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Saturday, July 30th, 2016
11:19 pm - Semi sick kind of weekend

Wellwellwell. Gabe was sick and then yesterday I woke up feeling sick too. Its not too bad though. Just a little sniffle and tickle. We ended up staying inside all day watching movies and shows. Didnt feel bad about it tho cuz it was gloomy and cold all over the city. Then went out to get our favorite sick meal: Phillipino Chicken rice porridge (Caldo) from Tselog's in Daly City. So good and nourishing. Feeling better already.
Tomorrow is Dore Alley fetish fair. I'm probably going after work with coworker Ryan and meeting Gabe there later. It's called the "dirty little brother" to the bigger Folsom fair next month, and probably better for it. Fetish stuff is not really my bag but its fun to go and ogle all the eccentricities of our weird and wild sexuality. Plus this might be the year I finally purchase a leather harness, always thought they looked so hot on guys. Very expensive tho...
Gotta work early mañana so its time to tuck in.

(in the mist...)

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
8:04 pm - Today is the day
Well I finished that one in a hurry but I should actually start with today. today is today.
Went to work. I work at Fresh Organics on Stanyan, I'm produce manager there. Been employed there for almost 7 years now (another wow). It's had its ups and downs. I could go on about it. I should, but another entry, another time. Today.
Went to work. On my break I went down to Amoeba music. I was determined to find a "Shocking Blue Greatest Hits" cd but alas they were not popular enough in their time or in the present, so they had no cds there.. They deserve to be revered and revived and made super cool again. They were the perfect rock band. Instead I picked up a used copy of "The Heart of the Congos," blood and fire reisuue from the 90s. I know I already have it on record but its a crappy sounding repress that plays at too fast speed to fit all the songs in. The reish was really the definitive version. Long versions of the songs, the correct pitch, the extra songs, its the version I feel like i've heard since I was a baby (even though I couldn't have). Truly a desert island disc... maybe THE ONE. If I had to go to a deserted Island, with one cd and a cd player (and an infinite supply of solar energy HAHAHA), that one cd I would pick from the burning wreckage of life would be "The Heart Of The Congos". IT's just everything u need. Harmony, rhythm, darkness, light, hope, pain, bluntness and bluntedness. Yeah.
Anyway, now I'm at home about to cook dinner for Gabe, he's not feeling too hot. We just watched the first episode of Stranger Things. it's super intriguing, 80s horror pastiche. I think i'm gonna love it.

PEACE

current mood: hi

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5:52 pm - Another one
First live journal entry since 2008, huh? Wow.
I have decided to start this up again and see how it goes. I've always loved Livejournal the best. It was the first true social network I cared about and it's still some of the best writing I've ever done. Sometimes if I'm feeling down on my self or just bored I log in to the ol' Troy_story and click through a random month of the calendar and hurtle back to a time when i was more fiercely creative and unfiltered in everything I did. The entries might be just a random phrase or picture I found, sometimes it was a long rambling rant about school or music or film, sometimes it took the form of poetry, splintering off into many disjointed and ridiculous flights of fancy. I really could/can make myself laugh with my crazy-ass self. I want to try again, try to harness that crazy and also the ability to have less filters, and to honestly look at myself and my daily activities and see that there is something there worth writing down, worth remembering. I can already tell this will be different but fun. Nobody uses LJ anymore so nobody will be reading (i think?). Before it was very much about impressing or confusing my 70 friends, but now it will be about organizing my thoughts, and just the practice of forming sentences and finding meaning in life.
During Livejournal there was also Friendster. I found the day in 2003 when I started Friendster. Wtf was friendster? I barely remember. I remember at one point everyone changed their picture to a black dot. That was protest.
Then there was Myspace. Myspace was all about your PAGE, and who you had in your Top 8, and your list of favorite bands, and your Bulletin Board, and maybe some cool comments about you down at the bottom of the page. That was about it. Myspace was the first place my band could have a web page with music to play, and everything you needed to know about us was there and we booked lots of shows that way.
Myspace ran its course after everyone realized there just wasn't a lot to do on it, and by the time I moved to San Francisco in 2009 many people had already started using Facebook. Cesar described facebook to me as "So highschool! It's great!" Well the rest is history. Now it's all about the endless feed, the new pictures, the sharing of (bad) news. Facebook has dominated and will probably(?) never really go away like LJ, Friendster, and Myspace did.
But Livejournal was the best.
My goal is to write a little bit everyday or at least a couple times a week. My life feels very boring right now and I want to convince myself that it isn't.
Wish me luck!

