So said MacArthur. Whether I would be better off sticking to his first proclamation is yet to be seen…
Sixty hour work weeks killed my posting.
But I got a new lens, for a (freakin’ awesome) wedding I’m shooting next weekend. Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8, for those interested. Next up, the 30mm f/1.8 and the 70-200mm f/2.8. Anyone else want something shot?
And that new acquisition makes me excited.
Not to mention that I’m between part-time jobs…so with only my regular forty hr, I had a bit of time this week.
The difference between this and my old lens is already freakin’ amazing. I adjusted some light levels on two of these pictures and converted the one to BW….and that is all, which is amazing me.
Glass makes all the difference.
In quick movie blurb…
Lars and the Real Girl–terribly awkward to explain (and watch, initially) but terribly funny as a result. In a sincere, heart-felt kind of way, a la Juno. I agree with critics who herald the church/community aspect as the most redeeming part of the film, far above and beyond any metamorphosis in Lars himself. I highly recommend it.
In music, the new Hammock is out–and they’re a band I cannot get enough of.
Sixpence is making new music. Which is good. But they’re featuring more songs from Leigh, whose voice I grew up loving…but past experience with her lyric ability makes me grow dubious (with the exception of the great song off the self-titled). Both Sixpence and OTR continue making noises about being less literary and less esoteric. Newsflash: that’s why we love you, guys. Keep the musical, lyric, and artistic exploration and allusion going, or this is one hardcore fan, at least, who will continue to put your latest releases on the bottom shelf with much chagrin. And tears. I’m not asking for sad songs, or that you deny where you are in life or your true artistic self, (etc), but please. Pretty please.
Finally, in light of Myanmar, I strongly recommend the old favorite, Feed the Children
So, Eisley is touring again this spring (anyone want to go to the Philly show with us?)
One of the bands they’re bringing along is the Envy Corps, who are currently sharing their album free of charge, due to stereotypical label delays. Link to it off their Wikipedia page (click on Dwell in their discography).
Think typical Embrace/early Radiohead/Doves influence…with a good dash of lyric originality and an energy that saves them from being merely derivative.
Take a listen.
EDIT: And videos.
with Rosie Thomas and Linford Detweiler. I find the RT article interesting because she delves into her personal life and its impact on her records (details I always suspected, but never knew) and the LD piece arresting because of his unusually gentle/humble/non-critical take on spirituality.
Excuse my return to fanboy mode here for a moment…
For those that haven’t heard the rumors, Sixpence is reuniting. At least for a few shows this summer (none of which are near me). That said, if they bring Dale Baker and/or JJ Plascencio, my bank-account will be (even more) screwed. Because then I would simply have to go to Cornerstone, as I’ve been threatening to do for years.
That said, my greater hope is that they record again. Leigh’s solo album pretty much sucked (sorry for the French, but it was simply maudlin at best) and Matt has been laying low, apparently. But together…wow, it was great. He’s still one of my favorite songwriters of all time (up there with Linford Detweiler) and when coupled with Leigh’s Beautiful Mess-era singing…it was awesome.
Speaking of awesome, I just recently purchased the Iona Live from London DVD, thanks to Amazon Christmas money (thanks, you know who you are, kind benefactor). I’ve tried unsuccessfully to see this band everytime I travel abroad, so this is a welcome addition to our paltry DVD collection. Their tweaked synth pads are still the benchmark of organic keyboard sound for me, and the interplay between the Uilllean pipes and prog-rock sustained guitar is phenomenal. Not to mention that lady can sing. Wow. She has one of the fullest, yet clearest voices I’ve heard in rock’n’roll. The visuals to the two disc set are pretty darn good as well, although far from perfect due to a camera angle that intermittently displays a small static line and the utilization of a bad black and white cut every few shots or so. That said, I heartily recommend it for anyone who enjoys the band. As for the rest of you, check them out.
You can watch Radiohead perform the entirety of their latest album by linking off here.
And you can download some great live Muse here.
And you can watch Charlie Brown and friends lend some sugar here.