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Yeah, I know. I disappeared for a bit. I’m not even sorry. Super busy at work lately and I might be applying to grad school so maybe even busier. Anyway, in at number 269 is The Jesus and Mary Chain and their 1985 debut album, Psychocandy. If you care, The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band. I also found it labeled as: noise pop and post-punk. I got one way to describe it.
Last week I spent my Sunday catching up on some yard work. I thought that I would do the yard work first then come in and work on the website. It didn’t work out. The section of the yard I was working on hadn’t been cleared for a couple years. It’s a gap between two fences and easily gets over grown. I kinda feel that the utility company that has the utility box in the corner of the gap should be maintaining it, but it seems they don’t even know that the box is there. So, every know and then, I clear it. Anyway, what I learned was that I need to leave my Sundays clear for working on my site. It just won’t happen during the work week.
Let’s get to some likes:
- Deweys Read-a-thon. Twice a year the people behind Dewey’s hold a 24 hour read-a-thon. It’s been going for 10 years now and I love it. I don’t always participate but this last time, I did. I read 4 graphic novels and listened to a large chunk of an audiobook. Next event is April 28, 2018. You can find the twitter feed here.
- New old Metallica. Metallica is releasing a huge boxed set of the awesome Master of Puppets. They dropped some audio of an early version of the title track. You can listen here.
- Shade 45 on SiriusXM. Since Emenim dropped that wonderful dis of Trump, I’ve been listening to his channel on SiriusXM. Well, at least when they are playing music. I’m not a big fan of listening to DJ talk shows so I tend to skip that but I’ve enjoyed listening to something that I don’t often listen to. I’ve learned things. One of which is at number 4.
- This new song from Wu Tang.
- A friend mentioned Sza’s album on Facebook. I listened to it. I love it. Here’s a sample.
- MoviePass update. I’ve used my moviepass card twice now and so far so good. I’ve definitely gotten my money out of it, even with going to just one movie. It’s easy to use and I haven’t had any problems with it. I know that’s not the case for everyone but I’d still recommend giving it a shot.
- It. The first movie I saw with my moviepass card. I don’t remember the TV miniseries. I mean, I remember that their was one and I remember when it was on TV but I don’t remember watching it. It’s possible that I wasn’t allowed to watch it. I’ve never been afraid of clowns and I’m still not but I enjoyed the movie. I don’t know how it relates to the book as I never finished reading the book.
- Suburbicon. My second moviepass movie. Very much not what I was expecting but entertaining. It’s not really the best of movies, kind of slow moving but still I enjoyed it.
- This video from Ahsante the Artist.
- Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King. This is one of those books that is hard to like. It’s very disturbing that this event, or other events described in the book, even happened but it’s important to learn about these things and how they still effect our society today.
There’s my list. What’s on your list?
Have the Rolling Stones ever not been around? Does Keith Richards have some kind of cockroach DNA that has allowed him to survive this long? I dunno. Anyway, Some Girls is their 14th British and 16th American studio album released in 1978. I’m not sure how that works and I don’t care to research it. It was a critical and commercial success. It was even nominated for a Grammy. This is album were Mick Jagger proclaims that he won’t burn your pizza. I enjoyed it. It reminds me that the Rolling Stones really like the blues. Although I’m not terribly sure why. I’ve read that Jagger says he was influenced by dance music. Despite this, I felt an underlying bluesy feel to it. I’m no expert and could be wrong.
Not too long ago, like within the last month, I was sitting at my desk when I got a text message from my bestie. For some reason, she had just noticed that the some “Seventeen” by Winger is a little pervy. Okay, a lot pervy. She wondered why she had never noticed this before. I replied that we were 15 when the song was released and Kip Winger was hot, why would we care? Funny how this works, right?
That little antidote has nothing to do with The Beach Boys, except that I misunderstood a lyric in one of the songs and had the thought that there are a great many songs by even the cleanest cut of musicians that are very much not clean cut. The Beach Boys Today! is the eighth studio album from The Beach Boys that was released in 1965. It’s kind of a boring album. From what I read on Wiki, this album was intended to be a departure from the beach tunes of previous albums. The only song on this album I had really heard before is “Help Me, Ronda.” Some of the others kinda made me wonder if this is when Brian Wilson’s drug use increased. I dunno, despite the lack of beach-themed tunes the album was a commercial success. Maybe one had to be around in 1964 to be appreciated.
A few Sundays ago, I sat at my computer creating all the posts for the week and scheduling them to post early on the mornings of the days I wanted them to go live. My scheduler would then suck them into an RSS feed and I could plan the distro of said content from there. I only had one hiccup. It turns out, my scheduler’s RSS feed checks for content at 3 AM UTC. My content was going live around 5 AM EST. So, the links ended up get unleashed on the world over 24 hours after they had gone live. This irritated me. It still does. If I want the RSS feed to make my life easier, content has to go live on the site the night before and then scheduled the next morning. hmmm.
