Archive for December, 2007

Jaynova Learns to Play Guitar in front of a Real Internet Audience!

Posted in Cover Songs, Music, otter on 29 December 2007 by jason

Ok…here’s something I’m going to try to do on a weekly (or at least bi-weekly) basis…

jaynova-Chelsea Hotel No. 2 (Leonard Cohen cover).

My voice gets weird in the first verse, but I was impatient, so I went with it.

My new toys are cool!


What I’ve Been Listening To.

Posted in Holidays, Music, otter on 29 December 2007 by jason

Thsi week, I’ve listened almost exclusively to one of the gifts that the otter gave me: 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields. I had actually heard some of these songs before on a CD that the otter had lent me of what was billed (by an aquaintence of hers who gave her the CD) a “The Best of 69 Love Songs.”

Anyway, before you ask, yes, there really are 69 songs in the collection, and they all speak of love in some form or another.

This 3 disc set is a great collection, as well as a great introduction to the work of Stephin Merritt, the lead singer. Merritt is the leader of three other bands as well: The Gothic Archies, Future Bible Heroes, and The 6ths. According to the liner notes, a lot of this music could have been recorded by any of those bands instead of the Magnetic Fields.

Let’s see…there’s some filler on this (there would have to be in a 69-song opus), but some of the highlights are “The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side,” “Reno Dakota,” which is probably the first song to mention the color “Pantone 292,” “Papa was a Rodeo,” and “Absolutely Cuckoo.”

Also, Merritt shows of his Ukelelee skills on songs such as the brilliant “A Pretty Girl is Like…” and “Queen of the Savages,” the latter of which is the best love song written about a cannibal I’ve ever heard.

The liner notes are great, too. Accordionist from the album Daniel Handler (also known to some of you as author Lemony Snicket) interviews Merritt about each song on the album, New York, and H.P. Lovecraft, among other things.

Anyway, here are some songs from the album:


Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side (ignore the video)

Love is Like a Bottle of Gin

Post edited 1-6-08 (Merritt has 3 other bands, not 2)

So…how was your (insert holiday here)?

Posted in Comics, Holidays, Tech on 29 December 2007 by jason

My family gets together on what my calander tells me is “Christmas Eve” to give gifts and all that. This year was an odd one for me because my brother and his girlfriend got me a laptop computer, and I got them a $30 graphic novel.

Anyway, the laptop is awesome for me because now I can write anywhere. I mean, I can type anywhere, but that’s really the only writing I do anymore. They also got me a network card, so if I’m at a place with free wi-fi, I can get on these inturwebs, which means hopefully more blog posts from me. So, the laptop is kind of a gift for the rest of you, too! ­čśŤ

Oh, I also got a digital camera, which will lead to a couple of new things for this blog, too, I hope. We’ll see.

The only bad thing about the holiday was that, on midnight of December 25th, I came down with a really nasty stomach flu, so I spent the day in bed. Oh well. Could have been worse.

As Above, So Below.

Posted in Comics, Magick on 23 December 2007 by jason

I thought that this was cool. It’s a drawing of the Kaballah Tree of Life, made to look like a London tube map.

Tube Sepiroth

Apparently, it was originally published in the comic book Promethea, by Alan Moore, but I found it on Strange Maps.

I’ve read a couple of books on the Kaballah, but I could never get into them. Hebrew mysticism is too much like math.

A retraction of sorts…

Posted in beer, Music, otter on 23 December 2007 by jason

In my post about losing my irony, I may have ruffled the feathers of a few of my friends. I didn’t mean to, and my hatred of hipsters does not extend to you. However, I thought I should clarify something that I’ve realized…

It’s not the hipsters that I hate as much as hipster-posturing.

Here’s an example of what I mean:

The otter and I went to a pub in Highland Square, Akron, a place called The Matinee. It’s a nice little hipster bar with Belle and Sebastian on the Juke Box. The people there were all having a good time, drinking, joking, and enjoying the music. I loved it there and would definitely go back.

When we went to the Zephyr this week, some of the same people from the Matinee were there, but they weren’t having fun. they were there to be seen. Seriously, we went to the top level (there are two floors), and people were just sitting at the bar, trying to look cool. No music was even playing (until the otter, Kurt, and I played Sonic Youth, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Interpol, among other bands on the Jukebox). I think that’s what pissed me off…the posturing. These were the same people I had fun with at the Matinee, but now I hated them.

So there you go. If you consider yourself hip and you are my friend, I don’t hate you. Just leave your over-sized Michael Jackson button at home when you hang out with me.

Happy Solstice!

Posted in Holidays, Uncategorized on 21 December 2007 by jason

Happy Solstice to everyone!

That’s all.


I’ve lost my taste for irony.

Posted in beer, otter on 20 December 2007 by jason

Last night, the otter, our friend Kurt, and I went to Kent, OH, to visit The Zephyr Cafe, a hipster bar in the college town. While we were there, I saw a girl get up to leave, and she had a Michael Jackson button on her coat. At that moment, I realized that I had lost me taste for irony. The button wasn’t funny, it wasn’t cute, it wasn’t kitchy. It was a lame attempt to show, as the official Zephyr tee shirts say, that she was “too cool for school.”

Hey, hipsters; get over yourselves. You all stink like cigarettes and 3 days without bathing, and your beards look like shit.