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Gravity’s Angel

Feetnik is in town! On her book signing tour, of course. You bring a book. She’ll sign it. You get the idea.

Yesterday after a nice lunch and cheap beer at Savory we hit up David R’s suggestion of Crooked Beat Records on 18th Street and Orpheus in Arlington, Virginia. Crooked Beat was pretty neat. It was tiny and owned by indie-rocking looking people. They had a good selection and a ton of recent music on vinyl. I was pretty amazed, but not really interested. Then we made our way to Viriginia which is always moderately nerve-wracking as Virginia isn’t as neatly layed out as DC. This time however, it was maps.google.com’s fault. We got all f’d up around Dupont Circle which is funny, because I know that area pretty well. We did finally get to Orpheus. That place is the shit. The records are in excellent condition and the isles go on for miles. They even have a Space Age Bachelor Pop section. Not to mention Crazy Carl’s Weird Music section. Plus the owner was kick ass and had a cool beard and knew where all his records were in his huge store. Kick ass.

These are the records I picked up:

  1. The Ted Heath Orchestra Plays the Beatles, Bach and Bacharach (London’s Phase 4 Records)
  2. Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life (Tamla)
  3. Enoch Light & the Light Brigade’s Future Sound Shock (Project 3 Records)
  4. Muzak’s Stimulus Progression 5 (Muzak Corporation)
  5. Enoch Light & the Light Brigade’s Dimension 3 (Command Records)
  6. Brian Wilson’s Smile (Warner Bros. Records)
  7. Getting Through: A Guide to better understanding the hard of hearing (Zenith Records)
  8. Laurie Anderson’s Mister Heartbreak (Warner Bros. Records)

So that’s that. Here’s the information about the record stores we went to. I highly recommend both. Orpheus being slightly better for selection and the assistance of their owner. Not to mention a better vinyl smell. The guys at Crooked Beat were more interested in what they were playing over the stereo.

Crooked Beat Records (in Adam’s Morgan)
2318 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Hours Mon-Wed 12-9 Thurs-Sat 12-10 Sun 12-7

Orpheus Records
3713 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
Monday-Saturday: 12pm- 10pm Sunday: 1pm- 8pm

And after that we listened to some stunes, cleaned up a bit and hit up Samantha’s in Silver Spring for some mexican and margarita’s with Gordon joining us. It was a blast.

Now it’s time to move radiators. Yay.

Get Off My Block

  1. Ok, first off, LOST is friggin’ awesome. I tend to not watch much TV. At least religously. Except for 24. But I always wanted to start watching LOST when it first aired and was prepared to watch it. For some reason or another I never got to see it. But last night I hit up Video Americain while Emily was taking a nap and I picked it up. It’s so good. And we’re gonna rent Disc Two tonight. I kinda wanna go home now.
  2. I [heart] getting invited to neighborhood potlucks of like-minded people. Our ‘hood is it for me. The community Listserve however can drive a sane man crazy. But that’s another story.
  3. Mesko’s kid is sooooo cute and I really enjoyed meeting his wife this Sunday at Mark’s Kitchen. And yes, he ate two blackberry milkshakes in addition to his brunch. They are a great couple and it’s awesome they live only 4 hours away now. ADD!! [photos]
  4. Construction has begun on the house. Insanity. It’s gonna be one dusty mofo.
  5. We also had our first fire in the fireplace. Turns out we didn’t need a new liner. The previous owners were getting the wool pulled over their eyes. I am so excited about this. Not about the wool, but rather the fires.

microwavable rigid wrap plaster cloth

thatslutfromjoemillionaire (15k image)Today after work Emily and myself went to a neighbor’s house to pick up some catnip they were offering up on the community Listserv. They were really nice and we talked about composting newspaper and German Shepards for a bit. They are from Northern California. We’re not from there.

After that we stopped by Video Americain to pick up some videos. We picked up Catch Me if you Can, Until the End of the World (which I’ve seen a few times, but Emily hasn’t), and Modulations (the counter part to the book). So we get to the register and they bring up our account and say, “Did you bring back Porn Star?” Emily said she did and starts getting revved up. They seem to think that we never brought it back. Now, don’t get my wrong. It was a very humorous movie, but not the kind of movie I’d want to watch more than once. So for a few minutes Emily gives the cashier some shit, as we’re not allowed to rent any movies until this is resolved. Rather ridiculous if you ask my Blockbuster-for-three-years ass. That’s kinda a lame policy. Regardless, we walk out of there pretty irate. Then we come home and I look in the VCR and it’s sitting there. Yeah, Emily returned the box without the tape. And you people call me the pothead?!

Now we’re back home and getting amused by showering the cats with the new fresh catnip. Emily is surely amusing me exclusively now as well with cooking and setting off, not one, but two smoke detectors. Not by any fault of hers. As she’s a great cooker. But our oven needs some obvious cleaning.

And yeah, I am missing Biz Markie this Saturday to photograph Third Eye Blind and Saliva and bands of that sort. I guess in the end it’s still six or one half the dozen. Eh. I really need to start playing more. Time to learn the Akai.