Music Fast

May 22, 2008

I’m on a music fast until Sunday because my ears are tired and my brain is overstimulated.

John Cage’s 4’33 performed by David Tudor:

I Can’t Get Out of It and I Can’t Seem to Wake Up

May 21, 2008

The best memories I have of living on 8th Street, DC are of half-waking up in the middle of the night because I heard something good on WPFW. Don’t you just love those dreamy semi-conscious surprises? This happened pretty regularly so I made a habit of putting a tape in my stereo before I went to bed so I could record and later on remember why I woke up feeling so damn good.

One of the tapes I grabbed for my walk to work this morning was a killer Dance Hall mix I caught one night. I can’t share it with you because it’s on cassette but on the other side of the tape was Return of the Boom Bap and don’t we all love this song?!

Tacobel for Harley

May 19, 2008

I saw Ratatat twice. One time they were mediocre, the other time they looked like fools.

The time they looked like fools they had third guy on keyboards who was so wasted he started running around stage with a chair revealing that he was not actually on keyboards.

This post remembers Ratatat fondly though. When Classics came out, it was decided that it was the official album of The Hedgie, my hedge hog, Harley. All of the songs sounded like the soundtrack to the life of an inquisitive hedgie.

Hedgie eating potato salad – Montanita.
Hedgie sniffing and biting things to see if the are edible – Gettysburg.
Hedgie scarfing down live worms in one bite – Wildcat.
Hedgie running on a wheel for 10 hours straight – well.. maybe that’s the Missy Elliot Hot Remix…

Harley was diagnosed with Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome on Saturday and while it sounds adorable, it sucks. He has lost mobility of his hind legs, much like what happens when you tie a scarf around a cat’s belly but unlike how you can untie a scarf from around a cat’s belly so that it can continue its normal happy cat life, my hedgie will soon die.

This song goes out to Harley who is currently in the good care of his other legal guardian in VA.

Hang in there little one and do not worry – no hog is more deserving of admittance to Hog Heaven than you! But until the time doth come, may the worms be plump and feisty, the wheel ever rolling and squeaky, and the potato salad bowl a bottomless mess of potato salad.


Tacobel Canon by Ratatat:

I Travel in Stillness

May 17, 2008

This post is a tribute to my yellow bike that was stolen yesterday.

The song “I’ll Remember” is a Madonna song on the With Honors soundtrack. That stupid movie came out when I was 10 and I LOVED it. I bought the tape and listened to only this song over and over again.

I also heard it in Dominick’s with my friend Dan, the person who gave me the wonderful yellow bike, about a month ago.

The wisdom of Madonna says “I learned to let go of the illusion that we can possess.”

I’ve only had my bike for two weeks and it was stolen in the middle of the day while I was at work – right there on Clark & Washington! The train and bus are NOT options for my commute so I will have to find my yellow bike.

I am looking for you yellow bike. Stay right where you are and I will come find you. I bought a light for you today and when we are together again we will go on a beautiful ride down the full length of the lakefront path, continue until we get to Indiana at sunset, and ride on and on through the night. Be brave yellow bike. I will see you soon.

I’ve Got The Life

May 16, 2008

Nina Simone. Isn’t she beautiful?

I Would Have Waited Forever if I’d Known That You’d Be Here We Could Have Shared Our Lives Together And Held Each Other Close All Through the Years But I’ve Met Someone Before You And My Heart Just Couldn’t Wait So No Matter How Much I Adore You I’ve Got to Stand Behind the Promise That I Made

May 15, 2008

Today was the last day of school. There were little catered parties around the building with free food which was great because I’ve been completely broke for a week and living off of office popcorn, office candy (just started an office job this week), and Whole Foods samples for 3 days (the one on North Ave sucks). This is a recipe for high internal drama because sugar and crappy food messes with my brain so when I was riding my bike home slowly along the lake late this evening after class, hair down and all, I wasn’t surprised when I started humming Reba’s One Promise Too Late. Love that 90s country music!

I’m available for dinner dates this weekend by the way if you don’t mind that I’m recording while we eat or if we can keep the date part relatively short. Please understand that you would be paying this time.


More Pins

May 15, 2008

Similar to how listening to Xiu Xiu reminds me that I’m not really that sad, the new Why Bother EP reminds me that I’m not really that angry. Yes, everything is going to be ok for me. Mitch & Dan.. I sure hope it will be one day.

Note. Add Grand Pappiā€™s Teddy Bear Brigade:

It’s Normal For Your Arm to Go Numb While Using Cocaine

May 12, 2008

I couldn’t help but notice someone used the term “arm going numb from cocaine use” to find my blog today.

Whoever you are, don’t worry. I hear this is normal and you’ll probably be ok for today.

Be careful out there ya’ll.

Now go find yourself a Fischerspooner video.

Soul in the Hole

May 12, 2008

Do I like this mix because it’s sooo disco or do I just really like the name?

Lee Collins – Southside Experience (Soul in the Hole)


May 11, 2008

Just when I thought I didn’t have room for any new doom metal, Rwake arrived at the Velvet Lounge last year. I might just be saying this right now due to the nature of the previous post.