Monday, January 31, 2011 | |

Beckie's Ax-Man Go Set

Thursday, January 27, 2011 | |

1 Box
1 square heavy mat
180 white beads
181 black (oil colored) beads
2 bags

Make a 19/19 grid on the mat.
Use black paint to paint top of box black.
Use white paint to paint Go and mini Go board on top of box.
Put the beads in the bags.
Put the bags and mat in the box.

To Play:
Take the board out of the box.
Take the bags of beads out of the box.
Take the beads out of the bags.

All items available, at least at one time, from Minnesota's favorite Surplus Store Ax-Man.

Until 1995 it was thought that there were no turloughs in Great Britain.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 | |

Twenty ten sent me back to the breadbasket.

Monday, January 24, 2011 | |

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Ikea furniture devoured by the Big Apple’s craigslist monster and a bedbug-free mattress slumped against the brick wall of an italian restaurant I had lived above but never set foot. I don’t care how clean your mattress is, in NYC you can’t give that sh*t away.

Attempts were made to calculate the pros and cons, to confidants pointed questions were pinged. Any advice given only served to propagate the events already unfolding.

Quit the job you love. Give up nearly infinite access to one of the largest centers of diverse live music, art, food, and culture in this hemisphere. Move back to the midwest (where there is a noticeable lack of the aforementioned) with no real plan or career direction.

The following six unemployed months were spent ceaselessly sending resumes, watching an unhealthy amount of World Cup, and driving the length of the state more times than I care to remember. Finally, some contracted work in a related field propels me to Fargo where I would squat with a minimalist through the end of the year. A chance encounter at a career fair gets me an interview and soon after a job in the Wind Energy industry.

What possessed me to do these things? Having spent the last week chasing an SLR-toting platinum blond creative-type around Puerto Rico, the question becomes irrelevant.

These are things that happened to me. Below are some albums I listened to this year.

Jónsi - Go
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Four Tet - There is Love In You
Caribou - Swim
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
The Knife - The Knife (2004)
Modeselektor - Happy Birthday! (2007)
The National - High Violet
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
The Black Keys - Brothers
Wavves - King of the Beach

2010: Year of the Hippie Dance Off

Saturday, January 22, 2011 | |

Sorry for not posting a lot since being invited to contribute to this wonderful blog. It's been a very busy year for me. Every time I try to post anything I keep getting an image in my head of Al Davis locked in a vicious field goal kicking contest with Jean-Claude Killy, but there's never a clear winner. Those glorified footmen were doomed from the start, though they never knew it. I would think that given the muscle mass of Killy's legs that it'd be a no-brainer. But never underestimate the power of greed. Davis was full of it, though so was the rest of his generation. Heavy, I know, but there's nothing I can do about it now. Shit, I'm talking crazy already aren't I? This is complete garbage so far isn't it? I've let that bastard Thompson and his friends get to me. Finally, after all these years, I get it. I understand. Onward then, leaving The Great Hummingbird behind.

2010 was a fun year for me musically. I listened to a lot of really moving music and danced with countless supplies of wonderful people. I tend to stick with hippie crowds when possible as other social groups, in my personal opinion, pale in comparison in the arenas of weirdness and love. In the last few years my tastes in music have underwent a sea change of sorts. The people of The Citizen are, with no doubt, partially responsible. I'm grateful. Here's a short list of the new music I've been into lately in no particular order (except Bassnectar, he belongs at the top):

Bassnectar - Wildstyle EP (2010), just an EP but it completely blew me away
The Glitch Mob - Drink the Sea (2010)
BoomBox - downriverelectric (2010)
Bonobo - Black Sands (2010)
Four Tet - There is Love in You (2010)
Sleigh Bells - Treats (2010)
Caribou - Swim (2010)
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest (2010)
Girl Talk - All Day (2010)
Jonsi - Go (2010)
Buckethead - Captain Eo's Voyage (2010)
Lemongrass - The 5th Dimension (2010)
GOLD PANDA - Unreleased Medical Journal (2010)
of Montreal - False Priest (2010)

I've also gotten into several artists that I was previously unaware of, or maybe I wasn't ready to hear them at the time (thank you Alex). Here's a list:

Dr. Didg
Steve Aoki
Thievery Corporation
Juno Reactor
The Cat Empire
Chase & Status
and a whole lot of BASSNECTAR.

