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, June 29

as much as i propone them all the time, i'm still ambivalent about parties. when i'm hosting i often find i'm either too busy doing things to talk to the guests, or else i try to find things to keep me busy so i can avoid talking to the guests. and i'm sometimes frustated as a guest too, with either too many people or usually too few that i want to talk to. mostly the fun parts (the parts that make parties stand out from some of regular life, at least the way i like them) are the food and dancing, if there's dancing (both preparing for them and doing them.)

this party had both. the food (and drink) i thought was uniformly excellent, and nicely arranged in themes: frozen things - ginger/tropical and watermelon granitas (w or w/o malibu), lime-lemon and orange-pineapple popsicles, sangria cubes - and dips - guacamole and bean, with swell homemade tortilla chips - plus fruit salad and bruschette. and malibu-soaked pineapple and mojitos and sangria and someone brought bud.

so that was good (see, don't you wish you were there?). and the dancing, although it took a while to pick up (like always, like the party, which was "scheduled" for 9 but had its largest influx around midnite) was good too. the first time ever i've made an iTunes playlist to dj by, and it's a good method, although even more prone than usual to have people trying to involve themselves in djing. which is fine, i don't have a problem with that, except when (as was happening a lot of last night) the people dancing are more interested in figuring out how to get other people to start dancing than actually dancing. i missed you dancing and not caring. always the conundrum: i enjoy djing and dancing more when i'm only (or mostly) doing one, but i'm also usually tempted to do the other. people think certain songs will get everyone on the floor (true, there are a couple) but really it's just what they want to hear.

ironically, everybody really did get up and dance at the very end (~3:30a), when i had decided to stop djing and put on sms. i skipped ahead to "naive melody," and then everyone came out and had fun with "the fool" "take yr praise" "billie jean" (jane's takeover) "surfin usa" "sweet dreams" "i'm a vampire" "yo tengo una novia" "no diggity" "arrividerci" "ubik" "what'd i say" "me and giuliani…" (for the third time, but aborted for special last-call requests of) "talk to me dance with me" and "such great heights," which you basically dance to by hopping up and down. by the end of it my feet were aching and pitch black (i was about the only barefoot), so i soaked them in the ice bucket.

was there something else i wanted to say? i dunno. (who was there? a lot of people i didn't know, for one thing.) i got up and did the dishes and mopped and cleaned the kitchen and now i've eaten french toast and i'm ready to go to central park for the canadians (i was there yesterday for my icelander friends, which was silly as i expected.)

suffix of the day: -aster

i'm amazed at how much of an emotional effect pop music has on me, now more than ever i think, even when there's nothing particular to link it up with. i just get overcome and yelp, listening to whatever.

i believe in love
but it don't believe in