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  • Proxima Estación: Esperanza  -

    Proxima Estación: Esperanza : Manu Chao
    I really like Manu Chao quite a bit. If you liked Clandestino, his first solo effort, you are bound to enjoy Proxima Estación: Esperanza. He sings in at least 5 different languages (that I could discern) and every song has a rhythm that completely draws you in (even the ones that reuse the music of Bongo Bong from the last album). Standouts are La Primavera and Denia. This is an album not to be missed.

  • Enrique Iglesias -

    Enrique Iglesias: Insomniac
    Okay, aside from being super hot, Enrique is a great musician. This album is very different from his others as he explores a variety of musical styles and influences. The bonus is that it's all super catchy and helps you brush up on your Spanish with great tracks like "Aguien Soy Yo" and "Dimelo". This isn't even a guilty pleasure album, it's just great.

  • The Submarines: Live Session (iTunes Exclusive) - EP
    I absolutly adore the Submarines. This EP has a bunch of songs from their debut "Declare a New State!" as well as two excellent covers. I have always loved Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks, but was also pleasantly surprised by their cover of "Tugboat" by Galaxie 500. Both of these songs have been stuck in my head for weeks now. I think that's a good sign.
  • Lily Allen -

    Lily Allen: Alright, Still
    This is some of the most lyrically fun music I have heard from any artist in a long time. She's also got a great pop sound which makes this my singing along embarrassingly loud in the car album of choice at the moment.

  • Return to Cookie Mountain -

    Return to Cookie Mountain: TV On The Radio
    This album has a great modern rock sound and really keeps you moving. I get into it every time without fail. The fact that Bowie appears on "Providence" makes this a record to fall in love with.

  • Toad The Wet Sprocket -

    Toad The Wet Sprocket: Dulcinea
    I just found this CD again. It must have been Matt's copy, as mine has been missing for years. After cleaning up a ton a scratches, I now remember why this album rocked my socks off in high school. Nobody writes songs like Windmills or Nanci anymore.

  • Silversun Pickups -

    Silversun Pickups: Carnavas
    This album is very so-cal and very catchy. Some of the tracks a very reminiscent of the foo fighters while others have a decidedly more "current" sound. Nothing too deep, but a solid album to spend some time with

  • Beyoncé -

    Beyoncé: B'Day
    The most embarrassing part about all of this is that I discovered I liked this album by watching TRL.

  • Matisyahu -

    Matisyahu: Live at Stubbs
    This album was in HEAVY rotation during the entire summer of 2005. Only now can I pick it back up and listen again. It truly is a great record filled with meaningful thoughts and sounds. This album takes everything you thought you knew about hasidic reggae and turns it on its head.

  • Bedouin Soundclash -

    Bedouin Soundclash: Sounding a Mosaic
    These guys are like Sublime meets the Clash without too much ripping off of those sounds. Okay, they channel the Clash every now and then, but then again, if they don't, who will? "When the Night Feels My Song" is a standout track that will keep you humming for days. Days I tell you!

  • Fergie -

    Fergie: The Dutchess
    Don't even think about judging me. This is one fun album. I also like that it irritates my brother so much.

  • Scissor Sisters -

    Scissor Sisters: Ta-Dah
    This album is just fun. Put too much thought into it and you might miss it, so just enjoy.

  • Portishead -

    Portishead: Roseland New York
    I am of the opinion that it's never the wrong time to listen to Portishead. Their haunting soundscapes feel strangely appropriate in any situation or mood. I wish they would get around to releasing new material sometime in this new millennium. I miss them.

  • KT Tunstall -

    KT Tunstall: Eye to the Telescope
    Very soulful and very catchy to boot. This is an excellent blend of folky blues and pop. The pop comes through rather thick from time to time, but it's not always a bad thing.

  • Various Artists -

    Various Artists: Dave Chappell's Block Party
    "You Got Me" with The Roots, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu is enough reason to buy this album. The roster is really a who's who in good hip-hop. Blackstar (as well as Mos Def and Talib Kweli solo), Dead Prez, The Roots, Scott and Badu are all great. Big Daddy Kane even makes an appearance. Pretty damn cool.

