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Saturday Edition: The Idler Wheeler Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw…

Kamel writes on Saturdays. He is mostly funny. Check it out!

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”


  1. I love her. I love her. I love her.
    Also, this album is probably my absolute favorites of all of her albums, which is definitely saying something, because I love her other albums so damn much.
    I applaud your good taste.

  2. I love how the whole audience is singing every word along with her! That has got to be an amazing moment when you’re performing and you get to a song that wasn’t on the radio or became a huge single (not that this didn’t!) and your audience still knows every word. Anyway, I love this fun new Kamel fact about you being a Fiona super fan!

  3. The livejournal reference was epic. Geek on, Kamel, geek on.

    • YES!!!! SOMEONE GOT IT!!!!!!!!

      You rock.

  4. Ahh!!! I just saw her on Friday night here in CT!! I had never seen her perform live before, and it was great. She didn’t talk much, but when she did she said she was tired and hadn’t slept much the night before. She was a bit manic, but I almost expected that from her. She has such an amazing voice for such a tiny girl…I love her. I also love Paul Thomas Anderson. All of his movies are amazing and touch on emotions at a much deeper level than most films. My husband doesn’t care for either Fiona or PTA, so please excuse me while I gush on and on about how much I love both of these artists.

    Go see her and enjoy every damn minute of it! I’m so so so glad that I did.

    • Going! I just bought tickets for her show here on July 28th! So excited!

      Last time I saw her, at the end, she called out what she was going to do:

      “Don’t worry, I’m just going to pretend I left, but then come back in a minute to do one more song”

      If was funny. =)

  5. Criminal is an awesome video, and I loved the song, but Shadowboxer was THE ONE that made me fall in love with her.

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