Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I'm just not indie enough.

Exile in Guyville
Phair, Liz
The Indie Rock Exile

Here is another album I borrowed along the way. Another artist that I had an album from (Liz Phair), and another with more albums on my Ipod that I've never heard all the way through. One or two songs may have appeared on shuffle, but she certainly wasn't an artist that I searched out for, or found myself longing for.

After listening and reading the article about why it's supposedly so phenomenal, I realized I should probably listen to it a few more times for it's powerful lyrics. Having it on as background music while I was working didn't leave me feeling warm musically at the end of the album. She is amazing and powerful, and I can see the "Rolling Stone rockers" and how her self named album was a bit of a sell out in comparison...but it's just not me. Anyway, this one is on the Ipod, and in shuffle, and I'm not opposed to listening to it again. Glad I spent some time to hear it.

5/1000 down!

The Big Eat SF: 100 Things to Eat in SF Before You Die

Earlier this year, I embarked on attempting to count down as many on's The Big Eat SF! (Which even has an awesome Facebook ap to help you track and post your progress!)

I particularly love this Google Map that someone laid out, so you can just grab something when you're in a particular neighborhood.

Thankfully, I've had a buddy in Pixy for all 4 of my conquests so far! (Okay, she did her Irish Coffee at the airport, but we're even!)

#35 Salted-caramel ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery tasted JUST LIKE A STICK OF BUTTER. It was seriously delicious. I bought a shirt that says something about licking and tasting good. I figured it couldn't be too bad if they had it right there on the wall at the store in front of kids, but I've not been brave enough to wear it in public yet!

#68 Irish coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe was part of the really awesome San Francisco adventure of a lifetime that I had with KC. I'm so thankful that he took me here on our photo date adventure before we drove all over the city in the little yellow buggy!

Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista

#86 A cheese slice at Arinell Pizza was actually a damn yummy piece of pizza. I was doubtful when I took the ladies here on Valentines Day. How could a simple slice of cheese pizza be all that? But it was.

#88 Buckwheat crepe and a French cider at Ti Couz was to die for. I inhaled the mushroom crepe, and the dessert one was heavenly. This yummy alcoholic French Cider wasn't bad either!

San Francisco

Personally - my #1 thing to have in SF before you die is a Bloody Mary at Zeitgeist, the most awesome bar in all of the city. I try and take every person I know here at least once...which means I get to go back over and over and over and check out street art in the area! You should check it out! I don't even like bloody mary's but this one is YUM and the characters that are there from the staff to the random cross section of SF hanging out, is a people watching heaven!

San Francisco

Watch my progress on the "BigEatSF" tag!

Surfing Single Sensations!

In addition to full albums on the list, there are also I decided to knock a couple of those out as fast as possible...

"California Dreamin'"
The Mamas and the Papas
I love this song. It's always been great to LIVE in California.

"Good Vibrations"
The Beach Boys
*Sigh* Again, I just LOVE this song, and LOVE that I get to be a "part" of the California surfing culture. This song reminds me of road trips with my brother when we were kids. Most Beach Boys songs do.

Woohoo, we're up to 4/1000!

Fiona is Fabulous!

When the Pawn. . .
Apple, Fiona
A Ninety-Word Title, and It Doesn't Begin to Sum This Up. . .

I have this on my Ipod because I borrowed it from somewhere, but I'm not sure I've ever listened to it straight through, until now. I like Fiona, but I bought Tidal, not this one.

Listening begins...
...and ends.

Wow! What a great album of MUSIC. So many places where I just got lost in the tunes. I think this is definitely a thumbs up album I need to listen to. Lots of great lyrics too. I'm very pleased!

2 down, 998 to go!

My musical boyfriend always comes first.

Ryan Adams
"Young, Sad, High = Songwriting Genius"

This album to this day is still one of my most favorites ever, and contains some of my most favorite songs.

"To Be Young" is by far one of my favorite tunes, and I feel like it connects with me. Having spent so much time young and sad. I listen to a lot of live Ryan, but the studio version of this song never disappoints.

Come Pick Me Up...Ugh. Beautiful.

I can remember when I first got this album, before I ever even saw Ryan in concert. I had only heard "Gold" with it's pop-ness, and liked it enough...but Pixy told me I should "Start" with Heartbreaker, so I bought it and listened to it quickly through before I picked her up and went off to see his toes a few inches from my face at the Catalyst. I can remember thinking that "Lucy" was fairly "noisy" and not caring for it - which is so weird, since now, I can listen to 100 different live versions of it in a row, and will rock out like crazy to it in the car without a care in the world. I think I just didn't have a big appreciation for it until I learned to love him.

Don't ask for the water is such a come down after Lucy, but so perfectly brilliant, I am moved every time. The album finishes off peaceful, and wonderful.

*sigh* I really love this album. I cannot wait for the day I get to hear it on Vinyl with pops and cracks. I definitely need an Austin trip.

1 recording down, 999 to go!

1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die

I have had this book for a while, and as musically obsessed as I am, it seemed like a good suggested life list goal to start with. You can follow and play along if you like, this list is conveniently online for you here.

Work is a great place to listen to music and I've not listened to many albums straight through since I got my Ipod over 18 months ago. So that also is a neat part of this project too. I'm not going to go in order, and I don't own a lot of those albums, but I do own some, so I'm going to start there.

Watch for my progress by following the tag 1000recordings, and tell me what you think of the albums on the list and your experiences with them as we go along!

I'm going to do this a bit differently.

So right now I have a few drafts running:

I need to sum up Project 30 and what it meant to me. I've just been unable to spend the time to say everything about how that project changed my life in the way that I should.

Then, I've decided to use a bunch of different books and lists to drive different goals and my owns lists here. So I'm going to reorganize my living list, and the places I have been and want to go into new different lists.

I've decided that I'm going to start at work with the 1,000 recordings I want to hear before I die. Expect that post next.