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Everybody's Doing It

Naturally enough, there's a Sleater-Kinney blog. I imagine in the future that absolutely everyone will be expected to blog, and if you don't do it you'll be considered some kind of freak like those people who still don't have cell phones. The Woods -- it's good. The blog -- not so great.

May 25, 2005 | Permalink


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Everybody does blog.

It's called livejournal; read it for a few days and the magic of blogging rapidly becomes less magical.

Posted by: Mike Collins | May 25, 2005 10:50:36 AM

The all-caps is definitely not helping.

I seem to favor the poppier S-K (my advanced age no doubt), so I'm looking forward to the new album, which MY has now reminded me to buy.

Slightly off-topic, what are record stores for any more? Went in the local independently-run store, and no S-K, no Bratmobile ... granted this is Jackson, MS, but still. I'll just go back to helping the Internet kill them off.

Posted by: Anderson | May 25, 2005 11:02:05 AM

I thought it was actually pretty good. Not quite the Zach Branff/Garden State blog, which is the best celeb/product placement blog I've seen, but not bad nonetheless. Certainly better than, for example, DJ Shadow's blog, which has one post in the last 6 months...

Posted by: Al | May 25, 2005 11:21:46 AM

It's called livejournal; read it for a few days and the magic of blogging rapidly becomes less magical.

How dare you slander citizens' media--don't you know it's going to change life as we know it (like the Segway scooter)?

I'm telling Jeff Jarvis on you...

Posted by: Jersey Exile | May 25, 2005 11:27:33 AM

Ahh, your musical taste is showing improvement.

Posted by: Mark Schmitt | May 25, 2005 11:30:40 AM

Who or what is or are Sleater-Kinney?

Posted by: Ginger Yellow | May 25, 2005 12:31:49 PM

A band. Back to OTF with you.

Posted by: Andrew | May 25, 2005 12:34:29 PM

It's the people who do have cell phones who are the freaks, Matt. It's just that there are so darn many of them, they don't realize they're freaks.

Posted by: Tom Hilton | May 25, 2005 12:35:11 PM

What is a yellow ginger?

Posted by: Al | May 25, 2005 12:36:02 PM

In the '10s we're all going to look back at these trends (the Internet, cell phones) and think they're silly.

Posted by: Kriston Capps | May 25, 2005 12:42:35 PM

I didn't get a cell phone until 8/2001, and I was considered a freak by my friends then, can't imagine what it's like now. Probably like someone who doesn't like Pizza or hasn't seen the original Star Wars movies.

Posted by: Ugh | May 25, 2005 12:44:19 PM

Doesn't that presuppose that everyone has something to say? I think we've about reached blog saturation already.

There's something I figured out about myself a long time ago--back when we had this thing called Usenet that you could describe as a blogless comment board... or metaphorically something like an Ivy League crew team without a coxswain named Chet.

Anyway, what I figured out but lacked the word to express is that I can't blog; I can write things if I really have something I feel a burning need to say (e.g. see web link), but I can't do it on a daily basis. On the other hand, I almost always get an urge to comment on things other people say. It's like in the old Star Trek episode (I think it's the planet modeled after Nazis) where they give this unconscious guy (the figurehead leader) an injection and he's able to respond to questions, but can't originate anything. That's me in a nutshell. That's why I don't blog. Any questions?

Posted by: PaulC | May 25, 2005 12:50:52 PM

The link to those weird guys who don't have cell phones doesn't work.

Posted by: Abby | May 25, 2005 1:27:55 PM

Just finishing my first listen to The Woods now... so far me likey. Even the second rate Hendrix jams work pretty well, mostly because of Janet Weiss's drumming.

A while back Carrie Brownstein wrote a a really good tour diary that was publishied in Magnet magazine. So I would have expected the blog to be good. They've gotta lose the all-caps, though.

Posted by: RC | May 25, 2005 1:38:50 PM

What Tom Hilton said. Mobile phones are freaky. And stupid - you wife can call you anytime and ask you to buy this or that or pickup something from the cleaners or something. Who needs that crap?

