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For Those Who Sell The Rock, We Salute You

…drug dealers and jewelers aside, I’m talking about record stores, of course!

Today is Record Store Day and if you’re in the market for some new sounds, I hope you skip the iTunes or the Best Buy & head for a locally owned shop of your choosing.

As a kid when I wasn’t browsing libraries or thrift stores, I could be found in record shops methodically searching every square inch for audio treasure. The people you meet in local stores are almost guaranteed to be 1000 times more helpful, more knowledgeable than your average corporate retail drone – and that goes for your fellow patrons as well as the staff.

Much thanks and love to friends & loved ones currently keeping their respective independent music stores alive, and to everyone else around the globe working hard every day to make sure that music geeks like moi have somewhere friendly to turn to.

Enjoy this muxtape, in your honor:

Some shopping suggestions:
Sonic Boom, Seattle
Charley’s 33s & CDs, Albuquerque
Stinkweeds, Phoenix
Lou’s Records, Encinitas



a few updates to mention…

On the sidebar to the right I’ve added the RSS feed from my Netflix queue, showing what I’m currently watching at home. Feel free to comment or email if you want to discuss anything you see over there.

I have also added links to sign up for email updates and RSS for The Veg. If you have any questions or need help using either feature just drop me an email. Alternately, check out the FAQ for Feedburner, the service I’m using to manage both the mailing list & the feed.

Viva la Vegetables.



Fun Fact

Today was National “Recklessly Change Lanes In Front of Kari’s Car Without Signaling” Day (local observances may vary). In case you were one of the few in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area who missed it, don’t worry – it’s a floating holiday so you can catch up whenever you’d like.



now i can ask, now i can say

I’m not one to obsess over dead celebrities – or live ones, for that matter – but there have been a few untimely losses over the years that have given me pause. Jeff Buckley, or Adrienne Shelly… or this post’s subject, Leslie Cheung. So at great risk to my celebrity-snubbing reputation I’m going to get personal here & knock out a full-blown tribute.

Well, maybe half-blown.

Leslie Cheung

Four years ago I rented a movie called Happy Together because of it’s star, Tony Leung Chiu Wai – a Hong Kong colleague of Leslie’s and one of the most talented actors in the world, IMO. As much as I enjoyed Tony’s performance, I was speechless watching Leslie Cheung. It’s a good thing Tony had scenes of his own in that film, otherwise I might not have remembered him even being in it. Cheung’s captivatingly violent pouting skills were something of a trademark of his. His characters were usually troubled, often sullen, which made their moments of joy so disturbingly bright.

I was hooked. After Happy Together, I found Days of Being Wild, then Ashes of Time, and then the realization that I was a year too late. Leslie had killed himself the year before, in 2003 (on April Fools’ Day, actually – making today his 5 year Death-iversary). It was a sad and disappointing discovery, but I hadn’t been in the habit of building shrines to superstars so I filed it away in my brain and let it blur into memory.

The inspiration for this post came recently as I was planning my next Netflix film festival [1]. I had rented Lust, Caution and the whole time I kept thinking, “Where’s Leslie?” Tony Leung was the star again, and like I said, he’s amazing and was completely right for that role, but I suppose it was the film’s time period or the sentimental soundtrack that got me thinking about what Leslie’s missed out on. What we’ve all missed out on [2].

Yeah, he made some shitty movies, nibbled at the mise-en-scene, and was otherwise pretty much…ahema diva, but he entertained me. So I decided to hold a Leslie Cheung-a-thon, not realizing that thousands of his fans were thinking the same thing at roughly the same time.

Leslie Cheung

Read more about him here.
Watch him here, here, here, or where ever you can [3].
Raise a collective eyebrow at the mixtape I made for this post here.

[1] Okay, so I like to thematically arrange my Netflix queue into mini-festivals to give myself a solid block of Godard, or Fellini, or ST:Voyager Season 4 to contemplate all at once. I know I’m not the only one.
[2] In The Mood For Love? But of course. 2046? Are you kidding me? He would have rocked the part of that damaged, womanizing sleaze. No offense, Tony.
[3] Just don’t watch his last movie ever unless you’re prepared for the art-imitating-life ending. I never thought derivative tripe could make me cry, but there you have it.

all work and no blog makes kari something-something

Sorry for the silence lately, folks. Insert busy schedule excuse here. If it makes you feel any better, this isn’t the only personal committment I’ve been neglecting. Feel free to start a support group in the comments.

In the meantime, enjoy the next post, on the house.



same old, same old

At every place I’ve ever worked I’ve heard the same comments about myself over & over until I start to think that maybe I’m in some dimension of hell where they have the scenery and characters on an infinite “shuffle” setting and I’m forced to repeat the same situations for all eternity…

Look at her, she’s just a kid.
Oh my god, she’s nearly 30!
And you aren’t married??!
You’re quiet.
Why don’t you talk more?
Why do you wear so much black?
You have a French last name, so you speak French, right?
Say something “French”.
What do you mean you don’t know the latest celebrity gossip?
What’s wrong with you?

My current job is, unfortunately, no exception.



I’ll be scowling into a bottle of scotch, if anyone needs me




And look who’s in it, just look!



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