I had a good time, too

I think I am on indefinite hiatus. I know I’ve cried “retired” before, but I really mean it this time, especially when I say “indefinite.” I’m fairly sure I can manage to post the kind of content I’ve been providing lately through Facebook (ah, another blog bites the dust). If I ever get the momentum up to start being more thoughtful than that, I’ll be back. Thanks to all of you, both of you, for visiting.

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I liked this moment in Jonathan Carroll’s The Wooden Sea:

What is more gratifying than to lie next to your partner in your own bed mornings, thoughts just beginning to take shape, sharp-edged early light coming through the window and warming a patch of floor where your shoes are mixed with hers from the night before? What is more fulfilling than waking to your own satisfying life with someone treasured next to you? What more could we ask for and not be ashamed?


I was happy to hear Joan Osborne’s take on Jump Little Children’s “Cathedrals” on a recent Paste sampler. Makes for a nice conversation partner to her “What If God Was One of Us.” And makes me want to be in a cathedral.

Welcome the Stranger

I think this may be chapter 2 of my dissertation. If I can figure out how to attach the audio file to the manuscript.

Werewolf over You

Note to my more sensitive readers: this song includes an oboe.

Oh, hello there!

I’m afraid much of what I get excited about falls in this category:

Hackers Crack into Texas Road Sign, Warn of Zombies Ahead


(HT Darin)

So last year

I’m calling it.

Unlike many purported “best of 2008” lists, I actually wait until all the music that is going to be released in 2008 has been. And maybe a few that really tried to get in under the wire. I then subject every note of every song to an empirical study to determine which albums were, scientifically proven, the best. I will now present you with the facts that resulted from my study.

My 10 and 1/2 2008 personal favorites, at whim, in barely relevant order:

10 and 1/2) Ida, My Fair, My Dark (EP)
10) Ben Sollee, Learning to Bend
9) Mates of State, Bring It Back
8. Andy Gullahorn, Reinventing the Wheel
7) DoDos, Visiter
6) Tokyo Police Club, Elephant Shell
5) Blitzen Trapper, Furr
4) David Karsten Daniels, Fear of Flying (also here)
3) The Whigs, Mission Control
2) The Low Anthem, O My God, Charlie Darwin
1) Sun Kil Moon, April

Stuff I really loved, new to my library, 366 days old or more:

Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved a Man the Way that I Love You
Bowerbirds, Hymns for a Dark Horse
Big Mama Thornton with Muddy Water’s Blues Band
Broken Social Scene, You Forgot It In People
Teddy Thompson, Separate Ways
Margot and the Nuclear So-and-Sos, The Dust of Retreat
Van Morrison, Astral Weeks/ Van Morrison, his Band, and the Street Choir

I think you can check out a playlist of my 2008 faves here, on iLike. But I’m just trying it out for the first time.

And here’s The Low Anthem. They might make it to #1 after a few more listens.

“To Ohio”

“The Horizon Is a Beltway”