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So researching what types of piano music Lady Mary could conceivably have learned how to play has led me to reserving and checking-out piano music (that is quite possibly too difficult for me to play) from work. But I don't own a piano, so then it led to me researching digital pianos, which though less expensive than there acoustic counterparts, which I was also looking at for shits and giggles, still cost more money than I have to spare right now.

I guess I could go over to my mom's house and play there? This was not a very well thought-out plan.
alexiscartwheel: (30 Rock - Liz on the beach)
It's more than halfway through October and I realized I haven't posted at all. I started off trying to write about why I haven't been around, but that was boring. In a nutshell, I'm still looking for a job and a apartment and getting extremely frustrated about my lack of success.

Anyway, moving right along, I'd like to share a song with you all, as I am often wont to do. I heard it on the radio one day last week and thought, "Hey, is that a marching band?" And it is! As you all know, I am a lover of bands and band music, so I think this is pretty cool

For your listening pleasure: Band of Horses with the University of Georgia Marching Band covering Cee Lo Green's "Georgia."

alexiscartwheel: (dw - martha jones)
I can't remember if I said this already, but I've started playing some music again! I haven't played much of anything since marching band ended... so about three years.

First I pulled out my flute, which I discovered is pretty badly in need of repair. It's hard enough being so out of practice (that feeling of "I used to be better than this") without a crappy instrument dragging you down. So now, of course, I'd like to buy a pretty new one. Like maybe one of these Muramatsu's. Now, to find some spare cash lying around. In the meantime, my boyfriend dug out his old flute, and I'm learning to play this pretty little ditty by Mozart as well as a flute & guitar piece we're playing together.

Yesterday I finally dragged out my oboe and was amazed, as I always am, by the fact that I am so much better at playing the oboe, even though I learned flute several years earlier. Unfortunately, I don't have any good reads at the moment, and I'm crap at making them, so I won't be able to do much until I can order some new ones. (They sell them online now, how cool is that.) I haven't picked out any oboe pieces yet, but I have plenty of sheet music to work from.

I'd still love to be in an actual ensemble, but it's a start!

Seven Songs

May. 8th, 2010 10:45 am
alexiscartwheel: (chuck - at the beach)
A music meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] isiscaughey. I've done this one before, but it was several years ago, so it's all new again!

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your live journal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

1) Home by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - NPR suggests they're from a "blissed-out alternate universe," which doesn't seem too far off the mark.
Holy Moly, Me oh My, you're the apple of my eye, Girl ain't never loved one like you

2) I'm A Pilot by Fanfarlo - The lyrics are not, in fact, "I'm a pirate", but maybe they should be.
But kid I'm a pilot, It's all I believe in

3) Bloodbuzz Ohio by The National - A song about Ohio! Because they are from there!
I was carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees, I never married but Ohio don't remember me

4) Dust Bowl Dance by Mumford & Sons - Everyone should buy Mumford & Sons album Sigh No More. Seriously. I don't think there's a song on here that isn't amazing, so I'm basically just picking one at random.
Seal my heart and break my pride, I've nowhere to stand and now nowhere to hide

5) Devil's Spoke by Laura Marling - Laura Marling is just crazy talented. I gotta get me a copy of this album.
Many trains and many miles, Like you to me on this sunny isle, What of which you wish to speak, Have you come here to rescue me?

6) Silvia by Miike Snow - The song that just won't get out of my head. I'm really loving Miike Snow in general... one of their other songs was just on Chuck this week, too!
And you tell yourself you won't let them touch, Did I say too much, did I say enough? I don't know, Silvia

7) Swim Until You Can't See Land by Frightened Rabbit
Dip the toe in the ocean, Oh how it hardens and it numbs

Based on this list, I am apparently quite into folk rock right now. Also, electropop, but for whatever reason that's not reflected as much on the list. So go listen to The Knife or whatever as well.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] d4ni, sometime we need to put together our ultimate "Somebody and the Somethings" mix. It will be EPIC.
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Oh hey! It's random music video time (again)! I've heard it on CD101 and (I think) the Current, but mostly my mom got me hooked on it during spring break. I am addicted to the whistling.



[livejournal.com profile] d4ni, there are horns. Just sayin'.

