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, November 17

"just don't expect me to respect you"

that was maybe the kicker stinger of this bummer of a roommate meeting that was upsetting in more ways than i want to detail now. just adding to my sudden impulse to move to ny immediately and take this job at caroline distro, but i won't, because it's not in actual fact that bad here, and as long as i continue to see my roommates as little as i've done these past 2 months, it shouldn't matter that they, apparently, hate me. right?

gaa. also, previously-perfect-purrer tigger just went to the bathroom on my futon (in the living room as the more respectable of the two couches, almost entirely unused these days.)

in the grand scheme this is a minor bummer, dude, but i'm going to be silly and run away now, even though i had been pleasantly anticipating un peu de solitude. so my intentions of updating y'all will have to wait, again, as the present once more takes precedence. but at least i put something new up (see, look down.) a lot of the story is in the movie sidecar anyway.

since this is already a downer post (and, good little thing, it's already making me feel better, can't you tell from my effuvescence? [and neolojisms]), let me tell you about one of the worst things that happened this week: the arcade fire, who i'll go ahead and call my favorite new band, performed a cover version of what i've recently concluded is my hands-down all-time for-now favorite song (as you'll see from my list when i get around to posting it), "naïve melody (this must be the place)", whose title i have a silly tendency to transpose… which should have been formidable!… but sadly… stunk … not because régine's steel pan interpolations weren't neato, or sarah's violin adaptation of the synth solos weren't spot on, or win did a bad job with the vocal (although it was a little weaker than befits a salute to my pal 'one of his heroes'), but because they used this goddamn annoying drummachine beat that totally undermined all the shoulda-been-nice things about their version, and made the whole thing sound totally idiotic. it was kinda crushing. but when i talked to richard after the set, all i could say was "that's my favorite song…" anyway. dave, if you haven't had yer interview yet, lambaste them about this ferme will you?

oh hell, and one of the best: gabe gabriel, my nüest friend, came over with his massive 60's-vintage amp and danelectro "spring king" and black strat and we played for what seemed like not so long but was apparently 5 hours, including several of his ripping surf originals, a couple of my vague notions, the obligatory bluesies, bossa, a troika of beach boys oldies, an extended churchy bit that somehow turned into the diVinyls without me noticing it, some yamaha-defying noise freakouts, and etc., and drank much maté. and it admittedly ended up with us listening to the allmans at the fillmore, but really it wasn't that kind of jam session i swear.

enough. i go.

hit me on the head