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1. Bastille - Pompeii. So catchy!

2. The Mountain Goats - Steal Smoked Fish. I had it stuck in my head for an entire afternoon at work, and it makes a much better mantra for keeping calm than my previous favorite Mountain Goats song to sing to myself at work, which was No Children.

3. The National - Fake Empire. Uggggh, I love this song so much forever and ever amen. THAT VOICE.

4. Hallelujah, various artists. I still have six different covers in my regular playlist. It may not be a phase anymore.

5. pomDeter (Nine Inch Nails & Carly Rae Jepsen) - Call Me a Hole. I heard "Call Me Maybe" in a restaurant yesterday and all I could think about was how much I love this mashup.

Aaaaand it's after Thanksgiving so I've been adding Christmas songs to my playlist so ESSENTIAL CHRISTMAS SONGS I AM EXCITED TO LISTEN TO!

6. Vienna Teng - The Atheist Christmas Carol. This. Yes.

7. Sufjan Stevens - Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance! Because all the best Christmas songs have exclamation points.

8. Annie Lennox - I'l Est Ne Le Divin Enfant. Because all the best Christmas songs that don't have exclamation points are in French.

9. Bruce Cockburn - Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes. Seriously, Christmas songs in French = A+.

10. Emerson, Lake and Palmer - I Believe in Father Christmas. My favorite Christmas song of all for years now, ever since it was in a ... Canadian bank commercial? In like 2004? Anyway, I love it to bits. ♥


31 Questions. )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Nate - Watchful)
1) The thing I forgot to include in my last post:



Earlier this week I earned the "double flock" badge on 750words.com, which means that I've written a quarter of a million words on the site in the last two years since starting there. \o/

2) After trying off and on to fit it to every pairing/character I've been obsessed with interested in in the last four years or so, I have finally assigned Iron & Wine's "Resurrection Fern" pretty firmly to the Nate and Brad I'm writing about right now.

Uh. Sorry, guys. Things will get better, I promise.

(In our days we will say
What our ghosts will say:
We gave the world what it saw fit
And what'd we get?

Like stubborn boys with big green eyes
We'll see everything:
In the timid shade of the autumn leaves
And the buzzard's wing

And we'll undress beside the ashes of the fire
Our tender bellies are wound around in baling wire....
)

I'm just gonna go write some ... suffering.
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
So a few weeks ago my external hard drive--where I kept all my music--started dying. I managed to get all the music onto my laptop (and thence onto my shiny new 1TB backup drive), but this also required me to re-import everything into iTunes from the new location (which I dodged doing when I got a new computer thanks to having all the music on the external--I guess it was bound to happen eventually), and in the process I lost a few slowly-accreted playlists including my Aral/Jole playlist. I managed to remember a few obvious songs (the two all the titles come from and Jole's embarrassing country music anthem) but that's about all I've got. It's the saddest playlist ever.

So, if you've read my Aral/Jole stories, rec me a song or two that you think fits them? My SG-1 epic playlist has 38 songs, and Aral and Jole are going to start thinking I don't love them if this keeps up. *g*

(I tend to put songs on playlists of this kind because of lyrical resonance, so don't feel that you have to find something that actually sounds ... Barrayaran. Good God, now I'm trying to imagine Barrayaran pop music. o.O)


Also! In case you are interested in knowing more about my ~FEELINGS~ about any of the characters people requested, my answers to the feelings meme are linked below:

Peter Burke
Colby Granger
Jack Harkness
Daniel Jackson
Ianto Jones
Ray Kowalski
Amy Pond
Gregor Vorbarra
Aral Vorkosigan
Cordelia Vorkosigan
Miles Vorkosigan
Mark Vorkosigan
Ivan Vorpatril
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From [livejournal.com profile] rubynye, a meme about characters and a meme about songs: under the cut. )
dira: Gwen Cooper, in profile (Gwen - Flyaway)
12:00 AM - standing third row off the stage as John Darnielle leans down into the crowd to sing-scream "No Children" with us at the end of the encore.

12:03 AM - make heart-hands at the bass player, last to leave the stage.

12:05 AM - apologize to [personal profile] iulia and [personal profile] oliviacirce for not showing them pictures of John Darnielle before they were exposed to his actual presence.

