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, March 31

astralwerks hq in ny (they share space with caroline distro) is just the sleek, swank, spacious suite you'd imagine: polished wood floors, brushed metal railings, walls thickly papered with staccato rainbows of promo posters and the occasional gold record, guitar-rawk blaring from down the hall. quasi-minimalism manicured (like aka) but not fake-feeling (like tower). and not so much as a vestibule to cushion the transition as you step out of the dingy elevator.

i waited on a deep leather couch, paging through some old dj mag, which i exchanged for foucault as nina took a bit longer to arrive. then she did and led me upstairs, to an office full of cds and a guy called dave. i was a bit slow to readjust as she shifted abruptly into snappy interview mode ("tell me about working at the studio! why this shift in interest to labels? why astralwerks?" she spit, before i could start answering the first one) and then into "marvelous! that sounds great!" end-of-interview optimistic-but-noncommital mode. i don't think i was very eloquent, and i probably should have asked some more questions at the end (like: "when should i expect to hear from you?") but whatever, i'm sure it was fine. i'm sure my iterated enthusiasm and openness to gruntwork must have made a good impression, not to mention my snappy outfit (leftovers from last monday, with the white tie thanks) and my clean-shaven smiling-sullenboyish charm.

probably my mild daze had something to do with the fact that i didn't let myself eat or drink or anything during the whole trip, and that i wiled traintime stuffing my head with theory rubbish (though discipline and punish is wicked fun, and the crystalline deconstruction in a nutshell is the best derrida i've encountered yet: it made me smile repeatedly with the long-sought connections it elicited - to mauss, kierkegaard, geertz, mannipeanism, religious relativism, etc. - with the fluency and imprecision/laxity of conversational speech.) but i mostly pinned it on the still tired-y. i promised myself to shut-eye the rest of each train leg, once i finished this chapter or whatever, but i usually finished just as we pulled into station.

it all happened so fast. i was only actually in the city for an hour. i didn't even have to ride the subway, so i didn't find out whether my old metrocards are empty or not (asw is five blocks away from penn). even the few minutes walk back and forth was heartwarming though, especially on the wider streets where the sun could make it through and the otherwise cool sidewalks grew far warmer than the windy 30th st. platform. other than that, the nicest bit of the trip was running into ruby at the swat station, on his way to the opening day met's game (his tradition), and having the ride into 30th with him (would have been njt too, but the game started earlier than he thought.) i can't believe he still doesn't know you.

hmph. this week could be tricky, but if i make it through there will be rock and debauchery on the other end. must dash now to meet with esterling! who i can count on to remember that we sometimes eat dinner together on mondays. how nice.

my life line swerves
kinda like a sine curve