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"I, Kal-El of Krypton, being of sound mind...."


"Grant Morrison stories have a way of leaving your mind shattered in pieces. Everything he’s done in this series has been a fabulous trip down memory lane of what makes Superman, well, super. So what Superman does in this issue, knowing he is dying will… well, blow your mind."
+ PopCultureShock

"It should come as no surprise that All-Star Superman #10 is an incredible read; after all, every erratically released installment of the series has proven stellar in its own unique way. But seriously, this is starting to get ridiculous."

"Much like the rest of this series, this issue shows off the greatness and the scientist that is Superman"
+ Weekly Comic Book Review

"Grant Morrison sums up the entire Lois Lane/Superman relationship in a single page"
+ Kevin Reviews His Weekly Singles #02

If sex is the sermon made of art....


"If sex, you see, is the sermon made of art. Love is the lady of that tower". Vladimir Nabokov discusses "Lolita" on "Close Up", a circa 1950's CBC program: Part 1 & 2.  

Nabokov writes fiction because it is "an interesting thing to do...I have no social purpose, no moral message; I've no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions" (16). Second, Nabokov loathes social satire. He has "neither the intent nor the temperament of a moral or social satirist. Whether or not the critics think that in Lolita I am ridiculing human folly leaves me supremely indifferent. But I am annoyed when the glad news is spread that I am ridiculing America" (23). Third, Nabokov doubts that "we can postulate the objective existence of a 'modern world' on which an artist should have any definite or important opinion"
MARTIN AMIS: Between the Influences of Bellow and Nabokov

All of Nabokov's books are about tyranny, even Lolita. Perhaps Lolita most of all.
Martin Amis

+ Martin Amis - The War Against Cliché
+ A Chronology of Lolita

James A. Reeves

Here is a song for the only one You're still looking for


+ Great Northern - Our Bleeding Hearts

Great Northern @ Antone's, 3/26/08
According to the lead female singer, this was possibly their 12th time performing in Austin. I had to wonder if she was goofing around later on when she mispronounced the venue's name 3 times. The truth is that the crowd didn't seem to be in the mood for their precisely presented layered ( although sometimes the jams were a little too long ) indie pop music. The band worked hard, and Rachel Stolte's vocals are way better live that on the record, but it takes a lot to overcome an incredulous audience with a bad vibe. For those who wanted to appreciate it, their sound made the place seem bigger, darker and moody.
+ Great Northern live 11/03/07

/a Wednesday miscellany/

Oren Lavie contest - I have 5 copies of Oren's album 'The Opposite Side of The Sea' to give away. To do so I'm looking for photo suggestions to go with my favorite song from the album: "Don't Let Your Hair Grow Too Long".


A Postishead concert back in '98 was one of the craziest concerts I've been to. Nothing like a dozen girls screaming "Beth! Beth! Beth!" like their life depended on it, plus a few of them openly smoking crack right in front of the stage, to make a concert stick to your mind. 

+ Portishead "Machine Gun" Video
+ Portishead | Everything you need to know about Silence
+ Killing Without Color In Remastered Batman Comic - thanks Dafna.
+ Norah Jones is going to be on Letterman on April 2nd promoting "My Blueberry Nights"
+ Priscilla Ahn: Wallflower
+ Have you ever seen Snake Eyes without the mask?
+ This is for Martin who loves Kate Nash: RAGGED Issue #4 featuring Kate Nash
+ "Here's a conservative candidate I would support."
+ Duffy: "Mercy" Video
+ 'Batman: The Movie' Coming to Blu-ray
+ Three Writers are Drawn by the Allure of Comics - Thanks Adam.
+ Lightspeed Champion + Emmy the Great live @ sxsw
+ Remember Super Dodgeball on the NES? It's on the DS now.
+ Zune Arts
+ Tilly and the Wall - Beat Control
+ Lady Rizo & Nellie Mckay White Wedding
+ Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Preview
+ Battlestar Galactica-What I like about you



I want you the right way

Nicole Patricia Malina

Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh. It is easy to display a wound, the proud scars of combat. 
Leonard Cohen, "The Favorite Game"

> The Afghan Whigs: 66
> Maxwell: Welcome
> Radiohead: Nobody Does It Better
> PJ Harvey: Is This Desire?
> Marvin Gaye: I Want You
> Beck: Kangaroo
Her "Map of Your Desire" playlist.

I'm martyr to a motion not my own

Quintessence II by Clara Palmer

I Knew a Woman
Theodore Roethke

I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
The shapes a bright container can contain!
Of her choice virtues only gods should speak,
Or English poets who grew up on Greek
(I'd have them sing in chorus, cheek to cheek.)

How well her wishes went! She stroked my chin,
She taught me Turn, and Counter-turn, and stand;
She taught me Touch, that undulant white skin:
I nibbled meekly from her proffered hand;
She was the sickle; I, poor I, the rake,
Coming behind her for her pretty sake
(But what prodigious mowing did we make.)

