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KaraokeJournal: the flickering flake [Jul. 1st, 2008|06:10 pm]
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It's been a while since I got to sing in public last--not counting the Magnetic Fields song I did at ukulele camp--but Chelsey picked me up and took me out to the Ambassador last night. I did a couple of songs I'd sung in front of basically nobody at Chopsticks in the past, notably Matthew Sweet's "Sick of Myself"; the only song I sang for the first time was Yaz's "Only You," which went nicely. (Also noticed that they have the Mark Ronson version of "Just," which I was tempted to do until I remembered that it's got about 90 seconds of singing in a 5-minute song.)

One of Chelsey's friends sang karaoke for the very first time: "Only the Good Die Young," which she really, REALLY threw herself into. Good to see.
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burning man planning blues [May. 21st, 2008|08:48 pm]
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Man, it's hard to get a camp together. Especially when you're Hitler.

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WHUMP [May. 18th, 2008|01:01 pm]
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You know that bit near the beginning of Bone where somebody says "you'd better get a move on, winter strikes quick these parts," and then it arrives in the form of a 2-foot blanket of snow that falls, WHUMP, in a single moment?

That's pretty much the way summer arrives in Portland.
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I am fairly sure this is legit... [Apr. 5th, 2008|03:51 pm]
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So here's the deal: Revolution MoneyExchange is a new company with some fairly significant corporate muscle behind it which is trying to be a competitor to PayPal. They've also got a Golden Age of Web Commerce-style gold rush right now, where when you sign up before the 15th they'll give you $25 in your account to start off--and if you sign up through my link, I also get ten bucks. Hence the link:


Refer A Friend using Revolution Money Exchange

Now, as I said, I was confident enough that this is legit that I signed up. However, I would strongly encourage anyone who's considering signing up to do your own digging around to be confident that it's not a scam, since they're e.g. asking for your Social Security number and stuff. Don't just go on my say-so, please.

Actual personal content will return soon to this LJ...
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Dark Beloved Cloud goes Muxtape! [Apr. 1st, 2008|12:30 am]
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Just made a Dark Beloved Cloud Muxtape: http://darkbelovedcloud.muxtape.com/

If you've made a Muxtape, send me the link!
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movie keyword meme [Feb. 19th, 2008|10:59 am]
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The idea of this one is that you list five of the IMDB keywords for your favorite movies, and see who can identify them! So:

1. Face Slap/Fantasy Sequence/Interracial Romance/Oversleeping/Title Spoken by Character
2. Switched Luggage/Wild Girl/On the Run/Quirky/Car in Water
3. Truth/Rain/Unfaithful Wife/Woods/Contradictory Perspectives
4. Underdog/Zaire/Racism/1970s/Boxer
5. Peace Corps/Stabbing/Buxom/Scientology/Food Poisoning
6. Sculptress/Twenty Dollar Bill/Ice Cream Truck/Falsely Accused/Mistaken Identity
7. Starvation/Gas Mask/Puppetry/Brother-Brother Relationship/Knives
8. Storage Facility/Drink Thrown In Face/Loneliness/Swimming Pool/Power Failure
9. Interracial Friendship/Raccoon/Redneck/Hamburger/Stolen Car
10. Pun/Slaughterhouse/Christ Allegory/Survivor/Whimsical
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KaraokeJournal: sweeter to me than apple pie [Feb. 11th, 2008|09:25 pm]
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Just a quick trip to Chopsticks, truncated because there was a drunk asshole at the bar who was shouting abuse at singers he didn't like, including a 60-year-old guy who was singing Johnny Cash. 60-year-olds have the right to sing "Folsom Prison Blues" whenever and however they want, as far as I'm concerned. At least Chopsticks has a few pages of new songs in the back of the book, so I've got some stuff to do next time.

This time, I just sang the Detroit Emeralds' "Feel the Need in Me"--surprisingly doable, as mid-'70s soul goes--


--and then Amber suggested we do the Amy Winehouse/Ghostface Killah version of "You Know I'm No Good." Went decently, although the Ghost part is kind of a challenge--not just the flow, but the way that each of his verses keeps rising in intensity.
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KaraokeJournal: like a bowl full of jelly [Dec. 24th, 2007|11:20 pm]
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I missed SantaCon this year, so this was my one chance to wear my $8.98 Santa suit, and I'd promised people I'd be there, so even though I'd had a really bad day I put on the Santa outfit (explaining to Sterling that we were having trouble making ends meet, so I'd taken a second job as Santa, bringing toys to all the good little boys and girls) and hauled myself over to Chopsticks. Where the usual KJ/waitress combo weren't present, sadly; fortunately, Danny was KJing and singing a bit, and Indigo and Amber (the Kolor Kombo) and Christina and a friend of hers came by. Amber and I duetted on "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (which I'd sung there a year and a half or so ago, but if I can't break my own rules at this time of year, when can I?), and I attempted to tell Amber the joke about that song (which I fear I didn't tell very well--you have to be able to do the accents).

Then (as my turns came around again) the songs I'd actually prepared for: a seasonal version of "Rocket Man" and a Pledge Drive's brilliant seasonal version of "Bohemian Rhapsody." Both of which went off nearly without a hitch. I'll have to repeat them both... somewhere... in a future year.
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KaraokeJournal: nice whips [Dec. 10th, 2007|09:53 pm]
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Slow night, quick trip, three songs. I'd played Steeleye Span's "All Around My Hat" for Sterling the other night, and he'd totally danced to it ("Hey, Sterling, what's that song about?" "A hat!"), and I remembered it was on the song list, so I tried it. It's a great song--trad folk by way of glam-rock stomp. For those of you who don't know it, here's the original video:


Unfortunately, the karaoke version is in a different key--I don't know how far off, but I ended up having to jump back and forth between the top of my head voice and a really badly strained falsetto. And the lyrics are very weirdly mistranscribed. So kind of a bad choice, there.

I asked Amber what I should sing; she said "something really earnest, by a guy, from the '80s"--my first impulse was "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues," but she said "I want to do that!" So she sang it, and I sang "Against All Odds," and was subsequently informed that girls swooned. (Despite the fact that I can't quiiite hit the high note--"nothing lAUGHRGHLft here to remind me...")

Jen was playing Jay-Z's Black Album as between-song music, so I figured oh the hell with it, none of my close friends are here, might as well do "Just Wanna Love U (Give It to Me)." Went OK, but probably not an experiment I'm gonna repeat.

Turns out Chopsticks is going to be open Christmas eve. If I'm in town, I think I've got something special in mind.
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KaraokeJournal: "whoo" as euphemism [Dec. 3rd, 2007|11:50 pm]
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Very busy night at Chopsticks tonight. Jacq and Sierra came by; I was there until almost 11 and only got in three songs. First up: R. Dean Taylor's "Indiana Wants Me."

Easy enough to sing; I don't think anybody there knew it. Then Led Zep's "Houses of the Holy," the only song of theirs I knew was for sure in my range. I signed up for Clarence Carter's "Strokin'," then got in a conversation with Jacq and Sierra about total overdone karaoke songs, and was informed that "Strokin'" was in the top three. Oops. (I'd never seen it done at Chopsticks and thought I was being all clever and stuff.) So I withdrew it and substituted Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy": two minutes, no problem. (I'd learned it from the Metallica cover, but I like the slight swing of this version better!)
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