by Sean
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Buraka Som Sistema - "General". Each of us have busy days, today. I have to wake up, clouds greying through the window, and get out of bed, and write this post, and work, and have a coffee, and call my grandparents, and research lodging & eating in Porto and Lisbon, and go to a workshop, and go to J's goodbye dinner, and then walk home swinging someone's hand. A car's got to wake up, growl to life, get driven across town and home. A nightclub's got to lay swathed in dark, then flickflickflick each lightswitch turned on, and swept, and cleaned, and then songs will play. A calendar's got to get flipped, if everyone forgot to. Get Out Of Jail Free cards need to get written. &c. [MySpace]



Congratulations to the winner of our Insound Poster Contest, Emily Quinn. They shoudl be in touch with you.

As Dan advised, the Lifted Brow 4 is taking orders. The price ($25) is ridiculous, due to the Australian dollar and a pre-order discount. Also, the content is ridiculous: 2 CDs and a 300-page book, including original music and writing by Sheila Heti, Carey Mercer & Sydney Vermont, Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug, Tao Lin, Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg, Rick Moody, the Wrens, No Kids, the Lucksmiths, Neil Gaiman, Dan Deacon, Sleeping States, Frightened Rabbit, Goblin Cock, the Wrens and about a hundred more. Oh yes - as well as writing by our Jordan Himelfarb (with Joel Taylor), a song by his band The Cay, and a short story I wrote that is about the girl who caught the Moon. It's maybe the greatest collectible known to man. Buy it.

Posted by Sean at November 3, 2008 11:27 AM

The Lifted Brow = :D

Posted by Calum at November 3, 2008 4:43 PM

man, you said the wrens twice.

i know! they're the wrens!

but they're only in once.

however, i do agree with your post 100%. everyone needs to buy the lifted brow. some of us need to buy it twice.

Posted by karpe at November 3, 2008 9:36 PM

Hi, I am Portuguese. Concerning lodging in Lisbon and Porto I suggest the following:
- use the online service Booking.com
they usually have good hotels for nice prices. For Lisbon avoid hotels located in Av. Almirante Reis and nearby places ( it´s a bad neighbourhood) , and in Praça de Espanha (unless you have a car. This is not a walkable area).
I Suggest the IBIS chain (http://www.ibishotel.com/) - well located and low price hotels or "SANA REX" located at Av. Castilho.
In Porto I usually stay in Hotel "Tuela". All these are clean decent 3 stars hotels without any luxuries. They must cost roughly 60 €/night.
If you need any extra help, use my email !

Posted by Ray at November 4, 2008 5:15 AM

victory in japan

Posted by ryan manning at November 4, 2008 12:30 PM

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