Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

Take some time today to remember those past and present who have served in our armed forces and protected our freedoms over the years. And here is to a hopefully swift repeal of DADT, John McCain and his filibuster be damned.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Non Sequiturs

Wow, I have posted every day this week. I am so proud of myself!

Work is good. I've been getting lots of good projects almost to the point where I have way too much work. I could easily bill 60-70 hours a week if I wanted to, however, being that I am sane, I have been keeping it in the respectable 50 hour range. I need to make up for the first week, where I only billed 8 hours.

If you are not familiar with the billable hour system, you must count yourself as a lucky person. Although it is a necessary evil in the legal field, it is still a beast to deal with. I have an 1800 billable hour requirement per year which breaks down to 150 hours a month or 34.62 hours per week. At my last firm as an associate, I was expected to bill 2100 hours a year, in addition to an extra 300 hours for non-billable pursuits such as marketing, recruiting, pro bono, etc. This breaks down to 200 hours per month or 41.15 hours a week. Looking at the numbers, I definitely see I made the right decision with becoming a staff attorney. Sure, I make half of what an associate of my year would make, but I make enough and have a lot more free time and less stress.

It's the Friday of the long Memorial Day weekend. I am looking forward to a relaxing one after a busy month of getting settled in at the job. No huge plans aside from going to see Psychedelic Furs and She Wants Revenge on Saturday night at the Masquerade. I was hoping to get a lot of pool time in, however, we have rain and hail forecast through Monday, so those hopes are looking to be dashed. Oh well, I guess I can get that spring cleaning taken care of.

Lyrics Rattling Through My Brain

"Everybody goes, leaving those
Who fall behind

Everybody goes, as far as they can
They don't just care

You're a wasted face, you're a sad-eyed lie
You're a holocaust"

Big Star

"The more you try to erase me
The more the more
The more that I appear
The more the more.
The more I try the eraser
The more the more
The more that you appear"

Thom Yorke
"The Eraser"

"I know you better than this
I could be here when you call
I'll make you top of the list
And in the crush of the dark
I'll be your light in the mist
I can see you burning with desire
For a kiss
Psychobabble all upon your lips"

La Roux

"If the fire's out baby
How you gonna keep me warm
Supposing you let me
With the door wide open no one can leave

I know it's a lie I want it to be true
The rest of the ride is riding on you
Over goodbyes we'll buy some place "

"Collect Call"

Appealing Things

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
My Terris, who would stand by me no matter how much of an ass I made of myself (and vice versa)
Staying intown on a long holiday weekend

Annoying Things

Rain on a long holiday weekend
Euro-trash neighbors who let their dog piss in the elevator and don't clean it up
Jerk neighbors who let their schnauzers attack you in the hallway
Don't Ask Don't Tell proponents

Thursday, May 27, 2010


Flying Lotus
7.9 out of 10

Los Angeles, Flying Lotus's last release, was one of my favorite cds a couple of years ago. It was dense and cinematic and was unlike anything I had heard in years. It was the type of music that you could play behind silent images of Blade Runner and it would fit perfectly. Flying Lotus now releases the follow up Cosmogramma and I have to say I am a bit lost for words on it. I want to love it, Lord knows I certainly respect the hell out of it, but there is something about it that fails to take hold in me. Perhaps I need more time to absorb it? Perhaps it is me that is flawed in this case?

As a complete work, Cosmogramma is phenomenal. FlyLo knows how to weave his themes and melodies throughout to create a wonderous whole. But there is just no piece that stands out to me. I listen to it repeatedly and enjoy it while I am with it, but the moment it is off, I forget it. If only there had been a distinct track on par with "Parisian Goldfish" or "GNGBNG" I would likely feel different. Even the major collaboration with Thom Yorke is frustratingly opaque. I do give FlyLo props for not making Thom front and center of the track, only using his voice as another element of the song.

I also like the use of odd percussion, as with the ping pong balls in "Table Tennis."

So you may ask yourself, why, after all these complaints, does he still give it such a high score? Good question. I have too much respect for FlyLo and the artistry and care in which he created Cosmogramma. I even saw his live set at Coachella and it was completely brilliant. I just wished there was something else to the cd. It almost rides a flat trajectory. I had hoped for more.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


8.0 out of 10

Blink too quickly and dance/electronic music will change before you know it. I gave up trying to keep track of all the different offshoots. I am generally not a fan of artists who stick to one style and never stray or vary from it. I enjoy it when an artist has a distinct style, but then subverts expectations and shows versatility without foresaking their core sound. Rusko is primarily known for his work in dubstep; best known for his slamming singles "Cockney Thug" and "Jahova." If you are ever in a club and "Jahova" comes on, prepare for the crowd to go insane.

