Weekend craziness begins tonight

We’ve jammed a lot into this summer, and this week has been no exception. I accompanied Rebecca to another MetroBlogging Vancouver meetup this past Tuesday night, but there was no recording taking place at this one. It was just a small group and a good time had by all. And if you were there and didn’t have fun, I know that we did.

On Wednesday, Preston threw a dinner party at some Chinese place that I don’t know the name of or how to get there, really. He picked up the tab to celebrate the ending of his bankruptcy. One should note that CDs and DVDs don’t sell well on eBay anymore. He’s off to bigger and better things now.

SO much seafood. I think I dreamed about it because it was that good and seemed like they were never going to stop bringing out more courses. Literally, at one point, the host tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Good luck!”

I’ve had a variety of projects going on lately. I’ll drop a hint about a new podcast project that I’m working on, but that’s about it for now. More as those details get sorted out. I’m also the new guy in charge of membership for the Association of Music Podcasters(AMP). Learning the ropes there has been interesting. All of this has put a kink into getting a podcast out in time, not to mention more network problems with Shaw(I shake my fist at you!).

Tonight, BarCampVancouver kicks off. Rebecca and I are both going, but we’ll only be there for a little while tonight. We’ll return on Saturday morning for the presentations and discussions. I hope to get some ideas, meet some cool people, share opinions, and see what other trouble I can get myself into. I’m not completely sure what to expect, but I’m taking what I’m doing with the blog and podcast to see what’s up.

Matthew Good has invited a few, select people to come over to his apartment tonight for a completely unplugged, stripped down performance. This will be, according to him, his last night in Vancouver. He’s packing up and heading out to wander the world like Kane in Kung Fu.

Rebecca, on her string of good luck, emailed to be there. Not only did she get in, but she is live blogging the event. I’m going as a plus one and really have no clue what to expect. I feel like I’ll be witnessing a major moment in music history, and let’s hope the folks at BarCampVancouver are cool with us missing out on their cool thing to go do this other incredible opportunity.

Ideally, what I would love to do, is just have my minidisc recording in some corner of the room. I could care less about quality and the fact that it would be done in mono. It would be an incredible thing to record, if not podcast. We’ll just have to see what Matt is comfortable with.

Outside of all of this, I’m focusing on Sunday. Oh yes… Beach? I’ve got my eye on you. And maybe some sleep, too.

I’m crazy for your touch

The Black Keys (Photo Credit: Joseph Russell)I probably don’t write about music enough, and it’s sad that a recent string of Victoria’s Secret commercials is what prompts me to share my love for The Black Keys. Yes, that looped music in the background of Heidi Klum’s latest endorsement for some high tech bra is them. I guess it could be worse. What’s more rock and roll than half naked women and damn good music?

I’m not sure where The Black Keys[wiki] fit in the realm of popular music these days, but it seems that they were on the track of being made to be the next big thing. You know, overhyped and pushed by all the hot music media outlets to be the band to watch for. I can’t be sure that it ever took hold. The Black Keys just kept doing their own thing and the masses let them go by. I think they might have surfaced on The O.C., but that crap doesn’t count.

I guess the other part to my fascination with the group is that they’re just two guys, but holy crap can they tear it up. I haven’t even seen them live yet, but you can just sense from their studio recordings that they would be an excellent show to see. It’s stripped down without feeling empty.

Dan Auerbach plays fuzz guitar with a southern blues feel, reverb on the vocals, and that sound makes me want to own a record player. Maybe it’s nostalgia talking, but that’s the feeling I get. Yeah, I might be a little too young for the glory of the days when music was only available on vinyl, but the charm is something I’m a big fan of.

I’ve been able to get some previews into their soon to be released album, Magic Potion. I loved Thickfreakness, and Rubber Factory chimed in just fine. This new album is outstanding, and you really should mark your calendar for September 12, 2006. The new stuff hits the shelves on that day.

Photo credit: Joseph Russell [flickr]