Playing Doctor

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Sunday, June 4

Here Comes Your Man

Coming the second week of September:

New Stories!

A return to my ‘earlier, funnier work,’ honoring a request for ‘more In/Out, less In & Out,’ and an exhaustive post on how my name is Erik, not Eric.

For those of you interested in more from this season, you can read—or re-read—the entire second season by clicking the archived Review of Symptoms to the right. Rather than archive them by month, they are divided by titles: Baseline, Circadia, Homeostasis, Symptoms, and Fulminance. First season archives are still organized by month at the bottom of the page.

I’ve also written a little synopsis about the source material for the post titles. There’s one for Baseline, Circadia, A Shift in the Homeostasis, The Symptoms Begin, and Fulminance. There’s also information on the music used for the soundtracks.


Blogger jamesdamian writes:

outside we wait 'til face turns blue


Blogger jamesdamian writes:

How can Planet Dan not like Modest Mouse, but oh so love The Arcade Fire? Side by side they certainly are different makes of the same model.


Anonymous medha writes:

The doctor is (finally) IN.


Blogger elizabeth writes:

Welcome back Eric (okay okay Erik).


Blogger dan writes:

Hey, I like Modest Mouse okay. I also like Wolf Parade. I'm kind of a hip music whore. Whatever the bloggers like, I like.

Where are all the old posts? What if my summer reading plans involved a re-reading of the entire Playing Doctor backlog?


Blogger Erik writes:

I encourage your summer plans to include re-reading the entire second season of Playing Doctor.

I have amended the post above to tell you how.


Blogger floatingwild writes:

does it hurt to be so smart?


Blogger Damon writes:

That picture is amazing.

I'm going to assume it's digi-fab.


Blogger Spider writes:

Is September EVER going to get here...


Blogger elizabeth writes:

I keep popping in here just to see if there is a little teaser... but no. Sigh.


Blogger NiMH writes:

Same here.. pop in every month or three to check things out, and alas.. no new posts.

Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse are not different makes of the same model, I would have to disagree.. Wolf Parade.. eh.. whatever. It is rather bemusing how Montreal is becoming the "new" music mecca (or so I hear). We've always had our fair share of excellent artists and perfomers.. it's in the water.


Blogger Erik writes:

Good lord. How did this become a listserv about The fucking Arcade Fire v Modest Mouse?

Two things in Dan’s defense
1) He claims I exaggerate his dislike for Modest Mouse. (I do not)
2) I think much of Death Cab for Cutie is transcendent, but have never considered The Postal Service anything but a novelty band—similar bands can elicit very different responses.

So, if for no reason other than to prevent this spiral from downwarding into The Artic Monkeys, let’s play a little summer game.

‘Favorite Soundtrack Album of All Time’ is the category. Everyone share, and I’ll start:

Some Kind of Wonderful
From Peter Shelly’s age appropriate ‘Do Anything’ to Lick the Tins’ falsetto rendition of ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ this soundtrack is my soundtrack for late adolescence. ‘The Shyest Time’ by The Apartments may be the strongest song on the album, but I can’t tell you how many times I listened to Flesh for Lulu on the way to a field party.


Blogger Miss Celaneous writes:

10 Things I Hate About You

My roommate my freshman year in college had screwed the trumpet player from Save Ferris. You can see him at the end of the movie. That's not why I like the soundtrack though. Also partial to Empire Records.


Blogger the other sarah writes:

I'd have to say I really love the Garden State soundtrack. I rarely buy a soundtrack and I went out and got that one.

The only other one I have purchased is Forest Gump. I'm kind of an oldies whore...


Blogger elizabeth writes:

Making a total ass out of myself - I have to admit the soundtrack from Hope Floats appeals as does the one from My Best Friends Wedding. Then to further alienate myself, I'll admit that I also like the soundtrack from the Notebook.


Anonymous medha writes:

I like the soundtrack of Shall We Dance?. "Book of Love" by Peter Gabriel is amazing and so is "Sway" by Pussycat Dolls.


Anonymous Anna writes:

NOOOOO. Let's purge ourselves of the more unsavory above-mentioned soundtracks and start over, shall we?

First thoughts: two soundtracks from two Nick Hornby books. The soundtrack from High Fidelity, only the best fucking movie about music ever, and the soundtrack from About a Boy, very brave and very tinkly.

Hope Floats? To paraphrase Barry: taste can indeed be bullshit.


Blogger dan writes:

I second About a Boy. And if we are going to bring up Peter Gabriel, then we should probably forget his trifle of a contribution to the Shall We Dance soundtrack and just nominate his Passion CD, from The Last Temptation of Christ. And similarly, if we are judging John Hughes soundtracks, then I might nominate She's Having a Baby, if only for the brilliant Kate Bush and Everything But the Girl tracks it contains, but even better is Pretty in Pink. Check out its amazing track listing:

1. If You Leave - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
2. Left of Center - Suzanne Vega w/ Joe Jackson
3. Get To Know Ya - Jesse Johnson
4. Do Wot You Do - INXS
5. Pretty In Pink - The Psychedelic Furs
6. Shell-Shock - New Order
7. Round, Round - Belouis Some

8. Wouldn't It Be Good - Danny Hutton Hitters
9. Bring On The Dancing Horses - Echo & The Bunnymen
10. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want - The Smiths

And finally, everything I've mentioned so far can be disregarded, because the best Soundtrack albums of all time are clearly Prince's Purple Rain and Sign O' The Times. Inarguably.


Blogger elizabeth writes:

Gee. Thanks Anna. Warm fuzzies all over. But - I do like the soundtrack from About a Boy so - I guess there's one thing we agree on...


Blogger Bewareoftheblog writes:

The ones I can't live without:



Anonymous Anonymous writes:

still waiting...


Blogger jamesdamian writes:

Run Lola Run is one of my favorites. Also, the soundtrack to the movie Kikujiro.


Blogger jamesdamian writes:

Also a vote for About a Boy. Personally, I think it is Badly Drawn Boys best.

...and all the ones Todd mentioned.


Blogger callmekidd writes:

There's a giant elephant sitting in the corner and he's wearing a suit intentionally tailored to be too small. Wes Anderson? I guess it's not cool to like something so obviously cool but whatever. 4 great soundtracks, though Rushmore has probably received the greatest rotation from me.


Blogger Erik writes:

I didn't consider that an elephant, but I hate Wes Anderson. I thought Bottle Rocket was a disapointment he gets worse with each film he makes.

Anyway, new stuff coming up next week.


Anonymous Anonymous writes:

Yay! New stuff coming next week! A.N.T.I.C.I.P.A.T.I.O.N.


Anonymous anna writes:

NEXT week???
The second week of September has already begun, has it not?


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