04 January 2009

happy new year

welcome to the last year you can wear those goofy glasses that say 2009! i guess you can make them for 2010, but then you might be cross-eyed or something and scratch your nose.

i'm not much one for resolutions, but i have been making some changes before the year turned over and turned out the light. i will not get into them, but in general they involve just being better and nicer to myself. i believe that is something we all share a desire to do, whether we know it or not.

random thoughts of the day: if someone could invent a cure for shin splints, i would be really grateful. also a cure for creaky knees.

now to start off the new year, i got a digi cam from the boo. i think i will set it up to my computer now. i also shall make a knitted case for it. and it's pink! i believe that calls for the same color and pattern i have for the lil hat i showed you guys in the previous post.

and also to start off the new year, i have a cold. i lost my voice and have blown my nose into oblivion. the skin around my nose hurts and is flaky, red and raw. at least tea feels good going down my throat. and i hear my snoring is kinda out of control. how embarrassing. ok, not really.

same old stuff: the kiddos are so freaking cute! i will send it to the blog now that i know how to email posts.

i also discovered some new bands. they are not newnew, but new to me. love it.

pacha massive:



ximena sariñana:



and last, but certainly not least, my fav artist, pilar diaz, came out with a limited edition album at the end of 2008. this album was the result of the visionary in residence she had at sitela. i cannot stop listening to it. i really can't. it's infectious, and some of the songs haunt me (in a good way) when i'm not listening to them. and the range of songs for a short album vary from melancholy to tongue in cheek, and back to innovative. for a sample of these aforementioned styles, please see the below.

here's "tu y yo"


"ilegal en estyle"


and finally, my newest favorite song, "friday the 13th (trece), gameboy remix." hands down the coolest song i've heard in a few years. the friend crush continues on!!

so in looking for pilar stuff when i was home in the muthalandia, i found this review of her album. anyone who's first sentence is, "america needs pilar diaz," is a friend of mine. read and see for yourself. he also says it's the best album of 2008. i haven't heard that many new albums this year, so i agree with him by default. but i would go further to say it's one of the better albums i've heard in a few years.

he's right about her leaving los abandoned. it was very sad since they were such a great band, but she clearly has so much more to her as an artist that she needs to share with the world. (more than say, gwen stefani who found herself in a similar situation, but didn't really have anything to say that she couldn't do with no doubt) pilar's influences clearly show a folksy side that you can't show in a blondie-type band. and please use the uke as much as possible.



oh yeah, and julieta's unplugged was...um, the shit. i love the tooooba! incidentally, the below song reminds me of a former good friend i miss very much, but our friendship was just not sustainable in the long run for a myriad of reasons. and 2008 was when i had to say goodbye. the good times were amazing, the bad times were god awful and unnecessarily dramatic. and because the last few months of our friendship were more toxic than it was good and it was time to say "me voy. que lastima, pero adios..."



all apologies for the randomness of the post. i'm going to blame that on the cold medicine. :)

2 comments:

Saucido Slant said...

Yo Cali!
Thanks for the love! Yeah, Pilar is a bit of a genius and I see some huge things happening to her. Happy New Year!

Paulie

THE CALITEXICAN said...

feliz ano nuevo! i can't wait to see what is in store with pilar and other great up and coming musicians in 2009. how exciting :)