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

Tuesday, May 11

my my, what's going on with blogger. high times!

there was a bit of rumbling and some flashes and then snap it is summer (as of yesterday), and i'm thinking why ever is my plan to live anywhere south of 60°N? well i guess i have little enough of a plan that that could be remedied.

funny thing is it feels like the end of summer, not the beginning, like we've already sweltered through a couple two months of this and we'd better be cherishing these listless nights because there aren't going to be many more of them.

of course i'm just confused - this wistful transient fin-de-saison aimlessness comes from this being the last three weeks of swatlife, the summer of my youth, not the actual weather. but it's like as hard to buckle down and write these last three papers as it is to do preparatory summer homework before it's actually the last days before school, what with all the late august nothingness to get done.

i came home after a full day of drumming - i was afraid my poor worn hands were going to give out, but luckily (though sort of disappointingly) the combo jazz gig (@ haverford philosophy dept. picnic, an all-out summer bbq in a professor's yard) was way less hardcore or organized than even the recording successession that had me and james ripping out take after take of stripped punk rock all afternoon (dave said we could be the world's best breeders scover band) - to find the house empty (at least of people i was looking for to talk with) and impossible to be in, even with no lights and open windows and fan starting up. so i left again and now i'm in the mcair conditioning.

there was more of this, about my late-night popsicle adventure with angela and robert and laura and sergio mendes (after dinner with patty and max), and how summer nights belong perpetually to the nineteenfifties. but it got erased when the internet went crazy.

and now, instead of recreating it again, i am going to work. !. because i haven't done any schoolwork in almost a week now.

i didn't write the words you hear me singing
i didn't sing the line before this one