Doce me faces voluntarem tuam quia Deus meus es tu

Sunday, July 23, 2006
Lori and I were talking the other day, and it occurred to both of us that I have not bought a cd since sometime in March. That's close to five months; a terribly long time by my standards. My last purchase was Neko Case's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, for what it's worth. A great album.

At any rate, the biggest thing is that I haven't even noticed. I hardly feel like I'm missing out on anything new when I can have Neil Young and Van Morrison, circa 1972, blow me away. Even the modern bands I listen to - Belle and Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, Wilco, Low - have been around for over a decade. My favorite punk band, AVAIL, is full of guys pushing forty, and while I found a new punk/hardcore band to enjoy, Modern Life is War, I can hardly listen to more than a few songs without wanting to hear something slower and easier on the ears.

Maybe it's age, maybe it's cynicism, maybe I'm too concerned with helping Lori get all of this wedding business finished. I remember a time when one of my friends would pick up a record by some punk or garage band - Screeching Weasel, the Dead Kennedys, Murder City Devils, Fugazi - and all of us felt like our lives had been changed in some fundamental fashion. There existed among us a new outlet for our frustrations, whether social or age-based. We knew that there were kindred spirits for our sixteen year-old angst, but now we're far more reflective, I suppose. No more Bad Religion and Minor Threat, but now we're amazed by Sufjan Stevens. That's not a bad thing at all, but I find that I'm far less motivated to jump off Casey's deck and into the pool or take a flip of a stack of speakers.

Probably for the best nowadays, though I'm glad that some people are still holding on.

Speaking of Lori, she needs to haul it out of the mountains and back to Northport. Safely, of course, but it'll be nice to see her on Tuesday.
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Saturday, July 22, 2006
Victor Davis Hanson on the current Israeli conflict.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006
I'm selling some of my stuff to make a little cash and clear out lots of space in my apartment. Pass this on to anyone who might be interested.

Leave me a message here or email me at: matthew.stokes@ua.edu

Avail - 4 AM Friday 12" Seven Bucks
True North - LP on Blue - Seven Bucks

The Dedication - s/t 7" clear first pressing - 5 bucks
Some Girls - The Rains 7" on marble swirl. first pressing - 5 bones
What Feeds the Fire - Set Me Free 7" first pressing - 5 bucks
Chokehold - Tooth and Nail 7" on purple marble. Don't know the pressing. It was put out on Jawk Records, and Jawk took the old site down. Five bucks. Awesome band.
Over my Dead Body/Death Threat - split 7" on blue. Five bucks.
Mara'akate/Fable split 7" - Five Bucks
Spirit of Versailles/Caligari split 7â - Five bucks
A Day’s Refrain/Barstow split 7â on clear - five bucks


All CDs are five bucks a pop.

AVAIL - Dixie
AVAIL - Live at the Bottom of the Hill
AVAIL - Over the James
Boy Sets Fire - After the Eulogy
Boy Sets Fire - Live for Today
Get Up Kids - Four Minute Mile
Get Up Kids - Sometthing to Write Home About
Get Up Kids - Eudora
Get Up Kids - Overdue
Further Seems Forever - The Moon is Down
Isis - Mosquito Control
Underoath - Changing of Times
Hopesfall - No Wings to Speak Of
Thursday - Full Collapse
Blood Brothers - March on Electric Children
Hot Hot Heat - Make Up the Breakdown
Far - Tin Cans with Strings to You
Zao - Liberate te ex Infernis
Zao - Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest
Strike Anywere - Chorus of One
Strike Anywhere - Change is a Sound
Kid Dynamite - Shorter, Faster, Louder
Isotope 217 - Who Stole the Walkman?
Mates of State - Our Constant Concern
Atticus Comp. - Dragging the Lake
Deftones - Around the Fur
Rocking Horse Winner - Horizon
Beat Happening - Black Candy
I Am the World Trade Center - Out of the Loop
Lizz Wright - Salt
Flop - Whenever You’re Ready
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Friday, July 07, 2006
I'm still alive.

I wake up at five a.m. everyday and get real dirty at work.

I still like Cave In. Lori and I listen to lots of Beth Orton nowadays.

I have a great tan. I read some but not enough.

I want some Indian food.

The Braves still rule, and I have the best friends in the world.

More later.
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