ALERT: IF YOU LIKE SKINNY GLASSES-WEARING NERDY DUDES WHO TALK ABOUT FRANZ KAFKA AND THE EXCUSES YOU MAKE TO GO TO YOUR EX'S HOUSE TO HAVE SEX WITH THEM ALL IN THE COURSE OF INTRODUCING ONE SONG ENTITLED "HOW TO EMBRACE A SWAMP CREATURE", YOU MAY WANT TO LOOK AT PICTURES OF JOHN DARNIELLE AND/OR GO TO A MOUNTAIN GOATS CONCERT.

Now you can't say I didn't tell you.

12:19 AM - drop [personal profile] oliviacirce off and make for Milwaukee by way of the blessedly brightly-lit Shell station and a couple of badly-needed bottles of lemonade. I may have screamed a lot and sung a lot. ETA: At the concert, necessitating the lemonade. Not at the Shell station. /ETA

1:30ish AM - DEER! He trotted out onto I-94 like one of those college town pedestrians who has picked his spot and is going to pass behind you, WHY ARE YOU SLOWING DOWN YOU'RE RUINING EVERYTHING. I swerved and braked a bit, but I'm not sure how much difference it actually made.

The adrenaline did perk [personal profile] iulia and I up for the rest of the drive, though.

2:05 AM - turned off the car in the driveway at my apartment.

2:08 AM - just checked my email one time before bed, and tweeted that I was home.

2:30ish AM - finally stopped talking to [personal profile] iulia and went to sleep.

6:30 AM - ALARM GOES OFF

6:35 AM - Actually get out of bed and go take a shower.

6:50 AM - Apologetically inform [personal profile] iulia that I'm done in the shower and it's her turn.

7:38 AM - Say goodbye to [personal profile] iulia, who is headed home to pick up her husband and then drive to Michigan, on my front porch.

7:40 AM - Leave for work.

7:55 AM - Open up.

8:05 AM - snack size Crunch bar.

8:35 AM - commence watching Wonder Boys on my laptop.

8:40 AM - open up IMDB page for Wonder Boys, marvel at appearances of Katie Holmes and Alan Tudyk.

8:55 AM - phone call from faculty member leading to more phone calls blah blah work thing.

9:02 AM - resume watching Wonder Boys.

9:35 AM - go wander around and discover that there is still no one else here.

9:50 AM - while watching Wonder Boys, check whether it is being requested/offered for Yuletide, ponder signup plans.

10:03 AM - pause Wonder Boys to teach a student how to make bar graphs in Excel 2007, which I am able to do because I google up a tutorial in the time it takes her to log in to her computer. In case you're wondering, they're called 'Column Charts' and you need to go under the Insert menu after highlighting the relevant cells, including labels.

10:25 AM - finish watching Wonder Boys.

10:27 AM - google up that one Terry/James Yuletide story from last year - elmathelas' Over the River and Through the Woods.

10:30 AM - snack-sized Crunch bar.

10:48 AM - get distracted from reading fic, start this post.

10:56 AM - finish reading, come back to finish post.


...So I still have an hour left at work, followed by an hour's drive down to [personal profile] iulia's place to puppysit while they're in Michigan. I think I can safely say I am no longer acclimated to chronic mild sleep deprivation. And I need a nap. And a lot of caffeine. And this entire bowl of snack-sized Crunch bars. Om nom nom.


This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/531987.html.
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1) I am going to see two concerts with [personal profile] iulia in the next two weeks: The Mountain Goats, and Greg Laswell. (He turned out to be touring in places other than Michigan after all! Like, Chicago! On a Thursday night! Caffeine is my friend! \o/) Why yes, I get all my new music from my flist and vids.

Madisonians: anybody else going to see the Mountain Goats on November 6? Anyone else interested in going to see the Moutain Goats?

2) Seriously, Torchwood calendar? An entire month of Jack and Gray? Seriously?

3) So I am kind of eh in retrospect about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and I stopped halfway through Yiddish Policeman's Union and remorselessly returned it to the library, but for whatever reason I bought Gentlemen of the Road at some point and on Friday (after finishing Libyrinth <3 <3 <3) I picked it up and then polished it off in 48 hours. So I guess third time's the charm for me and Michael Chabon novels.

