the elephant 6

Hey guys, I know a lot of my followers know who this is but with all the hype surrounding The Orbiting Human Circus (of the air) I thought I would make a bit of an appreciation post

This is Julian Koster, though many of you might recognize him as Julian The Janitor, he is the genius behind The Music Tapes and The Orbiting Human Circus. Many indie-rock fans may recognize him as a multi-instrumentalist for various Elephant 6 related bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Chocolate USA, and as I mentioned earlier The Music Tapes. He is not only an incredible musician but a genius storyteller. He wrote an amazing story album with The Music Tapes called “2nd Imaginary Symphony for Cloudmaking” (which didn’t get the attention it deserved) and he has toured across the country in a giant circus tent called The Traveling Imaginary and now with the help of the people at Night Vale Presents his genius is being spread to a wider audience. I know many of you are in love with the amazing things that the Night Vale crew has put out (I am in that same boat) but I wanted to take a moment to appreciate how awesome this man is.

i love teenage girls who love elephant 6. i love teenage girls who love built to spill, animal collective, pavement. i love teenage girls who love music in which the community is dominated by mid-30s men. i love how nonjudgemental they are when you’re new to the music, don’t know a song, don’t have every single  album on limited-press vinyl, aren’t good at remembering names, can’t play an instrument. i love teenage girls who experiment with music when there’s a world of criticism waiting out there for us. it makes me hopeful for the future of the music we love and makes me not want to give up on learning new things about music. we have so much power. i love us. 

The Discworld - Book by Book

I think everyone has a different reading order recommendation for the 41 novels in the Discworld Series but I thought I would share mine. I have to say that the first two sections are actually interchangeable in my head and which I would recommend depends on the mode I’m in and whether you as a reader would prefer to start with the best male characters in the Discworld (Vimes and Vetinari), or the best female characters (Granny Weatherwax and Tiffany Aching).

I have listed the books in publishing order within the sections because they need to be read in order within each section to get the proper character arc. Except for the stand alone section, where I’ve listed them in the order I chose to re-read them. Numbers on the left are my preferred (at the moment, because I’ve just started my annual re-read of the series with the Vimes books) reading order and the numbers in brackets after the titles give you the order in which they were published.

If you’ve never read any Discworld just want to dip in and see if you like Terry’s style with a standalone novel rather than picking a section then that’s absolutely a viable option and in all honesty you could start with any of the first five in the standalone section and have a cracking read!

Mags’ reading order for the Discworld Novels

Vimes/Vetinari/City Watch books

1. Guards! Guards! (8)
2. Men at Arms (15)
3. Feet of Clay (19)
4. Jingo (21)
5. Fifth Elephant (24)
6. Night Watch (29)
7. Thud! (34)
8. Snuff (39)

Witches/Granny Weatherwax/Tiffany Aching Books

9. Equal Rites (3)
10. Wyrd Sisters (6)
11. Witches Abroad (12)
12. Lords and Ladies (14)
13. Maskerade (18)
14. Carpe Jugulum (23)
15. Wee Free Men (30)
16. A Hat Full of Sky (32)
17. The Wintersmith (35)
18. I Shall Wear Midnight (38)
19. Shepherd’s Crown (41)

(If you want to split Tiffany from the Witches and read those later – given that they end with Shepherd’s Crown which was published after Terry’s death - then the first Tiffany book is Wee Free Men)

Death/Susan Books

20. Mort (4)
21. Reaper Man (11)
22. Soul Music (16)
23. Hogfather (20)
24. Thief of Time (26)

Moist von Lipwig Books

25. Going Postal (33)
26. Making Money (36)
27. Raising Steam (40) (Also contains Vimes & Vetinari)

Rincewind Books

28. Colour of Magic (1)
29. Light Fantastic (2)
30. Sourcery (5)
31. Eric (9)
32. Interesting Times (17)
33. The Last Continent (22)
34. The Last Hero (27)

Stand-alones

35. Pyramids (7)
36. Small Gods (13)
37. Moving Pictures (10)
38. The Truth (25)
39. Monstrous Regiment (31)
40. Unseen Academicals (37)
41. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (28)

Discworld Related books which are not actual Discworld novels

As well as the novels there are quite a few other books (some novel length, some tiny, some not really books at all but actually maps) that are tied into the Discworld series and I thought I should include them on this list at all.

They’re not in any particular order but it they are related to one particular Discworld novel I’ve mentioned which one and I’ve tried to include the year of publication for each one as well, in case you’re interested.

Science of Discworld Series (with Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen):

1. The Science of Discworld (1999)
2. The Science of Discworld II: The Globe (2002)
3. The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch (2005)
4. The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day (2013)

Folklore of Discworld (with Dr Jacqueline Simpson) (2008)

Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook (1999 after Maskerade)

Discworld Almanak (with Bernard Pearson)

Where’s My Cow (illustrated by Melvyn Grant) (2005 after Thud!)

