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Monday, November 25th, 2002
10:50 am - Return from the back burner
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From the Desk of Ms. JordynCollapse )


current mood: busy
Sunday, September 1st, 2002
12:23 am - The day has come, in record time
Hours until move: 6 hours

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Due to my move to Chicago, this Sunday (Today!), Runs with Scissors: Jordyn's journal, will be going on a week hiatus, and should hopefully return by Sept. 8th with a whole new schedule, in a new bi-weekly format.

Thank you to all of those who regularly read this journal,
and I look forward to returning, ASAP.

xo
-Jordyn

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current mood: excited
Monday, August 26th, 2002
8:54 am - ..::Albums that are in high rotation on my stereo this week:
B000069DOG.01.MZZZZZZZ Sleater-Kinney "One Beat"

B000003TA9.01.MZZZZZZZ Sonic Youth "Dirty"

B000003TB0.01.MZZZZZZZ Sonic Youth "Exp. Jet Set, Trash & No Star"

B00000581P.01.MZZZZZZZ Bettie Serveert "Palomine"

B0000064AD.01.MZZZZZZZ Miranda July "Binet-Simon Test"

B000000M2A.01.MZZZZZZZ fIREHOSE "Sometimes"
8:36 am - Drink in the hope that the city brings
Photo of the Week

chic00
Photo: http://www.urban75.org

Days until move: This weekend!

This week's features:

Top 5 Most Influential Albums of the Past 5 yrs.
Introducing: The Standard
Artist Spotlight: Mudhoney
Peek Into the Mind: Kim Gordon
Upcoming/New Releases: A week of new releases' reviews, posted daily, until Saturday.
Movie Review: "Chelsea Walls," the directorial debut of actor/writer, Ethan Hawke. Starring Uma Thurman, Kris Kristofferson, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Steve Zahn.
Book Review: "Ash Wednesday: A Novel", the latest novel from actor/writer Ethan Hawke, who previously wrote 1996's, "The Hottest State."

...Been looking so long now
And no one's seen and no one's heard
But when I go out tonight
I'm going to put on a fitted shirt...


current mood: busy
Tuesday, August 20th, 2002
8:28 am - Peek Into the Mind: Joaquin Phoenix
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Photo: http://www.joaquin-phoenix.net

Joaquin Phoenix InterviewCollapse )


current mood: working
8:04 am - Introducing: Golden
bandphoto_cover250 The word on the street is that "The dudes in Golden like to rock," and rock this DC quartet does. With their fourth album "Apollo Stars," released in July already creating buzz as "their best yet," the guys or "dudes," that make up Golden have proved that after almost a decade of creating music together, they still have a few surprises in their bag. With their rock 'n' roll charm and what some are calling "math rock," Golden have explored African American/West African influences, which will shock most listeners on how well they blend the sounds together, creating a rich sound. As one reviewer dubs it "These boys assault the senses by mixing surf rock's high-energy hilarity, math rock's angular intensity, and punk rock's out-and-out ferociousness." The funny thing about Golden is that even after forming, in 1993, their fans have remained underground and Golden only now has been pushed into the forefront of music today. In a somewhat ironic twist, chances are you are aware of some, if not all, of the members of Golden, through their previous or current bands. B00006AL55.01.MZZZZZZZ Guitarist/vocalist Alex Minoff, for instance, was a member of Sub Pop rebels Six Finger Satellite, the much respected Make-Up, and the still in the works, Scene Creamers; bassist Philip Manley is a member of electro visionaries, Trans Am; drummer Jon Theodore is somewhat of an indie-rock staple, appearing in such bands as Royal Trux, Palace, and what he describes as his "day job," Mars Volta. With an upcoming tour to be released on the US, which has also been dubbed as "Goldenization," the guys of Golden are worth a shot and even more importantly, they have paid their dues and deserve it.


