June 11th, 2004


Soap Crayons

Recently, all of my best ideas have come while in the shower.

I'm thinking about buying some soap crayons so I can write everything on the wall so I don't forget it by the time I finish shampooing my hair.

It feels so good to have Josie and the Pussycats (among every-bloody-thing else I've been missing for months, I'm just presently listening to Josie) back in my music collection. Glover copied over all of shasradio over onto zordac's new portable enclosed harddrive last weekend when we went down for their housewarming and beautiful surprise announcement. Having my music again feels like finding my favorite pair of blue jeans after having lost them for a year and discovering that they still fit.

Had a small poker game that ballooned into a sizable group. Was good fun.

One of the things about Oxford (being a college town that tends to collect some of the cool people and turn them into locals) that you just have to get used to when you live here is current of friends. Sometimes the tide brings new friends or returns old ones and sometimes the tide flows outward and it feels like everyone is moving away. And sometimes old ones return just in time for new ones to leave. I guess after living here so long, it's just something that you accept, very Zen-like, like you feel the world's impermanence but value both the things in front of you and the things far away.
  • Current Music
    Josie and the Pussycats - "Shapeshifter"

The Music Industry Continues Its Evil Role in the Wrestling Match of the Universe


An excerpt:

In the latest twist, it's the radio stations themselves that have been reaching out to the labels, offering to play songs in the form of ads, often in the early morning hours when there tends to be an excess inventory of airtime. The practice is legal as long as the station makes an on-air disclosure of the label's sponsorship — typically with an introduction such as "And now, Avril Lavigne's Don't Tell Me, presented by Arista Records."

To be sure, Don't Tell Me is a bona fide hit, even without spins being bought and paid for. Radio stations must play a song many thousands of times for it to crack the Billboard top 10. Nonetheless, a few hundred spins here and there can move a song up a place or two in the rankings — and ensure that it is climbing rather than falling on the charts.

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I think the public opinion of the recording industry is even lower than Dubya's is...at least for people under twenty, who either can't or don't care to vote anyway.
  • Current Music
    Josie and the Pussycats - "3 Small Words"