The TNT telecasts of the NBA playoffs have been, as always, unintentionally hilarious, but there have also been some genius moments of music programming this year.
Just moments ago, they played Beck's "E-Pro" during a montage of spectacular plays by Steve Nash -- who looks as much like Beck as a professional athlete possibly could. I refuse to believe this was coincidental.
Much funnier is the ridiculous nightly segment they're doing called "Steve Wonders," in which Steve Kerr poses a dumb question -- and then answers it. During the introduction to the segment, they play music by Stevie Wonder. It's beautiful.
I've just seen that Kazuo Ishiguro, one of only two (or, stretching it, three) living novelists I really care about, has a new book out. Why didn't anyone tell me? This might be a good opportunity to use the amazing "same day delivery" in Manhattan from barnesandnoble.com and get it during the day tomorrow. Or should I be a good person and go to St. Mark's bookstore?
Last night was the Elysian Fields 10th anniversary show.
Tomorrow I'm accompanying Sam in a movement of a Mozart Sonata, and then playing some drums while he sings a folk song, both for his senior recital at slackerville.
Tuesday with the King of France @ Bowery, opening for Angela McCluskey and Shivaree.
Thursday night w/ Shahzad and Dougie, being the house band at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's annual benefit, at which Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer are being honored, and Sonic Youth is being presented an award by Suzanne Vega. Much hilarity will ensue when the three of us try to play music suitable for such an event.