Photo: http://www.epitonic.com

current mood: busy
Monday, August 19th, 2002
10:09 am - ..::Albums that are in high rotation on my stereo this week:
B000001IPP.01.MZZZZZZZ Rancid "Let's Go"

INS14431 Glass Candy & the Shattered Theatre "Love On A Plate"

DELTA_PAROX11 Delta Dart "Lone Star"



BANGS_TIO2 The Bangs "Maggie the Cat"

ole-557 Pavement "Slanted & Enchanted"

B000005JB1.01.MZZZZZZZ Richard Hell & Voidoids "Blank Generation"

current mood: productive
9:08 am - This is not a repeat, it's a remix
Photo of the Week:

lon031
Photo: http://www.urban75.org

Days until move: 12

This week's features:

Top 5 Most Influential Albums of the Past 5 yrs.
Introducing: Golden
Artist Spotlight: Coldplay
Peek Into the Mind: Joaquin Phoenix
Upcoming/New Releases
Movie Review: "Chelsea Walls," the directorial debut of actor/writer, Ethan Hawke. Starring Uma Thurman, Kris Kristofferson, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Steve Zahn.
Book Review: "Ash Wednesday: A Novel", the latest novel from actor/writer Ethan Hawke, who previously wrote 1996's, "The Hottest State."

...If you gave me sunshine,
you might not see it again,
I'd borrow it and give it back on the weekends...


current mood: busy
Monday, August 12th, 2002
11:47 am - ..::Albums that are in high rotation on my stereo this week:
B000002U00.01.MZZZZZZZ Luscious Jackson "Fever In, Fever Out"

dcr11cov Happy Supply "Happy Supply"

B000002MWY.01.MZZZZZZZ Wilco "A.M."



B000009NSD.01.MZZZZZZZ Murmurs "Blender"

B000002KLM.01.MZZZZZZZ The B-52's "Wild Planet"

CHARM_GER014 KRS V/A "Charm"

current mood: productive
10:04 am - Now with all natural ingredients
Photo of the Week:

ny037
Photo: http://www.urban75.org

Days until move: 19

This week's features:

Top 5 Most Influential Albums of the Past 5 yrs.
Introducing: Golden
Artist Spotlight: Coldplay
Peek Into the Mind: Joaquin Phoenix
Upcoming/New Releases
Movie Review: "Chelsea Walls," the directorial debut of actor/writer, Ethan Hawke. Starring Uma Thurman, Kris Kristofferson, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Steve Zahn.
Book Review: "Ash Wednesday: A Novel", the latest novel from actor/writer Ethan Hawke, who previously wrote 1996's, "The Hottest State."

Runs With Scissors News: Well, 2 more weeks left of weekly schedules, and then a week hiatus of Runs With Scissors scheduling. During which I begin the process of starting my life in Chicago. I'm hoping the hiatus will only be a week, which afterwards Runs With Scissors will resume to a new biweekly scheduling of more new bands, old bands, reviews, and much more!

...That man with no home, was once a baby, a little baby
That lady with no home, can't remember how she got there...


current mood: busy
Thursday, August 8th, 2002
10:52 am - Introducing: Quix*o*tic
factsheet What do you get when you combine a former member of the all-female punk trio and now sadly defected, Slant 6 and a former member of both Orthrelm and Octis? The answer is simple: Quix*o*tic. Possibly one of Washington DC's best kept secret, now that Bill Clinton is out of office, together since 1997, Quix*o*tic combines the street smarts of Slant 6, with a moody, dare I say goth-esqe vibe. Vocalist/guitarist, Christina Billotte, who besides being a former card carrying member of Slant 6, also was a member of pre-Helium, Autoclave, with Ms. Mary Timony, and a brief stint in riot-grrrl elite, Bratmobile, lets go of the in your face, garage-punk buzz, of Slant 6. Recruiting her sister, Mira Billotte, on drums and Mick Barr (Orthrelm/Octis), who replaced former bassist, Brendan Majewski, Christina and cohorts take an introspective, fundamental, and somewhat bluesy twist on rock music today. QUIXOTIC_381 Some reviewers of Quix*o*tic's sophomore album, "Mortal Mirror," have described Christina's vocals as, "a cross between Mary Timony and an old Black blues singer." And rightfully so, Quix*o*tic, now signed to west coast famed, Kill Rock Stars, released "Mortal Mirror," (complete with their ladylike cover of Black Sabbath's "Lord of this World.") this past July, and have been on a cross country tour since, sharing their almost womb-like and intimate approach to rock n roll. Their shows, much like their albums, will linger within your ears, making you sway to and fro, with your eyes closed and your feet softly keeping the jazz-like beat. Definitely keep an eye open for Quix*o*tic throughout your local venues. It's a show no one should miss.

