katernater: (house • (ducklings))
I don't know why, but the soundtrack to the first two seasons of House, M.D. really ramps me up for warmer weather and puts me in a good mood. The nearest I can figure, I started watching House while in my penultimate semester of college, during the spring and summer of 2006. I was at a point in my life when I was really discovering who I was and what I stood for; in my experience, those pivotal points in a person's life are more than reflected in the music they listen to. I remember riding my geeky ten speed to campus; sitting out on the back porch of our much-too-expensive rental property, drinking beer and watching a group of long-haired hippies play hackeysack; burning Nag Champa to cover up the smell of my roommate's cigarette smoking. And through it all, a steady soundtrack of House-related music spun on all my mix CDs, my iPod, and my computer. Here are links to some of my favourites:

"Feelin' Alright" - Joe Cocker
"Got To Be More Careful" - Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
"Stranger In A Strange Land" - Leon Russell
"Honky Tonk Women" - Taj Mahal
"Love and Happiness" - Al Green

It's been a very laid-back, uncluttered kind of weekend. Yesterday I went to a baby shower for a co-worker. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous the last couple of days and all of the flowering trees are in full bloom, planting bright shocks of colour in every direction. Today I'm finishing some chores around the apartment, going to a block party, and stopping by the office for a bit to do some lesson planning. I have every hope that this week will be much better than last week. I guess coming at it with a positive attitude is half the fight.
katernater: (actress • (joyous))


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Where has that old friend gone / lost in a February song? / Tell him it won't be long / 'til he opens his eyes )
katernater: (misc • (owls))

My crappy camera phone recording of Mumford & Sons singing an acoustic version of "Wagon Wheel" during their encore last night. They brought both opening acts -- King Charles and Cadillac Sky -- back on stage to accompany them. This was such an incredible concert, you guys, I can't even begin to tell you. The set-list was pretty much everything off of Sigh No More, with bits and pieces of their new album to tease us before its release next summer. One thing I can say for them? They don't have to worry about having a "sophomore slump" -- the stuff we heard was just as good, if not better, than Sigh No More.

I can't wait to see them in concert again.
katernater: (actor • (lewis))
I just finished watching Shakespeare Retold : 'Much Ado About Nothing'.

I think I love that play over all Shakespeare's others.

And Beatrice/Benedick are my Elizabethan drama OTP. So, naturally,


+ 6 tracks / cover art / gratuitous Shakespeare quotage beyond the cut
+ Comments/feedback would be lovely! Thanks!

'What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living?' )
katernater: (music ♫ stereo where available.)


(Seriously. I love this song to begin with, but once you put the entire BBC Concert Orchestra behind it, you're gonna' have to start breaking out the mops and buckets. I melt at 3:14.)
katernater: (castle ♜ my dirty little secret.)
Of your top 20 artists, list the first song you heard, the one that made you fall in love and your current favorite. )

'Finished up a whole bunch of stuff this afternoon -- my speech for Friday's symposium and the last round of edits on an article I have been helping one of my professors get ready for publication -- and I'm thoroughly wiped. I went for a run on campus between projects. Most of the university has cleared out for the summer, leaving behind the shells of buildings and minimal foot traffic. Hard to believe that the whole process is going to start up in another week, when summer session begins.

I'm about 200 pages into Fever Dream. HOLY FRIJOLES, IT'S AWESOME. I fully expect to finish it before the weekend.

Do want.

Apr. 28th, 2010 01:46 pm
katernater: (omg! ☆ traps for troubadours.)


I can only imagine how expensive tickets are going to be.

(For future reference: Which organs can I live without, and how much cash can I get for them?)
katernater: (music (b) // We got a time bomb)
So, I guess, technically I should have said that I was almost done. I've got a final tonight, but I don't think it really counts because it's essentially a critique of the course. We have to choose two books from the syllabus and defend retaining them for future versions of the class. I assume this will be relatively easy because, uh, I'll be defending books the guy already put in the syllabus. Plus, he sent a note around telling the class that we could go ahead and do the paper from the comfort of our own homes and e-mail it to him when we're finished. This works to my advantage for two reasons:

1. I don't have to drive twenty-five minutes to campus at night, and
2. Wearing pants during the exam is not compulsory.

Todd's been away at home for the last few days, which means that I have been living a very sparse lifestyle -- very little makeup, no shoes, chocolate muffins for dinner -- and making ridiculous choices about which movies to watch (running Labyrinth viewing count: 3). It'll be good to have him back. The theater in the next town over is doing Mst3k's Christmas Rifftrax tomorrow, which we're gonna' go see. Oh! And remember the apartment we went to last week? The one that had been rented out the week before we got there? Well, Todd got a call yesterday and the guy canceled! Todd and I are going in tomorrow morning to fill out the application. I'm really hopeful for this place: it's in a great location (about five minutes away from campus), we get a student discount, and there's a fireplace.


Also, I felt very accomplished this morning when I successfully navigated a Russian-language download site in search of the new Seabird album. So, now, I'm either downloading the album or an application for a mail-order bride. Either way -- amusement abounds!
katernater: (house (s6) // I can see my way)
Compile a playlist of songs that sum up where you feel you are in your life right now and share it with your f-list. Don't explain the songs or why you picked them. Instead, try to have the songs explain *you*. Upload the songs and make cover art if you can.


7 songs + download link under the cut )
katernater: (house (s6) // I'm just a little unwell)
→ Pick 5 songs from your iTunes music library
→ Songs must be ones you consider to be "outliers" in your collection
→ Share your unique musical tastes with the people on your FL!

oo5. "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" - Rockapella
oo4. "Gypsy Part of Town" - Gogol Bordello
oo3. "I'll Be Your Everything" - Youngstown
oo2. "King of Spain" - Moxy Früvous
oo1. "Jump In Line (Shake, Shake Sonora)" - Harry Belafonte
katernater: (Default)
Also, this is definitely my anthem for the week: "Any Other World" - Mika

'Love those moody strings.


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