I haven't had the chance to celebrate properly, but I found out last week that I was accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison's doctoral program in English. That's pretty hot stuff. So, today I had a "me day" and did a bunch of stuff that makes me feel good to be alive, good to be in New York, and good to be a prospective Wisconsin grad student. To that end, I had an overpriced lunch at Whole Foods, fed my coffee addiction at Ninth Street Espresso (my latest favorite coffee house in the city), and got lost in the Strand Bookstore. I felt very scholarly.
I also celebrated by (re)listening to some tunes that are currently rotating non-stop on iTunes. Here are some for you to enjoy at your leisure.
Madvillain: Great Day (Four Tet Remix)
Mainly because today was a great day, but also MF Doom has an amazing flow on this track. Four Tet did a fabulous job remixing "Great Day." It sounds so easy. So laid back. So great.... even if everything MF Doom's rapping about isn't so great.
Ciaran Flynn: Girl Living in New York City
Many thanks go to my new Last.fm friend smansmith (who uses real names nowadays?). He recommended Irish folk singer Ciaran Flynn to me just the other day, and now this song is quickly becoming a favorite. Maybe it's because "Girl Living in New York City" sums up how I feel about Manhattan in less than two minutes.
Jens Lekman: Maple Leaves
Jens Lekman makes me smile. I like how his easy, lounge-y voice trips over the layered beats and sampled tracks. Plus, the lyrics are simple and beautiful. "If you don't take my hand, I'll lose my mind completely..." Come on. How can you resist? This song has made its rounds throughout the blogosphere; however, I think it's meant to be enjoyed many times over.
Harlem Shakes: A Night
I think this song is pure shake your indie bum. It's catchy and infectious, and raw.
I'm going to cap off my day of celebration by eating tons of (Wisconsin) cheese at the French bistro Artisanal and (finally) seeing the Undisputed Heavyweights at Piano's.
If I see you there, we should toast to Wisconsin!