Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Song of the Day: "Almeda"

Solange, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight

Solange caught a lot of folks by surprise with the unexpected release of When I Get Home, her fourth studio album.

But not me.

I had no idea that it was released when it was released (am just finding out now, about a week later). Take that, Solange.



Song: "Almeda"
Artist: Solange

Monday, February 25, 2019

Those Were the Droids You Were Looking For!

I never understood why a protocol droid would need to understand a language specific to moisture vaporators. Or why it wouldn't converse with an R2 unit in what is apparently the only language an R2 unit can converse in.

Unless for a protocol droid to beep and chirp is cultural appropriation or racist or something.

I sold some of the stuff I got for the kitchen of the back unit at the duplex since I was allowed to take it and since I don't have a place to move yet so taking it was an iffy proposition, but money can be used to by drugs or unnecessary technology from China.

A guy drove to buy the sink from me this afternoon, in the afternoon commute. He then tried to bargain with me, finding fault in the sink's legs and wondering if there were any leaks (at this point the sink was in my driveway).

My assessment of the situation was that he was not going to have driven so long (like an hour+) or so far (almost 8 miles) to have to go home empty handed because I wouldn't knock $20 off the price.

So I said "no" and he paid the full asking price (which was $30 less than a brand new one, although it did include a faucet). Long story short: restaurant-grade prep tables and sinks retain some resale value and are much easier to install than regular ugly cabinets.

You're welcome.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Song of the Day: "Get My Shit Together"

D.B. Rouse sings about "a dumpster fire of regret" which is relatable, but he sings it seemingly devoid of any actual experience with these regrets.

Don't bother me with regrets you don't actually regret, I don't have time for that.

I need to literally get my shit together (I'm moving this week, and haven't packed much).

Of course, there's a bit of a disappointing clarity that comes from realizing the shit you get together is actually shit. Sigh.



Song: "Get My Shit Together"
Artist: D.B. Rouse

Sunday, February 17, 2019

David Brooks Obscure Words: Dirigistes

Disappointing David Brooks is easy. Every week, something somewhere disappoints him. It's almost like it's his job to express these disappointments every 2 or 3 days.

These days the disappointment is often with the absence of civility in our political discourse. David Brooks will indulge partisan intransigence, so long as it's done respectfully, and while adhering to the orthodoxy.

In "How the Left Embraced Elitism" David Brooks makes it clear that the Green New Deal aka the New Green Deal aka the New Zoo Revue aka How Green Was My New Deal aka Nuevo Trato Verde aka New Deal 2: Now It's Green Time is not adhering to the orthodoxy.

If this was a Sally Field movie it would be called Not Without My Orthodoxy!!!

The Green New Deal eschews capitalism--which has created 20 million jobs in just the last 10 years--and capitalism is teh aweSUM. I mean, don't expect David Brooks to have sufficient awareness to note that these 20 million new jobs have done nothing but help consolidate wealth among a few ultra-elite.

Eventually, capitalism will be about sharing the wealth and addressing climate change. And health care.

We just have to give it more time.

Just because millions of Americans lack health care and suffer in poverty doesn't mean it's time to get serious. David Brooks is going just fine, so let's not do anything rash.

That would be disappointing.

Today's obscure word is dirigistes which means to direct.  David Brooks uses this obscure (at least obscure to me, I had to look it up) word to talk about liberals will need to send everyone to elite universities to run this new massive centralized government control of everything. Which is weird since you'd think liberals would be all about community colleges and why wouldn't we let the people who are already running the things continue to run them, just removing the profit margins between us and the thing we want to benefit from (the health care, the infrastructure, whatnot).

David Brooks is dismissive of elites because he lacks a mirror, presumably.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Song of the Day: "Beverly"

The band is Loose Wing, from Seattle. They come to my attention via a promotional email list I'm on. The content, which I read about half the time when I get these, promises a sound I'll like: R.E.M. but with PJ Harvey on vocals. The email name drops Neko Case, Teenage Fanclub, Slowdive, Echo & the Bunnymen.

This is not the track to experience with that heightened sense of possibility. It's nice but really tepid.

I mean, I guess it's possible this is the most raucous track from the album, but if that's the case... yikes.



Song: "Beverly"
Artist: Loose Wing

Friday, February 8, 2019

Albums of the Year 2018

The longer this stupidity continues, the more I expect albums like Music for the Long Emergency, What a Time to Be Alive, and Record, music that's not just inspired by the socio-political craziness, but created in an attempt to thwart it. Well, maybe not, that's a bit lofty.

TL;DR: several people don't care for Donald Trump, and some of them made albums.

25 Pistol Annies: Interstate Gospel
24 Brent Cobb: Providence Canyon
23 Brandi Carlisle: By the Way, I Forgive You
22 Lucy Dacus: Historian
21 Melody's Echo Chamber: Bon Voyage



20 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Hope Downs
19 I'm With Her: See You Around
18 POLIÇA & S T A R G A Z E: Music for the Long Emergency
17 Ashley Monroe: Sparrow
16 Chromeo: Head Over Heels



15 Beach House: 7
14 Anna Calvi: Hunter
13 Superchunk: What a Time to be Alive
12 Neko Case: Hell-On
11 CHVRCHES: Love is Dead



10 Soccer Mommy: Clean
9 The 1975: A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
8 Low: Double Negative
7 Mitski: Be the Cowboy
6 Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour



5 Mastersystem: Dance Music
4 Tracey Thorn: Record
3 Blood Orange: Negro Swan
2 Pinegrove: Skylight
1 Spiritualized: And Nothing Hurt

Thursday, February 7, 2019

2018 Singles: #10 to #1

I was amazed at how well Childish Gambino pulled a Beyonce (a la "Formation") with "This is America." It's stunningly brutal and oh so deserved by this facile, uncaring, vituperative society.

The loss of a friend named Diane made Cam a close runner-up on the list. The actual Diane wouldn't have given a fuck but might be fleetingly amused that I'm writing about her now (in a Carly Simon kind of way, but the opposite of that). Also, it's a really great single, if you haven't heard it.

10 The Beths: 'Future Me Hates Me'
9 Spiritualized: 'A Perfect Miracle'
8 Young the Giant: 'Superposition'
7 Tracey Thorn: 'Queen'
6 Pinegrove: 'Intrepid'
5 The Honeysticks: 'I Don't Love You Anymore'
4 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: 'First Penis I Saw'
3 Mitski: 'Nobody'
2 Cam: 'Diane'
1 Childish Gambino: 'This is America'