Friday, December 14

How Do You Afford Your Rock & Roll Lifestyle?

Buttman. Will Buttman.
(Here we see Will Betheboy, enjoying his copy of 65 Poor Life Decisions.)

I've interrupted the increasingly boring Top 20 Albums of 2007 with some amazing recent press and acclaim for my debut book, 65 Poor Life Decisions. For those just tuning in, 65 Poor Life Decisions was published on November 30; a collection of the best humorous personal essays from the last four years of the CDP. It's lemon scented with failure and defeat, and it's funny as hell, too.

As seen in this monumental post, press and attention for the book has wildly exceeded my expectations and left me sold out of books (Never fear; I got a new batch in the mail today). After the initial wave of reviews, interviews, sales and kind words, I figured things would die down and get back to normal around here before the holidays. Not the case. In fact, things are busier now than ever, thanks to Madison Journalist Extraordinaire and friend, Nathan Comp.

Nathan recently gave 65 Poor Life Decisions a glowing and flattering review on Dane 101 yesterday, and I beg of you to click the link and check it out immediately. In addition to that, a photographer from Business Watch magazine will be stopping by Headquarters tonight to snap a few pictures of yours truly for an upcoming feature/interview, conducted by Mr. Comp himself. He is worthy of admiration and a beer, both of which he will receive from me the next time I see him (I'll direct everyone to the Business Watch interview the second it's published).

As a writer and potential recluse, I've been losing my mind over this photo thing. What should I wear? What is the message of the photo? Should I smile? Look serious and business-minded? Wear a tie in my own house? Hell, I wasn't even sure I was running a business until a few weeks ago. When the photographer asked me over the phone what exactly it is that I do, my mind blanked out. "Um...I write a humor blog," I stated, no doubt causing her to shake her head on the other line and wonder why she's wasting her time with me. It wasn't until the Missus came home and reminded me that I was indeed a real-life author that things became slightly clearer.

"That's right, I am an author," I said quietly. "I didn't know."

In either case, I got a haircut and dye job for the occasion. I hope Business Watch likes cinnamon brown Caesar cuts.

I'm A Favorite!
(Here we see the winner of the CDP's 'Jailbait of the Year' award, Cargirl.)

In addition to that wonderful bit of news, Cargirl from the Cargirl News Minute has proclaimed my blog one of her Favorite Things of 2007. Also, and I'm crossing my fingers on this one, I'm anticipating showing up somewhere on her Top 10 People of the Year list, which should be up sometime today. Keep an eye out for it, I'll throw a link up when I see it.

So, what are you waiting for? If you haven't purchased a copy of 65 Poor Life Decisions yet, you need to do so now so you can receive it before Christmas! You can order it online here, or you can order it directly through me here. My plan is to sell books like crazy right up until the end of the year, so help me make it happen.

Thank you. Sound off in the comments and enjoy your weekend. The conclusion of the Top 20 Albums Of 2007 arrives Monday.

(PS - Today is Blog Crush Day! Sound off in the comments and declare your Blog Crush to the CDP faithful!)

Thursday, December 13

The CDP's Top 20 Albums Of 2007 - 10-6.

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Here we are again, kids. The CDP's choices for the Top 10 albums of 2007. As always, the list is compiled only of albums that I have purchased and were released in 2007. I am not a music critic, I am a music fan, and the list is personal preference and opinion only; not a chance to boast my hipster cred. Ready? Let's do this.

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10. Matt Pond PA - Last Light
Read about the album here!

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9. Sean Na Na - Family Trees
Read about the album here!

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8. Black Kids - Wizard Of Ahhs EP
Read about the album here!

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7. Travis - The Boy With No Name
Read about the album here!

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6. Architecture In Helsinki - Places Like This
Read about the album here!

TOMORROW: #5-1.

Wednesday, December 12

The CDP's Top 20 Albums Of 2007 - 15-11.