Also, I wasn’t sure what to do with Friday. I thought about going back to my fun little rants like I’ve done on other sites but I’m just not feeling rants these days. There’s too much to rant about and, sometimes, it requires too much research. At least, more research then I want to do for a Friday post. How ‘bout something fun? Okay, maybe the occasional rant but this week how ‘bout some things that I’m enjoying? For this particular list of likes will go back a few weeks.
- Eminem. Wanna good rant? Eminem dropped one that vocalizes what a bunch of people are feeling. I’ve embedded it here.
- The Wire. Yeah, that old HBO show about Baltimore. I’m usually late to these types of shows because I wait for them to be streaming some place. I don’t know how long it’s been available but I just started streaming it on Amazon. It’s interesting.
- Mindhunter. I took a break from The Wire to stream this one in its entirety. It’s about the formation of the Behavioral Science Unit, or whatever it’s called, at the FBI. It’s based on a book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The first episode was a little weak but the second episode will hook you.
- Bed Extender. I got one for my truck. Finally. I don’t know why these aren’t that popular in The South but the normal place I go to for truck accessories wouldn’t get me one. I don’t go to them anymore. I gots a new place.
- Bookstore trip. I took myself to the bookstore and bought some books. If that statement isn’t enough for you, then you will never understand any further explanation.
- The Rules of Magic. I bought a couple of books but this is what I went to the bookstore for. It’s a prequel to Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic. Yes, Practical Magic was a book first. It’s very different then the movie. This books is about the Aunts. I’m 13 pages in as I type this post and I love it.That could change.
- Coffee mug. My boss won’t let me use it at work. Whatever.
- It’s candy corn season. YAY!
- Moviepass. This is a service that I had heard about previously but refused to join because of the price. It’s, basically, Netflix but for actually going to the movies vice having them sent to your house. It used to be around $40 a month for unlimited movies. The price has dropped. Drastically. It’s now about $10. I don’t go to a lot of movies because I hat paying $16 - $20 a pop for a shitty movie. $10 a month for all the shitty movies I can tolerate seems doable. We’ll see. I haven’t gotten my card yet so I’ll let you know how it works out. More info here.
Well, that’s all I got for now. What have you been enjoying lately?
Sleater-Kinney is something I’ve never heard of before. Apparently, it was (and maybe still is) an American feminist punk band formed in Olympia, Washington around 1994. Their third album is the one that makes the list. It’s called Dig Me Out and was released in 1997. Critics seem to love it and it looks like who ever the listening audience for KEXP 90.3 (public radio in Seattle) also enjoyed it. I think we all know how much I just love punk music and this album doesn’t change my mind one bit.
Too much time had passed from the time I first listened to this and the time I sat down to write a few lines about it. This has happened before. I listen to something then I get busy and don’t have time to write about it. Usually, I remember enough of what I thought about the album to write something. Occasionally, and in this case, I remembered listening to the album but had zero memory of the music or my thoughts while listening to it. That bode well for the album, because then I have to listen to it again and remember that I didn’t like it and there isn’t really anything memorable about it. I’m sorry Smokey.
Going to a Go-Go is a 1965 album from the Miracles and the first one to call the group Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. It topped many charts and everyone seemed to love it. At least they did in 1965. I don’t. Even after listening to it a second time, it has left absolutely zero impression on me.
So, here’s something I didn’t know. “Lady Marmalade” is actually by an all-female singing group called Labelle, which Patti LaBelle happened to be a member of. I always just thought the song was by her. Anyway, it’s home is on Nightbirds, a 1974 album by the group Labelle. “Lady Marmalade” is the group’s most successful hit. It’s a decent album but hey sister, go sister, soul sister is what I like the best about it.
I was a little surprised to find that The Slim Shady LP wasn’t already in my library. I like Eminem and I like this album, violence and misogyny aside (I know, bad feminist, whatever). It was the second studio album from Eminem released in 1999. It was his first on a major label. And it brought him both commercial and critical success. Rolling Stone mentions that Eminem’s mom sued him over this album. I’m not surprised. But, still, it's catchy.
Parliament’s fourth album dropped in 1975 and was called Mothership Connection. Never heard of Parliament? Me neither, but have you heard of George Clinton and the P-Funk Band? No? Where the hell have you been? Anyway, it’s basically the same thing. George Clinton led both Parliament and Funkadelic. It was the first P-Funk album to be certified gold and platinum. It’s a weird fun album and home "Give up the Funk". I might have danced around the house with this one.
When I was in my 20s I thought it was so cool to hang dry clothes. I started doing this while living in Italy and it was just easier than waiting on my tiny dryer to do its thing. Then I moved to California and then it just seemed like the save the planet kind of environmentally friendly thing that I should do. I had this cool drying rack that would hold lots of clothes and fold up to a not so small thing I could prop into a utility shed on my balcony. I don’t know what happened to that drying rack. Today, I kind of miss it. Kinda. I don’t hang dry things much anymore. I have a high energy star rated dryer with more settings than my car. It even tells me how energy efficient I’m being. Post Irma, it might have saved me from a house fire.
