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, December 2

in the immortal words of alexander flurie: that was INSANE!!!

okay, i'll dispense with the exclamation marks from here on (or try to), so let them be implicit. the travails of getting there (we arrived two hours later than intended, due to a combination end-of-turkey-weekend traffic, a slow slow gas station, a tiny confusation in mapquest's directs, and the physical impossibilities of finding a parking spot on hoboken's picturesque but carlined thoroughfares) were rewarded hundredsfold after we arrived at maxwells. ben had ben waiting forever by the time we arrived (but i'll let him tell you that part.) despite the delay, the nice people there gave us a table, food, and cocktails (pink, blue, white, brown) so fast that we didn't miss a thing.

openers the fleshtones were ripping into their full-throttle retro-rawk (shades of jonathan richman, etc.), both on stage and in the middle of the audience, complete with pink elephant hawaiian shirt. then "musicologist niles cubbinson" or something who demonstrated our utter lack of musical knowledge by means of spyro gyra and fingersnapping, and declared that "in a lot of ways music was the real heroes of [sept. 11th.] this was the third night of hannukah by the way.

go tengo go and they took the stage just like you'd imagine (they were out in the hallway the whole time, and we had thought of asking them before if we could park where their outback was. they have the same car as my dad.) you figure eight shows, 16 tracks on ichthbao and 13 on atntiio, so they'd do about two from each a night. i'd say we got more than our fair share of sweet ones: "everyday" (opener, a bit fast but still pretty), "shadows," "american band" (flurie says it's 'his song, rosserooni!'), "crying of lot g" (georgia looked like she was about to cry), and, best, my favorite ylt song ever.

also great: a manic, beat-esque, actually physically painful rendition "false alarm." two unplaceable jewish rock'n'roll covers with the singer from the fleshtones. extended set-closing percussion jam on sun ra's "nuclear war" chanting, with the comic back (pencil moustache, slicked back hair, leisure suit, ruffled shirt) to "play" timbales and chant in "spanish." "kiss your ass" "kiss your ass" "goodbye goodbye" "goodbye goodbye" "i lost my ass" "so long ass" ("too-dle-oo").

and then, the encore: Ray Davies (Ray Davies, people) joined the band for three vintage kinks numbers, closing with "till the end of the day." if you don't know how unbelievably amazing that was, i can't explain it now. maybe ben put it best, walking back to the parking garage: "even, whats-his-name…er, sleatter-kinney [the post-show music] sounded lame for a few seconds after that. nothing can compare to ray davies being backed by yo la tengo." (a bad paraphrase, there should probably be a few "fucking"s in there.) anyway. whoooo! i can't do this in typeface now.

i feel bad for brigid, alyssa, bobby, matt, elena, joel, and especially rae, who inexplicably left before the show started.

i'm a bit tired, residually from the weekend as much as last night [friday was interesting: jesse josie julian morgan nick and i were at nick's until nearly 4am, way past my bedtime, talking about RA/resident relations (ahem), seventeen's "coolest colleges" list, definitions of rape, n.y. rock, and i don't know what else.] but luckily, unless everyone else in the world, i have an eminently manageable workload again this week. i really don't know what i've done to deserve this.

the way that i feel when you laugh
is like laughing
the way that i feel when you cry
is so bad