Friday, June 30, 2006

A Day of Amazement

First week of summer vacation and I expected to be kicking back, relaxing, and enjoying drinks with umbrellas in them. No such luck. If anything, this week has been busier than any week in the last few months. Hence, no post since Monday. Anyway, on Wednesday of this week, I was amazed not once, but twice.

Amazement #1 - I headed down to my town's public library looking for Nick Hornby's book High Fidelity. Yes, the same book that the screenplay is based on which I mentioned a little while back. I had vowed to read the book over summer break and I was looking for it at the before-mentioned library. They didn't have it, but they did have another of his books, About A Boy, which I picked up. That wasn't the amazing part though. While browsing through the library, I decided to look through the music section just for ha-ha's. You won't believe what I came across: Sufjan Stevens' Come On Feel The Illinoise! I wouldn't have been more surprised if I had found some Snoop Dogg. (Oh, wait a second, I found that, TOO.) I wouldn't say I live in the middle of nowhere, and my nearest neighbor is only 50 feet away, but you wouldn't consider my area indie central either. That was amazement #1.

Sufjan Stevens - Chicago (Acoustic) : Live @ KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic (7/14/05)

Sufjan Stevens - A Good Man is Hard to Find : Live @ KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic (7/14/05)

Sufjan Stevens - Adlai Stevenson : The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album

Snoop Dog & Pharrell Williams - Drop It Like It's Hot : Drop It Like It's Hot - Single

Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre - Nuthin But A G Thang : The Chronic

Ok, Amazement #2 - I know this one might not be breaking news to all of you, but it was to me. While dawdling around the monstrosity known as the "World Wide Web," I came across this captivating blog by the Ditty Bops. Being concerned citizens of Earth, Amanda and Abby (otherwise known as the Ditty Bops) have decided to ride their bikes while touring the west. That's right, they have a van that carries their gear, but they ride their bikes from gig to gig. They share their traveling tales (with pictures of course) through posts on their blog. Being a cyclist myself, I have to give a hand to these two go girls!

The Ditty Bops - Bye Bye Love : Moon Over The Freeway

The Ditty Bops - Sister Kate : The Ditty Bops

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