Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I'm in yer blogz, stealin yer ideaz

I'm pretty sure I hit Mach 2 at some point this week. In fact, I swear when I looked over my shoulder at one point, I could see myself running to catch up to me. Hence my shoddy performance in the blogosphere as of late.

But even though I have been too busy to think up any clever blog posts, you all have taken up the slack in a heroic fashion. The always stylish Beckeye has launched a lyrics contest that spans four decades and 3 difficulty levels. It was a humbling experience to realize just how badly I sucked at identifying the mystery lyrics, but oddly compelling at the same time.

Meanwhile, both the vivacious Beth and the always clever and surprising Allison have posted stimulating memes containing illuminating and sometimes shocking facts about their darling selves.
Once I have finally caught up with myself, hopefully in the next few days, I plan to partake in this meme. You have been forewarned.

When I finally had the chance to meet the provocative Urban Blonde for coffee the other day, I was thrilled to discover that not only does she live within spitting distance of my house (although to be honest, I didn't actually test that out), but it also turns out that we share a great deal of history. I do love it when online connections translate so seamlessly to the real world. I even got to meet her charming children and evil but adorable puppy. Naturally, she posted about our meeting long before I did. Over-achiever.

From the delightful Will, I am stealing the idea of top ten favourite albums from the first half of the year. My light-fingeredness is not as shameful as would first appear, since Will admits to borrowing the idea from Dusted Magazine in the first place. Honour among thieves and all that.

I am going to modify my list slightly, however.

Top Six Albums of the First Half
plus Top Four Most Anticipated Albums That I Plan to Get Really Soon:

LP - Holy Fuck
Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!! - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Third - Portishead
Kensington Heights - the Constantines
Colin Meloy Sings Live! - Colin Meloy
A Mad and Faithful Telling - DeVotchKa
Youth Novels - Lykke Li
Oh My Darling - Basia Bulat (may have been 07, actually)
með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust - Sigur Ros (thanks to Bloody Awful Poetry!)
I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too - Martha Wainwright

It's going to be a great year, I think.

Have to run, am I ever late!


Allison said...

My next post is my top ten songs of the year thus far. Seems a lot of us are thinking similar thoughts these days. Three of your top 6 are in my top 10. It has been a great year for music.

I look forward to reading your meme, and thanks for the shout out. :)

JustRun said...

You've just been having too much fun is all. Now stop it.

BeckEye said...

You don't know any of my lyrics, I haven't heard any of your albums. See how it all balances out?

bloody awful poetry said...

I think I may steal this post too.
Awesometastic! That Album With The Title I Shall Not Even Attempt To Spell actually made your list!
See, Sigur ros must do something nice for me now. I've got them a new fan.

I strongly recommend you try out their older stuff, too. It may appeal to your Radiohead side =)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm looking forward to that post, Al, in fact, I think I have a pretty good idea of what will make your list. You should have a contest to see if people can guess! I'd probably suck at it slightly less than the lyrics one I just tried.

This has been more like a phase of hard work leading up to the fun, Justrun. The fun part starts tomorrow! And I will be more than willing to stop the hard work part for a bit.

We are simultaneously maintaining the yin and the yang of the musical universe, Beckeye.

Steal away, BAP, although steaing a post about stealing posts is a little too post post modern for me at this time of the morning.
I shall certainly look in Sigur Ros' back catalogue - since you have used the magic words.

Anonymous said...

Re: Beckeye's quiz, I got two in the '60s and one in the '90s right off the bat. This alone explains most of my life. WOW, that quiz is tough.


I've cut and pasted Beckeye's lyrics contest so the Sig Other can partake. Right up his alley.

Oh and a Radiohead Sampler review coming up on the blog sometime today...

Thanks for the shout-out, I'll take the overachiever label with pleasure!

Sounds so much better than my usual moniker-- anal retentive competitive lazy ass bee-yotch. ;)

Will said...

Thank you for the shout-out and for the links to everyone elses fine posts. Seeing your lists reminds me of what I need to get. I do have Portishead and Colin Meloy, but need to give them more love. As for the rest, well the list is quite endless.

Karen said...

Sadly I did not make your list. Must be all the blogging I've been doing about Javier Bardem and European football tournaments. I'll try to smarten up and write about something truly insightful so you can be proud of me. :)

Sean Wraight said...

Excellent 'idealet' there my Western pal. Now methinks I will have to co-opt and post my Top Eleven, so far... (That number just to be different and all that.) Our own LOL Listz if you will.

Great choices by the way. The Nick Cave and Portishead just seem to get better with every listen. You know though. You could have slipped In Rainbows in there too considering its commercial release date. (Are you counting down the sleeps yet?)


Anonymous said...

will check some of your faves out

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You missed the 70s and 80s, Ruh, obviously you were away that day. I'm glad I'm not the only one who found that hard! I was starting to question my street cred.

You get called an ARCLYB, too, Urban Blonde! I thought that was just the special name they had for me.
Cannot wait to hear what you thought of the Radiohead primer.

Finding the time to give those new cds the love they deserve, that's the hard part, innit Will? And now that my car's cd player is dead, my personalized music studio is closed.

I'm always proud of you, Karen, I just didn't steal anything from you lately, is all.

D'oh! How did I not think of that, Sean? I guess I always think of October 10, 2007 as the day I got In Rainbows.
Nick Cave and Portishead were both worth the wait! And now I cannot wait to read your Top Eleven!

Excellent, Gifted Typist! You won't regret it.