Sunday, January 28, 2007

gilded literary allusion

just finished "The Shape of Things to Come; Prophecy and the American Voice" by Greil Marcus and just wanted to say that reading a greil marcus description of just about anything is better than experiencing the thing itself.

Thursday, January 18, 2007


The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

seriously the saddest thing ever. I recommend reading it, but not right before going to bed - it'll give you weird dreams. speaking of dreams, the kid in the book describes one of his bad dreams:

"I had this penguin that you wound up and it would waddle and flap its flippers. And we were in that house that we used to live in and it came around the corner but nobody had wound it up and it was really scary"

that is exactly what scary-kid-dreams are like.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

top 2006 albums, revised

a few things: first, I just accidentally dropped my pasta dinner in a sink full of soapy water. second, I have a change to make to my top 10 of 2006: we can throw out yo la tengo and put beirut in, but not necessarily in yo la tengo's place. I'm not sure where it would go in the ranking yet (I say "yet", but I'm not actually going to go back and figure out where it belongs). I will say, though, that beirut is good, but maybe not as good as I'm thinking it is. the thing about this album is it just doesn't sound like anything else I've been listening to, so I'm being tricked into thinking its really good and interesting, when really it might just be good and 'different from the stuff april listened to in 2006'. has sunset rubdown and neutral milk hotel listed as "similar artists," which is weird and makes no sense.

the last thing I wanted to say was that I finished "women in love" and think that D.H. Lawrence must have been kind of a weird guy.

P.S. the movie, "the station agent" is enjoyable. the main character is a dwarf. yes.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Sunday, January 14, 2007

top 2006 albums

1. tv on the radio
2. +/-
3. neko case
4. thom yorke
5. hot chip
6. m. ward
7. sonic youth
8. yo la tengo
9. destroyer
10 cat power

others worth noting: sparklehorse, swan lake, camera obscura, grizzly bear, hold steady, sunset rubdown

most overrated album: joanna newsome

caveat: the yo la tengo album probably isn't actually that good.

...this year, I couldn't bear to put my tree at the end of the driveway with the garbage cans, so I hid it in the back yard behind the garage...though, it won't be long before my landlords discover it and retire it to the end of the driveway on garbage night...

Thursday, January 4, 2007

afs: where are you?

bk: I'm downtown right now...

afs: oh, are you doing yoga today?

bk: no, I don't do yoga when there's a full moon.

afs: oh.