O.M.G.!, the first full release of original music by Rusko, is an amazing overview of dance genres over the past decades, all seen through the filter of dubstep. The album really shows his range and willingness to embrace a more mainstream/poppier sound. My friend Kurt and I had a discussion the other day about how most dubstep purists will likely look down on O.M.G.! because of this willingness, however, we felt that if it opens the genre up to a bigger audience there is nothing really wrong with it.

There are many pure dubstep singles that are on par with "Cockney Thug" and "Jahova." "Woo Boost," the first single and track on the album is a standout.

As is "Oy (featuring Crookers)."

"Scareware" is almost goth dubstep.

Where Rusko shines for me on this album are the more mainstream tracks. There is a beautiful track with Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors which I could easily see on the top of the R&B charts.

And on "Raver's Special," which is a nice little old school dance track.

Rusko is talented enough to encompass other genres such as drum n' bass for "Kumon Kumon," Jamaican dancehall for "Rubadub Shakedown," and even dirty rap with "Got Da Groove (featuring Gucci Mane)."

O.M.G.! is not a perfect album. Sometimes Rusko seems to be trying to fit every genre in the world into the 14 tracks and can get a little distracted with some pretty lazy genre exercises ("My Mouth" and "I Love You" are the worst offenders). But the hits far outweigh the misses. But for those who love albums with a lot of diverse sounds, you can't miss with Rusko.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


8.5 out of 10

Although it appears Sigur Ros is on permanent hiatus for the time being, Jonsi (Jon Thor Birgisson) is still putting out music with the aid of his partner Alex Somers and modern composer/arranger Nico Mulhy. Because Jonsi is the voice of Sigur Ros, there will always be similarities with his solo work and his band's. However, instead of making the sweeping and grand music that Sigur Ros is known for, Jonsi does show his individuality by performing a majority of songs that are upbeat and downright playful.

This is no more so evident than on the first song and single "Go Do:"

Under tribal drums, flutes and woodwinds, and Jonsi's charming voice, he sings one of the most uplifting songs I have heard in a long time. It could be argued it is too childlike, but I think that is what makes it so endearing. And I love the lyrics:

"You wish surprise would never stop wonders
You wish sunrise would never fall under
We should always know that we can do anything

Go do!"

The delight continues with songs like "Animal Arithmetic," which is sung at such a clip it could almost be considered Icelandic rap; and "Boy Lilikoi," which has the atmosphere of a children's nursery rhyme set to song.

I love the play of the drums and pianos and Jonsi's sweet tenor in "Around Us."

"There's songs, sounds you bring to us
You pin both the wings on us
I hear, I see you sing for us
You go tie a string around us"

Of course, there are several more low-key songs. But they are still different from Sigur Ros in that the intimacy is more bracing. A lot of it comes from Jonsi's willingness to sing most of the songs in English. It allows for a deeper connection with the listener.

"Tornado" is especially poignant and lovely.

And the soaring, emotional "Sinking Friendships."

"We're swimming in the blue
Nigh misfortune
Lively like a glue
My eyes are soaked all way through

Our sinking friendships
We drown them all"

My only complaint with Go is that Jonsi relied too heavily on the somber tracks. The upbeat songs were such a departure, that it would have made for a significant departure from the Sigur Ros legacy. The album ends on two very Sigur Ros-like tracks and sort of kills the momentum. Aside from this minor quibble, Go is a phenomenal cd and comes highly recommended. I also suggest you go see him live if you have the chance as he puts on an amazing show.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Lost: The End

The two and 1/2 hour finale of Lost is over and my head is still spinning. I don't really know what to make of it yet, though I do know that I was entranced by every second last night. It was an emotionally satisfying episode (albeit a very confusing mental one) that ended the series in a moving way. Was it the best way to wrap up the series? That will likely be debated for a long time, but I, for one, can say I loved it.

There was no way the producers and writers would have been able to answer all the questions that were built up over 6 amazing seasons. Instead, they brought the show back to what it made it great, the wonderful characters. It was never about the mystery or the island, it was about the people and how they interacted and cared for one another.

