A beach photo

A beach photo

Just thought I’d share this photo with you. I took it on my vacation a while back. Enjoy.

Radiohead In Rainbows Disk 2

In Rainbows Disk 2 Album Cover

In Rainbows Disk 2 Album Cover

When Radiohead released In Rainbows, I was all over it. So the fact that In Rainbows Disk 2 has been available at Radiohead’s w.a.s.t.e. store for seemingly a while makes me both happy and depressed. (Arguably a suitable response to anything Radiohead, I suppose.)

So, I downloaded it and I’m jammin’ out on it as I write this. I’ve made it to “Down Is The new Up”, and so far IT ROCKS. So far it doesn’t seem like castoffs, like the Amnesiac B-Sides.

Go download it now, you fools! It’s only like $7 direct download.

Ok, I’m at “Go Slowly” now, as I uploaded the album cover. Still awesome!

The movie 9

I watched it. It was… interesting. It was about how technology will destroy the world, through man’s greed, etc. Man vs. Machine, ALA Terminator or something. It was very bleak, and very dark. (It’s surprising how many characters died off in the movie.)

What gets me is that the “evil machines” are giant allegory about the “oil eating machine” of our current society, a fact that doesn’t make itself ever overtly known. They never once mention it, but the main bad guy’s place, an evil robot with an advanced brain that allows it to create new evil robots, is a giant multi-cylinder engine.

And all around this engine are oil rigs, pumping oil, and oil on the ground everywhere.

Oil Chugging Machine

Oil Chugging Machine

My oh my. How clever.

It was clever, and well animated, and dark, but nothing to write home about.

Grizzly Bear — An awesome band

I don’t know if anyone has ever heard of the band Grizzly Bear, but they’re awesome.

I don’t know much about them, but they sound like a combination of The Soft Machine, America, and the Shins.

(I know, right? Interesting combo, for those who know all of those bands.)

I just bought their Veckatimest album, and it’s really good. You should check it out.

jQuery ListMenu Plugin

I wish I had this when I posted my gigantasaurus list of bookmarks earlier, because this is stinkin’ cool.

The folks at iHwy made the jQuery ListMenu Plugin available to help people tame their <ul> and <ol>lists, which is what my mega ordered list was.

It basically takes this:

and turns it into this:

Pretty sweet. I’m going to have to try it out some time.

Jónsi & Alex’ Riceboy Sleeps

Album Cover for Jonsí and Alex' "Riceboy Sleeps"

As the content of my website logs show, I’m apparently always being searched for Sigur Rós material. They are one of my favorite bands, and I did take some sweet pictures of them when they played at Benaroya hall, and I have written about them, so it’s really not THAT surprising.

In any case, I recently found out about the new album released by Jonsí of Sigur Rós, in conjunction with his partner Alex. Called “Riceboy Sleeps“, it’s basically a super mellow, mostly instrumental album along the lines of the more atmospheric things that Sigur Rós has done in the past. If you thought that ( ) or Takk were sleepy albums, you gotta listen to this.

Alex and Jonsí are the ones doing all of Sigur Rós’ design work, including the album covers, t-shirts, etc. Not surprisingly, this album looks like a Sigur Rós album. Had someone put that name on it, the only question would be, “Where are the drums?” It’s Takk-light, is what it is, without the brass.

Anyway, I acted too late to get the box set, so I’ll have to settle for the CD like everyone else. You can stream it on their website at http://jonsiandalex.com/music