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January 02, 2006



I definitely want to read the Plascencia and the Singleton. And being a comics guy, I definitely enjoyed Men and Cartoons.

I just got Z for Christmas and haven't listened to it enough yet. What I've heard I've liked. And I'm right with you on Sufjan. A couple good songs but mostly wretched excess.

I want to see all three of the movies you mentioned too. My wife signed us up for Netflix, so eventually...

And thanks for linking me too.


I agree with you on Sufjan. He was on the top of everyone's lists, but I kinda think that there are other musician's out there that makes music like Sufjan, only better.


Don't you know it's unAmerican to hate Illinois? :)

And congrats on serving up the Underrated Writers Project while SIMULTANEOUSLY quitting smoking -- truly an accomplishment there. (Incidentally, had I the time to participate, I would have put Dave King and Kirstin Allio on the list, both of whom are kickass underrated writers of the first order. "The Ha-Ha" and "Garner" are both well worth your time.)


If you're willing to give Sufjan one more chance, I'd say check out his first 50 States album, Michigan. There are more and better standout tracks on that one, where Illinois relies on an appreciation for the whole package with, in my opinion, only a few real knockout tracks.


On another note, does anyone know what they're saying backwards on "Off the Record?"


TJ, Michigan was okay, but Illinois just doesn't do it for me. I can take the excesses to a point, but they just become overwhelming after a while. I'll give his next state a chance before putting him in my Bright Eyes file of musicians I wouldn't cross the street to download their new cd for free.

Ed, I tried to find that a while back but didn't get far. From this article: http://www.thevillager.com/villager_128/anothersideofmymorning.html

Same goes for the garble of voices snuck into the tinkling keyboards and synths at the end of “Off the Record.” It calls to mind Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” an album John Leckie engineered. Coincidence?

“It was our idea,” says Hallahan. “We had a bunch of secrets to the universe but we didn’t know what to do with them. It was recorded backwards, and it was one of us, but I’m not gonna say who.”

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