songs. We ended up leaving as the band came on for an encore. Thanks to Nili at Ryko for the tickets.

Time to catch up on TiVo and eat dinner. Have a great week.

Does It Matter?

I’m sitting in my office (at home, for once), listening to Ryan Adams’ Love Is Hell, Pt. 1 (purchased from the iTunes Music Store) and for the first time in quite a while I feel like sitting down to write about things.

I haven’t been much of a home body recently, and what time I have been at home has not been in front of my computer. It’s a bit unusual for me, but other priorities, some chosen and others…well, not chosen are taking up the time. [Note: If your not interested in the geeky stuff, skip down to the next paragraph]. And speaking of my computer, I picked up one of the new 15″ PowerBooks a day after they were released. I don’t really remember when that was, but I’ve been struggling with display problems that seem to be plaguing quite a few people that own them as well. So I decided to send my brand new computer back to Apple for repair, only to have it sit in their repair facility while they tested a permanent fix. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy being without computer for nearly two weeks, so I had them send it back unrepaired. To their credit, Apple has a great customer relations department that took my case and made sure I was updated every step of the way. They have recently called and said they have a fix and as soon as I send my machine back, they will make sure it is given priority and turned around quickly. We’ll see…

No matter how good my intentions are, I can’t keep the updates coming as frequently as I would like. Ever since I got my job, nearly a year ago, I haven’t been going to many shows and I haven’t been updating as much. As you’ve probably noticed (or not), I decided to lose the concert calendar. It just took too much time to comb the newsletters, LA Weekly and web sites to keep everyone posted on what shows were coming up. The trade off is that hopefully I can give some more substantial updates in place of that section. It wasn’t anything you couldn’t find somewhere else anyway.

Wow, Ryan covering Oasis…It sounds gorgeous.

I’m going to see Josh Rouse and Leona Naess at The Troubadour this weekend, which should be a damn good show. If Josh puts on a show that was anything like the last one I saw at Largo, it will be a treat. I’ve never seen Leona play a show, but I’ve been a fan of her music for quite a while. If I have time I’ll post a little review.

To answer your question about my monthly mixes, no I have not had time to compile for the last month or so. I hope to get back to that this month at some point. There’s so much great music that I want to share, but it all takes time to compile, to say nothing of posting it on my site.

‘Tis damn near the season of year-end lists, but since I’m still working on those, here’s a list of random stuff for you:

Best denim: Paper Denim

Best star sighting since I’ve lived in LA: Elton John eating at Barneys Greengrass – in a head-to-toe sweat suit, with big glasses and lots of rings on his fingers.

Best place to see a film in LA: ArcLight Hollywood

Last good movie I saw: Love Actually

Worst movie I’ve seen in a long time: Matrix Revolutions

Best movie I can’t wait for you to see: Win A Date With Tad Hamilton

Last good book I read: Silk by Alessandro Baricco

Best album of 2003: Wouldn’t you like to know?

Best album I’ve recently heard: Ryan Adams – Rock ‘N’ Roll

Another really great album I recently heard: Jay-Z – The Black Album

Best album I can’t wait for you to hear: Ray Lamontagne – Ray Lamontagne

A band that will be missed in a big way: Wild Gift