current mood: troy_story

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Friday, February 8th, 2008
2:32 pm - BEST OF 2007
This is my top picks for 2007:

Best Albums:

1. M.I.A. - Kala
This album makes me feel totally pumped whenever I listen to it. Every time is like the first time. Every track is the bomb track. Every beat is truly original. Every sound is surprising and vivid. It's the most incredibly visual experience that modern sound-technology can create. M.I.A. is the new queen of pop.

2. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
I fell in love with the songs when I saw some early Youtube live videos, before the record came out. I was doubtful that the album (produced by Flood) could recreate what she was doing on stage with just a piano and delayed vocals. But I couldn't have been more blind-sided by this perfect, dark and lovely little opus. It's Neil Young meets Diamanda Galas. And it's PJ's best, even though it's totally different.
"White Chalk" is the best song of the year.

3. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
The solo album by Panda Bear was actually better than the full Animal Collective album. Not by much, but I had to give more props to the true innovation that is contained on this dub-pop masterpiece. Like Kala, this is distinctly visual music for your mind's eye.

4. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
8 albums in, and these bros show no sign of collapsing under the weight of their genius. And in fact they propel themselves beyond the hype and land (yet again) somewhere in the future, sending us this technicolored pop festival via audio time machine. Still the best band in the world, still the best music to take drugs to. The e.p. "Water Curses" is next, due April.

5. Zdrastvootie - |||
My friends are all geniuses! This album is a feast of dark, fleshy emotion. Sexy, terrifying, and organic. Bravo, dudes. And thanks for the LP.

6. Frog Eyes - Tears Of The Valedictorian
An early-year favorite of mine, my enthusiasm has since given way to the other records that dominated the latter-half of the year. But I haven't forgotten the inspired caucophany that this band made on their best album since The Bloody Hand. And that ending is fuckin' epic.

7. Gang Gang Dance - Retina Riddim & RAWWAR
Retina Riddim's one-track sound collage didn't make much sense at first, but subsequent listens have revealed one brilliantly new way to make dance music after another. The movie version is pretty dope as well. RAWWAR, on the other hand, seizes your attention the very first time. It's their most immediately rewarding and intriguing sound to date. And it's pointing this unique band in a totally new direction that I can't wait to hear more of.

8. (tie:) Mammatus - The Coast Explodes & Misty Mountain - 2
YEAHH!! I love my friends so much. Coast Explodes is GODHEAD. The heaviest shit on the planet. And Nicky's Misty Mountain project just gets better and better and better.

9. The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
Trance-techno made from tiny fragments of other people's songs. A great idea done perfectly well. Akin to Person Pitch in that respect, but in a completely different mood. Lovely headphone journeys.

10.Radiohead - In Rainbows
Their chillaxed new sound is REALLY not what I expected to hear on this album, but a very welcome surprise. Thom Yorke's voice is so beautiful, and the sound-effects-layering by Jonny Greenwood is a triumph of production.

Other good stuff: Angels Of Light - We Are Him, Wildlife - Six, Denney Joints - Slowdance, Sigur Ros - Hvarf, Amy Winehouse - Back To Black, Daft Punk - Alive 2007, Spoon - GaGaGaGaGa, Beirut - The Flying Club Cup, Neil Young - Live At Massey Hall 1971, Selda - Selda, Grizzly Bear - Friend, The Broads - Joyful Noise, Holy Shit - Stranded At Two Harbors

Best Musical Discovery of 2007:

Razor X Productions - Killing Sound
This also gets me totally pumped. And violent.