It maybe didn't hurt that I mentally cast Zelikman as Paul Bettany on about page five. And that it totally surpassed all the vague expectations of slashiness I had attached to it. Also, I see it's nominated for Yuletide! *beams hopefully at Yuletiders*

4) Do you remember when I was summarizing bandom stories I am never going to write, and posting the summaries? Yeah, I'm still doing that, but it turns out I'm distractible and bad at summarizing. Which are two things that I'm sure no one knew about me up until now!

5) Writing the Southland telepathy story has gotten to the level of derangement where I have added "If You Could Read My Mind" to my regular playlist. Shut up, it's actually sort of appropriate. In a way.

(I am not sure what my excuse is for "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and "The Canadian Railroad Trilogy" except that the files are like right next to each other, and it's November, and shut up, Gordon Lightfoot is awesome.)


This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/530920.html.

<3___<3

Sep. 21st, 2009 08:02 pm
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I started randomly looking up musical artists I like and checking their tour schedules, and after suffering the heartbreak of a totally logistically-feasible Sufjan Stevens concert having sold out more than a month ago, (which is to say nothing of the almost but no not really at all feasible SINGLE MIDWEST TOUR DATE EVER for Greg Laswell), I went and checked on the Mountain Goats. Who have a new album coming out on October 6, entitled The Life of the World to Come.

The track listing:

1. 1 Samuel 15:23
2. Psalms 40:2
3. Genesis 3:23
4. Philippians 3:20-21
5. Hebrews 11:40
6. Genesis 30:3
7. Romans 10:9
8. 1 John 4:16
9. Matthew 25:21
10. Deuteronomy 2:10
11. Isaiah 45:23
12. Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace

That last one makes me go all <3____<3 and in general the whole idea of this album is making me feel like my two favorite fandoms have suddenly collided and there is chocolate all over my peanut butter.

Darnielle writes: I guess the obvious question is going to be: "John, have you had some sort of religious awakening?" and while I guess lots of people might want to be coy about answering that, that's never really been my style, so: no. It's not like that. It's not some heavy-narrative-distance deal either, though, and it's not a screed. It's twelve new songs: twelve hard lessons the Bible taught me, kind of.

One of the songs (Genesis 3:23) is available for free, legal download in the blog post announcing the new album. I made it about halfway through the song before I looked up the verse, and then I loved it even more.

I apologize in advance for any songfic which occurs. Sort of. Um, you guys should be expecting this by now, right?

(COME ON. The Permanent Efficacy of Grace. Asking for it.)



This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/528272.html.
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I've been reading/watching/obsessively refreshing a fair amount of coverage of the uprising in Iran this past week. I knew I was saddened by it, but hadn't really thought it was affecting me particularly outside of the time I spent actually watching it.

Today, driving back to work after lunch, Moxy Fruvous's "Gulf War Song" came on the radio, and I sang along like I usually do:

"Won't you stand by the flag?"
Was the question unasked,
"Won't you join in and fight with the allies?"

What could we say? We're only twenty-five years old,
With twenty-five sweet summers, and hot fires in the cold.


And then my eyes filled with tears and I could not get another sound out as the rest of that verse played.

This kind of life makes that violence unthinkable.
We'd like to play hockey, have kids and grow old.


***

There is a line on my lj/Dreamwidth profile that reads "Writing makes me crazy, but not writing makes me crazier." This is amended, during particularly trying projects, to "Writing makes me crazy, but not writing makes me crazier and this is one of those times." I went today to change it from the latter to the former, only to find I'd already done that a while ago, and am now pondering how to make the second part of that more emphatic. In possibly-related news, my attention span and I both really, really hate summer.

***

So I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] cliche_bingo! And here is my card:

Under here! )
dira: Daniel Jackson in profile against a blue sky. (Daniel - Wordless)
1. Apparently the Caps only acknowledge the luckiness of ONE of the lucky shirts that worked for the Wings last year--if I wear my Fall Out Boy (pre-C&D Young Wild Things Tour) t-shirt, then they win 100% of the time (based on three data points, WHAT THAT'S PERFECTLY REASONABLE). So. I guess I will be doing some laundry tomorrow, to prepare for Game 7 on Tuesday.

