Too Drunk To Dream

…ain’t no drinking when the bottle’s dry…

I’m sorry I haven’t posted today, it’s because I’m fucking tired. I had a day.

I knew that I was going to be working today. Despite the weather warnings, I had two clients that needed my services, or they’d be in violation with the state. So, I worked all day, which requires me to be driving from client to client, and on days like today, driving in the goddamn snow. Whatever. That doesn’t matter. What matters is, the lab was not prepared for the type of sample that I needed to take due to a malfunctioning autoclave, which contributed to my ass-long day. I have crappy bottles that were sterilized 6 months ago, and they’re so big, they don’t fit in my cooler. Furthermore, I’m wondering if this malfunctioning autoclave is the fucking reason why I need to do these samples in the first place….

After my work day was done, I hit the gym. I worked my fuggin ass off. Weights, running, core….tiring. When I got out of the gym, the 6 inches of snow had given way to a heavy cold rain…and there was a steady 4 inches of rain and slush between the front door of the gym and my vehicle- on top of the snow-now slush. I truck it to my car.

A third of the way home, my p.o.s. car stalls out, due to the thick moisture in the air and the standing water that is EVERYWHERE on the roads. I pull over my coasting car to the side of the road and roll halfway into the entrance of a hot dog place. Halfway. My car will not start back up. I decide to be all McGuyver and shit and spray my distributor cap with WD-40 so I pop the trunk, pop the hood and get out of my car….into 6 inches of flowing runoff. Great. Freezing cold slush water ruining my fucking Steve Maddens. Whatever. I get my car running after spraying the cap, and I can’t see out of the windshield. It’s heavily fogged up. Whatever. I pull into the hot dog place completely and sit there for a half hour, while my windows de-fog and my engine dries up.

After 15 minutes, I chance my engine and brave the weather. I drive a quarter of a mile before my engine stalls again. I quickly turn into a driveway of someone’s duplex. 20 minutes later, my car is started, warmed up and ready to go. This time I get a hundred yards before I can coast into the local Sunoco station. I sat there for an hour before I decided to go at it once more. Long story short, This time I got home, about two miles, and just in time to eat dinner, chat with a dear friend, and plop down for an hour long helping of “Lost”. It’s nights like these that wine was invented for.

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January 29, 2009 Posted by | ghost of electricity, jameson, lost, Providence Rhode Island, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment

I’m sorry I haven’t posted today, it’s because I’m fucking tired. I had a day.

I knew that I was going to be working today. Despite the weather warnings, I had two clients that needed my services, or they’d be in violation with the state. So, I worked all day, which requires me to be driving from client to client, and on days like today, driving in the goddamn snow. Whatever. That doesn’t matter. What matters is, the lab was not prepared for the type of sample that I needed to take due to a malfunctioning autoclave, which contributed to my ass-long day. I have crappy bottles that were sterilized 6 months ago, and they’re so big, they don’t fit in my cooler. Furthermore, I’m wondering if this malfunctioning autoclave is the fucking reason why I need to do these samples in the first place….

After my work day was done, I hit the gym. I worked my fuggin ass off. Weights, running, core….tiring. When I got out of the gym, the 6 inches of snow had given way to a heavy cold rain…and there was a steady 4 inches of rain and slush between the front door of the gym and my vehicle- on top of the snow-now slush. I truck it to my car.

A third of the way home, my p.o.s. car stalls out, due to the thick moisture in the air and the standing water that is EVERYWHERE on the roads. I pull over my coasting car to the side of the road and roll halfway into the entrance of a hot dog place. Halfway. My car will not start back up. I decide to be all McGuyver and shit and spray my distributor cap with WD-40 so I pop the trunk, pop the hood and get out of my car….into 6 inches of flowing runoff. Great. Freezing cold slush water ruining my fucking Steve Maddens. Whatever. I get my car running after spraying the cap, and I can’t see out of the windshield. It’s heavily fogged up. Whatever. I pull into the hot dog place completely and sit there for a half hour, while my windows de-fog and my engine dries up.

