Sunday, December 28, 2008


They're kind of a drag.

Without a family or partner in your city you have to go somewhere else for holiday happy times. That usually involved a long drive, plane trip, train ride or bus situation if you don't drive. When you have barely 24 hours off from work, it doesn't seem worth it try to make it a couple states over.

People put so much pressure on having a meaningful and fantastic day, flawless and planned out as much as possible: menu, presents, itinerary, wardrobe, etc. Well, that didn't happen for me at all this year. Christmas was a bit of a bust. Thank goodness I had Harmony make the Greyhound trip to Philly for two nights. Otherwise I would've been totally alone on the big day.

I didn't foresee that grocery stores and every other business (other than some Jewish and Asian establishments) in Philadelphia would be closed on the big day. I thought there would be time to get our groceries and compose a meal. Wrong. So we walked around Philly most of the morning, in the beautiful crisp, sunny air, looking for a place to eat or buy groceries. We shouted "Merry Christmas"s to strangers who responded in kind. We almost wanted to ask them if we could follow them to their destination home and be their sad guests.

We ate at a Vietnamese join on S 11th and it was kind of alright. But Harm's body didn't think so. We ended up having a movie marathon; 4.5 movies starting at about 2pm. Juno (tears shed), When Harry Met Sally (maybe one or two tears shed), The Family Stone (many tears shed), Love Actually (no tears, I believe), and Legally Blonde 2 (was started too late and didn't hold our interest enough to keep us awake, I suppose). It was nice to blubber like a little girl. Quite comforting and relieving.

But mom and dad are coming from Red Hook tomorrow. So we'll have a little more XMas before the New Year. And I'm bartending on New Years Eve night. Another night that people hem and haw and wring their hands over to make sure everything is glorious. There's a party downtown at a hotel where tickets cost $135 for five hours of open bar, food and entertainment. No thank you. I should make approximately $200, I hope, on the night, so that's nice.

2009 should be a weird year. A lot can happen; a lot will happen. A new Neko Case record is on its way.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Pitchfork's Readers' Poll Top 25 Albums of 2008

I did not see this before coming up with mine. Promise.

01. TV on the Radio: Dear Science
02. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes / Sun Giant EP
03. Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend
04. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago
05. Deerhunter: Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.
06. Portishead: Third
07. MGMT: Oracular Spectacular
08. Cut Copy: In Ghost Colours
09. M83: Saturdays=Youth
10. No Age: Nouns
11. Girl Talk: Feed the Animals
12. Sigur Rós: Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
13. The Walkmen: You & Me
14. Dodos: Visiter
15. Wolf Parade: At Mount Zoomer
16. WHY?: Alopecia
17. The Hold Steady: Stay Positive
18. Nine Inch Nails: The Slip
19. Of Montreal: Skeletal Lamping
20. Okkervil River: The Stand Ins
21. Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III
22. Beach House: Devotion
23. Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles
24. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
25. Beck: Modern Guilt

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My Top 25 Albums of 2008 List

25. Mates of State - "Re-Arrange Us"
24. Ra Ra Riot - "The Rhumb Line"
23. Portishead - "Third"
22. Kings of Leon - "Only by the Night"
21. Raphael Saadiq - "The Way I See It"
20. Beck - "Modern Guilt"
19. MGMT - "Oracular Spectacular"
18. Kylie Minoguq - "X"
17. Deerhunter - "Microcastle/Weird Era Cont."
16. Gnarls Barkley - "The Odd Couple"
15. Vampire Weekend - "Vampire Weekend"
14. TV on the Radio - "Dear Science"
13. Lykke Li - "Youth Novels"
12. Hercules and Love Affair - "Hercules and Love Affair"
11. Department of Eagles - "In Ear Park"
10. Santogold - "Santogold"
9. Hot Chip - "Made in the Dark"
8. Erykah Badu - "New Amerykah"
7. Dodos - "Visiter"
6. Estelle - "Shine"
5. Bon Iver - "For Emma, Forever Ago"
4. Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes"
3. Death Vessel - "Nothing is Precious Enough for Us"
2. Jenny Lewis - "Acid Tongue"
1. The Walkmen - "You & Me"