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Sunday, August 27th, 2006
5:16 pm
Lordy, this meat is ass-kickin' good!
I was inspired by Mike Roffman to do this. So the year is in its latter half and by this time, I usually have a slew of albums and movies to choose from for my own unimportant top ten list. But this year is slim pickings. I've only heard five albums and seen five films that I'd put in my list thus far. For the film industry, there's still hope since they save most of the good crap for the Christmas season, but I can't think of any album releases I'm looking forward to other than TV On The Radio's "Return To Cookie Mountain." Anyway, here it is:

TOP FIVE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR (so far):
1. Ghostface Killah - "Fishscale"
2. Destroyer - "Destroyer's Rubies"
3. Belle and Sebastian - "The Life Pursuit"
4. James Hunter - "People Gonna Talk"
5. Bruce Springsteen - "We Shall Overcome: The Seger Sessions"

I also enjoyed Gnarls Barkley's "St. Elsewhere" and The Flaming Lips' "At War With Mystics." Depdending on how the rest of the year goes, maybe they'll make the top ten as well.

TOP FIVE FILMS OF THE YEAR (so far):
1. "Little Miss Sunshine"
2. "Brick"
3. "The Descent"
4. "United 93"
5. "Superman Returns"

That's pretty sad considering "Little Miss Sunshine," "Brick," and "The Descent" were all technically completed in 2005, but saw no American distribution until this year.

On top of that, I thought "Talladega Nights" and "Monster House" were pretty decent, although everything else has been somewhat of a disappointment, particularly "X-Men 3: X-Men United," "Nigthwatch," and most nortiously, "Lady In The Water."

In other news, I'm moving to Chicago in a month to pursue a career in playwriting. A lot of my peers are eager to leave FSU, but since I've only been in the theatre program for two years, I kind of feel like I just got started. Still, I worked on a ton of great shows there and was proud of my work. I'll miss the place, but I think I'll enjoy the Windy City.

Well, thanks to everyone at FSU for giving me an awesome four years. I'll be visiting you all sometime in the Fall.

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Oh yeah, and I'll be in NPR until October 1st. Give me a call if you want to hang out.

Current Mood: relaxed
Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
12:46 pm
Stolen From Everybody And Alex
Think of your favorite underrated film, type the name into Google and do an image search. Find the best pic and then post it in your journal, but don't say what the name of the movie is! Once you post the picture, it's up to your friends to figure out what the movie is from the pic you posted!








Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
6:38 am
TOP 10 not by Alan Moore
So I usually list my top ten albums of the year and describe what makes each one great in my eyes, but for now I'll just list them. Here it goes:

My Top Ten Albums of 2005
1. Kanye West - "Late Registration"
2. The Decemberists - "Picaresque"
3. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinoise"
4. My Morning Jacket - "Z"
5. M.I.A. - "Arular"
6. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals - "Cold Roses"
7. Stars - "Set Yourself On Fire"
8. Foo Fighters - "In Your Honor"
9. Spoon - "Gimme Fiction"
10. Dangerdoom - "The Mouse And The Mask"

I also enjoyed Bruce Springsteen's "Devils In Dust," Ben Folds' "Songs For Silverman," Three 6 Mafia's "Most Known Unknown," and Wilco's live album "Kicking Television." I was dissappointed by new efforts from Deathcab for Cutie, Coldplay, and especially Weezer (their worst album EVER), and I thought Antony and the Johnsons were overrated.

Happy Holidays!

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: relieved
Sunday, October 2nd, 2005
1:45 pm
Ok, so I'm back from livejournal hibernation by default. The only way I could participate in other surveys in friends' entries was if I posted it myself. So here it is:

1. Reply with your name and I'll respond with something random about you.
2. I'll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I'll pick a flavor of jello to wrestle with you in.
3. I'll write a poem about you.
4. I'll say something that only makes sense to you and me.
5. I'll tell you my first memory of you.
6. I'll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I'll ask you something that I've always wondered about you.
8. If I do this for you, you must post this on your journal. You MUST. Although you probably already have.

Hope all is well with you all. I just used the word "all" twice, but in a different context, so it's okay.

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: calm
Thursday, April 21st, 2005
9:46 am
COME SEE SEX a.k.a. WIENERS AND BOOBS APRIL 20-22 AT 8PM IN THE LAB THEATRE ON THE CORNER OF COPELAND AND ST. AUGUSTINE STREET. ADMISSION IS FREE!!!

