Caturday Crunchies

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January 29, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Video. 2 comments.

Sundog – Ass Charles

January 23, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Sundog – Making Beats with Charles

Hell yeah, Charles.

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January 16, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Busy Day at the Airport

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January 11, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Caturday – The Rock Cats

The guitarist had stage fright?

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January 8, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Douglas Coupland’s Predictions for the Coming Decade

I read this a couple of months ago, but only now, in these early days of the new decade*, does it feel right to stamp out the ubiquitous optimism with some good doubt.

Douglas Coupland, a Canadian curmudgeon, lists 45 predictions for the coming decade. Here are the ones that strike me as particularly probable:

2) The future isn’t going to feel futuristic

It’s simply going to feel weird and out-of-control-ish, the way it does now, because too many things are changing too quickly. The reason the future feels odd is because of its unpredictability. If the future didn’t feel weirdly unexpected, then something would be wrong.

5) You’ll spend a lot of your time feeling like a dog leashed to a pole outside the grocery store – separation anxiety will become your permanent state

8) Try to live near a subway entrance

In a world of crazy-expensive oil, it’s the only real estate that will hold its value, if not increase.

10) In the same way you can never go backward to a slower computer, you can never go backward to a lessened state of connectedness

24) It is going to become much easier to explain why you are the way you are

Much of what we now consider “personality” will be explained away as structural and chemical functions of the brain.

38) Knowing everything will become dull

It all started out so graciously: At a dinner for six, a question arises about, say, that Japanese movie you saw in 1997 (Tampopo), or whether or not Joey Bishop is still alive (no). And before long, you know the answer to everything.

And here are some that don’t seem likely at all:

7) Retail will start to resemble Mexican drugstores

In Mexico, if one wishes to buy a toothbrush, one goes to a drugstore where one of every item for sale is on display inside a glass display case that circles the store. One selects the toothbrush and one of an obvious surplus of staff runs to the back to fetch the toothbrush. It’s not very efficient, but it does offer otherwise unemployed people something to do during the day.

11) Old people won’t be quite so clueless

No more “the Google,” because they’ll be just that little bit younger.

13) Enjoy lettuce while you still can

And anything else that arrives in your life from a truck, for that matter. For vegetables, get used to whatever it is they served in railway hotels in the 1890s. Jams. Preserves. Pickled everything.

14) Something smarter than us is going to emerge

Thank you, algorithms and cloud computing.

20) North America can easily fragment quickly as did the Eastern Bloc in 1989

Quebec will decide to quietly and quite pleasantly leave Canada. California contemplates splitting into two states, fiscal and non-fiscal. Cuba becomes a Club Med with weapons. The Hate States will form a coalition.

32) Musical appreciation will shed all age barriers

Draw your own conclusions after reading the full list at the Globe and Mail.

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* The 21st century began on January 1st, 2001. Therefore, the first decade of the 21st century ended a few days ago. We can argue about this if you want, but that exercise would be wholly redundant.

January 6, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading. 2 comments.

Vicky Youn’s Top 10 Adorable Animal Videos of the Year

Vicky, like myself, has excellent taste in adorable animalia.  I think this should cover Caturday and Sundog, which I flagrantly skipped this weekend.

Since I’m such a sucker for animals being cute, here’s my list of my top 10 precious animal-related videos of 2010.

Surprised kitty

Sad day for ducklings!

Baby monkey! Baby monkey! Riding on a pig, baby monkey!

Man goat!

Adopted purring baby squirrel. aww :)


Precious precious slow loris.


Marcel the shell– ok it’s not an animal but it counts. :)

OK Go, with friends

December 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Crowdsourcing. Leave a comment.

Keith Roberts’ Top 10 Local* Bands

*Local in this context means Central North Carolina, dear reader.
Keith knows local music partly because he is local music.  He’s the talented bass player of Of Whiskey and Blood out of Raleigh.  Keith’s too humble to include his own band on this list, but make no mistake.  They put on an excellent show.

I’ll let Keith (pictured on the right) take it from here:

Ranked by a combination of stage presence, local availability, sound quality, lyrical creativity and my own wacky musical intuition.  I am by no means an expert on local music, or music in general. But I am a fan, and these are a few bands I like to keep track of, listen to, and enjoy.

Top Ten Local Bands

10.) Transistor Zen
Creative lyrics spun through a distorted, almost electronic sound. A relatively new band worth checking out.

9.) Louder Moonlight
Worth the cover charge (if there happens to be one) if only to hear the guitar parts.

8.) I Was Totally Destroying It
Feel good 80’s style rock with a local twist.

7.) Inflowential
Creative hip hop that foregoes a back beat in favor of the more classic human beat box.

6.) Red Collar
In my mind the quintessential local rock band.  High energy shows with excellent crowd involvement

5.) Lost In The Trees
Though more of a touring band these days, which drops them a few spots due to less local availability, this band still merits a mention for being from here, and providing slow, thoughtful melodies.

4.) Kennebec
An excellent mix of tempos and excellent guitar parts. Americana style music equally suited for thinking or dancing, your choice.

3.) Rat Jackson
More of a parody than a musical style, the creativity of humor of this group, along with their recent documentary: Beer Y’all, should provide you with at least a little entertainment.

2.) Carolina Chocolate Drops
A true southern band if I ever heard one.  Fun, bluegrassy songs with a hint of spiritual sass thrown in for a cultural auditory experience.

1.) Mandolin Orange
Slow expert bluegrass instrumentals combine with thoughtful lyrics to provide the perfect charging state for my introvert batteries.  By far my favorite local band. Truly beautiful music, professionally done.

December 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Crowdsourcing. Leave a comment.

John Parsell’s Top Twelve (12) Albums of 2010


Greetings!  From where I’m standing, this was a pretty great year for music.  So much so, that I felt inclined to make a list of my favorite albums that came out this year.  At first I resigned myself to a top 10 list, but I have created a top 12 because they are all such strong records.  I included ‘honorable mention’ to cover albums that I’ve just recently heard or that came very close, but didn’t quite win my heart this year.   One quick note about the album that occupies the number one spot – it is rare that I find an album that I feel compelled to play in so many different contexts…it’s so good, I definitely recommend it!

2010 Top 12

12. The Black Keys – Brothers

11. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

10. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

9.  Superchunk – Majesty Shredding

8.  Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me

7.  The Roots – How I Got Over

6.  Girl Talk – All Day

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5.  Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid

4.  Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son of Chico Dusty

3.  Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

2.  LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

1.  Beach House – Teen Dream

Honorable Mentions:

  • Hot Chip – One Life Stand
  • Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
  • Kings Go Forth – The Outsiders Are Back
  • Robyn – Body Talk Pt.1 & Pt. 2 (I still haven’t heard the Body Talk full length)
  • Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
  • Sleigh Bells – Treats

December 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Crowdsourcing. Leave a comment.

Paul Potorti’s Top 10 Songs of 2010

1. Cee-Lo Green – Fuck You

2. Darren Criss – Teenage Dream

3. Sufjan Stevens – Too Much

4. Arcade Fire – Ready To Start

5. LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change

6. Lady Gaga – Telephone (Feat. Beyonce)

7. Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris – Hallelujah

8. Jonsi – Hengilas

9. BT – The Emergency

10. Crystal Castles – Not In Love (Feat. Robert Smith)

December 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Crowdsourcing. Leave a comment.

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