As in, I am so over all this consumption!
I spent Saturday afternoon in a desperate and futile search for lightweight, long skirts for the trip. Not exactly the kind of thing one finds in Nebraska in January. (I’m told that the country Im visiting, which is 50% Muslim pants are acceptable on foreign women but frowned upon, and no short skirts. What classifies as short? Need to put the question out to my international-traveling friends … are pants really not cool? Is below the knee long enough for a skirt?) Blegh. I still have mall rash from Saturday’s escapade. Buying things I neither want nor need, with money I don’t really have – hey, it’s the American Way!
And now I think I’ve officially killed my iPod, and this just makes me angry. Three hundred dollars and not even three years old, and I'm told it's not “worth the trouble” to fix – just buy a new one, lady. I remember when I was a kid (WARNING! OLD FOGEY RANT ALERT!) if something broke, there was someone to fix it. You didn’t just go buy a new TV, toaster, calculator – you had it repaired. It wasn’t ending up as electronic toxic waste in India or Nigeria, polluting someone else’s kids. We’ve accepted/created a throwaway society in which expensive toys are no longer luxuries but necessities, and we’re well trained not to even expect them to last. Yet here I am playing along.
On the other hand, I happily binged on a bunch of new music yesterday, much of which I haven’t even listened to yet.
Ornette Coleman, Sound Grammar (I’d been meaning to get this for a while; innovative jazz, pared-down yet still sounds multilayered)
Sera Cahoone, self-titled (folky/indie chick with a simply lovely voice and a kickass drummer)
M.. Ward, Post-War (lushly orchestral indie singer-songwritery (the fantabulous Neko Case shows up here, and I think Cahoone does, too; also, he produced Jenny Lewis’ solo debut)
Be Your Own Pet, self-titled (screamin’ girlie punk from Nashville, I think; this’ll kickstart my a.m. gym workouts … WHEN I get a new iPod!)
Lilys, A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns (they had a new recording out last year, but I like this 12-year-old EP better! Usually compared with My Bloody Valentine)
And Miz K scored me some Joanna Newsom and some other cool stuff!
I’d have created links to iTunes, but I don’t know how. :-(