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

Friday, January 14

eat y'self fitter!

productivity level = declining perceptibly, but not direly; not adversely impacting state of emotional satisfaction

it was "productive" to sleep long and late, when was that, wednesday night, in that i awoke with the previous day's waxing sickness predominantly abated. dunno why i deserved to be spared anything worse, but thanks. i think, sleep and exercise (running in the misty evenings) and plenty o' soup, cornbread, fruity eggs, so forth.

i was somewhat impressed with my ability to tolerate (/not repercuss from) the smoky club last night (and without my earplugs, which i seem to have misplaced, to boot) - we didn't stay forever, but it was pretty cool. i really liked the microhouse stuff they were playing downstairs, even though i was the only one dancing; with funny visuals from 'watership down' and bio films; the 'live' techno guy was less exciting, though people did dance for him. upstairs there was somebody who got excited about my dancing to black star and mos def, so that was fun.

so, i put up the first installment of my ten favorite songs list (six is less than half of the text, believe.) i'm almost done, just the final blurb to complete. might have been nice to post it one at a time too, but whatever. i'd like to finish it up today, but i rilly ought to write some other reviews. it's turned out to be a pretty good exercise, i think, helping me get back in the flow of writing about music and making me think about what specifically i really like in music. it's also amusing how much of my background as a musician comes out in my song descriptions (something i think is a slight downside to my music writing, because it draws from and assumed sort of specialized knowledge. but it's a tricky problem, because these are the "correct" ways of talking about music, and they allow me to be more specific. a balance to work on.)

so, to keep you updated, i have done some job poking (all on wednesday.) i contacted a number of folks through the philaculture bank - mostly internships, plus volunteer coordinator for the friends of the independence nat'l historic park info booths at the '05 flower show (ha! they liked me, but it won't work because of my travels.) and also a number of craigslist job postings. there is some funny stuff out there. i replied to this "do you like scrabble and xwords?!!" ad - they called me, it turned out to be a company that sells toll-free numbers that make words; sounds interesting, she said she'd call back and hasn't yet, so maybe i'll e-mail again. also, responded to this thing looking for writers that asked for 100 words on " (What is the value of your time?) " (?) (parentheses theirs.) so i wrote:

In the basest sense, it’s hard to think of anything more valuable than time: without time, there is no life, plain and simple. But this doesn’t mean unlimited time is limitlessly valuable. Having now gone several months without gainful employment, I’m well aware that, lacking structured activity, time becomes both increasingly expansive and difficult to marshal effectively and rewardingly – it undergoes rampant “inflation,” one might say, in terms of its value. I’d postulate, then, that the value of my time is far from fixed, but directly proportional to how well I manage it: it achieves value, that is, by being valued.

humm. also, didn't do thing #2 (or b?), the send me shivers invo. i will, i prom. but i did ex! what; yesterday was swallowed by sleep and i don't know, a lot of e-mails. music. clubbing and then we watched the cornelius vids. today is like this. lots of good plans - pigs tonite, then gabe and laura and maybe passover cake (!) for april's b-day, then swat i guess. bridge. buying things. here's what i intend to acquire, when i can: replacement stove knobs (crikey!), a rubber spatula or two, garlic press, salt and pepper mills, hand-held cheese grater, replacement tea strainer. probably not now: food processor. lengthwise peeler. maybe: rug, space heater. desk/chair.

contemplating a mix of he-said she-said songs (r'shippy, duets, but not strictly.)
thoughts so far:
"don't go away mad" [jazz passengers ft. debbie harry and elvis costello]
"modern nature" [sondre lerche and some girl]
"let yourself go" [laptop]
"nothing better" [p.s.]
"romantic comedy" [stars]
mates of state; fiery furnaces; camera obscura
"yeah, oh yeah" (or something else?) [magfields]
"love is never equal" [jill sobule and steve earle]
there's gotta be some whiskeytown or ryan adams song, no?
and a yo la tengo song??
"gone at last" [paul simon & phoebe snow]
"portland, or" [jack and loretta - except i don't really like this song]
"i'll try something new" [sup's and temp's]
"tramp" [otis redding and carla thomas]
marvin and tammi; ike and tina; roberta and donny; ella and…louis? [?]
"you got me" [roots + erykah]
"i gotta man" [positive k]
"i'll call before i come" [outkast ft. gangsta boo & eco]
"keith'n'me" [princess supastar & kool keith]
"i luv u" [dizzee rascal and a girl]
"dat's what i'm talkin' bout" [missy & r.]
(this stuff is all over hip-hop, and there are better examples that i can't think of right now)
"baby it's cold outside" [but who by?]
"a marriage made in heaven" [tindersticks with isabella rosselini]
"happy ending" [joe jackson and ?]
"what n.y. couples fight about" [morcheeba with kurt wagner]
serge and jane or brigitte

and? (you tell me)

ooh, the sky is a pretty purple.

i'm bittersweet and sour
shit, i need to shower, shit and shave