My "HOT" list:
ALGERIA: FROM THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE
-Albert Camus Books (wiki) = L'Etranger (The Stranger), A Happy Death, The Fall, The Plague...
-This led me to a further fascination of Algeria (wiki). I kind of want to visit there on vacation (for a day) now as the first part of The Stranger describes a beautiful setting. Algiers (wiki) is a port town that gets crazy hot in the summer (my fave) and is in Africa where I really want to visit. Slowly planning a trip to France for December (cold setting boo) in which Jen and I will hit Paris, the South of France, and hopefully Algiers or Morocco (as my grandfather said Morocco was the place to go).
-Of course, further current Algerian references: ZIDANE (movie and soundtrack by Mogwai....plus everlasting idolization), French movie The Battle of Algiers (1966) with music by Ennio Morricone, and other Algerian footballers.
"A Sunny Place For Shady People" - W. Somerset Maugham describing Monte Carlo (an early equivalent to Las Vegas).
-LAS VEGAS! going in a week for the weekend with the whole fam, very excited. Attendees: Myself, Jennifer, Mother, Father, Brother, and Brother's Girlfriend (first time meeting rest of fam). Did you know that the biggest vice of straight-edge peeps is gambling? Staying at the Golden Nugget in the old school downtown Freemont St area. Not a fan of the strip, not worth the $$$ and not classic Vegas at all.
-Actually did a little research on a music job in Vegas, uh oh.
-Further references: Specifically purchased a 3 hour PBS documentary dvd on Vegas (used), growing my Sinatra catalog including the pretty awesome Vegas Box Set (4 CD's and 1 DVD) boo ya. Also a Las Vegas Collection CD and a Dean Martin essentials CD...I actually really like lounge music?!?!? Perhaps, part of my "old-man" demeanor.
BATTLES: Mirrored (Warp Records)
Great Northern - Trading Twilight For Daylight (Eenie Meenie Records)
CocoRosie - The Adventures Of Ghosthorse And Stillborn (Touch & Go Records)
Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Love And Hate (Columbia Records)
Massive Attack - 100th Window (Virgin Records)
Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours (Capitol Records)
Beirut - Gulag Orkestra (BaDaBing Records)
Blonde Redhead - 23 (4AD Records)
-Hells Kitchen, Season 3
-REAL Football in August :( so far away
-Santa Monica Public Library (Always Hot)