Music: Kendrick Lamar – Good City M.A.A.D City

Listening to NPR podcast, albums we missed this year. Not sure why Lendrick Lamar’s album is on this list but I did find out something new about it. The album is one giant tale that happens over 1 night supposedly from different people’s point of view. I haven’t really paid attention to the lyrics but now I want to listen to it attentively in one long sitting. Man I wish I could find the text for how the lady describes the album.

Review by Stereogum

NBA: Lakers

If the season doesn’t improve, do Lakers trade Dwight by trade deadline? For some picks and next year have Gasol as the C with a spread 4?

Politics: Fiscal Cliff Budget Deal

Want to see:

  • elimination of the concept of carried interest.
  • cap on deductions (good idea Mr. Romney)
  • higher tax rate for $750k+ group ($250k is too low)
  • lower military spending
  • no stimulus
  • higher rate for dividend and long term gain. 20% seems OK

Concert: Metric 12/9 Fox Pomona

Pretty good show. They played a lot of their 1st album, Fantasies, which was awesome. I’ve been listening to their 2nd album,┬áSynthetica, so forgot how great Fantasies.

One thing that really struck me was that the guitarist is bad-ass talented. He gets lots of time to do some impressive solo work which I’ve never noticed listening to them. That was a little bit eye opening and something to pay attention to going forward.

Last song was an acoustic version of “Gimme Sympathy”. The acoustic version sounded great, never paid much attention to the lyrics before and now that I know lyrically pretty nice. Plus it helped that they gave a little background spiel on the meaning of the song. It’s about pushing past the doubters and just going for. They moved from Canada to LA to try and make it.

One thing I didn’t feel was having their music crescendo-ing and taking me to a new high. A little bit surpised there there wasn’t that over the top feeling.

I listened to Fantasies as I trained for a half-marathon so it’ll always have a place in my memory. Now I’ve got a concert memory to go with it.

Big ups to KCRW for having ticket giveaways for members.

Hike: Echo Mountain Hike

Pretty nice hike even for a warm low 80’s day. About half the trail has
pockets of shade which is nice so it’s not a constant beating from the sun.
The top of the hike has some renmants of this old railway building or
something like that so there’s something to see when you’re up there. Plus
there’s a device to test your echo-ing skills. Plus there’s a picnic area
with tables which is really nice. Too bad we didn’t know about it and
didn’t bring a lunch.
I can see why this is a popular hike.

2.5 one way

Music: 2012 KCRW DJ picks

2012 KCRW DJ Picks

Taken from the comments:

Tame Impala – Lonerism (Modular) – 10
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again (Interscope) – 7
Poolside – Pacific Standard Time (Day and Night) – 7
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls (ATO) – 6
Cody Chesnutt – Landing On A Hundred (Redeye) – 4
Gary Clark Jr – Blak and Blu (Warner Bros) – 4
Grizzly Bear – Shields (Warp) – 4
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough? (Nonesuch) – 4
Beach House – Bloom (Sub Pop) – 3
Chromatics – Kill For Love (Italians Do It Better) – 3
Django Django – Django Django (Ribbon Music) – 3
Father John Misty – Fear Fun (Sub Pop) – 3
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes (Warp) – 3
Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE (Def Jam) – 3
Heartless Bastards – Arrow – (Partisan) – 3
Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk (Hiatus Kaiyote) – 3
Hot Chip – In Our Heads (Domino) – 3
Jack White – Blunderbuss (Third Man/Colombia) – 3
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid: m.A.A.d. City (Interscope) – 3
Rhye – The Fall (Innovative Leisure) – 3

I know of 7 /20. Not so good, though I’ve never been a fan of Flying Lotus.

New server: imeanwebhosting

Took advantage of a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal of $19/yr web domain and hosting from imeanwebhosting. Specs aren’t bad for the hosting 2.5GB web space 25GB bandwidth.

Bad news, I forgot to backup my data from the old host and therefore lost everything. sad. All I have left of it is a cached version of what google has stored. Plus I forgot all the plugins I had.

Got to remember to do backups to the cloud for this one.