Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Outside of 1051.
It was a good day.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

With all the school business eating my time, I've forgotten that it is December. That it is almost Christmas.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It is 10 degrees out.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Not to mention, it has become a Yankee Hotel Foxtrot month.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tomorrow is one of the most significant days in my life thus far. As someone who basically grew up under the Bush administration, during a ridiculous war, I am more than thrilled to participate [for the first time] in the election of a new president that speaks to something different. This feels like the most important thing I've ever done. I am ready. But I am also a ball of electricity, anxiety, passion, fear, and hope. I probably will not sleep until I know Barack Hussein Obama is my president.

I've waited two years for this. I've waited too long for this.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Yeah so maybe I do eat a lot of cereal.

"Love Love Love" by The Mountain Goats
And I'm waiting for the mail to bring your heart to visit mine.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Home for the weekend. I can hear my brother writing music on his guitar in the next room. And here I am writing about sea cucumbers. What the hell?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Today was the coldest it's been since last winter, I think. And this Saturday it's supposed to be above 70 degrees. My clothing is angry about the lack of consistency. My sweaters are getting frustrated and my plaid shorts will hardly talk to me anymore.

I can't wait till it's 10 degrees and everything is frozen and unmoving. Because no one can talk when it's that cold. Not even my slippers.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

CN Release at Denver Press Club

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Or maybe this is what I need?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Women Writing West

Women Writing in the West is finally here!

This week, Copper Nickel will be holding a symposium about women writing in the Western United States. There will be three very full days of conversations, readings, receptions, and excellent company, all culminating in the release of our 10th issue of CN that also celebrates Women Writing West. The schedule can be accessed on our website: and is listed below. Check the website for any and all updates.

3:00 PM -- Convocation and Introductions — Tivoli 440
3:30 PM -- Maria Melendez Reading — Tivoli 440
4:00 PM -- Pam Houston Reading — Tivoli 440
4:30 PM -- A Brief Conversation (Q & A) — Tivoli 440
7:00 PM -- Salon: What Does "West" Mean? — The Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar, 404 S. Upham Street, Lakewood — FREE FOOD

2:30 PM -- Deirdre McNamer Reading — Tivoli 440
3:00 PM -- Lee Ann Roripaugh Reading — Tivoli 440
3:30 PM -- Salon: Forms of the West, featuring Alyson Hagy, Deirdre McNamer, Lee Ann Roripaugh, and Karen Volkman — Tivoli 440
4:15 PM -- Meet the Authors Reception — FREE FOOD FOR UCD STUDENTS — Tivoli 540
5:30 PM -- Teresa Jordan Reading — Tivoli 440
6:00 PM -- Page Lambert Reading — Tivoli 440
6:30 PM -- A Conversation — Tivoli 440

4:00 PM -- Karen Volkman Reading — Tivoli 440
4:30 PM -- Alyson Hagy Reading — Tivoli 440
5:00 PM -- A Conversation: The New West — Tivoli 440
6:00 PM -- Copper Nickel 10 Launch Party at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, downtown Denver

All of these events are FREE and open to the public and will make you a better person. Also there will be food and other ingest-ables. I WILL see you there.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I'm in a state of musical transition. Going from:
Emotionalism The Avett Brothers
Distance and Time Fink
Let Go Nada Surf
Wincing the Night Away The Shins
At Mount Zoomer Wolf Parade

To something more along the lines of:
Broom Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
The Loon Tapes 'n Tapes
The Stand Ins Okkervil River

But somehow I'm stuck in:
Home Vol. 5 Ben Gibbard and Andrew Kenny
Loyalty to Loyalty Cold War Kids
For Emma, Forever Ago Bon Iver

And anyway, I'm not sure I'm moving in the right direction. I wish the new Born in the Flood album was out already.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Oh sweet Jesus, PHISH will tour again! I can now die a legitimate music lover and person.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

My last Red Rocks concert of the season was Sigur Rós last night. That man is one crazy brilliant musician. Here's how it went:

Jónsi Birgisson said something about "Red Rock camp" after he made us all stand up and clap to Gobbledigook [last picture with all the colors]. This is a man who plays his electric guitar with a bow. Who made up his own non-language called Hopelandic to accompany his music.

Friday, September 26, 2008

The image in my head is of a flood.
The pulling against my skin, a riptide
until the snow falls.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Monolith 2008, Red Rocks, Morrison, Colorado

The Avett Brothers

Between Sets

The Wheel [Nathaniel Rateliff w/vocalist from Paper Bird]

Band of Horses [!]

TV on the Radio

Justice [closed the show Sunday night]

Red Rocks will always & forever be the best music venue in the universe.
Things that make me happy/calm me down right now:

"Living of Love" by The Avett Brothers
Silabificación in Spanish phonetics [particularly elisión y encadenamiento]
Logging stories for CN
Riding lightrail back and forth
Hitting RB for beers after dinner
Knowing N is at the beach and that it is warm where he is
the Valley

Saturday, August 30, 2008

DNC, the night I was a Rock Star [aka the BEST NIGHT of my life]

Wednesday night, there was a concert at 30th & Larimer called Unconventional '08. The lineup was Nada Surf, Cold War Kids, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Silversun Pickups. I was in the FRONT row for everything but SP. I stood directly in front of Matthew Caws, lead singer of Nada Surf. He sang directly at me for most of the show. TB was a little weirded out but I am pretty much in love with Matthew. I asked him to play "Your Legs Grow" and he told me to find him later and he'd play it just for me as he couldn't remember all of it at that moment. He later took a video of me, then the rest of the crowd. In case you didn't already know I'm a sucker for rock stars, well... I am. Note the huge "HOPE" sign made of bicycle rims behind the stage. The temperature was perfect, the crowd was full of energy, and I've never experienced anything like it in my life. Here's the night in photos. [Unfortunately blogger does not do them justice.]

Nada Surf

[I love Matthew Caws]

Cold War Kids

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Silversun Pickups

Later that night...

Did I mention that VIP party I wasn't allowed into? The one in Manifest Hope Gallery where Ben Gibbard, Zooey Deschenel, Jonathan Rice, Jenny Lewis, and Matthew Caws all played together? The one attended by Moby, Sarah Silverman, congressmen and delegates alike? Well, "No" is my least favorite answer so, thanks to congressional candidate Ron Shepston... PARTY TIME!

Why yes, that is Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschenel.

And Matthew.

Ohh LOOK! Jenny Lewis!

Zooey Deschenel, Jonathan Rice, Jenny Lewis, Matthew Caws, and...

Yes that IS Ben Gibbard on piano.

Events for which I have no photos:
TB and I were walking around between CYHSY and SP and we walked up to the window of one of the galleries. Looked inside to the right, and there was MOBY! about two feet away from us. I eventually got into that galley after Moby left with the help of a beautiful hippie chick. I was walking out the door of the gallery when Sarah Silverman walked in and right into me. She was told she had to be somewhere else so ran off. TB snuck his way around back of the gallery and watched the show standing right next to Sarah Silverman. After the VIP show, I found Matthew Caws and told him he owed me a song. We talked and felt it was too loud around to play such a quiet song. He tried to find me later and looked from across people but the huge crowd kept us on opposite ends of the alley behind the gallery. It was the only disappointing part of the most incredible night ever.