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testing [11 Mar 2006|07:00pm]
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testing [11 Mar 2006|06:55pm]
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Update on my life [06 Mar 2006|08:39am]
1. I have graduated from college.
2. I am living in Anacortes WA housesitting for my friends and running their record label mailorder while they tour Japan.
This is their place. It's a 5 room cottage. It's really beautiful here. I'll take some pictures and put them on my Flickr thing.
3. Stuff is good, generally.
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E.T. is Christmasy [31 Jan 2006|10:20pm]

E.T. is Christmasy
Originally uploaded by charmingtedious.
See, he's bicycling to go visit the baby jesus.
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[01 Nov 2005|03:12pm]

CERBERUS SHOAL are an experimental rock sextet from Maine, playing songs that sound like Indonesian gamelan puppet theater, music-box psychedelic lullabies and acoustic, tribal reimaginings of prog-rock/post-rock except more catchy and melodic. Stuffed with instruments: marimba, bass clarinet, drums, guitar, harmonium, tin whistle, wooden flute and piano. And 5 part vocal harmonies! They are touring in support of their twelfth album, entitled "The Land We All Believe In", a collection of adventurous protest songs. Must be seen to be believed!

MICAH BLUE SMALDONE is an amazing finger-style acoustic guitarist and singer who performs in the tradition of pre-war blues & folk, weaving it into something that is really timeless. If you're into Skip James, Leadbelly, Bob Dylan, or Will Oldham, this is one you'll enjoy.


tonight 8 pm $3
the underground, downtown walla walla
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Awesome concert tonight! In the living room!!! [08 Oct 2005|03:28pm]
it's at HOTEL CALIFORNIA, which is a house located at 20 Merriam St, right near Whitman College. Look for the tire swing in the front yard!

THE GIFT MACHINE is fuzz-drenched indie rock anthems and lo-fi lullabies from Anacortes, WA. Toured with The Microphones, produced Karl Blau's forthcoming new album, etc!!!

NATE ASHLEY writes intense romantic indie-pop- think Jeff Buckley, or a lo-fi Led Zeppelin! Has performed with Death Cab For Cutie, Mirah, Modest Mouse, The Microphones, etc!

CAR SCARS are from Kennewick, Wa, and have recently played shows with BUILT TO SPILL and other northwest greats. Sweet, smart mellow indie rock in a 70s a.m. gold kinda way.

TONIGHT saturday oct 8

8 pm $3 recommended donation (if you don't have 3 bucks, just come!)
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plans get complex [06 Oct 2005|12:29am]
Youth Group sound exactly like the 90s british rock band James, except maybe less interesting. This is so weird. They sound SO MUCH like James. The singer's voice sounds like Tim Booth from James. The drummer drums like the James guy, etc etc. I can't really say whether i liked them or not because i am too distracted by the UNCANNY similarity to James.

Death Cab. wow. this was my sixth time seeing them. They were my favorite band when i was 19. in terms of musicianship they were the best ever. but i'm not into the way ben writes songs these days. it's like the old stuff was Wim Wenders' film Wings Of Desire and the new stuff is the remake with Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan. Dude has forgotten that ambiguity and understatement rank among a songwriter's greatest weapons. Especially lyrically: he just seems to be clobbering us over the head.

except for that soul meets body song (SO TOTALLY EARLY PETER GABRIEL in its composition and structure), which i dig. and the photo album material was better than i remembered it, so maybe in 3 years i will dig Plans?

Chris Walla is still a masterful guitarist. Like U2's The Edge, I wonder what he'd do if he had different weirder collaborators.

I do love the idea that this is popular music right now. Teenage kids nationwide are listening to DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE instead of ska, or rap-rock or whatever. Blows my mind.

also i love that 5 years after i first saw/met them, they are still nice dudes who will come out of their bus to sign autographs and pose for photos with all the kids
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Tonight! Viking Moses! [20 Sep 2005|12:04pm]

"Many folk musicians adopt a bohemian persona to fit their music, but Viking Moses is the real deal. Living a nomadic life for nearly a decade now, Brendon Massei has released banjo and acoustic guitar albums under several names. Perpetually on tour (since 1996), he has played with Will Oldham, Cat Power, Songs: Ohia and Devendra Banhart, Mirah, Little Wings, The Microphones, Joanna Newsom, and Scout Niblett to name a few. His newest full-length under the Viking Moses moniker, the story-song cycle Crosses, is by far his most accomplished work, and ranks among the best of the newest crop of American folk recordings." - Dusted Magazine
Listen: "My Husband's Hand","Still My Home"

HAZEY JANE (london)
ADAM LIPMAN (california)

tonight, tuesday 9/20/2005 $3
all ages
THE UNDERGROUND 36 s. colville downtown walla walla
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satellite bingo [08 Sep 2005|08:45am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

I'm about halfway done producing an album for Satellite Bingo. It's going really well. We're getting good sounds, and i am really excited about these songs.

You can hear some rough mixes at

be sure to come to the show on saturday night! (with Thanksgiving & Seve Vs Evan)

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Apparently, it's Bush's fault. [31 Aug 2005|01:17am]
New Orleans had long known it was highly vulnerable to flooding and a direct hit from a hurricane. In fact, the federal government has been working with state and local officials in the region since the late 1960s on major hurricane and flood relief efforts. When flooding from a massive rainstorm in May 1995 killed six people, Congress authorized the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, or SELA.

Over the next 10 years, the Army Corps of Engineers, tasked with carrying out SELA, spent $430 million on shoring up levees and building pumping stations, with $50 million in local aid. But at least $250 million in crucial projects remained, even as hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin increased dramatically and the levees surrounding New Orleans continued to subside.

