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you're always defending them. they wrote some nice songs but theyre way overrated. I'd rather hear Rilo Kiley or the Shins.

L Roca (Tasty Choice), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 12:40 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't bore you w/my problems

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 12:44 (sixteen years ago) link

Er, um...who is this?

The Shins are, er, ok, I guess.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 12:47 (sixteen years ago) link

I've always been on the fence about the G-Bs. Like "Tallulah" pretty well, and some of "Rachel Worth." They're really good, maybe my problem is that I find them a bit dry? Production often is problematic. The piece in the Voice on the latest one sums up pretty well what I've always thought about them, actually. I don't mind the Shins, they do a nice Colin Blunstone/Nilsson imitation I guess. The GBs seem way beyond that, in my opinion.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 13:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Why does L Roca like Rilo Kiley so much? I'd rather hear anything else.

But seriously, the McLennan and Forster write incredible lyrics.

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 14:08 (sixteen years ago) link

I've written at length about them here:

http://stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=2510

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 14:10 (sixteen years ago) link

Who wants 'incredible lyrics'? Is this site called 'I Love Lyrics'?

snotty moore, Tuesday, 31 May 2005 14:26 (sixteen years ago) link

The write great music, then.

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 15:37 (sixteen years ago) link

"They"

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 15:37 (sixteen years ago) link

I like'em cuz they're smart, full of atttude, a bit awkward and clumsy, seemed to have learned how to write songs that encompass what's best and worst about having loved and lost; I like how sometimes they seem so poncey that i want to throw their albums across the room.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 15:42 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Hi Alfred. I have a question for you:

What instrumental acts or albums do you like? You can include classical or jazz, but I'm mostly wondering if there's any instrumental rock/electronic music that appeals to you.

Cheers,

jaymc

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 16 November 2006 17:27 (fifteen years ago) link

lol. Why this thread?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 16 November 2006 17:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Why not use it to talk about the Go-Betweens too? (I've finally been getting around to getting the double-disc reissues of the eighties stuff.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 16 November 2006 17:37 (fifteen years ago) link

xpost Only one with your name in the title. A mod could change it to ASK ALFRED SOTO if so desired.

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 16 November 2006 17:37 (fifteen years ago) link

go-betweens pwn!

M@tt He1geson: Sassy and I Don't Care Who Knows It (Matt Helgeson), Thursday, 16 November 2006 17:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Actually, I'd prefer a thread name change (I never figured out the identity of the original poster; probably a friend under an assumed name).

Since you're asking, jaymc, at home I've got Miles Davis' Live-Evil on the carousel. Instrumental stuff I like that's not jazz: Reich, Eno, Hassell, not much else that's not vaguely trance-y.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 16 November 2006 17:40 (fifteen years ago) link

How are those reissues, Ned? I only own the Tallulah and 16 Lovers Lane double discs.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 16 November 2006 17:41 (fifteen years ago) link

The extras on Spring Hill Fair are so-so. The versions of Unkind and Unwise are nice but otherwise only alright.

dan. (dan.), Thursday, 16 November 2006 18:19 (fifteen years ago) link

God, but "Newton Told Me" is a stunner.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 16 November 2006 18:26 (fifteen years ago) link

I was betting that you'd say the second half of Bowie's Low.

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 16 November 2006 18:36 (fifteen years ago) link

i really like the "striped sunlight sound" dvd+cd that came out early this year. a live show on the dvd and cd (acoustic and full band) and another acoustic living room grant and robert deal where they go through the songbook chronologically and talk about what was going on at the time. check your local tower and get it cheap.

go-betweens stuff to look out for: acoustic 16 lovers lane demos and acoustic munich radio show.

dan (dan), Thursday, 16 November 2006 18:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Who wants 'incredible lyrics'? Is this site called 'I Love Lyrics'?

CLAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSIC!

Stephen Bush (Stephen B.), Thursday, 16 November 2006 18:52 (fifteen years ago) link

speaking of lyrics, there's a moment on the live show of the dvd i just mentioned where grant and robert drop the opening verse of love minus zero/no limit into an acoustic "clouds". it's spooky and perfect.

dan (dan), Thursday, 16 November 2006 19:06 (fifteen years ago) link

call me alfred

pernicus (pernicus), Thursday, 16 November 2006 19:16 (fifteen years ago) link

That's my favorite part of the show too.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 16 November 2006 19:16 (fifteen years ago) link

it's true like ice like fire.

dan (dan), Thursday, 16 November 2006 20:12 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

just played "R[E]SCREEN" in scrabble for a bingo, thanking u.

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 29 January 2010 23:46 (eleven years ago) link

six months pass...