I spent the majority of the episode basically in tears. Each one of the "sideways" reunions brought out more and more emotions. There were too many moments that blew me away. My favorites were when Hurley sees Charlie for the first time, Sawyer and Juliet at the candy machine, and of course, Jack and Kate finding each other again.

The ending has a lot of people up in arms, but I think it was just perfect. These people had found salvation and redemption through one another and that they would meet up later to head to the afterlife together was fitting. Thank you Lost for 6 seasons of wonder, amazement, laughter, anger, and frustration. Lost did what good tv is meant to do, entertain and challenge. There will likely never be another show quite like it.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Non Sequiturs

What a blur of a weekend. Celebrated my friend Ken's 33rd birthday on Friday night. It coincided with the quarterly Manshaft party at Mary's, whose theme was sports gear and uniforms. Me and the rest of the crew (Kurt, Chris, Darren and Byron; along with our two South Carolina friends Lee and Corey) got together and made up a t-ball team uniform called the Midtown Terris. We had a blast.

Here is a pic of the birthday boy, before things got out of hand.

On Saturday, Kurt, Ken, and Chris and I drove up to Anderson, South Carolina to attend Lee's college graduation. He got his business degree at the age of 42. We are all so proud of him. Here is a pic of the new grad!

Here is a pic of us before things got a little out of hand.

But as they say, what happens in Anderson, stays in Anderson ;)

Now I am home and luckily rested and watching the finale of Lost. Can't believe the show is about to end. It has been a wild 6 seasons but it has been a journey I'm happy to have taken.

Lyrics Rattling Around My Head

"All our lonely kicks are getting harder to find
We'll play nuns versus priests until somebody cries
All our lonely kicks that make us saintly and thin
We'll play nuns versus priests until somebody wins

Leave our red Southern soil
Head for the coast
Leave our red Souther soil
Everything goes"

The National
"Little Faith"

"I thought you were the sweetest kill
Did I even know?
And all the time we thought we did
Was it just for show?

If they try to pull you out
Would you even go?
I thought you were the sweetest kill
Did you even know?"

Broken Social Scene
"Sweetest Kill"


You'll never be mine"


Appealing Things

Midtown Terris
Lost season finale
IHOP pancakes
HOV lanes

Annoying Things


Thursday, May 20, 2010

This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem
This Is Happening
9 out of 10

According to James Murphy, this will be the final LCD Soundsystem record, as, in his words, most bands only really have three great records in them. I'm not sure about the truth in that statement, but I would say that sounds about accurate; although I am sure there are countless exceptions to that rule. Based on this record though, I would hope Mr. Murphy's words were only in jest, as he continues to make better music each new time.

This Is Happening is not as immediately striking as Sound of Silver, mainly because the debut album read more as a collection of singles and Sound of Silver was truly an original and complete release. Stylistically it is not so much a departure but a fine honing of the strengths. The song writing is clearer, although it appears Mr. Murphy is in a bit of a contemplative mood. Perhaps, thinking he has taken LCD Soundsystem as far as he can take it (I would vehemently argue with him against that assessment), he is reflecting on where that leaves him as an artist. The lyrics have many such sentiments: "Everybody's getting younger/It's the end of an era, it's true" ("Dance Yrself Clean"); "You look in the bed; you've been gone for too long/To put in the time, but it's too late to make it strong" ("All I Want"); "Yeah you wanted it smart/But honestly, I'm not smart/No, honestly, we're never smart/We fake it, fake it all the time" ("You Wanted A Hit").

This Is Happening has been called LCD Soundsystem's Berlin Record or Bowie Record. Aside from "All I Want," which is pretty much an homage to "Heroes," it doesn't really "sound" like a Bowie record, however, it does have a sort of Bowie feel to it. Murphy is too original to make an outright pantomime of another artist.

I love opener "Dance Yrself Clean," which begins minimally with percussion and synth bass, and takes almost 3 minutes to erupt with sharp drumming and analog techno synth stabs.

Most of the tracks on This Is Happening are long, but they never overstay their welcome. Murphy knows how to pace a song and an album. And it is done as a sort of backhanded flip off to record companies and radio who would like artists to fit within a certain mold. "You Wanted A Hit" is a 9 minute single that is anything but a radio friendly song; though it is a highlight on the album.

