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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

Thursday, May 4

paddle battle fiddle faddle

well i already pulled out the obligatory jeff lewis quotable quote, for this post over at mincetapes - the new 'satellite blog' (of the, er, non-pathetic variety) - which i retroactively entitled "preEMPtive" (howdylikethat? and how much longer can i make this sentence appear in the editor than it actually is?) ...but are there any other songs that rhyme with seattle? "smells like nirvana", of course, has the immortal line "well it sure beats raising cattle." gotta be something with saddle, right, in one of those infinite c+w songs with place names in the lyrics?

anyway, there i was. i was, there. golly it's a nice place. i'm working my way through the dirty details of the conference itself in the music-discussion-sanctioned venue, so i thought i'd tell you guys about the other aspects of my trip.

sarah kelly was my enthusiastic and able host, with special bonus thanx to addie c. who i got to see for a chat and cookie before she took off to boston and left me her bed to sleep in. not that it's that different from west philly, but it was still cool to see people living in a real, life-sized (albeit purple) house, with a yard and all that (and two quite purty cats even if one of them was having some trouble on the rug.)

the first part of my seattle trip went something like - airport - bus - house in a grassy residential neighborhood - bus - conference (rooms in a building, albeit, oh look, a wacky psychotic and playful and basically ve(h)ry gehry one) - so i wasn't getting too much local character. i did see the local critical mass (massive indeed - as per request, a thorough exploration of the meanings at play in this name will be forthcoming in a future post) impressively mucking up friday evening traffic as i waited for the bus. and the strange experience of having our waiter (at coastal kitchen, celebrating "venezuela month") casually explain to us, halfway through dinner, that somebody else was going to serve us the rest of the time because "he had just been dumped." (by whom was not clear, nor if this was a euphemism for fired.)

on sunday afternoon, my only large block of non-conference time, skelly took me on a bit of a seattle snacking tour, with stops at a mexican place that got my order bizarrely wrong (fried egg instead of fish taco?), a yummy belgian frites joint, the fabled bauhaus coffeeshop (where i had a couple of sips of latte which i actually appreciated and maybe even enjoyed a little), and the bakery where she is employed as cupcake-froster. and a few thriftstores (where i failed to find shoes but did get a shirt and another "texas is for lovers" for angela, which seemed like an appropriate souvenir) and the watertower in the olmstead "capitol" hill park (where we finally glimpsed some mountain, and the emp looks confusing.)

in conclusion, i have to say that seattle seems to have better and more extensive funky-hip shopping'n'hanging out districts than philly or possibly new york (manhattan at least.) and the used record stores may not necessarily have better prices but there sure are a lot of them. i only checked out one, easy street, which is impressive, but then aka just has me spoiled. (a half-point off for not marking as such the edited version of late registration which i subsequently returned.)

so that was all great. but truly the best non-conference-related part of the trip was the opportunity to hang out with sarah for substantial period of time, and some great chats about music and cultural politics and the ever-popular post-collegiality. so yeah, thanks again sarah.

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