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Current Reading

  • Milan Kundera: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

    Milan Kundera: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

  • Daniel Pinchbeck: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl

    Daniel Pinchbeck: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl

  • Augusten Burroughs: Running with Scissors: A Memoir

    Augusten Burroughs: Running with Scissors: A Memoir
    Anything by Augusten Burroughs will make you laugh out loud. Nothing proves this better than Running With Scissors. It alternates between funny, crazy, and downright sweet. The movie was good, but I am re-reading the book to put that back in my mind as the "real" version.

  • Douglas Adams: The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

    Douglas Adams: The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time
    This was a truly excellent read. No "final" book is ever going to be completely satisfying, but this one comes close. There are so many disparate stories and articles that the person who was Douglas Adams really shines through.

  • David Pogue: Mac OS X Tiger: Missing Manual

    David Pogue: Mac OS X Tiger: Missing Manual
    As lame as it seems to list an OS manual, this is such a *HUGE* resource to any Mac user. Highly recommended.

  • John Hodgman: The Areas of My Expertise

    John Hodgman: The Areas of My Expertise
    This book is so strangely funny. I am at a loss to understand why, but I just couldn't put it down. This book is full of such strange "facts" it leaves you wondering what on earth he isn't sharing in that scary head of his. If I see John Hodgman walking down the sidewalk, I plan on crossing to the other side.

  • J. Maarten Troost: Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu

    J. Maarten Troost: Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu
    Looks very interesting. I can't wait to start this one.

  • Dennis Lehane: Coronado: Stories

    Dennis Lehane: Coronado: Stories
    I devoured every other book of his. I don't see how this will be any different.

  • Vogue Knitting Magazine Editors: Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book

    Vogue Knitting Magazine Editors: Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book
    I read part of this in the Library and ordered it online. Some jerk stole it, so I have to order it again. It looks really good though.

  • Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird

    Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
    I truly believe that this is the most incredible piece of written work ever. As trite as this sounds, it is very obvious how much care went into telling this story. I love it so much, I named my dog (Boo) after it.

  • Allen Ginsberg: Howl and Other Poems

    Allen Ginsberg: Howl and Other Poems
    What can I say about such an amazing collection. I try to read this as often as possible. You feel special every time you are let in on these very personal experiences and emotions. It really reminds you what it is to be human. That feeling never gets old. Very universal.

  • Will Self: The Quantity Theory of Insanity

    Will Self: The Quantity Theory of Insanity
    Will Self has such odd ideas that make for such engaging stories. This collection of short stories is no different. This books poses such ideas as death being nothing than a move to Crouch End or that for every sane person walking around, someone else is bearing the insanity for both of them. Thoroughly enjoyable and a very quick read.

  • Yukio Mishima: The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea

    Yukio Mishima: The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea
    This is one of my favorite books. Even translated into English, the language just flows so beautifly. The story is centered around a thirteen year-old japanses boy and his experiences coming of age as the only child of a single mother. It is refreshing to see such a thoughtful story dealing with the issues of a young man's adolescence, which seem to be forgotten in our culture and time. This book is unmistakably Mishima but suprisingly tender at all of the right moments.

  • Anatole Broyard: Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir (Vintage)

    Anatole Broyard: Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir (Vintage)
    This is Anatole Broyard's memoir of his young life in the Village. A fantastic read for anyone who daydreams about the bohemian life. It is unfortunatly an incomplete book, as he put it down to write "Intoxicate By My Illness" (another excellent read) prior to his death from cancer in 1990.

  • Christopher Moore: A Dirty Job: A Novel

    Christopher Moore: A Dirty Job: A Novel
    Christopher Moore is one of the most entertaining authors writing today. "A Dirty Job" continues the fine tradition of twisted Moore comedies, but this one had something his previous offerings didn't. Not only is the stroy strange and funny, but extremely touching. I wasn't expecting a tear-jerker, but I'll be damned if I didn't cry several times during this story. Now, I'm a cryer, I just wasn't expecting it from the book. Really an excellent read!

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