Posted by: abb1 | May 25, 2005 1:59:38 PM

I have a cell phone and used it extensively about two years ago when house hunting. I hardly ever even take it with me these days. I keep paying for it because I know it is useful sometimes, and I cannot be certain when I'll need it next. But I have to admit I don't quite understand people who seem to be yammering away on their cell phones all the time.

Posted by: PaulC | May 25, 2005 2:09:01 PM

"Who or what is or are Sleater-Kinney?"

A really terrific band from Olympia Washington. In fact one of the two or three best American bands in the last decade.

Posted by: Robin the Hood | May 25, 2005 2:13:17 PM

But I have to admit I don't quite understand people who seem to be yammering away on their cell phones all the time.

Kind of like bloggers.

Posted by: SqueakyRat | May 25, 2005 2:14:14 PM

Land ho! A Sleater-Kinney thread! The Woods is my Star Wars. For those of you who haven't bought it yet, you can stream it online for a preview. iTunes works well, RealPlayer not so much. When you buy it, look for the limited edition -- it's the same price but comes with a bonus DVD.

Definitely give The Woods a few listens before you make up your mind about it. It's such a departure from their previous albums that it takes a while for it to really sink in. I love "Wilderness", "Entertain", "Jumpers", "What's Mine is Yours", and "Rollercoaster" (even if Rollercoaster is a bit overproduced -- the stripped down version I saw them do live was much better). "Modern Girl" is an interesting experiment but doesn't really move me as much as the other songs. "Steep Air" does a good job of rounding out the theme of carrying on despite disappointment and loss that is woven through the whole album. "Let's Call It Love" just drips with sex. Some songs make you want to go out and get laid -- LCIL takes it even further. It practically dares you to go out and corrupt someone. I'm liking "The Fox" more and more each day but I still can't get my finger on "Night Light" -- it's hard to focus after coming off the energy of "Let's Call It Love".

Posted by: Rebecca | May 25, 2005 2:14:38 PM

BTW, am I supposed to know what Sleater-Kinney is? I couldn't figure out in the first 3 seconds or so of viewing the web page, and that's about all the attention I can spare for that kind of thing. It sounds like a management consulting firm, but based on comments and the 3 seconds of web viewing, I have to conclude otherwise. Nice that they have a blog and all, whoever they are.

Posted by: PaulC | May 25, 2005 2:17:47 PM

And go see S-K on tour, dammit! They rock live. Here are the dates. I've got tickets to see them at Roseland in NYC on June 23 but am going to miss the 9:30 Club show in DC June 25. Better be a darn good wedding I'm going to for making me miss a S-K show.

Posted by: Rebecca | May 25, 2005 2:19:34 PM

What, no New Orleans show? Damn, Rebecca had me psyched. Come to New Orleans, riot grrrls!

Posted by: Anderson | May 25, 2005 2:29:18 PM

S-K are amazing live... a few years ago they played the 9:30 with a then-obscure band called The White Stripes opening for them, it was one of the best shows ever.

Posted by: RC | May 25, 2005 2:34:04 PM

"When you buy it, look for the limited edition -- it's the same price but comes with a bonus DVD."

Dammit, I missed that. Oh well.

On the other hand, people who don't have cell phones are God's Children--I thought everyone knew that!

Posted by: Scott Lemieux | May 25, 2005 2:34:21 PM

Anderson - I don't know if I've ever seen them play New Orleans before, except when they opened for Pearl Jam. They rarely go further South than Atlanta. They may still be adding dates, though, so you can hope! (I lived in NOLA for a while so I feel for you!)

Scott - Don't fret too much. The DVD was OK but not great. It has them doing "Modern Girl", "Entertain", "The Fox", and "Everything" (b-side from Entertain single) live. The good -- watching Carrie jump around the stage like Pete Townsend, Janet workin' the drums, and Corin do her little hair swish as she sings. The bad -- the sound quality on Modern Girl and the fact that the version of Entertain was the pre-Woods version with an inferior arrangement and lyrics. Put the DVD in, hit mute, and turn on their live set from South by Southwest. :-)

Posted by: Rebecca | May 25, 2005 2:43:02 PM

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