June 16, 2009

The reflection from the bus
Makes it look like one of us is older and taller

Richard Prince, Untitled (four single men with interchangeable backgrounds looking to the right [detail]), 1977

* From Harper's July 2009:

-- Percentage change since 1985 in the number of U.S. newspapers with reporters covering Congress: -72

-- Percentage change since 2003 in the number of newspaper reporters covering state legislatures: -32

-- Percentage of six-to nine-year-old American girls who wear lipstick or lip gloss: 46

-- Percentage change since 2007 in the average cost of a U.S. wedding: -24

-- Percentage change since last year in the amount Americans spent on canning and freezing supplies: +29

-- Number of poppyseed bagels that could be made with Afghanistan's annual poppy harvest: 357,000,000,000

* Red Kitchen's debut album, The Second Person, has been highly anticipated here at Dust Congress. It's out now, and has been on constant repeat since it arrived. Smart lyrics, fuzzy pop sounds, perfect for summertime.

Tracks six and seven from The Second Person:

-- Point of Reference

-- Like A Trombone

For information on obtaining The Second Person (and lyrics and more) check out the band website.

* Three way tie for mindblower.

* "I've got 50% of people with me, and 50% of people will never be with me." -- Tracey Emin


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