For more details on Quix*o*tic, check out the Kill Rock Stars page or their own Quix*o*tic Fansite.

Photo: http://www.killrockstars.com

current mood: productive
Wednesday, August 7th, 2002
12:37 pm - Peek Into the Mind: Moon Unit Zappa
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Click to Read Some of Moon Unit Zappa's WritingCollapse )


current mood: okay
Monday, August 5th, 2002
9:07 am - ..::Albums that are in high rotation on my stereo this week:
B00001QEFG.01.MZZZZZZZ Heather Duby "Post to Wire"

DISHES_89001 The Dishes "The Dishes"

B00000IFW1.01.MZZZZZZZ Fountains of Wayne "Utopia Parkway"



B00004RJ29.01.MZZZZZZZ Braid "Lucky to Be Alive"

B0000658HK.01.MZZZZZZZ Sloan "Pretty Together"

B000002UVZ.01.MZZZZZZZ R.E.M. "Lifes Rich Pageant"

current mood: busy
8:18 am - This is daytime TV yeah, yeah
Photo of the Week:

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Photo: http://www.urban75.org

Days until move: 26

This week's features:

Top Albums List for Side Projects
Introducing: Quix*o*tic
Artist Spotlight: Sleater-Kinney
Peek Into the Mind: Moon Unit Zappa
Upcoming/New Releases
Movies: New in Rentals
Book Review: "Ash Wednesday: A Novel", the latest novel from actor/writer Ethan Hawke, who previously wrote 1996's, "The Hottest State."

....Some girls they have natural ease
they wear it any way they please
with their French flip curls
and perfumed magazines....


current mood: awake
Friday, August 2nd, 2002
2:19 pm - ..::New Releases/Upcoming Album Reviews
B000069CMJ.01.LZZZZZZZ Jawbreaker *Etc.*
With the release of "Etc.," a collection of both A-sides, B-sides, plus outtakes and cover, many Jawbreaker fans can give a sigh of relief, after anticipating such an album since Jawbreaker's breakup in 1996. Though some may argue their status as the "godfathers of emo," it's hard to dismiss the musical gems that this west coast transplants to the east band put forth, during their career. With their beat that danced upon the thin line of punk and pop, Jawbreaker captured many listeners with their rock attitude and emo-inspiring lyrics. On "Etc.," new and old fans are able to take a deeper look into the Jawbreaker catalog with tracks that never saw the light of any of their 4 releases, including a live album that was released, in 1999. This 2 disc compilation presents itself chronologically, starting the peregrination in late 1988, with a raw track recorded for their first demo, under their first name, Red Harvest. From there you are escorted through 20 more tracks ranging from "Into You Like a Train" to a cover of U2's "With or Without You." "Etc.," was worth the wait. Music aside, the packaging is impressive, with track to track commentary and printed lyrics. Longtime fans will feel a sense of nostalgia, while new fans will somewhat make amends with the fact that they missed out on the band's peak.

B000069HH2.01.MZZZZZZZ Beth Orton *Daybreaker*
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the sounds and unconventionality of Beth Orton, you are in for a dilatory, yet lasting, lesson into the marriage of both acoustic laden folk and electronic rhythms, with this album, Orton's third, since her stunning debut "Trailer Park," in 1996. With her heart on her sleeve, Beth Orton dares you to like her, and like her you will. On "Daybreaker," she delves into her personal life, including the early loss of her mother. With sweeping melodies that seem to float upon her fingers as she strums her folkie guitar riffs, Orton creates an enveloping comfort of energy. Her vocals are deep, rich and drip like honey into your ears. In true Orton fashion, her unlikely collaborations are on board for the ride of "Daybreaker." Both The Chemical Brothers and Ben Watt, of Everything But the Girl, make an appearance with their electronic surges. Also, standing by itself, Orton sings a track with fellow alt-country folkster, Ryan Adams, who made a ripple in the music biz last year, with his album, "Gold." Beth Orton's knack to hit every cue head on, emotionally and technique wise, shine forth full bloom, and the overall product takes on it's own form that listeners will not soon forget.

