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

Thursday, July 24

on monday my computer at work died. on tuesday it was fixed, and i made this nifty blue banner for zap mama that you'll see if you go to the luaka bop website and refresh a bunch of times.

that evening we had a party upstairs in adele's (was david's) apartment, featuring very intricate jello shots (most people had never had them, and we all had an amusing time trying to get them all out of the plastic cups), watermelon vodka, and buds, corn, taters, and "yabbies" (shipped in from new orleans). these were a major focus for attention, especially yale's enthusiastic demonstrations of how to eat them ("suck the head! squeeze and suck!"); we had a huge basin of them that never seemed to get any less full no matter how many people ate (later i found out it was refilled, but only once.) i was mostly able to find people to talk with (it was basically the entire history of luaka staff, plus other industry associates) and things to talk about. i don't know if it counts as networking, but i had a nice time anyway.

yesterday after work i went to an advance screening of young adam (no us release date yet), which as david warned us was not a feel-good movie. but quite good i think, with a few pretty disturbing parts. ewan macgregor has sex (i told rebecca: but it's depressing sex) with literally every woman in the movie, which becomes almost a source for humor later on whenever a new female character appears on the screen. the music is nice too. (or, instead.)

then i bopped over to st. marks, tho i hadn't really been planning a record trip i ended up with:

(1) new release that i had been expressly intending to buy that day
(1) new release that was mostly an impulse though i had figured i would want to own it sooner or later anyway
(1) used copy of an old album that i've been searching for for several years
(1) cheap used copy of an album that i had been considering buying online for more money as recently as the day before
(1) cheap used copy of a new release which i'd read one favorable review of and felt like gambling on (and so far i've been enjoying it so much that i haven't even opened the first two)

i didn't buy:
(1) cheap used copy of an album that i've read many positive reviews of and in retrospect would probably enjoy a lot, but seemed like it might be pretty similar to things i already have.
(1) cheap used copy of an album that is regarded as one of the best in a genre which i've long been trying to get into and learn more about, without much success.

for all of this i spent almost exactly my weekly pay. (and now i'm earning it by trying to figure out how to make domenico lancelotti change colors from grayscale to sepiatone, so, pretty good.)

oh yeah - after the st. marks i went downtown to see the mcgarrigles supposed to be outside but despite swell weather it was moved to stuyvesant high school, which is a trip in itself. their set was waay loose but certainly fun. sometimes they were joined by martha w., who i could probably develop a thing for. also, emmylou harris. went in search of dinner with john's amusing friends, and ended up at bubby's, where somebody (de niro? someone like that) eats breakfast every day.

also, on monday i saw spellbound.

soon i'm going to see spoon (one of my best live bands in one of my best venues.)

(this morning, this is what i was thinking: i wish i were a better person.)

especially people who care about strangers
who care about evil and social injustice
do you only care about the bleeding crowd?
how about a needing friend?