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Incubus - Clean

It's not about possibly bringing other people down! A blog is about expressing yourself. Say what you feel! Your blog, your rules. You seem to be a very strong woman who is generally very fair in your judgements of others. You confess you don't know everything and could be wrong, but you're honest about what you think and feel. And I think that's great.

Anonymous

A vote of confidence. Thank you. The reason I sometimes hesitate to speak as freely as I’d like is because I feel a certain responsibility where my followers are concerned. Most, I sense, are right-brain romantics, and unfortunately for them, I’m a left-brain realist. The one thing a lot of us have in common is the fact that we admire a fellow called Brandon Boyd, but, I think, for very different reasons. He, too, I believe, is a right-brain romantic, but I’m a much bigger fan of his darker side, that angry streak that seems to be gone now, or at least subdued. That part of him that observed the world with such a critical eye, and questioned why things are the way they are. Recent evidence suggests he’s found some answers, which should make me happy for him, and I am, but I’m nevertheless experiencing some difficulty with the product of that contentment. If you listen to the last Incubus album, If Not Now, When?, it’s ALL about demanding happiness. (“When will I get mine?” “When will I stand up and face the bright light?” “I want more than this kite will soar,” “I want more than you can offer…”) I really don’t know how autobiographical these songs are, but the overwhelmed adolescent seems to have succeeded. He endured his ordeal with the wolves in the wilderness, emerged transformed, and now enjoys enchanted evenings on the wings of fireflies. Nothing wrong with that, especially since such happiness is contagious. Unlike my followers, though, I seem to be immune. As usual, I’m overthinking this, but my problem with happy people is that they sometimes tend to be a little too free and easy with the advice. In the world I live in, you put your hand in the spokes and it had better be a hand you won’t be needing any time soon. Ten toes into the abyss? Well, nice to know you. So you see, where everyone else is seeing unicorns and rainbows, all I’m seeing are body parts flying all over the place. And trust me on this one - you swing and miss too many times and eventually you’re out. All this is compounded by the fact that I’m still having a heap of trouble with the whole concept of undoing oneself. “It’s not so hard,” he says. “Just forgive yourself,” which is only the hardest thing in the world. It’s not like you can “just” do it. “It takes courage and control, and you start by letting go” - the OTHER hardest thing in the world. Lately, though, I’ve been thinking that maybe I’ve been trying to let go of the wrong things. Maybe what I need to let go of is this blog, if only to relieve my poor followers of all my pathetic negativity, which can also be contagious. I don’t know. I’m still trying to decide. Meanwhile, I’ve done what I said I wasn’t going to do. I said I wasn’t going to bitch about a perfectly beautiful song, at least not until I’d heard the whole EP. There’s still the possibility that the rest of it will put into context what I’ve heard so far, and I’ll end up having to post a most humble and apologetic retraction. Actually, I’d like nothing better.

Incubus - Speak Free

Good advice. Thank you.

Good advice. Thank you.

How can I stay here without bringing everybody down?

It’s sunny, it’s sparkly, it’s what the diamonds strewn across the blue blanket would sound like if they made a sound, and it scares the bejesus out of me. So I’m pinning all my hopes on #Incufest next week. I’m going to try not to write more about the song before then, because I’m hoping the event and some time spent with the Incufamily will cheer me up and diffuse my difficulties. In the meantime, I’m liking it by listening as though it’s in a language I don’t understand. Actually, it kind of is.

Incubus - Aqueous Transmission (HQ Live)

Somebody’s favorite pipa player has a birthday coming up…

Somebody’s favorite pipa player has a birthday coming up…

Somebody’s favorite pipa player has a birthday coming up…

Coming to #Incufest on June 21 for Mike Einziger's birthday? Show that you're in by adding a pipa to your Twitter profile picture! It's free and easy. Here's how:
BUT WAIT - READ THIS FIRST: Please know that once the pipa is added to your profile picture, the ONLY way to remove it is to go back into your Twitter settings and re-upload your original profile picture (the one without the pipa). So make sure you have it saved somewhere before you do the following:
1.  Go to http://twibbon.com/support/incufest-june-21-20132.  Click “Add to Twitter.”3.  Authorize the app.4.  To add the pipa to your profile picture, click the “Add the Twibbon to Twitter” button. You should be able to re-size and re-position the image before adding it.
Be aware that when you click the “Add the Twibbon to Twitter” button, a tweet will be posted on your behalf (you can delete it if you want), and you will automatically start following Twibbon (you can unfollow them if you want).

