I felt like such a lazy lump this morning. I usually get up between 8:00 and 9:00 on weekends, but I probably could have slept until 11:00 this morning. I did get up around 9:30 for breakfast and a four-mile walk with Ferguson. Then I collected Jason and we all went to the dog park for Ferguson's weekly playtime. After too much shopping for unfun things like toilet paper and Ziplock bags at Sam's Club, we returned home with just enough time for me to clean the apartment and change the linens before dinner. Oddly enough, I'm not tired at all, but that may be because of the post-dinner cup of coffee I just had.

I'm wasting my life online, so I figured I might as well post something worthwhile. Below are a couple songs by each band I've been listening to this past week.

the musics for your downloading happiness )

As always, the links to the songs take you to a web page that will allow you to download or stream the songs.
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I stumbled across this article this morning while looking for information on a book. I'm sure I've said it many, many times, but I'll say it again: I adore Greg Dulli. He's a masterful musician/songwriter/singer. Everything he touches comes across as confessional and gorgeous. His work has wormed its way into my very soul. So, when I saw he had organized a Valentine's Day playlist, I nearly squealed in delight. Greg has made a mix tape for us all! The article does not include links to each of the songs, but (like the truly obsessive fan I am) I gathered up all the songs and burned the playlist onto a CD. Needless to say, each song is amazing and so very *Greg*. So, if you're looking for a super sweet V-Day playlist, then you might want to look elsewhere. Greg's taking you on the bump-n-grind, sexy, angsty, bluesy, scenic route. And it is SO good.

You can stream or download each song by clicking on the title, or you can just download the entire playlist right here. The comments below the song titles are Greg Dulli's comments, not mine. I effin' love him.

the playlist. omg, how i love greg dulli )
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Music for anyone who's looking for something new to listen to. There's a bit of everything in here with the exception of the heavy stuff that we all know I'm not much a fan of. As always, the song links will take you to a place where you can download or stream the song off the 'net.

fleet foxes, devotchka, mew, man man, lyfe jennings, the dodos, mudcrutch, yeasayer, keyshia cole, the old 97s )
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Is anyone versed in Tom Waits discography? He's always intrigued me, but I never knew where to start. I was looking to buy a print of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks when I stumbled across Tom Wait's album entitled Nighthawks at the Diner while surfing. I downloaded it and fell completely in love with the entire thing. Needless to say, I've listened to it so many times in the last couple days. Does anyone know of a similar album of his, or perhaps an album I'd like since I like this one so much?

And if you haven't heard the album, then I posted some songs below. The two intros are must-listens because they lead directly into the song that follows. In the first intro, he talks about dating himself. He claims he's not cheap, so he takes himself to Burrito King.

Intro (1)
Better Off Without a Wife
Intro (2)
Warm Beer and Cold Women

The links will take you to a place where you can choose to download the song or stream it on the 'net.
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anogete: (jake/bella)
( Jun. 11th, 2008 09:26 am)
First, I'm a huge dork, but I think we already knew that.

So, Twilight... I'm still a bit iffy on some of the bits and pieces in this third novel. It's okay, and some of it I enjoy greatly, but I'm not knocked off my feet. However, I adore, adore Jacob. The angst and tension between he and Bella is absolutely delicious. I'm tempted to start writing fanfic. I've already descended into the depths of fangirl madness by making a fanmix. I've done collaborative fanmixes before (ABVH, anyone?), but this is the first time I've done one all by my lonesome with all of my own choices. I'm quite proud of it. I had a list of about thirty songs I tagged as candidates for the mix, and I could have included more on this particular CD, but I wanted to keep it simple with just twelve tunes that I thought worked well together. I even made pretty artwork for it.

echo: a jacob/bella fanmix )
anogete: (havoc)
( Jun. 8th, 2008 12:39 am)
I have to share this delicious musical cheese. Two of the CDs I ordered a few days ago arrived on Friday afternoon. You know, the Party ones... I squealed like a girly-girl when I checked the mailbox. Why in the world did I get rid of these albums when I had them back in the '90s? I love them. What did I think I was, cool or something? I'm so not cool. If you want to just listen to the cheese, click on the link. It will give you an option to stream the song (play it off the website) or download it to your hard drive.

