June 5th, 2009



  • 06:25 Had a dream that there was some alternate version of the second Harry Potter movie, which was really short and made no sense. #
  • 06:26 Also, The Sims 2 had a virtual hamster add-on, and the ability to live in a van. Maybe they'll actually be part of The Sims 3. {g} #
  • 20:40 Firefox's spell check apparently doesn't recognize the name of the President of the United States. #
  • 20:43 Happy belated birthday, @twobitme! #
  • 20:49 I heard people actually laugh at the "if you're bad, you'll do our dishes" line from Friendly's birthday song. They must not go there often. #
  • 20:55 @JaredofMo Hey, it beats "Being a Slug." #
  • 21:21 Got the Grand Duchy album today. I have to say that Violet Clark sounds pretty similar to Kim Deal. #
  • 21:59 Who would win in a fight between the Octomom and an Octorok? #
  • 22:05 @samuraifrog I wonder if whoever drew that was looking around my room at the time. #
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Mixing Black and Violet

One thing you can say about Charles "Black Francis" Thompson is that you can never quite tell what he'll come out with next. The project he's recently been working on is Grand Duchy, a band led by him and his wife Violet Clark. I got their album, Petits Fours, yesterday. While much of it is still recognizably Frank, I think it has more of an eighties sound than most of his previous work (including what he did in the actual eighties). Or maybe it's not eighties; I'm not always good at judging such overall styles. As usual, I think the album will take some time to really grow on me, but I already like it pretty well. I think my favorite song on it might be "Break the Angels," one of the ones with Violet on lead vocals. I remember noticing on Bluefinger that Violet has somewhat of a Kim Deal quality to her voice, and it's even more apparent when she sings lead. So if you want to hear new songs with Frank and Kim together, Grand Duchy might be the closest you'll get for the time being.