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Feb. 5th, 2008

OK, let's try that again. I welcome Tuesday with open arms.

So only two of you many fine friends can imagine coming up with enough country songs to fill a mix cd? I know I have more country fans, surreptitious or proud, on my flist than that!

This review of the Matrix Energy drink cracked me up.

This weekend was busy, and great! Well, with a setback here or there.

Friday: First lab. She took an hour talking about the syllabus, an hour and a half on slides which fortunately covered some of the same ground as lecture, and then at 8:30, with a mere 30 minutes to go, indicated that we would be dissecting rats. What? Seriously? We basically did what took 2 weeks in 101 and crammed it into a half hour. So, that's intimidating. I also learned about turnitin.com. The thing that miffs me slightly about this method of fraud prevention is that apparently the first person to turn in whatever paper is took much like another paper is seen as the non-cheater by default. So if I wrote a paper, helped someone else write their paper such that it looked more than 20% like mine, but they turned it in first, I would appear to be the cheater. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed and will try to write... different?

Saturday: Had drum lesson. It feels great to go to my lesson knowing I practiced every day! Then I came home and we drove to philly to see angela_la_la and spend time with her before... her awesome chili cook-off!!! At which I ate the best chili I am pretty sure I have ever had. Yeah, I was planning to have another chili cook-off someday but now I am just done! I kid. If I find out the recipe I will make some for you. (It involved both chocolate and bacon, natch.) The party end of things was fun too, and I even warmed up and talked to some new people even though everyone seems so much cooler than me at these things. Actually, what helped is the tats. People asked about them, conversations started. Yay. It was also nice to hang with squeegibo some for the first time in a while! Then as we got a mere 10 minutes out of town, Jack's check engine light came on. We decided to drive it home anyways because Jack has had this happen before when nothing was wrong. It's at the shop now... I guess we'll find out if we killed it. Shit, man, it was midnight on saturday. What the hell were we going to do exactly?

Sunday: Woke up with just enough time to gather snackage before heading over to drivingblind's for the first real session of his game, which now has a title: Faith, Faces, and Fingerprints. I was a mess! I'm like, the bush league of roleplaying and here are the pros. I did manage to generate a few chuckles as I felt out how to play my character in a way that didn't feel like it was drawn with one of those extra-big crayons. But there was a whole lot of deer-in-headlights prior to that. By the time we were done 6 hours later I felt wore out, drained. Oh - and there had been yet more chili. :) I got home and took in some warcraft action before passing out unceremoniously and sleeping for ten hours.

Which brings you to where I was yesterday, with the accidental sleeping in.

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pseudotheist
Feb. 5th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Chocolate is, in fact, the secret ingredient in good chili. Now there's no point in entering the next chili cookoff, as my secret weapon has been exposed...
snidegrrl
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Bah! You could still do it better! That just made it more of a challenge.
life_unexamined
Feb. 5th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
I have a problem with my definition of "country". As in, I'm not sure what it is. I saw the original post and was tempted to sign up, but ... well, I've got a bunch here that iTunes thinks is country, but that I just think of as "stuff that I like". But "stuff that I like" also goes all the way out to ... I don't even know the right terms. Obviously prog comes to mind (since I'm talking to you), but, like ... other stuff, too. I'm not good at communicating about music.
snidegrrl
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
I'm not really worried about being strict about genres, honestly. Things that are twangy. Things that involve steel guitar. Things that involve a shuffle beat. Things that are from the south. I don't care! :) I would love to hear your mix.
life_unexamined
Feb. 6th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
OK, I officially owe you a mix CD.
snidegrrl
Feb. 6th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
I am sending my address to your LJ email. Yay!
thatwhichisgene
Feb. 5th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
My Country tastes tend to fall into the 60's and 70's. I don't care for most modern country music.

Hello Darlin’ by Conway Twitty
Lousiana Woman, Mississippi Man by Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
Good Ole Boys Like Me by Don Williams
Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain by Willie Nelson
Good-Hearted Woman by Willie Nelson
Whiskey River by Willie Nelson
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys by Willie Nelson
Mama Tried by Merle Haggard
Workin’ Man Blues by Merle Haggard
He Stopped Lovin’ Her Today by George Jones
Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn
You’re Lookin’ at Country by Loretta Lynn
D-I-V-O-R-C-E by Tammy Wynette
Stand By Your Man by Tammy Wynette
Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
Walkin’ After Midnight by Patsy Cline
Crazy by Patsy Cline
Cold, Cold Heart by Hank Williams
Your Cheatin’ Heart by Hank Williams
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams
I Walk the Line Johnny Cash
Sunday Morning Coming Down by Johnny Cash
Tennessee Flat-Top Box by Johnny Cash
There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang by Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings
Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound by Hank Williams, Jr.
Family Tradition by Hank Williams, Jr.
Long-Haired Country Boy by The Charlie Daniels Band
Uneasy Rider by the Charlie Daniels Band
The Class of ’57 by the Statler Brothers
Flowers on the Wall by the Statler Brothers