2. Continuing with the Great Stargate SG-1 Rewatch, and "Foothold" is about as purely fun and entertaining an episode as I think I've watched so far. ♥

3. I blew past 10,000 words on the time-traveling kidfic last night. Every time I get really going on something big that I'm really having fun writing, it's like discovering how awesome writing is all over again. \o/

4. On Friday, [personal profile] iulia and I went to see Girlyman play a show down in Chicago. We love those guys (girls and guy, technically, but whatever)--it was the fourth time seeing them for both of us, though only our second time seeing them together.

It was also my first time hearing them play "Commander" live, and it turns out to have been the greatest thing, because--ever since discovering them, that song has been my one reservation about them. It's musically up there with any of their other songs, and there were lines in the lyrics that I found hooky and fascinating, but I'm a lyrics person and the lyrics--about a man placed in command who "couldn't be it", garnished with vague accusations of cowardice and impure motives--always really bugged me. It was a little reminiscent of my least favorite plot device, in that it seemed to rely on my sharing some kind of specific negative view of this military man, to be instantly willing to say, ha, yes, coward, profiteer, of any random commander. I know and love people who've served in the military; and thanks to fandom (through which I process everything), when somebody says commander I think, you know, base commander--so General Hammond, or John Sheppard, or someone like that. Someone who might sometimes do the wrong thing, but has a damn hard job and is doing his best.

So: the song always bugged me and I rarely listened to it, and it was the fly in the delicious ointment of my love for Girlyman.

Then, Friday night, Ty introduced the song by saying something to the effect of, "You know, I thought we'd never have to play this song again after George W. Bush left office, but things keep coming out about what went on during his administration, and people still seem to need to express that, so here it is."

And I realized that they left in Chief off the title, and it's about a very specific flawed commander, suddenly the song does not bug me in the slightest, anymore. (And in fact sounds like an attempt to make sense, to understand someone incomprehensible, rather than an attack.)

Have a listen, if you like (and if you do like, please consider supporting the artists--they are currently without label, going it alone to record their fourth album).

Song meme

May. 28th, 2008 11:44 pm
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Memes = proof of life, right?


1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.

2. List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.

3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

[livejournal.com profile] idyll gave me P:


Gord Downie - Pascal's Submarine
Counting Crows - Perfect Blue Buildings
Iron & Wine - Peace Beneath the City
Maura O'Connell - Poor Man's House
The Mountain Goats - Palmcorder Yajna


...They are not five terribly happy songs, now that I look at them. But I'm just pleased to have managed to select them from the initial list of twenty-four, so there you go.
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1. Today is the Numb3rs epic(247,386 words, 1 2/3 scenes to go)'s half-birthday: I started writing it for real on September 25, 2005. It was [livejournal.com profile] merryish's fault.


2. I went to Target after work to just sort of gaze longingly upon a copy of Pretty. Odd., as the ongoing FBR shipping clusterfuck (has anybody gotten Goodbye Blues OR Pretty. Odd. OR a t-shirt from them?) has not yet spit out my copy and yet I paid too much for it to countenance randomly buying another copy when it's already on my iPod.

Right there below Pretty. Odd. for ten dollars was Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings, the first Counting Crows album since 2002's Hard Candy, which I bought after randomly finding it on a trip to Target with my college roommates. Because I was in college the last time the Counting Crows released a new album. So obviously I had to buy it, and come home and rip it open and peer at the liner notes, and then I found this:

I also really want to thank Gil and Brian and James for understanding me and for sticking by our vision for this album in the face of pretty much universal disapproval. Records SHOULD be what they're MEANT to be. Everything else is... well, someone else's shite record. ... and Ryan Adams, Dave Gibbs, Chris Carrabba, and Ryan Ross for...well, just a lot.

Emphasis mine. <333333333333333333333333 also mine.

...also, Adam Duritz's liner notes make me feel like I'm reading an email from #3 Brother. Whose birthday it is today, in fact, and that probably all fits together somehow, cosmically.

3. Invisible Man on Region 1 DVD!!!!1

4. I have watched so much Doctor Who since Sunday that when I try to read fic, all of the characters have British accents in my head. I swear to God, I had to back-button out of a fic last night because my brain-voice had become convinced Patrick was Scottish.