exmodelsseconds Ex-Models/The Seconds *Split/EP*
Brooklyn's naughty bunch, the Ex-Models, sign on with 5RC's fierce rockers, the Seconds (whose drummer is also a member of the suprising but worthy popular, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.) for a too brief of a split album. The sonic blasts and in your face, bordering on narcissistic, attitude will grab your stereo by the throat and choke your speakers with a vengeance. The Seconds, who released their debut album, "Y," last year, detonate thundering guitar outbursts and beats that are best shaken, not stirred. Those who have seen the Seconds live will relive the spastic energy of their live shows. The Ex-Models, add a sexy and cocky twist to the split and deliver each wink with jam worthy beats and off the wall guitar solos, that will make your knees quiver in it's quake. Overall, an appetizing serving, but hardly enough. I want more!

Jordyn's Random Recommendation


superdrag Superdrag *Last Call For Vitriol*
Many shrugged Kentucky based Superdrag off, after their 1996 hit, "Sucked Out," but for those who dug deeper came upon a vault of pure rock n roll, long before such acts as the Strokes and The Vines, and others who are part of the so-called "rebirth of rock." This Southern band has been releasing and touring since their debut, and best selling album so far, "Regretfully Yours." Keeping rock n roll alive, Superdrag proves yet again that they are not going anywhere and have their feet firmly planted in the musical soil. Bittersweet hooks, clever lyrics, and raw, dirty guitar licks. Long live Superdrag and rock n roll.

B00006ANVQ.01.MZZZZZZZ Cyndi Lauper *Shine EP*
In the early 80s, with the birth of music videos, you were either considered a Madonna girl or a Cyndi Lauper girl. Though many saw Madonna as racy and edgy, it is safe to say Cyndi Lauper was before her time and had the combination of street smarts and raw talent. With such hit singles as (the well-known) "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," the prom anthem "Time After Time," and the cryptic "She Bop," Cyndi Lauper released a magnetism and sheer eccentric vibe that sets her aside from any possible comparisons in the music world. Though Madonna has reached "icon," status, and definitely more press (good and bad), Cyndi Lauper chose to take the back-seat and put the integrity of her art to the forefront. On her latest released, Lauper treats her devoted and longtime fans to five luscious tracks, including the cheeky, "Madonna Whore." Similar to the title of the EP itself, Lauper shines.

Upcoming Reviews:
-Sleater-Kinney *One Beat*
-Milemarker *Satanic Verses*
-Sparta *The Wiretap Scars*
-Bright Eyes *Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil...*


All reviews are Copyright © to Jordyn Phelps, unless stated otherwise, and should not be reproduced without proper reference.


current mood: accomplished
Wednesday, July 31st, 2002
9:01 am - Peek Into the Mind: Audrey Tautou, star of "Amelie"
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Photo: http://www.audreytautou.cjb.net

Audrey Tautou InterviewCollapse )


current mood: awake
8:36 am - Introducing: The Capricorns
heather kirsten Kristen, who is described by their label Paroxysm Records, "the one with cat eye glasses and a perpetual cigarette," and Heather Lynn, "the one with the wig collection and amazing ass." Both make up the unique blend of Casino keyboards, confection laced vocals, and cheeky lyrics, known as the Capricorns. Building up from their roots in the small town of Grayslake, IL, where they state, "Where there is little to do besides stalk boys and hang out at the Tastee Freeze," the girls joined forces, in 2000. After playing an assortment of shows at local open mic nights, graduation parties, and pool parties, the Capricorns became an underground success and the word of their catchy beats and spunky personas spread like wildfire. capricorns The girls decided to wet the palates of the masses by recording their debut 12 song album, "The Capricorns Are Gonna Get You," released on their own makeshift label. During a New Years' Eve party Kristen and Heather Lynn came across Jason Barnett, a member of Paroxysm Records, who quickly signed the band. Traveling to Athens, GA, the Capricorns recorded their follow up album, "In the Zone," which met with critical acclaim and the roars of the underground, upon it's release, last month. If you want to shake your tush and sing along to fun, "I can relate," songs, then the Capricorns are ready to serve.

