Monthly Archives: March 2009

Monthly Music – Mar ’09

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song artist album
Little Person Jon Brion Synecdoche, New York
True To Life Royksöpp Junior
The Sweetest Thing Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career
Airstream Driver Gomez SXSW 2009 Showcasing Artists
Sick Muse Metric Metric-Fantasies
Stadium Love Metric Metric-Fantasies
Lasso Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Countdown (Sick For The Big Sun) Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
The Conductor Ume Sunshower EP
Kiss With A Fist Florence And The Machine Single
Beeline Sky Larkin The Golden Spike
Screw It Up Superchunk Leaves in the Gutter
The Strangers St. Vincent Actor
Lifelines Doves Kingdom Of Rust
Compulsion Doves Kingdom Of Rust
Sleep All Summer St. Vincent And The National Score! 20 Years Of Merge Records: The Covers!
There’s No Secrets This Year Silversun Pickups Swoon
The Royal We Silversun Pickups Swoon
Little Pieces Gomez A New Tide

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Monthly Music – Feb ’09



song artist album
A thread Cut with a … Stars Sad Robots EP
Little ghost I’m From Barcelona Who killed Harry Houdini?
The Heartbreak Rides A.C. Newman Get Guilty
meteor the bird and the bee ray guns are not just the future
My Girls Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
South China Moon Bishop Allen Grrr…
Wont Say Anything Hello Seahorse! Hoy A Las Ocho
Low Light Low Life P.O.S. Never Better
Help, I’m Alive Metric Fantasies
Chinese Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You
Maps The New Standards Rock and Roll
Boy With A Barbie Ben Lee The Rebirth Of Venus
Kingdom Of Rust (Album Version) Doves Kingdom Of Rust
Hot Pink Halloween, Alaska Champagne Downtown
Magpie To The Morning Neko Case Middle Cyclone
Hysteric Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz!
Ryksopp Forever Royksöpp Junior
1901                                                  Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
100,000 Times Maria Taylor LadyLuck
United States of Tara (opening Theme) Tim DeLaughter  

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Monthly Music – Jan ’09

Each month I keep a folder in iTunes of what I am liking and playing most for those four weeks. Usually it’s stuff that I recently acquired. At the end of the month, I keep only the best (or what was really representative of that month) 80 minutes to make a mixed CD-R time capsule. I try to only allow at most the top two songs from an artist/album. And I keep the track order to when I it was added in my iTunes from oldest to newest. Sure I could jazz this blog post up with links and more info on these artists, but I’ll do you one way better. If you actually want to know more, make a comment here and I’ll make you a listening copy of any of these compilations you fancy. Please support these artists. Thanks for reading. 



song artist album
not a robot, but a ghost Andrew Bird Noble Beast
Like a Hitman, Like a Dancer A.C. Newman Get Guilty
my love the bird and the bee ray guns are not just the future
One-Seat Theatre The Hopefuls Now Playing at the One-Seat Theatre
To America Joan As Police Woman To Survive
Flowers & Football Tops Glasvegas Glasvegas
i liked you better before little jackie The Stoop
1986 Fredrik Na Na Ni
My America A Camp Colonia
The What Notorious B.I.G. The Wackness Soundtrack
Sunshower Asobi Seksu Hush
Only One Ghost Leona Naess Unreleased
Summers Loney, Dear Dear John
People Got A Lotta Nerve Neko Case Middle Cyclone
My Girls Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Oklahoma Bishop Allen Grrr…
So Far Around The Bend The National Dark Was The Night
Mimizan Beirut Dark Was The Night

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3-D v. Fart jokes

Doodles first movie theater experience was Monsters Vs. Aliens 3-D. Good action, fun effects and Ginormica rules. Overall if not in 3-D probably not that great for adults. Doesn’t have quite the gravitas or comedy of many Pixar classics. But a fun family matinee if Coraline is too scary for yours, too. Doodles fave was “Dr. Cock-a-roach” (voiced by Hugh Laurie and yes, mustachioed).

The day before we had seen one of the worst family films for adults to sit through, Alvin and the Chipmunks. Yet, that sad excuse for family entertainment illicited just as many belly laughs from Pablo as the superior M v. A. There’s something undeniably funny about a fart joke. And maybe funnier when Mama remarks that there wasn’t even one good one in Monsters. Have I told I have never audibly farted in front of my wife or any other woman in public? It’s true, but we’ll save that for a future post. So you know, you have that to look forward to, dear reader. 

3-D might be enough to get me back in the theater and not just waiting for DVD. It’s pretty cool when done well. Have you seen one lately? 

Boys in Blue make this look good

Boys in Blue make this look good


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Chef Dinner

Mama bid on a special event for a charity at work. She won us an in-home chef dinner donated by Executive Chef George from McCormick & Schmick’s.

Last night Chef George arrived and was greeted at the door by Doodles.

Doodles: “You have a mustache!”

Chef George: “Yes, I’ve had it since I was 15. I knew it was a bad sign that I was probably not going to grow much more if I had a full mustache already.”

Doodles: “You’re a mustache chef!”

(Sometimes the blog writes itself. I just have to report the dialogue.)

George had trained under Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans. He created a seafood odyssey at our home last night for us and two other couples. We had scallops with curry, macadamia nut encrusted halibut, salmon with brie and spaetzel and 5 bottles of wine. It was fantastic. He even brought the plates so we had few dishes to wash.

If you get a chance to have a mustache chef come to your house, go for it.


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Boys will be


Line 'em up!

Line 'em up!

We have boys, “Boy” boys. Not necessarily sporty guys yet, we’ll see about that. (Pablo refused to swim again at the Y today.) But boys that are so into typical boy stuff, at least maybe 1950s boy stuff. And they are not just into it a bit. They actually kinda elevate it to the level of a fetish or an obsession. They get very focused and single-minded about whatever their current craze. 


These favorites manifest themselves in odd ways. At least odd for how I have to placate them. Lately I have been forced to draw soldiers, workmen, sharks and the like. They have to be “small and cut” (not circumcised). I have taken to drawing a few they approve of and then photocopying the rest to meet demands. Then they actually play with these in a paper-doll way of sorts, which I guess is not as Boy boy as I claimed before. I do hear a lot of fake explosions, though. 


In order of fandom with latest at the top:

Monsters, Aliens (I think we’ll try it in 3-D on Monday. Doodles first theater experience.)



Clones/Star Wars



Police (any uniformed guy, usually with a hat, coat, tie, see also conductor or workman)

Indiana Jones








And it should be noted that O.P.T.* takes top billing when available.

After the first year of pre-school, Pablo’s teacher remarked how much he loved animals and how she even learned about some obscure ones from him. When Pablo was asked by the end of the summer about this, he said “I don’t like animals. I like soldiers.” So as popular as the current craze is, it’s usually thrown in the basement or attic to make way for the next one. Any guesses on what comes after Monsters and Aliens? Make your prediction. I’ll award a prize to the right guess. 

*Other people’s toys

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Random note clearings

In the lexicon –

Handsome Shirts = button down shirts

Pablo: “Dad, will Mrs. K say I look handsome with this shirt?”


“I’m all of those guys. There’s all of me.”

— usually overheard whilst watching anything with police, armies, super-heroes, etc. 


“I’m going to repeat everything you say.” – said Pablo and he did for about a half hour. 


Army commercial screens on TV:

Pablo: “I’m the army.”

Doodles: “I’m the commander army.”


While watching Thomas the Tank Engine:

Pablo: “I’m all those drivers.”

Doodles: “I’m one driver.”

Pablo: “Are  you Thomas’ driver with a mustache?”

Doodles: “Uh-huh.”

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