Love likes a gander, and adores a goose:
Her full lips pursed, the errant note to seize;
She played it quick, she played it light and loose;
My eyes, they dazzled at her flowing knees;
Her several parts could keep a pure repose,
Or one hip quiver with a mobile nose
(She moved in circles, and those circles moved.)

Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay:
I'm martyr to a motion not my own;
What's freedom for? To know eternity.
I swear she cast a shadow white as stone.
But who would count eternity in days?
These old bones live to learn her wanton ways:
(I measure time by how a body sways.)

> Joseph Arthur: Honey and The Moon
> Leonard Cohen: Joan of Arc
> Massive Attack: Live With Me
> Ronettes: Be My Baby
> Prince: I Would Die 4 U
> KD Lang: Crying
> U2: Love is Blindness
> Yoko Kanno & Steve Conte: Words That We Couldn't Say
Her "Map of Your Aching and Longing" playlist.

Dear John, I'm leaving behind an ipod

That's what she said... by ~Wacia

Dear You,

I'm leaving. Inside your favorite book I have left an Ipod with a mix of songs that remind me of you. All your drama and mystery. Your story-like, or cinematic sense about Love. I based it only on songs, musicians and albums I know you're connected to. Why is it that sometimes you meet someone when it is the right time for you but not the right time for them? And then it becomes the wrong time for both of you. You may then have to find reasons to be disillusioned, piece by piece, in small bites, when you are really being amazed, every time you see them, by leaps and bounds. I also included a few other playlists, these are my maps of you.

> U2 - Original Of The Species
> The Velvet Underground - Femme Fatale
> The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
> Leonard Cohen - The Future
> John Cale - Dying On The Vine
> Tori Amos - Cloud On My Tongue
> Regina Spektor - Real Love
> Eisley - If You're Wondering
> Fiona Apple - Never Is A Promise
> Teddy Thompson - Tonight Will Be Fine

Smile! Why So Serious?


Director Christopher Nolan has mentioned that The Killing Joke will serve as an influence for the version of the Joker that will appear in The Dark Knight. The late Heath Ledger, who will appear in the film as the Joker, stated in an interview that he was given a copy of The Killing Joke as reference for the role.[via]

+ The Origin of The Joker
+ Daily P.O.P. "Be sure to check it out and see why it is looked upon as the definitive Joker story and one of the most important Batman stories of the last 25 years… wait… it’s been 20 years!?"
+ Bob Dylan: It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry - alternate take

sxsw 08 /4

Lykke Li by Nilina Mason-Campbell

+ Lykke Li - I'm Good, I'm Gone @sxsw
+ LiveDaily SXSW: March 15, 2008
+ FADER Video: Lou Reed & Friends | Fader Issue 52

Longwave @ SXSW's Filter Magazine Showdown from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.

+ Spin: Minipop SXSW '08 Pick
+ (This one is for my Austin pals) I didn't see this one coming: Live from SXSW the Barton Creek Food Court.
+ Austin Chronicle: Off the Record - "For those of you in town for South by Southwest who didn't get the memo, 2008 is the Year of Austin Music. Seriously"

sxsw 08 /3

Zooey Deschanel is way prettier in person. The number of men and women that were swooning in the 90+ heat was high.

She & Him at SXSW - short clip from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.


Priceless: The faces of the radio personnel when Devonte Hynes said "This song is called Happy Fucking Birthday" at the NPR/World Cafe live broadcast.
+ NPR blog: Lightspeed Champion

+ SXSW Review: Duffy ("Shelby Lynne, your career will be history when Duffy’s “Rockferry” is released in the U.S. in May.")

Duffy - from her first US performance, sxsw from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.

+ R.E.M., SXSW hope big show translates to bright 2008
+ R.E.M. sxsw MP3s
+ South By Southwest Day Two: New Trend Alert!
+ Joseph Arthur Kicks Off SXSW at KUT
+ SXSW Keynote: Lou Reed

sxsw 08 /2

"Here's looking at you, kid."

Lou Reed.

Joseph Arthur - Pale Blue Eyes from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.

+ My Morning Jacket @ SXSW Levi's/Fader Lou Reed Tribute
+ Lou Reed & Moby, Walk on the Wild Side | part 2
+ Over at SXSW, Lou Reed had a Perfect Day moaning about digital music

Joseph Arthur - South by Southwest + Venus in Furs from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.

Tricia Kanne of Minipop

Minipop sxsw 2008 from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.

+ R.E.M. Stubbs, SXSW 2008 | another one
+ Daryl Hall singing Sara Smile
+ The Raveonettes @ the current
+ DeVotchka @ the current
+ Six-Word Reviews of 763 SXSW Mp3s [via]
+ My Brightest Diamond Covers Roy Orbison

Saul Williams Sunday bloody Sunday 

sxsw 08 /1

the Kills - sxsw 2008 from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.