Alfred, I'm sorry for judging you so harshly. Perhaps you didn't notice.

Anyway, you're fine by me now. Also, I like Miami. I have cousins there.

Henry's Hepcat (admrl), Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:01 (eleven years ago) link

miami is awesome.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:12 (eleven years ago) link

Alfred's a good dude

markers, Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:15 (eleven years ago) link

It's raining buckets at the moment. I'm listening to Funkadelic's "I'll Stay" and am thinking of cooking a couple of pork chops. I cringe when I remember I have federal jury duty tomorrow.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:20 (eleven years ago) link

just say "they're all guilty," and you'll walk out of jury duty -- without being selected -- in just a few short hours.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:22 (eleven years ago) link

actually, federal jury duty is interesting. federal district court judges are whipsmart. it's interesting to watch them judge cases.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:22 (eleven years ago) link

lol Daniel

markers, Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:26 (eleven years ago) link

I could of course refuse to give my address except "in chambers" -- a line Mom used last year when she was getting screened to serve on a federal murder trial. She was excused.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:26 (eleven years ago) link

"being distracted by pressing work commitments" also works well.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:28 (eleven years ago) link

Racial slurs help too ("Sorry, counsel, but he's black so he probably did it").

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:33 (eleven years ago) link

sing all yr answers instead of speaking them and would at least slightly increase the chances of yr procuring a record deal before sunset tomorrow

markers, Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:35 (eleven years ago) link

*that would

markers, Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:36 (eleven years ago) link

oh, markers -- I finally deleted The Suburbs from my hard drive. My computers will dream of electric sleep more soundly.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:37 (eleven years ago) link

re jury duty: just crack open a bottle of banyuls rimage les clos de paulilles dessert wine tonight, then wing it tomorrow.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:39 (eleven years ago) link

Well, "no jury duty selection at this time," according to the hotline. Now I can relax.

Someone ask me a question. I got a nice tanline today!

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:50 (eleven years ago) link

justin bieber is terrible and his popularlity is the result of him being forced on the public, right?

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:51 (eleven years ago) link

did you mean George W. Bush?

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:55 (eleven years ago) link

him too.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:56 (eleven years ago) link

RIP The Suburbs

markers, Sunday, 15 August 2010 22:10 (eleven years ago) link

i'm actually surprised you weren't looking forward to federal jury duty even a little, al. i've also wondered if pretending to be racist or something would work - what if they found out you did it on purpose?

k3vin k., Sunday, 15 August 2010 22:43 (eleven years ago) link

i dunno how they could, racists aren't registered in any database

plate of dinosaurs (San Te), Sunday, 15 August 2010 22:44 (eleven years ago) link

yeah obv but i would probably give myself away somehow

k3vin k., Sunday, 15 August 2010 22:45 (eleven years ago) link

i doubt anybody seriously tries it IRL because of similar fears. just gotta keep it consistent. if you say you hate all Mexicans because a mexican killed your family, you better kill your family in case they check up on u

plate of dinosaurs (San Te), Sunday, 15 August 2010 22:46 (eleven years ago) link

Thanks!

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 21:29 (one year ago) link

Happy Birthday!

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 21:33 (one year ago) link

busted jake gyllenhal jpg^

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 21:48 (one year ago) link

Jake as Jeffrey Hunter.

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 21:56 (one year ago) link

I miss Morbs too :/

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 21:56 (one year ago) link

happy birthday!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 21:57 (one year ago) link

well, yeah

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 22:25 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Happy birthday Alfred. Raising a Negroni in your honor tonight.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 18 November 2021 14:57 (two weeks ago) link

Tonight?! Now, you scalawag.

Thanks, jon!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 November 2021 14:59 (two weeks ago) link

Let me ask you a hypothermical question.

Sterl of the Quarter (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 18 November 2021 15:27 (two weeks ago) link

HB Alfred!

hocus pocus, alakazam (PBKR), Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:22 (two weeks ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/I0x2x5G.gif HAPPY https://i.imgur.com/I0x2x5G.gif BIRTHDAY !!!

just staying (Karl Malone), Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:37 (two weeks ago) link

sorry about the spilled ice cube and hope your smoke alarm doesn't go off

just staying (Karl Malone), Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:37 (two weeks ago) link

Happy birthday Prince Alfred!!

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:40 (two weeks ago) link

happy birthday alfred!!!

