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Jan 08
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He and She Who Begat Me, on Their Wedding Day:
36 years ago yesterday.   Incidentally, I found out over Christmas that they didn’t, as I’d always thought, buy our first house because they were having me.  Turns out they bought it because they were trying to get custody of Duncan, and their lawyer told them they’d have a better shot as homeowners.  They were unsuccessful, and my dad didn’t get to participate all that much in raising his first kid.  The two of them sure participated the shit out of raising me, though. Anyway, they left the party in this here photo to go off and get horizontal, and they’ve been getting horizontal ever since.  Happy anniversary, you crazy kids.  Here’s to hoping you’re knockin boots for another 36.

He and She Who Begat Me, on Their Wedding Day:

36 years ago yesterday.

Incidentally, I found out over Christmas that they didn’t, as I’d always thought, buy our first house because they were having me. Turns out they bought it because they were trying to get custody of Duncan, and their lawyer told them they’d have a better shot as homeowners. They were unsuccessful, and my dad didn’t get to participate all that much in raising his first kid. The two of them sure participated the shit out of raising me, though.

Anyway, they left the party in this here photo to go off and get horizontal, and they’ve been getting horizontal ever since. Happy anniversary, you crazy kids. Here’s to hoping you’re knockin boots for another 36.

Nov 18
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GPOYW: Big Brother Turns 40 Ed.  Damn.
When this picture was taken, I think our father must have been about 40.  A lot has changed from that 40 to this 40, like: 
Duncan doesn’t have that gap in his teeth anymore, though he still wears purple shirts;
He doesn’t listen to KISS anymore, though he sometimes still listens to YES;  
He’s not on the wrestling team anymore, though he threatens to put on the singlet every now and again.
But most of what’s changed from that 40 to this one remains mysterious to me, because I barely knew that gap-toothed kid Dad didn’t get custody of after the divorce.  I barely knew the teenager who showed up for a few days every few months to watch MTV in our basement or the one I helped Dad move into the dorm at Brown or the Buddhist who harangued me for choosing the Naval Academy.  I barely knew the man on television singing “Barely Breathing”.
I have no memory of Duncan turning ten or twenty or thirty.  I wasn’t there.  I didn’t know that person.
But though there are times when he doesn’t make it easy, and times when I don’t, I’m awfully glad to know him today.  At 31 and turning 40, we’re tighter than that pudgy little kid up there with the mushroom head ever thought he’d be with his big brother, and that makes me smile inside and out. 
Love you, Dunc.  Then and always and at 7:19 PM on your birthday.

GPOYW: Big Brother Turns 40 Ed.  Damn.

When this picture was taken, I think our father must have been about 40.  A lot has changed from that 40 to this 40, like: 

  • Duncan doesn’t have that gap in his teeth anymore, though he still wears purple shirts;
  • He doesn’t listen to KISS anymore, though he sometimes still listens to YES; 
  • He’s not on the wrestling team anymore, though he threatens to put on the singlet every now and again.

But most of what’s changed from that 40 to this one remains mysterious to me, because I barely knew that gap-toothed kid Dad didn’t get custody of after the divorce.  I barely knew the teenager who showed up for a few days every few months to watch MTV in our basement or the one I helped Dad move into the dorm at Brown or the Buddhist who harangued me for choosing the Naval Academy.  I barely knew the man on television singing “Barely Breathing”.

I have no memory of Duncan turning ten or twenty or thirty.  I wasn’t there.  I didn’t know that person.

But though there are times when he doesn’t make it easy, and times when I don’t, I’m awfully glad to know him today.  At 31 and turning 40, we’re tighter than that pudgy little kid up there with the mushroom head ever thought he’d be with his big brother, and that makes me smile inside and out. 

Love you, Dunc.  Then and always and at 7:19 PM on your birthday.

Oct 19
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FINALLY copycats and mialegria show mein broheim some <3s.  Yessss.

copycats:

Fake Plastic Trees by Duncan Sheik
originally by Radiohead
(posted by mialegria)

Sep 18
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Here’s some weird shit: somebody made a video for “Barely Breathing” using clips from the film, MARATHON MAN.  I’m not saying Duncan didn’t have naked, bathing Dustin Hoffman in mind when he wrote this song, or that he didn’t assume the “pain” he speaks of only feeling would naturally evoke the image of Laurence Olivier torturously extracting one of Hoffman’s teeth.  Because, he obviously did.  It’s just weird that this person didn’t choose Duncan’s OTHER song about MARATHON MAN: “Barely Escaping a Nazi War-Criminal With Some Teeth Left” off his 2nd EP, Songs For A Shirtless Hoffman.  That one’s real dark and moody.

[via je-contre-le-monde]

Jun 25
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You gotta love the gems my &#8220;Duncan Sheik&#8221; Google Alert unearths.

You gotta love the gems my “Duncan Sheik” Google Alert unearths.

