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Livejournal! I am not dead. I am currently so exhausted I want to die, but I am not dead! I just kind of ... acquired a life, I guess? Started doing ill-advised things like going to five shows in the same week? I don't know.

What I have been doing:

-- Taking photos. You can see how busy my year has been, a lot of it contract work for pub companies and a music blog I started working with, here. Or here, which features one bathroom self-portrait for every show I've been to. Which is, as of right now, 61. Uh. My goal of 100 shows this year is going to be blown right past, I suspect.

Slightly less overwhelming is here, my personal favorites set for 2011.

-- Watching baseball. The UNC baseball team has had a quietly, surprisingly excellent year, and while they are no rivals for the 2007 or 2008 or 2009 teams in my affections, they are a good deal of fun. They scored a totally random national seed in the NCAA tournament and will hopefully make a serious run at getting back to Omaha this year.

-- Dating. Met a dude New Year's Day, got serious, broke up, starting over with him, slowly. Dating takes up a lot of time, you guys.

-- Watching Doctor Who and Game of Thrones. I gave up on How I Met Your Mother and Bones when I started dating the Cowboy in January, because I had no time all of a sudden and also I really wasn't enjoying either season, frankly, but Who and Game of Thrones are really doing it for me lately. I love everyone on Who, but especially Rory, and Game of Thrones is so fucking gorgeous and fucked up, so I'm loving that, too. The violence makes me cringe -- less spurting, please, HBO -- but I'm digging it.

The Cowboy and I are watching The Wire, too. It's awesome, as everyone told me it was. I'm just slow.

-- I am home today and thus able to post because my car died on I-40 last night. Only upside: I have the savings to fix it, it died in a completely convenient non-dangerous spot on the highway, and I have the vacation time to take today off unexpectedly. I am listening to podcasts and reading YA novels while I wait for the mechanic to call me back and tell me what's wrong (the mechanic and my father both THINK it's the alternator, but neither was positive).

-- My Flickr PRO account is about to expire and I have no money to renew it because see also DEAD FUCKING CAR GODDAMNIT LIFE.

-- I also have no money to buy art on Etsy like I want to but that's less of a pressing professional problem. Fuuuuck being broke. And also living somewhere that I love but where I have to own a car.

-- I made a really good pot of coffee this morning.

-- So far my five favorite albums of 2011 are: Ha Ha Tonka -- Death of a Decade; the Booze -- At Maximum Volume; Dave Hause -- Resolutions; the Smith Westerns -- Dye It Blonde; the Low Anthem -- Smart Flesh.

-- I am going to have a caprese salad today for lunch.

-- I am on Twitter as brandnewkindof. I mostly twitter about stupid baseball player hair, beer, music and photography. I don't autofollow back -- I use it professionally, to follow people I know IRL, and to get college baseball info -- but if you feel like following me for short album reviews and griping about mullets and opening bands, go for it. If I don't follow you back, I promise it's not personal.

-- That's all I've got! Need more coffee.

-- How are you guys? What are your favorite albums of 2011? What's taking up your time this year? I miss you. I keep trying to post and then just ... not. But I will do better.
Mood:: 'anxious' anxious
Music:: TBJ_Ep_719 -- Score Media -- The Basketball Jones (Audio)
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posted by [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com at 01:40pm on 03/06/2011
posted by [identity profile] minervacat.livejournal.com at 01:41pm on 03/06/2011
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posted by [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com at 01:46pm on 03/06/2011

Also, ilu and I've been so out of it wrt music that I have no favorite album of the year so far. All I know is that I mistook the newest Lady Gaga song for a new Cher song, and then I realized that most of Gaga's fans wouldn't know that because they don't know Cher. Which (a) made me feel old and crotchety and (b) made me acutely grateful that most of what I listen to is pre 1980 or, uh, not stuff that gets played on the same radio station as Gaga.

I did, however, recently discover Rebecca Loebe thanks to The Voice and am planning on buying her everything as soon as I get a job and the money flow that comes with it. \o/
posted by [identity profile] minervacat.livejournal.com at 01:57pm on 03/06/2011
That sucks, Lizard. I have been up since 6:30 b/c I had to call in to work (no way to get there) and then call the mechanic where I had my car towed yesterday (to beg them to fiiiiiiiix her), but I am thinking about crawling back into bed with a book and the cats. :D? :D?

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posted by [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com at 02:00pm on 03/06/2011
I approve of books and cats and bed. Which book? I'm so woefully behind on my current YA reading which I'm kind of blaming on school and my need to reread Diana Wynne Jones' entire back catalogue.

