music of 2008

July 6, 2008


one of my new year’s resolutions for 2008 was to discover new music. i had fallen into a pretty bad rut of just kind of listening to what i have. and while i do enjoy reliving college by popping in old bjork or aimee mann, it was starting to get a little, um . . . old. i subscribe to paste magazine (which rules, by the way), and this serves as a monthly reminder that there is SO much good stuff out there. the magazine even comes with a sampler CD every month so i can discover new artists that way, plus it lets me know when my old favorites release new albums.

anyway, this year i decided to just dive into some new music in my own ritualistic, systematic style and buy 2 new albums each month. some of these were things i had been wanting for a little while, others new paste-inspired discoveries, and several are new albums by old favorites that i could not NOT buy. and so far, i am really loving my 2008 collection. here it is so far:

january
boxer — the national
juno soundtrack — various artists, featuring kimya dawson

february
the historical conquests of josh ritter — josh ritter
we brave bee stings and all — thao

march
under the blacklight — rilo kiley
ga ga ga ga ga — spoon

april
voltá — bjork
hideaway — the weepies

may (this month i was looking for running/workout music)
graduation — kanye west
hard candy — madonna

june (couldn’t resist — 3 favorites put out new albums at once . . .)
a good day — priscilla ahn
narrow stairs — death cab for cutie
@#%&*! smilers — aimee mann

july
viva la vida — coldplay
and more to come . . .

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7.5.08

workout: 4 miles easy (9:13/mi) + 30 minutes upper/lower weights — pushups, lunges, bicep curls, squats, lateral/forward raises, tricep skullcrushers, abs w/ the ball, and rows

reading: 45 minutes of peds in review articles — one on turner’s syndrome and another on gonorrhea. YES, gonorrhea!

cooking: i broke my typical pattern of non-cooking on weekend nights and made rachael ray’s terribly-named “spinoccolini” whole wheat pasta. despite the hideous word-combining, it was quite good. i can’t get the recipe online for some reason, so i’ll just summarize (since i didn’t really follow her ingredient ratios all that closely anyway):

ingredients:
— 2/3 bag of whole wheat penne
— bag of baby spinach leaves
— an onion and some garlic
— some olive oil
— 1 cup chicken broth
— big head o’ broccoli (or broccolini, hence the name)
— parmesan
— ricotta (part-skim)

to make this R.R. delicacy, puree the spinach with the chicken broth in a food processor. start cooking the pasta, and while that’s happening, sautée the onions & garlic in some olive oil with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. once they are golden, add the pureed spinach mixture to the onions/garlic. stick the broccoli in the pasta pot as it is boiling for the last few minutes. then, drain the pasta/broccoli and dump the pasta/broccoli, spinach sauce, and some parmesan all together. serve with ricotta on the side, and voila — a 30-minute meal that actually took about that long (i usually find her 30 minutes to be more like my 60 minutes, and i get mad).