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

Wednesday, October 13

i don't know any songs about being 22. do you? so it looks like i won't be doing anything flashy to enjoy my birthday this year, although i might have an observation on saturday. let me know if you'd like to be included.

but i do have a birthday cake. i made a cheesecake today. when it came out of the oven the top was cracked in the form of a big "K." and just now i covered the top with strawberry slices - while i was doing that i talked with maria, who's turned out to be my favorite member of the household (and the only one i've had an at all significant conversation with in the last almost week, literally.) but she's going home to bulgaria on sunday.

i guess i will just bring it into the office tomorrow, or else i'll have to eat it by myself.

i got myself at least two little birthday presents today - used copy of possession and some live blur cds including a copy of the show i saw last summer, although strangely the tracklist doesn't agree with the setlist i posted at the time.

right, i'll be working tomorrow (today), on my birthday. but that's okay. i took off today, and used it nicely. i went to deep south philly with matt to go to a drum store and we had some very good pizza at celebre's. then i went to the church to see yo la tengo and their craziness which they "didn't actually believe would have an impact on the election, but they hoped it would." i really liked calvin johnson, his dances and the songs he sang, and also what he said and how he said it. i was tempted to buy some of his homemade mixtapes of obscure soul and funk 45s. of course because it was r5 the show started ridiculously late (9:30 for 7:30 doors) and it didn't end until well after midnight. but ylt are friendly even when they're making extended oceans of squalling feedback. i felt bad for the two sun ra arkestra guys that just kind of stood there most of the time with their bongos and trombone, waiting for the racket to end, and wearing shiny capes and hats when everyone else just had dirty boring shirts and pants.

it's time to go to bed now.

i'm a professional cynic
but my heart's not in it