After 15 minutes, I chance my engine and brave the weather. I drive a quarter of a mile before my engine stalls again. I quickly turn into a driveway of someone’s duplex. 20 minutes later, my car is started, warmed up and ready to go. This time I get a hundred yards before I can coast into the local Sunoco station. I sat there for an hour before I decided to go at it once more. Long story short, This time I got home, about two miles, and just in time to eat dinner, chat with a dear friend, and plop down for an hour long helping of “Lost”. It’s nights like these that wine was invented for.

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January 29, 2009 Posted by | ghost of electricity, jameson, lost, Providence Rhode Island, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment

Damnit, LOST, I’ve got things to do….

Looks like my life’s on hold (again) for the next five months…. because LOST is back tonight (ABC, 8pm)

The popcorn’s ready, my phone’s gonna be shut off, the speakers turned wayyy up and the lights are gonna be out. There’s the no-talking rule, the no-bathroom rule, the no-computer rule, the no-“WTF?” rule, and the “save your conspiracy” rule. After MONTHS of lead-ins and anticipation, LOST’s season 5 premiere is tonight, and I’m gonna relish in it.


LOSTPEDIA.COM is the balls, because you need a website to keep track of it all.


And so begins another season of tropical cliffhangers, explosive deus ex machinas, shady plotlines and DVR rewinds brought to us by ABC. Here comes another 6 months of getting three questions answered and 43 more questions posed.

We’re all suckers. And we love it. It’s the reason we bother tuning in. We are our own sadists.
Sadists, we are, but since you little masochists have me held hostage until the season wraps in May…I have a few demands of my own….

Alright, they’re not demands, but a few questions….maybe?

So, when did I start feeling pity for Benjamin Linus? I mean, surely, he’s at the bottom of all of this, and the guy that’s after him, Charles Whidmore, must have a pretty damn good reason for doing so, right? I mean seriously, Ben’s not the victim here, right??

Ok, who are the “lawyers” that show up on Kate’s doorstep in the preview. Surely they’re not lawyers…but who’s pulling the strings? Whidmore? Or Ben Linus? Or that weird black man, Abbadon? It’s Ben right? Trying to get the skeptical Kate back to the Island… right??

Alright, I want to know IMMEDIATELY how John Locke ended up in that coffin. Ok?

…and I expect these three questions to be answered by the end of the opening credits, people, because by that time, I’ll already have eleventy other more important questions that I’ll need answered by the end of tonight’s episode.

Oh, and I’m so glad Jack’s seen shaving that awful drug-induced beard in the trailer…. so glad. That thing looked like a Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia pet, the pottery that grows!

oh, pt 2… LOST guys… can you install some sort of device in the corner of the screen that can tell me WHAT FRIGGIN’ TIME-SPACE CONTINUUM WE’RE IN? I GET CONFUSED… PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE…. SRSLY, THX ALOT.


SEASON FIVE TEASER TRAILERS


SEASON FIVE LEAD-INS

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January 21, 2009 Posted by | abc, ben linus, charles whidmore, charles whitmore, ghost of electricity, jack and kate, jameson, kate and sawyer, lost, lostpedia, premiere, season 5, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment

If this continues, then Esau Mwamwaya is gonna owe me an IPod.

Do you guys own this yet? This album has been KILLING my Ipod since Pitchfork pushed it so hard. It’s the debut mixtape from Esau Mwamwaya, a Malawi-born, British educated artist. There’s lots of hype surrounding him, but I think he deserves a fair amount of it, based upon the strength of Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit are The Very Best.

Download it HERE from Green Owl – (don’t worry, it’s free and legal)

From Pitchfork:

Continuing their Six Degrees of Indie game, Radioclit and Mwamwaya leaked “Get It Up”– which featured not only Maya herself, but also Santogold– “Kamphopo”, built on an Architecture in Helsinki track, and covers of the Beatles and Vampire Weekend featuring, respectively, the Ruby Suns and, uh, Vampire Weekend. The refreshing thing, however, was that unlike 95% of the superfluous odds and sods clogging blogspace, these tracks were actually really good.

