Friday, January 22, 2010

Ganglians Top Bands & Music

Here's some year end lists we made, we really put a lot of thought into these, you should really check some of this music out. .... Anyways, here's some things for now while i get some other stuff together.

Ryan (Ganglians)

Top 10 albums of 2009 (In no order)

1. Mayyors: Deads EP
2. Eat Skull: Wild and Inside
3. Grass Widow: S/T
4. The Hospitals: Hairdryer Peace
5. John Maus: Love is Real (2007, but felt like it materialized now)
6. Nite Jewel: Good Evening
7. The Beets: Spit on the Face of People Who Don't Want to Be Cool.
8. Kurt Vile: Constant Hitmaker
9. The Intelligence: Fake Surfers
10. The Mayfair Set: Young One

The Intelligence Video - Dating Cops


Ryan of Ganglians Top 10 Songs Listened to in 2009. (not necessarily from this year)

1. "The Bublight"- Joe Meek
I've been listening to this song at least weekly for years. I'm an
extreme sucker for slide guitar and when its doubled then tripled
towards the end with a Hawaiian slide guitar it's too much, the dams
break in my head and my soul overflows, lapping up on the dark shores
of islands across the sea of time.

2, "The Samba"- Vichy Water
I live with these guys and girls, they also have another great band
they're all in called Ggreen who i would have included on here to if
their record had been released yet. V
ichy water has some of the
catchiest guitar/bass ensloughts and they churn em out like it aint no
thing. And everyone can sing/shout along. "Rip a strip!"

3. "Lulu's Lips"- Grass Widow
Some of the best girl group harmonies to come out in years. Very nice
people to and a very concise, tight group of musicians.

4. "Look At Merri" - Rain Parade

This song MUST be listened to on vinyl over loud speakers. Very
pyschedelic, warm, and encompossing; like an ethereal down comforter.

5. "Iceblink Luck"- Cocteau Twins
Coooo~cooo~ softly in my ear.

6. "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"- The Walker Brothers
"Emptiness is a cloak you wear" Scott Walker croons before said cloak
opens and dispells all the sadness with a chorus so heartbreakingly
genuine and questionably hopeful that you're reminded of every time you saw the
light at the end of the tunnel.

7. "Scan the Floor for Food"- The Hospitals
The whole Hairdryer Peace album is on
e big razor edged nightmare of a
dream (psychotic, paranoid, in a constant state of confusion, things
flying at you from every angle) but when it all slows down to a
simmering boil towards the end this song reminds you of all the good
times you had getting there, thinking you're insane all the way trying
to hold on to what reality once was. We're lucky enough to have Adam
recording the next Ganglians 7", he's a true mastermind with tape
machines and we couldn't be more terrified.

8. "Tonight Again"- Twinke
When I first heard this band not too long ago I couldn't believe they
weren't an early influence of ours. They have all the same aesthetics;
aliens, mystery, cartoons, space, outcasts; only 30 years earlier.
Donnie Jupiter is now a comic book artist and animator after some
really tragic events. And the kicker is they're also from Sacramento!
It may be too late but it's time this band gets the attention it

9. "We Are Too Young"- Reading Rainbow
This band makes there own amazing art to match their amazing anthemic
songs, and they have a beautiful home with antique furniture, where as
my friends can't remember to take out their garbage and pizza

10. "Tenebrae"- John Maus
An epic, masonic masterpiece that manages to erect the massive
hallowed halls of the intergalactic gods of space and time right in
the mind's eye. Best listened to barreling down a country road on a
starry night clutching Aliester Crowley's Book Of Lies.


5 Things remembered off the top of our heads from 2009

1. Toronto, and Treasure Cove in Montreal: Oh, Canada: You were so
cool, even after we ended up having to come back from the border and
get an hour of sleep in the entry way of the venue before being woken
by an irate landlord after an hour of sleep. Gravy fries and sleeping
in the amanita woods was something else to.
2. SMMR BMMR and Woodsist/ Captured Tracks Festivals: It was kinda
like summer camp for bands.
3. Pe
aking on the peak of Bell Rock in Sedona, AZ: We made sure to
find the strongest vortex point in this new age town in the red rock
canyons of Arizona for our trip and the whole process of climbing up
this steeply sloped spiral mountain with twisted trees, alien
monuments, and epic views was resplendent with metaphors and strange
things i still can't manage to explain.

4. Kyle Ganglian getting lost in San Francisco while our friends in
the Hospitals drove around in a taxi and blew on whistles trying to
find him. We found him the next morning at a hotel after getting
mugged at 7 a.m. just in time for him to go to work.

5. Recording with Andy Morin: I don't know if Monster Head Room would
have been finished without him. He put up with every one of our idiot
ideas and helped us make something we were really proud of.

Thank you Ryan for this Post!
Special thanks to Ryan Grubbs from the Ganglians for this A-List of bands and music!
(got the tunes in my head now... rafting down the river...smiles at the club kids...)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

WET Videos

The digital world is rich with creative opportunities and education. We have been learning to make videos, and our staff and friends are learning, too. With the storms bringing much needed water and snow to mountains and building that snow pack on the Sierras, we are looking at an incredible beginning to our California whitewater rafting season this year. Thank you mom nature and river gods... you all bring it just when we needed it.