Check out the Capricorns website @: http://www.thecapricorns.com

Photos: http://paroxysmrecords.com

current mood: busy
Monday, July 29th, 2002
11:01 am - ..::Albums that are in high rotation on my stereo this week:
B000000JPS.01.TZZZZZZZ Slant 6 *Soda Pop-Rip Off*
I'm a sucker for Slant 6, and this deliciously adorable album cover. The girls of Slant 6 have an edgy attitude which shines in their perfect pitch melodies and intelligent lyrics. If you have yet to discover Slant 6, then this is the album to pick up.
B00005QK2D.01.TZZZZZZZ The Moto-Litas *For the Greater Good*
I completely forgot the fact that I own this album, which was rather obvious by the fact that it was still in it's platic wrapping. This is an honest record, with good rock n roll structure and riffs. Give these girls a listen!
B000003SAO.01.TZZZZZZZ God Is My Co-Pilot *I Am Not This Body*
Besides the fact that God Is My Co-Pilot, is one of the pioneers of the woman rock movement, the best part of this album is that with 34 tracks, you are able to have a full dose of this band.


B000007NC0.01.TZZZZZZZ Billy Bragg & Wilco *Mermaid Avenue*
British folk star meets Chicago's alt-country icons, with the project of working with Woody Guthrie lyrics. A suprising mixture, but beautifully produced. Jeff Tweedy and Billy Bragg were meant to work together, and this album is a stunning example.
B00000J6D7.01.TZZZZZZZ Cake Like *Goodbye So What*
An underrated collection of songs, but an underrated band, in the woman movement of rock. I will admit that this album took a few listens to open up to, but once you get hooked with the quirkiness of Cake Like's efforts, then it's hard to tear away.
INS13989 Friction *Discography 1991-1994*
I will admit it, I have a soft spot for Bob Nanna, former Braid mastermind, and now Hey Mercedes. But for those who are not in the know of all that is Nanna, before hisquasi emo-icon status, there was Friction.

current mood: working
9:51 am - And I'm always walking down the escalator the up way
Photo of the Week:

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Photo: http://www.urban75.org

Days until move: 33

This week's features:

Top Albums List for Side Projects
Introducing: The Capricorns
Artist Spotlight: Spoon
Peek Into the Mind: Audrey Tautou, star of "Amelie"
Upcoming/New Releases
Movies: New in Rentals
Book Review: "Ash Wednesday: A Novel", the latest novel from actor/writer Ethan Hawke, who previously wrote 1996's, "The Hottest State."

..."If this is where memories are made,
I'm gonna like what I see.
And everything I ever took for granted,
I'm gonna let it be.
I step through every shade
Of the color you bring
But this time, is whatever I want it to mean
"...


current mood: busy
7:24 am - Top 10 List of Albums For When You're Pissed off
B00000372O.01.MZZZZZZZ Heavens to Betsy "Calculated"

B000001F0H.01.MZZZZZZZ PJ Harvey "Dry"

B00000372H.01.MZZZZZZZ Bikini Kill "Pussywhipped"

B000005Z1U.01.MZZZZZZZ Snap-Her "Queen Bitch of Rock & Roll"

B000006NUF.01.MZZZZZZZ 7 Year Bitch "Viva Zapata!"



B000002LRV.01.MZZZZZZZ L7 "Bricks Are Heavy"

B00004W52H.01.MZZZZZZZ The Donnas "American Teenage Rock & Roll Machine"

B000066SJO.01.MZZZZZZZ Dead Kennedys "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables"

B00003XA6K.01.MZZZZZZZ The Jesus Lizard "Bang"

B0000019GE.01.MZZZZZZZ Big Black "Songs About Fucking"

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