I think that’s one of the most to-the-point and accurate descriptions that Pitchfork has ever done. The official video for “Kamphopo” is below.  It shows Esau returning home to Malawi for the first time in 9 years.  The kids in the video are his brothers, sisters and villagers.  The song itself is based around Architecture in Helsinki’s “Heart It Races”, which follows.

Heart It Races – Architecture In Helsinki

thanks to Gotcha Media for tipping me off to the video.

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January 13, 2009 Posted by | african, afrobeat, architecture in Helsinki, esau mwamwaya, ghost of electricity, jameson, malawi, mixtape, radioclit, santogold, toodrunktodream, vampire weekend, video | 3 Comments

Members of Wilco, Radiohead, The Smiths attempt to implode universe….

Music fans: if you chose to click ONE LINK, I’d highly recommend it be this one. This is the collaboration of the century.

Ed O’Brien – guitar [Radiohead]
Neil Finn – guitar [Crowded House]
Jeff Tweedy – vocals/guitar [Wilco]
John Stirratt – bass [Wilco]
Phil Selway – drums [Radiohead]
Johnny Marr – guitar [The Smiths/Modest Mouse]

The ‘7 Worlds Collide’ band performing “Fake Plastic Trees” and “Bodysnatchers” by Radiohead

You Ain’t No Picasso

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January 12, 2009 Posted by | 7 worlds collide, alt country, americana, ghost of electricity, jameson, john stirratt, johnny marr, Modest Mouse, neil finn, radiohead, the smiths, toodrunktodream, video, wilco | Leave a comment

M. Ward unleashes new video for "Hold Time"

New M. Ward track, “Hold Time” off of his upcoming album, due February 2009


Thanks to Merge Records for this one….but I just cannot help but wonder if they’ve been studying the videos that I’ve personally made… hmmm. Some similar stylistic connections here…

She and Him – You Really Got A Hold On Me [Video] – obvious band connection there, and video has a retro vibe.

Ryan Adams – Walls- [Video] – hmmm, retro stock footage of amusement parks, trains etc…

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January 12, 2009 Posted by | ghost of electricity, hold time, jameson, m. ward, ryan adams, she and him, toodrunktodream, video, zooey deschanel | Leave a comment

The Allman Brothers paying tribute to King Curtis 8/26/1971

The Allman Brothers – Live at A&R Studios in New York City, August 26th, 1971

They had recorded their seminal live album, At Fillmore East, in March 1971, and continued to tour relentlessly. In July, At Fillmore East was released to critical acclaim. It was back on the road again to promote that album. One important stop was at New York’s A&R Studios. The show was broadcast live on FM.

This show was broadcast two weeks after the death of King Curtis. This article from Hittin’ The Note by Tim Hoover details Curtis’ influence on Duane Allman.

During the broadcast, Duane pauses to reflect on his fallen friend: “About King Curtis – that was one of the finest cats there ever was. He was just right on top of getting next to young people, you know? It’s a shame. If y’all get the chance, listen to that album he made out at Fillmore West… Boy, it’s incredible, it’s unbelievable, the power and the emotional stature the man had. He’s an incredible human being.

“At the funeral, boy, Aretha sang and Stevie Wonder played… they played ‘Soul Serenade.’ Duane breaks off into the melody of Curtis’ signature song, and a few in the audience respond with polite applause of recognition.