Spiders and Snakes
I remember when Mary-Lou said, 'You wanna walk me home from school?' Well, I said, 'Yes, I do.' She said, 'I don't have to go right home, and I would kinda like to be alone some if you would.' I said, 'Me too.'
This is a cover of a song originally by Jim Stafford. They de-countrified it and made it even more cheeky. I love this song so much that it's ridiculous. I should be ashamed, but I'm not. All this shit is the definition of a guilty pleasure, but I just can't bring myself to feel guilty.

I Gotcha'
Word is born. You got it goin' on. Hey, didn't mean to turn you on. Just because I want you, don't tease me, please me, hug me squeeze me. Girl, never leave me.
OMG - the bass line, dudes. I had completely forgotten about this song, but when it started playing, I could sing along to every single word. Pathetic or super cool? Wait, don't answer that.

Independent Woman
He suggested that we should go outside. He dazzled me with money and his fancy ride. He said he'd take me away and buy me diamond rings. Thanks, but not thanks. I got my own thing.
As an eleven-year-old girl, I thought this song was the coolest thing in the world. I still think it's pretty awesome.

I Want You
You say you don't like it when a guy comes on strong. Who the hell are you foolin'? You know you're wrong. So, let me kiss ya. I won't forget ya.
Why in the hell didn't have I have a crush on Damon when I was younger? I was all about Chase, but Damon was so frickin' cool. He's the lead vocal on this song.

Out of My Heart
I walk around, walk all through the crowd and look around. Try not to think about how much I want you and how it feels inside. I said no one would ever hold me down but I don't know if you were around.
Okay, for real. I actually don't think of this song as cheese. It's just so damn good. It's always been a favorite of mine. Again, why in the world did I get rid of my original copies of this stuff? I still love all of it.

Oh, and I just want to say that I finally picked up Eclipse, the third book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. I'm 200 pages in, and Edward Cullen can kiss my ass. He's a manipulative, passive-aggressive bastard. And here I liked him so much in the first two novels. You fail, Edward. I have faith that my flist will not throw e-shoes at me for offending the fangirl base. Mainly because half of you probably have no idea what I'm talking about, and the other half is chill. Or at least I hope so.

I have to make a birthday cake for Jason's grandmother tomorrow. Boo to baking. It's a double chocolate layer cake. My reward for slaving away in the kitchen and making it from scratch is to have a big, honkin' piece of it.
Would you believe that I got up at 7:30am on a morning I did not have to work? Jason and I went hiking in the Sandias, and we got up early to beat the heat. It was amazing. Hiking is my new favorite hobby.

I spent the rest of the afternoon organizing the music on my computer. Things were getting unmanageable and iTunes was hating me because I keep moving songs here and there in an half-assed effort at organization. So, now I have to share wonderful songs with everyone.

The songs beneath the cut are some of my favorites of the CDs I've listened to recently. If you click on the link, the website will give you the option of streaming the song or downloading the song. Your choice. You can test it out to see if it is utter crap before you sully your hard drive with it. See how thoughtful I am.

super awesome songs for you )

Oh, and my new icon cracks me up. Poor Edward and his virtue. Yay for virgin vampires!
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I finished the book I was reading on Thursday while at work, so I vegged out that evening and watched some television. While flipping channels, I caught the beginning of Don't Forget the Lyrics, some silly game show on FOX. I kick ass at it, by the way. I'm the master of lyrics. At any rate, Boyz II Men just happened to be on there competing for charity, so I stopped because I :heart: them. But wait... Where is Mike? OMG - Did he die? This cannot be. Mike is my favorite.

No worries, Mike didn't die. After a bit of internet research, I found that Michael McCary actually left the group a few years ago due to back problems. He's always had issues with his back after some high school injuries, and he always carried a super cool cane. But, how sad? I miss him. He was the bass, and he was my favorite by far.

I had the biggest crush on him when I was fourteen. I spent hours in my room swooning over him in all the pictures of the CD insert for II. A few years went by and I emerged out of the Boyz II Men phase, moving onto other things. After watching them on the game show Thursday night, I pulled out Cooleyhighharmony for old time's sake. Which led me to thinking...