While the lyrical content of the album is somewhat morose for Murphy, it doesn't mean that the album is not fun. There are some great dance tracks.

"Drunk Girls" is similar to other LCD tracks like "North American Scum," but it is so much fun it is easily forgiven. Plus the video is a riot.

Amazingly, for a one man show (Murphy plays all the instruments on record and hires session players for his live act), the album is very tight musically. Even more amazing, is how tight they are as a live act, being that they don't play together on a daily basis. I was able to catch their set at Coachella and it was practically brilliant. Here is hoping that this is not the swansong for LCD Soundsystem. I think there is a lot of juice left in the band and want Murphy to continue this tremendous run he has been having.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

High Violet

The National
High Violet
9.3 out of 10

The National are never going to hit you over the head with an original sound, but that is really not the point. What they do, and do very well, is craft excellent songs that fit well together in the context of an album, and silently grow on you. Their last two releases, Alligator and The Boxer, were so subtle I never even realized how much I loved them until well down the road. The songs sneak up on you and get lodged in your brain to where you find yourself humming them throughout the day.

High Violet, their latest and in my mind their best, is almost too subtle for its own good. It takes almost three songs in before there is an actual drumbeat to get the toes tapping. When I listened to High Violet the first few times, I thought it was good but not great and set it aside. Somewhere in the back of my brain, the songs had taken root and I couldn't get them out to save my life. I am now listening to the cd at least twice a day.

The great thing about The National is that their cds have great singles on them, however, the album tracks, even ones I don't think I will enjoy the most, end up being the tracks I can't leave alone. I'm currently obsessed with "Little Faith," a haunting song with lots of noisy background elements that are incongruous with The National's usual fussily clean production. The album appears to be about facades and how we all go through life hiding out true selves, either through societal trappings or not wanting to disappoint family and friends. "Little Faith" is about how two friends, who felt they were above traditional lives, find themselves growing up and becoming what they once thought they never could be.

Once again, The National focus on a sort of middle class ennui and how crushing it can be to its characters. They could almost be providing a soundtrack to Revolutionary Road. In "Bloodbuzz Ohio," he sings one of their best lyrics: "I still owe money to the money to the money I owe."

Another favorite song is "Conversation 16" whose narrator feels the weight of his responsibilities on his life and imagines himself to be almost a zombie, crying out the tortured lines:

"I was afraid, I'd eat your brains
I was afraid, I'd eat your brains
'Cause I'm evil
'Cause I'm evil"

"Afraid of Everyone" is another strong track with its narrator almost crippled by perceived threats from the modern world and wishing he could drug his fear away:

"With my kid on my shoulders I try
Not to hurt anybody I like
But I don't have the drugs to sort,
I don't have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out"

Give this brilliant album a chance to seep into your soul. It does not reveal itself on its first few listens. In this age of people wanting instant gratification, I am pleased when a band gives its listeners the opportunity for surprise and for growth. This cd will definitely be in my top ten for the year.

Monday, May 17, 2010


Sleigh Bells
9.5 out of 10

My one regret at Coachella this year was not going to see Sleigh Bells. I hadn't heard anything by them and only had them on my radar due to the insistence of my friend Steve and a huge roar of Internet buzz. When the conflicts proved too difficult, Sleigh Bells were an unfortunate cast off. After seeing the clips from the show posted on Youtube, I was amazed at how two people could create such a bone crushing wall of noise. Live it is just a guitarist and singer and a mess of drum machine beats. Fortunately, they are playing in Atlanta in July and I will finally get to see them. Really excited about it.

Treats is an amazing debut cd along the lines (for me at any rate) with Suede, Blue Lines, The Smiths, and Entroducing...; albums that were singular in their vision and encapsulated a perfect starting point in charting a band's trajectory. Taking a very simple template (vocals, guitars, drum machines), Sleigh Bells sounds like no one else and creates an amazingly loud sound for only two people.

First single and track on the album "Tell 'Em" gets things started off right with wailing siren-like guitars, pummelling drum beats, and cheerleader like vocals.

There are so many amazing singles on this album it is astonishing. Each one takes the same template and bends and molds it to its own distinct place.

This is not to say that the album is one note. Sleigh Bells takes the time to slow things down on occasion, as with the mid point of the album, on songs such as "Rachel" and "Run the Heart."

