I haven’t done a song in awhile, and I promise I will in the near future. I’ve been busy with all kinds of things: work, metalworking, cooking classes, weekend jaunts with family and friends.
For now I’m going to catch up on other things. First I’ll bring up Archeophone‘s timely release of “Debate 08: Taft and Bryan Campaign on the Edison Phonograph.” I just got this (along with this collection of banned 1890′s recordings!).
The recordings are great and eye-opening, but the booklet that comes with it is not to be missed. If you have any interest in history, politics, or the evolution of recorded sound and its impact on society (I fall into this latter category), I highly recommend this. Archeophone is the BEST. I wish I could afford to own every single thing they released. I’ve got my eye on Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1891-1922.
In modern music news, my mom took me to see The Avett Brothers on Sunday. Holy wow what a show. Those dudes can sing. And scream. And rock a cello and a banjo and break a lot of strings and stir a crowd into a frenzy. According to Wikipedia they’re ‘folk rock’. So if you’re into that kind of thing in any possible way, you might want to check them out.
American Vaudeville As Seen by Its Contemporaries
Totally cool. Got this from the Pratt Library. This was full of reprints of old timey articles related to vaudeville, culled from autobiographies, newspapers, trade publications, and more. It’s divided into sections such as beginnings, stars, decline, legacy, etc. See, this is why the Pratt Library rules. Because I wouldn’t have found this book if I hadn’t been browsing around that place. And this is my favorite kind of stuff, “contemporary” time capsules. Truly it added to my mental vaudeville experience.
Gossip Girl books 2 & 3: “You Know You Love Me,” “All I Want Is Everything“
I am so embarrassed when I ask for these at the library. For some reason some of them aren’t always out for the picking so I have to have the nice lady go get them. Asking for “You Know You Love Me” was the worst.
But obviously I keep coming back for more. It takes like 45 minutes to read one of them so I kind of break up the nonfiction with it.
On to my summary:
More hijinx. Lets see.. uh this goth girl Vanessa takes a video of her friend Dan’s little sister Jenny “doing what looks like the nasty” in the park with Blair’s ex Nate in the park. But Vanessa didn’t know it was Jenny she was just being an artful filmmaker. So Vanessa’s older sister Ruby lent Vanessa’s camera to a friend and the video got on the internet. And Dan was devastated that Jenny and Vanessa were such sluts so he wrote a poem about it and it got published in the New Yorker.
Serena and Blair became friends again and went on vacation to St. Barts, wherever that is, and some rock star fell in love with Serena but she was all like “whatevs.” Actually I forget what else happened because I simultaneously started renting the TV show and watching those but basically they’re all great and totally scandalous good times.
Seeya later xoxo.. unicornmeat.
That’s a little Gossip Girl joke for you.
I haven’t had any comments or emails lately… is anyone out there? Did I ever post that video of me singing from 2003?