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Wow, an update! Big one, too. Well, it's a little late, but here's my annual "most influential artists list" (with songs by each) Here's the list, and down below is comments with lyric quotes.

Bright Eyes: Poison Oak/The Difference in the Shades (tie)
Rilo Kiley: The Absence of God
Cursive: A Gentleman Caller
Modest Mouse: Cowboy Dan
Elliott Smith: Pitseleh
Pretty Girls Make Graves: Bring it on the Golden Pond
Belle and Sebastian: If You’re Feeling Sinister
Quasi: the Poisoned Well
Tilly and the Wall: I Always Knew
Q and not U: Nine Things Everybody Knows

Bright Eyes: Poison Oak/The Difference in the Shades (tie)
Bright Eyes was #1 last year and hasn’t really moved. Conor continues to amaze me, his lyrics are unparalleled in my opinion. As far as the songs, I really couldn’t decide. Poison Oak has more recently been my favorite, it is off one of the two new albums, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning. It’s beautiful and is the source for my newest AIM name…but The Difference in the Shades has had more staying power. Away messages from more than one part of this song…quoted it at random. I just love them both.
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Rilo Kiley: Absence of God
Like Bright Eyes, Rilo is holding the same spot it did last year. I still love Jenny and Blake despite their popularity, and their new album, while not stellar, was quite good. This song was one of the two best off More Adventurous, the other being the title song. Frug was a close second for me, although off their first album, but I decided on this one since it’s been my anthem for quite some time now, and it’s proven to be very true for me.
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Cursive: A Gentleman Caller
I already loved cursive and I had owned this CD for a while, but I really listened to it driving to school this year. With the windows rolled down, screaming these lyrics I realized the genius that is Tim Kashner. I think this is an amazing thematic album, it all fits together almost like an opera.
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Modest Mouse: Cowboy Dan
Not much for the ever-so-popular Float On, I did discover the amazing band that Andy is so devoted to. Like my boy, it took me a while to realize the brillance of this song, but once I did, I fell. The slower section towards the end just mesmerizes me, and all the rest is incredible too.
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Elliott Smith: Pitseleh
This has emerged as my favorite Elliott Smith song, although I Didn’t Understand is a close second. This one embodies the melancholy he was know for. I’m still absorbing his last album, let you know about that one next year.
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Pretty Girls Make Graves: Bring it on the Golden Pond
I saw them open for Deathcab and they have since become a favorite surpassing the main act. I hate to admit that I enjoyed this song for almost a month before I knew the lyrics. It just has a great pace, good for getting me going before work. After I finally looked up the lyrics I liked it even better. They’re simple, but true.
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Belle and Sebastian: If You’re Feeling Sinister
I sort of rediscovered this album and in especial this song…very nicely written.
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Quasi: The Poisoned Well
The ironic thing is I haven’t really listened to this CD in months, but for a while it was extremely influential in my life, getting me through a hard time by providing the appropriate feelings for me.
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Q and not U: Nine Things Everybody Knows
This CD is also a nice, high-energy one, this song has also seemed meaningful to me at times.
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Current Mood: sleepy
Current Music: bright eyes: poison oak

andrea's guide to enjoying every moment: (in no particular order.)
1. drive with the windows rolled down. (economical too!)
2. listen to good music in your car, really loud. (sing along.)
3. when you want a hug, ask for one. (I haven't gotten turned down yet.)
4. send text messages. (give and ye shall recieve.)
5. drink wine. (I recommend clos du bois russian river valley chardonnay.)
6. find someone to kiss. (one of the great things in life.)
7. force people to burn you cds. (tickle torture and bribery work well.)
8. paint. (it doesn't matter if you're good or not.)
9. buy new clothes. (if you can afford it...)
10. smile. (if you act happy, you'll feel happy.)

if you need more advice, I've got it.
three weeks and school will be done.
I'm thinking of a partyish on the 20th to celebrate.
after that, I'm calling all of you to hang out!
Be ready.
<3 A

"Your heart felt good it was drippin' pitch and made of wood
And your hands and knees felt cold and wet on the grass."

Current Mood: happy
Current Music: modest mouse: third planet

Love is the strangest thing I've yet encountered.
I knew of a couple once who called eachother pet names so that it was sickening, and they wanted to get married when they'd been together the shortest of times. Now they're good friends, and I think I may be more saddened by it then they.
I knew a girl who is half of a couple and on myspace she and her boyfriend post how they miss eachother, and cute little hearts. I very selfishly hope these people I barely know will stay together forever.
I knew a couple who did things so stupid and so typically young I wondered if they were better together or apart. Now that they live across the country from each other I still wonder.
I knew a girl who was so young and lonely and friendless that she fell in love with a boy she had never met, would cry every night that he lived so far away, spent every waking moment thinking of him. Another boy who was very nearby wooed her with big philosophical ideas and she forgot about her love.
and I know this girl, who has never been in a relationship, and yet considers herself an expert. She's so sure she's doing it right she scares herself. But when she looks into his blue eyes, it doesn't seem scary anymore.

"And I never thought this life was possible
you're the yellow bird that I've been waiting for.
The end of paralysis,
I was a statuette."

Current Mood: emotional
Current Music: bright eyes: poision oak

So I'm reading this incredibly creepy book right now. It's on urban legends and since I'm an apparently abnormal person who hasn't heard many of them, they strike me as very scary! I guess if I wanted to hear more I'd have to hang around a sorority or fraternity or something...but I have an idea! Leave a comment and tell me one you've heard and then I can tell you whether it's in the book, or whatever. If it's not, then at least I get to hear more creepy stories! ...I'll just have to leave the light on when I'm reading them.

