Still no baby! Everything’s ready for her (including us), but no birth over the weekend. Instead, I made a couple of Mix CDs. Yes, actual, physical CDs. Yes, I still do that sometimes, though it has actually been a couple of years since I’ve done so. So because it’s been so long, I decided to make a double-disc. I also threw out my rule about trying to have only one repeat from previous discs (there are a lot of repeats on these).
For this set I just arranged my collection alphabetically by artist and started at the top. I tried not to use more than 2 songs for any given artist chosen. I got down to the “P” artists before I filled up two discs! I fudged the order a couple of times (Julia Massey shouldn’t be on the first disc, for example), but whatever.
So here are the track lists. Wherever possible I tried to link to somewhere where you could download the song, or at least to a place where you can listen to the song. I was actually able to find them all… except for the songs that I wrote myself…
Anyway, enjoy! There are some good stuffs on these: Disc 1
My pal Open Mike Eagle released a new video for his single “Password (Stealthy Live Version)” off his latest LP, Sir Rockabye. It’s a virtual trip into a retro cyberspace. And it’s catchy as hell. Plus, there’s a funny cameo by Mega Ran as the host of a fictional video-playing TV show!
Open Mike Eagle wants to sing to you and show you how he rocks.
Last Friday I trekked up to Seattle to see my pal Open Mike Eagle at the Tractor Tavern. It is a long drive, I admit, but it was completely worth it; it was one of the best sets I’d ever seen Mike do.
Open Mike Eagle on the Mic
It was also fun because a bunch of my Seattle peoples also came out and saw the show, like Three Ninjas, Tangentbot, Rabbiddogg, & Creepy Sheep.
Mike even shouted me out from the stage a couple of times, which was pretty neat-o! He also did a rap song I’d never heard before that actually quotes John Linnell’s (of They Might Be Giants) song “Idaho” from his State Songs solo album. That’s pretty obscure! As soon as he started singing the lyrics, Rabbiddogg & I immediately recognized them and looked at each other in amazement. Afterwards when we were talking to Mike he was pretty impressed that we knew it as well!
So it was a great night, great to see Mike and hear his amazing rap songs live, great to hang out with great people. Just… great. And since this is me we’re talking about, I made a really not-great animated GIF of Mike doin’ his thang:
Open Mike Eagle Animated!
Thanks, crappy cell phone camera! Man, I really need to get a new phone. If anybody wants to get me the Google Nexus 4 for Christmas I would NOT complain.
Hooray! My pal Open Mike Eagle is returning to Seattle, and I actually have a chance to see him perform!
He will be at the Tractor Tavern (yes, I do seem to go there quite a bit, eh?) tomorrow, Friday the 27th of September 2013. He isn’t the headliner, though; that honor goes to Buck 65, a Canadian alt-rap musician with a 20-year pedigree. Yes, there is such a thing!
I’m going to do my durnednest to be there, and Carrie is also going to try her durnednest! But as always at eight months preggers, we’ll see how she’s actually feeling come time to drive up to Seattle. See you there!
Is this blog becoming mostly just a calendar of concerts/shows for musicians I like? Maybe! Tough!
Buck 65 with Open Mike Eagle
Friday, September 27, 2013 9:30 PM
5213 Ballard Ave NW,
Seattle, WA 98107
That’s pretty awexome (so awesome it has an x in it). TMBG retweeted me once last month (when I tweeted about them and Joss Whedon being on the same episode of Jimmy Fallon’s show) and it ’bout gave me a heart attack:
A few years ago some researchers from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders did a study where they hooked some jazz musicians into fMRI machines and had them do some musical improvisation to see what their brains looked like when they were improvising as opposed to when they were playing rehearsed, learned musics. The results were interesting.
Interesting enough that it caught the attention of hip-hop artist Mike Eagle and hip-hop “enthusiast and producer” Daniel Rizik-Baer1. They contacted one of the researchers with an interesting proposal: the original study had been about improvising music. What about improvising lyrics?
Soon twelve hip-hop freestylers including Mike Eagle were hooked up (one at a time) to fMRI machines to see what happened in their brains when they went off-script and started improvising rhyming lyrics.
Researcher Ho Ming Chow uses an fMRI machine to scan the brain of hip-hop artist Mike Eagle. Daniel Rizik-Baer
THIS IS SCIENCE! And it’s completely awexome. There are tons of ramifications for studies like this; seeing how the creative process happens in the brain can lead to all sorts of applications for developmental disabilities and brain damage.