Recently my favorite song to end the workday, to carry me through those last 5 minutes or so before shutting down my section has been Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s “Enola Gay.” It’s a great song to help let out some last minute tension after everyone else has gone home – and when no one can see me dancing in my library carrel-cum-office.

“Enola Gay” might be soon eclipsed by the Electric Prunes’ “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night).” God! That’s some serious crunchy guitar that just sticks in the gut. Exactly what I love about what little garage rock I know about. Perhaps listen to it yourself?

the Electric Prunes – “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)” (download via sendspace)

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hairstyle fluff

March 29, 2007

My hair’s getting longer than it’s been…uh…longer than it’s been maybe since I was 16 years old. And yet I’m already feeling the urge for something more like this. But nah, this longer hair is such a novelty I think I’ll hold onto it for a while yet.

cinema fluff

March 27, 2007

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A look I wish I had the time and resources to pull off: women in 1960s Italian cinema. The eyeliner! The hair! The clothes! I’ve always been sort of interested in 1960s style, but most of the iconography that remains to this day from that period of time involves rail-thin women – Jean Shrimpton, Penelope Tree, etc., etc. – not quite my body type. Not so the Italians!

So yes, today’s obsession = Fellini’s 8 1/2. Of course for the artistry of production but also because it’s so gorgeous.

HHBTM singles club

March 22, 2007

Oh my God, wow. I can’t afford this, but wow:

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME RECORDS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE:

THE HHBTM SINGLES CLUB 2007

13 singles to be distributed in 3 shipments over the next year. The first and second shipments will have 4 singles each, while the third shipment will have 5.

THE LINEUP FOR THE SINGLES IS AS FOLLOWS: (A SIDE/B SIDE)

Apples in Stereo / Poison Control Center
Of Montreal / James Husband
M Coast / the Minders
Tullycraft / the Smittens
Boyracer / the Faintest Ideas
Casper & the Cookies / the Marbles
Bunnygrunt / Phil Wilson (June Brides)
All Girl Summer Fun Band / Cars Can Be Blue
the Love Letter Band / Tender Forever
Circulatory System / New Sound of Numbers
Fishboy / Baby Calendar
Keith John Adams / Velcro Stars
Ideal Free Distribution / Red Pony Clock

The Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records 2007 Singles Club is limited to 450 copies. There will not be a second pressing, so once these are gone……they are gone for good. The first HHBTM singles club back in 2000 went out of print almost as soon as it was announced….so get in line. We start taking orders Thursday night, March 22, 2007 at midnight. Ordering the club will work in this way: There will be a button on the Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records order page. You will
click this button and leave your ordering info (name, address, email, how you plan to pay, and how many clubs you want, yes i said how many. we are letting people order multiple clubs if they want.). HHBTM will then email you letting you know a paypal total, and you will have 72 hours to pay via paypal. If you don’t send payment within 72 hours your club will go to the next person in line. If you plan to pay with check or money order, you will have 2 weeks to get your check or money order in. If after 2 weeks your payment has not been received, then your club will be given to the next person in line.

The singles club will run $60.00 in the USA, $65.00 in Canada, and $80.00 the rest of the world. The first 150 subscribers will get a special version of the singles club with lots of extras and special packaging. Each single will be split between two bands with each single being on a different color vinyl and in a different color silkscreen sleeve.

WWW.HHBTM.COM

1. Schooner’s song “Make Me Mad” heard on their myspace page.

2. Hearing Jenny’s voice on the phone at work instead of the usual work-type stuff.

3. Remembering standing on various street corners in D.C. last week waiting for the lights to change, bare-legged in a new skirt, wind and sun in hair. That was a very happy time.

4. Matilda dancing.

5. Witch hazel (I think) in bloom around town.

6. Music fanzines from the mid 1980s I get to flip through at work. Makes me wanna ditch this blog thing and start a fanzine instead, almost.

It’s good to remember some concrete happymaking things at times like this. Should remind myself to do this exercise more often.