"I don't think I ever loved you more than
when you turned away,
when you slammed the door,
when you stole the car
and drove to mexico,
and you wrote bad checks
just to fill your arm."

Current Mood: determined
Current Music: bright eyes: poision oak

This is the first Valentine's day in 3 years that I've had someone in my heart. I don't think anything can get me down today. Not my four hours of sleep, or my awful close last night. Spread the love today, guys. I've got enough for all of you.

"this is the first day of my life.
I swear I was born right in the doorway.
I went out in the rain, suddenly everything changed,
they're spreading blankets on the beach.
yours is the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met you,
now I don't know where I am,
I don't know where I've been,
but I know where I want to go.
so I thought I'd let you know.
Yeah, these things take forever,
I especially am slow.
But I realize that I need you and
I wondered if I could come home?"

Current Mood: chipper
Current Music: bright eyes: the first day of my life

On Wednesday driving home from school I stopped at a light in anaheim.
I looked in my rear view mirror and was distressed to see the girl behind me in a vw bug crying while her boyfriend tried to explain whatever cruelty he had just laid on her.
I averted my eyes, almost embarassed to be part of their so private moment, and a full family, from old crippled grandmother to elementary school children, was crossing in front of me. They were all rather charicatures of their family role, and they all had ash crosses on their foreheads.
I had bright eyes blaring, and I felt for just a moment as if I was in some sort of strange dream.
Then the light changed and life continued...

"am I mistaken
when I woke up this morning
without you there
I was shaken to my very foundation."

Current Mood: lazy
Current Music: rainier maria: long knives

"I know that it is freezing but I think we have to walk
I keep waving at the taxis they keep turning their lights off
But Julie knows a party at some actor's west side loft
Supplies are endless in the evening by the morning they'll be gone
When everything is lonely I can be my own best friend
I get a coffee and the paper
Have my own conversations with the sidewalk and the pigeons and my window reflection
The mask I polish in the evening by the morning looks like shit
And I know you have a heavy heart
I can feel it when we kiss
So many men stronger than me have throw their backs out trying to lift it
But me I'm not a gamble you can count on me to split
The love I sell you in the evening by the morning won't exist
You're looking skinny like a model with your eyes all painted black
You just keep going to the bathroom always say you'll be right back
Well, it takes one to know one, kid, I think you got it bad
What's so easy in the evening by the morning's such a drag
I got a flask inside my pocket we can share it on the train
And if you promise to stay conscious I will try and do the same
Well we might die from medication but we sure killed all the pain
But what was normal in the evening by the morning seems insane
And I'm not sure what the trouble was that started all of this
The reasons all have run away but the feeling never did
It's not something I would recommend but it is one way to live
Cause what is simple in the moonlight by the morning never is
It was so simple in the moonlight now it's so complicated
It was so simple in the moonlight"

Current Mood: a little sad...
Current Music: bright eyes: lua

Okay, so I got back from my trip about 7 hours ago. SF and Pismo were amazing, San Francisco especially. SFMOMA (Museum of Modern Art) was really fantastic, seeing all that art made me giddy. I also met Andy's dad and little sister and spent time with all his family, and saw his home town. All of that was really great too, I really like Santa Rosa. I guess I'll give you guys my top 5 moments to keep this brief and interesting.
1. SFMOMA. (lichtenstein, johns, rothko, rauschenberg, and many more...)
2. Whispering secrets in the dark with Andy, talking, cuddling.
3. Being with Andy's family and listening to his dad talk about his passion, his vineyard.
4. Getting lost in NorCal somewhere between San Raphael and Petaluma. ("I think the 101's just up ahead...")
5. Walking around SF in the freezing cold holding hands with Andy.

Anyway, I start school on monday, so tomorrow is cleaning, laundry, and hanging out, and sunday will be working and buying school supplies! Also, this looks fun...
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ps: got the new bright eyes cds, awesome so far!
EDIT: Wow, you guys are good at this! Shoulda made it harder!

"and all the way home held your camera like a bible, just wishing so bad that it held some kind of truth."

Current Mood: content
Current Music: bright eyes: old soul song (for the new world order)

I was reading this survey and I thought I have many very different answers than the last time I did one, so I thought I’d fill it out while I’m sitting here in bed trying to ignore my pounding head and amazing congestion by not moving. (Oh shit, what a run-on! Mr. Riner would give me an F-) So here’s the problem, I always have problems with some of the questions, and they never cover everything, hence me making the longest survey ever. But that’s so long no one (except I think sean and andy?) read it. So, this one is manageable size, and pretty cool.

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“all we are all we are all we are
is trying not to fall into line
all we are is dealing with what we got
and trying not to fall into line.”

ps: next week I'm taking a trip to SF, e-mail me your address so I can send you a post card! hyperbatchick(at)juno.com

Current Mood: chipper
Current Music: pretty girls make graves: bring it on golden pond

I had a really good christmas, one of those where you actually feel the other people got you more than you got them...I felt a little guilty. The two big presents I got (one from each parent) were a trip with Andy to San Francisco and spots inbetween, and...

Very exciting. And my sunday night activities? 1. clean room. 2. do laundry. 3. rock out:

<3 andrea...
"So let go-let it go just get in
Oh it's so amazing here
It's alright
'Cos there's beauty in the breakdown"

Current Mood: optimistic
Current Music: frou frou: let go
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