Watching and Listening

If I had to predict the eventual cause of my death, it will probably be falling into an open manhole that I fail to notice because my nose is buried in a book. That being said, I do occasionally do other things besides read. So, just to mix it up a bit, I thought I would offer up some recommendations of the audio and/or visual variety.

I have a couple of current go-to albums that I listen to while writing, which are – in no particular order – Danny Elfman’s Serenada Schizophrana, Zoe Keating’s One Cello x 16.  Twelve Girls Band’s Shanghai, or pretty much anything by Afro Celt Soundsystem. The trend, in case you didn’t notice it, is instrumental-only for writing; I find it less distracting. When I’m editing my work, I’m less picky, and I’ll listen to just about anything, but my currents favorites are Fur and Gold and Two Suns by Bat for Lashes and The Crane Wife by The Decemberists. Actually, anything by The Decemberists is good, but The Crane Wife is by far my favorite.

As for watching, I’m currently working my way through Arrested Development. I missed the series when it was on the air, but I’m really enjoying catching up now. One of my favorite shows currently on the air is Chuck. I’ve been watching this one since the beginning, and I was very much afraid it would become a victim of the writer’s strike, and very relieved when it didn’t. I fully realize that the events in the show have little to no bearing on reality, and that some of the situations are completely implausible, but the characters make it work and the show has just the right balance of goofy, geeky, serious and sweet. Tangentially, I’ve also been re-watching the complete series of Firefly in order to indulge my new-found Adam Baldwin obsession. Firefly falls firmly within the realm of shows that died before their time, and also has a nice balance of goofy and serious. I enjoyed Serenity (the movie that picked up where the series left off) very much, but it felt rushed and certain characters got left by the wayside for lack of time. I would have liked to see where the show would have gone and how the story would have unfolded if it had stayed on the air.

So, enough rambling from me – what do you recommend? What else should I be watching and listening to?

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4 Responses to Watching and Listening

  1. Jeff

    I stumbled into Vampire Weekend after reading that they were what you got if Elvis Costello, The Police and Ziggy Marley got all mixed together like Brundlefly. And they are. It’s that good.

    I followed a Wil Wheaton suggestion and picked up the Velvet Underground & Nico. I’ve spent the intervening month wondering how the hell I could have a hole that large in my music collection for that many years. But to be fair to myself: searching for new music has never been a priority. I just blunder into it.

    I’ve been watching Star Blazers on my mac with the kids at night. It’s still as awesome as when I was nine years old, rushing home to catch it (since it started the second school got out). Nearly three decades later and I still have a crush on Nova, my original celebrity girlfriend.

  2. amy

    I usually get my show recs from.. you guys, so I’m no help. Which would make this comment pretty pointless, except that I DO have a website to recommend.

    http://3chixaday.blogspot.com/

  3. Jeff – oh yeah, I really like Vampire Weekend, too. They temporarily slipped my mind, but I’ll add them into the things to listen to rotation. I’ve never heard of Star Blazers, I’ll have to check it out!

    Amy – that website makes me happy, thank you!

  4. Derrick

    Did you know….

    The name ‘Vampire Weekend’ is a reference to an independent movie that the league singer of the band was associated with before the group hit. The song ‘Walcott’ is basically the plot of that movie. It tells the story of a young boy named Walcott that has to escape Cape Cod to warn of a vampire attack.

    I read all this on the internet so of course, it is Truth.

    I really like the group and look forward to their sophomore effort.

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