Archive for December, 2008

some other things

December 18, 2008

Mad Men is so good. Don’t ruin anything for me though, I am late to the game and just starting the second season.

Made a good sandwich tonight… pan-fried “grilled” cheese with Havarti, guacamole, and some thinly sliced fried potato slices on whole wheat bread. Really tasty but too fattening.

So I subscribed to the following music subscription series from Christina Carter of Charalambides:

2009 Many Breaths Subscription Series

339 dollars 4 many breaths cdrs, a handwritten/drawn illuminated message/letter with each cdr, and a one of a kind 63 + min cdr w/ hand made cover of improvised guitar and/or voice music recorded specifically for the recipient, a handwritten lyric sheet and/or song notes with each cdr, an interview document created specifically for the subscription series, gathered ephemera from daily life and something in which to contain it all – there are a maximum of 9 of these subscriptions available

….some people on the lol internet have been talking bad about it, but I want to defend it.

The natural reaction is “way too expensive, no way is it worth it, way to take some money, etc.” However, I think it is a really fantastic idea. First of all, this really is for die-hard fans, I don’t expect regular folks to go out and buy this. I feel like it is a throwback to artist patronage in the 17th, 18th centuries in painting. It is a unique opportunity to get something very special and personalized from an artist that I happen to love. The current psych scene is totally based on scarcity and handmade things, whether because of necessity or to drive collectors. Of course, I would have preferred if it was on vinyl because that is my format of choice, but it would be economically ridiculous to make a vinyl copy of 1. I look at it this way, Christina Carter / Charalambides should be no different than any number of modern / avant visual artists that make much more money than some of my favorite musicians will ever make.

I just couldn’t pass up such a unique opportunity. And it is not like psych-folk artists are living the rockstar life. I would be more than happy to pay even more, if it means that an artist I love will have a more comfortable life and will continue to make music that, in my opinion, is some of the best out there.


selections from my mom’s autograph books (part 1)

December 17, 2008

My mom saved these “autograph books” from middle school that were basically like yearbooks without the pictures. Her friends and classmates would write things in them. Here are some of the hilarious / great / weird ones.

1. Policeman!

Do your duty

Here comes Nancy

The American Beauty

2. Hope you have a happy summer and more seasons that will be happy.

3. When you get old and out of shape

remember girdles are only $2.98

4. Boston girls are pretty

New York girls are smart

But it takes a Nancy Keller

to break a fellow’s heart (ha-ha-ha)

5. When you get married and live in a tree

I’ll send you a coconut C.O.D.

6. (a variation)

When you get married and live upstairs

Don’t come down and borrow my chairs

and my favorite because it is hilarious:

7. Roses are red

violets are purple

why don’t you

Drop dead at Morton

(signed) George Brodsky (sp?)

The Great Rebel

—–hahaha. more to come in a second edition…—–

some images

December 1, 2008