Best Films:

1. Black Book - dir. Paul Verhoeven
Better than Hitchcock.

2. Rescue Dawn - dir. Werner Herzog
Better than Apocalypse Now.

3. No Country For Old Men - dir. Joel and Ethan Coen
Violence, money, god, and death in Texas.

4. There Will Be Blood - dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Violence, death, god, and money... in California.

5. The Diving Bell & The Butterfly - dir. Julian Schnabel
Inspirational (but not corny.)

Best Actress:

Carice Van Houten (Black Book)

Best Actor:

Christian Bale (Rescue Dawn)

Best Directors:

Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country)

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Friday, August 24th, 2007
9:40 am - Bonefish!
the new animal collective video:

peacebone

strawberry jam in 2 weeks!

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Saturday, July 28th, 2007
2:24 pm
Right now I'm house-sitting at gabe's apartment while he's away at Comic-Con. I've been staying here ever since I got back from tour a couple weeks ago. I don't really have anything to do, besides sit around and listen to music and go out on walks. Pretty boring.

The tour was incredible. SO MANY good shows. In fact, the golden ratio was 29 good/great/amazing shows and only 1 bad show (in Mobile, Alabama). A few shows were poorly attended but still so much fun. And being on tour with wildlife was the best idea ever. Those dudes are the straightest, coolest bros I've ever met. Despite some emotional issues they have between each other, they couldn't have been any sweeter to hang around with and play shows with. They have lots of awesome friends all over the country and they know how to have (and make) a good time. They're also the best band. Definitely the best tour ever. Photos should be coming soon from michelle (who went with us for half of it). Seriously accrued some of the tightest memories in the last month and a half.

There is a band that is quickly becoming my all-time most-hated music ever, and that band is THE MOUNTAIN GOATS. Worse than michael franti, worse than ani difranco, worse than CREED!! This band is the absolute lowest of the low. I've known of their existence for quite a while and I hated them from the very first note, but now they're becoming UNGAINLY popular in my circle of "friends" and over-played at work. First off we have a male ani difranco for a singer, but worse. Nasal, unartistic bleating disguised as "singing." By far the SINGLE MOST ANNOYING SINGER IN ANY BAND EVER. It's not even really the BADNESS of his voice that's so annoying (but it is REALLY bad), it's more the ATTITUDE he sings with that makes me want to slap him with every word that comes farting out of his face-hole. it's all like "Listen to me.. I'm sin-cere, and honest, and everything I say is quirky and honest and sincere.. and quirky.. and cute.. because I love you.." Secondly, the lyrics are the most banal, stream-of-lameness bullshit I've ever heard. Basically think of the Ani comparison again, but this time without the semi-redeeming "socially conscious" outlook she has. Just lame, quasi-romantic word vomit without the slightest sense of rhythm or melody. It's hard to describe the badness of the lyrics. It's just a bunch of boring, uninspired observational shit mashed together with out any rhyme or reason. "I was sitting in my house, looking at the table, when I noticed that the table was made of wood, so I walked over and placed my hand on the table, and I realized... that I love you.." Place those elements atop the most M.O.R., unenergetic acoustic pop, stack the songs end-to-end-to-end on albums that seem to go on for eternity, and you have the perfect recipe for TROY'S MOST HATED BAND EVER!

FUCK THE MOUNTAIN GOATS!!!!! FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can't believe they're on 4AD records. BLAHHHHH!!!

for a sample of their shitiness, if you can bare it, see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bSdRizGYb0

and if you actually like this band and want to tell me how much you like them in a comment, prepare to get flamed out like you've never been flamed before. I'm just warning you now. My ire for them is unabatable and REAL. I would like to kill them. THey represent the WORST in ALL MUSIC from ALL GENRES.

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
6:41 pm - strawberry jam


i love the animal collective

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Saturday, April 14th, 2007
4:01 pm
read this.

It's a wonder more fights don't break out here in the library computer area, what with the sketchy sign-up system they've devised. I could have sworn this thuggy over here was about to bash in that old guy's head with his skateboard for not putting a "Computer in Use. Will be right back" sign over his keyboard. sketch.