I did a bunch of laundry the day before Irma tried to blow Florida off the planet. I wanted everything I owned to be clean before I lost power for an indeterminate amount of time. Turned out to be a good plan because that indeterminate amount of time became 107 hours. I’m not totally opposed to camping. I’m good with cabins, even those without electricity. But, like, not in Florida. I hate it here. I definitely don’t like it inside my own house. Thank you, linemen. You’re the best. Anyway, the last load of laundry I did was some delicates that I only stuck in the dryer for a bit, then I was gonna hang them to dry the rest of the way. So, I wasn’t surprised to find the clothes still damp when I took them out. I just hung them up and went about my impending hurricane day.
The first thing I did when the power came back on was to start a load of laundry. The bed sheets to be exact. They had been on the bed a week too long. Once they were spinning round and round in the dryer, I started a second load. More sheets, these from the couch. When this load finished in the washer, I checked the dryer and found a very wet load of sheets. Hmmmmmm. That’s odd. So, I started the dryer again. After a few minutes a PF code popped up on the machine and a few minutes after that it stopped. I Googled PF codes for my brand of dryer and found that it means the obvious, power failure. My first thought was that the house had a surge when the power came back and the dryer got the brunt of it. But it seemed like it wouldn’t work at all if that had happened. I put in a request for an appointment with a local appliance repair company to come check it out. Then, of course, I played with it some more. I changed up the settings and tried again. This time, I got an AF code. If you’re thinking that means ‘air flow’ you’d be correct. I inherited this washer and dryer set from my mother. I don’t know that they were part of the remodel of the house but if they were, they have sat in their current location for at least 6 years. I bet that the vents have never been cleaned. Sigh.
The next time I was outside with the dog I checked the vent and found it to be packed with whatever dryers pack air vents with. Then I went off to do laundry at the local Mr. Bubbles. I called the appliance fixing people once they were open again and told them that I didn’t really need any diagnosing of problems, just clean the vents or ducts or whatever they are called. I know that I could probably do this myself except that I can’t move the dryer and getting behind it might require a contortionist. I decided to let the pros handle it. The pros didn’t show up when they were supposed too. I had several appointments set for the day they were supposed to show up so when they didn’t show up by noon, I had to reschedule the appointment.
I don’t really have a happy ending to this to report on right now. My dryer still isn’t working. One of the things I ended up doing on the day my dryer was supposed to be fixed was to pick up a new drying rack. It is not a cool or big as the one I used to have. It took all weekend to do three loads of laundry and one of them is still hanging to dry. I just didn’t feel like going back to Mr. Bubbles. Probably gonna have to break out the iron, too. Sigh.
This is sooooo, totally, 1989.
Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 dropped in September 1989. It was her fourth studio album. Much of the subject matter, if not all, is still relevant today. I don’t think I ever listened to the entire album at the time of its release. It isn’t really what I listened to at the time. Still isn’t. Looking at the track listing, I only recognize three songs, out of 20! There was a fourth that I recognized upon hearing it. It appears to have been a critical and commercial success for Jackson. She received nine Grammy Award nominations, including becoming the first female artist to be nominated for Producer of the Year. I don’t know how well it has held up. The songs I recognize are pretty much the only ones I like. Although, I’m not racing to make sure they are in my personal music library. I don’t mean to imply that I didn’t like the rest of the album. I understand that some of the lyrics are bigger than me and not for me. I appreciate that. Ms. Jackson had something to say and it still resonates.
In at 278 is the Anthology of American Folk Music edited by Harry Smith. My mom grew up listening to folk music and I was looking forward to listening to this. I can’t find a copy of it. I’ve found a ton of others, but not the one on the list. Sorry.
I don’t wanna not like David Bowie. I don’t. He’s amazing. Just because something is older than me, sorta, doesn’t mean I can’t like it. But, I didn’t like Aladdin Sane. It was Bowie’s sixth studio album released in 1973. It became his most successful album on both sides of the pond at that time. The only thing that I recognized about it was the cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” I didn’t even like that. Ugh. I’m a tad bummed about this. I dunno why. I’m not really familiar with the glam rock era of David Bowie so, maybe, I shouldn’t be. But I had been looking forward to this and I’m bummed I don’t like it.
I mostly enjoy U2. Admittedly, I do enjoy the early ‘80s stuff more than the current stuff. Well, that might not be true. I don’t know what the current stuff is. They even gave me an album via iTunes a few years ago and I never listened to it. A lot of people got pissed off about that free album but that’s another story that I don’t care about. All That You Can’t Leave Behind is the bands tenth studio album (released in 2000) and I don’t remember it being released. I was living in Italy and traveling too much to pay attention to a band that I’ve never really followed before. This album wasn’t on my radar until 2005 when I began to hate “Beautiful Day.” Why? Because I was deployed with a squadron onboard the USS CARL VINSON and some jackass liked to play “Beautiful Day” every damn morning during FOD walk down. For some reason, it was play inside the skin of the ship and I worked nights. This means that during the morning FOD walk down I was usually in my rack trying to get to sleep and the last thing I wanted to hear was Bono singing about what a beautiful fucking day it is. I do, however, like “Elevation,” a lot. Mostly because a version of it was released as a Tomb Raider mix for the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. I don’t have many thoughts about the rest of the album.