Relatedly: I am loving Doctor Who kind of a lot.
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A few quick words about the Panic show in NYC on Saturday, because if I don't just post something in five minutes I will never get around to writing up an epic recap and thus never post at all.

HOLY SHIT, DUDES, THAT WAS AWESOME.

We were about sixth back from the barricade, right in front of Jon Walker (this is becoming a theme in my seeing-Panic-in-concert experience). There were only a few hundred people at the show even counting the raft of VIPs, and probably at least a quarter of the audience was "from the internet" as we like to say. I don't know if it was solely because we were all friends on the floor there, but it made for a very mellow non-shoving show experience, which was awesome.

I know a lot of people had a Spencer Smith Hotness Epiphany while watching him drum like a hot hot madman, but I'm afraid I have once again totally missed that bandwagon, because I could not take my eyes off Jon Walker. I occasionally managed to look away as far as Brendon, but honestly, that was it. Anyway, setlist:

We're So Starving/Nine in the Afternoon
But It's Better If You Do
[New Song I Totally Missed the Name Of] She's a Handsome Woman
That Green Gentleman
I Write Sins, Not Tragedies
Mad As Rabbits

They all looked very happy, they had snazzy and thematically-appropriate guitar straps, and according to Iulia Spencer Smith's feet, like his clock, are larger than most. Jon played guitar and Brendon played bass and Ryan sang on Mad As Rabbits (while Spencer stayed right behind his kit where he belonged, and it entertains me to imagine that they tried to get a complete role swap and Spencer just put his foot down). The new songs had a pleasing straight-up rock vibe--not like they're trying to be super hardcore or something, just like they've really embraced two-guitars-bass-drums and are running with it. Also entertaining: the faint frisson of "This is our contractual obligation song" when they played Sins, complete with Jon not bothering to put his hands on his bass for the first twenty or so seconds of the song, instead fiddling around with his mike. ♥

Also, there was a Q&A, in honor of which I have changed the subtitle of my journal to This is the sound of my brain voice. Also also, having done an entire semester of study on children's reading habits and information needs, let me just say to whoever in the audience was hassling Jon Walker for listening to Harry Potter on audiobook instead of reading it: STFU, MOTHERFUCKER. BOOKS ARE BOOKS, LET HIM USE WHATEVER FORMAT MAKES HIM HAPPY.

Ahem. ANYWAY. YAY PANIC!!! YAY FANGIRLS!!!! BOO CREEPY PUPPET AND FREEZING WEATHER! YAY THE INCREDIBLE HOTNESS OF JON WALKER!!

And boo to tomorrow being Monday, and [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis being back home in Chicago, and having to go to bed.

*happysigh*

Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:26 pm
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The Mountain Goats (sources of, I don't know, a lot of my story titles including "When the Sun Came Up" and "Maybe Sprout Wings" and, by mild bastardization, "Burn Up in Love Love Love") have a new album coming out, two weeks from Tuesday. The video is already out for the first single, "Sax Rohmer #1." It is, uh, not for the very-easily-motion-sicked, but I adore it.




DC types: they're in town March 22 at the Black Cat, anybody wanna go see?
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Pete - Smile by grenadejumper_x)
This morning on the train on the way to work, the coolest thing happened to me. I mean, I think it was pretty much the musical equivalent of managing to sound out all the words in The Cat in the Hat for the first time, but on the other hand I'd made it nearly to twenty-six years of age without being able to do the musical equivalent of reading The Cat in the Hat by myself, and this morning I finally did. So.

So, yeah, I was listening to Surf Wax America (the Weezer song that Ryland, Vicky T, and Gabe are singing the end of in this FOE clip from the Honda Civic Tour), which I have become a tiny bit obsessed with since identifying it as the song from the HCT clip. And I was foot-tapping the beat, like I compulsively do, because I am fidgety, and then - no doubt influenced by [livejournal.com profile] riverlight and [livejournal.com profile] omphale23's recent efforts to instill some music appreciation in ignorant bandomers like myself - I started not just tapping the beats but counting them. In fours. And all of a sudden I was hearing the music in measures. Measures! For the first time ever - and I spent a year and a half in band in middle school - measures suddenly meant something other than notation! Right there in my ears! Even when the tempo changed! And no one had to tell me how to hear it, I did it all by myself! It was fantastic and incredible and then I had to listen to "Calm Before the Storm" just to pick out the timing change in the bridge that Riverlight wrote about in her post.