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:42 (two weeks ago) link

happy birthday so to
happy birthday so to
happy birthday your lordship

Etc

popcornoscenti (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:43 (two weeks ago) link

Omigod those Negronis

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 November 2021 17:36 (two weeks ago) link

Thanks, all! You've made the last few years endurable.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 November 2021 17:36 (two weeks ago) link

don't know you at all alfred, but definitely enjoy your presence here. hope it's a great day for you. i will drink an effervescent nonalcoholic beverage in your honor. cheers.

the beginning of the end of discourse. (Austin), Thursday, 18 November 2021 18:28 (two weeks ago) link

happy birthday, may the cocktails be adundant

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 18 November 2021 18:33 (two weeks ago) link

don't know you at all alfred, but definitely enjoy your presence here. hope it's a great day for you. i will drink an effervescent nonalcoholic beverage in your honor. cheers.

― the beginning of the end of discourse. (Austin), v

More importantly: listen to an effervescent Everything But the Girl album from 1990. Thanks!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 November 2021 18:57 (two weeks ago) link

Happy Birthday Alfred - just one question, cocktail-related: a couple of years ago you were touting the aperitif Italicus, which comes in a beautiful aquamarine bottle; do you still use it on a regular basis, or are you over it? If the latter, have you discovered any other aperitifs since then?

Josefa, Friday, 19 November 2021 00:54 (one week ago) link

I do, yeah. Tonight. I use it in martinis and Negronis.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 19 November 2021 00:57 (one week ago) link

and thanks!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 19 November 2021 00:59 (one week ago) link

How much of it goes into a martini?

Josefa, Friday, 19 November 2021 01:04 (one week ago) link

Cheers and happy birthday to you good sir!

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 19 November 2021 01:07 (one week ago) link

I moisten the glass at most, Josefa.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 19 November 2021 02:21 (one week ago) link

You know that great, great Polish actor, Joseph Tura?

Sterl of the Quarter (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 19 November 2021 02:21 (one week ago) link

Happy birthday! I enjoy your writing/Twitter posts!

BlackIronPrison, Friday, 19 November 2021 02:23 (one week ago) link

Happy birthday Alfred!

Lily Dale, Friday, 19 November 2021 03:51 (one week ago) link

alfred, how many negronis today. let's hear it. i'm near the end of my bottle of wine, a pinot noir, which i drank in your honor. in your honor!

I, I'm a one way motorway
I'm the one that drives away, follows you back home
I, I'm a street light shining
I'm a white light blinding bright, burning off and on
Uh-huh

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

I, I'm a new day rising
I'm a brand new sky to hang the stars upon tonight
But I, I'm a little divided
Do I stay or run away and leave it all behind?
Uh-huh

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again
It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/foofighters/timeslikethese.html

just staying (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 November 2021 04:39 (one week ago) link

i really love these lines, especially:

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again

just staying (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 November 2021 04:40 (one week ago) link

happy muthafuckin birrrrrrrrrthday, Soto!

Cool Im An Situation (Neanderthal), Friday, 19 November 2021 05:18 (one week ago) link

alfred, how many negronis today. let's hear it.


A well-known negroni connoisseur put it like this:
“Confine your drinking to a recommended dosage of 2 of these maximum. Because around number 3, it’s where did my pants go and who the hell are you”

But since it's your birthday some kinda mayhem may be appropriate, idk. All the best, Alfred, to many more years of writing - cheers!

willem, Friday, 19 November 2021 05:21 (one week ago) link

happy bday Alfred

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 19 November 2021 05:35 (one week ago) link

My top number of negronis is two.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 19 November 2021 06:04 (one week ago) link

Happy bday alfred!

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 19 November 2021 06:04 (one week ago) link

I had one at my favorite Argentine restaurant -- on the house! These people never do those gestures.

I only have one Negroni. Two and I start ogling women.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 19 November 2021 10:27 (one week ago) link

happy birfday!

Tracer Hand, Friday, 19 November 2021 12:08 (one week ago) link

Belated birthday wishes!

o. nate, Saturday, 20 November 2021 01:14 (one week ago) link

Besos for everyone!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 20 November 2021 01:35 (one week ago) link

so you're a scorpio

Dan S, Saturday, 20 November 2021 01:43 (one week ago) link

Magnetic and bottomless charming

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 20 November 2021 01:43 (one week ago) link

:)

Dan S, Saturday, 20 November 2021 01:50 (one week ago) link

your birthday is the same as my folks anniversary and 4 days after mine. Scorpio pals!

Cool Im An Situation (Neanderthal), Saturday, 20 November 2021 02:24 (one week ago) link

thanks!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 20 November 2021 15:11 (one week ago) link

A well-known negroni connoisseur put it like this:
“Confine your drinking to a recommended dosage of 2 of these maximum. Because around number 3, it’s where did my pants go and who the hell are you.”-Glenn Frey

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 20 November 2021 15:17 (one week ago) link

well, yeah

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 November 2021 16:25 (one week ago) link


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