Sunday, August 23, 2009

LC tickets!

music: Joan Jett - Have You Ever Seen the Rain

CC came over today and she brought me our tickets for the Leonard Cohen concert. At this point, the idea that I'll see Leonard Cohen live still seems surreal. It's like I keep waiting for sth to go wrong and not be able to go to the concert... I'm masochistic in that way I guess. Oh, and of course I'm freaked out about going to Bucharest, but I try not to give it too much thought.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Two weeks away

music: Bright Eyes - A Spindle, A Darkness, A Fever And A Necklace

I've always liked the little story read by that kid at the beginning of Fevers and Mirrors. And until recently, I've just assumed that story was written by Conor, simply because it sounded like sth he would've written. But no, I was wrong. It's actually an excerpt from a children's book, Mitchell Is Moving by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, w/ pictures by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey.

I found the book at Book Depository (which is the most amazing online bookstore because they make free deliveries anywhere in the world), and I received it today*.

Here's the excerpt read at the beginning of Fevers and Mirrors (I especially like the "two weeks" part):
"So long everything!" he shouted
Then he ran next door to Margo's house.
"I'm moving," he said.
"Where?" asked Margo.
"Two weeks away," said Mitchell.
"Where is that?" asked Margo.
"It's wherever I will be after I walk for two weeks," said Mitchell. "I have lived in the same place for a long time. It is time for me to go someplace else."
"No!" said Margo. "You have only lived next door for fifty years."
"Sixty," said Mitchell.
"Fifty, sixty. What's the difference?" said Margo. "I want you to stay next door forever."
"I can't," said Mitchell. "I do not want to wake up in the same old bedroom and eat breakfast in the same old kitchen[...] Every room in my house is the same old room, because I have been there too long."

*I've also ordered Sylvia Plath's Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, but I didn't get it yet. I hope it didn't get lost in the mail...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Horror night

music: Jay Brannan - Zombie

I don't know why, but I've always felt that Friday nights are the best for watching horror movies. Maybe it's because Romanian tv networks would often play horror movies on Friday nights when I was a kid (I was a Chucky fan when I was 10 hehe).

So, last night I started reading Stephen King's Misery (in the room where I was reading, the light bulb was acting all funny, which was kind of spooky), and after 50 pp, I decided it was time for a movie. A silent movie: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. Watching this was so refreshing -- no special effects, no Hollywood horror cliches.

(I should really pay more attention to (early & new) German cinema. I was watching KINO the other day, and they presented some German movies that seemed quite interesting.)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Motion sickness

music: Elliott Smith - Wateloo Sunset

I'm in the process of adding photos taken during a one-day road trip on my Flickr page - these are just some of them. (Btw, if you have a Flickr account, feel free to add me as a contact.)

Meanwhile, here's a download link (which should be available for another 7-8 days) for a mixed tape I made for said road trip: Motion Sickness*. I hope you enjoy it :)

*Track list: 01. Conor Oberst - Moab 02. M. Ward - Hold Time 03. Rufus Wainwright - Going To A Town 04. Simon Joyner - Burn Rubber 05. Neko Case - This Tornado Loves You 06. Goldfrapp - Road To Somewhere 07. The White Stripes - One More Cup of Coffee 08. Beirut - Un dernier verre (pour la route) 09. Girls In Hawaii - Plan Your Escape 10. Maria Taylor - Clean Getaway 11. Bright Eyes - Coat Check Dream Song 12. Gillian Welch - I Dream A Highway 13. Son Ambulance - Horizons 14. Jenny Lewis - Pretty Bird 15. Matteah Baim - Wilderness 16. Blitzen Trapper - Furr 17. Alela Diane - Tired Feet 18. Bat For Lashes - Travelling Woman 19. The Magnetic Fields - Papa Was A Rodeo 20. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone 21. Eddie Vedder - End of the Road 22. Russian Red - Take Me Home.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

MOF know how to tease

music: Monsters of Folk - Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)

Say Please "Teaser"

Dear God "Teaser"

(On MOF's Facebook page, there's also a teaser for Man Named Truth.)

I don't go on myspace as often as I used to, so I was totally unaware that Monsters of Folk had added two more songs on their page: Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.) and The Sandman, The Brakeman and Me. They're both wonderful, in particular The Sandman... -- it's folky, it's dreamy, it's perfect! The lyrics seem to be a variation on Bright Eyes' If the Brakeman Turns My Way (the beginning of this song makes my heart skip a beat each time I listen to it: "when panic grips your body and your heart's a humming bird..." this is so beautiful). Also, there's a piece about these new MOF songs on

Monday, August 3, 2009

'El espiritu de la colmena'

music: Bright Eyes - If the Brakeman Turns My Way

Childhood, Frankenstein, Franco's Spain, trains, mystery, bees, pocket watches, a black cat and an abandoned sheepfold -- these would be just some of the elements that make Victor Erice's 1973 debut, El espiritu de la colmena, simply amazing. And Wiki is right: visually, this film is absolutely brilliant. Every single scene is photographic.