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Song of the Day: Leopold and His Fiction, “Ain’t No Surprise”

At my cafe in the Haight-Ashbury this morning, this was playing:

Leopold and His Fiction, “Ain’t No Surprise” – from the album of the same name (2009)

When this song first started penetrating my as yet uncaffeinated consciousness, I thought it was Bob Dylan – the verse sections with tambourine in particular reminded me of “Tombstone Blues” – but it turns out it’s a local band, which is always nice, and one I’d never heard of before, which is also nice, but usually just underlines how hopelessly unhip and out of touch I am.

Here’s some more: Leopold and His Fiction – “Golden Friends”

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Oh - and hello to Jason Isaacs.

The 400 Blows


is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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