Self Promotions and The Evens.

Did I ever mention that I write a web-comic? Well I do, maybe you’ll check it out. It updates twice a week and sometimes it is funny.

Wow, I can’t believe I actually went so long without SHAMELESSLY PROMOTING MYSELF! Yeah… I’ve now lost any marginal respect I had earned on this site.

So let’s talk about Mr. MacKaye. For those of you who don’t know, back in the day Ian MacKaye was in a (band or two). I dunno, the details aren’t too clear. Both of these bands played punk rock and were kind of big in the DC area. Maybe you’ve heard of them? Well this was all over a decade ago and since then Ian has gotten older, a little wiser, and chilled out in terms of music. His latest project goes by the name The Evens, and they made their debut in March of 2005. Just like his other bands, The Evens have started making quite a name for themselves in the DC area through their politically charged lyrics and melodic… um melodies.

The Evens are made up of Ian, on the guitar and primary vocalist, and his wife, Amy Farina, on the drums. Together, they create very stripped down acoustic rock. The songs are really carried by the singing, but this is not to subtract from the guitar and drums. In terms of drumming, Amy really doesn’t do anything to particular or noteworthy but Ian’s guitaring really stands out. This is going to sound weak, but the guitar lines really sound unlike anything I have heard before. I don’t know how to really explain it. Ian plays slow and what sounds like very simple “chord” progressions and yet the sound he creates is so incredibly powerful and really draws the listener in. Does that make any sense?

Look I am sorry that this piece is not clearer, but I am really having issues describing The Evens. Just believe me when I say that you will really enjoy the mp3s, and if you don’t then I will make it up to you by buying/giving you a CD of your choice.

The Evens – Shelter Two

The Evens – All These Governors [this is my favorite] (I still won’t support threats Zack.)

The Evens – Mt. Pleasant Isn’t

-Alex

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One Response to Self Promotions and The Evens.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Many people try to achieve goals. Most fail. Some strive, work hard and plan for all the details yet they achieve little or nothing at all. Others strive, work hard, plan and achieve huge success. Yet there are a few individuals who do little else than take small steps and seem to achieve a great deal with what seems like effortlessness. What is the difference between these people and which one would you like to be?
    Most members of the human race fall into two categories – those who live in the past and those who live in the future. Most live in the past. Many of these are the people who achieve very little in their lives and are so fearful of the future that they dare not strike out to get anything. They are the under-achievers who hang onto bad episodes in their lives and either relive them time and again or look at new situations as similar potentialities. They say things like “all men are deceivers” or “all women are interested in is money” or “I can’t do it. I tried before and it didn’t work so why bother!”. Due to bad experiences in the past they believe that all future events will turn out the same way if they dare to go after what they want.
    The other type of person lives in the future. This type tends to create more of the things they want in life. They have a vision of where they want to go and exactly how they are going to get there. They work diligently at making concrete plans and they pursue those plans with a persistent ferocious appetite for success. These people are the high achievers – The Richard Branson and Bill Gates of the world. These people have much to teach us about setting and achieving goals.
    However, there is a third type of person who almost goes unnoticed. They are the person who takes life in its stride and yet achieve most of what they want. I am sure you know of such a person in your life that just seems to saunter through life and yet they always come out on top. Or a person who you hear of that has decided to open a shop. You meet them a few months later and they have three shops all doing well! So what makes these people so successful and if they aren’t living in the past and aren’t living in the future where are they living?
    I suppose you guessed it! Whether they are consciously aware of it or not they are living in the present. It is in the ‘living’ present that we have our greatest power. Everything happens in the present. You live your entire life there – even if your mind does not!
    By becoming more aware of the present and by ‘accepting’ it as it is we are much more in control of our emotions and focus. When we live in the past we are fearful of making bad choices and/or getting hurt. We do not wish to recreate the past again! When we live in the future we can also be fearful of what might happen. But even if your future vision is full of power and worthy of working towards many people can, and often do, get stuck there. By constantly reaching for bigger and better goals they fail to enjoy what they have in the moment.
    If you wish to start living a life that is almost effortless begin first by living in the present. Accept your situation the way it is and then you can enjoy what you have. Your focus changes from a memory of what was or a vision of what might be to a realization of what is. You become much more empowered to then see the beauty of life and also look at where you wish to make changes. But to make changes you must first accept the situation as it is. Trying to escape from your present only increases your focus on your problems by creating resistance to what is. Accept your life as it is now. Make no judgement, just accept it and then you will be free of doubt, worry, pain and fear. For you only experience these things when you live outside the ‘moment’. personal development

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