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

Friday, September 20

two hip-hop shows:

egon, madlib and peanut butter wolf @ olde club, wednesday night
blackalicious, dilated peoples, and public enemy @ electric factory, tonight

both were a lot of fun, and had a fair amount of variety. egon span 60s/70s funk rarities (and "funky drummer" on 45); madlib and dj static(?) hip-hop chestnuts and several cuts from things fall apart; pbw everything from blondie to the specials to chic to eric b. & rakim to a japanese version of "i want you back" to "we are siamese" vs. "bonita applebom" and the song that de la samples for "magic number." despite some nifty scratching and juggling especially from static, it was more of a dance party than a concert. too bad it was so dark and dry, and that there weren't even more people (though there were a lot.) and i wish they had been selling records.

i went to the electric factory tonight with ben, kate, and alex flurie. we were early, to buy tickets (i bought four for wilco as well) and vietnamese food, of which i didn't partake. also, bought some alcohol, then ran into some cool freshmen outside the show. a mediocre unannounced act was on as we entered after 9:00, and the show didn't end until four acts later, well after 1:00. thankfully, set change times were short (plus they had a kickass dj spinning in between sets - awesome scratching and great classic tunes, including "potholes in my lawn.") all three of the main acts were very entertaining, and had exceptional crowd rapport but each in quite different ways, as we discussed on the way home. all three were very hyped to be playing philly, and gave numerous shout-outs to the illadelph originators (cash money, schooly d, jazzy jeff, et al.) [can you imagine what it would be like if indie rock shows cultivated the same sense of history as hip-hop shows?]

blackalicious - enunciated, slightly goofy, "q&a," backup singers/greek chorus/letter holders, kindergarten teacher-esque. most insane proficiency: gab's überprecise helium flow.

dilated - traditionalist, party-people, sticker-throwing, tag-team, "i forgot to be your lover"-sampling closer. most insane proficiency: babu's sick sick and righteously legendary turntable prowess.

public enemy - still got it, live band, intense one-phrase choruses ("get it up," "shut 'em down," "son of a bush," and of course "fight the power"), effective political monologues, faulty pacing (the set was incredibly exciting considering its length, but it just sort of fizzled out). sadly, no flava flav (he's stuck in ny for violating traffic license parole). most insane proficiency: fifteen years on, and they seem to have as much impact as ever.

housemartins and klondike home. i'm listening to waiting for the sun now. so many great tunes; this afternoon, the tyranny of distance needed to be played, so it was.


weather report. (this thinly-veiled metaphor isn't really at all appropriate, but i think it's funny.) she continues to cloud my thoughts. wednesday breakfast we made four, with nicole and ragu; nicole and i did most of the talking but ok. i read becca's letter outside as she read chem. this morning i went to breakfast again, she wasn't there, and my orange juice was bitter. but she was in mccabe, and we chatted to class (she worked this summer in the same barnes and noble where i bought amnesiac and ali read prodigal summer), i called as we parted ways "we should hang out…" feeling sort of silly for it even as she "yeah." and so we shall.

assuming i get work done. the rest of my odd days (tuesday and thursday are even) are dada and surrealism - decent but not incredible seminar wednesday and nearly 100 pages of Duchamp interview today, plus articles (time in mccabe just flies by, though not as happily as the peopled beach to arepa 3000 or dinner date with smeagol.) I'm writing a response paper this week, on this, so hopefully i can finish off the readings tomorrow, write a chunk of the paper sunday morning, and get listening and practicing done in between. that means no college day in philly. but then i can play later.

oh, and it's well past 3am now (falsification of date/time once again), so my plan requires that i sleep, and not peruse weblogs like this.

if i could
you know i would
just hold your hand
and you'd understand:
i'm the man that loves you