“Heart Full of Pentagons” – Film School – “Fission” (2010)

Oct 18
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Here is the lead song to the album that will be most likely be on blast for my gym time and walks home from work for the next couple of weeks. This is urgent, 80’s new wave for the new millennium, “kids are huddled on the beach in a mist” rock and roll. Music like this gets made because it has deep meaning to someone. Vanity doesn’t seem to be the driving force, it’s more about the human condition and what’s going on in the inside. I love bands like Film School and I thank them because I feel that they are being extremely generous in sharing with us their creative treasures.

I won’t fall down when you’re caught in a lie
I won’t fall down when you cover your eyes
And if you change the direction, it feels like you’ll never decide
But if you change the direction, it’s only a matter of time
I’m falling in love
I’m falling alone

– DAVE

“Motorcycle Drive By” – Third Eye Blind – “Third Eye Blind” (1997)

Sep 27
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Summer time and the wind is blowing outside
In lower Chelsea and I don’t know
What I’m doing in this city
The sun is always in my eyes
It crashes through the windows
And I’m sleeping on the couch
When I came to visit you
That’s when I knew
That I could never have you
I knew that before you did
Still I’m the one who’s stupid

I took a few minutes out of my Arcade Fire marathon to watch a few minutes of the 2007 Third Eye Blind concert that was filmed for HDNet. Third Eye really had things rolling right about at the turn of the millenium but maybe were going a little too hard as they haven’t been able to recapture their early commercial or critical appeal.

There’s a lot to like with these guys. I’ve always thought that Stephan Jenkins possesses one of the best voices in mainstream rock. The clarity and tone are translucent and pure. 3eb has a lot of speeds. It’s driving forward, left lane only (“Narcolepsy”), down shifting (“God of Wine”), or on the bike, stop and go (“Motorcycle Drive By”), they never seem to be in neutral. Maybe, that was the problem. They took a couple years off following the release of the “Blue” album and haven’t gotten back to the way we first knew them. They’re still making music though, and I’m sure they’ve got a lot of good stuff still to come.

I go home to the coast
It starts to rain I paddle out on the water, alone
Taste the salt and taste the pain
I’m not thinking of you again

Summer dies and swells rise
The sun goes down in my eyes
See this rolling wave
Darkly coming to take me home

– DAVE

“Lying Around” – Magic Bullets – “Magic Bullets” (2010)

Aug 6
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So, we now have a Roomba. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching one of these over sized hockey puck shaped vacuum cleaners whisk dirt, dust, dog and cat hair (lots of pet debris at the Play On Mansion) off of your floors, it’s kind of fun. The kit comes with these little monitors that you set around the boundaries of the area that you want cleaned – kind of like a wireless fence (yes, we’ve come to this point, wireless fences for our household appliance). You then press a button or two and Roomba begins it’s aimless wandering within its kennel, bumps into walls, terrorizes the pets that I bought from the same store that I bought Roomba from, and eventually goes to its home (docking station), or gets stuck in the dog door.

The best and worst thing about Roomba is that I don’t have to do anything. Not like I ever did any vacuuming pre-Roomba. I mean I know as much about turning on, operating, and emptying a vacuum as I know about how to maintain the reactor core of a nuclear power plant, so Roomba, I thank you for your 3+ weeks of service. But that was the best part of Roomba.

The worst part of Roomba is that I don’t have to do anything, but I still don’t do anything. Roomba vacuums at about 1/3 of the speed that I would if I actually knew how to use a vacuum. So what do I do? Of course, I crack a beer, or two, or three and watch Roomba do the singular thing that it was born to do. This thing is supposed to save me time but since I was already investing zero hours into cleaning my floors, and I am fascinated by Roomba’s dedication to its task, I now spend an hour watching Roomba go all hither and yon across my house. Roomba has sucked up about six hours (and counting) of my free time.

Thanks a lot technology. I curse you!!!

Oh yeah, and this song and whole album by Magic Bullets is excellent. It’s not just a soundtrack for my Roomba watching, it’s a good record, check it out.

– DAVE