March 5th, 2008

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Lester Check-in the Gabillionth

So, Wednesday is official "Lester Check-in" day! I hope everyone's okay with that.

All I'm going to suggest we do today is mention in the comments if we've found any favorites from the mixes we've listened to so far. LOW PRESSURE. Here are the mixes and their tracklistings. If you've already compiled your entire list of favorites, go ahead and post that! But I suspect most everyone is like me, and this is a process. I've been listening to nothing but mixes, and I don't feel fully qualified to "pick" on some of them. More on that in my musings...

And for ease's sake, here's the list of Lester participants: nijikitten, aloria, sheena_bandy, tomnoir, jix1125, auracel, opaleyes, syntheticjesso, kandigurl, mrgazpacho, and gutterballjen.

As I've been listening to everyone's mixes, I've remembered the main reason I wanted to do this, and that was to discover what type of music makes folks tick. I feel like I know a lot more about the people that have put together mixes for this. Each mix seems to have a cohesive sound to it, whether intentional or not. The ten tracks on each all seem to share some common musical or emotional thread, and I find listening to how the chosen songs work together just as interesting as finding the one song I like best. That's why picking those favorites is taking longer than I originally thought, because I feel like I'm still getting to know all the music. I've had several songs stuck on loop in my head as I've been listening, and I'll list those. But I want to give all the mixes equal listening time, and I'll admit I've sort of lingered a little longer over some of them.

ANYWAY. I want to say THANK YOU to everyone that's participated, because it's two parts meme, one part social experiment, and I'm enjoying the hell out of it!
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I'm skipping out on Coffee Haus today, but this is the last time I'm missing for American Idol because after this it's only Tuesday nights that are SUPAR IMPORTANT VOTING NIGHTS.

Yesterday was TMBG! Hooraj! Ended up going with drninja because syntheticjesso was feeling ucky and decided to stay home. She's leaving on a jet plane today for Autobahn and leaving me all alone with her poor, defenseless internet connection. Oh, and I'm supposed to feed her cat or something.

ANYWAY, the show was awesome, as TMBG usually is (they played The Alphabet of Nations! I wish I knew that song better so I could have sung along with it, but I shouted "ZIMBABWE!" with all I had, I'll tell you that right now).

But the opening band was also awesome! They were these dudes from friggen' Ireland called Oppenheimer, and I'm pretty much in love with the dude that plays the keyboards. I don't think I could entirely explain why? It's probably because he was all vocoded and crap the entire time. Also, despite being slightly chunkier than the dude behind the drums, he was running all over the dang stage, from his vocoded keyboard to this other thingy that he emphatically pushed buttons on. At one point, the drummer mentioned that they would be selling cds and signing things over in the lobby, and that keyboard dude (who's name I found out today is ROCKY, which is excellent) would not sound like a robot over there. To which Rocky pressed a key on the vocoder and intoned, "YES. I. WILL."

LET'S GET MARRIED, ROCKY!!!

T-Rex probably wouldn't mind.

I've been listening to this song over and over and over, I'm pumped that there is a video for it, because that means I can show you all! I'LL SHOW YOU. IT SOUNDS OMINOUS. BUT REALLY IT IS JUST GOOD MUSIC.