501

Apr. 10th, 2010 10:18 pm
alexiscartwheel: (lots - kahlan is a bamf)
500) I just noticed that I made my 500th entry yesterday. Predictably, I was babbling about a TV show! Apparently my paid time has run out, and I'm feeling to cheap to pay for it right now... so thank goodness I already uploaded a Kahlan icon. (Bad ass Mother Confessor, baby!) Not that I probably won't cave in about a week anyway.

1) The other day a dug out an old purse and found a flash drive I thought I lost back in Kansas. It's only 1GB, but this is still super news because my newer, shinier 8GB one got a little bent and stopped working.

08) I still enjoy the reactions I get when I tell people here in D.C. that I moved here from Kansas. I person recently actually knew the city and asked what area I lived in, but more often people think I'm kidding. Yes, there is life beyond the Eastern seaboard!

42) Today I met up with a friend and her husband and went to the roller derby! Today was the D.C. Rollergirls league championship bout between the D.C. Demoncats and Scare Force One. I'd never been before, but it's so much fun! The three of us were trying to come up with fun derby names—all the derby girls have fun aliases, like "Condoleeza Slice" and "Sookie Slaughterhouse." We're already planning to go back for the next bout in May.

87) I heard Bulletproof on the local Top 40 station today (twice!) and I got to have a music snob "I bought that almost a year ago n00bs" moment. Yeah.

6) New Doctor Who and Legend of the Seeker today... so you know where I'll be for the rest of the night!
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I took the day off from work today, but actually got up on time and managed to knock out three assignments in less than three hours, with significant breaks for Facebook and Autotune the News. Maybe I'll go do something novel now, like actually go to the gym.

My gift to you: the song stuck in my head. Happy Monday!

alexiscartwheel: (rilo kiley)
Someone (*cough*[livejournal.com profile] d4ni*cough*) sent me a message on Last.fm the other day, which reminded me of its existence and its OMG STATISTICS. I have sunk into an all new spiral of obsessing about what I'm listening to, and I've spent more time than I care to count over the last two days tidying up my metadata in iTunes. Because, you know, it's really important that I correctly separate the massive "Alternative & Punk" genre out into "Anti-Folk" and "Piano Rock" and "New Wave."

None of this is helping me write a term-paper proposal for my classification theory class. Oooh... sudden thought! Maybe I should write about classifying music! I could talk about how it's hard because the categories are all nebulous and overlapping, and compare the genre type tagging versus classification by musical feature, like my fave "extensive vamping" from Pandora. Hmmm.

You know what would be great? If I were as good at organizing my actual life as I am with metadata. Just sayin'.
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
Today feels like the "old days"—that is, a time when I wasn't busy all the time with stupid grad school. I'm just chilling in my living room, listening to music on my laptop and reading, with diversions to throw a tennis ball around for the dog or to clean up my iTunes metadata.

I've had this song stuck in my head all day and California on the brain thanks to my job hunt, so have a San Francisco themed video:

It's a tribute to this Brooklyn version which is in turn a tribute to this Brat pack movie mashup, all featuring Phoenix's single Lisztomania which is, I guess, a tribute of sorts to Franz Liszt.

Don't you just love the internet?
alexiscartwheel: (bsg - kara)
  • I haven't complained about school much recently, so I should do that. It's totally getting in the way! I'm now supervising three student assistants and a volunteer at work, which is complicated since I'm still part time.
  • Today in the department of crazy coincidences, I was talking to my sister on the phone, and we discovered that we both got North by Northwest from Netflix today. She didn't believe me at first and kept shouting "Are you shitting me?" at the phone.
  • I bought myself a couple CDs as an early birthday present—Mumford and Sons' Sigh No More and Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster. I hope Amazon's recommendation thing is at least a tiny bit confused.
  • There was new Chuck this week! It helps me get over the loss of curling. )
  • One more week until spring break!
alexiscartwheel: (star wars - leia)
Brief update: It stopped snowing, finally. The city's still not really back to normal though. Also, after being cooped up with sick people for a week, I ended up with the flu and had to take an extra day off work. It's been a busy week and I'm beat!

Random question: Why does are all the figure skaters skating to Scheherazade? Don't get me wrong, I like the piece, but it's kind of repetitive—I heard it twice during pairs, and again now during men's. I don't know what the rules are about music, but everyone using the same classical repertoire is boring. It's an interesting contrast to the women's halfpipe competition, which was on just before this, where you could here the Black Eyed Peas playing in the background. (Fewer sequins in halfpipe too... but jumps and spins in both.)

