Wow.  So, uh, hi there.

Long time no chat.
Well, unless you've been RSS-feeding the blog,
where I've been semi-active.
The college pals and I have a blog, now, too.
Not that that's of any interest to anyone other than us...

Soooo.  Yeah.  It's finals.
I've got one exam left... which is why I'm updating my webpage.
New photo on the photos page (aww), and new CDs in the archive.
I'm looking forward to this summer to catch up on all the new music
that's passed me by while I've been immersed in law school.

OH!  Wanna see some photos from Wigmore Follies?
A lot of them are of me, because my mommy took them.
Heh.  Anyway.  It was awesome.  I had the time of my life,
and I'd never felt that way before.  I swear.  It's the truth...

So, this is the New Year...

I apologize for being a crappy kkcom maintainer
these past few months--law school pretty much kicked
my ass, and then I turned 24 and went to several parties
and went home and couldn't update ye olde site.
So, yeah.  It's a lot easier to maintain a website from
a computer you use on a daily basis, that's for darn sure.
(Why, then, haven't I updated my blog in nearly a month?
Hm.  One of the universe's many mysteries, I presume.)

Anyway.  You want my top 10 albums of '05, dontcha?
I'm not one to disappoint:

10. Weezer, Make Believe
9. Beck, Guero
8. The New Pornographers, Twin Cinema
7. Death Cab for Cutie, Plans
6. Michael Penn, Mr. Hollywood Jr., 1947
5. Kaiser Chiefs, Employment
4. John Vanderslice, Pixel Revolt
3. Nada Surf, The Weight Is a Gift
2. Franz Ferdinand, You Could Have It So Much Better
1. The Decemberists, Picaresque

Ok, to explain myself:
Yeah, a lot of people hated on Weezer this past year, but honestly,
Make Believe had some awesome pop songs on it--and when did we ever
turn to Weezer for insight?  Their songs are primarily for fun, period.
The New Pornographers have moved up the rankings by leaps & bounds,
and they might've moved even higher if I'd gotten the chance
to listen to Twin Cinema more, which is a positively fantastic album.
I couldn't get enough of Kaiser Chiefs back in the spring, and Nada Surf's
newest is certainly as good as, if not better than, their last album.  That is one band
that just keeps getting better with age.  Franz didn't disappoint, either
I think this second album has more staying power than the first, that's for sure.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Picaresque topped my list.
I have done nothing but extol the virtues of the Decemberists all year:
their lyrics are intelligent, poignant and witty; their instrumentation is eclectic;
their stage performance engaging and interactive.  They are without a doubt
my Band of the Year, and I'm SO excited to see Colin Meloy's solo show next month.

So, yeah.  Great albums.  And ExRec '05 is done and being pressed,
so those of who typically receive such things should be checking mailboxes.
If you'd like a copy, shoot me a message and I'm happy to oblige.

Also, it's funny to see in what a different place I was last year at this time.
My, my, my.  I'm glad I'm not working through the law school app process anymore.

And that silly little girly wish for love?  Huh.
Guess that worked itself out, too.