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Pretty used to being with Gwyneth

Regrets that her mother did not smoke

Frank in all directions

Jean Cocteau and Jean Marais

Simply cannot go back to them

Roll your eyes at Samuel Beckett

John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion

Metaphors with eyes

Life of Mary MacLane

Circle what it is you want

Not really talking about women, just Diane

Felicity's disguise

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In Which The Nighted World Searched For The Blood Of Elves



I'm starting a pornographic DVD series called The Lester Bangs Bus. We pick up girls. Then instead of fucking them we drive around aimlessly for several hours, end up at a little diner somewhere, treat them to a patty melt and a piece of pie, go back to our apartment, play them some ABBA b-sides and smoke a joint together, talk some shit for a while, and then drop them back off confused but wiser

The new Grizzly bear album Veckatimest is awesome. I predict a lot of indie rock 'grown & sexy' types will be 'making babies' to it.

ultimate indie rock babymaking sndtrk

My Bloody Valentine

The Velvet Underground (just the 'chill' songs)

Yo La Tengo

Neutral Milk Hotel (only if u are under 16)

special mixtape u made


sumthing 'ironic' like speed metal or R. Kelly Clarkson

I don't think I would 'recommend' listening to the nu Grizzly Bear album if you are 'on mushrooms' unless u are very 'experienced' because it is pretty deep and seems like u might think some pretty dark thoughts or get all flipped out by the complex choral parts and 'nontraditional time signatures.' 

I think the pfork reviewer might have been on drugqs bc she seems to think the record is called 'Chinese Democracy', and I'm pretty sure China is still 4 communist bros. 

Then again u could maybe put Veckatimest on ur ipod and go on an intense journey through the woodlands armed only with your sword. U'd have to b careful not to go all Big Lurch on any1. That's y you need to make sure ur drugs r not laced, and only buy hallucinogens from level 5 mages with LEGIT CERTIFICATIONS. 

Why r hipsters so obsessed with music that makes them feel like they r in a medieval fantasy world? I'm talking Bat 4 Lashies, Godspeed U Black Emperor, and Joanna Newsbro (is she still dating Samwise Gangee?) 

I started writing a novel. It's called "The Great CRLSby." It's the story of a young anon music blogger who invents a successful brand identity and rises 2 the top of alt-society without prior connections or rich parents.

It's an inspirational story but ultimately also a tragic 1, as the narrator (me) watches while the great CRLSby finds out that the glittering aspirational world of alt-fame is not everything it's cracked up 2 b.

1 of the coolest members of a cool new cool band turns CRLS onto a drug called "Fork" and he spirals down into a tunnel of addiction and shame and ends up a hikikomori. It's like "Citizen Kane" but 4 an internet. The novel is written in hypertext braille and you can download it directly to your FacePod.

The Real Housewives Of New Jersey is the new Sopranos. It's styled to resemble the Sopranos, down to the characters conversing around a singular sidewalk table a la Satriale's Pork Store. Caroline is the HBIC

Let's talk about the real shocker of our time, Archie is proposing to Veronica? Are you fucking kidding me? First of all, Veronica belongs with Reggie, because Reggie is the O.G. Chuck Bass and Veronica is a total Blair Waldorf. So what now? Is Betty going to have to go Taylor Swift on a bitch? Will she have to pity bang Jughead to try and make Arch jealous? Are Moose and Midge in an abusive relationship?

Didn't this already happen in "Love Showdown," publishers of Archie comics? I believe he chose a buxom redhead by the name of Cheryl Blossom. That was a fallacy, as gingers do not date their own kind. But have we reached the point of no return for new Archie plotlines? I fear future Archies may become stale and repetitive.

I'm looking fwd to the future, when Halle Berry's daughter and Shiloh Jolie Pitt get gay married on motorcycles at the top of Kangchenjunga. Meanwhile in the future perfect present, Spock's mom is looking pretty SMILFY. Fuck the GOOPsters. Winona 4ever.

Molly Lambert is the managing editor of This Recording. She tumbls here. She last wrote in these pages on the subject of the American Idol finale.