Yet after 2003, the flow of federal dollars toward SELA dropped to a trickle. The Corps never tried to hide the fact that the spending pressures of the war in Iraq, as well as homeland security -- coming at the same time as federal tax cuts -- was the reason for the strain. At least nine articles in the Times-Picayune from 2004 and 2005 specifically cite the cost of Iraq as a reason for the lack of hurricane- and flood-control dollars.

Newhouse News Service, in an article posted late Tuesday night at The Times-Picayune web site, reported: "No one can say they didn't see it coming....Now in the wake of one of the worst storms ever, serious questions are being asked about the lack of preparation."

In early 2004, as the cost of the conflict in Iraq soared, President Bush proposed spending less than 20 percent of what the Corps said was needed for Lake Pontchartrain, according to a Feb. 16, 2004, article, in New Orleans CityBusiness.

On June 8, 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; told the Times-Picayune: “It appears that the money has been moved in the president’s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that’s the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can’t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us.”
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I am famous. [22 Aug 2005|01:07pm]
The Mt Eerie show last month in seattle where i played in the band got reviewed on Tiny Mix Tapes. Hahaha!
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friday! [18 Aug 2005|09:04pm]

CAR SCARS is awesome indie-pop-rock from Kennewick

GOOD LUCK MR GORSKI is emotionally driven acoustic music from the tri-cities, influenced by Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith, & Morrissey.

LAMPLIGHTER is the singing and songwriting of Oliver White and an assortment of acoustic instruments. Intense passionate indie-folk.

LOADING...DONE is intense proggy-art-punk-rawk for fans of Mars Volta or The Rapture.

click on any of these bands to check out their music
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Major updates [13 Aug 2005|02:12am]
Massive updates to the charming tedious webzone. Check it out.

oh, also please tell me if it glitches out yr browza.
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i'm only gonna tell you one more time [08 Aug 2005|03:16pm]

MANTA (Marriage Records)
For fans of: The Postal Service, The Fiery Furnaces, Stereolab, The Dirty Projectors, and YACHT
MP3: "On The Banks of the Sad River"

Manta is M. Ritchey, ex-Dear Nora and formerly the lead songwriter/dancer in The Badger King (along with Jona Bechtolt of YACHT and Devendra Banhart's touring band). Although Bechtolt's production still appears in a few places on her new album, Ritchey is now flying solo and, in her words, "loving [it]."
Manta is electro art/pop composed and performed by Ritchey, who jitters and flings herself about the stage like a triumphant gorilla, singing her trademark melodies with a voice that rises in passion and dies in anguish, both raw and soothing as it pours forth from her small frame.

THE KALLIKAK FAMILY (Tell-All Records, Onpurpose Records)
For fans of: Animal Collective, The Microphones, and Brian Eno
MP3: "Second Phase"

The Kallikak Family are a playful bunch and not easy to classify. They are not merely pop, folk, or electronica, but a synthesis of these and other styles. " The psychedelic landscapes within are peppered with haunting baroque melodies and overdriven amplifiers. Humble and delicate pop songs bump up against in-the-red rockers, while experimental chapters link the narrative together.
The man behind the Kallikak coat of arms is Andrew "May 23rd, 2007" Peterson, an enigmatic figure with all the markings of a classic artist: a soulful expression, the vaporous life and hazy background.

LOADING...DONE is a ridonkulous new local art-prog-punk-rawk duo for fans of Mars Volta, Hella, Lightning Bolt. This is their second show ever. They are my favorite new Walla Walla band.
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This Friday [03 Aug 2005|03:04am]
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You have no idea how excited i am! [27 Jul 2005|02:24am]
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skateboard injuries are fun [10 Jul 2005|12:46am]
i scraped up my ankle falling off of my skateboard. it's still healing. it is fun to reflect on how gloriously strange it is that that the human body can repair and regenerate itself in this way.

i saw this new band called "loading...done" play their first show and they are very good. my immediate reaction to hearing them play was wanting to audition to sing for them (they are currently instrumental). however they are like 15 years old or something ridiculous, so that would probably be way too weird. (but would it be good weird or just creepy weird?!?) anyway i am stoked to see them play again soon. maybe i will ask them to open the MANTA & kallilak family show in august

heckfest is so close. i cannot wait. so much to do to get ready.

tonight i made really good avocado & green chile soup

2 avocados
1 walla walla sweet onion
3 cups soy milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 4-ounce can green chiles
2 tablespoons white wine (we used grape juice)
salt and pepper to taste
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This Saturday Night! [15 Jun 2005|05:58pm]
KWCW presents:

Nine-piece band performing the live score to a mindwarping computer-animated film! (View a clip here)
"Longstreth is (why pull punches?) a no-brow genius."-Pitchfork Media
"One of the most prolific and unique indie artists of the early 2000s"-All Music Guide


"Gorgeous and fulfilling. . . an example of the best aspects of drone; it has a sense of depth and richness despite the austerity of its presentation, and it invigorates as it calms." - Pitchfork Media

Romantic crooner and songwriter accompanying himself on contrabass!

"Imagine a fierier, less frilly Björk, PJ Harvey or Nico and you’ll have only vague insight into this woman’s deep, emotional bouts with death-gospel drama, esoteric organ-and-harmonium requiems, percussive chants and unbridled, youthful whimsy."-Dusted Magazine

Saturday June 18 8 pm
The Underground 36. S Colville Downtown Walla Walla
$4 advance / $5 at the door
tickets available now at Hot Poop, CD Exchange, Earthlight Books, The Underground
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if this is true, why can't i get a summer job? [14 Jun 2005|02:48pm]
Your IQ Is 135

Your Logical Intelligence is Genius
Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius
Your General Knowledge is Exceptional

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