Lists (Part II)

30 12 2009

I suppose I should post something here as a proper sendoff to the shitty year that was 2009, but I could barely come up with a paragraph that does not reek of bitterness or finger-pointing. So I guess some generic thank you’s (and a few mild, harmless fuck you’s too) to the people who made 2009 particularly memorable would do. Two special mentions: a toast to Trina and our two-person support group, and another to you know who (by this point, I hope you know I’m talking about you), just because. Grated parmesan cheesiness.

gratitude,

Leopold Bloom (non-emo inside a basement room, escaping the dreary Seattle greyness)





Sleater-Kinney

28 12 2009

Passed by Sleater-Kinney Road on the way back to Seattle, the street where this great band got its name from.





Lists (Part 1)

26 12 2009

28 albums of the decade

1. Kid A by Radiohead (2000)

2. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective (2009)

3. Mass Romantic by The New Pornographers (2000)

4. The Moon and Antarctica by Modest Mouse (2000)

5. Funeral by Arcade Fire (2004)

6. Vespertine by Bjork (2002)

7. Kala by M.I.A. (2007)

8. Illinois by Sufjan Stevens (2005)

9. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco (2002)

10. Is This It? by The Strokes (2001)

11. Person Pitch by Panda Bear (2007)

12. Feels by Animal Collective (2004)

13. Fever to Tell by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003)

14. Oh, Inverted World by The Shins (2001)

15. Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom (2004)

16. Turn On the Bright Lights by Interpol (2002)

17. White Blood Cells by The White Stripes (2001)

18. One Beat by Sleater-Kinney (2002)

19. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon (2008)

20. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea by PJ Harvey (2000)

21. Return to Cookie Mountain by TV On the Radio (2006)

22. Twin Cinema by the New Pornographers (2005)

23. Apologies to the Queen Mary by Wolf Parade (2005)

24. Third by Portishead (2008)

25. The Life Pursuit by Belle and Sebastian (2006)

26. In Rainbows by Radiohead (2008)

27. Z by My Morning Jacket (2005)

28. A Grand Don’t Come for Free by The Streets (2004)





Caffeinated

24 12 2009

Portland, Oregon has the best bookstore in the world. It is big, comprehensive and they sell books tax-free! Bought some esoteric stuff by Latour, Foucault and Said. Portland,the City of Roses, is kinda similar to Seattle but grittier. I really won’t mind living here in the Pacific Northwest, despite the wet, dark winters and the inescapable coffee culture. Seattle and Portland together = cool art/music/film scene + bookstores and quirky shops + pubs and restaurants + parks, lots of water, and breathtaking views. Perfect cities for emo-ing, even if you’re not emo at all (or anymore).

A song about, well, Portland, Oregon by two greats: honky-tonk legend Loretta Lynn and future rock legend Jack White.





Space Needle

20 12 2009

In spite of, or maybe because of, the grey, drizzly weather, Seattle seems like a really really cool city.





Toll

18 12 2009

You can tell me, it’s over, it’s over
Come in Houston

-Tori Amos, Doughnut Song

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Houston, with its freeways, malls and sprawl, reminds me so much of Manila. And today marks the first time that I actually felt a deep sense of nostalgic longing for that monstrous city, which was ‘home’  for a decade, and its streets, where many beautiful and ugly things have happened.





!!!

8 12 2009

After that emotion-draining, soul-crushing, 6-hour remote sensing marathon class, I am strangely feeling much better. I am hopeful I’ll end December and this year right! 2009 was a horrible sucky year, so 2010 can’t be any worse! And that’s something to look forward to! Exclamation points!