Cut Copy Story

I have not been able to stop listening to Cut Copy‘s 2011 album Zonoscope. A couple weekends ago a friend invited me on a hike, so me and three other guys drove an hour or so outside the city and through a small Pennsylvania town which is all ripped up by fracking. We found a dirt […]


Ariel Pink Show & Boards of Canada

I saw Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti at Altar Bar on Wednesday. I debated over whether I was going to go to the show; of course I debate over leaving the house in general. I guess introversion is my blessing and my curse. I need it in order to get work done, but it often hinders […]


Incomplete List of Certified Tearjerkers

[Note: the term “profound” is subjective, and so is everything else.] MOVIES 1. Fearless (1993, s. Jeff Bridges, d. Peter Weir) – overcoming fear of death 2. Thelma & Louise (1991, s. Susan Sarandon, d. Ridley Scott) – overcoming fear of death, profound intimacy 3. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993, s. Johnny Depp, d. Lasse […]


Best of 2011

MOVIES 1) Meek’s Cutoff A slow-motion picture by anybody’s estimation, with lots of long takes where nothing much happens, that is nevertheless filled with tension. Reichardt gives the audience choices. Do you care about these people enough to feel anxious about what will happen to them? Does the hubris of the whole American enterprise render […]



The news of R.E.M.’s demise hit me like a shock. Why? In this day and age it’s presumed that bands never really “break up.” How likely is it that the members of R.E.M. will never play music with one another again, will never mount a reunion tour? Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if they recorded […]



I look younger than I am. I feel older than I am. I joke with my friend that I have “age dysphoria” – my bastardized version of “gender dysphoria,” a term used in transgender discussions denoting a disconnect with biological sex or birth-assigned gender. I’ve nearly gotten into physical fights with people who say things […]


Recent Song

Hole – “Boys on the Radio” Finding a great track on an album you’ve owned for over a decade – moreover, an album you’ve all but discounted (in fact I sold my CD of “Celebrity Skin” a couple years ago but uploaded it to iTunes beforehand – pretty much the only reason I listened to […]


Cheeseburgers and Intent

I loved this Keith Schofield-directed video for the Charlotte Gainsbourg/Beck collaboration “Heaven Can Wait” as soon as I saw it.  But today I became annoyed after reading this interview with Shoefield on Pitchfork, where he states that the inspiration for it came from the images he discovered and appropriated from sites like and various […]


Pop Music Thoughts

I recently downloaded Gwen Stefani’s “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” (how it pained me to type that title just now) solely for the purpose of obtaining the first song for a mix I made for my friend.  I didn’t much care for “What You Waiting For” when it first came out, but now I think it […]


Eulogy for the Rave Scene

Repost from old blog, 10/26/2006 I used to be a raver. I think I went to my first party in May of 1999, at an Irish community center. The last party I went to was on February 11, 2001. I remember the date because in the wee hours of that morning, my head buzzy with […]

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