Wednesday, May 21, 2008

San Francisco Days, San Francisco Nights (part II)

Day three in San Francisco we went to Fisherman's Wharf. I think RW and I were both a little underwhelmed (very touristy), but we did take a nice bay cruise around Alcatraz and underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. The highlight from day three was easily Haight Street and Amoeba Music. Diddlefinger was right, Amoeba rocks!
Day four was fairly uneventful- we walked around, had an early lunch, browsed a few shops, and sat outside and drink java before catching our shuttle back to the airport.
All in all it was a good trip. SF is a cool city, but I can't understand how anyone can afford to live there. A small studio apartment in the city cost more to rent than my monthly mortgage payment. SF is truly a melting pot of diversity and it's interesting to compare it to a city like Denver.
Help Me I'm in Hell
The album of the week is Broken by NIN, and I can't begin to tell you how good this album has sounded today. It sends tingles up my spine, I feel like a teenager... Listening to Broken brings out my inner rage and makes me feel euphoric at the same time. This album is a classic, along with Pretty Hate Machine and The Downward Spiral.
Trent Reznor is one of the most important artist of my lifetime. His music, even the remixes are always vital. Below are my top 5 NIN albums in order.
1. The Downward Spiral
2. Pretty Hate Machine
3. Broken
4. YearZeroMixed
5. Further Down the Spiral
Portishead - Third
I got the new Portishead album a week or so ago. It's pretty good, although it didn't hook me immediately like Dummy... but this is a richer and more mature album. I think it'll grow on me after repeated listens.

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