Thursday, December 30, 2004

2004's Top 10 (plus 4)

Here's a list of the albums that I liked most this year. I'll try to write a little bit about them, one at a time, over the next few days. Of course I haven't heard everything; let me know if you think something is missing that I should know about. Only four of these ten have singing.

10) Radian "Juxtaposition" (Thrill Jockey)
9) Sticks and Stones "Shed Grace" (Thrill Jockey)
8) Madvillain "Madvillainy" (Stones Throw)
7) Tortoise "It's All Around You" (Thrill Jockey)
6) V/A "Popular Electronics: Early Dutch Electronic Music from Philips Research Laboratories" (Basta)
5) David Grubbs "A Guess at the Riddle" (Drag City)
4) Deerhoof "Milk Man" (Kill Rock Stars)
3) Bohren & der Club of Gore "Black Earth" (Ipecac)
2) Azita "Life on the Fly" (Drag City)
1) Albert Ayler "Holy Ghost" (Revenant)

And a few runners up:
V/A "Night Train to Nashville" (Lost Highway)
Ebony Rhythm Band "Soul Heart Transplant" (Stones Throw)
Fennesz "Venice" (Touch)
The Streets "A Grand Don't Come for Free" (Atlantic)

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Why did I receive this email?

After, simply complete a dogshaped hurricane about the in-store experience; you shop
with our hurricane, but keep the things your dog reads!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

in dreams

Two everyday activities that become very difficult and frustrating in dreams: running and typing.

Friday, December 10, 2004

mouse and cat

yesterday morning, the first thing that happened at work was my discovery of a little mouse that was trapped in the wastebasket. it was cute, alternately jumping around and hiding under a piece of paper. the only pieces of trash in there were the paper and some bread that had been in there overnight, and had obviously attracted the nose of the mouse. madeleine pulled out the black plastic bag, but the mouse had chewed a hole in it, so he was left at the bottom of the bin. she took it outside and set him free on the sidewalk. the sidewalk on 18th street at 11am is probably not the best place for a mouse, but i wish him luck. an american tail.

later, i was eating a slice of pizza and noticed a white box, maybe 3'x1'x1', on a table next to me, rocking slightly up and down. there was an employee of the pizza joint decorating a christmas tree nearby and he noticed the movement of the box as well. he opened it up and there was a kitten inside, that had been walking back and forth w/ just a crack on one end to peer out of. another employee laughed very loud in a "we tricked you" kind of way. the cat was let out on the floor and darted around curiously, stopping and starting like only cats can do. i remembered the mouse and thought to myself, "now nature can run its course."