some birds are funny when they talk








Stuck in my Head
"Kiss Me Harder" by Bertine Zetlitz
"Hot" by Avril
"Brain Problem Situation" by They Might Be Giants

Now Reading
Number 9 Dream by David Mitchell
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro

Recently Finished
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Mad Tony and Me by Carl Hoffman
Sweet Soul Music by Peter Guaralnick
This Must Be The Place: Adventures of Talking Heads in the 20th Century by David Bowman
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Movies Lately
4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour
2 Days in Paris
United 93
The Savages
The Bourne Ultimatum
Sweeney Todd
The Departed
What Would Jesus Buy?
Ghost World
I'm Not There
She's The Man
Lars and the Real Girl
Romance and Cigarettes
No Country for Old Men
Into the Wild
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
Across the Universe

Shows Lately
Damo Suzuki/Stinking Lizaveta @ Mill Creek
Death and the Maiden @ Curio
Devon Sproule/Carsie Blanton/Devin Greenwood/John Francis @ Tin Angel
Assassins @ The Arden
Oakley Hall and the Teeth @ Johnny Brendas
Isabella and Flamingo/Winnebago and Map Me and Gatz and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Sonic Dances and Strawberry Farm and The Emperor Jones and No Dice and Hearts of Man and Principles of Uncertainty and Isabella and BATCH and Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's 20th Century and Car and Sports Trilogy and Explanatorium and Wandering Alice and Must Don't Whip Um and Festival of Lies and A Room of Ones Own and Recitatif @ the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe
Martha Graham Cracker and Eliot Levin and Kilo etc. @ the Fringe Cabaret
Lullatone and Teletextile @ Boulder Coffee [Rochester]
TV Sound @ the M Room
Aretha Franklin @ East Dell, Fairmount Pk.
Romeo + Juliet in Clark Park
Daft Punk @ Red Rocks
Spoon @ Rockefeller Park
Ponytail at Pony Pants' House
Mirah/Benjy Ferree @ the 1UC
Tortoise @ World Cafe Live
Hall & Oates...ish
"Nuclear Dreams" - Mascher Dance Group, x2
The Four of Us @ 1812
Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines by Rainpan whatever
Mascher Dance Group/Nathaniel Bartlett
Cornelius @ TLA
Sloan @ World Cafe
In Fluxxxx
Slavic Soul Party!/Red Heart the Ticker @ I-House
the Fantasticks @ Mum
Peter Bjork + Jorn/Fujiya + Miyagi @ fkaTLA
John Vanderslice @ Johnny Brendas
The Books & Todd Reynolds @ 1UC
Into the Woods @ LPAC
The Fishbowl @ the Frear
Caroline, or, Change @ the Arden
Low & Loney, Dear. @ 1UC

Wednesday, July 3

i wake up, most mornings, to the phone ringing in this office/bedroom. i let the machine get it, and open my eyes.

monday i woke up with a chorus, melody and lyric, fully formed in my head. "i'm always running down tracy street" was the first line. don't know what it's about. the hook is kind of nice, sort of XTC-ish. my current predilection seems to be for sugar-pop. like this tune in G that's trying to be a cross between Hefner's "I Took Her Love for Granted" and Jason Falkner's "My Lucky Day." i was in a songwriting mood for two days, picked up a guitar and taught myself to play "Andy Warhol" and "Radical Honesty pt. II."

then there was that episode of sushi. with barb, ben, autumn. outside the window, a man took his shirt off and used it to wipe down his girlfriend's legs. tempura ginger ice cream.

it's, like, a heat wave. hot hot and sticky. prompting lots of summer music. early Morcheeba and the Fairways, and Blackalicious. now I'm digging a record by Maldita Vecindad y los Hijos del Quinto Patio. mmm.

Yesterday (Tuesday), Dan said in the morning let's get work done today (specifically) and let's eat lunch at a reasonable time. well, we had lunch at about 3, and dinner at about 11. we spent a lot of time screwing around with my computer in the morning, and later trying to outfit it with a program called SpectraFoo to stand in the place of the old clunky wave generator and oscilloscope intended to check out each channel on the Neve. but to no avail. We brought some speakers up and cranked Gaucho and Paradise and Lunch ("clean" albums) through the board and had some fun with the EQs.

two DVDs to mention: Monster's Ball (last night) and Wet Hot American Summer (monday.) tonight threatens to be Mulholland Drive, round two. Summer was cute and enjoyable (garafolo and hyde pierce make use of their talents, without straining.) I think the great divide between dumb comedy and serious film has become more and more evident for me, to the point where I think of them in totally different ways. I don't think it was always like that.

Monster's Ball is fabulous. Top-notch camera work, and of course acting. Probably some of the more difficult acting challenges I've seen in a while, particularly with Billy Bob's character. I'm not sure I'm completely convinced with his transformation, but it's enough to make the film work. Definitely see it if you haven't. Would have been nice to see more of Mos Def though. or Puffy. not to spoil things, but how about that happy ending?


set the table those three extra places
one for me
one for your doubts
one for god