Mikes Random Musings

Saturday, July 22, 2006

So life is slowly returning to normal.

I am currently trying to get my sleep routine back on track. I used to sleep 11 - 5:30 every night, and I felt great (I was also not taking any stimulants). Over the last couple of months, that has gone to hell, and now if I sleep more than 4 hours at a time, I feel like crap when I wake up, but I also feel tired all the time if I don't. So I am currently forcing myself to go to sleep and wake up earlier. Hopefully after this week, things should be better.

Bit of a 'heat-wave' this week... we've had 3 days in a row over 30 degrees... I use the quotes, because I actually find the weather quite nice. The locals however hate it. We went to Fry's last night, and there was lots of people there buying portable air-conditioners. Sorry, I cannot see the point when there is only a few days with warm temps. If it was a week of 40+ then I could see the point.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

'Imago' from The Butterfly Effect has been released (probably a few weeks ago, australian music is hard to come by here). Go get it. 'Begins Here' was one of the best albumns I had heard in a long time when it came out, and on first listen 'Imago' is as good if not better. I would rate these guys up there with being as good as Karnivool, and everyone knows I love those guys.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

I saw Sonic Youth play at the Moore Theater on friday night. My first impression when they came on stage was 'wow, they're old'. That thought was quickly forgotten when they started playing though. They may no longer be the disenchanted youth, but they still get it, and play just as hard as they ever did. The set closed out with about 10 minutes of feedback and distortion that I felt right through my body.

During the show, Thurston made a comment about it was good to be back in Seattle as they have a lot of friends here, some are still here, and some are above us now.

That comment started me thinking. Here I was standing in a Seattle landmark, seeing one of the pioneering bands of the grunge revolution. This was a band that I was listening to back when I was a teenager, and here they are several years later, still together, still touring. It made me wonder, what would of happened if Kurt had not died. Would they still be together? Would we have still had Foo Fighers, Sweet 75, Eyes Adrift and Probot? Would Nirvana have become as big as they are today (allowing for more records, and possible alienation of fans)?

Those questions aside, it still felt really great to be standing in such an iconic place listening to a band that I have enjoyed forever, and thinking about the musicians that have had such an impact on my life.