When I was 14, my grandmother bought me a framed picture of New Kids on the Block. I don't know why since I had never expressed any interest in them. I shoved the picture behind my dresser so I didn't have to see the ugly thing. Meanwhile, I was tacking up pictures of Michael McCary on my wall. I had seriously awesome taste in men when I was fourteen.

I mean, look at him...



More importantly, take a listen to Uhh Ahh, a delicious track off Cooleyhighharmony. Mike sings the first bit of the first verse. And the best part? He's also the one who does the spoken word bits, including the beginning when he says, "Injection, fellas." And, by far the sexiest part of the song, the little chick at the beginning says, "Mike?" and he follows up with, "Yes?" I swear to god I'm not crazy. It fries the circuits in my brain just listening to him say that one word.

Oh, and here's another favorite - Sympin'.
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anogete: (bjork)
( Jan. 7th, 2008 10:38 am)
I am so in love with Private. Seriously. I was browsing the TPP archives last night and came across this drabble that included links to two music videos from a Danish band called Private. I know I should laugh at how silly they are, but I can't help but think they are beyond awesome. So awesome that I spent an hour searching the internet for some way to download and/or buy their only album. I very nearly spent a load of money to have it imported from Denmark and shipped to me. At the last moment, I found a copy of the album on a blog. I know, I know... stealing music... blah, blah, blah. If I could buy it for a reasonable price, I would. Thirty-five bucks is not reasonable to me. iTunes Denmark has it, but because I do not have a Denmark address, I can't buy it. Poo to that.

Anyway, it's too good not to share. Before you click on the download link or the videos, keep in mind that it is pop/dance music that reflects Michael Jackson, the 1980's, and some serious cheesy. Thomas Troelsen sounds like Darren Hayes from Savage Garden before poor Darren got all high-brow on me. I've already converted Payroll Girl. She's as obsessed as I am. I think she's over in her office perving over Thomas Troelsen right now.

[download the full album]
I uploaded it to yousendit.com. If you have trouble downloading it, let me know.

song samples and videos that will either confuse you or make you smile )
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anogete: (twilight)
( Dec. 11th, 2007 07:06 pm)
I haven't posted any music in quite some time. I got two albums yesterday - Alicia Key's As I Am and A Fine Frenzy's One Cell in the Sea. They're both beautiful in their own way.

I've been a fan of Alicia Key's for a while, and I greatly appreciate her style. One of my favorite genres of music is soul/R&B. Unfortunately, nowadays R&B has turned into an outlet for hip-hop. I appreciate rap music in its own right, but it becomes tiresome when it infects all of the R&B being released. Thankfully, Alicia Keys is a wonderful conduit for some soul (neo-soul). Until Maxwell comes back (hopefully next year) with his new offering, I'm sticking with Alicia.

Like You'll Never See Me Again || If I couldn’t feel your touch, and no longer were you with me. I’d be wishing you were here to be everything that I’d be looking for. I don’t wanna forget the present is a gift. And I don’t wanna take for granted the time you may have here with me. ||

Teenage Love Affair || Another secret meeting on the fifth floor staircase. I'm gonna give you this letter of all the things I can't say. Want you to be my first, my last, my ending and beginning. I write your name in my book - your last name, my first. I'm your Mrs. ||

Wreckless Love || So baby, let's go have that wreckless love, that crazy love, that I don't really care we can have it anywhere kind of love. That wreckless love. Let's go back in time when our kiss was brand new, an adventure not perfected, a little hesitant. ||

I'm not overly familiar with A Fine Frenzy, but I was blown away by the album. After a small amount of research via reviews, I've learned that the "band" is actually a young lady (she's only 22!) named Alison Sudol. She's a self-taught piano player and claims to draw her inspiration from writers like Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, and E.B. White. How fantastic is that? The first song is how I was introduced to her music.

Almost Lover || We walked along a crowded street. You took my hand and danced with me. Images. And when you left you kissed my lips. You told me you'd never ever forget these images, no. I never want to see you unhappy; I thought you'd want the same for me. ||

The Minnow and the Trout || Help me out said the eagle to the dove. I've fallen from my nest so high above. Help me fly; I am too afraid try. Now saddled with a fear of heights, I'm praying you can set me right. Not your everyday circumstance - elephant sharing peanuts with the rats. ||

Rangers || The paths have been crossed. It comes and goes and is lost. Melancholy phantoms light of skin. Poison apples falling with the wind. Hear the sigh of the trees. Those who enter here never leave. And the rangers stream out to the cabins. They are the hunted, we are the rabbits. Maybe we don't want to be found. ||
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I paid way too much for this shirt, but it was just too cool to pass up.

