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Sunday, July 31, 2005

awwww, i'm so sweet! goodnatured and funny, too!

awww...

the Ham
(47% dark, 43% spontaneous, 11% vulgar)
your humor style:
CLEAN | SPONTANEOUS | LIGHT




Your style's mostly goofy, innocent and feel-good. Perfect for parties
and for the dads who chaperone them. You can actually get away with
corny jokes, and I bet your sense of humor is a guilty pleasure for
your friends. People of your type are often the most approachable and
popular people in their circle. Your simple & silly
good-naturedness is immediately recognizable, and it sets you apart in
this sarcastic world.


PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Will Ferrell - Will Smith



My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 45% on dark
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 36% on spontaneous
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 0% on vulgar
Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Saturday, July 30, 2005

this week's chronicle has a blurb on the political blogging coming from this crazy city we live in, and i'm proud (or else an enormous poliblog junkie?) to say that i follow all the blogs they discuss, except for one. good work, y'all...(see sidebar for details)

i've decided i need to rectify my neglect of that one site, please, go take a look at AustinInfo.net, which discusses local austin news and politics in great detail.

besides, i seem to agree with them quite a bit. i'll add them to the choirbox! :)

Friday, July 29, 2005

Flannery O'Connor
Flannery O'Connor wrote your book. Not much escapes
your notice.


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from maggie!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

melpster is back!

Monster On A Rope

Monday, July 25, 2005

the casting couch @ emo's TONIGHT!

Emo's, Monday July 25
We go on at 10:45 after Mixel Pixel.
Minus Story and Will Sheff (Okkervil) will follow.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

hmmm. just testing. see the picture?

*on edit* yay! it worked!

okay, i just wanna say that, if you've got a myspace account, go log in, and find "the casting couch," and go to our myspace.com page, coz i FINALLY got some songs to upload AND play, and they're off our brand new unreleased album! my top four fave songs that we just finished mixing in athens. sweet.

if you want.

Friday, July 22, 2005

yes, true believers, randy wylde has a blog! it's called "too much information," and is being added to the sidebar. this promises to be good.

also, in the interest of all things musical, i am adding beat the indie drum to the sidebar over there under "music". in the interest of disclosure, i am mentioning that, although they reviewed the casting couch's latest musical release, and even in a positive manner, they are not paying me to post a link to their site. i just like perusing what they've got to say. and they've heard of TONS of bands that i haven't; i want to learn.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

yes, it's the casting couch!
making a set list during the set at Amy's Ice Cream tonight



and, of course, during the line "but the cow...jumped over...the moon,"

we had cows (in heels!) jumping! whoo-hoo!



was a good show. our first with the new accordionist/keyboardist/trumpeter. he's gonna work out just fine. sweet.

Monday, July 18, 2005

another casting couch 5 songs ep review! this one likes us, for the most part.

from beat the indie drum:

The Casting Couch
5 Songs EP (2005, I Eat)


If Athens, Georgia and Austin, Texas had a drunken love affair it
might sound something like The Casting Couch. The band's self-
described indie rock meets alt-country sound is reminiscent of bands
like Wilco and The Jayhawks, and The Sixth Great Lake, an Elephant 6
band who also married the indie pop sound with country and folk. 'The
Roof' starts the record and reminds me a bit of the Gram Parsons
classic 'Sin City'. There's the similar slow tempo and drawn-sounding
vocals as well as an accordion and sweet-sounding bells that sound
like hints of some of the band members' E6 connections. The similarly
styled 'Flying Machine' also blends the group's country and pop
influences and matches them with honest and inviting female
vocals. 'Copper Girl' is more upbeat and seems more suitable for
college radio, while 'Easy to Fall' is a lazy piano-driven piece
that's not as interesting and runs a little too long. My favorite
tracks is the closing 'Whiskey Skiffle', a honky tonk lament about a
broken relationship, that manages to be simultaneously funny and
depressing. Complete with a group sing-a-long chorus, it would serve
as a nice soundtrack to taking shots to drown your sorrow or for
nursing a hangover the following morning. There are a few dull
moments on this EP that might not make it perfect, but overall The
Casting Couch would fit nicely in your alt-country collection.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

just a little housecleaning...

so i've finally gotten around to adding bitch, PhD to the body politic section there on the right. man, talk about some good feminist ranting.

also, added elizabeth genco's (formerly support your local busker) website. but see, i left up the old site, since there was some damned good stuff there, especially if you've ever fantasized about just grabbing your favorite portable instrument (in my case, the accordion) and taking to the streets to make some beer money...

Monday, July 11, 2005

Richardson could take prominent position in Wen Ho Lee lawsuit:

" Associated Press
July 11, 2005

SANTA FE - Gov. Bill Richardson could play a prominent role in the lawsuit filed by former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Wen Ho Lee against the federal government.

Lee claims government officials leaked classified and personal information about him to the media. Richardson was secretary of the Department of Energy at the time.

After The Santa Fe New Mexican covered the story on Thursday, The Albuquerque Journal reported in Sunday editions that Richardson and several others were again identified in a recent federal court ruling as likely sources for the leaks in 1999 that identified Lee as a suspect in an FBI investigation into the loss of nuclear secrets to China.

The governor has denied in sworn testimony that he was the source."


should be an interesting court battle in light of the whole Rove/Plame/Wilson affair. and an intriguing prologue to Richardson's run for either NM governor or possible VP/Presidential run in 2008...

"[Dr. Lee]'s lawsuit against the DOE, Department of Justice and FBI alleges they violated privacy laws.

After questioning more than 20 government officials, Lee's attorneys were unable to find the source of the leak and began pressing for the media to identify the source or sources."




melissa's new Domestic Disturbance is out, and it's a doozy! "Of Patriots".

"My feelings about America are like my feelings about my family. I love my heritage and my family is important to me because it's mine. But that doesn't blind me to its faults, or lead me to believe that members of my family are inherently better than anyone else."

~snip~

"I'm not going to mince words here. If you think that dirty politics is justifiable so long as your guy wins, you're not a patriot. If you believe that your faith should be established as a state religion, and your sacraments and traditions should be forced on all Americans, you're not a patriot. If you think that the president is always right, that it's worth it to exchange a few of our civil liberties for some amorphous sense of safety, and that burning the flag is worse than eviscerating the constitution, you're not a patriot, you're an idiot. Dissent is the core American value, and, although it's not unique to the United States, there are still many countries in which citizens are forbidden to protest or question their governments' policies. If you would prefer to do without freedom of speech, I suggest that you move to one of those countries, rather than trying to import those values to the United States. "

go read all of it, yes. it'll make your heart swell with pride. this is the america i believe in.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

a couple of tour photos...

us in the van, on the way to fame and fortune...



how tightly the van was packed: (and how we remembered how to pack it)



the casting couch, in front of the marquee at the nick, birmingham, AL:


Tuesday, July 05, 2005

this is our set at the thirsty hippo in hattiesburg, MS, the bar that let us stay upstairs for the night. was pretty damned cool. we already got email from new fans there. sweet...





okay, more photos when the internet is more forgiving, perhaps not until we return...

ayup. indeedy! first internet access since austin! here i am, at smith's olde bar, wondering if i have enough time to convert some photos into postable formats...i'll work on that here right now. in the meanwhile, HI EVERYONE!

touring has kicked ass so much! well, except for when we and the audience/other partygoers had to rush two bands' worth of equiment in from the muddy garden during a sudden noah-esque deluge in athens that began the SECOND we finished our fourth song ("replaced," for those keeping count at home).

man, it's been crazy.

okay, going to mess with photos...

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