Wednesday, June 16, 2010

LCD Soundsystem

Last week I saw LCD Soundsystem in concert. I was expecting a good show based on things I've read about them, and I wasn't disappointed. Having a full band makes for a pretty heavy live sound. I find it somewhat amusing that James Murphy kind of looks like an average schlubby dude, or at least not like a "typical" lead singer of an indie band. He's got a great voice though.

And speaking of voices, probably my least favorite thing about LCD Soundsystem's records is Nancy Whang's backing vocals. They just seem a bit shrill or too far up in the mix for my taste maybe. However, I thought she sounded just fine live. Although at one point near the end of the show James tried out her mic and said something about it being much quieter than his, so maybe that explains it!

Altogether a highly recommended show if you like their albums!

Us V Them
Drunk Girls
Get Innocuous!
Yr City's a Sucker
Pow Pow
Daft Punk Is Playing at My House
All My Friends
I Can Change

Someone Great
Losing My Edge
New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down

I could read this setlist when I zoomed the image on my camera to its max.


Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The Garden

Baby steps. Baby steps back to blogging. You know the drill - not enough hours in the day, yadda, yadda, yadda.
One of the things I've been doing instead of blogging is getting my garden up and running again. I got kind of a late start this year, but things are starting to look pretty good.
I couldn't find grape tomatoes this year, so I went with sweet cherries. I've had a hard time getting larger tomatoes to do well here, and I like to put the little ones on salads. This past weekend I picked a bunch of caterpillars of the tomato plant, including 4 hornworms. I'm hoping that I got them all. I'm going to be watching like a hawk for them this year (they're so hard to see since they're the same color as the plant). Those hornworms can eat a plant down to nothing in a hurry. Anyway, my fingers are crossed for better tomato results this year.
Oh, and I forgot to get a picture of the okra plant that I planted in the ramshackle remains of my raised bed in the yard. Something to blog about later.

I couldn't find any Thai basil to plant this year, but then I noticed that new sprouts were coming up from last year's plant. It's growing great now.

The garden

My first ripe tomato of the season!

I love the fuzz on tomato plants.

A Tale of Two Peppers. These were about the same size when I planted them. I have no idea why one is so scraggly now. I've watered and fed them equally.

I think it's funny that the scragglier pepper plant has the biggest pepper on it. Maybe all the plant's energy went to producing it.

This is the other Thai basil plant, which also returned from last year.

More fuzz!