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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

Friday, September 17

today is my first today to myself, or i suppose more precisely by myself, recently, but i don't much feel like blogging. i've made some strides toward reordering my cd collection, taken a half-dozen empty boxes down to the basement, finally gotten around to signing my lease rider, made a date to get a job, eaten a bowl of cereal (kashi's medley = i'm a fan, although premixed cereal definitely does not fit within the cereal-mixing ethos), and made a list of exciting upcoming concerts.

tell me, what is a fan of nifty girlsingers to do on tuesday twelve october? -- mirah heads up the bill at the unitarian church basement, while jolie's at the north star and juana and keren are across town at the tin angel, not to mention rosebuds at the khyber -- but unfortunately the choice is easily made, because yo la tengo are playing acoustic in the sanctuary, and i can't stand to miss them again.

there's a lot of communicatin' i'd like to do, but now i better bust to play some casio for probably ill-advised abba/who mash-up cover (abba o'riley?) back at s'more. it's a favor for a friend: he and his pickup helped me move my shelves and other furniture here from out the barn on tuesday, so.

oh, okay. i have an apartment now. or a house, or something. in philadelphia. it's in antique row, which may or may not be coterminous with the geighborhood but is certainly super central and convenient to most of my favorite things in philly. relevant parties will be receiving the particulars by gmail shortly, or even sooner on request. i have two roommates: ivelina (eve, although i will probably start starting it with an i soon) and frederique (fred); respectively they are bulgarian and french, 27 and 26, architecture-office-financial-manager and international-school-maths-teacher. my favorite thing about the house so far, apart from the location, is my room, which gets lots of nice light through the trees outside its three windows.

and feels shiny and fresh now thanks to its new paint job, conducted over the long weekend - saturday (walls and trim primed, help from laura), sunday (trim painted "moroccan red," walls painted an unfortunate mixture of white with the aforementioned, help from laura, caitlin, and emily), and monday (walls repainted white except for one accented "landslide," floors (re)painted white somewhat hurriedly in order to catch the last train, help from rebecca, louisa, and dave.) those colors don't look anything like their names suggest, by the way.

so now you know about saturday-tuesday. on thursday i put in my application, and on friday i tried to sign the lease, but was unsuccessful, and i also lost my parents. yesterday was wednesday, and louisa and i had many adventures in a u-haul, including driving down an unthinkably narrow alley, past confused onlookers, with "spill the wine" on the radio, but in the meantime managed to move several pieces of furniture from swat to lo's lovely new trinity, mali's couch from ml to woolman, and the majority of my earthly possessions to the hopefully by-then dry floor of my room. then we had beef soup at pho 75, and went to see escape!, which was fun indeed, and tried to cheer bex and dave out of their bad, bad, day. yesterday the intention was to help louisa paint, but it took us rather a while to actually get productive.

anything else you want to know?

to pick up where i left the story...