Yeah, Daddy woke me up at 5:30 because his truck died and he needed to be at work by 6. I would have just let him take my car, but I need it today. I am also pondering a return to bed, sadly without kitties. But hey, I have extra pillows instead?
posted by [identity profile] myounghistory.livejournal.com at 01:46pm on 03/06/2011
Can I say Born In The USA is my favorite album of 2011? No? Okay.

That sucks about your car, dude. We should try to have hang times this weekend, if that wouldn't be too stressful for you.
posted by [identity profile] minervacat.livejournal.com at 01:56pm on 03/06/2011
I would love to see you guys this weekend but IDK what my schedule and my $$$ are going to look like due to this fucking car thing. I'll email you?

You can totally say that's your favorite album of 2011. Note that I did not say favorite album RELEASED in 2011! :))
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posted by [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com at 02:03pm on 03/06/2011
.....In that case, my favorite album of 2011 is prolly Strangers Almanac.

:D that's totally the random icon that rolled up for this post, btw. LJ knows my musical tastes so well.
posted by [identity profile] bloodlossgirl.livejournal.com at 02:30pm on 03/06/2011
So far, Kate Bush - Director's Cuts.

Also, I don't listen to many podcasts, I don't really have time - no car/commute time to speak of, and no other podcast-friendly times in my day. Dr. Nick does, but he has the above things. When we take roadtrips, we listen to the Planet Money, Wire Tap, and Geologic Podcasts. He may have others.

Hi! I'm running around doing errands and getting ready to go out to the Wilds of WV for the Weekend! Will catch up with you next week.
posted by [identity profile] minervacat.livejournal.com at 02:33pm on 03/06/2011
I haven't picked up the Kate Bush yet! But it's on my list because you've loved it so much.

I was going to recommend not a standard regular listening for you, but Demetri Martin -- a comedian -- was on Sound of Young America this week and said some really interesting things about creative process, so if you feel like tracking it down, recommended. Made my brain all think-y like.

Enjoy your weekend and the great outdoors!
posted by [identity profile] bloodlossgirl.livejournal.com at 03:07pm on 03/06/2011
Another album - Cut Copy - Zonoscope :)

Anyway, since I know you're broke, let me know if you want me to hook you up with a .zip of the new Kate Bush.

I'll track down that Demetri Martin thing next week! Thanks :)
posted by [identity profile] minervacat.livejournal.com at 04:27pm on 03/06/2011
Ahhhh, thank you for that gift! Look forward to listening to it this weekend.
posted by [identity profile] jjtaylor.livejournal.com at 02:47pm on 03/06/2011
YOUR CAR! THE COWBOY! (Be good to her, you fuckers, you hear me?)

posted by [identity profile] minervacat.livejournal.com at 04:27pm on 03/06/2011
In my car's defense, it's probably not her fault she died. :))
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posted by [personal profile] starfishchick at 07:33pm on 03/06/2011
HI MIN. <3
posted by [identity profile] tangleofthorns.livejournal.com at 03:33am on 04/06/2011
I think you turned me on to Ha Ha Tonka and I adore them now, so that's good.

The new Okkervil River is kind of disappointing. Have you checked out the new Exene Cervenka?
posted by [identity profile] pearl-o.livejournal.com at 03:56am on 04/06/2011

Man, I think my favorite released this year has to be the Cults album. I have been abusing the NPR free stream horribly the last week or two.

Favorite that I discovered this year, though, definitely Hadestown. UGH, ALBUM OF MY HEART.
posted by [identity profile] greyhame.livejournal.com at 01:10pm on 04/06/2011
Hi! Sounds like things are busy but mostly good, though sorry about the car. Cars are such a pain in the ass sometimes.

Favorite album of the year so far is definitely the new Mountain Goats, which blows me away every time I listen to it.

I am also on the Twitters, these days!
posted by [identity profile] helpwess.livejournal.com at 11:27pm on 04/06/2011
caprese salad in my mouth please
posted by [identity profile] frisbyg.livejournal.com at 04:29pm on 08/06/2011
Dating takes up a lot of time, you guys.

WORD. Also, hello! Nice to see you!

Favorite albums of 2011? Um, Justin Bieber's Never Say Never - The Remixes.

KIDDING. I would actually say The Foo Fighters' Wasting Light and Adele's 21. I'm also looking forward to Owl City's new album, out this month.
posted by [identity profile] angela-o.livejournal.com at 02:32pm on 27/06/2011
Favorite album of 2011, Bon Iver's Bon Iver. I'm think I'm going to go see them at the Raleigh Amphitheater at the end of July.