I've also been listening to some really good live music:

Sound Tribe Sector Nine (STS9) - LIVE at the Filmore, Denver, CO; 12/31/2010
Dr. Didg - LIVE @ All Good 2010
The Glitch Mob - LIVE @ The Fenix, Seattle, WA
Pretty Lights - LIVE NYE 2009, Midnight at the Vic Theater

Now, I'd like to talk a little bit about "bass rituals." Every third night somewhere in this country a bass ritual is talking place. I've been to 2 of such rituals in the past year and can speak to their authenticity. This is the place where dreams are made. An individualistic orgy of societies ultimate caricature. Hippies, hipsters, ravers, metal heads, junkies, speedfreaks, and normies are all in attendance. The economy is liquid (and powdered), and flowing freely throughout the room. The atmosphere buzzes in anticipation so thick that even the "bro's" can't be bothered to spout off about how they're going to date rape some "stupid bitch" from Tulsa later at the pledge house. Or maybe they do, and I just misheard. Anyway, it starts slowly, though everyone in the room can feel the tension. Tension in their bones, in their ears, in their eyes, in their heart. It builds...until your mind can't handle the pressure. Then, your body takes over. You dance... hard. You find yourself wondering through a sea of love and aggression that rips your soul from the source (wherever that fiend may be hiding). You might fight it initially, but not for long. Soon 3 hours will have passed, and as you're stepping over the spent bodies littering the floor you realize that something in your life has changed. Very small, but definitely alien. Please go to a Bassnectar show and tell me what changed in your life. I still can't figure it out for myself. Even in the depths of the metaphysical there are no answers.

Peace and Love,

Edit: spelling

Listening Recommendations from Another in 2010

Friday, January 21, 2011 | |

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in no particular order...

I Blame Coco - The Constant (2010)
Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps - Backyard Tent Set (2008)
Anika - Anika (2010)
Har Mar Superstar - Dark Touches (2009)
La Roux - La Roux (2009)
M.I.A. - MAYA (2010)
Mark Ronson and the Business Intl. - Record Collection (2010)
Jenny Owen Youngs - Transmitter Failure (2009)
The Limousines - Get Sharp (2010)
Non Dolet - Inner (2010)
Ellie Goulding - Lights (2010)
Glasser - Ring (2010)
Florence + the Machine - Lungs (2009)
Sleigh Bells - Treats (2010)
Blow Your Head Volume 1: Diplo Presents Dubstep (2010)
Warpaint - The Fool (2010)
Girl Talk - All Day (2010)
Kate Nash - My Best Friend is You (2010)

Also these compilations are great and I love playlists:

Dermot O'Leary Presents The Saturday Sessions 2010


Citizen Analog 2010 listening recomendations

Saturday, January 15, 2011 | |

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Paul's Favorite Albums of 2010

The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt
Crooked Still - Some Strange Country
Shpongle - Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland (2009)
Samamadon - I See The Sign
K'naan - Troubadour
Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More
Stars - The Five Ghosts
Zee Avi - Zee Avi (2009)
Michael Franit & Spearhead - The Sound of Sunshine
Horse Feathers - Thistled Spring
The Books - The Way Out
Laura Veirs - July Flame
Langhorn Slim - Be Set Free (2009)
Neko Case - Middle Cyclone (2009)
Ben Harper - Welcome to The Cruel World (1994)
Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan (1962)
Dave Seaman - Global Underground 012: Bueno Aires (1999)
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros - Up From Below (2009)


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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 | |

Critical Thinking

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Monday, January 10, 2011 | |

Arduino The Documentary (2010) English HD

Blogging Minnesota from Japan

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 | |

In Terms of Using Melisma

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The Melisma Stochastic Melody Generator is a computer program that generates original melodies using stochastic (i.e. partly random) processes. From this site, you can generate a melody using parameters of your own choosing; the melody will be returned to you in the form of a midifile, which will then be played on your computer.


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