I went to New England over the weekend to visit a friend. Of course, that meant that I had to go to my local record shop here in Brooklyn before leaving town to buy some records. I didn't anticipate, however, just how marvelously cheap record stores are North of here. So I bought more records. Many more! My only defense is that I would have paid a lot more just buying online or in NYC.

Pray for me!
Comsat Angels - Sleep No More (found literally at the back of a bin of 100 bad house records that was buried underneath 60 classical records)
DJ Dozia - Shapeshifter
Jean Carn - Happy To Be With You (new to me - time will reveal "the cut")
Mariah Carey - Make It Happen 12" (fuck what is the right mix of this again?)
Mariah Carey - Dreamlover 12" (replacing one warped copy so I can rock doubles with two!)
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto (premiere recording with Oistrakh - not depicted in video)

(not showing off just maybe some of this is new to you and you hear something you love and your day is just that much better - mine is, or was, until I saw the balance left in my account. whoops!)


90s and their persistence

I knew this back then but it's really only the persistent feeling that dance music, on purely cultural terms, ain't what it used to be (because "nothing is more revolting that the sight of the inheritors of the earth enjoying themselves"), that caused me to lose confidence and start reading Pitchfork almost a decade ago in the vain hope that there was something good I was missing. That's when the real dejection set in.

(Also - writing like what I linked to above used to be published! Just another...!)


Your Thoughts Please

Is there a cheap, major city with a legitimate arts scene in the United States?

This chapter might be over soon.


Homesick Again?!?!

I guess it's because it's 59 degrees in NYC on February 1st that I am thinking about DC again. I can't believe it's been six years since I used to come off my shift waiting tables on a weeknight, get a little stoned, and wander around downtown on one of the numerous beautiful spring evenings that are the real gift of DC weather listening to Souvlaki. Life is easier when you aren't trying.