So, you know--from Due South, a disturbingly thorough knowledge of Canadian immigration procedures; from Numb3rs a handful of mathematical parlor tricks and more information than anyone wants on how to become an FBI agent; from bandom, the (still-developing) ability to hear music properly. ♥ ♥ ♥
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Tomorrow, starting at 4:30 ET/1:30 PT, MySpace is webcasting the Detroit Projekt Revolution show. Streaming on MySpace, tomorrow, right here:

http://www.myspace.com/nowwhat

I mean, in case any of you were interested in that sort of thing.


Yes, yes, it's in Clarkston, but like any of you know where Clarkston is. Everybody on stage is going to be yelling "Hello, Detroit!" which is the main thing.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Gerard - Lit Up by supp_nads)
Yeah, we came home without seeing Linkin Park. Tomorrow is Monday, okay? And as [livejournal.com profile] strangecobwebs pointed out to me and [livejournal.com profile] bayleaf in the parking lot, Linkin Park after My Chem would have been nothing but the post-coital cigarette, and none of us smoke, so it was just as well.

Bullet points:

-Gerard Way is the fuckin' sheriff of Emo-Town. Cry! Cry!

-Best ever use of Bob's two-drum-kit rotating riser: giving Bob a playmate. Michael Pedicone (of The Bled) joined him up there for Teenagers, and if there is anything more mesmerizing than watching two drummers sitting back to back and playing in unison, I really don't know what it is (apart from maybe the part where Gerard was demanding that we admire Michael's tattooed shirtlessness, and Bob reached back and squeezed his bicep.)

-Gerard was 1 tonight, according to the side of his neck. He also seemed to have something written on the knuckles of his left hand, but I'm fucked if I know what.

-During Mama, there was a break in which Gerard started introducing the band (emphasizing the very low v-neck of Frank's shirt by shoving his hand into it, which seeemed to be the extent of The Gay tonight; grabbing Matt Cortez and then Ray by the hair). James DeWees was playing piano under him as he spoke, and at first I thought I was hallucinating, and then I realized I wasn't, and then I leaned over to [livejournal.com profile] strangecobwebs and said (yelled) "Is that JOURNEY? Is that FAITHFULLY?" AND THEN RAY TORO STARTED PLAYING IT TOO.

-Frank's damage report seemed to amount to one guitar early on and something (a monitor?) off stage right--he was lying down for the end of a song, kicking at something, and a tech had to come out and, I don't know, possibly get him untangled from something, possibly fix whatever it was he knocked down/broke? It was hard t tell. We've all agreed to spend way more money on seats next time.

-Gerard's feather boa was pink.

-Gerard is from New Jersey; he doesn't need your Senses Fail t-shirt, he has like fifteen of those fuckin' things.

-Gerard has discovered fourth base. It is apparently somewhat lower down and further back than third. And calls for more whispering than third, which involved a lot of panting.
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So why shouldn't you?


Here's Panic doing "The Weight" by the Band. It's video of the entire song from the (vastly superior) Jon Walker side of the stage. LOOK AT JON SING, PEOPLE.


And, from the same person, here's the second new song they played, which we are apparently calling "Middle of Summer". This includes the only time I remember Ryan straying from his mic during the entire set, and from what I remember he was visibly talking to Spence as he walked back.


Both of these videos are from right about where we were standing, incidentally--we were more center-ward, and I keep looking for familiar hats at the lower left corner of the frame. I don't think I spotted us, but I could swear I remember the girl holding up the pink phone in the foreground. *g*
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YouTube clip of the first of Panic!'s two new songs played yesterday!

The camera is remarkably steady, and the sound is clearer than I could hear it from four rows off the barricade--great angle on Brendon and Spencer, Jon and Ryan are totally out of the frame for the whole thing (but listen for them, because they both sing backup)! The song has a pretty strong Counting Crows-esque feel to it, but I like Counting Crows, so I think it is a thing of yayness.