The videos are featuring our paddling guests, our rivers in California (especially the American River) and the antics of our whitewater guides. We are having fun making them. Music is added to them so that you can hear the tunes we have in our head when we go kayaking, rafting and surfing on whitewater rivers.

Here are a couple that were finished during this past holiday... better than tv. (Pssst... comment and rate them please... we appreciate it!)

First whitewater trips start on March 5, 2010: Rivers are up up up!

North Fork American Chamberlain Falls run Class 4+
South Fork American Full River Class 3+ - 4 (4+ if high flows)
White Water Guide School (register asap)

Thank you to our contributors: bubba, wet and our beautiful rivers!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Boston Ballet Auditions

She was a whirling dirvish at three years old. Never out of a big twirly skirt; always in the mirror playing dress-up. My little girl, my baby... her energy was always at full speed; running through the house crashing into things, falling down the stairs and tumbling. My little girl had so much energy that it scared me as a young mother.

I put her in gymnastics so that she could just run and tumble as hard as she wanted in a safe environment. She was a star of her class at 3 years old. The gymnastic teacher asked me to put her into an advanced class because my little girl was so adept at each move. I remember grinning from ear to ear as I watched my child graduate with top honors in the program.
One day while my child waited her turn for a short gymnastic routine, she started twirling madly in place and hopping up and down. The mother next to me declared, "That's a dancer if ever I saw one!"
I looked and watched with new eyes and saw my child with not only the coordination of moves but also a graceful execution of her body. Her arms and hands were so beautifully placed... like a ballerina. I started talking to the other mom, and she told me that she was involved with a local ballet school in town. The woman gave me the name of the school and said that we should try it out.

I had never seen a live performance of ballet. I had only seen the Nutcracker on PBS where I enjoyed the music and the graceful moves of the dancers. So, I thought, "...why not?"

At the time, I didn't know that this dance program was the best ballet school in our region. I just thought my little girl would have a blast in a tutu! When we arrived to register, one of the teachers took her hand and led her into a windowed room full of little girls and boys. All of the kids were jumping around with no direction at all until the teacher walked into the room.

And this is where it began. And this is how my little girl became a dancer, a ballerina.

I love the ballet. The power of the dancers is something hard to explain to a person who has never watched a live performance. The sinewy muscles and sweat and the execution of the moves will make you understand that these ballet dancers are pure athletes.

My little girl grew up and auditioned for the Boston Ballet's summer program where she went away from home for the first time and lived her dream. She still twirls madly and still runs through the house at top speed. And, as I watch her on stage, her beauty and grace brings me to tears of joy for the ballet, for the performance and all things artful.

from Jan 16 - 17th (see ballet website for details)

Montclair, CA - Inland Pacific Ballet
Winston-Salem, NC - UNC School of the Arts
Hartford, CT - The Hartt School
Calgary, Canada - Alberta Ballet
Santa Moncia, CA - Westside School of Ballet
Mobile, AL - Mobile Ballet School
Philadelphia, PA - The Rock School
Toronto, Canada - Canada's National Ballet School
Tokyo, Japan - Shinjukumura Live

Contact: Patrick Schneider, Summer Programs Manager
Boston Ballet School at
or call 617.456.6269

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Note from WET River Trips:
The arts across the country are in trouble because of dwindling revenue and lack of support from the government. Support the arts in your community and give a monetary gift to your local ballet, symphony, opera and more.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Bachelor Party

From Rafting Pictures of Northern California Whitewater Trips NFA Race

The wedding is only 5 more months away! The planning started the minute I said, "Yes!" I want a big wedding with all my friends and all my relatives. We know we want to keep it simple as far as the location. I really don't want to ask my dad to front mega bucks for an overseas wedding... not even to Hawaii! We plan to keep the wedding in California at a local church that is known for its beautiful interiors and stain glass windows. We will have the reception outdoors at a very cool place that specializes in wedding receptions. So, I am feeling pretty good about the plans.

From Spring Middle Fork 2009

I do want all the details to be set in stone at least 3 months before the wedding, so I am scrambling now to get that done. My maid of honor is throwing me a bachelorette party and the best man is doing the bachelor party for my future husband. OMG! My future husband... that sounds so nice.

From Spring Middle Fork 2009

My soon to be hubbie is not the stripper-party-type of guy. Been there, done that... he wants to see his old buddies from college and get together for one last hurrah. Me, too. I just want to hang out with my girlfriends that I've known since high school. Both of us want to remember these bachelor parties forever! We already know we will remember the wedding... as long as we live.

From Cal Salmon, Burnt Ranch, Spring 2008, Whitewater Rafting Trips, W.E.T. River Trips

One of my close friends did a whitewater rafting trip in California. I was there and I had a blast. We are still talking about it! So, I want to do something like that and maybe go to Tahoe after for a night on the town. My beau wants to do something similar but he wants to do a really tough class 4 river to challenge his friends... an adventurous group of guys who do a lot of stuff in the outdoors.

From Spring Middle Fork 2009

California trips include so many things and my goal is to have these parties organized before we do the other details. I am planning now and talking to the rafting company to help me organize it. My future husband has already booked a North Fork American class 4 run with this company to get his party started, and they are going in late April.

This wedding will be memorable... not only for the wedding, but what we share with our best friends! ... now it's time to look for my wedding dress!

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