Coming to #Incufest on June 21 for Mike Einziger's birthday? Show that you're in by adding a pipa to your Twitter profile picture! It's free and easy. Here's how:

BUT WAIT - READ THIS FIRST: Please know that once the pipa is added to your profile picture, the ONLY way to remove it is to go back into your Twitter settings and re-upload your original profile picture (the one without the pipa). So make sure you have it saved somewhere before you do the following:

1.  Go to http://twibbon.com/support/incufest-june-21-2013
2.  Click “Add to Twitter.”
3.  Authorize the app.
4.  To add the pipa to your profile picture, click the “Add the Twibbon to Twitter” button. You should be able to re-size and re-position the image before adding it.

Be aware that when you click the “Add the Twibbon to Twitter” button, a tweet will be posted on your behalf (you can delete it if you want), and you will automatically start following Twibbon (you can unfollow them if you want).

INCUFEST, THE SEQUEL
Incufans, I’m coming out of Tumblr semi-retirement to remind everyone that there’s just over a week to go before the next installment in the continuing awesomeness of #Incufest. The original plan was to reconvene on Mike’s birthday, June 21st (summer solstice, by the way), but recent developments have given us even more to celebrate. The organizing committee has been tweeting away, and offers the following schedule of events:
FRIDAY, JUNE 21:Join us on Twitter beginning at 11 a.m. EDT (New York time) as we celebrate Mike Einziger’s birthday. And just to make things even more stellar, it’ll be the longest day of the year! ☀
TUESDAY, JUNE 25 through FRIDAY, JUNE 28:We come together again for a Brandon Boyd Mini-Fest, starting with the release of his new EP on the 25th, and culminating with his appearance on the Renman Live webcast on the 28th.
And remember, dears, this is only a suggestion. There’s no law that says we can’t keep tweeting all week long and then some. Where does all this happen? On Twitter, so don’t forget to include the hashtag #Incufest in all of your tweets.
More info and reminders to follow…
(Photo source: earthtobrandon)

INCUFEST, THE SEQUEL

Incufans, I’m coming out of Tumblr semi-retirement to remind everyone that there’s just over a week to go before the next installment in the continuing awesomeness of #Incufest. The original plan was to reconvene on Mike’s birthday, June 21st (summer solstice, by the way), but recent developments have given us even more to celebrate. The organizing committee has been tweeting away, and offers the following schedule of events:

FRIDAY, JUNE 21:
Join us on Twitter beginning at 11 a.m. EDT (New York time) as we celebrate Mike Einziger’s birthday. And just to make things even more stellar, it’ll be the longest day of the year! ☀

TUESDAY, JUNE 25 through FRIDAY, JUNE 28:
We come together again for a Brandon Boyd Mini-Fest, starting with the release of his new EP on the 25th, and culminating with his appearance on the Renman Live webcast on the 28th.

And remember, dears, this is only a suggestion. There’s no law that says we can’t keep tweeting all week long and then some. Where does all this happen? On Twitter, so don’t forget to include the hashtag #Incufest in all of your tweets.

More info and reminders to follow…

(Photo source: earthtobrandon)

The Limousines - Love Is A Dog From Hell

Jun 5

From The Great Gatsby soundtrack, Jack White covering U2, doing his best Robert Plant, and vastly improving on the original. (Wish I could say the same for the movie.)

Jun 2

I think maybe I need to stop doing this. I’ll keep one ear open, but I might be quiet for awhile. Or not. I’ll have to see. Anyway, I’ll be around for our Twitter party for Mike on the 21st.

Jun 1
Hair. Just a distant memory now.
:’(

Hair. Just a distant memory now.

:’(

This is lovely. I just wonder if there’s anyone out there who can think of any woman about whom they would say the same kind of thing. If so, please tell me. I’d really like to know.

azwethinkweizzz:

BB is getting old and wrinkly but i love it. i love the silver strands in his hair and i love the cataracts in his eyes from all those years of surfing in the sun, i love his deep smile lines and the imperfections in his teeth. brandon boyd is perfection.