May 20
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In Which Having This Last Name Finally Pays Off

Thanks to Jon Stewart and The Daily Show writers for making my day. 

Also, something tells me Daylight gets a ton of spins in Supermax.

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It&#8217;s true!  This happened.  Video coming soon.

It’s true!  This happened.  Video coming soon.

Mar 19
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Brother always says, &#8220;Don&#8217;t worry about what it costs.  We&#8217;ll deal with it.&#8221;  Or some version thereof.
Again last night.
He can&#8217;t escape that kind of knee-jerk generosity anymore than he can escape &#8220;Barely Breathing&#8221;, yet I feel at once over-hyped and unworthy&#8212;past fuck-ups, monolithic and minuscule, devalued my worth on the open market; if you&#8217;d spent the last decade continuously shorting me, you&#8217;d have made a killing, Jim Cramer&#8212;so, quite obviously, I need to work on this, get my mind right, act instead of react to the nothings that never happen because I&#8217;m too scared to move.  Maybe then I&#8217;ll be able to muster more meaningful rejoinder to these offers than, &#8220;thanks, man&#8221;.
Anyway, I&#8217;m not there yet.  Thanks, D.  That was awfully nice of you.
Photo from 1992&#8217;s Brown University graduation and accompanying blather brought to you @ 7:19 PM, when I turned another day older.

Brother always says, “Don’t worry about what it costs.  We’ll deal with it.”  Or some version thereof.

Again last night.

He can’t escape that kind of knee-jerk generosity anymore than he can escape “Barely Breathing”, yet I feel at once over-hyped and unworthy—past fuck-ups, monolithic and minuscule, devalued my worth on the open market; if you’d spent the last decade continuously shorting me, you’d have made a killing, Jim Cramer—so, quite obviously, I need to work on this, get my mind right, act instead of react to the nothings that never happen because I’m too scared to move.  Maybe then I’ll be able to muster more meaningful rejoinder to these offers than, “thanks, man”.

Anyway, I’m not there yet.  Thanks, D.  That was awfully nice of you.

Photo from 1992’s Brown University graduation and accompanying blather brought to you @ 7:19 PM, when I turned another day older.

Jan 28
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GGBMBAW (Gratuitous Go Buy My Brother&#8217;s Album Wednesday) - Whisper House edition

GGBMBAW (Gratuitous Go Buy My Brother’s Album Wednesday) - Whisper House edition

Jan 27
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Dec 03
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Duncan&#8217;s playing the MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) concert here on December 7th.  The venue certainly is easy on the eyes.
itsbedtime:

Angkor Wat temple

Duncan’s playing the MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) concert here on December 7th.  The venue certainly is easy on the eyes.

itsbedtime:

Angkor Wat temple

Nov 13
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Will Hubbard from This Recording is NOT crazy about Spring Awakening OR Duncan.  He&#8217;s right though that there&#8217;s no &#8220;Five Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes&#8221; in SA.  I know I&#8217;m not the first to say this, but thank fucking god. 
And thank you, Will Hubbard, for not calling my bro a &#8220;small Scottishman&#8221;. 
thisrecording: In Which Microphones Are Pulled From Every Conceivable Orifice

Will Hubbard from This Recording is NOT crazy about Spring Awakening OR Duncan.  He’s right though that there’s no “Five Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes” in SA.  I know I’m not the first to say this, but thank fucking god. 

And thank you, Will Hubbard, for not calling my bro a “small Scottishman”. 

thisrecording: In Which Microphones Are Pulled From Every Conceivable Orifice

Sep 26
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The Southern Mothers - OLAFUR ELIASSON (A MILLI REMIX)

Drip, Drip, Sploosh
I don’t creep in with the leak
It’s the man who got you wet
When you was drier than a Sheik

Duncan, you go nuts
For my big Spring Awakenings
I’m not playing God,
'Cause playing is for earthlings

Olafur! Olafur!
What is in your brain?
Three tigers, two bears,
And a shark on cocaine.

Sep 18
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Duncan <3s Billy Joel?

The Stranger

Dude’s got some nerve. He’s been turning his snooty little nose up at me pretty much my entire life for riding for Billy Joel, then he goes all strokefest on this podcast about how The Stranger was some monumental songwriting influence?

Better late than never I guess.



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Billy Joel songs I would like to hear Duncan cover:

  1. "Captain Jack", because he’d have to say the word ‘masturbate’, and as I’m about 8 years old, I would find that hilarious.
  2. "Goodnight, Saigon", because it’s both anti-war-ee and support-the-troops-ee, and because I can’t not get all teary and choked up whenever I hear it.
  3. "Only The Good Die Young", because while Dunc’s own material has certainly enticed some young ladies (and more than a few older ladies, frankly) out of their pants, he doesn’t have any songs that are explicitly ABOUT getting a young lady out of her pants, and that’s inexcusable.