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Flood The Tree

So today was pretty good. We got 5 of our 6 things done today.

We decided to do all our holiday shopping locally. So we got kiddie toys at Amuse in Fells Point and the rest of the older-people toys in Hampden. There was this one store that had free books with a purchase at the door. They had “The Joy Of Cooking.” Amazing how we were just talking about picking up a copy. Perfect timing. Oh and of course we ended up picking up a few pieces of art. Totally funky and cool and our style. We’re total suckers for good local art.

The only thing we didn’t do was to pick up Lily’s pink Chuck’s in Canton. But we’re going to do that tomorrow. Yay Chuck’s on kids!

Tomorrow I’ll be spending a lot of the day mixing my latest project I’m producing. Then I think we’re going out with Brian and Minu for dinner. After that I should be heading to the Metro Gallery to check out a Beechfields band. Anyone wanna go?

PS. Our tree flooded today. All over the living room and in turn, the basement. Our poor basement. I am not sure if I just put too much water in the tree or our funnel thing isn’t working. This is reason #1 that a Jew is not supposed to be doing this. I light candles and fight/run from oppressors. It’s what we do.

Scratch My Vagina

Another successful New York trip with Emily! They get better and better each time.

This time we got a sick rate at the Hilton in Midtown and took Amtrak in. Not our normal destination or transportation mode, but it got the job done and the train rules. Yeah, it’s normally $450 a night. We got our rate for just over $100/night. All we had to do was wait through a hard sell for some quasi-timeshare which really turned out to be a lease share on Saturday for two hours. You don’t really ever own anything. Not really a scam, but kinda deceiving. Not that we would ever consider it. Above all it was most fascinating for their sales skills. Not really scum like used car salesmen, these guys have a psychologically advanced sales pitch. You have to respect that. Oh and when we were checking in there was this dude complaining that he got a nice robe with out fuzzy slippers. FUCKING SLIPPERS. I guess for $400+ rooms you get your balls scratched too.

New record store find! It’s called Downtown Music Gallery. In the Bowery. They actually do all distro for Tzadik Records. I shit you not. And the dude behind the counter told me where to pick up a Parts and Labor record because I can’t find my old CD and 7″. I think that bassist I played with a few years back still has it. Oh well. I picked up two records at DMG. Marc Ribot’s Soundtracks II and Rabbinical School Dropouts’ Cosmic Tree. What was cool was listening to them back at the hotel. The CD player in the room was pretty nice.

Other than that we did very little shopping and used cash the whole weekend. I think that’s the way to go so we don’t break the bank. We did get to meet up with a bunch of friends and family. We picked a night and asked everyone to meet us at Spice and it worked pretty well. We had 15 people show up. It was kinda like a mini Wedding reunion. Sorta. But it was great and we learned excellent new tactics for visiting people in NYC. Shit, why we didn’t figure this out before amazes me. Why trek through NY all week finding friends when they can all come to you? Hells yeah. Much better that way. And Elise (Annette and Billy’s child) is looking more and more like a person and not just a cute baby. She’s sooooo adorable. Other highlights included seeing Bridge and Tunnel with Sarah Jones. Do yourself a favor and see it. It’s more than timely now. And we saw at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre a not-so-improv-yet-still-madly-piss-in-your-pants-funny SHOWGIRLS: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever. Uh huh. You must see this. Best part was them contemplating them reenacting the pool sex scene at the end on stage when their projector temporarily broke. The hesitation was the to die for. We also did check out the Whitney for some culture for their biennial. It was really refreshing seeing contemporary artists I could get behind. Yay for art. And yay for getting some sick SISA sounds for #4 or #5!!

And mad fun getting totally wasted Friday night with the man from Guatamala and his wife and the man born in Israel at the hotel bar. Oh yeah, we rule.

Emily can fill in the other details if she wants.


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.