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October 26, 2005

I have herefore given up on attempting to download the first season of Desperate Housewives, and vow to never again watch trashy teevee, lest I succumb to cable and turn into a Britney-type-hag, cheetos in one hand, redbull and a cigarette in the other.

I attended a show last night, where The Decemberists rocked my socks off. It was one of the best shows I've been to in Boise, truth be telling. It all came down to the first encore offering: a cover of ELO's Mr. Blue Sky. Anyone that knows me knows that I love that song, and I almost pissed my pants when the keyboardist started playing the well-known notes. My love for The Decemberists jumped tenfold after the amazingly done cover. I suggest everyone go out and get ticktets to any one of their shows. And purchase their albums. Seriously. Go do it now.

In other music news, I almost peed myself (it was the second time in less than 24 hours!) when I checked out my iTunes today and noticed that the new Robbie Williams album had been released. The album came out on the 24th of this month in the UK, but from what I understood (and currently understand), EMI was not planning on releasing the album here at all. Therefore, I ordered the album from Amazon UK a few weeks ago. Since the album ordered is technically a birthday present, and I was just planning on ripping it after given as such, I just downloaded the songs from iTunes: disaster averted!

Speaking of Robbie (as I can totally call him by his first name like he's my BFF), I realize now that I have never written about my number-one (ichiban!) rated male singer. Even Ben is into him, which is pretty damned awesome, as Ben also listens to Rammstein. Not like I hate Rammstein or anything... but... it's Rammstein. I introduced Ben to Robbie Williams a couple of years ago after "Sing When You're Winning" came out, and Rock DJ was in heavy rotation on the computer (this was pre-iPod). My friend Sara (who will be receiving aforementioned birthday CD belatedly) introduced Robbie to me when she got back from France in 2001. I now have her to thank (besides the man himself) for the large promo wall hanging in the livingroom from Sing When You're Winning, the Robbie Williams coasters, the 3 t-shirts, the many many albums, singles and DVDs, a biography (see: reading list), and other miscellany, mostly purchased with cold hard Pound Sterling (by Ben! ^_^ ). The strangest thing is that I only tire of listening to Robbie after about a week of in-car-ipod-on-random-in-the-robbie-listedness. And at that point, I take a day off, then go back to the same rotation. So here's to you, Robbie. Thanks for being such a good singer, songwriter, and entertainer. Some day I will have to fly somewhere where you're popular to attend a proper concert (instead of just watching Albert Hall over and over again).

PS. Also burned the crap out of my hand today. But that's a whole other post.


aw head, you were always good for obsessive collecting.
you should totally get onto the show "clean house." corey and i are obsessed. but, i'm thinking more about your old apartment and its clutter rather than the new one (or is it cluttered too?)


Posted by: zach at October 27, 2005 7:44 AM

I have never heard of this show. There is still clutter, but it's all knick-knacks and the like from Egypt and other travel-type-places. Most of it is not mine. And if you can find a way to get Ben to chuck some of his stuff, I would be most interested.
Is the show like the one that's on HGTV where they de-junk a house and sell it all at a yard sale, and then a team redoes one of their rooms? I think I've seen that at the gym.

Posted by: Devlyn Author Profile Page at October 27, 2005 9:41 AM

The Decemberists put on a great live show. We saw them at the Bowery Ballroom just after I moved to New York. They're fantastic.

As for Robbie Williams, well. I might own a couple of albums. But don't tell anyone.

Posted by: Stuart at October 27, 2005 12:04 PM

it's exactly like that. the one we watch is on the style network and it's hosted by an actress who is also on the comedy central show "reno 911" (niecy nash) who we LOVE. look it up: "clean house."

unfortunately they only do homes in the LA area right now. le sigh. have you ever sat been down and explained to him that he doesn't need to by bags-upon-bags of foreign crap in whichever country he goes too? you could make some graphs and charts and stuff that show that people who bring back tons of foreign crap are more likely to change into a large blueberry, or drown in a river of chocolate. quote percentages! 76.7% of percentages stated by people in daily conversation are made up. he'll never know the difference. and get testimonials!

Posted by: Zach at October 27, 2005 12:40 PM

Stuart - I'm totally going to tell everyone. But the real question is: do you have any Take That albums??

Zachidy-doo-dah - sounds like a plan. I have made him promise to not bring back any more stuff from Egypt, unless it's oil. I heart the oil, and it's useful. However, no more housewares unless they're pre-approved, natch.

Posted by: Devlyn Author Profile Page at October 27, 2005 1:11 PM

The only Decemberists I know is "16 Miltary Wives", which is a pretty good song, although it borders on whiny to me, not in the message but more in the voice. I can imagine that they're a good live show though.

My current obsession (Now that I've tired of my White Stripes kick) is Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. Total house cleaning/frantic driving music...too bad I've been doing a helluva lot more house cleaning than frantic driving lately. *le sigh*

Posted by: LeeAnn at October 28, 2005 3:27 PM

m's songs at the karaoke are always robbie williams.

Posted by: j-a at October 31, 2005 6:42 AM

Ungh. I'm jealous that you have Robbie on the playlist at the karaoke. We only have third-rate bands from the '80s here.

Posted by: Devlyn Author Profile Page at October 31, 2005 8:33 AM