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

Monday, March 12

hella large on the track


gonna keep using that reference until somebody admits to getting it.

the lost in dance-[e?]lation party this past saturday was a mega-success. at least from where i was standing, tucked away in a neat little nook beside the stairwell, turntable to my left, mixer on the diagonal, cddex dead ahead and records behind me. i just stood there and a steady stream of folks throughout the night to make requests (almost all of which i played - le tigre, reggae, outkast, sharon jones, talking heads, pb+j), compliment my shit, ask about hiring me, give me props, and generally kowtow. even better (well...maybe only a little better), the dancefloor was packed straight through from 9:30 til well past 2:00 (old time.)

coherent sets of ragga/digital dancehall (i guess?) towards the beginning (that was sweet - need to get more stuff like that), some soul, then poppy ("fever," the mechanical amory of "robot song" and "strict machine"), and a lengthy (hour-plus) segment of sixties funk, soul, and blue-eyed pop, with brief excursions into james hunter (which got props) and jonathan richman ("you have accomplished something tonight.") they liked that.

didn't actually play much japanese music - cornelius, puffy amiyumi, yellow magic orchestra, com.a, and pizzicato five ["I" was the official kick-off for the dance-party, into cibo matto's "spoon"] only at the very beginning, mostly before anybody got there, but i didn't make it back to any of them, as planned. no "I.U.D./S.I.S." either. so i guess the most theme-appropriate thing i played was "what goes around...comes around" (cuz, yknow, it has the "asian" hook and scarlett is in the video.)

had to play that for its full 7+ minute glory. likewise, toward the end "we share our mothers' health" (trentemøller remix) and "the sunshine underground," which i was hoping would be a night-ending anthem to take the dancing to the next level, but i guess folks were spent after "mothers'" and vitalic's "no fun." wound down with junior boys, "young folks" (by request), and "black cab" (had to end - no time for camobs, or "a touch of spring" or the fairways, which would have brought it back to japan.)

anyway, great. best party i've deejayed since college? more like this, please!

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