September 28, 2004
September 27, 2004
Bowling Photos III
Bowling Photos II
September 26, 2004
What is Sooz Music? SOOZ draws on her jazz background and penchant for world music in the creation and performance of upbeat, interactive original songs. An earthy alto vocalist who plays tenor and soprano saxophones and flute as well, SOOZ has a sound all her own.
September 25, 2004
Rose Polenzani's New Album: August
A collection of intimate, misfit home recordings.
That's how Rose Polenzani describes her new album, "August" that she's self-releasing on October 7th. Pre-orders on her website are happily accepted for $12. I've been listening to Rose's music since 1999 and I still haven't figured out a quick, witty description. Singer/songwriter? Experimental folk? Excellent storyteller? All of the above?
September 24, 2004
Camper Van Beethoven's New Album: New Roman Times
I was just listening to Camper Van Beeethoven's new album "New Roman Times" compliments of the little package that arrived in the mail today from Vanguard Records. It hits the streets on October 12th. And it's good stuff. Very good stuff. Isn't it hard to believe this is their first album in 15 years? CVB will be at the Middle East (downstairs) on October 16th. You can preview the album as they unveil a song a week on the Vanguard website.
I think they should play a show at Cynthia Von Buhler's CVB Space in New York City. CVB at CVB!
Candle Pin Bowling at Sacco's 8pm Saturday, September 25th
A group of friends are getting together tomorrow night for candle pin bowling at Sacco's Bowl Haven (you've gotta love that name) at 8:00 PM. Josh is coming to town. Good times shall be had. Let me know if you'd like to join us and I'll make sure we reserve/grab enough lanes.
September 23, 2004
The board of the Apache Software Foundation passed the resolution to make Apache Lenya a top-level project.
September 22, 2004
SoozMix #1: Sassy!
Now that I've got a computer with a CD burner, I can once again make a mixed CD now and again. I put this mix together today. It's called "Sassy." If you'd like your own copy, post a comment or email me.
Cake: "Short Skirt, Long Jacket"
Black Eyed Peas: "Shut Up"
Michael Jackson: "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough"
Rufus Wainwright: "Movies of Myself"
Split Enz: "I Got You"
Aerosmith: "You Gotta Move"
Wheat: "I Met A Girl"
Stevie Wonder: "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing"
De La Soul: "Ring Ring Ring"
Soul Coughing: "Circles"
Universal Hall Pass: "Ring of Fire" (cover)
Sparkola: "Working On It"
Nine Inch Nails: "Closer" (live)
Neil Finn: "Sexual Healing" (cover)
I Love Ball Square
I moved to Ball Square in Somerville on June 1st. I love this area. Love it! There's Nathan Tufts Park up the street adjacent to the Powderhouse Rotary, a liquor store with a great wine and beer selection, a local bar (I lived in Arlington, a "dry town" for 7 years so this tidbit alone is rather exciting), Soundbites and Kelly's Diner for breakfast and my favorite spot, True Grounds at 717 Broadway. Amy and Rhett, the owners, are super nice. It's a great spot to bring my iBook, sit on one of the couches and do work for a few hours in the evening and on weekends. They've got complimentary WiFi and a very tasty (not on the menu so ask for it) frozen chai. The music is usually good, too. For example, just a few minutes ago it was The Beautiful South and then Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. You'd think I made the playlist!
Cooking for Engineers
Have an analytical mind? Like to cook? This is the site to read!
Lingering Gmail Invites Available for Anyone in Boston Area
I had a bunch of Gmail invites land in my inbox a few weeks ago that aren't going anywhere. If you'd like one, send me an email. One caveat: you must be in the Boston area. I'm going to have a dinner party at a restaurant in the area for my invitees so you need to be nearby and have an interest in joining us.
September 20, 2004
Blast from the Wild Wild Web Past
Six years ago I was part of an online community/zine of writers and designers from around the world called Swanky.org. It was a curious bunch of people that ranged in age from teens, 20s and a couple of people in their 30s. I was "old" in the group at 25. One of the best things to come out of that group was meeting Josh Darden who became (and still is) one of my best friends. There was a television show based in Boston called Wild Wild Web who I nagged for several months to do a story about Swanky. They finally agreed so a half dozen of us (from the Midwest and Northeast) descended upon The Someday Cafe in Davis Square to be interviewed by Catherine Burns and her crew at the end of the summer of 1998. Every time I walk past Someday and see the red couch I'm reminded of that funny afternoon. I ended up working for the show in the marketing department a few months after the interview.
I've been wanting to get the interview online for a long time. Steve Garfield is going to help me. So sometime in the next few weeks I'll finally be able to put up a Quicktime video.
Rich Mackin writes letters to corporations usually about problems he has with their advertising or packaging and then posts many of them to his Live Journal page. He's got a book, too. These letters are a mix of poetry, humor and brilliance. And the guy can really write.
In a recent letter to Gillette about their use of pop-up ads he wrote ...
Allow me to immediately digress in order to expound a bit on the word "hate". Hate is a strong word. Tony Randall once said that we should reserve our use of "hate" for what is truly evil, such as war and racism. He prefers to say that he "despises" things, because when you despise something, you intensely dislike something that is beneath you. So, let me say that I both despise and hate pop up ads.
September 18, 2004
I had only previously seen one of the bands (Sparkola) that played at last night's benefit for the Rock & Roll Library. I was really blown away with munk. Egads. So, so good. The bass player seemed a little sleepy but the rest of the band put on an impressive show.
September 17, 2004
I finally set up an account at Audioscrobbler's website. So, if you're wondering what I'm listening to whenever I've got iTunes running, go to my profile page and see for yourself. I showed it to someone and they said it's like big brother for music. Except who doesn't like sharing their music with other people? Sometimes it might be more confession than just sharing. But is there really anything wrong with Nine Inch Nails, Fleetwood Mac and The Muppets played next to each other? Now I just need to figure out how to output the recently listened to tunes on this website similiar to what this person has done.
Rock & Roll Library Benefit Show Tonight (9/17) at Harper's Ferry with munk, Sparkola, Count Zero and The Fly Seville
The Rock & Roll Library has a benefit show tonight at Harper's Ferry in Allston sponsored by WFNX. Proceeds will support development of the Music Archive Database (which will begin to unveil very soon) and a website makeover. The bands include one of my favorites, Sparkola, plus munk, Count Zero and The Fly Seville. Doors open at 9:00 PM, tickets are $10 and it's a 21+ show. See you there?
September 09, 2004
Unplanned Hibernation, Weblog Writer's Meeting and Pop!
Time flies when you're busy ignoring your websites. I didn't quite intend to stop posting here for nearly two weeks. Oops! I'm thinking about reviving my Live Journal account that I stopped using last winter so I have somewhere to post more journalish, blathering tidbits and keep sooz.com free from those sorts of things. If i haven't posted here in a while it's mostly because the things I want to write about are probably more personal than interesting weblog/music/event tidbits. I'm trying to revive some projects but it's taken a lot longer than I had hoped.
Tonight there's a Berkman Weblog Writer's Meeting/Dinner at Bombay Club at 7:15 in Harvard Square. And then Andrea Kremer's Boston Pop Underground returns to the Lizard Lounge at 9:30 with The So & So's, Stargazer Lily and Patti Rothburg. Mmmmm pop!