Jayadeva's Brooklyn: Dogs, Babies and Love in Sunset Park

My life in Brooklyn, now with my baby, and fellow dog lover, by my side.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Title Trader Disappoints & Lala Thrills!

Alas my friends, I must change my previously glowing testimony about Title Trader. They've changed their format and if you're not careful, you may end up listing your item for Zero points. This happened in one of my trades and when I emailed Title Trader, weeks ago, I never received a response. I believe a site is only as good as their customer service, therefore, I have suspended my inventory there. Also, most of the bands in their music section are now wearing cowboy hats.

LaLa is my new best friend, because shipping is so easy with their pre-paid envelopes. It cuts down on a lot of time and cost (it's $1.00 a trade). Plus, I find a lot more of the music I'm looking for faster. My wish list usually has music I've discovered from Pandora or compilation CD's from WFUV, KRCW, or $2.00 ones I find at Housing Works.

My Incoming List contains:
  • Rei Momo by David Byrne,
  • The American by Angie Aparo,
  • Play Me Backwards by Joan Baez,
  • Capable Egg by Lullaby Baxter Trio,
  • Is This It by The Strokes, Star Maps by Possum Dixon,
  • The Future Soundtrack For America and
  • Hard Up by The Witnesses.

My recently shipped CD's were:

  • Besides by Sugar
  • Dummy by Portishead
  • Titanic Days (Disc 1/2) by Kirsty MacColl
  • Short Sharp Shocked by Michelle Shocked (Disc 1/2)
  • Music Of My Mind by Stevie Wonder
  • Viva! La Woman by Cibo Matto
  • Oral Fixation Vol. 2 by Shakira
  • MTV Unplugged by Alanis Morissette

Have fun!

Monday, April 14, 2008

My Favorite Dog Songs

It's been a stressful weekend on the dog front, with Jaya still imprisoned in her Victorian collar at night (though she's not bumping into quite as much now) and Dan telling me that we need to "starting thinking concretely about..." and though he didn't finish his sentence, my heart raced and I replied that he would have to keep hugging me and our conversation would stop and start through my tears. We never got around to talking about it, but Jaya's benign tumor behind her left shoulder blade keeps growing and the strength in her back legs continues to deteriorate. I'd love someone to write back with positive "end of life" tales to help me through these thoughts and ultimate decisions.

Therefore, on a positive note, I thought I'd post about the songs that make my heart smile with furry joy.

1. Dog on Wheels - Belle and Sebastian. The first time I heard this song, I cried and it has since made it's way onto two mix CD's for friends and family.

2. I Love my Dog - Cat Stevens. Click on this link to watch the BBC video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWT2qHVftGk. I first learned of this song while watching Year of the Dog and immediately bought the soundtrack on eBay. However, I was so bummed to learned that it was not included on this! Alas, now I'm waiting for the Cat Stevens CD it's on to show-up on Lala.com.

3. The Shepherd's Dog - Iron and Wine. Ok, this song isn't really all that much about dogs, but there's a dog in the title and I adore this song and just about everything by Iron and Wine.

My beautiful friend and fellow dog-lover, Katie Fleissner, sent me the following dog song suggestion...

4. Dogsong AKA Sleep Dog Lullaby - The Be Good Tanyas

Be sure to check-out Katie's awesome Planetary Pastries. Here's some pictorial evidence of her beautiful work. This is a gorgeous chocolate ganache cake with chocolate decorations. All her ingredients are unrefined, organic when possible,
and which can be obtained directly from the source, and/or origins of which she can trace.

I am crazy for her tarts!

That's all I can think of at the moment. What am I missing? Send me more dog songs please!