Here I am, comfortable

Songs in my head:
"And the Rest Will Follow" by . . . and you will know us by the trail of dead
"Caterwaul" by . . . and you will know us by the trail of dead
"Will You Smile Again" by . . . and you will know us by the trail of dead

Yesterday was a very good day for music that I like. I picked up Worlds Apart, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn yesterday. Sounds impossible, but I feel Worlds Apart is many notches above what TOD has done before. The overall sound is clear and powerful. This time out, they don't sound like they're playing at the back of a hall. They've moved on from just build-ups to explosions to softer parts. Melodies that tug at you are all over the place. As for I'm Wide Awake, I really enjoy it upon first listen. It's not as bombastic as Lifted, but it just works. Digital Ash is a different-sounding record than what I usually listen to, but I like it. I think of it like Kid A: much more electronic-based but not with moronic, cold beats on repeat.

For what it's worth, there's a quick article on Trail of Dead on

Pick up any major magazine or newspaper and you will read an article or review for Bright Eyes. has a very good review of the two new records. I echo Colin's opening lines: "I love punk rock. I love the do-it-yourself ethic, the anti-establishment mentality, the self-sustaining independence. What I don't like is the mentality that if you listen to punk, you must confine yourself to the bands that use three chords or less. So while the fashion punks in their denim, leather, and mohawks spit at an act such as Conor Oberst's Bright Eyes, it's their loss." has info about the forthcoming DVD release of the Ramones' End of the Century documentary.

It's a little super-picky in spots, but DVD File has a very cool review of the forthcoming Donnie Darko: the Director's Cut DVD.

Jo Rowling's new baby is no longer unnamed. No, it's not Cho, Petunia or Hermione. It's Mackenzie, according to Reuters.

The first volume of the Burn to Shine DVD series was released yesterday. Dischord has this blurb on their news page: "Available this month on Trixie Records is the first installment of the "Burn to Shine" film series, produced by Brendan Canty and directed by filmmaker Christoph Green. The DVD features live performances by The Evens, Q and Not U, Ted Leo, Medications, French Toast, Bob Mould, Weird War and Garland of Hours, all filmed in a house in Bethesda MD prior to it's demolition. The DVD is available from January 25th the states and Europe and from the Dischord webstore around the same date. A second installment is to follow soon, featuring Chicago area bands such as Shellac, Tortoise and Wilco. More information is available at "

I find this book very interesting because it is tongue-in-cheek. I wonder where they would file it in a bookstore. Arts? Sociological satire? I think this is worth investigating . . .