And! From the same steady cameraperson! Time to Dance, during which the crowd came through and tossed Brendon a beach ball, as he'd requested before the song began. Also, Brendon doing a lot of P.Stump hand-behind-back, although he might just be holding on to his low-rise jeans.


Also from the same user, the last thirty seconds of The Only Difference... including Brendon's little "Thank you," at the end.
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So, okay, I don't know whether I can actually say that this was my single favorite moment of the day, but it was really freaking awesome.

[livejournal.com profile] strangecobwebs and [livejournal.com profile] bayleaf and [livejournal.com profile] textualchauvini and I went over to the North Stage, where Panic! was going to be playing at 3:45, sometime shortly after noon. The very first act, CSS, was playing, and featured a lead singer in a rainbow-sequined jumpsuit, and we were all a bit hypnotized. They were to be followed by Regina Spektor, then Spoon, who we'd all been told to see, and then Panic!.

The only song any of us knew by Regina Spektor was "Us," and we all were familiar with it through Lim's fantabulous vid, which if you don't know what I'm talking about, you should go watch. And if you do know what I'm talking about, you probably also want to go watch it again, because, seriously, how awesome is that vid? (In a nutshell, it's not merely a multifandom vid with cool visual effects--it's a vid about us, about what we take from media and what we create with it, about what fangirls do when they are fannish.)

So, okay, we figure we've heard the one song by Regina Spektor, she seems cool, and also we are well on our way to having seriously awesome spots on the Jon Walker side of the stage, so we stay, waiting while CSS goes off and Regina Spektor's stuff gets set up.

And the stage is a big box, right? And the back is opened up on either side so the breeze can come through. And this also allows us to see when Ryan Ross, followed by Zack, comes across behind the stage. Or, allows me to see, at least, I was a bit slow off the mark a) realizing that this was actually happening and b) alerting everyone else. But. RYRO! and ZACK! wandering past at the back of the stage!

So we waited a bit, and Ryan and Zack (carrying Ryan's guitar) cross back from the covered area at the center back of the stage off in the stage-left-ward direction and disappear.

And then Regina Spektor comes on, and plays her first song, and we all rather like it and hey, this will not be a bad way to kill 50 minutes of the time remaining until Panic!'s set, so cool.

And then? During her second song? Behind the stage, we see

Jon Walker (carrying two or three cans of beer against his chest), and
Brendon Urie, and
Ryan Ross, and
Spencer Smith, and
Zack!

all walk across the open back of the stage. They disappear at the covered section in the middle, but then pop right out the opposite side, walking over to the open area behind upstage right, where Spencer's drum kit (which we had already recognized due to it being gold and having twirly accent designs) was set up on a moveable riser. And then Ryan and Brendon sat down on the riser while Jon lurked off to one side with Zack, and Spencer loitered around the other side, finally sitting down (with an unidentified blond woman and another guy between him and Brendon).

Okay so AWESOME. Regina Spektor's set is now officially the best thing ever: she's playing pretty cool music, and her fans are both laid back and not too numerous, so no one is really seriously crowding, and if I stand on tiptoes I can see Ryan and Brendon sitting side-by-side through the legs of her piano. The boys other than Ryan came and went at various times (Ryan stayed put for nearly her entire set), and after a while Jon was sitting between Ryan and Brendon, so I had a pretty easy view of Brendon through the legs of Regina Spektor's piano.

And then she starts "Us," and we all grab each other, because it is OUR SONG. ABOUT US. ABOUT BEING FANNISH. And as she sings this song--we're living in a den of thieves--I look through the legs of her piano, and see that Brendon Urie, my honest to god beloved slash object, is bopping his head and singing along.

And that's when I thought, "Wow. Meta."



At some point possibly I will post about the part where they were actually on stage to actually perform, but to reiterate in the meantime: YAY.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
u guys

srsly

Panic! at the Disco = the awesomest

Two new songs = soooooo goood

Covering The Band = *FLAIL*

Jon Walker twelve feet away = YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU

Spencer Smith hidden behind Jon Walker = I CAN STILL SEE YOU LICKING YOUR LIPS YOUNG MAN

RyRo = two patterned scarves, still too hot to describe

Brendon Urie = adorablest front man EVER and very, VERY happy to have a beach ball

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