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 7

for drizzle

in a lucid dream i was playing a piano in a sort of recital room, not performing, just playing what i could come up with, but there was an audience filtering in, and at some point i agreed to do an impromptu recital. i figured i could remember 4'33" well enough to play it from memory, so i did, using my cellphone as the timepiece. some people were complaining that i was doing it wrong, and i tried to engage them in debate, which was probably contrary to the integrity of the piece. i actually started dozing off as i was playing, and i was awoken by the audience clapping at the [de facto] end of the piece, which also coincided with my [actual] awakening, to the sound of rob coming in from the other room blaspheming about sandra day o'connor. so i wasn't able to engage in any post-performance debriefing.

i like the idea of applause waking up a dozing performer "just in time," something i've certainly experienced as an audience member. there was something else i liked about this conceptually which escapes me at the moment. i had this dream on, what, friday morning, on the couch at rob's new pad in d.c., the day after the nellie mckay concert, rather a while ago now. [in the intervening week, i've awoken from one dream pondering its potential unconsciously racist implications...not a pleasant thing to have to think about.]

heya. you know, i haven't eaten a meal at my own house in well over a week. i have more or less spent enough time here to sleep, make a sweet spontaneous mixtape (over the course of a few days), do some yoga, waste a few hours on the internet. shave my mustache, not my beard so far (maybe tonight.) 'sabout it. it's not that i don't like being here - it doesn't get me bummed out like it did at one point - but it does feel pretty foreign, what with all these people living here that i don't know (both my roomies have family members here, for quite a while.) and some other stuff. whatever. i like my room just 10xfine, although it would probably like me more if i could tidy it a tad.

but, there's exciting news on that front, which is that it's pretty much decided that i'm going to be living with gabe (h.), starting in less than two months now. we had a good hang tonight, walking way south, taking in our typical veracruzana torta, then sitting by the 'observation deck,' linking suicide to the the to nine inch nails, then here to look for housing listings. this isn't quite as awesome as it should be since it seems to miss a lot of postings - maybe the addresses have to be formatted correctly? anybody know folks looking to move in/to phila roundabout the end of august? we might not mind an additional roomie or so.

i've got enough for another marathon post like that last one (i totally didn't realize how long it was being until it was done and i looked, honest) but i'll spare you and me, seeing as it's past my bedtime again. maybe i'll be able to write more tomorrow, but there's also a non-zero possibility i'll manage my way to wanakena for the weekend. which'd feel bad for abandoning phila (for the fourth week running! ny-ny-dc-wk) almost as much as for leaving all manner of business (i'net, homey, contactual, etc.) neglected for even longer. but, natch, it'd be worth it.

at least i've been doing quite well at staying on top of film, music, and socializing this week. in deed. (those what i'll maybe talk about next time? along with d.c. let me know what you want to hear?) tuesday's yoga class left me damn exhausted physically, and is pretty much still in my body (true, i've been reinforcing it.) it was strange - for the first hour or so, i was working really well in the asanas, taking them noticeably farther than in past without any especial determination to do so, and then towards the end i just lost it, and had difficulty pushing any more at all. seems good though. my body is getting pretty dark these days, among other things.

this track is deep
you can have it as your ringtone