hey paul!

So the idea of the game is you get to play as the Beatles, on plastic instruments painstakingly designed to look like the ones John, Paul, George, and Ringo actually played. In between songs, you'll get to hear "previously unreleased authentic voice recordings from John, Paul, George and Ringo chatting between takes during studio sessions recorded at Abbey Road more than four decades ago," according to a press release.

i wonder if they'll play the one where they decided to kick clarence out of the band and steal all of his good ideas.

civically dutiful

yesterday i had my first experience with jury duty. apparently a good way to get selected is to say nothing during the selection process. it was only a 1 day trial and was over by 5. the case was a public intoxication charge against a 40ish british man. the defense attorney said (not sure if it's true) that texas is the only state left where you can request a jury trial for a class c misdemeanor.

the arrest took place in february so the prosecution's only witness, a police officer, couldn't remember most of the details. the man claimed to have 4 bottles of beer over about 4 hours at a restaurant and his wife drove them home. they got pulled over 2 blocks from their house. the wife got arrested for DWI. the man was arrested for PI and the car was impounded.

the officer said the man had bloodshot eyes, was slurring, had alcohol on his breath, and didn't have normal balance. the defendant said that the officer asked the man if he had been drinking and then arrested him. the man was not offered the chance to call someone to take him home (or to walk home). my impression was that the man didn't let the officer know that he only lived 2 blocks away.

we had to decide if the man was intoxicated to a point of being a danger to himself or others. the prosecutor seemed a bit outmatched and was at a disadvantage mainly because the event happened so long ago. he was mainly trying to show that the guy was a danger to himself because he let his wife drive and drank too much. he had a good closing statement.

the defense attorney was basically trying to prove that the man was not intoxicated. to open his case, he showed a video of the officer who arrested the wife talking to the officer who arrested the defendant. he was basically saying that he didn't care what the officer did with the husband. i'm not sure why he showed the video. we were all expecting to see the officer talking to the defendant. he also made a big point about the officer not performing sobriety tests on the defendant. according to the officer, they never perform them for a PI charge.

one other point brought up was that the man didn't have his green card yet. this was his reason for why the wife was driving. he didn't want to get into any trouble that would affect his green card status.

in the end, i could understand why the officer arrested the guy. i think there would be a liability issue if he let him go or drove him home. ultimately, however, i wasn't convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that he was a danger to himself or others. we decided to vote not guilty in about 10 minutes

afghan whigs - gentlemen

i'm pretty sure pokee introduced me to the afghan whigs. this is a very angsty album that i'm sure i enjoyed more in my angstier days.

i listened to this cd again recently after i heard the title track on the radio (hooray flashback lunch). i still like most of it, but it kind of peters out for the last three songs. overall, i'd say the album is best listened to as a whole as opposed to individual tracks.

my favorite track on this album is _my curse_. i can listen to that song over and over. oddly, it's the only one not sung by greg dulli. i read somewhere that it was too personal for him to sing it on this record, though he has performed it live since. how's that for angst? the lazy rolling guitar, perfectly timed crescendos, heartbeat-drum-to-cymbal-crashes, and marcy mays singing make one seriously addictive combination.

aerosmith - greatest hits

screw you, bruce mcculloch!

this is my other aerosmith cd. i probably bought it around 1995 or so and haven't listened to it in a long time. being greatest hits, i still often hear many of them on the radio. this is actually their best selling album ever (over 11 million copies).

dream on is one of my favorite aerosmith songs. i always remember that mtv video of the live performance with the orchestra. it seems like a farewell song but it's from their debut album.

the rest of this collection is really good too. sweet emotion, and walk this way stand out for me. and of course, the most famous cover of come together.

you have to admire those bands that have truly made a decades-spanning career out of their music (even if they maybe should have stopped a long time ago). they've been going at it for nearly 40 years now and they're working on a new album and tour right now. they've certainly had their ups and downs and this cd highlights a lot of their musical strengths.

aerosmith - get a grip

this is another album i bought in high school and another one i probably haven't listened to since i was in high school. i guess i got it primarily for the track _livin' on the edge_ that was popular at the time. i still like that one ok. the part when it cuts out to the wind blowing and then the kick drum starts pounding sticks out in my mind.

looking back over the track list, i probably wouldn't have bought it in the age of mp3s. seriously.. eat the rich? who is singing this? hobo steven tyler? aerosmith does a mix of fun and serious songs across their discography. i like many of both of them, but the serious side definitely wins on this album. the trilogy of ballads on this one - cryin', crazy, and amazing were big hits with the alicia/liv videos.

not much to say about aerosmith that hasn't been said before. hopefully some of my cds will make for more interesting entries.

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i decided to make some posts. i'll be doing a writeup about every cd i've ever bought. or until i get tired of it. from ac/dc to white zombie. that doesn't really describe the spectrum, except alphabetically. but anyway, here we go!

ac/dc live (2 cd set)

i remember buying this set in san antonio at some little cd store near my house. it was probably around 1994. san antonio is way more of an ac/dc town than austin. this set reminds me of 99.5 KISS. i still miss lisle and hahn.

the packaging is a double-length cardboard thing with a full size pic of angus on it. i don't think they package it like this anymore. it has a detachable fold out poster that i never detached because i'm anal about stuff like that. it also includes a fake dollar-bill that says "in rock we trust."

because of being re-released and re-mastered, it's both #3 and #8 on the amazon hard rock and metal live albums bestseller list.

i've always enjoyed ac/dc but this is the only album of theirs i ever bought. it has all the classics and then some. of course it's mostly brian johnson material. i can't remember the last time i actually listened to these cds. it's probably been at least 10 years. i guess i hear enough ac/dc on the radio to get my fill. it's true what they say that ac/dc is one of the few bands that can get away with making the same song over and over. as such, it's hard to name a favorite song. it's officially a 16-way tie.

hill-> /\ * <- me

who would have thought i'd make it to 31? all this fast living can't keep me down!

yesterday i had some thai food at satay. it was pretty good but you usually have to pay a lot more for portions that small. they need to raise their prices if they want to play that game.

anyway, we stopped at sun harvest on the way back to the office to pick up some filler dried fruit and nuts to snack on. i think i figured out why the turkish apricots were $3/lb vs the california ones that were $10/lb. my vision started getting weird around 5pm.. it felt like it might be the onset of a migraine, but it never got that bad. i got a bit of a headache and felt nauseous so i went home instead of playing poker. i took 4 hour nap and i feel better now. that's going to mess up my sleep schedule, though.

i think i will go heat up some lasagna for dinner.
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