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John Darnielle at the Doug Fir

So, for a while now I've been referring to my "Big Three" of favorite bands: The Hold Steady, The Mountain Goats, and Wilco.

I think it's safe to say I narrowed it down to one.

Darnielle and the boys had so much fun.

It should go without saying that we did, too.

Sleep now. More later.

Mighty Mighty Bloodhounds

I think Nate will truly appreciate this.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff8pTNrH8ic]

I think I want to start a Bosstones tribute band.  Someday, I suppose.

Real update soon, hopefully.  I've got some drafts stored up.

Reflections on Musical Gluttony

According to a recent Seattle Weekly article, in November Google VP Sukhinder Singh Cassidy "predicted that by the year 2015, a storage device the size of an iPod will be able to hold 4 terabytes. In seven years, every song ever recorded in the world will fit in our pockets." Now, this doesn't say "and that will totally be an affordable device for the typical consumer," but then again, it's also possible that we're going to be all Shadowrun-ned up with chips in our head. For perspective, keep in mind that blogs as a phenomenon (rather than just a sort of niche market) didn't exist seven years ago. The article goes on to talk about a few things, such as: --having a ton of choice leads to being dissatisfied (sort of a grass is greener approach -- if you could torrent a new yard) --this glut will lead to a transition from actively choosing to just picking from what's readily available, and --this leads to an over-reliance on filters (top 40 lists, trusted music sites, social network sites) to give leads on what to choose (or pick). The writer even astutely notes, "I now find myself getting bored, even in the middle of songs, because I can." What's really intriguing for me, though, is this idea that too much choice still means too much.

Thirty ain't lookin' so bad

There are many shows coming up in my life, and today I found out that Iron & Wine (well, just Sam Beam) is playing at Wheaton College the night I fly in to Chicago. For those keeping track at home: feb 15 iron & wine (wheaton, il) feb 16 wilco (chicago) feb 17 is my 30th birthday wtf feb 18 st. vincent (back in portland) feb 19 mountain goats album and vampire weekend vinyl are released feb 25 mountain goats feb 26 mountain goats mar 25 vampire weekend (my new band crush) Helluva time for music.