+ SXSW Videos » U2 Cover Band...
+ The Whip
+ IFC @ sxsw
+ Exclusive Interview: Michael Stipe talks about new album Accelerate
+ Hear the Complete R.E.M. Concert from SXSW
+ Video: R.E.M. Stubbs, SXSW 2008
+ SXSW ‘08 Review: R.E.M. @ Stubb’s
+ MTV @ sxsw

+ The Kills @ BBC 6 Hub Sessions
+ What's been happening at Austin's SXSW Festival which is happening in Austin, Texas?
+ 'Spring Break for the Internet' Returns to Austin
+ How SXSW parties kick it VIP-style
+ At SXSWi, the new Twitter is...Twitter [ might I add, I've never seen so many iphones out and about in my life. I guess I can file that under "obviously expected" ]

Saul Williams' promo post card:


Mondays is for drinking to the seldom seen kid

" I can't move my arm for the fear that you will wake "
  elbow - the bones of you

Because I heard about them from a girl when they came to showcase during it back when their first album came out, SXSW reminds me of Elbow. Their latest album continues the trend that it's always worth waiting for a new Elbow album.

* whose name escapes me now, but I do remember one thing about her: she didn't like the word 'Danish'.   

women adore me for the sad look in my eyes

*corollary/ este gallery

selections from a march soundtrack

/ Hayden: Damn this feeling (live)
people they call me just to make sure I’m o.k

/ The National: Slow Show (live)
I want to start over, I want to be winning

/ The Cardigans: Hold Me @ a Plague of a Angels
leave me alone
but don't ever let me go

/ Alanis: So Pure (live)
You from New York

/ Cat Power: New York (live)
longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it

/ U2: New York (live)
I'm staying on to figure out my mid life crisis

/ Ani: Platforms (live)
I suited up for the long walk Back to myself

/a tuesday miscellany/

Desmond_2/ J. Wood: The Constant & Non-Local Brain Games (icon via)

/ Are Lost's New Time-Travel Physics Junk Science? Maybe Not..

/ The Constant is now DarkUFO readers` favorite episode..

Lastfmbandaid/ SXSW 2008 filtered by your taste: the SXSW Group page @ Last.fm

/ There's a SXSW Baby iphone version. I'm looking for anything SXSW & iphone related. Share a link, please.

/ Austin Stateman's SXSW 2008 page

/ SXSW Breakout App of 2008: What Will it Be?

/ FABLES: 1,001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL comes out in paperback this week.

/ Members of Arcade Fire performing "A Change Is Gonna Come" at a Barrack Obama Rally in Ohio

/ Going global with Mario Kart Wii

/ Super Smash Bros. Brawl  -  Opening Cinematic

/ Heroes Video Podcast Series

/ Lego Batman Trailer

/ Kirby: King of Comics!

/ JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER SPECIAL comes out tomorrow. JL: New Frontier (Dafna's review), Comics Worth Reading Review ( "There must be crazier things to do than trying to adapt a critically acclaimed — as well as beloved — 400+ page graphic novel into a 75-minute animated film, but I can’t think of any. But that’s exactly what has been done with  Justice League: The New Frontier.." )

/ Unitard Meditations/American Apparel

/ DC Comics is proud to present 30 Essential Graphic Novels

/ Dave McKean Graveyard Book cover sketches in - above, the one liked

/ Roy Orbison - She's a Mystery to Me

/ Elbow - Grounds For Divorce on Jonathan Ross

" I wish I was born a thousand years ago "


Lou Reed, (born March 2, 1942)

+ Lou Reed & U2 - Satellite of Love (live)
+ Heroin (acoustic live)
+ David Bowie &  Lou Reed - White Light, White Heat
+ The Velvet Underground - Venus in Furs - Live
+ Lou Reed and Julie Christensen sing Cohen
+ lou reed & jim jarmusch
- THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES ITS PRESENTERS FOR 2008: Leonard Cohen will be inducted by Lou Reed live on March 10th on VH1 Classic.

"What happened?" | "Time happened"

Spin Magazine, February 1998

It wasn't until I was done watching Wong Kar Wai's  "My Blueberry Nights"  that I realized it was the sort of film I was missing, needed, required. Romantics need only apply. The performances the director generated out of all the actor's was great but to me the highlights were David Strathairn & Rachel Weisz. They were just amazing. As usual in his films, music was a character of its own, wrapped between a Norah Jones song and with an appearance in the film and soundtrack by Chan Marshall herself. The soundtrack comes out April 1st.

+ Trailer
+ Norah Jones - The Story
+ Cat Power: "The Greatest" Live

+ "My Blueberry Nights" - The Kiss

"How do you say goodbye to someone you can't imagine living without?"

[ I Was in Love with You ]


Where once the waters of your face
Spun to my screws, your dry ghost blows

Dylan Thomas

[ The Gutter Twins - I Was in Love with You ]

She asked: "Remember your last mistake?". I told her all about it.
When I went to sleep, she went into action.
She deleted all her pictures and emails. Packed and mailed any old letters I may have stored away. Anything she thought might remind me of her is Gone. She decided to aid my melancholic memory.

+ Beck - Nobody's Fault But My Own @ the Union Chapel

heartless tales
That drain on you
Who would ever notice you
You fade into a shaded room