Ken Stringfellow, Definite Freak
I've seen lots of shows lately that I haven't commented upon. Laziness, I suppose. To recap:The Roots @ Kimmel Center: Awesome. Best entry and exit since I saw Seam kick ass at the Blind Pig many years ago.White Stripes @ KeySpan Park. Pizza was good (go to Totonno's). The Shins were good, as usual. They were talkative (James, what gives?) and jokey, which was appreciated. I missed Brendan Benson entirely. The White Stripes were excellent. For two people, they are quite noisy. Guys think Meg is hot. Who knew?Maximo Park with Cloud Room @ Bowery Ballroom. I am one of the few who enjoys Cloud Room. I like them more than Maximo Park, despite lead singer Paul's crazy high kicks and energetic show. They have charisma but I'm not sure if they have staying power.Last night though, takes the cake. Thumbs up all around. Earlimart was excellent, just as excellent as they were last time around (despite their protests to the contrary). Plus they are really hot. I barely caught any of the Deathray Davies, and didn't watch Oranger's somewhat mediocre set. The Posies were great. Since nostalgia is always a winner, they played at least 5 (?) songs from Frosting on the Beater. I love that album, which should easily be found for $4.99 in any bargain bin worth anything. But here's the kicker, and it's why Ken is a dirty man. He spit on the ceiling of the Khyber and then caught the resulting dripping loogie in his hand. How disgusting. And then people shook his hand after the show. One day, if someone ever fixes my computer, I can post some pictures of this event. Not the spitting, just the bands.Oh, and the latest Chris Ware cartoon. I search the NY Times website to bring you more genius and I get nothing. Nevermind. They don't make this stuff easy to find.
The Crossing Guard
There's this crossing guard that I pass when I drive to work, she's definitely my favorite crossing guard ever. Crossing guards always seem like they can't believe they have to stand out on the corner for a couple hours each day. This woman is the most enthusiastic crossing guard ever. She's tan all year long and has blindingly white teeth (maybe the tan helps a little). In the winter, she marches around to keep warm. She chats with everyone, young or old, who passes her by. And the kids genuinely seem to like her, if not love her with all their little hearts. One day, a little boy ran up to her and gave her a big hug and I nearly cried.There, now you know it, I'm just a big ol' sap. The end.
Chris Ware, My Hero
This new Chris Ware serial is amazing, by the way. His artistry is so precise, and his obsession with buildings and architecture lately has him high on my list of things that are really really awesome.
Fortress of Lethem
My main man Jonathan Lethem won himself a MacArthur Genius Grant. He's so cool. Congrats. Now he's rich! Seriously, what does an author do with a strings-free check of $100,000 a year for five years? Write more? Write harder? A question for the ages, I suppose.
News You Can Use
It kinda sucks having a broken computer. Such is the case with my laptop, which at the moment is just an empty shell. In the meantime, get a load of this:1. Starting Sept 18th, there will be a six month serial cartoon by Chris Ware in the NY Times magazine. I knew I subscribed for a good reason. It still pains me that the Philadelphia Weekly cut his cartoon in exchange for a little Car Talk nonsense.2. 21 Jump Street Season 3 dvd was released yesterday. I know I'm not the only person excited about this because Target has it on sale. And that's where I'll be this afternoon.3. A new song by the Clap? Yes indeed.4. M. Doughty covers Hungry Like the Wolf only 3 years after I requested him to? With Death Cab as his backing band? Yes indeed.