Song in my head:
"Motorcycle Emptiness" by Manic Street Preachers
Shall be out of town starting this afternoon and all through Sunday to be with family and friends. It will be a very cool Christmas, as usual, barring any road construction or car troubles. Those are not in the game plan.
Will be wrapping gifts later this morning. I plan on listening to Vandals' Oi to the World and the Electrical Ornaments compilation during the activities. I also need to hear the Ramones' "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)." While I've heard a lot of bad versions of Christmas songs this year, I truly cherish the ones I like (Darlene Love's and U2's version of "It's Christmas, Baby Please Come Home" comes to mind).
March 2005 will be a very good month for UK bands: Doves, Coldplay and Idlewild release new albums while Ash's Meltdown will get an American release on March 8th. I already have two copies of Meltdown (one in a jewel case and another one with a bonus live record). Pitchfork reports that the record may come with a bonus DVD, so I think I'll pick this up too.
I really like this band from what I've heard and what I've read about them. They recently signed with Fearless Records and they're currently working on a new record. I had heard of them for a few months but then I read this really cool blurb about them in the new Law of Inertia magazine and got really excited. They are actually wanting to do something more with punk, hardcore, emo and post-hardcore than just copy other bands.
Got my copy of the Big Takeover yesterday. Wilco is on the cover, so guess which article I'm reading first on my holidays. The Libertines/Hope of the States article of course!!! (that's the first one in the magazine)
Don't know how much blogging I'll be doing while I'm away, but just so I don't forget: Happy Holidays.