Friday, August 15, 2008


During the layover from/in hell, I took this photo in front of some sort of auditorium in downtown Phoenix. This was also just about the only interesting find that night (other than Hooters which had cheap beer).

I have much better luck when it comes to music.

While working on the mixtape, I remembered this cover of The Beatle's Money by The Flying Lizards (heard briefly in The Wedding Singer movie). For some reason this song always makes me think of Billy Idol but I don't even know any of his songs!

The Flying Lizards - Money (That's What I Want)
More on them later. I'm doing some research and careful listening. I think they're pretty amazing and possibly some of the best music to come out of the 80s.

I also recently stumbled across this very awkward version of Santogold's I'm A Lady. Amanda Blank's rapping is worth GIGGLES as it feels very outdated (borderline cheesy) 90's but you just can't deny that I'm a lady--at least the original version--is The Pixies but better so this version can't be all that bad.

Santogold/Diplo - I'm A Lady (Feat. Amanda Blank)
ps. it also took 3 heads to get one line out of barely intelligible Santi White in this song: "I know how to spin magic, reel it out. Try to hold the light to me." (you should tell me your interpretation of the second part of the chorus, too)

While cruising Myspace--something which I rarely do nowadays, I revisited an old obsession of mine, Feist! I was very disappointed by her Sesame Street debut and wished she could've counted higher than 4 (where were 5, 6, 9, and 10!), but my confidence in her was restored upon discovering Rubies in her Top Friends. I can't really tell where they are from, but maybe they're based in CA. This particular track is a Whitest Boy(Girl) Alive with the electroguts of Lykke Li. What do you know, they're not even Scandinavian. Just kidding...I think some of them are.

Rubies - Stand In A Line
Check out those lines on their faces...makes me think someone had a hand in the Feist Mushaboom music video!

Friday, August 1, 2008

ouch, new york!

my legs hurt a lot from walking. i think i'm going to have to get used to it since i am selling my car and moving. but before i peace out of the country, i had one last hurrah on the other coast.

i've been walking because i'm in new york. yesterday i walked around in flatiron, chinatown, and little italy before heading through noho & soho to the village where i walked up and down bleecker street looking for the infamous magnolia only to find, after meeting up with jdang, that their cupcakes were dense and DRY. this would have been unacceptable if not for the light and fluffy frosting that really was superior as was the banana pudding laurie recommended. then we walked some more through meatpacking district to chelsea pier and ended up at pier 66 where we drank beer on a barge called "Frying Pan" and ate amazing garlic fries--the garlic fries craze extended to today when we made them by ourselves at home in the "frydaddy" deep fryer/(ice) bucket.

our gracious hosts jess & z

you can also see new jersey from the frying pan. i didn't think it'd be so lit up.


there was also apparently a waterfall by the brooklyn bridge
actually, it's just part of the nyc waterfalls project by Olafur Eliasson. I'm not sure exactly what it's supposed to do, but my guess (after first dissing the idea as a sort of expensive landscaping project) might be something about oxygenating the water so that it's more friendly to aquatic life. pretty cool right?