Friday, May 27, 2005

Purify the colours, purify my mind.

If I could do just one near perfect thing I’d be happy ...

- Belle & Sebastian

You change all the lead
sleepin' in my head to gold,
as the day grows dim,
I hear you sing a golden hymn,
the song I've been trying to say.

- The Arcade Fire

And you're still falling,
And if they come tonight
You'll roll up tight and take whatever's coming to you next.

- Belle & Sebastian

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Let me please interpret history in every line and scar that's painted.

The release of this collection of Belle & Sebastian's EPs on 2 CDs makes me so freakin' happy. I haven't been this excited about an album in ages (even if it's not technically new music, it's still so much better than anything released in the past 6 months or so).

It also makes up for the fact that I've been hiding away in my house like a hermit for the past 2 days, listening to the rain fall on my roof and reading tragic novels and wondering what the point of everything is. Belle & Sebastian are just that good.

I wonder if I'm turning into one of those people who only covet music from their high school days--I sincerely hope not, but, like I said, no other music lately has been inspiring me to get off the couch.

PS. Saw the new Star Wars movie yesterday, and still prefer the episodes released in the 70s vastly to the new ones. I did however love that dragon type creature Obi-Wan Kenobi was riding, which the cuteness of justified the $10 admission.

A lullabye from a giant golden radio.

May 05 Mix.

1. Lamb, "Fly"
2. Air, "The Way You Look Tonight"
3. Zero 7, "In The Waiting Line"
4. Phoenix, "Holdin' On Together"
5. Four Tops, "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)"
6. Todd Rundgren, "I Saw the Light"
7. The White Stripes, "My Doorbell"
8. Psychadelic Furs, "All That Money Wants"
9. David Bowie, "Rebel, Rebel"
10. The Jam, "In the City"
11. The Libertines, "Can't Stand Me Now"
12. The Jesus & Mary Chain, "April Skies"
13. Idlewild, "Love Steals Us From Loneliness"
14. Stars, "Your Ex-Lover is Dead"
15. Nada Surf, "Blonde On Blonde"
16. The Cure, "Untitled"
17. Vincent Gallo, "A Cold and Grey Summer Day"

Monday, May 23, 2005

I've come to wish you a happy unbirthday.

Best part of the weekend: deciding to celebrate Steve's unbirthday by baking him a funfetti cake with green lettering on top and rainbow frosting.

And, in celebration of unbirthdays everywhere today, I leave you with this gift which may or may not leave you with a grin on your face, depending on the type of cheesy things you enjoy.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Photo post with no connecting dots.

1. I enjoy dismebodied parts.

2. A so far sucky spring (weather-wise) redeems itself in my front yard.

3. My split ends make an impromptu appearance while I try to photograph the detailing on my new antique apron.

4. Miss. Ruby Tuesday: still the most startlingly beautiful kitten to grace the internet with her presence.

Inappropriate musical interludes (yet oh so amusing!)

Episode the 1st: Sunday, at the suburban soccer mom white collar grocery store. The Darkness' "Growing On Me" blares through the speakers as I pick a cereal.

Episode the 2nd: Friday, McDonald's--Jeff Buckley's "Last Goodbye". Self-explanatory.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Don't fear the reaper.

While channel surfing last night I caught the last 3/4 of A Certain Kind of Death, which documents what happens to human cadaevours with no relatives. It was unsettling, sad, disturbing and yet, like the fascinating Mary Roach book Stiff, extremely compelling and informative. As we were watching the cremation process, S. noted rather morbidly how similar the final step was to mixing a drink in a blender, and really, it was such a strange thing to say, there was nothing to do but laugh. In the middle of that laughter though, tears unexpectedly sprang to my eyes--it wasn't too long ago that a member of our furry family unit was cremated.

Final verdict? Recommended for those with an interest in the physical aspects of death, and also those with an interest in outsider cinema.

Tonight we're off to see something less morbid at the movie theatre, but hopefully equally compelling: Crash.

Music: The Velvet Underground, "Run Run Run"

Thursday, May 12, 2005

I don't know anymore.

The wonderful Richard Russo novel Empire Falls has been made into a movie mini-series and will air on HBO on the 28th and the 29th of this month, for those of you interested.

And, on the subject of books, I seem to be running out of interesting ones to read. My recommendations list is pretty much empty. Toss me a recommendation (or two, or five), please?

I've yet to write anything substantial about last week's trip. It was fun and terrifying (in parts) and emotionally volatile, but well worth it and I can't wait to go back. I've finally figured out that I am not a flat-lander, nor am ever likely to adjust well to being one. I like hills and mountains and prefer their oxygen over the salty damp one that comes off the Atlantic.

My time lately has been divided between reading and watching movies. Of note: A Love Song for Bobby Long, The Woodsman, Hotel Rwanda and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

Music: Thalia Zedek, "Bone"

Friday, May 06, 2005

Country mile.

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