November 19th, 2005
|10:22 am - [Clever subject incorporating soda, music, trenchcoats and Johnny Cash]|
Let's get the shameless advertising out of the way first, 'kay? Jones Soda has opened a music site for independent artists. No kiddin'. I've set up an account for myself which you can check out here. Some of the songs up there you will have heard (if you've been downloading my stuff). Others you probably haven't. The site looks like what MP3.com was trying to be before they figured out that their business model didn't work. I'm not sure how MyJonesMusic is going to work on an economic level, but I don't see them offering royalties they can't afford or illegally streaming content owned by the major record labels or investing in mall kiosks to burn you mix CDs of songs you don't like from bands you've never heard of. That kind of behavior gets you bought out by Vivendi Universal real quick like.
Anyway, have a listen and sign up for the site -- it's free.
Last night I got myself a new, khaki trenchcoat, which I really prefer to black. It's nice and didn't cost me as much as I'd expected. Here's hoping I can still justify the expenditure after I'm a little more awake. That's pretty much my last personal purchase until Christmas shopping is finished, and I'm a man which means that it's going to take me awhile.
After I bought the coat, I went with ribsinbacon to see Walk the Line, the Johnny Cash biopic. Good film. I'm unqualified to address the accuracy of the characters or the history presented, but it's a good story and the filmmaking is solid. Great casting, especially Joaquin Phoenix, whom I've always thought I hated. I'm starting to figure out that he's a really good actor whose abilities I misjudged thanks to Gladiator (the problem was the movie, not Mr. Phoenix). The fact that he and Reese Witherspoon did their own singing and learned to play their instruments is a nice bonus. Come to think of it, I'm starting to like Reese Witherspoon, too. I always thought her only redeeming qualities were cuteness and the ability to memorize her lines, but in retrospect her career has been mired in lackluster saccharine roles... just like every other promising actress. If she has a good agent, she'll get better roles. If not, well, there are worse things than being the next Meg Ryan.
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon -- It Ain't Me Babe
Does that include BEING Meg Ryan? Poor, poor girl...
I want to see that, much for the same reason I wanted to see Ray -- I like the actors involved and I don't know enough about these icons of music and how they affected our culture.
I guess my point about Meg Ryan was that she's a perfectly capable, talented actress who mostly does formulaic romantic comedies. Admittedly, in her case it's because that's what she wants to do.
Anyway, I didn't see Ray, but it looked good. And I'd definitely recommend Walk the Line, especially if you like the actors involved. They'll be serious Oscar contenders.
Have you seen "In the Cut"? She totally leaves all of that behind. Wow.
Joaquin Phoenix was, apart from his horribly fake accent, very good in Quills as well.
I saw Quills when it was in theaters, but haven't since then. I recall it being very good and it's definitely one I'd like to watch again. It came sort of at a bad time because I'd just been broken up with by my first really serious girlfriend who looked painfully like Kate Winslett.
That is, my first serious girlfriend looked painfully like Kate Winslett. She wasn't the first of a series of girlfriends who look like Kate Winslett in a painful manner. At least, not yet.
On a tangent, I formed all of my opinions of Kate Winslet from the terrible, terrible shipwreck that was Titanic (and the movie wasn't that great either). I really should have known better.
Eesh. That would certainly sour one's impression of the movie. I saw it shortly after seeing Pirates of The Caribbean, so I was constantly expecting the Marquis to slip a "Yarr!" into his witty reparte or rants against god. It certainly wouldn't have been unwelcome, and only slightly out of character...
Ummm... is it just my computer, or is your link totally lacking in basic descriptions? Like song titles. I like your stuff and I would like to know what I'm listening to. Otherwise, much props, homie. Or something like that.
Not sure what the problem is, but at some point yesterday the site just started having problems. The basic layout is there, but for some reason the content just isn't loading. Other artist's pages are having the same problem. I was probably going to post the link again later when it's working.
But um, thanks for the props and everything. It's not often that I get called "homie."
Oh no you didn't just compare my girl Reese Witherspoon to Smegma Ryan!!
Yes, yes I did.
They're both known mostly for their romantic comedies but are capable of much better. Though apparently you have something against Meg Ryan. I really don't care. Good Meg Ryan movies are few and far between for me, and it has more to do with the movies themselves than with her.