Read more... )

My new venture is growing my own sprouts in jars. I have a couple two-quart glass jars. I'm soaking the seeds (mung bean, alfalfa, radish, broccoli) in warm water right now. When they are finished with the soak, I'm going to drain the water, put cheese cloth over the opening of the jar and put it under the pantry at an angle. I'm supposed to rinse the sprouts twice a day to prevent mold from growing on them. Supposedly, I'll have four quarts of sprouts in five to seven days. They should keep in the fridge for up to a week. I plan on using them for salads with my dinners each day of the week.

I downloaded (shhh...) the two Hellsing soundtracks because I'm totally in love with that show. Plus, the songs have such interesting and provocative titles...

A Left Foot Trapped in a Sensual Seduction
Original Sin (For Not Keeping Virginity)

Clicking on the song title will allow you to listen to the song. Downloading requires that you right click and save the file to your hard drive.
Those damn series (Cowboy Bebop and Trinity Blood) are still downloading. This is why I dislike using Bittorrent. It takes forever to get something downloaded. I had no choice in the matter, though. I couldn't find the episodes elsewhere. And I cringe at the idea of dropping well over a hundred bucks to get the boxed sets.

Is it weird that I watch some shows (and read some books) simply so I can read the fanfic?

I got Tiramisu flavored Italian Gelato at Trader Joe's this evening. I almost passed out when I took my first bite. I want to go back and fill my freezer with tubs of this lovely desert. Jason ate some of it while we were watching The Tenant tonight. I almost demanded that he go back to the store and get his own. The nerve he has, stealing food from me. Oh, and that movie we watched? Definitely creepy and paranoia-inducing.

"Let Me Speak" by Daughter Darling is mucho awesome. Download below...
your tears fall through, i'd be crying too, if i was you

I thought the "Misery Business" video from Paramore was really obnoxious. I'm not exactly a fan of their other stuff, but I really like the song. Venegence! Download...
i never meant to brag, but i got him where i want him now
anogete: (betty)
( Aug. 15th, 2007 10:43 am)
Supposedly, a woman loses between one to two ounces of blood during her menstral cycle. This is obviously a lie. I don't care if all the research indicates otherwise.

As if you couldn't tell, I left my Midol at home. I feel like crawling under my desk with a pillow and blanket. The problem is I don't have a pillow and blanket.

In better news, this song is stuck in my head...



It's the Fratellis. I've uploaded Henrietta and Whistle for the Choir for your listening pleasure, as well.
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anogete: (always)
( Aug. 9th, 2007 01:28 pm)
when i was seventeen... )

The first chapter of my post-DH fic--Breathing Love--has been uploaded to TTP: here.
I should be working, but you know how that goes...

Martina Topley-Bird is on rotation in my CD player. I love her. I've uploaded four songs of hers for your downloading pleasure. I'm in a Snape/Hermione mood, so I've connected the songs to that 'ship in my mind, but they're enjoyable even if that squicks you. Promise. Plus, her album is called Quixotic. How can you deny an album title like that?

Anything || No doubt you're gonna be thinking I'll run out. That's where you're so mistaken.

Ragga || Wrap my tongue around. You get to be the clown. I come like underground and make you feel older.

Ilya || Cut you in half, see how you feel without. I want you to live, but you don't know how.

Sandpaper Kisses || It all leads to this: You're gonna leave her. You have deceived her. Just a girl.
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anogete: (twilight)
( Jul. 2nd, 2007 01:35 pm)
I have nothing of interest to say, but then again, I rarely do. I decided to post fun songs for those who are looking for something to listen to this afternoon.

Find You Dead by Letters to Cleo. Simply because I love, love, love the first thirty seconds of it. "Once I knew this boy. You wanted what you could get. If you wanted is so bad why did you go and take it out in trade instead."

