Friday, January 09, 2009

More Music - With More to Come

Music CDs

Gossip in the Grain by Ray La Montagne. I think this was another catalog order. The guy has a beard.

That Lucky Old Sun by Brian Wilson. The genius is definitely no longer reclusive.

Long Road Out of Eden by The Eagles. This is going back back to the processing stack because the Page missed disc number two.
For a neat insight into The Eagles read Heaven and Hell: my life in The Eagles (1974-2001) by Don Felder. Glenn Frey and Don Henley do not come off well. Instead, they sound like major jerkwads.

808s & Heartbreak by Kanye West. I don't listen to Top 40, rap or R&B but West was on Saturday Night Live a couple months ago and the songs were kinda neat.

Dark Horse by Nickelback. Popular band that people love to hate.

Circus by Britney Spears. Selected by a Page. This should get some decent use. Britney sure has.

Greatest Hits by Morrissey. Including all your favorites. Such as: I Hate You, I Hate Myself, I'm So Sad, Leave Me Alone, My Childhood Was Misery.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Music: Years in the making and here for the taking


Chinese Democracy by Guns N' Roses. There now, feel better?

Black Ice by AC/DC. I took a while getting this one. I kept forgetting.

Greatest Hits: 19 Kids by Keith Urban.

Riot! by Paramore. What is this? I must have ordered this off bestseller chart or something. Maybe I saw it in a catalog.

Monday, January 05, 2009

DVD with Brazilian Shoot-em-up, Batman Shoot-em-up and Brad Pitt Shot-in-the-face-up


Elite Squad starring [Brazilians]. Police Captain in Rio de Janeiro tries to clear the gangs out of one of the slums before his retirement. I promise lots of Taurus handguns.

Hamlet 2 starring Steve Coogan, David Arquette, Catherine Keener. High school drama teacher writes a sequel to Hamlet. Sequel is awful.. Hilarity ensues.

House Bunny starring Anna Faris. Playboy Bunny Shelley gets kicked out of the Playboy Mansion and finds a job as house mom in a loser sorority.
I was listening to Howard Stern this morning and he watched this movie last week and said it was awful. But, he also said Anna Faris did a great job.
I know a family named Ferris.

The Foot Fist Way starring Danny McBride. An inept and bullying Tae Kwon Do teacher finds his wife is cheating on him and treks to meet his celebrity hero who is also a jerk. Very funny.
I took Tae Kwon Do classes for a while. I signed up at a place in Arlington, TX and a couple times the instructor never even showed to unlock the freaking door. Jerk.

Dark Knight starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart. Batman fights the Joker.

Burn After Reading starring George Clooney, John Malkovich, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, and John Malkovich. Idiot at a Washington, D.C. gym finds a drunk, fired CIA agent's memoirs in a locker and thinks the memoirs are top secret documents. Idiot and desperate co-worker try to get cash for the info. Meanwhile, sex fiend U.S. Deputy Marshal has lots of sex and goes jogging.

Mamma Mia! starring [actors who cannot sing].
My wife was watching this during vacation at my parents' house. I was in the other room reading a book and had to put a pillow over my head so I would not have to hear it.

Music CDs

Twilight: original motion picture soundtrack with songs by Muse, Paramore, and others.

AudioBooks on CD

Suicide Collectors by David Oppegaard. 7 hours, 13 minutes. "The Despair has plagued the earth for five years" with victims committing suicide. A mysterious group called Collectors pick-up the bodies. Norman takes a stand against the Collectors.

Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton. 5 hours, 37 minutes. Agatha is going to remarry until her long-thought-dead drunk of a first husband shows at the wedding. When the drunk is strangled Agatha and would-be second husband are suspects.

Boys Adrift: the five factors driving the growing epidemic of unmotivated boys and underachieving young men by Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D. I heard Sax speak at a librarian convention and he did a good job and presented convincing arguments.