The cd is all energy and attitude and just full of life. It literally blew me away the first time I heard it because it was almost perfect in everyway. Their sound is minimal enough (yet completely full and overwhelming) to allow for many more stylistic adventures down the road. Sleigh Bells is exciting to watch and listen to, and their debut is indeed full of treats.

Mini CD Reviews

I have so busy with traveling to and attending the Coachella Music Festival, visiting London, and also starting a new job that I have let a lot of great cds I've been listening to fall off the map. I wanted to review each of them separately and in depth, however, I am just so far behind and the list is starting to get out of hand. So, to make up for that, here is a down and dirty review for several cds that I have been listening to and mostly enjoying.

These New Puritans
9.8 out of 10

This really should get a full review as it is my favorite cd of the year so far, but hey ho. Their first cd was a Fall-esque angular guitar attack, while Hidden is a militaristic, symphonic electronic suite. It combines raw, brutal power with disarmingly haunting delicacy. Not quite in sound but in execution, it reminds me of Talk Talk's landmark Spirit of Eden; an album that will be talked about for years to come. This cd fascinates me more than any I have heard in awhile. Pure and utter genius.

7 out of 10

You never know what Liars are going to do from album to album. From their debut of amazing dance punk, through bizarre sojourns with German mysticism and witchcraft, delightful vacations of motorik and fuzzed out JAMC bliss, you can never say they are conventional. So what do they do with Sisterworld? They get their chemistry sets out and mix them all together. My friend Matthew said he was bored by it, but I feel there are some good tracks on it. It is a good collusion of their various styles so far, but something definitely held me back from full out love. I was hoping for something more original. Avoid the extra cd of remixes as they are pretty pointless.

Plastic Beach
8.2 out of 10

By far their best and most cohesive work; the sound of a real "band." Furthermore, they put on a kick-ass live show at Coachella this year. For once, the cd works as a collective whole and not just a bunch of singles surrounded by supporting filler. To be honest, the first two cds have one or two better tracks, but I usually skip over the other songs to get to them. With Plastic Beach I listen through the whole thing.

6.8 out of 10

I want to adore this cd. All of the elements are there; beautiful melodies, echoes of past dance music trends, sunny beats. But for some reason it just never gels into something more than spot the influence. The pacing of the cd is horrible too with the opening slog of three songs barely making it through their first run on my iPod. Once the middle section arrives it becomes a hint of what could have been; a beautiful updating of past trends in dance music. The touchstone for this cd would be Screamadelica, which walked that tightrope so finely and succeeded on every level. I might revisit this later on to see if my opinion has changed, but for now it is a firmly etched mere like.

Body Talk Pt. 1
6 out of 10

Another cd I want to love, as her last cd Robyn was a total non-guilty pleasure. This is the first cd in a planned three cd set, but it only makes me wonder if she should have waited and, with a more critical ear, gotten rid of the tripe and stuck with the cream of the crop. There are several key tracks, such as the gorgeously lonely "Dancing On My Own," and the deliciously silly "Fembot." But the whole cd feels like a set of tracks that don't go together, as if she were clearing out her harddrive. There is even a repeat of the Royksopp track "The Girl and the Robot." I come to expect a lot from Robyn and this almost completely misses the mark.

8 out of 10

Yes Autechre can be difficult for difficult's sake, but what other IDM act of the last 10+ years has been so consistently brilliant? After last year's return to form Quaristice, I wasn't expecting to hear a new cd from these boys in a while, however, Oversteps was released and again stretches the boundaries of what synthesizers, samplers and drum machines can do. While not everything works on Oversteps, it is by far their most consistent release since Tri Repetaee++.

Four Tet
There Is Love In You
8.5 out of 10

Along with Black Noise from Pantha Du Prince, Four Tet's There Is Love In You is one of the best electronic releases of the year. Endlessly inventive and gorgeously executed, it is a warmer and more delicate yin to Burial's Untrue yang. Both use cut up vocal fragments to accentuate their themes, however, while Burial uses his to emphasize loneliness and isolation, Four Tet broadens his canvas to provide uplift and peace.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Crystal Castles (II)

Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles (II)
8.6 out of 10

A couple of years ago, I fell in love with the first cd from Cyrstal Castles. It was a striking combination of amazing agit-electro that was tempered with some very moving passages. My fear, based on the album itself, was that there was really nowhere from them to take their sound to the next level. Imagine my surprise upon hearing the new cd, irritatingly called Crystal Castles as well, and finding that my fears were completely misbegotten. The new release is a fantastic step forward without losing what made their sound so distinctive.