I'm So Childish by Damien Rice. This is a bootleg live recording, but it is fantastic quality. Get it here while you can because all the fan sites have removed it due to legal issues and such. "I'll play a stormer, yet in the corner. I'll be grumpy on my own, like I don't care. I'm a stormy little singer, an unstable little swinger. With a big rip in the arsehole of my flares."

Boom Boom Baby (CLEAN) by Ugly Americans. A bit risque, but still work safe for the most part. (Unless you work in a conservative office or have a creepy boss.) "While your parents are asleep I’m gonna sneak into your room and give you some of that boom boom boom."

Boom Boom Baby (DIRTY) by Ugly Americans. Seriously. It's very dirty. Do not attempt to play at work, even if you work with a bunch of freaks. There are no innuendos or plays on words. He just comes right out and says it. I actually make a point of never playing this song within hearing range of any other human being. It makes me blush. "I ain’t your daddy, I’m your lover. I’m a mac motherfucker like no other. I got the boom boom baby that you like."
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anogete: (betty)
( Jun. 15th, 2007 10:15 am)
What is up with me loving this song? (Song titles are links to mp3 downloads.)

Get It Shawty - Lloyd

Seriously. No one can say I'm a music snob now. I'm going to justify this by saying that I hear a bit of Prince in it, and that's really appealing to me. It's just sexually aggressive enough to be fun and daring, yet smooth enough to avoid the pitfalls of some of the sillier hip-hop-ish songs that play like an ode to a stripper (Akon?).

And if that's not your thing, then I've been listening to this one all morning as well.

One on One - Hall and Oates

Payroll Girl quit smoking this morning. She's on Chantix, but she's still irritable as hell. I like watching all the boys walk into her office and come out with tails between their legs.
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anogete: (ninja batou)
( May. 24th, 2007 02:08 pm)
It's my Friday. And, I don't have to work on Monday. Whenever I find myself getting annoyed, I just let those two thoughts roll across my mind and I feel better.

At lunch, I went to Borders at bought a couple CDs, one of which is Robin Thicke's first album (A Beautiful World). His single really annoys me for some reason. I think it's the line, "You want to stay warm and get out of the cold with me," that I find so obnoxious and out-of-place. At any rate, if you avoid the terribly cheesy picture of him in the back cover, his first album is quite good. Of course, I'm assuming the listener is a fan of the various incarnations of R&B.

(For the first time in years, I don't own webspace on the net, so I've been forced to resort to the file sharing sites. Evil Share seems to work very well. The links below will take you to a page where you can easily download the mp3s.) I've uploaded a couple of his songs for someone's/anyone's listening pleasure:
- Shooter
- When I Get You Alone

While I was at Borders, I bought the reissued Dark Horse version of the Ghost in the Shell manga. They had the sealed and unsealed books there and I, of course, had to buy the unsealed because boo with censorship and all. The boss flipped through it because she had never seen a "big comic book like that". Thankfully, she missed the explicit lesbian sex scene on pages 57 and 58. I was going to post pictures of it, but I couldn't find it anywhere on the internet. However, in my search, I did find this unrelated article:

Automatic Sex Machine

It thrusts and rotates. I'm not too sure I'm so keen on the design, though. It reminds me of a pap smear.

Jason bought tickets for us to go see Animal Collective at the Launchpad tonight. I'm not terribly familiar with their music, but they are one of Jason's favorite bands. However, I think he's most excited about one of their guests, Sir Richard Bishop, a member of Sun City Girls.
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anogete: (fantastic planet)
( Mar. 7th, 2007 08:35 am)
There are very few bands that I trust enough to buy their latest release without sampling the tracks. I knew The Arcade Fire was due to release an album early this year, but I did not know that the date had come and gone. I was in Borders last night looking for Stitch 'N Bitch Nation when I saw a display of "emerging artists". Oh my GOD... The Arcade Fire. Neon Bible. I bought it right away.

I've uploaded an MP3 of the last track on the album. It's gorgeous. Passionate. Dangerous. And the moment a little over two minutes into the song rips the breath out of my lungs. You'll know what I'm talking about when you hear it. Link is below. To save to your harddrive: right click and choose Save Target As.

"My body is a cage that keeps me from dancing with the one I love, but my mind holds the key."

If anyone is interested in the entire album, let me know. I can upload to the net or snail mail a copy of it to you. I share the love like that.
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