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

Monday, July 1


stop. rewind. rewind. stop. fast forward.

Thurs - Chinese takeout and fuunky drummer video. Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks (what is this Jab'o business?) get down with Sco and Medeski and Fred Wesley; offer the invaluable advice to set up your drum kit so that all the drums are within reach. Lovably nerdy indie-guy friend visits.

Friday - the Neve cleaning is finished, the first Senerap track is finished (by late afternoon, which is to say early.) Rather than to NY I go to Dan's gig, 5 hours (from 9 to 1) in the appropriately named Limbo (bar/dj upstairs; jazz lounge downstairs, both inordinately frou-frou or shi-shi or whatever it is, with $10 desserts, etc.) Flute/electric piano/5-string slap bass/drums do George Benson, Janet Jackson, "Kiss" and "Eleanor Rigby." I eat duck salad and fish soup and creme brulee.

Saturday - out of confusion, Mami and I go to a diner in the morning. Show gets on the road about two, and we leave town with WSRN tape; stop at a deli. Two games of bumper pool at Dede's (I win one, Jesse wins one) while waiting for my father to return from his yoga workshop. Then, hurtling off into the apple, past Intrepids and the Intrepid museum. To the knit.

Matt (!) was there, no surprise, in the bar listening to Hot Rats we chat about his gig investigating crimes for Legal aid, living the life. He has plans to see the show upstairs, so after most of JBE's first set (great, with spidey, "love what's gone" and funky stress, plus an improv'd new song "don't set your hampster on fire") we snuck up to the main space.

with M's other high-school indie friends (dissin' the Strokes, diggin' the Spree) in time for:

the Danielson Famil(e/y). how to describe? they wear white doctors outfits with red hearts and their names embroidered, and nurses hats for the girls. weird-ass Christian childrens songs with ringleader Daniel's untenable squeaky scratchy voice and soothing glockenspiel from the ladies. hand motions and singalongs. two drummers. he "called on" audience members to supply verses for "Don't You Be the Judge," and I can't tell if that was real or not. gaah! "I ain't no devil thang."

the Polyphonic Spree: 10 piece choir. 13 piece band (tpt, fl, trb, vln, dr, perc, bs, pnox2, gtr, theremin, French horn + lead singer). flowing white angelic gowns (amusingly, colored hem-swaths not low enough to conceal an array of indie-sneakers, converse, adidas, etc.) big anthemic numbers about sunshine and smiling. entrance muzak "Hey Jude" singalong, and a cover of "Ride Captain Ride." spiritualized meets flaming lips meets langley schools meets sun ra meets a pops orchestra meets the heavenly choir. Impressive if nothing else. wtf. "Suicide is a shame."

after that, it's off to my third diner of the day (the Moondance, where, apparently, Kirsten Dunst works in the movie) for some late-night veggie quesadilla and cheesecake (yeah!) with a strange assortment of distant cousins and total strangers. we're late to wake up of course, and after a two-hour stint at Sam Ash in New Haven (Dan bought some software) I finally get something to eat around 3:00 - back to Reins for reubens and egg creams.

back in town but still late for the dance performance - this is my 2nd cousin Rob Bettman's Blackbird Dance Ensemble, on tour from DC. I really enjoyed the choreography, especially solos done to Frisell and Armatrading, and a ballet-suite to a Corelli concerto grosso. Ballet and modern. Party for the dansers afterwards at Barb's turtle-house (the hostess and I did a little impromptu beat-box and rap in the living room where nobody could hear us.) Hmm.

she says she knows about jokes
this time the joke is on her