January 29th, 2005


Crash Test Dummies

Has anyone out there bought or listened to a post-1999 Crash Test Dummies album? I confess I lost the plot after 1999's "Give Yourself A Hand", not that I was unpleased that they were trying something different (although Brad Roberts singing falsetto is basically the definition of self-loathing), but because it just wasn't any good. I looked at their web site and Amazon and they've done 3 more albums since then, as well as a Christmas album, and Brad Roberts put out what looks like a damn funny live album, but I'm worried because the Amazon reviews are middling at best. I want to like them, mostly because of that voice, but I'm gonna need a little more to go on than I have now.

And by the way

Expect a lot of this sort of comment from me over the next few months as I continue the systematic trawl through my CD collection. I find myself looking people up. I found out Julee Cruise came out with a new album 2 years ago that sounds worth checking out. And the Cranberries are more or less on hiatus but are recording a new album. If you can't tell, I'm now through the C's. Ani DiFranco will be the task for the next half hour or so. I had already done all of my Dada and all of my Depeche Mode, so I didn't need to do it again.

In some ways, this is a fun way to do some music criticism and talk about what kind of stuff has affected me musically over the years. Perfect blogging material, just the right amount of self-indulgence with the thought that people actually might care.

Another Novell employee blog thing

I now have added nat_feed Nat Friedman's blog</a> to my friends list. Nat Friedman is known as the co-founder of Ximian, along with Miguel de Icaza, but now of course he's a Novell employee. I enjoy reading his blog because his life intersects tangentially with mine. He's got some cool stuff about Utah in his blog.

Interesting story--I was at Brainshare last year (and I will be again this year) at the big developer shindig, and some guy asked me to take a picture of him with some other people. Of course I did. The guy was Miguel de Icaza, and the people included Nat Friedman. Having never seen pictures of them I didn't know who they were until I saw them on stage the next day. I don't think I would have treated them any differently but it was pretty odd all the same. And a good party--the Port of Call is the best bar in Salt Lake City, hands down.