August 25, 2004
Boston Pop Underground's Tuesday Night Cabaret with Mike Viola at the Paradise Lounge
Andrea Kremer put together a magical night of pop delights for the Tuesday Night Cabaret at the Paradise Lounge. Mike Viola of the Candy Butchers hosted the evening and was accompanied by his pal Todd Foulsham on drums. Gordon Wright from Fooled by April performed a short set and then was joined by Mike and Tom for a cover of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over." I was hoping they'd go for something else by Crowded House or maybe a Neil Finn solo tune. But it was good. Great, even! Meghan Toohey from The So and So's sang a few of her tunes and then joined Mike for Roy Orbison's "Love Hurts." My favorite part of the night was when a newish Boston band (who Mike introduced as The Clique but the Q Division websites has a photo of them as Zoo) got up to sing "Jet" by Paul McCartney with Mike Viola standing in front of the stage assessing how well the band administered their popness.
Andrea's Boston Pop Underground has other happenings coming up including The So and So's at the Lizard Lounge on September 9th. See you there? Mmmmm pop!
Boston Pop Underground is a live music series featuring the best local and national indie pop artists. Not "pop" as in Britney -- pop as in the Beatles, the Kinks, the Beach Boys, the Zombies, Big Star, Cheap Trick, Badfinger, Elvis Costello, Squeeze, the Posies, Jellyfish, Matthew Sweet, Jon Brion, Neil Finn, Michael Penn, XTC... you get the idea. The kind of pop distinguished by memorable melodies, soaring harmonies, thoughtful lyrics, irresistable hooks, and a love of the craft of songwriting.
August 24, 2004
Airwaves Music Festival in October
Just for fun, I tried to set up something at the new drop cash website last night but it didn't work so well (on Safari, IE and Camino on my iBook G4 running OSX). Everytime I logged in to my TypeKey account, it looped back to drop cash's homepage, asking me to login to TypeKey. I'm on a Windows computer right now and I didn't have the same problems. So, if you'd like to contribute to the "Finally Send Sooz to the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in Reykjavik October 20-24th" ... you can finally do so! It'd be a fun event to blog from, indeed.
August 17, 2004
The right kind of conspiring
Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words 'make' and 'stay' become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.
~ from Still Life with Woodpecker, Tom Robbins
A volunteer's perspective of the 2004 DNC Convention in Boston
August 16, 2004
Do It Yourself Event Planning
I'm at Tealuxe in Harvard Square conspiring with Peter Caputa of WhizSpark. They've got a web company that helps you publish and promote your own events. Seems nifty. I might use it for the social gatherings I host ala sooz.com, Free Agent Boston events and maybe syndicated events ala Exploit Boston! Here's my WhizSpark profile. Add your email address if you'd like to be notified when I host my next event through their service.
Multimap.com: Online maps to everywhere
I stumbled across multipmap.com when I was looking for an easy way to figure out the ICBM coordinates for my new apartment to update my geourl info. Along with coordinates they also provide maps for spots around the world. The directions seem to be for Great Britain only.
MIT Artists Behind the Desk
Founded in 1987, The MIT Artists Behind the Desk showcases the creative talent of staff at MIT in the visual, literary and performing arts. They're conspiring on an exquisite corpse project that will feature large scale drawings hanging in a newly renovated Athena cluster on campus (W20-575). The Fall lunchtime performance series starts up on September 8th in Killian Hall. [via mit.edu spotlight]
August 14, 2004
The Apologetic Burglar
A friend's apartment was broken into Friday afternoon while he was home. He heard someone at the door and figured it was one of his roommates coming home. A few minutes later he left his room to go out to say hi and ran into someone else who he figured was a friend of one of the roommates. The guy said "Oh, sorry" and then walked out. Turns out the guy was not a friend but had broken into the apartment.
August 12, 2004
Happy 6th Birthday, BunkoSquad.com
Six years ago Michael gave into my nagging "You really need a website! Your words! They need a website!" In honor of BunkoSquad.com turning six years old today, August 12th, everyone should buy a BS original "Left Behind" shirt. I insist!
August 11, 2004
Boston Blog Meetup coming up on Wednesday, August 18th at The Trident Booksellers and Cafe
Last month 23 people showed up at the mostly first ever Boston Blog Meetup. So, we're doing it again on Wednesday, August 18th at 7:00 PM. The gathering takes place at Trident Booksellers and Cafe located at 338 Newbury Street in Boston. Good times!
August 09, 2004
Support Literacy, Win Books
Write an essay about your most memorable reading experience in the last ten years and Powell's Books might give you $1,000 to spend on books at their website. With every essay submission they'll also donate one dollar to Reading Is Fundamental, the nation's largest nonprofit children's literacy organization. The contest runs through August 31, 2004.
August 04, 2004
Web addiction excuses conscripts
A number of Finnish conscripts have been excused their full term of military service because they are addicted to the Internet, the Finnish Defence Forces said on Tuesday.
Doctors have found the young men miss their computers too much to cope with their compulsory six months in the forces.
August 03, 2004
Today's word: Giddy
- Having a reeling, lightheaded sensation; dizzy.
- Causing or capable of causing dizziness: a giddy climb to the topmast.
- Frivolous and lighthearted; flighty.
Word History: The word giddy refers to fairly lightweight experiences or situations, but at one time it had to do with profundities. Giddy can be traced back to the same Germanic root *gud- that has given us the word God. The Germanic word *gudigaz formed on this root meant “possessed by a god.” Such possession can be a rather unbalancing experience, and so it is not surprising that the Old English descendant of *gudigaz, gidig, meant “mad, possessed by an evil spirit,” or that the Middle English development of gidig, gidi, meant the same thing, as well as “foolish; mad (used of an animal); dizzy; uncertain, unstable.” Our sense “lighthearted, frivolous” represents the ultimate secularization of giddy.
August 01, 2004
REM: The Good Years (1981-1996)
Eight years ago a friend sent me seven tapes consisting of his entire REM non-album track collection spanning 1981-1996. It's a great bunch of music that includes most every tune REM recorded (beyond the regular album stuff) up until the point where I mostly stopped buying their music. A couple years ago someone converted each side of the tape to an MP3 and I'm finally getting around to splicing and dicing them up. The plan is to make a mix CD with 20-30 of my favorites. Here's the list to choose from.