Last night Sash and I presented our FooDart at Pecha Kucha Portland. We had a blast being hams. I am hoping to get the sound file of our speaking to add to the slide presentation. Will post that soon. For now, this is just the stop-motion fashion show portion.


Boston Harmony

This weekend I went to Boston with Sash and my mom to see my sister sing in Boston Harmony. This is a fantastic group, and I find it incredibly inspiring to hear. Here are two of my favorite songs from the concert.

This first one is from Corsica. It was sung by just four people, perfectly in pitch. I'm am currently listening to it over and over again.

This song is from Bulgaria. The harmonies and melodies are traditional, but you can tell that it's a contemporary arrangement. I find the arrangement distracting at points, but it hardly matters with such a beautiful song.


I haven't listened to "Want One" in months. This is a really good album. It has a bit of show-tune flavor to it. Just now my coworker thought I was listening to "Kid A," and I can totally hear it. I never would have thought to compare Rufus Wainwright to Radiohead.


Music: a backlog

I think I am going to start talking about music more often. I've been listening to more new albums lately than I have in years. This is a list of tracks that I've already posted on Facebook, but never posted here.

Colin Macintyre is the main guy in Mull Historical Society. His new album I've been listening to a bunch today, and I am definitely enjoying it. The music is good, and there's much more in the lyrics than I have yet appreciated.

"The Supermarket Strikes Back" is both musically and thematically similar to Arcade Fire. Great song!

My friend Jesse played "A Little Lost" for me the other night, and as a result I've been listening quite a bit to the whole Another Thought album. Authur Russel is a bit weirder than the other music on this list.

"Little Secrets" is certainly where my love for pop can be found these days. I can't think of a song that better delivers what one wants to hear. This song was also a lasting theme through summer 2009.
(By the way I got married to Sasha last August 2009! It was a fantastic wedding! We planned it all ourselves, and loved doing it together. That made me feel good. I think that if we can collaborate well on a wedding then will will certainly be rolling out more creative exploits. We also bought a house. We live in a fixer-upper in Portland, and I walk to work every day. This has been yet another product of our collaboration, and I should post some pictures of it.)

"I think Ur a Contra" is by far my favorite track from the new Vampire Weekend album. I've listened to it on repeat for longer than I should.

The newest Yeah Yeah Yeahs is very good. "Skeletons" is one of my fav. tracks.

My friend John had me listen to Hockey. There are a lot of different sounds on this album, but if it makes any sense, I like the attitude of it. "Four Holy Photos" could easily be a mockery of religion, but somehow it isn't.