Syd Barrett

Haffa's Records

I went with Younger Finn to Haffa's Records today after a stop at Donkey Coffee for a pot of French press. I bought the new Destroyer album on CD and, being gluttonous, I also bought these two items:

Swell Maps' Jane from Occupied Europe on used CD
The Feelies' Crazy Rhythms on vinyl


Evening film

Exactly what I needed to see tonight.


Welcome to "Jail...Club," the latest Twee As Punk playlist. This punk-led set begins with the so-cool-they-wear-black-at-the-beach band Dum Dum Girls (seen above). Thank you for listening to or just skimming my choices in twee pop and post-punk. Come back on Friday, won't you:

1. "Jail La La" by Dum Dum Girls
2. "Get Over You" by The Undertones
3. "U.S. Teens Are Spoiled Bums" by Half Japanese
4. "Sunshine / Pretty Girls" by Unnatural Helpers
5. "Oh, the Divorces!" by Tracey Thorn
6. "Come Back Margaret" by Camera Obscura
7. "Pretty Sister" by Velocity Girl
8. "She Is Beyond Good and Evil" by The Pop Group
9. "It's Obvious" by Au Pairs
10. "Die Matrosen" by Liliput
11. "Mary Millington" by Disco Zombies
12. "Quiet Heart" by The Go-Betweens
13. "The Kids at the Club" by Comet Gain


Twee As Punk

Hello again. The Undertones, Tracey Thorn, and The Go-Betweens (seen above) will help determine Twee As Punk's playlist this week with their wonderful music and voices. is where you can listen to the show, live on Friday at 8 pm. I love these bands, and I think you may as well.


Chanel Couture

I see Audrey Hepburn and Mia Farrow in these clothes.

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Gang of Four

I love this band's first album, but their new one does not satisfy. I wrote about it for



Pretty things in pretty colors.

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Dan Bejar's last full-length album, Trouble in Dreams, was a go-to record for me in 2010 even though it came out a few years prior. Memories of playing it in Provincetown two summers back make me grin sillily, as does the title of his new album, Kaputt. Dan is an oracle. I want hear his newest stories.



Just as I finished devouring Karen Russell's book of devastating, genuine stories, I realized that her debut novel will soon be coming out. I know with what beauty she developed a family of alligator wrestlers in the first story of St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, so Swamplandia! is not a book I will wait to buy.


Yes, dear, you look devilishly handsome. Your outfit is perfection. Not a tailored hem out of order. But don't you think you look a tad too tame, even overdressed? The hat takes it a bit too far, don't you think? If the turtleneck were taken off, you'd lose twenty years. But, darling, you look dashing nonetheless.

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Dries Van Noten

I don't exaggerate when I say this is one of my favorite collections of all time. Tiny sportcoats, draped trousers, marled knits and color-blocked equestrian trousers make for an off-kilter collection of untailored yet debonair separates. And scraps of fur thrown over a lapel resemble what I imagine a self-assured barbarian might wear if invited to a dress-coded cocktail event.

This Dries Van Noten man is unbridled, and that makes him so rock 'n roll.

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Evening film

I love Faye Dunaway and Gene Hackman, in particular. And an appearance by Gene Wilder is always so welcome.


Twee As Punk makes cold days less coldbut they're still cold. Please enjoy the playlist from tonight's hour of twee pop and post-punk. It is called "Lazy...Spies," and I think that title can only mean good things are in store. The ever-sweet Marine Girls (seen above) kicked off this installment, and the rest memorably came and went as follows:

1. "Lazy Ways" by Marine Girls
2. "Bloom" by The Veils
3. "Black Cab" by Jens Lekman
4. "How I Learned to Love the Bomb" by Television Personalities
6. "Blokes on 45" by Orange Juice
7. "Calculator" by Micachu
9. "Mission Bells" by The Aislers Set
10. "Glider" by The Wake
11. "Little Noises" by The Monochrome Set
12. "The Helicopter Spies" by Swell Maps


Twee As Punk

Twee As Punk's playlist is planned around the songs of Heavenly, The Monochrome Set, and Swell Maps (seen above). It will be a good show. It is a crime that as of yet I have not played Swell Maps on Twee As Punk. So tomorrow (Friday, 8 pm) will be the date and time for fixing this crime. Tune in at to hear the music I want to play.

Maison Martin Margiela

Aren't we sophisticated and not nearly as mental as we usually are? Where are the inhuman shapes and incoherent outfits? The unwearable, theoretical clothes? I don't know what happened to the house of Margiela, but I do not mind. I prefer clothes I can wear as opposed to clothes that are jarring to even consider. These clothes don't need directions (That is all I could ever wish for from Masion Martin Margiela). And these clothes are attractive at that. Go figure.

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Alexander Wang

I never mentioned the gorgeous present I bought myself for Christmasmy dream shoes, these Alexander Wang "Jac" sandals. He is not one of my favorite designers, but these shoes are unlike any I have ever liked and, even more importantly, been able to afford. The only issue that comes from buying sandals in the off-season for a stellar discounted fee is I must wait months to wear them.

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Synecdoche, New York

There was smoke and a possible fire issue in my building today, none actually seen by me but it was still a worry. I was reminded of this.

Orson Welles

During a taping of The Day the Earth Stood Still. I swoon.

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I see Ian Curtis in this collection. Depressive post-punk runs through these rust suede diamonds and creased chalky blue trousers.

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Letters to Dead People

Recently they have written some especially winning letters.


Evening film

As magnificent a film as I have ever seen. The acting is stunning, the storyboth storiesoverwhelming.