Feb 132012

It’s a snowy wonderland outside my window in Ljubljana. It has been snowing basically pretty nonstop all weekend, and with all the things going on between work and shuffling around for this commitment  or that commitment, it was a real pleasure to spend most of this weekend in the house just relaxing in PJs. While I did get a bit of sleep Friday night and make it to the market on Saturday, I spent most of the weekend actually developing a prototype for a secret side project – more details later – which leads me to my next thought – it’s kind of depressing being a backend developer because you don’t get to see any of the fruits of your labor until you have a frontend guy swoop in and spend two seconds coding up some pretty design and HTML/CSS to go with it. In my case, after about 36 hours of straight coding on a Django API and a functional Android app that calls that API, I’m still waiting for that frontend guy to show up (looking at you @pronebird and @SlovenianSteve!) – G-d bless frontend guys everywhere and the magic you do!

The Shining (J Dilla album)

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Anyway, enough of my nonsense – onto the music news!

Whew, that was a lot!

Out tomorrow:

Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young (Nonesuch) Tennis – Young and Old Shearwater – Animal Joy (Sup Pop)

See you next time…

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Jan 202012
March of the Zapotec/Holland EP

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Now playing: Beirut – March of the Zapotec & Realpeople: Holland

Here I am, sitting on my apartment couch on a gray and rainy Friday afternoon in Ljubljana, working from home today due to a cough that has lingered for almost two weeks now. Went to the medical center near my apartment this morning to try and see a doctor about it, and what a trip that was. It felt like there was no organization at all compared to what I’m used to. There’s one large waiting area with no reception desk or even a person organizing appointments or patients. Basically you need to know which door belongs to the doctor that you need to see, knock on that door (even if there is a patient in there already, which you may or may not know based on how long you’ve been sitting in the waiting area debating what to do), and then wait some more until they’re ready to see you. Luckily I got up the courage to ask a stranger for some help and she asked one of the nurses some things in Slovenian, which led to me finding the right door to wait in front of, and a few minutes later I was speaking with a doctor! He checked my breathing, my lungs, my heart, and my throat and said that I sound clear, and that a cough for 2-3 weeks is common after a cold. He told me to get some Prospan from the Lekarna and that if I don’t feel better in a week to see another doctor.

That about brings us up to date. I just ate lunch and figured I might as well do a bit of blogging before getting back to work, so onto the new music news since last time…

mp3: Julianna Barwick – “Never Change” (via gorillavsbear.net) mp3: new Lower Dens – “Brains” (via gorillavsbear.net) Album Stream: Laura Gibson – La Grande (via Paste Magazine) Watch St. Vincent’s Nod to Elvis Costello on Conan (via Paste Magazine) Sharon Van Etten (currently streaming live on WNYC) adds ANOTHER NYC show (via brooklynvegan) Shearwater – “You As You Were” (via Stereogum) listen: Daniel Rossen of Grizzy Bear – “Saint Nothing” (via gorillavsbear.net) Local Natives Working On New Album (via Paste Magazine) Listen: Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore: “SteviePink Javascript” (via Pitchfork: Latest News) Fleet Foxes Side-Project Poor Moon: Tour, Debut LP (via JamBase) Trust – “Sulk” (via Stereogum) [new]: Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own (via We All Want Someone To Shout For)

What to do Friday night in Ljubljana: Check out Oh! Pears at Menza pri Koritu, duh!

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