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Here we are again, kids. The CDP's choices for the Top 15 albums of 2007. As always, the list is compiled only of albums that I have purchased and were released in 2007. I am not a music critic, I am a music fan, and the list is personal preference and opinion only; not a chance to boast my hipster cred. Ready? Let's do this.



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15. The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
Read about the album here!

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14. Minus The Bear - Planet Of Ice
Read about the album here!

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13. Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Read about the album here!

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12. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna...Are You The Destroyer?
Read about the album here!

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11. Sage Francis - Human The Death Dance
Read about the album here!

TOMORROW: #10-6.

When you're done here, head on over to the Cargirl News Minute to see her Top 10 Favorite Things of the Year!

Tuesday, December 11

The CDP's Top 20 Albums Of 2007 - 20-16.

CDP Top 20 Of 2007.

Here we are again, kids. The CDP's choices for the Top 20 albums of 2007. As always, the list is compiled only of albums that I have purchased and were released in 2007. I am not a music critic, I am a music fan, and the list is personal preference and opinion only; not a chance to boast my hipster cred. Ready? Let's do this.

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20. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
Read about them here!

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19. Nightmare Of You - Bang!
Read about them here!

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18. Ozma - Pasedena
Read about them here!

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17. Tullycraft - Every Scene Needs A Center
Read about them here!

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16. Enon - Grass Geysers...Carbon Clouds
Read about them here!

TOMORROW: #15-11.

Monday, December 10

The CDP's Favorite Songs Of 2007.

The CDP's Favorite Songs Of 2007.
(One of my favorite hobbies is collecting terrible music and movies. Now you know.)

Here, for your dissecting and scrutinizing pleasure, I present to you my Top 15 favorite songs from 2007. Enjoy and mock at will.

15. I Don't Want To Dance Anymore - Nightmare Of You
(From the 'Bang!' EP)

14. Knights - Minus The Bear
(From the album 'Planet Of Ice')

13. Mirror On You - Enon
(From the album 'Grass Geysers...Carbon Clouds')

12. Take Me To The Riot - Stars
(From the album 'In Our Bedroom After The War')

11. The Punks Are Writing Love Songs - Tullycraft
(From the album 'Every Scene Has A Center')

10. Sunlight - Matt Pond PA
(From the album 'Last Light')

9. We've Been Here Before - Sean Na Na
(From the album 'Family Trees')

8. Brianstorm - Arctic Monkeys
(From the album 'Favourite Worst Nightmare')

7. Closer/My Eyes - Travis
(From the album 'The Boy With No Name')

6. Somewhere In The Between - Streetlight Manifesto
(From the album 'Somewhere In The Between')

5. Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse - Of Montreal
(From the album 'Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?')

4. Night Windows - The Weakerthans
(From the album 'Reunion Tour')

3. Electric Surfin' Go Go - Polysics
(From the album 'Karate House!')

2. I'm Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You - Black Kids
(From the 'Wizard Of Ahhs' EP)

1. Intervention - Arcade Fire
(From the album 'Neon Bible')

In case you were wondering, here were the CDP's choices for favorite song of years past:
2003 - Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
2004 - Neighborhood #1 - Arcade Fire
2005 - In This Home On Ice - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
2006 - I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab For Cutie

Yeah, it's pretty cut and dry. Your snobbery concerns me none.

But wait, there's so much more! You see, this is an interactive post! Sound off in the comments section or e-mail me at communistdance@yahoo.com with your choices for best song of 2007. It can be a top 20, top 10 or just a single song, but let your voice be heard and I will attach it to this post!

Get going, have fun and enjoy your Monday.

UPDATE #1 - Mike Hoss' Top Musical Discovery Of 2007:
'Pretty Angry' by Blues Traveler

UPDATE #2 - BluStaCon's Top 5 Of 2007:
#5. 'If I had Eyes' - Jack Johnson
#4. 'Misery Business' - Paramore
#3. 'State of Massachusetts' - Drop kick Murphys
#2. 'Thrash Unreal' - Against Me!
#1. 'Big Casino' - Jimmy Eat World

TUESDAY-FRIDAY:
The CDP's Top 20 Albums Of 2007.