by Dan
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Floating Action - "Well Hidden"

Crook-seated and knee-crossed, cords and smudgy lenses, Matthew Marshall, Matt, writes on the cover of an unbroken journal. "A Summery Summary", he looks Junely out the sunny window and smiles with his hands, in the way he holds his pen. To be the main character of one's own story is a privilege earned and not a right handed down. Perhaps with a masters, or a fellowship, or a crisis, if this car were to crash fiery, he would jump forward in line, but for now the trees cut light and the air is warm and underneath these clothes are the mechanics of a person, whirring quietly and without claim. [Buy Desert Etiquette]

Human Eye - "Alien Creeps"

77. 77 is the perfect number because you're not going psycho speed and you're not taking any shit from idiots. On this road, where psychos are going 85 and 90, Yevgeny keeps it steady at 77 and it's the ultimate combination of sensibility and time-management. With clear traffic, without too many psychos or idiots, the trip is 5h 44min. But still with every trooper car he passes, those shiny stoic perchers, like chess pieces, like carved bishops, his heart sinks. His head goes into theirs for the next 3 miles. He sits in their car, burrito wrapper on the passenger seat, shotgun heaving at the dash, and pretends to be their easy conscience, their fickle whim. "Why not? I got nothing better to do," and peel out, that daring swooping squeal from highness into chase. [Pre-Order They Came From the Sky]

Gravediggaz - "Mommy What's a Gravedigga? (RZA mix)"

|| Hey, can you text me Robin's address? I need it for the border || attending || not attending || not attending || maybe attending || not attending || remove from events || Like || ME TOO! MISS YOU! || i saw this yesterday. old news, malcolm! || 6331 Esplanade, buzz 3 || Like || Dear everyone, what should I do in Montreal? Thanks! || thanks, can you send me the postal code too? I don't know, I might need it || Make sure you get to your rideshare early, guys, the front seat is key #fuckyounerdydude #chivalryisdead || Also, it smells like peas in here #itwascheap || RT @disneywords - I just needed to get out on my own, live my own life. And I did, and it's great. -Simba (The Lion King) || RT @PimpBillClinton Sarah Palin should stick to what she's good at: mangling American history and blowing guys on snowmobiles || H2T 2T3 [Buy Double Suicide Pack]

1,2,3 - "Work"

I'm not gonna make it. I'm seriously not gonna fuckin make it. I can't breathe. What's this girl typing a fuckin novel? This is fucked, my heart feels like it's gonna fall out of my chest. Nothing is calming me down, I feel like I'm gonna strangle this fuckin idiot. I'm just gonna reach over his headrest and pull my belt tight and we'll go swerving off the road and hit the corner of a bridge and a grassy ridge and be done with it. Well, maybe not done with it. We'll have to go through the windshield and get stuck in the twisted metal and then our hearts will really fall out of our chests. This Wolf Parade isn't calming me down, wait this isn't even Wolf Parade. I think I'm gonna puke, just raise your hand, just raise your fuckin hand like a normal person, and don't use it to strangle anybody. "Excuse me? Can we stop soon? I need to go to the bathroom." He grimaced, he grimaced, he knows, I'm sweating. [Pre-order New Heaven]

(map collage by Matthew Cusick)


in just one day we've seen so much support from you. It means a huge amount to us, we're extremely grateful, humbled, awed. see the fundraising post below.

Posted by Dan at June 14, 2011 12:25 PM

The most beautiful thing in this map is the pic of owl. Its really very awesome.

Posted by Jingles at June 23, 2011 8:41 AM
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