Red Helmet by Homer Hickam. Song Hawkins marries a coal mine superintendent and moves to West Virginia and becomes a miner. "In this hauntingly beautiful and romantic novel, he brings alive the little Appalachian town of Highcoal and a people dedicated to mining coal according to the old ways while struggling with modern problems - illegal drugs, environmental destruction, and a world economy that threatens their very existence."

NonFiction without Garfield


Garfield Minus Garfield by Jim Davis. Dan Walsh erased Garfield from the Garfield comic strips and improved the stories immeasurably.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: why we need a green revolution and how it can renew America by Thomas L. Friedman.

Homeowner's Guide to Managing a Renovation: tough-as-nails tactics for getting the most from your money by Susan E. Solakian. "Every stage of planning and executing a job...walks you through each step of a hypothetical renovation."

George Tooker by George Tooker. Painter who has "over the past sixty years...continued to create radiantly illuminated yet disquieting images. Imbued with moral, spiritual, and sensual power."

Angling the World: ten spectacular adventures in fly fishing by Roy Tanami. Fly fishing travels to Brazil, Russia, New Zealand and elsewhere with great photographs.

Pieces of my Heart by Robert J. Wagner. Actor's autobiography. Wagner always wanted to be an actor and seeing Hollywood stars play the golf course near his childhood Bel Air home only encouraged him. His work in the studio system, his marriage-divorce-marriage-widowerhood with Natalie Wood, and his television work.

Why We Suck: a feel good guide to staying fat, loud, lazy and stupid by Denis Leary. This was on the bestseller list so I bought it. "Part memoir, part self-help tome"

Eating the Sun: how plants power the planet by Oliver Morton. This is supposed to a fascinating, and actually interesting, look at how plants work and the mystery of photosynthesis.

The Customer is Always Wrong by Jeff Martin. "A tragicomic and all-too-revealing collection of essays by writers who have done their time behind the counter and lived to tell the tale."

The Forever War by Dexter Filkins. A look at the War on Terror.

Multiple Bles8ings: surviving to thriving with twins and sextuplets by Jon and kate Gosselin and Beth Carson. That is a lot of kids.

Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron. Ugh.

Fiction Pile


Rebels of Mindanao by Tom Anthony. Former soldier Tom Thornton has retired to the island of Mindanao in the Philippines when former colleagues ask him to find and kill a Turk who is running money to Al Qaeda connected rebels in the jungle.

Dark Ops by W.E.B. Griffin. Assassinations of government officials has some dude looking for who is responsible.

Trophy Exchange by Diane Fanning. Murder mystery.

A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam. Some literary chick book set in East Pakistan, which is soon to become Bangladesh, during a party.

Fire and Ice by Julie Garwood. I do not care.

Contagious by Scott Sigler. Aliens are not invading with spaceships but with pathogens. Former football star Perry has an ability to sense hosts of the disease and teams with a CIA guy to defeat the threat.

Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz. Paranormal investigators battle evil paranormal people. Or something. This sounds real lame.

Telex From Cuba by Rachel Kushner. Wealthy Americans in pre-revolution Cuba. The parents are oblivious to the country's problems but the kids learn how the cane fields stay working.

A Face at the Window by Sarah Graves. "A home repair is homicide mystery."

Need by Carrie Jones. A Young Adult novel with gold colored lipstick on some gal on the cover.

Ultra Violet by Nancy Bush. Girl's paperback mystery.

The Mirror in the Well by Micheline Aharonian Marcom. "A woman's sexual awakening is a tragedy when the woman is married to someone other than the man who awakens her...This novel will shock and offend some readers. Unapologetically explicit in its language, extreme in some of the acts it catalogues, it makes no pretense of submission to middle-class decency, let alone to expectations of happy endings. All three people in this love triangle are flawed, damaged, human. Things fall apart, and the resolution is unclear. Why does she do it? Who should we read it? The answer in one word: ecstasy."