"Ypsilanti Is Seething" - Joshua Barton (mp3)

"You're Just A Baby" - Joshua Barton (mp3)

"Head Hang Low" - Joshua Barton (mp3)

"Pillaged Land" - Joshua Barton (mp3)

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In Which Kanye Was A Difference Maker For So Many Young White Men

How Could U B So Heartless?


"Heartless" was a real game changer. That is what will be said about the 2009 season of American Idol. Kris Allen known it's ridiculous he won. He knows he's not as good as Adam Lambert. He knows Adam wanted it more. But now Kris will never have to sing "No Boundaries" aka the worst song of all time ever.

Kris Allen has "fuckability as judged by 13 year olds " to quote Jess Stites. Kris is cute and all, but he is a total mayonegg. Right now they might want non-threatening hamsters like Kris but when they're older, they'll be ready for a big gay stallion like Adam Lambert.

Adam Lambert is the kind of gay guy that makes straight guys think they might want to be gay. He will probably be fucking John Mayer by the end of the week.

Paula and Simon's looks said "this is bullshit" when the verdict was announced. You know they'll be discussing it in bed tonight.  

Kris and Adam are like the archetypal Yaoi couple. Even more so than Kirk and Spock, who are actually probably too equal to qualify for the Boys Love genre, and fall instead into Dōjinshi (the Japanese equivalent of slash fan fiction). From the Wikipedia entry on Yaoi:

The two participants in a yaoi relationship (sometimes also in yuri) are often referred to seme ("attacker",攻め or せめ) and uke ("receiver",受け). These terms originated in martial arts and do not carry any degrading connotations. Seme derives from the Japanese verb semeru (“to attack”) and uke from the Japanese verb ukeru (“to receive”). Though gay males are often referred to in English as "tops" or "bottoms," seme and uke are more nearly analogous to "pitcher" and "catcher." 

The seme is often depicted as the stereotypical male of anime and manga culture: restrained, physically powerful, and/or protective. The seme is generally older and taller, with a stronger chin, shorter hair, smaller eyes, and a more stereotypically masculine, even "macho", demeanor than the uke. The seme usually pursues the uke. The uke usually has softer, androgynous, feminine features with bigger eyes and a smaller build, and is often physically weaker than the seme. 

American Idol is over. Adam Lambert lost. Lost is also over. Kanye put out a video for "Paranoid" starring Rihanna. Rihanna is apparently doing it with Drizzy. The world is a wheel. If life is a highway, I'm gonna ride it.

Molly Lambert is the managing editor of This Recording. She tumbls here.

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"Idiot Heart" — Sunset Rubdown (mp3)

"Black Swan" — Sunset Rubdown (mp3)

"Silver Moons" — Sunset Rubdown (mp3)


In Which It Is An All Too Familiar Scent of Pine

Bands by Smell


Elvis: Sweat, Meat, and Chunky Peanut Butter

Bob Dylan: Opium and Latkes

The Rolling Stones: Mothballs and Burnt Toast

David Bowie: Amphetamines and Astronaut Ice Cream

Lil' Wayne: NyQuil and Martian Dust

Jim Morrison: Vomit and Leather

Devendra Banhart: Body Odor and Thai Stick

Animal Collective: Grape Juice, Grass Stains, and Mildew

Radiohead: Yellowing Paperbacks In A Sudden Electrical Fire 

Mariah Carey: Champagne and Vaseline

Christina Aguilera: Marshmallows and Pleather

Prince: Purple Haze, Patchouli, and Pussy

Vampire Weekend: New Shoes and Old Money

Beyonce: Wig Glue and Hot Biscuits

The White Stripes: Stale Wet Cigarettes and After Dinner Mints

The Pixies: Beer and Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Amy Winehouse: Wine Coolers, Bourbon, Gin, Vodka, and Tartar Sauce

Iggy Pop: Demerol and Expired Eye Makeup

Madonna: A-Rod and Formaldehyde

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"Too Much" — Elvis Presley (mp3)

"Paralyzed" — Elvis Presley (mp3)

"Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" — Elvis Presley (mp3)

This Recording: A Rose By Any Other Name