“Y’all probably a little bit young. It’s fantastic. We’ll do some of that… yeah, I know where we’ll do it…”

“Duane and the band jump into the intro for ‘You Don’t Love Me.’ A little over eight minutes into the song, Duane slows the band, reaching an achingly slow transitional phase, gradually leading everyone into his own version of ‘Soul Serenade’. When Duane plays the melody of the song again, the audience immediately begins clapping along to the sweet melodic tune. Suddenly, Duane jumps in and absolutely cuts the melody to shreds with one of the most moving, heart-felt solos you will ever hear, taking it right up into the stratosphere. Mirroring his words for Curtis, the ‘power and emotional stature’ of Duane’s own very personal and passionate eulogy for his lost friend is delivered as only he can do it – powerfully, lovingly, and gracefully.

Tragically, the Allman Brothers Band lost their founder and leader when Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon on October 29, just two months after this show.


Statesboro Blues
Trouble No More
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
Done Somebody Wrong
One Way Out
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Stormy Monday
You Don’t Love Me ->
Soul Serenade (in memory of King Curtis)->
Jam>
Mountain Jam>
Hot ‘Lanta
Band Intro’s


PART 1
PART 2


enjoy…..

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January 12, 2009 Posted by | 1971, allman brothers, duane allman, fillmore, ghost of electricity, guitar, jameson, King Curtis, rock, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment

Omissions and Regrets…. A Best-of 2008 addendum

Ok, so it’s been a few weeks since I dropped my opinions on the best albums of 2008, and I’m having some issues. There was so much music that was listened to, and loved in the past year….I feel like I’ve misrepresented some great albums.

Now, I’m perfectly content with my top 30. I just feel like some albums just didn’t have a chance in HELL of seeing the top 30, but shouldn’t they be recognized too?? I’m not talking about an honorable mention list or a ‘listened to’ list, I’m talking about collections, reissues, late-bloomers, and a couple that just didn’t have a place to begin with. Here’s a tribute to them…


Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs: Bootleg Series Vol 8

There’s no doubting the fact that Bob Dylan’s name exists near the top of the list in terms of songwriting and influence. I mean, his canon of music is exhaustive and exhalted. But Bob hasn’t struck gold with everything he’s recorded. In fact from the time after Oh, Mercy (1989) until the very late nineties, it seemed that he had strayed off the path a little, releasing a string of less-than-stellar albums that left old diehards scratching their heads.

Something happened around the time that Time Out of Mind (1997) was released. Bob had adopted an older, wiser persona, writing about the great American road, and the hardship and characters embedded in it. He followed Time with Love and Theft [2001] and Modern Times [2006].

From this time period Bob has culled an incredible selection of outtakes, demos, reworked and unreleased tracks that just amazed me. Just give a listen to both versions of ‘Mississippi’ for an example of how awe-inspiring a rejected mix can be, and his ‘Can’t Escape From You’ for an example of a song that never found it’s place. I guess I’m glad that this two-disc (or three, if you’re rich) collection has seen the light of day. It’s also nice to see that old man Bob’s trash is also his treasure.

Mississippi – Bob Dylan


Whiskeytown – Stranger’s Almanac

Remember the endless horizon of possibilities ahead for the unwritten history of alt country? There was Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown, and the Jayhawks. There was the residual of punk rock asthetics melded with a southern traditional rock core. When Stranger’s Almanac was born, it became a bellweather of sorts for the potential commercial success and ultimate decline of quote-unquote alt country. This album gets the redux treatment, with some early versions, live tracks, and a nice new sound. Ryan Adams hasn’t sounded this good since.

Inn Town – Whiskeytown


Welcome Wagon – The Welcome Wagon

A great album that satiated my Sufjan Stevens fix in the final months of 2008. While it is a little too overtly religious for my tastes, the music is incredible, and the album plays like a true follow-up to 2005’s Illinoise

He Never Said A Mumblin Word – The Welcome Wagon


Sun Kil Moon – April
Mark Kozelek –
7 Songs Belfast
Mark Kozelek – The Finally EP

Wow, I’m exhausted just typing all of that. Mark, if you’d just slow down maybe I’d have become familiar enough with one of these albums. None of these made my top 30 because I haven’t been hooked…yet. I know it will happen, but it’s gonna be in 2009.

