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  • Matt and Kim -

    Matt and Kim: Grand
    Brooklyn duo that reminds me of Mates of State (only she plays drums, he plays piano, and their music is better). I made the mistake of listening to the track "don't slow down" while bombing down some single track the other day... Solid and catchy from beginning to end, though the songs all sound a little similar. (****)

  • Dawn Landes -

    Dawn Landes: Dawn's Music
    Low-fi post punk accordion noise pop with a cherry center. (***)

  • I'm from Barcelona - Who Killed Harry Houdini?

    Who Killed Harry Houdini?
    I'm from Barcelona: Who Killed Harry Houdini?

    Sophomore effort is more murky and mysterious, but still enjoyable and light. Ophelia needs a bicycle. (***)

  • The Slip -

    The Slip: Eisenhower
    Wilco with more soul, if you can believe it. Hailing from Boston, I saw them play Sasquatch in 2007. They made it there after a monster 24 hour plus drive the night before. Ever the musician, I witnessed Brad Barr jamming on his lonely guitar sitting on the back of a moving van in a field late that night after their set. Another golden music moment. I still see legions of "Guitar Heroes" every time I hear "Even Rats." (****)

  • The Cool Kids -

    The Cool Kids: Bake Sale
    This is the music the Beasties would have made if they were black and rode low rider bicycles. But they don't, so they didn't, so the Cool Kids had to. (***)

  • Mates of State -

    Mates of State: Re-arrange Us
    I like drums. There are some pretty good drums on this album, though their last one may have been better. Husband and wife team--drums and keyboard. (***)

  • Frightened Rabbit -

    Frightened Rabbit: The Midnight Organ Fight
    I've been listening to this quite a bit lately. A little poppy with a Scottish accent every once in a while. Pretty good. (***)

  • Operation Ivy -

    Operation Ivy: Energy
    So, invigorated by the last entry, I strolled further down memory lane to this little gem. CJ3 knows what I'm talkin' bout. As good as I remember. (*****)

  • B.A.D. -

    B.A.D.: This is big audio dynamite
    I don't know why I got the urge to hunt this album down on rhapsody and drop it on my mp3 player but I did, and I kind of liked it while skiing the other day. I think I'll keep it for awhile. Mick Jones was cool beyond the 1980's. (***)

  • Eels -

    Eels: Blinking Lights and other Revelations
    New to me, this is a double CD from about two years back with a mix of downbeat and soulful songs by "E" Everett. Regarded as a landmark album, I think it will probably be a 5 star after a few more listens. (****)

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October 18, 2009



While walking around late in the evening in Florence I remember watching a driver parallel park. He used what I like to call the "parking by braille" method, as he pulled into the space, pulled up until he touched the car in front of him, and then backed up until he touched the car behind. It was most impressive.

Maybe STOP means "slow down at least 1 kilometer per hour from your current speed", rather than "cease moving at all."


Wow. Those are some pretty pathetic attempts at stopping. It's funny that it was such a regular occurrence at that spot that you were able to film it.


I once read that China is the most dangerous country for driving, so I'm surprised that Mom or Dad haven't commented yet.
I personally think you guys should go to Lima next. You'd be sure to get some even more crazy driving videos there.:-)Two words for you: Traffic circles.
And who knew that Idaho had that bike law? Yeah, you'd be surprised how progressive Idaho is becoming. Did you know that Obama came here while campaigning and was actually well received?
Do you really sit around in your free time watching little bike videos like that? Funny.


Well, I think that must actually be the law in Italy--that you only need to yield at stop signs when there is no cross traffic--that or they don't enforce traffic laws. I can't say I really know. I don't remember seeing a lot of local police, but then we were in roadless Venice, lower traffic central Florence, and hiking in Cinque Terre--travelling by train. So there wasn't much opportunity to really observe the Italian "driving culture."

I'd be game for Lima, but certainly not so I could watch car traffic. Perhaps there are lots of little bike videos I could watch there, since that's really all I do.


I suspected that fancy office setup you shared a while back was for things like little bike videos.

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