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I’m so excited.
Last week, I received my June free CD of the month (a perk of working for Sony). And this time, it was something I had been looking forward to for 7 years now! The new Fiona Apple album, called: “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.” I immediately ripped it and put it on my iPhone, because really how else does one listen to these “Compact Discs” anymore? I played it through twice while at work and then ran home and told Lauren all about it. I loved it! And best of all, she is actually going to be performing live in concert next Month here! Ahhh! I must go to this one. All of this excitement means that for today’s Saturday post, I will gush like a 13 year old.
I’ve been a huge fan since her first album came out when I was in High School, back in 1995, starting with her awesome Criminal video. Making her the only singer I’ve ever liked consistently for the longest period of time. Others came and went, but she always stuck around. Now she only has four albums in the span of her entire 17 year career, but they’ve always been great and they always age well. I still have them all in my iTunes and still listen to them regularly, never having deleted them. I usually get bored of a song or album after a while and delete it, which is why my iTunes only has around 600 songs (~4GB). I also delete albums who’s cover art I can’t find, but that’s another blog post on my OCD.
Anywho, next month, I will totally be there in Oakland to see her perform. I still have to get tickets, but that’s just a quick craigslist transaction away. And this time it will be easier because I have a real job, haha. Unlike back in 2005, when I could barely afford to go see her perform at the Warfield. That concert was epic! (All of the photos in the post and the video are ones I took from that day.)
Quick fun story from that day: It was the first time I had seen her live. She was really good, and funny, and a little crazy with how much she was into it. So me being me, I took a couple of shots and a video or two. And a random girl next to me saw a few of the shots, and later approached me in the parking lot enthusiastically asking if I could show them to her. She then gave me her email and asked me if I could send them to her, because all the ones she took didn’t turn out. Random strangers who are into same things you are, are the best!
Another fun random thing, my favorite movie of al time is Magnolia by Paul Thomas Anderson. I watched it twice in theaters and a thousand more on DVD. One day, while watching the behind the scenes documentary, near the end when the director is working on an edit or something, low and behold, Fiona Apple pops in and starts being super goofy, acting out the story the director is telling. I didn’t know why she was there, but it was awesome. Later I found out that they had been dating for years, and he had directed lots of her music videos. Ha, two of my favorite people, a director and a singer got together. Creative magic.
Anyways, so this is my Saturday Edition post… Me being a total Fiona Apple fanboy because I got a new CD. Welcome to my LiveJournal <lj-cut>
Here is one of the videos I took of her singing “Extraordinary Machine”