THIS HILARIOUS, OUTRAGEOUS PLAY WAS WRITTEN BY MICHAEL SCHOWALTER, JO LO TRUGLIO, AND DAVID WAIN, THE COMIC GENIUSES BEHIND STELLA COMEDY, THE STATE, AND WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER. SO IF YOU WANT A PLAY THAT'S VULGAR, ABSURD, POLITICALLY INCORRECT, AND JUST PLAIN FUN, COME OUT AND SEE SEX a.k.a. WIENERS AND BOOBS.

YAY!!!

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
4:56 pm
SCREENING OF "GREEKS"
FILM SCREENING ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

For all of you who were involved with "Greeks" or would simply like to see "Greeks," it is being shown tonight on the BIG SCREEN as part of the Second Annual Independent Film League Film Festival, sponsored by the IFL at Florida State University. The festival is from 7-10pm in the movie theater of the Student Life Building. Admission is free, so come on down and bring some friends.

Hope to see you there!

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, March 24th, 2005
3:38 pm
Part Tres?
COME SEE "MURDER AT THE PROM" MARCH 24th, 25th, and 26th IN THE FINE ARTS ANNEX OF FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY AT 7:30PM. ADMISSION IS FREE, BUT SEATING IS LIMITED, SO ARRIVE EARLY. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, February 10th, 2005
1:21 am
SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION PART DEUX
Sorry, folks, it's been a while. For those of you wondering, POE is finished, but the sound won't burn correctly on my computer, so I have to use the film school's DVD burner whenever Bill and I get the chance to go down there. All and all, I am extremely satisfied with the film. Good stuff, Alex, Aaron, and Amanda. Good stuff.

In other news.....

COME SEE "SMALLER AND FIERCER: A NIGHT OF SHORT PLAYS" ON THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY IN THE FINE ARTS ANNEX OF FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY. THE SHOW STARTS AT 8PM. SEATING IS LIMITED, SO ARRIVE EARLY.

Okay, enough with the exaggerated capital letters. Just come see it. Three out of the five plays are student written, which is great in my opinion, and all the shows are student directed. The subject matter is wonderfully diverse, too. It runs the gammit from murder to puppets to bitchery to French people to microscopic civilizations living in coffee. All and all, it will be one hell of a good night for theatre. So come out and support the arts!

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
7:18 pm
I have a feeling I'm going to regret this
Yeah, yeah, yeah, everyone else is doing it, but I thought it would be fun. You be the judge.

[01] Reply with your name and I will write something about you.
[02] I will then tell what song[s] remind me of you.
[03] Next, I will tell you who you remind me of, celebrity/animated or otherwise.
[04] Last, I will try to name a single word that best describes you.
[05] Chances are you've already posted it in your journal, so don't even bother with step 5.

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: groggy
Sunday, December 12th, 2004
3:53 am
In keeping with the spirit of the onslaught of top ten lists this month, I present to you......

MY TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2004:

1. Arcade Fire - "Funeral"
Don't be fooled by the subject matter. The songs may chronicle adventures of children on various tunnel-digging adventures ("Neighborhood 1"), but this album is morbid as hell. Four of the band's family members died during the recording process, but through complex choral and string arrangements accompanied with simple songwriting fundamentals, these tracks are therapeutic and uplifting.
ESSENTIAL TRACK: “Wake Up”
SAMPLE LYRIC: “Something filled up my heart with nothing. Someone told me not to cry. But now I’m older. My heart’s colder and I can see that it’s a lie.”

2. TV On The Radio - "Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes"
Dabbling in everything from grime ("King Eternal") to barbershop acapella ("Ambulance"), TV On The Radio prove to be one of the most experimental, yet accessible bands with their full length debut. Their tracks run the gamut from being violently political ("Bomb Yourself") to downright sexy ("Wear You Out"), and everything in between.
ESSENTIAL TRACK: “The Wrong Way”
SAMPLE LYRIC: “Woke up in a magic nigger movie, with the bright lights pointed at me as a metaphor, teaching folks the score about patience, understanding, agape, babe, and sweet, sweet amor.”

