Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday Already?

The title is massively sarcastic. I'm drained from the week. Lots of things are going on, and yet I'm frustrated because I haven't had much time to continue work on my next album. I won tickets on the radio last week to Sunday of the Outside Lands festival in San Fran (Wilco, Rogue Wave, Jackie Greene, Jack Johnson, etc.), and I'm so drained I don't know if I can make the trip.
I'm my own worst critic, but I don't feel like I gave a great performance last night (though I know a few people enjoyed it) at Pyramid in Sac. By comparison, I played very well last week, but something was off this week. I played a few new songs I learned, so I can take a mulligan on those, but even some of my traditional favorites were not great.

Now, I do admit I was a bit distracted by the Bears/49ers disaster of a game that was playing on the TV during the show, but that's no excuse. Just because those teams are as bad as Jason Kidd on a SAT test doesn't mean I have to go down to their level.

It is just one more reminder that every time you think you have everything figured out, you realize that there's more to learn or improve. Anyway, here are some albums I've been listening to in case you're interested:

"The Boxer" by The National - Sounds like Interpol but way better. Key tracks: "Fake Empire," "Racing Like a Pro," and "Mistaken for Strangers"

"Have You Fed The Fish?" by Badly Drawn Boy - This dude can write some seriously awesome songs. I hear his live shows suck, but I've never seen him myself. All in all, this album is his best. Key tracks: "40 Days & 40 Fights," "You Were Right," and "What Is It Now"

"Ghosts I-IV" by Nine Inch Nails - All instrumental and completely awesome. Trent Reznor has always done a great job composing and arranging twisted songs, but this really shows off how great a musician he is. Keep tracks: "28 Ghosts IV," 4 Ghosts I," and "13 Ghosts II"


GMoney said...

I admit it, I watched the first half of that game last night. Disgusting.

Tony B. said...

Ah G$, so you must be that special kind of drunk that you were talking about yesterday?

(As a side note: it is too bad I've never gotten to party with the Elementary School crew- it seems like you've all grown up to be fantastic drinkers- in a good way!)