Monthly Archives: February 2011

Take Away (all of my time) Shows

Just gonna take a minute to post a little somethin’ somethin’  about one of my favorite things. This is something I discovered in November, on Thanksgiving actually.  I spent most of Thanksgiving day watching video after video of La Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows.  I know, you’re wondering, what in the heck is a Take Away Show?
(taken from their website) Take Away Shows exist since April 2006. There was Chryde, who wanted to shake things up and find another way to share music, and there was Vincent Moon, who wanted to film music differently. Chryde offered Moon to go and film musicians in the city, Moon seized the idea and glorified it. Since then, other directors across the world joined this project, and there are  plans to extend it worldwide.

Here’s how it works…every week, an artist or band is invited to play in the streets, in a bar, a park, in a flat, or even an elevator while the whole session is being filmed.  What makes the beauty of the videos are the little incidents, hesitations, and crazy stuff happening unexpectedly.  The videos are not edited, all of the raw sound of the surroundings are kept.  The goal is to try and capture instants, film the music just like it happens, without preparation, without tricks. Spontaneity is the keyword.

I think I’m addicted to the simplicity of these films.  Most are shot in Paris.  You should definitely check them out, but hey I warned you…you can’t watch just one.  Here are some of my favorites as of now (there are hundreds of them, so I’m sure I will find new favorites as I make my way through them).
Fleet Foxes

Of course Bon Iver

This one makes the cut because Plastic Revolution plays with a Mariachi band

If you have time or you’re bored you should also check out performances by: Mumford and Sons, The Tallest Man On Earth, Bon Iver, SIgur Ros, Arcade Fire, Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos

Funny I said I’m just going to take a minute to post this…it’s been an hour and a half since I started going through these.

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Yep, cupcakes. That’s what’s on my mind at 1:10am today. Normal? I suppose so, why not. It beats what was on my mind at 1:10pm this afternoon. Yeah, don’t ask, because I’m not even going to divulge that information, it’s slightly embarrassing and involves my head still being on my pillow while the rest of the world is being productive. OK sorry, forget I even brought it up that’s as much info as you’re getting.  Anyway, back to the cupcakes. So my friend’s daughter is about to turn 1! Her party is on March 5th and I’ve offered to take on the challenge of making cupcakes for the big event. It’s not every year your baby turns the big 0-1, no pressure. The theme of the party is actually a cupcake theme so it should be fun to be able to go overboard on the cupcake decorating.  For the past couple of days I’ve been trying to decide just what kind of cupcakes get to make an appearance at this VIP party. I’m not gonna lie, I’m not that great at making cupcakes. It’s hard not to get a tad discouraged, when you see those fancy schmancy LA style cupcakes that always pop out of the oven all flat on top exactly how their supposed to be, in their cute little cupcake outfits trying to seduce you with their perfectly sculpted frosting swirls and colorful sprinkles. I suppose you could say my cupcakes are just a touch more on the rugged side. I like to say that I make cupcakes with character, makes me feel better anyway.  So what if my little cakes pop out of the oven hunchbacked and the frosting swirls may sometimes resemble something your beloved cat may have left behind on the carpet (hope that doesn’t ruin it for you). Needless to say, this should be interesting. I’m looking forward to a little project and plan on spending the next week testing some cupcake recipes. Wish me luck!

Chicken salad and Christmas lights

#2 12:49am Dec. 7th
It’s a Tuesday. Tuesdays are usually uneventful. This Tuesday was eventful.  Yesterday and today have actually just merged into one long event. It started Monday when someone sent out the memos to come to the coffee bar for lunch. I didn’t get the memo until the dining room was full and we were up to our ears in chicken salad and old ladies. Strange for a Monday. After lunch, an hour or so of dishes and a bath in our three compartment sink, round two came with a crew of people to set up for a Benefit Silent Art Auction/Live Jazz that was being held in the gallery area. (fast forward) Seven hours later art is gone, customers are gone, I’ve made a ridiculously large trip to Costco and my home away from home (Wal-mart). The rugs are vacuumed, the boys are exhausted and the espresso machine is turned off. This is when I decide Christmas decorations MUST go up. Now or never. At least never for another year, so yes…NOW. Little did I know that I would literally spend all night hanging decorations. I’m still not sure what took so long, if you saw the quantity of decorations hung you would wonder too, but I decorated and decorated (Chad probably made it through an entire season of Burn Notice while lying on the couch) and then decorated a little bit more until I could decorate no more. If I had a camera I would take some pictures for you, but I don’t. So if you’re just dying to get me a gift this year *hint*hint* I suppose I would let you give me one. Back to the decorating.  I do know what took up a good portion of my precious time though, it was trying to untangle and test a tub full of lights from the church. I started out all excited to hang lights…then I opened the tub. I plugged in the first strand…nothing, OK, second strand….nothing. Third strand is tangled with the fourth strand, fourth strand works!! Fifth and sixth strands don’t cooperate. Seventh strand works.  Eighth strand is actually not a strand at all, but a bush covering…bush cover works, unfortunately I want lights to hang through the rafters, not on a bush so eighth strand…no good.  Ninth strand is all blue lights, as is the rest of the tub. That’s when I gave up on the lights altogether.  I’m not sure you can sense my frustration for the lights in the way I am writing this, but it was severe. I may have even sworn a few times, not saying it happened, just saying it’s a possibility (sorry mom). It was a long night, but I’m glad to have that done so people can enjoy the holidays before they’re over.

that’s the way I like it…

12:46am Dec 1st

I know that it’s February 25th, but I actually wrote this post when I decided to start this blog back in December, so take a little trip back in time with me if you will, we’ll be back to the future in no time.

Oh goodness….Dec 1st already, really hard to believe. So it’s been over a year since I’ve been here managing the coffee bar. What a trip. That’s a bit of an understatement.  So lately I’ve been reading some blogs online and I guess just got kinda inspired to try my hand at this. Not gonna lie, in my little mind I’ve had this thought that blogging was a little egotistical, not necessarily a bad thing, just a little self-centered. I mean do people besides myself really care to hear that I ate almost an entire side of chips and queso at Fuzzy’s by myself tonight (yep, true story) or do they really want to know that today I discovered one of my regular customers at the coffee bar toured for a while playing with Bright Eyes?  How about party crashing some guy’s birthday/house-warming party in Oak Cliff last night…eh? I don’t know, mostly my life is boring and probably  of no interest to you, but every once in a while I get a few splashes of color that make life a little more exciting (like this story that my friend Natalie posted on her blog, look at me already a professional, tagging other blogs). I just decided why not, if nothing else it will help me cross off one of the to-dos on my list of things to do before my next birthday, journaling being one of them. So I guess here it goes….welcome to the world of Blog? Don’t expect much, because I don’t even have a plan and that’s the way I like it.
It’s 1:46am and I should probably get some sleep tonight, so more about me later…..oh except if you know me at all, you know that I do love me some music, so there will probably be some mentions of what I’m listening to. Oh what? You wanted to know what’s playing right now? Well then, at this moment I’m listening to a guy named Jeremy Larson out of Springfield MO. This is my first go at his music, sounds oddly familiar like maybe I’ve listened to it in a past life or something so maybe my second go  at it? Could just be that his voice sounds remarkably similar to that of Aaron Marsh, lead singer of Copeland? Maybe not…did I mention it’s late? Either way, it’s nice musically and takes me back a little…circa 2003.