Monday, October 24, 2005

Stream of conscious music library

As I was reorganizing my cd's during Clean My Room Fest 2005, I stumbled onto things I forgot I had and loved. Which is a Godsend because lord knows a lot of this stuff I played to death so much that I buried in my cd collection. So on this boring, semi-productive day of rest and relaxation, I post a listings of all the artists I have in My Music folder. It's pretty long and absurd, but its a good gauge into the life of Paul Tsikitas as a music listener with many different phases, tastes and such. Here goes in alphabetical order:

A Tribe Called Quest, Aerosmith, Aqualung, Arcade Fire, Badly Drawn Boy, Beck, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Billy Squier, Bjork, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Boston, Brian Eno, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Brian Wilson, Bright Eyes, Bruce Springsteen, Buddy Holly, Built to Spill, Burnining Brides, Cake, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Carl Cunningham, Coldplay, CCR, Cursive, Damien Rice, Danger Doom, David Bowie, Death Cab For Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Deep Purple, Depeche Mode, Dinosaur Jr., Don McLean, Donovan, Dream Theater, Dresden Dolls, Echo & The Bunnymen, Eels, Electric Six, Elliot Smith, Elton John, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Faces, Feeder, Fiona Apple, Foo Fightes, Foreigner, Franz Ferdinand, Futureman, George Thorogood & The Delaware Destroyers, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Gorillaz, Grand Funk Railroad, Grandaddy, Guided by Voices, Hoggle's Jewelry, Idlewild, Interpol, Iron and Wine, It's a King Thing, Jeff Buckley, Jethro Tull, Jets to Brazil, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, John Entwistle, John Lennon, Joy Division, Kaufman, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen, Longview, Lou Reed, Luna, Lute Zero, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mates of State, Matisyahu, Metric, Michael Andrews and Gary Jules, Miles Davis, Moby, Modest Mouse, Mudhoney, Muse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Nick Drake, Nico, Night Rally, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Noringo, Of Montreal, Ozomatli, Paul McCartney, Pavement, Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, Phish, Pink Floyd, Postal Service, Prefuse 73, Presidents of the United States of America, Primus, Queens of the Stoneage, Radiohead, Refused, Rush, Screaming Trees, Secret Machines, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Stereophonics, Stevie Wonder, Stone Temple Pilots, Strand of Oaks, System of a Down, Talking Heads, Tears for Fears, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Teenage Fanclub, Temple of the Dog, The Beatles, The Bens, The Black Keys, The Castle Arms, The Church, The Clash, The Coral, The Decemberists, The Doors, The Fever, The Flaming Lips, The Futureheads, The Grateful Dead, The Hives, The Jayhawks, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Killers, The Kinks, The Lemonheads, The Mars Volta, The Moody Blues, The Pixies, The Pretenders, The Rapture, The Raveonettes, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Reindeer Section, The Rogers Sisters, The Rolling Stones, The Secession movement, The Shins, The Silent Years, The Sounds, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, The Strokes, The Tragically Hip, The Velvet Underground, The Who, The Yardbirds, The Zombies, Toadies, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tom Waits, Tommie Griggz, Tool, Tora!Tora! Torrance!, Tori Amos, U2, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, Van Morrison, War, Weezer, White Stripes, Widespread Panic, Wilco, XTC, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Yo La Tengo.

So much music, yet so incomplete. There are lots more things I need (i.e.- Johnny Cash).

Saturday, October 22, 2005

F-Stop Fitzgerald

The end of an era has come in my life. Of course that would be Noringo. It's hard times without this creative outlet in my life. Music is something I strive for, love and care more than almost anything (except movies maybe... its probably a tie.) Regardless, I want a new musical venture in my life. With this comes F-Stop Fitzgerald. A new band I want to build from the ground up with willing people, like you maybe, who want to get together and rock out. Music is fun to make, perform and listen to. And creating your own stuff is the goods. SO here is my plea to you reading this. If you have musical talent of any kind and like the following artists :Wilco, Built to Spill, Bowie, Brian Eno, The Who or Jeff Buckley: Then strap on whatever instrument you play and contact me. Im a sucky rythm guitarist and rock singer who needs help. I want to revamp my music career. Mainly because I miss it. So theres my rant. Contact me dammit!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Hal and Jim

Applying to internships is pretty nervewracking. Especially since I only have one semester left until this thing called school is over for me and I finally move on to the real world. It's not scary as much as it is fun and exciting and just filling me with anxiety. I'm applying to the Philadelphia Film Society and hopefully they want me to rock some work with them through the upcoming film festival. It's pretty much the first stepping stone in me getting into the film buisness, be it through contacts, through seeing the innerworkings of the independent film world or even through the Philly Film Society. Maybe I won't have to move away from the city I love so dearly and can work in Philly through the society promoting films in Philadelphia. That would be cool too. Lord knows if I want to aspire to be a writer/director, I have to start somewhere. If I want to be the next Hal Hartley or Jim Jaramusch, I'm going to have to see what its all about. Hartley is basically the one driving force in me wanting to be a writer or director. I don't know what it is, but Thank Byron Karabotsos for introducing my life to his work. His films, especially Henry Fool and Trust, speak to me on a level that I dont think anyone could ever understand, even if I told you through this humble, self-indulgent blog. Seeing invented characters taking on situations that are hilarious, poingant and deeply rooted in existential and symbolic acts brings a huge source of not only enjoyment, but fulfilment to life. There really isn't anything else I can safely say that has had this big an impact on my life. Jaramusch is yet another director who speaks to me on that higher level. Broken Flowers, Down By Law and especially Dead Man are deep looks into the eyes of people you've never seen but people you can relate to in some strange way. Film has this magical way of doing this. And these two guys do it the best. If I had my way in the world of Independent film, these guys would be the kings. And they are. So thank you Hal and Jim for making me follow my dream of getting behind the lens and getting behind the typewriter to convey some sort of slice of life and share it with others. It's truly an a

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Welcome to Tommy's Holiday Blog

After enjoying the likes of Lou, Drew and Sarah Deal's blogs, I decided to sellout and join the fray. I will continue posting in Mysapce crappy lyrics to crappy songs by crappy artists, but here I will rant and I will rave about whatever whenever I get time to actually do it (which should be a lot since I don't study, read or do any schoolwork unless it is the day of or night before something is due.) Therefore, welcome to my new creative outlet. I will post again sometime later. As for now, just brace for the smooth taste of this terrible new force in the blogging community.