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

Thursday, July 21

culture .05

oh five's over half through. time for this?

1. me and you and everyone we know
2. 5x2
3. batman begins
4. nobody knows
5. look at me
6. fear and trembling
7. survive style 5+
8. millions
9. the life aquatic with steve zissou [or was this last year? i feel like it was, but i don't remember it being on year-end lists]
10. rize
11. my summer of love
12. 3-iron
13. layer cake
14. howl's moving castle
15. crash
16. walk on water
17. a very long engagement
18. bad education
19. in the realms of the unreal: the mystery of henry darger
20. the upside of anger

1. the mountain goats, the sunset tree
[honorary mention: "come, come to the sunset tree"]
2. spoon, gimme fiction
3. m.i.a., arular
4. optimo, how to kill the dj [part 2]
5. jamie lidell, multiply
6. lcd soundsystem, s/t
7. mice parade, bem-vinda vontade
8. busdriver, fear of a black tangent
9. the books, lost and safe
10. the hold steady, separation sunday
11. akron/family, s/t
12. feist, let it die
13. common, be
14. daedelus, exquisite corpse
15. caribou, the milk of human kindness
16. sufjan stevens, illinois
17. inara george, all rise
18. luke vibert, lover's acid
19. the russian futurists, our thickness
20. sleater-kinney, the woods
21. keith fullerton whitman, multiples*
22. low, the great destroyer
23. mahjongg, raydoncong 2005
24. art brut, bang bang rock and roll
25. the decemberists, picaresque
26. st. etienne, tales from the turnpike house*
27. eluvium, talk amongst the trees
28. okkervil river, black sheep boy
29. four tet, everything ecstatic
30. aimee mann, the forgotten arm*
31. of montreal, the sunlandic twins
32. michael andrews, me and you and everyone we know ost*
33. the chemical brothers, push the button*
34. block party, silent alarm*
35. skeletons and the girl-faced boys, git

*many of these definitely need more processing, especially:
out hud, let us never speak of it again
missy elliott, the cookbook
v/a, run the road
martha wainwright, s/t
gorillaz, demon days

[inspiration by dave]

the best laugh never leaves your lungs