Home at last this afternoon. Wonderful mail art from Eliot (hip zebras), from a nervousness.org exchange (photo of N. CA mountains, very nice) and a postcardx card with text (text was about how simple pleasures are the best). Got the CD of If an Angel Came to See You would you Make Her Feel at Home, which I recently reviewed from memory on epinions.com. What an odd, fun group Black Oak Arkansas really was....Wonderful evening...we went to Nuevo Leon, which actually manages to serve Nuevo Leon Monterrey-ish food, and not merely border food with a catchy name. I had a cabrito and carnitas that were very good. We killed time by going to Virgin Records. My continuing if heretofore subconscious drive to replicate in CD my age 14 LP collection continued with the ELP "Welcome Back My Friends" live album. No doubt I'll soon have the headphones hopping to "Hoedown" (Copeland should have thought of using a mellotron) and reciting the words to Karn Evil Nine, Impression 3, which is probably even nerdier than I wish to admit. Then we went to meet friends and my wife's coworkers' friends at the bar for the Josh Alan show....simply fantastic show, tiny lower Greenville Avenue bar, a pool table, a long bar, bluesplayer photos, modern art pictures along the narrow conical bar, the band crammed into a tiny space at the front, audience, a small group, huddled around bar and in chairs. My favorite part was a cover of "Theme from Shaft", and I kept thinking of yelling out a request for Bowie's "1984", but I couldn't remember which Diamond Dogs song sounds just like "Theme from Shaft". Josh Alan is great and under appreciated, but I'm really excited that one of our friends gave me my own copy of his 4 track work of indie genius. I'm eager to plug it in at work....roots music, heavy Dylan influence, great baritone ukelele solos. It's like mail art, sometimes in life you get really cool things you never expect, but all you can really do is send and enjoy the experience....flight magazine had a piece on the outsider artist Henry Darger. What an incredible artist! I love folk and outsider art because really, despite some desultory knowledge I don't know so much about art but I know what I like, and I like illustration and complexity, and I like things I like that are not all concept but instead sometimes about plot and story. Darger's stuff seems to me enthralling enough for years of study. But I think I'll just look at the illustrations and marvel instead.