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MUSIC
Now the sounds below are diverse, powerful piano pop to sweet, sweet "newgrass" and all that comes between.

Not so NEWISH anymore
Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel Illinoize. Okay so we are late to the Sufjan party, this came out a while ago, but it is AWESOME! Masterful arrangements. The most beautiful song about a serial killer ever. Please Buy this music!
THE VELVET TEEN
- A great Bay Area Band.
betchadupa - Aiming for Your Head. This band features the songwriting and vocals of Liam Finn son of the GREAT Neil Finn. Liam is a chip off the old block! Buy this cd!
The Arcade Fire - Funeral. Great great stuff. Buy this cd!
20 Minute Loop- Yawn+House=Explosion. Buy this cd!
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Soundtrack - Buy this cd!
Bloc Party – Kick Ass Drummer! Rockin' songs.
Buddy Miller – Universal United House of Prayer. Wow, what a tasty player. All round awesome.

Not so NEWISH at all
Blue Merle – Burning in the Sun. If Nickel Creek were backing Chris Martin and Boone was playing drums you would have the single from this band. These folks can play.
Rogue Wave – Out of the Shadow. Nice with an essence of the Postal Service. Local Bay Area dude too.
On the Speakers- Self titled EP. OTS is an awesome band. Buy this cd!
William Shatner - Has Been, this is a great record and truely demonstrates the wonderous genius and insight of Ben Folds who produced and co-wrote much of the album. Buy this cd!
Ray LaMontagne - What a cool voice remindes me a bit of Otis Redding.The guy has a nice story too. Buy this cd!
Sean Watkins
- 26 Miles, man can he play guitar or what? Sean is no slouch as a singer or songwriter either. Very solid effort. Buy this cd!
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf, heavy, reminicent of the early Tubes stuff. No really I can hear it. Not the 80s stuff, the earlier bitchin' years.
Frou Frou - Details, killer stuff, great songs. Buy this cd!
Nickel Creek - This Side, mind blowingly different. Buy this cd!
doves - all things doves. Last Broadcast is a great album. Buy this cd!
Sheryl Crow - C'mon C'mon. Steve McQueen, say no more.
Norah Jones - Just a great easy listening jazz cd. Beautiful voice.
Maroon 5 - Caught these guys at the Sheryl Crow fest. on the second stage. Great live act.
Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs - Buy this cd!

NOT NEW
Buddy and Julie Miller - Buddy and Julie Miller -Buy this cd!
Emmylou Harris - Red Dirt Girl-Buy this cd!
Pete Yorn - Musicforthemorningafter
Sam Phillips - Fan Dance
John Mayer - Inside Wants Out
Luce - This band is great live and they've got a great indy debut cd.
Nickel Creek - Nickel Creek
Vertical Horizon - Live Stages, this is one of the coolest live cds.
Tom Waits - Mule Variations
XTC - Lemons and Oranges
Thomas Dolby - Aliens Ate My Buick
Radiohead - OK Computer
Donald Fagan - Night Fly
Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler - Neck and Neck
Gillian Welch - Revival
Emmylou Harris - Red Dirt Girl
Crowded House - Woodface
Jellyfish - Jellyfish and Spilt Milk

MOVIES or FILMS whatever floats your boat
Sometimes what makes one person cry makes another double over with laughter or sneer with contempt. So it is with movies, what you may consider a cheap plot devices may be what causes my body to be wracked with heartbreak. This is just a little list of films or movies that we like in no particular order. This list will grow and change as often as the mood strikes.

Curse of the Golden Flower - Beauty in the details.
Stranger Than Fiction - Will Farrell we love you.
The Big Sleep - Bogie & Bacall, nuff said.
Over the Hedge - music by Ben Folds.
Brick - Sam Spade goes back to high school. Excellent
V for Vendetta - Wachowski brothers hit one out of the park with words rather than special effects.
My Man Godfry - Our favorite non-Thin Man William Powell movie
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - A thriller with a dark funny bone.
New York Doll - A moving rockumentary
Shopgirl - Steve Martin the writer.
Mad Hot Ballroom - Great documentary
Spellbound - Great documentary
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill - Great documentary
Batman Begins - a dark dark knight
A Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - Bill Murrey is awesome!
Hell Boy – Ron Perlman should be best actor. HB is a real man.
Lost in Translation - You go Sophia!
Anchor Man – Watch out for the chocolate squirrel.
Rushmore - We love Wes Anderson!
A Might Wind - Eugene Levy has blown our minds.
Shaun of the Dead – Brits bring the zombie movie to a new level.
Orange County - Jack Black, pee your pants funny.
The Fifth Element - Bless you Luc Besson. Great music by Eric Serra.
Best of Show - He is so much more then Nigel.
Apocalypse Now - From naked, bloody, crying man to president.
Hearts of Darkness - A companion piece or primer of sorts to Apocalypse Now.
Moonstruck - "I love him awful." Families fascinate.
Fargo - "He's fleeing the interview". Marge kicks ass.
Oh, brother where art thou? - They loved him and turned him into a horney toad.
This is Spinal Tap - "Saucy Jack he's a naughty one.
Terms of Endearment - One of those body wracking sob movies.
Young Frankenstein - "He was my boyfriend". Genius.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Oompa Loompa
Alien, Aliens - Ripley kicks ass!
A Fish Called Wanda - Sexy humor, who could ask for more? Jamie Lee Rocks!
Thunderball - Killer theme song. Tom Jones rules!
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon - A true love story.
The Producers - One of our all time favorites.

BOOKS
Bill is an absolute Sci-Fi fanatic. He reads and reads and reads. Several books a week. He loves books about space, the future, space in the future whatever. He does however draw the line at fantasy stuff, swords and dragon stuff... unless they are in space.

The Devils Teeth - Susan Casey
Passage– Connie Willis
Dooms Day Book – Connie Willis
Bellwether – Connie Willis
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Harry Potter - I, Anna, totally loving these books, they are very engaging.
Snowcrash - Neil Stephenson
Diamond Age or a Young Ladies Illustrated Primer - Neil Stephenson
Sewer, Gas and Electric - Matt Ruff
Virtual Light - William Gibson, just about anything from Gibson is great.
RIM - Alexander Besher
The Titan Trilogy - John Varley
Golden Globe - John Varely

More soon!

©2014 Bill Spooner