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Birdmonster, Division Day and Two Seconds

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

I went and saw Birdmonster play at Slim’s last night.

Opening were Division Day and Two Seconds. (I’ve seen Divsion Day before before, but I don’t remember exactly where and sonicliving isn’t helping, since it won’t let me search past shows.)

Anyway, they play some relaxed but complex sounding rock with some pop appeal. Check them out on myspace.

Two Seconds are Sierra Frost and Lily Faden, two young girls from San Rafael who have a lot of potential. It’s obvious that they have talent and drive, but they seem to lack the confidence needed to take risks with their music. While the drumming was consitently solid, the songwriting and guitar playing tended toward cliché and bland. Nevertheless, check them out on myspace.

Now to the headliner, Birdmonster. I’ve seen Birdmonster a number of times and my friends Ali and Willo are friends with the guys in the band. I’ve always liked them both live and on their record, but I have to say that they’ve stepped their game up a notch. As a band they’re tighter and more confident, which leads to a certain amount of relaxation on stage, which leads to even better music. They’re playing well and will only get better. Expect big things from them.

SSPU

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Don’t worry, before March I didn’t know what SSPU stood for either. But now I do.

If you haven’t heard of them, the Silversun Pickups are an indie rock band from LA that has been making waves in the indiekid scene this year.

I saw them for the first time at a Filter Magazine party at SxSW this year. I just went for the free food, but came away loving this band (then I got some free shoes at the Saucony-sponsored party next door!).

I’ve seen them play a few times since then, including last night at the Rickshaw stop. They rock more each time.

Also, their drummer’s cymbal stand seems to get taller each time.* See it float above the crowd.

Some random highlights from the show:

  • Nikki broke a string on her bass. She rocks.
  • They played, I think, a four song encore, all requests. Ali got a request in.
  • One of the opening bands,Viva Voce was amazingly good. The title of their current album is Get Yr Blood Sucked Out and Anita Robinson is an awesome guitarist.

* An interesting anecdote. After I made a comment along the lines of “that cymbal stand keeps getting taller every time I see them, and I’ve seen them four times”, the girl in front me turned around and said “I think I’ve seen them six times”. To you that may sound like she was being a snob and you’d be right. But she was being the same kind of snob as me, which made it perhaps the hottest thing I’ve heard in awhile.

Don’t do it to me like that, iTunes

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Dear iTunes 7.0,

I thought I knew you better than this? I thought you’d always be there for me.

You’ve changed and I’m not sure how to deal with that.

I can understand the color changes. Maybe you got a bit of a tan over the summer? Maybe you don’t like green so much anymore. These things I can deal with.

But what about your interface? First off, what’s with the all-caps in the side bar? WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING AT ME? What’d I ever do to you? You’re just like your mother.

Why can’t I collapse those sections? I know you want me to shop at your store– you’re really proud of it and all– but do I really have to take this shopping cart around with me everywhere? Can’t I hide it away somewhere when I’m not shopping?

Also, while I’m at it, there’s another change that bothers me. Rememer when I used to hit Cmd-1 and you’d open up a player window for me? Do you remember those days? I thought we had a good thing going there– for years I’ve been hitting Cmd-1 and you’d be there for me. Now I don’t even know how to get your attention.

At least you still work with X-tunes.

Sincerely,
Ryan

Progress

Friday, September 15th, 2006

In addition to starting school again (for the last time). I’ve been working hard. I’ve reengineered the technology behind our microformats search at Technorati (currently still in our kitchen, aka ‘labs’). It’s been a fun project especially because I’ve gotten to work with a fun language, framework and libaries (this one too).

I guess it’s finally time to take a breath.

New Numa

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

He’s back: