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Well…(Week wrap-up)

Posted in Education, inturwebs, Karaoke, Music on 30 August 2009 by jason

…I got my laptop fixed, but I lost access to the internet at the same time (no comments from the peanut gallery), so I haven’t been on like I wanted to be. Also, my phone’s been having problems, so I’m basically cut off from the outside world when I’m at home. It’s kind of weird, actually. So right now, the only way to get a hold of me is to come to my place and knock on my window.

Besides that, though, this week has been OK. I’ve been getting to work early to go to so I can watch old episodes of The Prisoner. I never got around to seeing that show, so I’m happy to get the chance. Good stuff, that. The first week at work has been relatively slow, bit I know it’s about to get extremely busy.

I’ve also decided that if I ever find the Weezer song “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn),” I am singing it, no matter how poorly I actually know the song. Here’s the video:

Oh, yeah…that’s happening.


Listen to this!

Posted in Cover Songs, inturwebs, Music on 17 June 2009 by jason

On the Youtubes, I found this cover version of The Mountain Goats’ “Palmcorder Yajna” It pretty much rocks my face off.

And here are the Mountain Goats doing it live, for comparison. I mean that I’m linking it for comparison. The Mountain Goats performed it live because, hey, that’s what they do.

This Week…

Posted in Education, inturwebs, Music, Writing on 3 May 2009 by jason

Ah…the hardest part of the semester for me is done, and finals week is here. As you may know, I’m a writing tutor, so the week before finals is the last week students have to bring papers to me. That means that last week was the busiest week of the semester for me, hence the lack of blog activity.

Don’t think that that means I’m just working and sleeping, though. I’ve also been writing and workshopping a couple of short stories that are just about ready to be sent out for possible publication. I’ll keep you posted!

Also, I’ve recently discovered Twitter, or as I call it, “my micro-music blog.” Sign up, look for “jrobertnovak”, and be kept informed of all the music I listen to in a given day. I know, I know, you can hardly wait!

I’m also reading a lot, and I’m preparing for my Birthday celebration next week, so I’m a busy guy. However, this week, you should see more of me here.

Did I meet John Darnielle?

Posted in beer, inturwebs, Music, otter on 1 April 2009 by jason

You’re goddamn right I did!

On monday night, I saw John Vanderslice and The Mountain Goats…er…Goat…er…John Darnielle at Oberlin College, and it was the shit.

Things started with kelly and I getting hungry before the show, so we went into the cafeteria in Oberlin’s Wilder Hall. The line to get food was completely baffling, but we figured out where we were supposed to stand right as a man and a woman were figuring out the same. “Are you first?” I asked.

“No, I think you guys were. Go ahead,” said the man.

Suddenly, I recognized the man as John Vanderslice! He let me in line ahead of him!

I didn’t say anything to him, as he was trying to eat. (BTW…the service at the cafeteria is kind of slow, but the food is great for cafeteria food! Worth the wait.)

At 9:30, the doors to the venue opened, and the masses slowly poured in, eventually filling the tiny room. I bought some merch (A t-shirt and the CD Zopilote Machine for me, a copy of The Sunset Tree for Kelly), and Kelly bought us beer (Some Sunset something or other for Kelly, and a $3.50 Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown for me). I introduced myself to a fellow member of The Mountain Goats Forums, and prepared to get my face rocked off by some accoustic folk rock!

John Vanderslice hit the stage and did not dissappoint. I’ll admit that I am not extremely familiar wit his stuff. I Have two of his albums (Pixel Revolt and Emerald City,) so I recognized several songs, but not all of them. Still, JV on stage sounds exactly like JV in the studio. He gave some charming and funny stage banter and had the techs play with the lights. All in all, a good time and worth the price of admission alone.

Next, The Mountain Goats came on. This was an absolutely brilliant performance, with some of the funniest stage banter I’ve seen since Robyn Hitchcock.

According to Peter from the afformentioned forum, the set list was:

love love love
cobscook bay
fall of the running back
absolute lithops effect
dance music
craters on the moon
raid on entebbe
old college try
woke up new
spilling toward alpha
alpha negative
jv moon song (same one as at both mass shows)
jd moon song (again, same one)
This Year

color in your cheeks
swamp creature
no children

Oh, yes, “No Children” rocked. So hard. I was glad to hear “This Year,” “Old College Try,” “Fall of the High School Running Back” and “In the Craters of the Moon.” The performance and my proximity to the stage made this possibly the best show I’ve ever been to. For reals.

After the show, I talked to JV for a short time and thanked him for letting me cut him in line. I got my copy of “Emerald City” autographed, then decided to track own John Darnielle.

He was hanging out behind the bar, serving himself a beer. I sat down and tried to order a Newcastle off of him. Then, after he walked to the merch table, I thanked him for a great show and had him sign my copy of his 33 1/3 book, Master of Reality. He signed it “Jason-Generals are gathered in their masses…but that’s another album-John Darnielle.” I told him that that meant a lot to me because “War Pigs” has become “my” karaoke song for my bi-weekly karaoke nights. Then, I pondered trying to have a conversation with him, in which I would have turned into a total spaz, or to just walk away. I decided to quit while I was ahead.

The surprising thing is that people (including John Darnielle himself) often say that JD is really nervous and introverted around people, but on monday, he seemed calm and cool. Very cool.

Kelly later went up and got his autograph, too, and I wandered a little. John Vanderslice walked past, patted me on the shoulder and said ” See ya, Jason!” Classy.

On our way put, John Darnielle said goodbye to Kelly, the looked at me and said, “Thanks again…it was Jason, right?”

I responded, “Yeah! Thank you…it was John, right?”

He smiled and said, “Yeah, yeah…I’m John.”

A perfect end to a perfect show.

I’m going to watch the Watchmen.

Posted in Books and Literature, Comics, inturwebs, Irony on 13 March 2009 by jason

Well, I’m going to break down and see it tonight. Until then, here is something so perfect, I had to share it.

If you’ve read the book (or seen the movie, I guess), there are so many in jokes here…I love that Rorschach is a “friend to the animals,” especially to those dogs. My god, that’s funny stuff.

A Small Town’s Secret, Scene 2

Posted in inturwebs, Xtranormal on 15 February 2009 by jason

Click on the Xtranormal tag to see previous episodes. Sorry about the bad dialogue…I write this as I go.

Anyway, here we have “Jayson” who looks nothing like my friend Jayson, and Matilda.

You can only watch propaganda!

Posted in Conspiracies, inturwebs, Television on 8 February 2009 by jason

This is from the youtubes. It is amazing.