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“take me out to the ballgame” :: i’ve never been more impressed by my wife

April 26, 2005

So I’m getting ready for work today and downstairs Field, who has a voice like an angel, is singing “Take Me out the Ballgame” — because he’s got his new Minnesota Twins T-Shirt on. He’s missing a few words here and there but really pouring his heart into it. After the second rendition Ang corrects him when he says “crackerjacks“. “It’s crackerjack, honey”, she says. He doesn’t miss a beat starts over and nails it without the extra ‘s’.Hearing people sing “crackerjacks” has always been on my list of things that make me shudder (I know, I know… I’m a neurotic a-hole) and to hear Ang gently “fix” the problem was a wonderful moment. Not that I wasn’t impressed already, she totally kicks ass, but this was another in a long line of things that make me love her even more.

buy me some peanuts and Crackerjack, I don’t care if I never…

started to listen to the decemberists a few weeks ago

March 15, 2005

I’m late on this one, but that’s often the way I like it. Instead of having to wait a year and a half for a sophomore effort that may or may not (almost never) live up to the first album, I get to listen to a handful of albums at once. This is the case with the Decemberists. I have three releases and they’re quite good. Very talented.There is one thing that I have the tiniest bit of an issue with however. Near as I can tell they’re from Portland, Oregon. After a casual listen, you’d imagine them more likely from Portsmouth, England. Not only is the music “English” sounding, but frontman Colin Meloy’s singing accent is, well a bit of a uniquely nasal English accent — not that there is anything wrong with that on an English dude, but as I’ve already mentioned, he’s not an English dude (I think he’s from Montana originally).

The music is gorgeous, the lyrics are stunning, and Meloy’s vocals are the glue. They’re all extremely gifted musicians and they paint a picture that harkens back to the days of Dickens — which is again unique and very effective. I have to thank Andre Torrez’ (a friend) Audioscrobbler playlist for hooking me up with these guys. I was getting depressed that the Neutral Milk Hotel I’d been listening to will likely never have a follow-up (DAMN YOU MENTAL ILLNESS STRIKING ALL OF THE GREAT SONGWRITERS) and this has done an admirable job at filling a void.

Give them a listen, they’re on killrockstars and they have a new album “Picaresque” coming out on March 22nd.

gary louris is a moron

April 12, 2000

Loud Family was awesome at the 400 Bar last night. All of the beautiful people in Minneapolis Rock and Roll were there before hand for a birthday party for an ex of Ang. Gary Louris (Jayhawks, Golden Smog), Kraig (Run Westy Run, Jayhawks, Golden Smog) and Kurt Johnson (Run Westy Run), Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum, Golden Smog), and Mark Perlman (Jayhawks) all hanging out, too stupid to stay to see Scott and Loud Family. Idiots. Morons.

In the past year I’ve gotten to see Tom Waits, Alex Chilton and the current version of Big Star (BTW, Kruddler is opening for Alex Chilton at Taste of Minnesota over the Fourth of July), Kids in the Hall, Fatboy Slim, and now Scott Miller. It’s been a good year. Brings back memories of 1989-90 – Pixies, Janes Addiction, The first Lalapalooza, Smashing Pumpkins first show ever at 7th Street Entry, etc…

scott miller is a genius

March 27, 2000

Walked in the door after baby class and grocery shopping tonight to the sound of the phone. Work calling… spent a half hour trying to figure out why all of the charts were going into redirect loops. SourceSafe problems. Figured it out and felt pretty good, especially since a) no one in my group (including me) screwed anything up, b) Chris is probably still in labor with his wife and therefore not available, and c) Jamie is incommunicado in the Carribean. I was starting to sweat (and I’m sure Pat felt the same way). Things are currently being fixed.

Baby class was interesting tonight. Spent most of the time talking about what to expect after labor (which if I’ve not yet told you – I’m glad I don’t have to go through).

Listening to the new Loud Family CD ( – scott miller is a genius and they’ll be playing the 400 Bar on April 11th! I’ve never seen them live, and can’t wait!