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

Wednesday, December 13

the way i roll

yo. joe inspired me to try actually wheeling myself around in my chair, instead of playing passive helpless, well hey hey, well-timed too, since my good leg's a bit put out from yesterday's exertions - in the name of consumerism! - and even hop-crutching around the living room is a mite i'm wheeling around it instead, like a calibrated robot madman. scientist. rugger. easier for putting cds away too. can't get into the kitchen though (computer in the way.)

something...was gonna write, or watch fanny and alexander, sunday night was it, but somehow the simple whipping-together of my year-end single list took hrs, and i had to succumb to reason; then i dreamed this...

late up then up late again monday, mostly working on my response to the EMP CFP - if you care, it's effectively pt. 5. of this post, which i mostly link to show off the amusing new photo(s) i put on the top of it, and plus it's a nice bit, which you would be interested in, and not just because i'm trying to see how many times i can link to mincetapes. comments and discussion welcomed - i'll probably try to polish of the rest of proposal (amazing how long 250 words can take if you let them) tomorrow day.

no werk yesterday either, but - good. i had lunch with becca at pura vida, then taxied to meet with iyengar russ in the loft, encouraging me to work my foot within the cast, gave me a nice sequence that i'm eager to go do. i think a major stumbling block to my home practice is just not having a good idea of how to construct a full sequence. he gave me a chair too, which will allow for some intense headrushing backbends.

unit 3 (=matthew) picked me up from there and we went to investigate the tower rekkids bankruptcy craziness. at this point (10 days left), everything's at least 60% off, dance 70%, rock/pop 60%+20%, hip-hop cds $1.50 each (didn't see anything i'd even heard of though). which means however you slice it you're not going to avoid getting some pretty great deals. 16 discs (some of them gifts) for under $80 is score enough, but factor in that at least four were imports originally (preposterously!) priced at $25-30 a pop (dude, no wonder they're out of business!), now available for $7-8...and that's including tax, shipping and handling. lots left there too - a week from now, they'll probably be begging you to take anything you can stomach at a dollar or less (cassettes are 25 cents now, which seems like highway robbery.) anyway. a listener's work is never done. (and i didn't even get to look at the dvd section.)

after that binge we were too hungry to proceed to tjs as planned, especially when i remembered it was two-dollar tuesday. so that. then home for frenzied listening. (the figurines sound like modest mouse! built to spill sound like themselves! kieren hebden is a lunatic!) somehow gabe and i started playing tool and the who for each other. jasmine arrived for reading week. matthew returned, in a "belgian state," and explained how the strokes have rock and roll bleeding out of their eyeballs and wolf parade sound like their vomiting out the rest of your vomity heart (or something?) which is a good thing. dunno how jay-z figgers he's from the murder capital (unless it's not per capita, in which case not very impressive. camden's rate is almost as high as baltimore's.) "exact" and "precise", we decided, mean the same thing, we think.