3. Modest Mouse - "Good News For People Who Love Bad News"
Hardcore fans were skeptical of the band's major label debut, only to be proven wrong when Isaac Brock and co. continued their long history of expanding their music through various offbeat genres such as New Orleans jazz ("This Devil's Workday"), and even disco ("The View"). Like The Pixies before them, Modest Mouse will have you humming along while scratching your head in confusion.
ESSENTIAL TRACK: “The Ocean Breathes Salty”
SAMPLE LYRIC: “Your body may be gone, I’m gonna’ carry you in, in my head, in my heart, in my soul. And maybe we’ll get lucky and we’ll both live again. Well, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, don’t think so.”

4. Wilco - "A Ghost Is Born"
Hot off the heels of "Yankee Hotel Fotxtrot," widely regarded as the band's masterpiece and one of the best rock albums to date, Wilco did a complete 180 with their most recent effort, omitting all of the complex ambient noise and returning to their basics: rootsy, stripped down tracks about heartbreak ("At Least That's What You Said"), narcotics ("Handshake Drugs"), and the devil ("Hell is Chrome"). It may not be the mind-blower that "YHF" was, but it's still a noteworthy collection of solid, simple songs.
ESSENTIAL TRACK: “Wishful Thinking”
SAMPLE LYRIC: “Open your arms as far as they will go. Take off your dress, an embarrassing poem was written when I was alone, in love with you. I shook down those lines to shine up the streets. I got up off my hands and knees to thank my lucky stars that you’re not me.”

5. Hot Water Music - "The New What Next"
While toning down their gruff screaming in favor of more melodic tunes like the surf jam "Poison," and (gasp!) a ballad called "Ink And Lead," the Gainesville quartet still manage to sustain their visceral energy with machine gun paced tracks like "The End of the Line" and "This Early Grave." This album is easily the band's most accessible, and the first one that any first time listener should buy.
ESSENTIAL TRACK: “All Heads Down”
SAMPLE LYRIC: “Where did it begin? The skip in time, the spark of sin where corrupted minds were left to stand with a head and tongue intact.”

6. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - "Shake The Streets"
Despite the album's upstart title, Ted Leo trimmed down the politics with his most recent effort. But don't worry, true believers. His songs are still thought provoking and catchy as hell, reminiscent of legendary acts like The Jam and Thin Lizzy. He'll still have you snapping your fingers and reaching for your dictionary with gems such as "The Angels' Share" and the title track. And yes, there are still plenty of "SHEBOOYAHS!" for everyone.
ESSENTIAL TRACK: “Me and Mia”
SAMPLE LYRIC: “Fighting for the smallest goal to get a little self-control. I see it in your eyes, I see it in your spine. But call your friends, 'cause we've forgotten what it's like to eat what's rotten, and what's eating you alive might help you to survive.”

7. Jimmy Eat World - “Futures”
Ok, the band’s lyrics have always been slightly cheesy, but they’ve always been sincere. These boys from Mesa, Arizona keep it simple and never try to be anything they’re not. With their fourth studio album, they darken things a bit, pumping out catchy, yet brooding pop rock songs about drugs (“Drugs Or Me”), pain (“Pain”), and of course, turning twenty-three (“23”). Sure, it’s not the most subtle album in the world, but frontman Jim Adkins’ ability to write earnest, solid tunes is undeniable. I mean, come on, not just anyone could spout off a line like “do you feel bad like I feel bad” and make it sound good.
ESSENTIAL TRACK: “Just Tonight”
SAMPLE LYRIC: “Never be the same, never be the same again. I’d give you anything, but you want pain. A little water, please. I taste you all over my teeth. Never again, just tonight, okay?”

8. The Roots - “The Tipping Point”
The most underrated group in hip-hop made an attempt to appeal to the mainstream by featuring minimalist synth beats on tracks like “Don’t Say Nuthin,” but failed. The album’s not selling too well, but there’s enough jazzy rhythm and intelligent lyrics to satisfy any die hard Roots fan, and BlackThought’s Big Daddy Kane impression on “Boom” is flawless, not to mention the ingenious inclusion of the cowbell on the club jam, “Duck Down.”
ESSENTIAL TRACK: “Stay Cool”
SAMPLE LYRIC: “The stress got me ignitin’ the potent marijuana leaf, tryin’ to play it cooler than a polar bear colony. You feel the music, knowin’ I’m over there, probably pimpin’ on the same system that forever shorted me.”