The Light – Sun Kil Moon


Vicki Cristina Barcelona soundtrack

Loved every second of the movie and the soundtrack had a lot to do with that. The soundtrack plays like a Spanish-music primer, with a mish mash of artists and influences. So refreshing. Plus, the movie had Scarlett Johanssen and Penelope Cruz in it. I’ve said to much…I’ve lost your attention.

Barcelona – Giulia y Los Tellarini


Sigur Ros – med..uh…med…ummm… Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

Whatever it’s called, the album is gorgeous. I resisted listening to this for a LONG time, but I’ve caved. It’s really beautiful. It didn’t make my initial cut, primarily because I value lyrics so much, but it should definitely be recognized for what it is, a gentle and haunting album.

Gobbledigook – Sigur Rós


Kasai All-Stars – In the 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy By Magic


best name for an album….ever.

Kasai Allstars are a 25-piece musical collective based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The musicians originally come from five bands, all from the Kasai region, but originating from five different ethnic groups: the Songye, Lulua, Tetela, Luba, and Luntu. Some of these groups have endured conflicting relationships over the centuries, they each have their own culture, their own language and their own musical traditions, which were always thought to be incompatible until these musicians decided to pool their resources and form a “superband”, at the instigation of Belgian producer Vincent Kenis.

This has to be my favorite African album that I’ve heard all year. Many of these musicians have fashioned their own instruments from items they have collected, like the use of the likembe (thumb piano). The sounds that are created are manic, intense and incredible. Sort of like a fever dream, without the fever.

Quick As White – Kasai All-Stars


Drive by Truckers – Brighter than Creation’s Dark

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – Brighter Than Creations Dark (2008)



The Felice Brothers – The Felice Brothers

Love Me Tenderly – The Felice Brothers


Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Lie Down in the Light

So Everyone – Bonnie Prince Billy


And the forgotten about Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy live album…..

Is It the Sea?

New Partner – Bonnie Prince Billy


So there’s a few… I hope you enjoy. It was good to get it off of my chest. I’m such a completist. Except when I actually NEED to complete something…hmm.

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January 7, 2009 Posted by | alt country, americana, bob dylan, bonnie prince billy, drive-by truckers, ghost of electricity, jameson, kasai all stars, ryan adams, sigur ros, toodrunktodream, welcome wagon, whiskeytown | Leave a comment

According to Last.fm: My 2008 in numbers

This is what I really enjoy about Last.fm. While it’s not “just-exactly perfect”, it’s a hell of a lot better than its competitors… ahem Mog, ahem iLike. Sure, there’s very little to actually DO at the site, it does a hell of a job compiling information. And if there’s one thing that I truly love, then it HAS to be utterly useless information.

While this doesn’t necessarily give an accurate impression of my favorite albums of 2008 (see my “Top Ten, wait..Thirty Albums of 2008” post for that) it certainly highlights what I’ve been listening to for the last year, broken down by artist, album, and song. So, I bring you, straight from the Nerdery…

TooDrunkToDream’s Most Played of 2008

Most Played Artists of 2008

Most Played Albums of 2008

Most Played Songs of 2008

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December 29, 2008 Posted by | ghost of electricity, jameson, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns

I’ve fallen for this album in the last couple of days. I think it is the combination of influences that grabs me right away, and as the album unfolds, it becomes the melodies that form a lasting impression. I can’t help but compare Nils Edenloff’s vocals to that of Jeff Mangum’s. It’s that careless vocal style that offers up a careless impression of the Neutral Milk Hotel singer’s tone. The music is similarly careless. Not sloppy. But it weaves and spins, yelps and halts in a fashion similar to, say, The Avett Brothers, without as much of a country-punk ethos, but more of a focus on beat, melody and layering.

December 20, 2008 Posted by | alt country, americana, canada, hometowns, jameson, Neutral Milk Hotel, rural alberta advantage, toodrunktodream, Toronto | Leave a comment