What is immediately noticeable is that they are now more willing to embrace a more pop-leaning sound. First single "Celestica" is a prime example:

Under arena ready synths, the song builds slowly and delicately, and Alice Glass demonstrates that she has a lovely and haunting voice, when Ethan Kath is not electronically shredding and distorting it within an inch of its life.

Of course, this being Crystal Castles, there are plenty of songs that beat you over the head with electronic precision and leave you feeling breathless and spent. However, the pacing of the cd is such that they come at appropriate moments and do not disrupt the flow. One of my favorites is "Doe Deer" which almost sounds like Alice Glass's voice is being brutally strained through the speaker.

There are several lower key and beautiful moments on this release. Another favorite is a track that samples a vocal from a Sigur Ros song.

And there are plenty of other amazing radio friendly songs along the lines of "Celestica."

I was so thrilled that Crystal Castles made such a wonderful album that plays to all their strengths, without losing any of their power and ability to be confrontational. I only hope that their slightly more accessible sound will expand their audience. Crystal Castles has shown they are here to stay.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Non Sequiturs

Started my new position as a staff attorney with Kilpatrick Stockton last week. It is going very well so far. I like the people, and it seems like there is enough work to keep me nice and busy. One question that keeps getting posed to me from other friends and colleagues is whether I have any problem taking the step down to staff attorney from an associate. There are pluses and minuses to both positions, however, when it comes down to it, the staff attorney position is definitely the better route for me. Some of the differences between the two:

* Money: yes an associate of my year level makes more than double what I am making as a staff attorney.

* Stress/pressure: while the associate makes way more than me, their stress level is way higher than mine. I have a lower billable hour requirement and I do not have the pressure to bring in clients and do all the marketing they have to do in order to remain in the pecking order for partner track. And I don't really feel like I have to put in face time at all. I am given my assignments, I work on them, and I go home for the day.

* Offices: ok, the associates have the nice offices with windows and nice furniture and laptops, etc, etc, while I have an interior office with island of misfit furniture and a computer that I think is from 2005. But hey, I do have an office and not a cubicle.

* Work: we basically work on the same projects, however, an associate is expected to take charge and prove their worth as they put in their years to make partner. I get to have the same level of work, but almost get to silently go about my way without the need to impress anyone. Don't misunderstand me, I do the best job I can, I just don't have to crow about it. As long as the partner I am working with appreciates my work, that is all that matters.

* Support: associates do get a secretary and more support from the staff than I do, but honestly, when I had a secretary as an associate I rarely if ever used them. I can do my own typing and really only needed them to do things like call facilities if a lightbulb was out.

I think I made the right decision stepping out of the rat race and into a more support role at a law firm. There will be stresses like in any job, but the level of the stress is so my less than as an associate. I am looking forward to seeing how this job progresses.

Lyrics Rattling Around My Head

"Then I'm radio and then I'm television
I'm afraid of everyone, I'm afraid of everyone
Lay the young blue bodies, with the old red violets
I'm afraid of everyone, I'm afraid of everyone
With my kid on my shoulders I try
Not to hurt anybody I like
But I don't have the drugs to sort,
I don't have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out"

The National
"Afraid of Everyone"

"As we fall into sequence
and we're eating our young
remain silent and still for modesty
When the splints have been broken
and they can't help you now
do you pray with your eyes closed naturally

Follow me into nowhere
Woven with the utmost care"

Crystal Castles

"Wait for the day you come home from the lonely park
Look for the girl who has put up with all of your shit
You've never needed anyone for so long

You look in the bed; you've been gone for too long
To put in the time, but it's too late to make it strong

And all I want is your pity
Oh all I want are your bitter tears
Yeah, all I want is your pity
At least all I want are your bitter tears"

LCD Soundsystem
"All I Want"

Appealing Things

Getting a full time/permanent job.
Nico surviving the snake bite
My Terris
Alexander McQueen Pumas
The National
Crystal Castles
Pool weather

Annoying Things

It taking 2 years for me to get a full time/permanent job
Fruit flies in my office
Starbucks in England
Getting a letter from the IRS saying I owe $400 from two years ago!
Flying coach to Europe