9. Franz Ferdinand - “Franz Ferdinand”
They’re Europe’s answer to The Strokes and so much more. These lads from Scotland could wipe the floor with Julian Casablancas any day, towering over his band in diversity, style, and sheer musical talent. Unlike the “THE” bands, Franz Ferdinand’s songs are catchy AND complex, not to mention that tracks like “Jacqueline” and “Michael” are more lyrically coherent than anything put out by The Strokes, The Vines, or The White Stripes. A true breath of fresh air.
ESSENTIAL TRACK: “Matinee”
SAMPLE LYRIC: “So find me and follow me through corridors, refectories, and files. You must follow, leave this academic factory. You will find me in the matinee, the dark of the matinee. It’s better in the matinee. The dark of the matinee is mine.”

10. American Music Club – “Love Songs For Patriots”
After a ten year hiatus, this group of fifty-somethings from San Francisco returns in full form with their most triumphant album yet. Rather than resort to cliched rants, the band gets their political message across through captivating stories with songs like “Song of the Rats Leaving the Sinking Ship” and “Myopic Books.” They even leave room for some acoustic beauty as well, writing the perfect waking up song with “Another Morning.”
ESSENTIAL TRACK: “Patriot’s Heart”
SAMPLE LYRIC: Sorry, I couldn't find the lyrics for this song and do not have a copy of the CD with me since my CDs are all back in Tallahassee.

RUNNERS UP FOR 2004
!!! - “Louden Up Now”
The Fiery Furnaces - “Blueberry Boat”
Incubus - “A Crow Left Of The Murder”
Tom Waits - “Real Gone”
The Zutons - “Who Killed The Zutons?”


That's all she wrote. If you made it this far, thanks for reading! And please, keep this little trend going by posting your top ten list.

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: wide awake
Saturday, December 11th, 2004
3:58 am
In High Fidelity Mode
I can't sleep, so I did something I've been meaning to do for an awfully long time. I wrote down the final version of my top ten albums of all time....well, sort of. When I was listing my choices, I came up with about twenty or so albums and discovered that they were divided up into two categories: albums released before 1990 and albums released after 1990. So here it is, ladies and gents. Keep in mind that I'm not saying my choices take artistic merit and contribution over various albums that are not on my list. These are simply MY favorite albums. Just because I didn't include Nirvana's "Nevermind" or The Beatles' "Revolver" does not mean that those albums aren't magnificent and important in their own right. Anyway, enough with the chit chat. Here are the lists, in alphabetical order by artist name.

MY TOP TEN ALBUMS RELEASED BEFORE 1990:

Artist Album Title

The Band - "Music From Big Pink"
The Beach Boys - "Pet Sounds
Jackson Browne - "Late For The Sky"
The Clash - "London Calling"
The Cure - "Disintegration"
The Pixies - "Doolittle"
The Rolling Stones - "Let It Bleed"
Bruce Springsteen - "Born To Run"
Steely Dan - "Pretzel Logic"
Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"

MY TOP TEN ALBUMS RELEASED AFTER 1990:

The Bouncing Souls - "Hopeless Romantic"
The Dismemberment Plan - "Emergency & I"
Hot Water Music - "Forever And Counting"
Jimmy Eat World - "Bleed American"
Lagwagon - "Let's Talk About Feelings"
Modest Mouse - "The Moon And Antarctica"
Mos Def - "Black On Both Sides"
Outkast - "Aquemini"
Weezer - "Weezer (The Blue Album)"
Wilco - "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot"


Well, I hope you all enjoyed my list-obssessed ramblings. Happy Holidays!

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, December 7th, 2004
5:15 pm
BOOM MIC NEEDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I desperately need a boom mic for when I shoot "POE" on January 2nd through the 4th.

So.....

IF ANYONE HAS A BOOM MIC OR KNOWS WHERE I COULD GET ACCESS TO A BOOM MIC, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I WILL BE FOREVER IN THEIR DEBT AND WILL QUITE POSSIBLY CONSIDER BUYING THEM DINNER AT SOME FANCY ASS RESTAURANT LIKE SONIC BURGER, OR EVEN BETTER.......

BOJANGLES!

But seriously though, any help with this dilemma would be greatly appreciated, and yes, that Sonic Burger thing was only a joke. I'll take you to Arby's or something.

