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

Sunday, December 8

happy again. (it's sick, isn't it?) (that's also a longpigs song - seeing that record on rabi's shelf and 2x in the archives used bin has got me thinking about it again)

the party last night was fantastic. the snowpants darty. i reckon it our second best ever (after "hello and okay" in the fragrance garden, and maybe last year's animated moose party) (though my partnerman was less enthused. and a relatively (relatively) small amount of preparation stress.

ben and i had crossed wavelengths for most of the time leading up: i spraypainted posterboard on parrish porch early friday morning; he spent a long time taking photos to make more explicit flyers; i dictated a sac email; he arranged for wrsnpsa promo; and all of a sudden we had a well-publicized event where before we had none. yesterday morning, hannah and i made 30 snowflakes out of mccabe scratch paper with mccabe scissors. ben shopped while i rolled on the floor. i picked out cds and assembled ingredients for gingerbread. reunited at last (also w/ help from hannah and rob at the wheel, we borrowed containers from sharples, and moved stuff to the wrc, cleaned and rearranged, fiddled with rattech, set up a blue-lit outdoor snowdantsfloor, baked a cake, hung flakes, heated cider, uh huh uh huh.

ylt's "nuclear war" was playing as the party started official - nicole, justin, vicky and cara arrived to dig ben's chili peppers, zorba, out of control, and some electro (new and oldskool) from me. that contingent (also matt and elena) departed, but not before the beginning of continuous tricklings that filled the room by :30 or :45 and kept it that way until the end - lots of people i didn't really know, lots of freshmen (ben and his whole extended illy klick), lots of drunk boys (and girls) and party people and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves, and each other, and the cider (and other alcohol they brought) and cookies, and most especially dancing! dancing to our music. we got nary a complaint the whole night (at least while i was on decks), on the contrary it was fantastically smooth. folks danced to the far-out stuff, and (rarer still) if they didn't want to, they didn't leave, but stayed to see what would be up next. let's see if i can remember my sets (looking at this it seems like i dominated, but i think ben got about as much time as i did; hard to say because we both played some really long tracks - i really liked his picks; heavy on outkast and chems):

some bis remix from the electrocomp > just can't get enough > hey you > everybody looked the same > (ben ended his set with a music remix and a live version of ants marching) > dance on > michael jackson > rebel rebel > david > no one knows my plan > (ben played a bunch of stuff ending with the new missy single and around the world) > cassius 99 > something from the new talib > i'll take you there (my favorite teasy transition of the night - i think this is when ben took over with the next movement, call before i come) > caress me down > b-boy document >(?) starguitar (live) > chase the devil > outer space > railing/brown paper bag > (more d&b by ben, then can i get a…[no i couldn't, it turned out], gone till november, nerd, fabulous, and chameleon, and the alarm call mix) > red alert > the 13-minute kid606 missy/jay-z/a-ha mishmash glitch-up > (can you believe there were still people dancing?) > since i left you > (ben again, including the been caught stealing mix, elektrobank mix) > until the end of the day (yay for ray) > sci-fi wasabi > heavy metal drummer (whoo-ooo! hey!) (with introloop fakeout)

we love dancing … [yay!]. the hardcore get-down action crew, for the last two hours or so, was hip-hop/d'n'b-head anna(?), chris conway and paco, alyssa and roban and rabi and me. ben, a bit down, and i stayed for 30 or 45 afterwards to clean up, dishes and futile mopping. then a careful icetrudge home, stopped to make big plans with dave mcc.

today was exciting too: i got up at ~9 to clean up some more, gathered and washed items, swept, tried my darndest to desticky the floor despite the world's sorriest mop collection (i tried duct-taping some spongy stuff to a mop handle; the best solution was sliding paper towel stacks under my shoes) whilst listening to the harder they come. that took too long, made me late for band practice which wasn't happening anyway because we were talking to public safety officer (ram) about the state of olde club.

if you haven't heard - someone broke the door to the equipment room, stole a ton of mics and dave's backpack full of cds (nice irony - he had just yesterday returned to me my latin playboys cd that was in that backpack). only after we returned from sharples brunch (nice! dry eggcroisant, krispie croutons) did we learn of the vandalism what had gone down in the basement too - paint all over the floor and furniture, etc. etc. ugly, and depressing, and utterly offensive. caroline almost cried, and i can't blame her. god damn.

inflight had our shortest but perhaps goodest rehearsal ever - literally 10minutes, an impromptu, impassioned WWOI and then start of sexD with handdrums (no hmd cover, but i think we shall) - before i had to run of to terp. four of five runthroughs, but my body by the end was physically just about spent. so i took a shower. practiced, listened to music, pondered idm purchases (that hrvatski is so catchy). um, dinner, budget hours, heavy technics, nappy nap. hannah's here now, and i ought to be attending to her. i've been grooving all day, to missy, roots, gusgus:

i still have last night in my body
i wish you were with me