Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Wrens’ Secaucus is the best album of the 1990’s.

I know, I know, but in these troubled times, you’ve got to be bold.

The truth is: I feel like my ongoing project to serve as an Online Wrens Apologist is going poorly. When I get to heaven and Jesus asks me if I did what I could to disseminate Secaucus and The Meadowlands, I need to be able to tell him I did what I could.

This album is not particularly influential, it’s not immediately accessible, but probably more than any album, Secaucus is the album that simply does not wear out. It is absolutely inexhaustible. 13 years of moderate and sometimes heavy listening cannot break it.

Secaucus is also the album that will always sound the most like the Wrens to me. Silver sounds at times like the Pixies, The Meadowlands sounds like the best of the early 00’s sonic landscape, but Secaucus sounds only like itself.

Here are 3 (legal) MP3s from Secaucus to get you started:

And 4 from other albums:

And then a couple more Secaucus tracks from YouTube:

Finally, you can stream the whole thing here. If you need more convincing, talk to me.

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Yesterday I Received an Important Email from Peter BD Entitled “early review of FUN CAMP”

Here is the email in its entirety:

FUN CAMP is the book of 2013
this is an early review
FUN CAMP was written by gabe durham
young gabe is the most talented of dudes
the title is in all caps
it smacks you in the face
this book will be read from children
to extraterrestrials in outer space
FUN CAMP is going to flip the script
the prose is wicked
heaven sent
everyone is enamored with it’s style
‘it was my favorite book of the year’
those words were spoken by our 44th president
that’s right
obama knows what good writing is
he knows that gabe is the future
he knows that this book will set the trend
yes, the book is titled FUN CAMP
‘that book is the shit’ michelle obama once said
get ready guys
your lives are about to be changed
you are about to witness greatness
you are about to bare witness to a future legend in the game
he’s ready for the lit fame
ready for his life to never be the same
hi haters
g. durham is 12 steps ahead of you lames
FUN CAMP is the kind of book that doesn’t come around often
this is the next great american novel
this is not farce
these are not lies
he is a talented writer
and his book is ahead of it’s time
so make sure you pre-order it
because it will most likely sell out in minutes
the title is FUN CAMP
and gabe durham is the best that ever did it


I replied: ” SAY WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT. Did you for real read the book? Or are you like my best-ever hype man?? Either is great.”

And 9 hours later he wrote back: “you rule”

What a welcome reminder that I am the best that ever did it and 12 steps ahead of you lames.

Thank you, Suck it, everyone else.

But please buy my book when it comes out.

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Let’s Play “Which of These Visitors Was Wasting Their Time?”

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Answer (duh): The Canadian cinematography one.

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47 Good Movies Currently Available on Netflix Instant


The Queen of Versailles

Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie

I’m Still Here

Battle Royale


Jiro Dreams of Sushi


The Making of South Park: 6 Days to Air


Being Elmo



Bill Cunningham New York

Page One: Inside the New York Times

The Thing

Paranormal Activity 2

Paranormal Activity 3

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

Reservoir Dogs

Half Nelson

This is Spinal Tap

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


Being John Malkovich


Casa de mi Padre

Wet Hot American Summer

Raising Arizona

Team America: World Police

South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

Punch-Drunk Love

Lars and the Real Girl

Mulholland Dr.

True Grit



Barton Fink

Blue Valentine

Series 7

The Muppet Movie

Bottle Rocket

Me and You and Everyone We Know

The Conversation

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Donnie Darko

Super 8

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Billy (4 of 11)


– from FUN CAMP

(By the way, I am as offended as you are. Not cool, Billy.)

Letter #1, Letter #2, Letter #3

Preorder FUN CAMP here as part of the Mud Luscious 2013 Subscription. (Just 3 days left!)

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Will Ferrell Movies from Least Favorite to Favorite

** Movies where he’s in a starring role. Haven’t seen Land of the Lost, Everything Must Go, or Bewitched. **


Kicking and Screaming

Melinda and Melinda


A Night at the Roxbury

The Campaign

Blades of Glory

Old School

Stranger Than Fiction


Step Brothers

Casa de mi Padre

The Other Guys

Talladega Nights


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“Life” by Piper

This here’s a collaboration between me and my 7-year-old cousin-in-law, Piper. All lyrics hers:

piper life


The sun is bright,
the moon is light.
The trees stand tall,
and the leaves will fall.
The birds will build nests
while the flowers just rest.
The children like to play
while the teacher looks away.

Piper and I have worked together before, most notably a couple years ago on the live favorite, “Everybody Makes You Cry Today,” which was unfortunately never recorded.

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4 New Shorts From FUN CAMP in Heavy Feather Review 2.1

Thanks to Team Teal and Floom! These guys are from the future so you either buy the ebook or have a copy created for yourself on Lulu.

From their site:

Now available electronically via Kindle and Nook, and as a print book from Lulu.comHFR volume two, issue one, featuring works from Brandon Amico, Jeremy Behreandt, Daniel J. Cecil, Peter Clarke, Dan Crawley, Justin Lawrence Daugherty, Colin Dodds, Gabe Durham, James Ferry, Luke Geddes, Tyler Gobble, Amanda Goldblatt, Nicholas Grider, francine j. harris, Courtney Hitson, Chas Hoppe, Mike Ingram, Matthew Jakubowski, Toshiya Kamei, Terry L. Kennedy, Andrea Kneeland, Allison Kortokrax, Eric Larsen, Erin Lyndal Martin, Megan Martin, Tom McCartan, Amanda McCormick, Patrick Milian, Nathan Moore, Brian D. Morrison, Joseph Mulholland, Alex Myers, Harmony Neal, Delaney Nolan, Daniel Scott Parker, Mark Parsons, Garrett Quinn, Timmy Reed, Daniel Romo, M.A. Schaffner, Natalie Shapero, Michael Dwayne Smith, David Frederick Thomas, David Tomaloff, Sara Uribe, Joshua Ware, Brandi Wells, and Joshua Young.

Read a free Issuu sampler of HFR 2.1. Add HFR 2.1 on Goodreads.

Don’t own a Kindle or a Nook? Download free Kindle reading apps or free Nook reading apps.

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Better Animal

And 2.5 years ago, one of Mike Young’s songs: “Better Animal”

Mike, Gale, Anne, Christy, Me.

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Cinnamon Urns, 3.5 years ago, in what was Ari and Sara’s apartment and what is now my friend Dov’s apartment.

Me, Ari, Mike, Christy, Anne. No Gale yet.

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