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March 26, 2003
this case is closed
A couple of weeks ago I visited Steve
in New York. It was a nice, warm weekend, and though we didn't
do much of note, we did thoroughly enjoy ourselves. We barely
lost a game of pool to a hipster bartender, we bowled at a
huge bowling alley in the thick of the city, we watched a
game of pickup basketball (nothing makes you feel like you're
in a city like watching a colorful group of guys play a game
of pickup basketball, you know?), we walked around and talked
and sat outside at a restaurant and drank as people walked
by. It was the way a weekend should be every so often: comfortable
and meandering and fun and just a little too expensive.
During the course of Saturday, we caught
two particularly good sound bytes, and it has inspired me
to start a list of good overheard remarks. Here are the first
two (future ones will be on their own
- "So what did the second guy in Wham do?"
-- man in late 20s, sitting in a restaurant, overheard through
a large open window.
- "I'm drunk, and I'm calling you." --
man in late 20s, walking down the street around 6 p.m.,
speaking on a cell phone.
Also, I saw Television play on Sunday
night. It was sort of strange. Part of me wants to romanticize
all of the great music from the late 1970s and believe that
it could only exist in a live form in that era. It felt almost
like I was cheating, in the sense that any experience I have
of great old bands reuniting to play their great old music
can never equal the experience of having seen them the first
time around. Good music is good music, but when it's good
new music in an era blessed with and even somewhat
defined by a lot of good new music, it carries more weight.
Of course, I could be projecting a nostalgic energy onto the
years just prior to my birth. There's no way to know.
Anyway, Television were good, and their
performance of "Prove It" was a particular standout.
I feel lucky to have been able to see them. Too bad I'll never
see The Clash. Sort of too bad, I mean.
March 09, 2003
taking stock of stolen goods
Here's a list of CDs stolen from my car
a couple of weeks ago. I haven't decided how to replace them.
For awhile I was in denial, thinking that they would crawl
out from underneath the driver's seat one day and surprise
me. Of course, I had already looked underneath the driver's
seat like eight times, and they weren't there.
So now the question is, do I buy new
copies, or borrow copies from friends and burn them? If I
buy new copies (I can't afford to do this right now, of course),
I'll make an art collage out of the CD covers and title it
"Loss." Because I'm a brilliant artist.
|The Beach Boys
|Belle and Sebastian
||If You're Feeling Sinister
||Blood on the Tracks**
||The Ultimate Charlie Parker*
||Chet Baker Sings
||Well Respected Kinks
||Waltz for Koop
||Led Zeppelin Is Back Box Set CD #2
||The World Won't End**
||No More Heroes
|Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
||The Tyranny of Distance*
||A Lover's Concerto/Attack
||WOVO: Songs to Remember
||Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
||Los Angeles/Wild Gift**
|Yeah Yeah Yeahs
||Yeah Yeah Yeahs
CDs didn't do much for me, so it's okay. Note: it isn't that
I don't like Charlie Parker, but this particular compilation
has some live songs on it that wouldn't qualify as "ultimate."