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