Today I finally got around to dropping off some rolls of film that I've shot recently. Later in the week I should finally have some photos of the recent cold weather and other events.
One thing that next summer will have to feature: another pigroast. Got that, Brent?
Continuing with the summer theme, here's a photo of a vendor hawking water outside of Camden Yards. I will have some photos of the snow that's been falling around here recently, but I haven't gotten around to developing any of them yet.
OK, last Teenbeat-related post! The third band getting back together for the 20th anniversary concert is New York's Versus. Versus had a pretty long run turning out pop songs with soaring and harder-edged riffs than most of the other Teenbeat bands. Rather than posting songs from one of their Teenbeat releases, I'm going to post a few songs from their first non-single release, the Let's Electrify! EP. See you at the concerts!
A photo from last year's 4th of July party that I never got around to scanning.
I spent last evening hanging out with Steve, Sanda and the rest of the old GW ultimate frisbee gang. I brought with me some photos from last July, since a lot of people hadn't had a chance to see them yet. Now, while I'm sitting here surrounded by snow, all I can think about is summer.
Yet another shot of the Chinatown gate.
Tuscadero was a poppy foursome whose first album featured songs about candy, boardgames, Nancy Drew and a character from Happy Days that was their namesake. Since I don’t have anything else by them, both songs are off of the Pink Album. I would have liked to include Angel in a Half-Shirt, their song about the wonders of a bare abdomen with "some love handles it's true, all the better to hold onto!"
Nancy Drew – By far my choice for the best Tuscadero song. I think everyone can appreciate a song about their parents tossing out all of their old stuff from childhood. Mt. Pleasant – It’s their Beaver Cleaver neighborhood. It might not be pretty, but it sure smells good.
Until next time, when I’ll have a post about Versus.
It’s 1993 all over again. In that year--or thereabouts at least, my memory is getting bad with age--I had a pretty brief love affair with Teenbeat Records, and in particular 3 of their bands: Unrest, Versus and Tuscadero. Recently, I found out that Teenbeat is having a 20th Anniversary Concert over two evenings at the Black Cat, and chances are very high that I will be there.
Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll get to all three of these bands, but for now I’m going to start with Unrest. Unrest worked its way through a few incarnations, but the one I am most familiar with—and that I listened to back then—is the poppy, disjointed and angular sounds that I found on the Isabel Bishop EP, which is the first Unrest release that I picked up.
Isabel – A reworking of the ode to the painter that originally appeared on Imperial f.f.r.r. Winona Ryder (XX version) – The Unrest contribution to the Simple Machines series. Teenage Suicide – Also from the Isabel Bishop E.P., this was Unrest’s take on the tiny snippet ("teenage suicide, don't do it") of Teenage Suicide that you hear Christian Slater play on the radio during Heathers.
Hua over at Sticker Shock just posted Cath Carroll from Unrest’s Perfect Teeth LP, so you should get over there and snag a copy of that as well.
Zach, Me and Emily.
Earlier this evening, I finally got my photos from New Year's Eve back. For the time being I'll post a few photos until I have a chance to get a complete gallery on-line sometime this weekend.
Sonya and Zach.
Jenna sets off a noisemaker and Anna jumps.
Porter, Andy and the damage.
Rob, Noelle, Andy and Porter.
I have no idea who these people are.
I guess it's a sign of a fun evening when you wind up with pictures of total strangers. I can remember talking to the girl and her friends at the bar, but I'm clueless as to what their names were.
Andy gives me the finger while Bryan leans on him.
In order change things up for the new year, I’m planning on occasionally posting some mp3s of music that I have been enjoying recently. Depending on how things go bandwidth wise and whether people have any interest in what I am posting, I may continue to occasionally post some songs.
In any case, the first band I’d like to call to your attention is the A-Frames. Eric from Something I Learned Today posted three songs by them a few months ago, and after listening to them, I hopped on-line and ordered the A-Frames second album. Thudding bass lines, deadpan singing, sharp guitars, lyrics about alien worlds and future worlds…I was sold on the first listen.
The A-Frames won’t be for everyone, but give it a try and let me know what you think. Get the songs while they are up, I’ll be taking them down soon.
UPDATE: The site was getting a little slow to load. I'm not sure if it was the songs or not, but I've taken them down just in case. Thanks for listening, I'll try this again later.
I attended a slew of holiday parties this December, but was lazy and only got my camera out at Luke, Andy, Karen, Bryan and Anna's Fifth Annual Tree Trimming Party. Here's a small gallery of photos from that evening.
L'Enfant Plaza Station
As a year-end retrospective, I've posted two sets of photos to my Flickr account:
1. A set of metro station photos from the past year.
2. A set of of my favorite photos from 2004, excluding all of the metro station photos.