a) The Modeselektor album Happy Birthday! is excellent. I am kind of addicted to it at the moment.
b) I saw the Magnetic Fields on Thursday night in NYC and it was incredible. He played "I Don't Believe You," "The Book of Love," "California Girls," "Only Time," "No One Will Ever Love You," "The Abandoned Castle of My Soul," "Zombie Boy" and those are all I'm capable of remembering at the moment. The set was 1.5 hours and he was just as I imagined him to be. It was the first concert I've been to that I was not ready to end when the time came.
c) I need to be further in my thesis research. Sigh.