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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

Monday, October 3

Lit Rock

(not to disparage guys, but please don't take that as a sentence.)

ever since Colin Meloy described Kate Bush as the queen of it, i'm quizzical as to whether it's really a thing. stormbrain let's list:

• C.M. and the 'brists(sic) duh 'cuz of "Song for Myla Goldberg" and some obvious Moby Dick snatches (though M.D. is a little too easy of a pop trope - from Laurie Anderson to Mastadon to the Sun Destroyers - not to mention Herman's idiot grand-nephew-or-whatever himself - to really be fare gaim.)
• K.B. okay, well she did write freaking "Wuthering Heights"
• Morrissey/Smiths; Wilde is on his side, not to just enlist anyone who ever scribed a literary lyrical namecheck, but this is a special case because a conversation with Rich about it was how this particular thought-train got started, and apparently Mozzer talks about Oscar in interviews and stuff. [sidelist: weirdo nickname names like that which nobody seems to actually use except in print - mozzer (always makes me think mozzerella), macca, macphisto (had forgot that one), jacko, jojo (richman).]
• U2 is friends with Salman Rushdie; they wrote a song for his silly rockstar book, and he played on stage with them once or something.
• Douglas Adams played guitar on stage with Pink Floyd for his birthday
• the Nick Hornby/Marah thing
• Rick Moody/Magnetic Fields. or was that just that one thing? and who was it that wrote lyrics with Warren Zevon or something?
• Leonard Cohen writes books. Patti Smith and Jim Carroll. (and um Jewel.)
• Madonna's childrens books.
The Big Wheel (Bruce Thomas)
• James McMurtry (rocker), son of Larry McMurtry (writer)
• Stephin Coates or whatever his (the real) name is, and the Glenn Duncan novel
• right, apparently the Walkmen are writing a novel (together?)
• the Hold Steady are bandied about as narrativists, and maybe Okkervil River. but now we're just talking "literary" as an adjective.
• what's this nonsense about Radiohead and Joyce?
• Dylan? and who? ("mine have been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud's")
• I know I said not to do this, but since Gabe is currently proclaiming it the best book ever: "Raskolnikov felt sick..."
• NMH and Diary of a Young Girl doesn't count, right?
• Zeppelin/Tolkein, hah.

this is getting hard, and tenuous. any other connections you wanna make? the two arenas seem pretty disparate, surprisingly even.

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