Lists for February 24, 2009

From Deadwood Edition #235

On Deck

...wherein we listen to what Lawrence's movers and shakers are moving and shaking. to.

  1. Arcade Fire "Funeral"
  2. N.W.A "Straight Outta Compton"
  3. Monty Python "Matching Tire and Handkerchief"
  4. Converge "Jane Doe"
  5. The Clash "London Calling"


...wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches.

  1. The Bad Girls Club "It's a reality show about these crazy chicks who live in the same house, and all they do is get drunk and fight. It's hilarious. There's lots of sex, lots of drinking, and lots of pranks that lead to someone getting pissed off and kicked off the show. It happens every season. My favorite Bad Girl is Boston—I think her real name is Whitney, but she always says stuff like, 'This is how Boston does it' or 'This is what we do in Boston.' She's super homophobic, too. The other girls like to tease her about being so homophobic and then she gets upset."
  2. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations "Anthony Bourdain is this super hilarious dude that goes to different cities all around the world, gets really drunk, and checks out the local cuisine. He'll go to local restaurants or house parties and have a meal with a family. It's really cool, you feel like you're getting an accurate vibe of the culture. Bourdain is a total dick and that's what makes the show great. He gets hands down wasted everywhere he goes. He also often eats gross animal parts—eyeballs, testicles and nasty stuff. Good for him."
  3. True Blood "It's a vampire show on HBO. The premise is that vampires now live alongside humans since a synthetic blood has been invented. The first time I watched I thought it was really lame. I'm not into sci-fi or any of that weird stuff, but after three episodes you get totally hooked. I like it to the point where I've bought the first book in the series that it's based off of. I'm also into it because my uncle is Michael Romkey, a vampire novelist. He wrote 'I, Vampire' and 'The Vampire Papers.' 'True Blood' is where it's at."

Bound Up

Currently reading: "Hairstyles of the Damned" by Joe Meno "I just got it and haven't even opened it yet. So far as I know it's a coming of age story about a punk rocker. My girlfriend works with this guy who was in Girls Against Boys, Johnny Temple, who started a publishing house called Akashic Books with the royalties he made in the band. It's a DIY house that puts out a lot of punk books, and this is one of them. I don't know what to expect, but the cover has a guy with pink hair." 

One book everyone should read: "The Informers" by Bret Easton Ellis "It's about jaded people living in Hollywood. There's this undertone of vampirism throughout, with people feeding off the living, sucking their life out both literally and figuratively. It's a big downward spiral filled with drug addiction and pharmaceuticals. I've always been drawn to that dark style of writing. Humans at their worst gets me for some reason. Any book about the '80s is worth owning, espeically is it has drug addled kids and strung out house wives self-destructing one by one."