I think I could have more Willie, Johnny, and the Statler Brothers. I also forgot Buck Owens. I left off some of the Alternative Country-esque stuff like Mojo Nixon and The Beat Farmers. But this is a start.
snidegrrl
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
This list is good because it reminds me of some things I should have and the ones I don't know are likely to be ones I like.
salami_salome
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Gotta have Patsy Cline. Also Dolly.
salami_salome
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Man, when my voice comes back, Imma belt out some Stand By Your Man. It's a fun song for beltin'!
snidegrrl
Feb. 6th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Indeed I have these things!
keryx
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
I have a metric ton of country songs.
snidegrrl
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Will you send me the best! Oh please!
keryx
Feb. 5th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Sure. I still haven't sent your seasonal CD's, so I could send it all together.
rshackleford
Feb. 5th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
I wish I had more 70s and 80s country. I might have to do some research and acquire some, thanks to this mix request.

(Aside: there was this radio station up in Maine/New Hampshire(?!) that I ran across accidentally during summer vacation one year. I can only imagine they just never bothered changing their playlist from about 1987 or so. Pretty excellent.)
snidegrrl
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
I think what I have is mostly late 80s-early 90s centered. But I want to dig deeper into that stuff and by ALL MEANS into the 70s stuff.
malkin
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
I admit to being a little bit of an alternative Americana listener, but I don't know that I have time to put together a proper mix CD right now, and my collection admittedly errs on the side of creepy minor key newgrass.

Here's what I recommend, in general, to folks who are experimenting, though:

Johnny Cash - This goes without saying.

Chris Hillman - This guy was one of the early pioneers of country rock, but he also likes to kick it bluegrass style, sometimes. I recommend starting with his cover of "Eight Miles High."

Jim White - When I think of alt-country, I think of Jim White. Listen to "Handcuffed to a Fence in Mississippi" and "Still Waters" for an intro, and proceed from there.

Mindy Smith - This girl has an amazing voice. I recommend starting with her cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene."

The Jason Sinay Band - I'm not sure if this really a country band, but if Soul Asylum suddenly decided to be a country band with strong Petty influences, they'd sound like this band. Start with "The Only Son."

The Old 97s - They're a fun little Texas band with a good sense of humor. They tend to be categorized as "pre-punk rock" on the east coast, but they're classified as alt-country, elsewhere. Start with "Designs on You."

The Silver Jews - This is a truly strange lo-fi alt-country band, with a down, mellow sound, and utterly bizarre songwriting themes. Listen to "The Frontier Index" carefully. If you dig it, then check out the rest of their stuff. If not, then pass.

And just for fun, don't miss my cousin's indie goth-country band:

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snidegrrl
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I FUCKING LOVE CREEPY MINOR KEY NEWGRASS

or as some call it, "New American Weird". Whatever I LOVE IT.
malkin
Feb. 5th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, well, in that case, DEFINITELY check out "Still Waters" from Jim White. Turn it up loud, for maximum goosebumps. Also, try "Strange Bird" from The Wayfaring Strangers (not the English band by that name, but the American one). "Death is Here" from my cousin's band is good stuff. If I reach a little, I can sneak in Lizz Wright's cover of "A Taste of Honey" (you can find it on YouTube, and honestly, her studio recordings don't hold a candle to her live performances). Nickel Creek is just about the closest thing there is to an MTV bluegrass band, but seriously, check out "Eveline." Grab Listing Ship's "Destroying France," and you will desperately want to find the words somewhere, so you can share them with all your friends. Keller & The Keels do marvelous old-school grass covers of non-grass songs, and I highly recommend their cover of "Loser" (they hit both the Dead and Beck in the same cover), and anything else you can find from them, really. Sufjan Stevens' "Seven Swans" is all chilling and jangly. Last up, for a minor-key tragic story with some killer old-school picking, definitely check out Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott's "With a Memory Like Mine."
snidegrrl
Feb. 6th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
I tend to annoy the crap out of Jack with Sufjan, Bonnie Prince Billy and other permutations of that, Iron & Wine, etc etc. I will check out some of this other stuff.
snidegrrl
Feb. 6th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Lucky me, alot of this or other things by these artists are on emusic!
malkin
Feb. 6th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Sweet!

I wish I had more stuff to offer up, but it's actually pretty tricky finding appropriate things. When I set up a good jangly bunch of seed music, Pandora needs to be chastised regularly for straying too far into areas I don't like. I need to seed a new channel for this category, because my old one has branched out extensively into other stuff I like, but has lost a lot of its focus.

There's a surprising amount of good stuff up on YouTube. Never let anyone suggest that 'grass fans do not hit the 'net.
drivingblind
Feb. 6th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Your passion for underestimating how much fun you are to have at the table is disturbing! Cease it at once!

I hope it was at least exhausting in a good way. :)
snidegrrl
Feb. 6th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Definitely in a good way!

I actually kind of look forward to the podcast that excerpts our actual session... or if I can get the full session, that would be cool. Not that I will have time to listen to it yet!
drivingblind
Feb. 6th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
Oh, I can get you all nearly-5 hours if you really want 'em. :) But I'm gonna work on excerpting them sometime in the next couple weeks.
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