I've been slack updating, yes. Apologies.
Excuse: I've been working on writing a book (80 pages short thus far!) lately - I'm taking a break from working on it right now to write this quickly - so blogging, to me, seems like wasted writing/creative energy. I don't know about you, gentle reader (and likely fellow blogger), but, for me, the attempt to create a well-written and interesting post can be quite grueling. I should go take a nap.
But I persevere!
So here are few things going on with me right now:
Book-wise, I'm just started Kissing in Manhattan by David Schnickler. Collection of short stories, set in NYC. Read two so far. Very impressive. Smart, funny, interesting, and full of heart. What more could you want? Nothing, that's what.
Music-wise, the past two weeks or so it's been a lot of Stars' "Set Yourself on Fire". Man I wish I had my CD of Beck's "Sea Change" right now though. It's maybe my favorite album by him. All that wry and eccentricity and hip pop-culture saturation is flung away in favor of an emotional, droning, and downright painful outpouring of folk/blues. Given the subject matter it could be whining, cliche, and/or pathetically self-pitying, but instead it's simply amazing and tear-jerking, like a good ending to a serious-minded movie, also known as a "drama".
Saw Amos Lee at Slim's downtown the other night. Amos was very good. Sounded a little like a morose young Al Green. Very talented and very humble. Good man. Unlike this guy: Rude old coot (and wife) standing behind me at the show. It's the 8th comment down.
Other things musical:
If you're an Elliott Smith fan like me, check these out: Leaked Elliott Smith Basement II Demos.
I haven't had much time to listen to them yet, but it's Elliott. It's gotten pretty high reviews from what I've seen.
Other random news: I seem to have lost my digital camera and I'm really, really pissed about that. I simply will NOT go back to those yellow cardboard boxes that sell three for fifteen dollars. No sir.
My last post was quite focused, like an essay. This one, not so much.