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My latest car rental is a Hyundai of some kind, I think it’s the cheap one. When I first got in I was excited to see a the word iPod by an arrow that pointed to a USB port. I have tried to play two different iPod’s through it, they charge when plugged in but the stereo either says ‘Error’ or ‘No Media’. Perhaps it’s a cultural difference, but the iPod-arrow combination made me think it would play music off of an iPod.

Given my expectations, I’m shocked that a Hyundai could dissapoint me.


24 Hour Karate School. The sun is out and I just finished my last class of the semester, why the fuck am I in front of the computer? I guess it’s that good a song name.

Go here to get $3 bucks at the Amazon mp3 store, which, for unrelated reasons is no longer my music vendor of choice. I’m all about LaLa now, you can listen to an entire song (once) before you buy, and they keep track of what you own and you can stream it those tracks from any computer you choose. That’s not for suckers. You have to use the Amazon money by the end of the month (that’s November 09 to those of you who enjoy reading old WFS posts).

Go here to get a free remix of the Beastie Boys Check Your Head. It’s Check Your Head over other Beastie Boy instrumentals, done by the Jaydiohead guy.

Go here to get some free mashups of one of my five favorite Somali rappers, K’naan, over various music legends. You should also check out k’naan’s last album Troubador, but that’ll cost you some duckets.

I think I’ve pimped Death Cab for Cutie’s music before on this site, but there aren’t very many rock stars I went to school with*. Anyway, Amazon’s mp3 site is selling The Open Door EP for 99 cents. I have no idea how long the sale will last, but it’s worth the price.

*I’m not sure whether or not we were actually at WWU at the same time, I think they were there in the mid to late 90’s, and I stepped on campus in the fall of 98.

But I don’t, and I told her that. She told me he was the hottest vegan in the world, so I guess she was hitting on me. I’m not going to let the interweb know what the trick is to picking me up, but it’s not telling me I look like Chris Martin.

Chris (and his band, Coldplay) have been nice enough to put a free live album up on their website as a thanks to fans. I haven’t listened to much of it yet, but it sounds like Coldplay, which is alright. Giving the world some free cuts when your a huge rock band is a pretty decent thing to do, so maybe I won’t be so put off the next time somebody tells me I look like Chris.

I’m listening to Ben Harper’s new album, which is with Relentless 7, as opposed to the usual Innocent Criminals, and I think sometimes it’s Ben Harper. But I’m guessing it’s always Ben Harper, the Innocent Criminals probably got too lippy in the studio and now their on the shelf. It’s pretty good, but I don’t think I’ll ever considerate one of his best. The album art is pretty cool, it’s got kind of a pulp fiction (like the old books, not the movie) feel to it. Ben and co threw on a new version of ‘Why Must You Always Dress in Black’ which was an all right song the first time he released it, but didn’t need revisiting. This album definitely has more rock to it than his other stuff.

In other music news Amazon is selling We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes by fellow ‘hamsters (and Vikings I believe) Death Cab for Cutie for $5. It’s not their best album, but worth $5.

I just tried to find something to link ‘hamster to (in case my reader didn’t get the reference, which would be weird) and turns out to be the home page of an interesting fellow who as far as I can tell has no interest in hamsters. Somebody should throw some cash his way for the name and make it some sort of Bellingham-hype machine. Or maybe there’s already too much Bellingham hype out there.

Edit: iTunes has some bonus tracks with Senor Harper’s new album. I didn’t bother with the live ones but theirs two studio tracks that are worth 99 cents.

Everybody is putting their top 5 lists on Facebook, which I find annoying. I don’t think it’s annoying for blog posts, so without putting too much thought into it, here are some top 5’s.


  • Ben Harper – Fight For Your Mind
  • The Roots – Phrenology
  • Radiohead – The Bends
  • Damien Rice – O
  • DJ Shadow – The Private Press

Nothing too recent here, perhaps I’m set in my ways in my old age, or maybe I just need more time to realize how great the las Jonas Brother CD is.


  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Departed
  • Braveheart
  • No Country For Old Men

Tough one to narrow down. Like the Oscar voters, I think I’m biased toward certain types of movies here. I really like comedys, but don’t think of them as ‘great’ no matter how hard they make me laugh. Sorry Superbad.

Books (Fiction)

  • Fight Club – Chuck Paleniuk
  • Hocus Pocus – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut

I couldn’t think of a fifth book to add. I’ve really read more than four books, and if I was going to be completely honest this list should be Fight Club and four more Vonnegut books, but that wouldn’t be too interesting. I’ll try and remember to update when I think of another book I really loved, other than Stewart’s Calculus.

As I write these, I wonder if I’m being completely honest with you (and myself), or if I skew my lists away from how I actually feel towards stuff that I enjoyed but also think will make me look cooler/smarter/whatever.

Ben Harper’s new band, Relentless7 (not a WFS approved name) has some WFS approved music up on their website.

We like Ben’s music around here, the live show gets two extra big thumbs up. Looking forward to hearing him with his new cronies.

try this one.

The bloggin has been slow lately, mostly due to a lack of blog worthy activity. A perfect storm of dullness has swept into my day to day life. I’ve been getting my Scrooge McDuck on to try and save $$ for the coming grad school storm. I’ve been following through on the much talked ofbut often put off decrease in cold beverage consumption. All of this, in the past would’ve pushed me into a couple hours a day of exercise, but I’m taking one last stab at going easy on the shoulder before resigning to a life time of mild shoulder pain and no racket sports. I never even learned to play squash.

On the plus side I’ve been reading a banger of a book. Empire of Blue Water is part biography of Captain Morgan, part history of pirating in the Caribean (of course), and a very interesting take on the economics and polotics that caused all the swashbuckling. If you like pirates (and who doesn’t), I would recommend it.

A few other reviews of various things:

  • Lupe Fiasco – The Cool I really like the beats and Lupe’s rhymes, but the hooks tend to be uninspired R&B riffs. It’s pretty good, but seems like it could’ve been so much better.
  • Reign Down on Me – Adam Sandler/Don Cheedle in a dramedy that makes for good comedy and weak drama.
  • Renesaince – Cool flick, mostly cause of the interesting cartoon. The story is similar to blade runner, kind of a noir mystery set in the not too distant future. It took a while to get going, but a decent flick once it did.

I’m hoping to get my hands on a few discs of the Wire to pass the time, although I still haven’t gotten over how they did Wallace.

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