I'm stoked about Joanna's birthday party tonight. I've got to get my sailor outfit together!

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Friday, March 30th, 2007
9:09 pm
Tragic Mountain

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Friday, March 16th, 2007
12:06 pm - My Halloween costume last year...

P. Nafers

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Friday, February 16th, 2007
4:25 pm
Sometimes when you prove a point, all that you end up with is frustration.

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Sunday, February 4th, 2007
3:51 am
The jive charmers who turn out the dive bombers!

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Sunday, January 7th, 2007
12:18 pm
Children of Men is a fantastic and unsettling science fiction movie. It's like a great Steven Spielberg film; intense, enchanting, and brutally personal, but without all the predictable and cloying sentimental hogwash that he would have put into every other scene. Highly recommended and worth every penny of your admission price. See it!!

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Saturday, January 6th, 2007
4:11 pm
-visualize world peace-

-visualize whirled peas-

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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
12:43 am - The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This

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Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
2:47 pm - Shades of White
Tonight I'm taking a (paid) flight to L.a. so I can go rock out with this band called White. They're a bunch of cool, gay older rock dudes from west holllywood and we met them through our show with Kid Congo Powers (at the Attic). They came up to me after I played with New Thrill and they asked me "do you want to be in our band?" Apparently they were really impressed. Then I saw them play and I was totally swept off my feet. The most classic of classy old-school punk rock and roll. It was exactly what I've always wanted to play, but never had a chance since I'Ve been in this arty-farty gothic retard-rock band. I had to say yes. They're big followers of the Gun Club (hence the Kid connection) and close friends with lots of famous rock idols (especially stephin merritt [magnetic fields] and david pajo [slint]). It's not only a big oppurtunity for myself, but also a great chance to finally get the Parade into the ears of some more influential people. I can't believe I will probably meet Stephin Merritt in the next few days. OH MY GOD!!

so yeah, I'm going there tonight. I'm kind of nervous. We're going to be practicing really hard for the first two days, then New Thrill Parade is driving down for 2 shows opening for White. The first is at Mr. T's bowling alley (on Figueroa) on the 29th. And the second is at a West Hollywood house party on new Year's Eve. I think I'm only going to sit in with White for one of the shows. It's a really big moment, and I'm nervous that I'm either not going to be good enough or that I'm not going to enjoy it and I've wasted these people's time and money. I highly doubt either of these scenarios coming true, but it is still a very big moment for me and I have to play my cards just right. Wish me luck.

-T

current mood: nervous

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Sunday, December 17th, 2006
6:19 pm - yabba-dabba-do
Kate Bush is the Ed Wood of music videos.

CHECK THIS SHITE OUT!

















current mood: feminine

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
10:53 am - P.B.


"Carrots"

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Saturday, September 30th, 2006
1:18 pm
Updating from my parent's house in Cloverdale, CA. The day is cloudy but I think the sun is coming.

My visit is in tandem with my uncle (my dad's twin), Frank's, visit to California for their shared birthday.

Not much to report. It's a lot quieter here now that Beau and Cowboy have passed on. Only having one dog here is nice.

After 5 and a half years of working at the Food Bin, I'm finally the Produce Manager. But it's only for a month while Taylor is away making money trimming weed. I'll be carrying the full responsibility of the produce department, making $13/hour, and working very long (and early) days. But it's only for a month. Then I go back to my normal, less-responsibility positions. It's a nice feeling though.

I rented a car to drive up here but they were out of standards, so Enterprise gave me a truck. Like a big fucking Ram 1500 4x4 beheamoth, like the one Kristin had. I felt like running over small children when I was driving here. :-P

I think we're going to drive in the truck tonight and find somewhere to eat in Ukiah. It's nice seeing Frank. He's such a kind man.

My parents have a really nice new iMac with the fastest internet connection I've ever seen and I'm hella jealous. AND they have a scanner!

current mood: nostalgic

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Friday, September 22nd, 2006
8:57 pm - they found her tu-tu...

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