19 June 2006
Stick Figures In Peril on Boing Boing
Ours is a perilous time, apparently: since the group's inception, members have posted nearly 4,000 photos of "warning signs showing stick figures in dangerous, often life-threatening, situations" (as the group's original description puts it). Here's the awesome photo that started it all:
Posted by Greg at 08:02 PM
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15 June 2006
Band of Horses
Band of Horses has recorded some wonderful, wonderful rock and roll on Everything All The Time. On first listen, I couldn't get over the obvious comparison to The Shins -- for one, Ben Bridwell's voice sounds an awful lot like James Mercer's -- and, frankly, the similarities between the two bands was reason enough for me to take an almost automatic (though still tentative) liking to them early on. But as I've settled in to this record, that comparison has receeded into the background, and I've realized how great some of these songs really are.
"The Funeral" is one of the best of the songs. It's got this great line, belted out over and over: "At every occasion, I'll be ready for a funeral." Amazingly, this doesn't come across as corny; in fact, it's incredible and powerful and -- I want to be careful to not be corny here myself, but -- almost majestic. Majesty: it's the word the Pitchfork review uses, which puts it better than I can: "Turning despondency into indie majesty is a major talent of Band of Horses; their music is carefully balanced to evoke specific emotional responses while allowing space for personal projection."
Ok, so I think all this talk has gotten a little corny. Just go listen to this great record. And listen closely.
14 June 2006
Websites as graphs
Here's veen.com/greg visualized by Websites as Graphs:
It's a pretty simple document structure, really. Though not quite as simple as Google's home page, of course.
- Crack pipes
- How to become Emo
- Johnny Greenwood, duplicate
- Emerge vs. Release
- Stick Figures in Peril
- Black Rock City, Almost Gone