Friday, November 04, 2005

Time for the Big Freakout!

Tomorrow's the day - the first day of the Open Studio Tour - and we're having kittens here, let me tell you. It's a good thing I took a few days off from work to get things ready, but knowing I was going to do so may have led us to put some things off that we shouldn't have. We spent a good part of Wednesday and into yesterday clearing out the front of the house and hanging new drapes. Today is art-hanging day, as well as running around to pick up change, food, balloons, etc day. I've spent the morning getting a PayPal shopping cart set up (we've never used PayPal before, so I hope this works!).

But despite all of that, the weather looks awesome for this first weekend, gas prices have dropped about 25 cents a gallon around here over the last few weeks, there's a home football game at noon, which should mean more people in town, so I don't think we could ask for anything better. If any of you are around this weekend (or next) please drop by! You don't have to buy anything - we'd just love the support (this is kinda scary stuff!).

Now to go knock some nails into the walls...

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Can't Touch This

PC has followed up his "albums of the 80's" post with a similar view of the 90's, which I wouldn't even attempt to touch. Even Peter admits to not having heard a lot of this music until after it had been out for some time - I didn't hear a lot of this at all. Other than a period when JennySlash was working at Barnes and Noble and I was picking up CMJ (and its attached CD) fairly regularly, I didn't hear a lot of new music at all. My local kollidge radio station, in an attempt to reach as few people as possible, was focused primarily on hard-core rap and Tibetan goat-herder nose-flute music from the Smithsonian Folkways collection for most of the decade (while every other indie station in the country was endlessly flogging local heroes Superchunk and Archers of Loaf). Commercial radio locally was an absolute disaster. MTV pretty much stopped playing music at all. It's not that I didn't hear anything good - I found some brilliant bands and some awesome CDs through a number of different channels, but didn't get the breadth of exposure to allow me to make any kind of overall judgement (yeah, I know, when has that stopped me before?). I only own 4 of the 15 discs on Pete's list and have only heard a couple more all the way through, as an example, so I'm just going to shut up, put on the Breeders' Last Splash and get back to work.