Monday, November 12, 2007

Endorphin Rush

I was surprised the other day when I went to the Fetus and the electronic section had been shrunk down down even more than it was the last time I was there. Apparently dance music was even more of a phase than I thought.

Even more surprising was the fact that they did not have the one album that I had gone there specifically to pick up-Burial's sophmore release Untrue. Now dubstep isn't exactly on top of the US' tongue, but his first album easily went beyond the standard dubstep crowd and appealed to a pretty large audience.

With this new album there was a lot of anticipation to see how it would sound and if it would be possible to hold a candle to the first one.

Ghost Hardware which was released a few months ago kindled some hope, but I wasn't sure if the entire album could keep up.

Well suffice to say that after listening to the new one several times already, it has matched and maybe even surpassed the first release. From the spaced out, future groove, 2-step of Archangel to the Pole-ish Endorphin, or the outer space funk of my personal fav, Homeless there is hardly a wasted moment. the use of vocals is brilliant in their capacity to draw you into these sparse, moody tunes.

You can find plenty of praise out there in webland, so I will leave it at that and definitely reccomend that you pick it up.

Season wrap-up?

Some might consider it laziness, while others-like my wife-might consider it common sense, but given the weather I have not been out riding in the past week and unfortunately it looks like I won't be getting on my bike unless it is attached to my trainer for the foreseeable future.

Given that it is getting dark at like 5 now, weeknight riding seems to be out, and the yardwork needed to get ready for winter kept me off the bike this past weekend, I should probably just accept it and give in.

I am hoping for some decent temps (45+ because I am a sissy) to hold out into next weekend however to maybe get one last weekend ride in. Otherwise it looks like I am stuck sprinting along to my Giro and spring classics DVDs in the spare bedroom. Probably fine for me, but Liane says that I make the room smell like sweat and that I should move the trainer downstairs into the unfinished basement.

Well I suppose this is the joy that is living in MN.

Maybe I can luck out and get my dream job in CA after school. Heck if I am dreaming, how about a nice marketing position in Italy or Spain?

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Last week on the bike

In what could very well be my last installment of a biking diary for the season I am very psyched taht I made my stretch goal of 1500 miles for the year this past week.

I went out Tuesday in what is looking like the last really nice day of the year (I know we have had 60 degree days in Nov. before, but I am not counting on it) and got in a nice 15 mile ride over the stone arch where I ran into someone else riding in a Quickstep world champion jersey to my regular Quickstep jersey. what was better was when I spilled out from the greenway onto the river road and there he was again.

If I hadn't been pushign the available time in my schedule already, I probably woudl have sat in with him but alas 'twas not to be.

Unfortch I was not able to ride on Saturday but did make it out Sunday for a short little 8 miler.

Despite the baselayers and shoe covers, the weather is looking like it might be beyond my self-imposed limit this weekend with highs barely in the 40s.

So for now anyway...

Week Total - 23
Season Total - 1509