30 09 2009

There is a pressing need to subvert the hegemonic ideals of bourgeois complacency, dangerously disguised as ‘conventional wisdom’. And while we’re at it, on a personal scale, that of stiff masculine indifference too.



27 09 2009

2am on a dark and empty Texas highway with Come Away With Me in the background marks the probable end of the 8-month kebsist era. Time to break silences, subvert hegemonic powers, and, well, start caring.


20 09 2009

To anticipate in a couple of months the start of my 28th year of existence and the end of a wonderful decade without a proper name, I’m listing down the 28 greatest songs released in the last ten years according to me.

28. Stillness Is The Move by The Dirty Projectors (2009)
27. Mr. Brightside by The Killers (2004)
26. Oo by Up Dharma Down (2006)*
25. Kissing the Lipless by The Shins (2003)*
24. Come Around by Rhett Miller (2004)*
23. Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Kylie Minogue (2001)
22. Crazy by Gnarls Barkley (2006)
21. Casimir Pulaski Day by Sufjan Stevens (2005)
20. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart by Wilco (2002)*
19. A Place Called Home by PJ Harvey (2000)*
18. Wolf Like Me by TV on the Radio (2006)
17. I Turn My Camera On by Spoon (2005)
16. Emily by Joanna Newsom (2006)
15. Is This It? by The Strokes (2001)
14. Third Planet by Modest Mouse (2000)
13. Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes (2003)
12. A Sorta Fairytale by Tori Amos (2002)*
11. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) by Arcade Fire (2003)
10. Paper Planes by M.I.A. (2007)
9. Fireworks by Animal Collective (2007)
8. Letter From an Occupant by The New Pornographers (2000)
7. Bros by Panda Bear (2007)
6. I’m a Cuckoo by Belle and Sebastian (2003)*
5. Idioteque by Radiohead (2000)
4. Pagan Poetry by Bjork (2001)*
3. Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003)*
2. Float On by Modest Mouse (2004)
1. Purple Bottle by Animal Collective (2005)*

Runners-up: Shine a Light by Wolf Parade (2005); Evil by Interpol (2005); The Rip by Portishead (2008); Faraway by Sleater-Kinney (2002); At the Hop by Devendra Banhart (2004)*.

*Songs significant for some emo reason

Meanwhile, I stumbled upon this thing I had forgotten I once wrote:

why do I bother?
I pondered as I watched you
casually have fish

I sorta like.

In other news, I’m cooking pasta for the first time tomorrow!


18 09 2009

What have we found?
The same old fears,

– Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here

New header! And Obama’s coming to College Station next month! And I’m going to the library tomorrow to borrow books I have long desired to read! Free pizza and billiards night tomorrow too!

Gig ’em

11 09 2009

But the thoughts we try to deny
Take a toll upon our lives
We struggle on in depths of pride
Tangled up in single minds

-Portishead, It Could Be Sweet


On a night that marks a full month since arrival here (longest time spent outside of the PI yet), I am indulging in the double pleasure of tiramisu gelato and the hypnotic sound of Portishead, a band that I have loved for 13 years now (memories of MTV videos, that Levi’s ad and a beloved cassette tape). For some reason, I have been stuck in a sonic 90s nostalgia ever since I heard Eve 6’s Inside Out and Garbage’s Push It (creepily awesome music video) on the radio, which then led to further backtracking via youtube of diverse hits that bring back distinct memories of high school like Shawn Colvins’ Sunny Came Home, Fastball’s The Way, Merril Bainbridge’s Mouth, The Cardigans’ Erase and Rewind, Ace of Base’s Lucky Love, Mr. President’s Coco Jambo, Blueboy’s Remember Me, Scatman John’s Scatman, Anggun’s Snow on the Sahara, Sheryl Crow’s My Favorite Mistake and so on.

PhD work has been exhausting yet exciting and rewarding thus far and I have found myself lately on an extended Sonny mode (i.e. extremely academic frame of mind). Booooooks!  I know it’s been just two weeks of course work and I’ll probably get sick and complain about it soon but for now I’m enjoying it and trying to explore the possibilities.