Monday, August 24, 2009

Zack Harrison Memorial Music Monday: Marry Me Edition.

As mentioned, I went to a wedding earlier this month. It was atop Mt. Magazine in Arkansas, which doesn't sound like much, but actually, it was quite lovely (it looked like this). There was too much drinking and cavorting, some hiking, a wee bit of dancing, etc, etc. In preparation, L-ma, the groom's sister, wanted to create a little mix tape of weddingish songs. I came up with what I thought was a kick ass list, which I will share with you. Note: these are relatively recent songs. A complete list of the best weddingish songs of all time would be completely different. This is love light. Yellow highlighted = my favorites.

Brand New Start Little Joy
5 Years Time Noah and the Whale
Nothing Even Matters Lauryn Hill (Featuring D'Angelo)
Parentheses The Blow
Harvest Moon Neil Young
To Be Alone With You Sufjan Stevens
Wild Horses The Sundays
Find Love Clem Snide
Mushaboom Feist
Lover Devendra Banhart
All I Wanna Do Jamie Lidell
First Day of My Life Bright Eyes
Little Romance Ingrid Michaelson
Butterfly Nets Bishop Allen
Nothing Matters When We're Dancing The Magnetic Fields
Great Day Paul McCartney
I Will Follow You Into The Dark Death Cab For Cutie
Sweet Thing Van Morrison
Our Way to Fall Yo La Tengo
When It Don't Come Easy Patty Griffin
P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care) John Legend
By Your Side Sade
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever Susan Tedeschi
Good Hearted Man Tift Merritt
Say Yes Elliott Smith
By Your Side Beachwood Sparks
Magic In The Air Badly Drawn Boy
You Are The Best Thing Ray Lamontagne
Words Cannot Describe Mirah
Let My Love Open the Door M. Ward
Make You Feel My Love Adele
This Will Be Our Year Ok Go
If We Can Land a Man On the Moon, Surely I Can Win Your Heart Beulah
Question (LP Version) Old 97'S
Gotta Have You The Weepies
Fly Me To The Moon Frank Sinatra
Closer Travis
I'll Be Your Mirror Clem Snide
I'm the Man Who Loves You Wilco
The More I See You Sondre Lerche
Us (Album Version) Regina Spektor

So, that's all I got for now. What am I missing?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

What in the hell am I supposed to do with all of this G-d okra?

I ask you. Seriously. The garden continues to spew forth the slimy stuff for which I have no culinary answer. I would fry it, but that's time consuming. How come the tomatoes can't make as impressive a showing? They're tiny and sad and green.

So, I guess I took an unscheduled blog break. A blogcation, if you will. You won't? Ok. Things that have been keeping me from this blog:

  • I had a birthday! I'm now 28 and bitter instead of 27 and bitter. But at least I'm not 30. So, there's that.
  • I watched some peeps get married in Arkansas. It was actually quite nice and beautiful up there on Mt. Magazine. I'd like to go back.
  • I watched Top Chef Masters. Did you know that Rick Bayless is from OKC? Rock on.
  • I have been consumed by work. Back to 60 hour weeks with nothing but commute, work, commute, sleep, commute, work, commute, sleep. There's not even time to drink excessively. Sadcakes.
  • I've purchased a couple of cookbooks that will no doubt gather dust while I eat at Chick-fil-a too many times. They're actually great books, though: Simply Organic and Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express.
  • The summer roommate moved out.
  • I've watched lots of movies: Julie and Julia (as a Smith grad, it's required viewing), which sucked except the parts Meryl Streep was in; Funny People, which was unfunny and awful; The Goods, which was surprisingly hysterical.
  • I've hotly anticipated and subsequently analyzed the return of Mad Men - it was as good as ever. New episodes are pretty much the saving grace of Sunday nights.
  • I got a new car. It looks like this. The events that caused this purchase are boring and complicated, but who cares! I got a new car! WOOOOO! (By new I mean new to me, it's gently used. Also, it'd better last me at least 100,000 miles or I'm screwed.)

So, all in all a good August thus far. But I'm exhausted.

Oh, and did you see this? Good thing I got season tickets. You know, until we fuck it up.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Zack Harrison Memorial Music Monday: Zooey Deschanel is hot and talented, so I hate her edition.

She and Him's rendition of The Smiths "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" is pretty good, unless you are a senseless hater of Zooey and co. Maybe it's because my birthday is coming up and I feel super old because I want a Kitchenaid mixer and super lame because I'm this old and can't afford it. Or maybe it's the haunting, heartbreaking, unfettered lyrics that express better than any song I've heard lately what we all want.