Bought Jonh Lennon Legend ,and old and new Bob Dylan, soundtrack of Cohen's film"I'm your man". I am reading Buk's biography by Sounes for the second time around. Perhaps I am stuck in an old groove but I feel fine about it.
"mooch" by dan fante arrived the other day so will hopefully get a chance to crack into it this week. man, abebooks.com is dangerous - i could easily drop a few hundred dollars there in a matter of minutes.
Wages by John Armstrong (New Star, 2007). A Factotum-like premise in that it's about some of the jobs John Armstrong has had over the years. Armstrong is better known, if known at all, as Buck Cherry of The Modernettes, an early 1980s punk pop band from Vancouver. He wrote a book on his punk days (Guilty of Everything) a few years back. This one is laugh out loud at times in a ka-ka sort of way. Maybe I'm just real lowbrow. (As far as I know an attempt to get The Modernettes up and running again to capitalize on fellow power punkers The Pointed Sticks' recent success in Japan ended with John and a new guitarist nose-to-nose on stage and not real happy with each other. Another book maybe? I, for one, can only hope so.)
I just bought Attica! Attica! Dead skin/Dried Blood
It's the solo project of Aaron Scott who used to be in the bands Marathon and De la Hoya, but I'm not sure how familiar anyone on this forum would be with him, he used to live in Syracuse that's why I know him and his older bands, but he moved out to Portland last year. He's worth checking out. One of the best albums of 2007 so far.
But, I think that The Weakerthans will have the best album of 2007 when it comes out, them or Polar Bear Club.
i got carried away with the online book-buying again and ordered:
the heart is a lonely hunter - carson mccullers
spitting off tall buildings - dan fante
the magus - john fowles
mister dog - margaret wise brown
the first two i've already read but have been dying to get my own copies; the third is a recommendation from jordan; the fourth is my favourite 'little golden book' from when i was a kid.
jesus' son by denis johnson just arrived today - another all-time favourite which i finally got round to buying.
The last CD I bought was Ute Lemper's "but one day". Has anyone ever heard this woman or seen her perform? She's mind-blowing live or in the studio. I recently re-read "Portnoy's Complaint" by Philip Roth- i laughed aloud with this book as I often do with Buk's work.
Just finished Wait Until Spring, Bandini. Buk told me to. Great read. Every time I thought that I knew where it was going, he changed directions on me. Loved the Ending too. I will be reading more Fante, but for now, I'm starting Generation X By Coupland. B & N didn't have Farenheit 451 last time.
just started The Master and Margarita-Bulgakov(very good so far)
last cd was American Dreamer by the (Late Great) Gene Clark (a criminally overlooked singer/songwriter and the former lead singer in The Byrds.
Just finished reading 'Atilla, The Scourge of God' by Ross Laidlaw. Am flicking through James Havok's 'Butchershop in the Sky', Hunter S Thompson's 'Rum Diary' and Stephen Fry's 'Ode Less Travelled' again.
Listening to Amy MacDonald 'This Is the Life', Faith No More 'Angel Dust', Lacuna Coil 'Karmacode' and various Mashed tracks, most of which are shite.
been on a cd buying binge lately. this is the last week or so.
The Fall - Complete Peel Sessions boxset.
Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
The Clash - From Here to Eternity Live
Joe Strummer - Rock Art and the X-Ray Style
Beth Gibbons - Out of Season
Portishead - S/T
Panda Bear - Young Prayer
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Controller. Controller - X-Amounts
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Enrico Rava - Tati
Stefano Bollani - Piano Solo
i have beautiful new books - i didn't buy them, they were gifts i received today (and it's not even my birthday yet!):
-mark ryden's "fushigi circus", which is an incredibly beautiful hardcover art book that i've been coveting for some time now
-two graphic novels: adrian tomine's "summer blonde" and kevin huizenga's "curses"
i'm also awaiting the arrival of a book i ordered recently. it's called something like "riding out the dumb silence", written by some guy i've never heard of. could be interesting :p
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