The World of Poo (2012 after Snuff)

Mrs Bradshaw’s Handbook (2014 after Raising Steam)

Discworld Mapps:

1. Discworld
2. Ankh-Morpork
3. Lancre
4. Death’s Domain

The Compleat Anhk-Morpork (a cross between a travel guide and an atlas if a city can have an atlas 2012)

The Compleat Discworld Atlas (2015)

Discworld Companion (four editions – Turtle Recall being the fourth and most recent in 2012)

Discworld Diaries – ten between 1997 and 2015 plus a final non-year specific Terry one in December 2016)

Art Books (with Paul Kidby):

1. The Pratchett Portfolio (1996)
2. The Art of the Discworld (2004)

I know I’ll have forgotten some of the “not novel” books so please feel free to reblog and add anything I’ve missed on!

Fun animal facts I have learned being a zoo docent

1. There are several ways to classify the large cats, one of the more useful ones is into the roaring cats (tigers, lions) and the purring cats (bobcats, lynxes). The puma (also known as the mountain lion) is the largest cat that purrs. I’ve heard it up close, it’s amazing. A cheetah’s purr sounds like an idling motorcycle engine.

2. Kangaroos cannot move their legs independently of each other, they have to move them in sync - when they’re on land. When they’re swimming, they can move them separately. Hopping is their most efficient way to move - a walking kangaroo is awkward as hell. They swing both legs forward using their tail as a third leg to prop up while their legs swing.

3. People often think that flamingoes’ knees bend the wrong way. They don’t - the joint you’re seeing in the middle of their leg isn’t their knee, it’s their ankle. Their knee is up by their body, and it bends the same way ours does.

4. Giraffes only sleep 1-2 hours a day.

5. Bald eagles’ vocalizations are not what you expect. When you see a flying bald eagle in the movies and hear that majestic caw sound? That isn’t an eagle, it’s been dubbed over with another bird, usually a red-tailed hawk. Bald eagles actually sound…not majestic. Kind of like if a kitten could be a bird.

6. Elephants are one of only a handful of animals that can pass the mirror test - in other words, they can recognize their own reflection (and not think it’s another animal, as dogs and cats usually do). They tested this by placing a chalk mark on an elephant’s forehead and then showing it a mirror. The elephant investigated the mark on its own forehead, indicating it knew that it was looking at itself.  The only animals that pass this test are the higher primates, the higher cetaceans (orcas, dolphines), elephants, and weirdly, magpies.

7. One-fifth of all the known mammal species are bats.

8. A kangaroo mother can have three joeys simultaneously at different stages of development: an embryo in her womb (kangaroos can do what’s called embryonic diapause which means sort of putting the development on pause until she’s ready for it to develop further), a joey in her pouch attached to one nipple, and a joey out of the pouch on the ground who nurses from the other one. The amazing thing? Each of her nipples make different formulations of milk for each joey’s different nutritional needs.

9. Bonobos, our closest genetic relative (they are more closely related to us than they are to either chimps or gorillas) are almost entirely non-aggressive, matriarchal, and use sex to solve all their problems. They engage in both same and opposite sex interactions, non-penetrative sex (oral, rubbing, manual) and with any age. That’s an interesting area to work in, lemme tell you.

10. Tortoises have super loud sex. Like, really loud.

11. All grizzlies are brown bears, but not all brown bears are grizzlies (grizzlies are a sub-categorization of the brown bear).

12. Reindeer are the only deer species where both males and females grow antlers. The males shed theirs the beginning of December, the females shed theirs in the spring. So all of Santa’s reindeer are girls, heh. I love telling little kids that.

13. If a rhinoceros knocks off its horn, it grows back faster than you’d expect. One of ours, Rosie, has knocked hers off twice.

14. Gorillas get crushes on each other. And on the humans that take care of them. Male gorillas also masturbate. I don’t know if the females do, I’ve never seen it. Sometimes it’s like a soap opera up in there.

15. Langur monkeys are silvery-gray in color - their babies are bright orange. Like Cheeto orange, I do not exaggerate.

16. Polar bear fur is not white, it’s transparent, like fiber optics. Also, their skin is black.

cookies&cream (a saezen mix)

on 8tracks!

1. Ice Cream - New Young Pony Club | 2. Apartment - Modern Baseball | 3. She Makes Dirty Words Sound Pretty - Pierce The Veil | 4. Everything Is Shit Except My Friendship With You - Ball Park Music | 5. Cigarette Daydreams - Cage The Elephant | 6. Last Nite - The Strokes | 7. Aesthetic? More Like Ass-Pathetic. - Panucci’s Pizza | 8. Open Your Eyes - Snow Patrol | 9. Cuddle Fuddle - Passion Pit | 10. Peach - The Front Bottoms | 11. Hold Me - Weezer | 12. Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second - Starfucker | 13. Brighter Lights - HeyHiHello