New geek project: [livejournal.com profile] d4ni and I were texting last weekend and we decided to start a book club with [livejournal.com profile] chuunthor to re-read The Courtship of Princess Leia, our favorite Star Wars book. And blog about it. It's going to be awesome.
alexiscartwheel: (dw - billie on set)
I LOVE THIS SONG! [livejournal.com profile] d4ni, you will too. There's banjo!




You know how sometimes you keep hearing a song on the radio and think "This is awesome--why do I not know what it is?" This was one of those. So now I'm passing it on to all of you: listen to Mumford & Sons. They are awesome. Unfortunately, there album hasn't been release in the US. Why does this keep happening to me this week? Apparently if I ever make it to the UK again, all I'm going to do there is buy CDs.

For good measure, here's the video of their first single:

Little Lion Man )
alexiscartwheel: (star wars - leia)
  • This morning when I woke up I had the music from the end of Return of the Jedi stuck in my head for no apparent reason. (In case you're wondering I mean this version not the old Ewok version. I'm not that strange.) Yeah, I don't know.

  • I'm really digging Lauren Laverne's new weekday show on 6 Music. I've been listening to it at work, which has given me the opportunity to introduce the boys to New Order and Sufjan Stevens.

  • Has anyone else heard Laura Marling's new single Goodbye England (Covered in Snow)? It's really pretty, but sadly hasn't been released in America.

alexiscartwheel: (dw - christmas invasion)
I know it's not new or anything, but I really love this song right now. It's one of the two that has been stuck in my head constantly this week.



You know what be fun? An Arcade Fire version of Rock Band. I wanna see them come up with video game version of all those instruments.
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We're heading into the second week of November, and it's 75 degrees here! (That's like, I dunno, 24 or something for Canadians and Brits out there.) I'm wearing shorts because it was so hot in my room earlier when the sun was streaming straight in the window. I guess this is what it'd be like if I moved to Texas, or some other warm all the time climate. Of course, Target is decorated with Christmas trees and snowflakes, like it could totally start snowing in just a moment here. I don't buy it!

Usually there's a point in the semester when I start obsessively watching TV or anime episodes. It tends to be during the last few weeks of class, leading into finals. It seems this year I've hit that point early. Over the past two weeks I've watched the first three seasons of The Office then finished off series 2 of Spooks. Priorities, what?

Don't get me wrong, I've also written a few assignments, gave presentation in class, and accomplished a bunch at work. This week I've taught my student assistants about Depeche Mode, Top Gun, and, um... metadata. No amusing videos for that one.

Because it has nothing to do with anything, I really like the new Weezer single (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To much better than their previous couple of singles.

Also, new Doctor Who in a week. I've decided I really don't like this whole spread out specials deal. I'm kind of out of the fandom loop right now. I do at least have a few Whovian friends in the area to geek out with.

ETA: I want some new icons, but I am lazy. Suggestions are very welcome for fun icons posts for Bones, Doctor Who, Dollhouse, PGSM, Harry Potter, Star Wars, 30 Rock, BSG... anything awesome, basically.
alexiscartwheel: (rilo kiley)
I’ve professed my love for Last.fm before (The statistics! The beautiful statistics!) but this weekend I decided to see how the other half listens and signed up for Pandora. Yes, I do everything the New York Times tells me to do.

I didn’t realize that Pandora actually has employees who listen to songs and create metadata pertaining to various characteristics. That’s… pretty cool, really. I decided I should check it out and see if I could find better new music suggestions based on characteristics of the songs rather than social data from the listeners.

