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Muxtape: “A Little Rain”

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Caught wind today of an interesting web site, Muxtape. It’s probably the most simple way to share a mix tape with others over the web: you upload songs and drag them around to rearrange the order. The limit is 12 songs of under 10mb each, and you only get one list.

In a way each muxtape is a piece of ephemeral art. As soon as I decide to make another muxtape my last one disappears. Thus each mix is only relevant for as long as it isn’t disturbed by me. I like this idea. It’s raining today, rain is transitory – so here’s my first shot at this, a set of down-tempo numbers:

A Little Rain Never Hurt No One

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Written by Adam N. Copeland

March 31, 2008 - 9:53 pm at 9:53 pm

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A quick word on John Singer Sargent

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John Singer Sargent may not have had the most accurate brush strokes and definitely was not the most consistent portrait artist ever. Yet, at his best he captured his subjects in an almost magical way: flushed cheeks, fluid lines, perfectly asymmetrical expressions. I find it hard to imagine that these people are not still breathing.

Lady Agnew

“Lady Agnew of Lochnaw” 1892-93

Written by Adam N. Copeland

March 31, 2008 - 3:00 pm at 3:00 pm

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The Enormity

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Nothing like a trip to The Met to reassure you of the enormity of art history.

Was disappointed to find that the American section is closed for renovations. They moved a good portion of it to the 19-20th Century section, including a pile of Singer Sargents (which I almost uniformly enjoy). Yet, a trip through the Modern section is showing a growing shift towards second-half 20th C stuff I couldn’t care less for (Rothko, Warhol, large canvassed exercises in Color Theory), in lieu of WWI-II shit like Ernst and Dali. I mean, fuck, what is more engrossing to you?

This?

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Max Ernst L’Ange du foyer ou Le Triomphe du surr√©alisme. 1937.

Or this?

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Mark Rothko No. 13 (White, Red, on Yellow), 1958

Furthermore, I think Damien Hirst is a fucking hack.

Written by Adam N. Copeland

March 31, 2008 - 2:22 pm at 2:22 pm

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Picture your parents drunk multiplied by 30,000, staggering around in Hawaiian getups.

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A great interview of The National is over at Sterogum wherein they discuss what they do for a living outside of being in a great rock band:

Scott and I both went through the DAAP (Design, Architecture, Art and Planning) program University of Cincinnati. It was a rigorous five-year program founded on the principles of the the Swiss and Bauhaus schools of thought, where design is more akin to plumbing than art. That’s where we met and formed our dreams of becoming future design heroes like Paul Rand or Saul Bass. Later, we found ourselves spending a significant amount of our lives designing pop-up ads for MasterCard.

Written by Adam N. Copeland

March 14, 2008 - 7:55 pm at 7:55 pm

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Replacing a headlight on 2001 Honda Odyssey

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A thing to remember, from the OdyClub forums:

Remove connector, remove rubber boot, pinch wire holder out of the way, carefully pull out bulb, insert new bulb (do not touch new bulb with your fingers) by lining up the 3 tabs, pinch wire holder into place, insert rubber boot and plug in the connector, test bulb and crack a cool one…

Written by Adam N. Copeland

March 14, 2008 - 7:05 pm at 7:05 pm

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3AM

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Right. So, it’s really late, but I’m still up.

This is partially because I had some musical idea in my head that I just had to get out. And it goes a little something like this:

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Written by Adam N. Copeland

March 12, 2008 - 7:05 am at 7:05 am

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Tris McCall reviews The Meltdowns

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Jersey City luminary Tris McCall (progenitor of the irreplaceable Pop Music Abstract) has reviewed my band’s EP, No Authority, Direction, or Control.

I bask in the virtual glow of his Internet warmth – the review is very long… Much longer than I would have imagined anybody but myself (and the rest of the guys) to spend on this album. It’s very good overall, so I’m tickled chartreuse.

Written by Adam N. Copeland

March 12, 2008 - 6:58 am at 6:58 am

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