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monday morning update, april 20, 2009

the weekend that was: my whole family was still struggling with jet lag from our spring break trips, so the weekend was pretty low key. we got caught up on some tv recorded while we were gone, did the laundry, and hung out. saturday night, jeannie, max and i went to see 17 again, which was predictable (shoot, it’s even predictable to say it was predictable), but cute enough. sunday was church, then i took a nap while my family went to an earth day thing in san diego (i was going to go also, but have a massive head cold setting in, and needed some sleep). and sunday night was our home church. pretty low key, all in all.

where i am at the moment: at my desk at ys. i’m here for three days this week, before heading to orange county to check out some of catalyst west coast.

on my to-do list this week: we’re in the final stages of nailing down details on ys’s move, and there are lots of details to cross off the list this week.

procrastinating about: cleaning up my office. and with the approaching ys move, i’m going to have to get rid of a good 50% of the crap in my office — major purge ahead.

book i’m in the midst of: same two.

burakamusic that seemed to catch my attention this past week: got two great, but very different albums from amiestreet this week…

black diamond, by buraka som sistema. this portugese group sounds a lot like MIA, and is a mixture of pop, club, electronic, hip hop and world beat. whatever it is, it’s just so pickin’ cool. i listened to it for days.

theheavygreat vengeance and furious fire, by the heavy. i’d downloaded a couple ep’s by the heavy before, and was stoked to see they had a full-length album on amiestreet. they’re a groove-heavy rock, funk and soul band, that sounds like they could have been making urban soul in the 70s (funny, they’re british). an album review i read says, “They combine Isaac Hayes with Gnarls Barkley, Curtis Mayfield with Jimi Hendrix, Mike Skinner’s elastic delivery with Prince’s falsetto vocals.” yeah, baby, that’s what i’m talkin’ about. (caution: some of the tracks are not “radio versions”).

next trip: driving up to OC thurs and fri for a taste of catalyst west coast, then fly to grand rapids for a one-night trip to the mothership next monday/tuesday.

how i’m feeling about this week: fine, if it weren’t for this head cold, which is just KICKING MY TAIL.