So far I’ve created several radio stations for myself, with some interesting results. Pandora offers to tell you why it picked each song for you, and I’ve noticed a trend of justifications related to such things as “extensive vamping” and “repetitive melodic structure.” The drums, the drums, the drums, the drums…

Completely unrelated to Pandora, I’m really enjoying the song Fireflies by Owl City. (Sadly, I cannot embed.) Reminds me a bit of The Postal Service. Also, Vampire Weekend has a new single, Horchata, which contains the lyric "I'd look psychotic in a balaclava." Awesome.
alexiscartwheel: (dw - billie on set)
Ah, summer vacation. I love it. Finally, I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, with no guilt. Not that I didn't still have an agenda for my day, it just doesn't involve school things!
  • I went on a bike ride this afternoon, and when I got into town I discovered there's some sort of festival going on this weekend. Now that's fun and all, but it also meant that part of the bike trail was blocked, and the rest was very crowded with families and young children. My last big bike crash was caused by little kids veering left of center on a bike trail, so this was worrisome for me. There was one near miss when a kid swerved out in front of me, but I made it home okay. (And for once, I wasn't totally drained because I actually followed my own advice not to push myself past my limits.)

  • We now have an official chore sheet at home, not that it makes much of a difference. Derelict housemate selected cleaning the bathroom from the list, but apparently his idea of "cleaning" means wiping down the countertop two days after making a mess cutting his hair. I decided I've had enough, so I spent some quality time scrubbing the floor, and basically anything else in sight, with bleach. It was a bit labor intensive, but there really is something satisfying about accomplishing a physical task.

  • I need to stop watching Fringe while I'm eating, cause it grosses me out. Also, in the department of "Eeewwww," I am very lucky that I don't have a particularly sensitive stomach. Yesterday I decided to risk the sour smelling milk cause I was in a hurry and had already poured the Cheerios in the bowl... today I dumped out the rest and it was kinda chunky. Blech. I discovered earlier this week that the temperature in the fridge wasn't low enough, so at least now I know why everything has been going bad.

  • I have time to read again! I went to the library (I had to hurry to get there before they closed for the weekend!) and checked out a stack of books, including a couple recs from friends before we got shooed out by some John Philip Sousa (there's some holiday spirit for ya!). I had my usual reaction of "Hey, I've played this!" And on more than one instrument, no less.

  • There's an article about zambonis in the New York Times! :D
alexiscartwheel: (bsg - kara)
At work, scanning postcards of Monticello. I'm listening to Colin Murray from last night, and he's been sharing his thoughts on some of the Eurovision contestants. He says Russia's song was "So depressing it makes 'Mad World' sound like 'The Venga Bus.'" Was that the one where they aged the singers face on the video screen? Cause that was freaky.

I took the Metro to work this morning, for the first time in quite awhile. I really do prefer taking Metro to driving, because instead of being tense because of the stupid traffic, I can just sit and read a book. Too bad it takes so long and is so expensive, cause I don't like driving 50+ miles by myself each day. It's wasteful.

Tonight I'm meeting some friends, and some of their friends, for an end of the semester dinner/happy hour. (That's why the car got left at home today.) SAM already had an end of the year party on Saturday, but you really can't celebrate often enough after a semester like this has been. I've now completed three semesters of my MLS... and have three more to go. Part of that is because I transferred, and part is because I'm switching to part time starting now.

Is anybody else planning to watch Glee? I read an article about it this morning in the NYTimes and saw the trailer, and it looks kinda fun. I wasn't in show choir in high school (my HS didn't even have one), but I did do band and drama... they're all the similar types of dorkitude.
alexiscartwheel: (hp - hermione)
I'm trying to write my digital preservation exam, and I've got Britney Spears' "If U Seek Amy" stuck in my head. It is not helping!

ETA: Also not helpful is the seemingly endless stream of high school students tromping around up here, none of whom seem to understand that you can't have food or drinks in special collections. Why are you having a party in a library conference room? And didn't anybody tell you that cupcake-cakes are ugly?
alexiscartwheel: (carmen ohio)
If you hadn't heard, Oklahoma is poised to make "Do You Realize" by The Flaming Lips the official state rock song. The citizens of Oklahoma voted for it, but some lawmakers are up in arms about communism and cussing. Yeah... I think it's a good song, so I'm all for it!

As you may already know, two other states already have official rock songs: Washington and Ohio. The resolution naming "Hang on Sloopy" the official rock song of the state of Ohio is the most amusing piece of legislation maybe ever, so you should check it out.

One of the good things about being an alumnus, is I can actually like Sloopy again. When I was in the OSUMB, it got to be a little "Not that again!"



I'm in there somewhere! (Okay, I know perfectly well where, but unless I get one of those fancy ESPN draw on the teevee things, I can't show you.)
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