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: hyper
Wednesday, December 1st, 2004
12:53 pm
An extension to the shameless self promotion
I made a mistake in my last entry. "Small But Fierce" starts at 8pm, not 7:30. Once again, I hope to see you there.
12:10 am
More shameless self promotion
Hey, everyone.

COME SEE "SMALL BUT FIERCE: A NIGHT OF SHORT PLAYS" THIS THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY IN THE STUDIO THEATER OF THE WILLIAMS BUILDING.
SHOWTIME IS AT 7:30pm.

COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE ARTS!

If you have any questions, please ask them.

And just on a side note, Greg's band, Fourth and Forgotten, played a kicking show at Big Daddy's tonight. Their set was tight and they had an enormous amount of stage presence. I was thoroughly impressed. Jay, Bill, and Mike's band, City Heights, have also done some rocking shows down at the Big Kahuna. I look forward to seeing them play at Big Daddy's as well.

Anywho, that's all for now. Happy Holidays.

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: tired
Monday, November 22nd, 2004
8:44 pm
Garden state my ass
http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/11/22/dangerous.cities.ap/index.html


Yeah, that's right, bitches. Camden, my place of birth, has been officially declared the most dangerous city in the United States. We don't mess around in Jersey.

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: energetic
Saturday, November 6th, 2004
7:22 am
Thanks
My most sincere thanks goes out to everyone who saw "Biloxi Blues" this weekend. The show was everything I hoped it would be. All of the audiences were wonderfully responsive and it's great to see my friends supporting the arts. Thanks again, guys. It means a lot to me.

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: satisfied
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004
8:02 pm
Shameless Self Promotion
COME SEE BILOXI BLUES THIS WEEKEND!

Neil Simon's classic play about basic training during World War II is both hilarious and touching, in a non-pedophilic way. The play is free and will be great fun for anyone who comes.

It is being performed in the Studio Theater of the Williams Building at Florida State University. The shows are on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8pm.

Please come and bring all of your friends.

Hope to see you there!

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: excited
Friday, September 17th, 2004
7:33 pm
Bad News For People Who Love Good News and Good News For People Who Love Good News
The editing of GREEKS is complete, but I want to re-record two of the voiceovers. Unfortunately, I can't do this until I am back in New Port Richey on October 23rd. However, I will still mail a copy to all those who requested one. It'll just take a little longer than expected. Sorry about the inconvenience.

On a more positive note, Hot Water Music's new album, "The New What Next," comes out this Tuesday. I've heard a few songs from it, and it's good stuff, different from all of their other albums, but with the same basic principles. Jimmy Eat World's new album, "Futures," and Ted Leo and The Pharmacists' new album, "Shake The Streets" both come out on October 19th. Ted Leo's doing a free show in Tallahsee on the 26th, so it should be a rocking next couple of months.

Once again, thank you to all who have shown interest in the movie.

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: stinky
Sunday, September 5th, 2004
4:38 pm
The last movie update
I just ordered a Confederate flag patch from Ebay. It should be here within a few days and once it arrives, GREEKS will be finished. For those of you expecting a copy of it in the mail, the wait is almost over.

Anyway, the hurricane is having some fun outside, so my roomates and I are stuck. Looks like it's going to be a good night for movies and poker. Keep yourself safe.

Just something to think about.

D-Caff
Sunday, August 29th, 2004
11:10 am
Movie Update
Good news, everybody. The credits and sound for Greeks are both completed. There are two shots that don't sound as good as I hoped for, but that's life. The only thing I'm waiting on now is that blasted Confederate flag hat. After that's done with, it'll be ready to view. I even made a DVD menu for the film.

And for all you music freaks out there, here's a soundtrack listing, so burn yourself an unofficial copy of GREEKS: THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK! The first two tracks are from the DVD menu. The last track is partially sung by Alex after the credits.

GREEKS: THE SOUNDTRACK

1. S.T.U.N. - "Illegal Operations"

2. Beck - "Novocaine"

3. Primus - "Poetry And Prose"

4. The Unicorns - "Ghost Mountain"

5. Reel Big Fish - "Dateless Losers"

6. Outkast - "Bowtie"

7. Modest Mouse - "Lounge (Closing Time)"

8. The Postal Service - "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight"


The final version of the film clocks in at about fifteen and a half minutes. So when we all have some free time, let's have a screening.

Just something to think about.

D-Caff

Current Mood: sore-throated
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