Song of the Week, 8/13/2017

Posted in Song of the week on August 13th, 2017 by bill

Between 1988 and 1994 Charles Thompson — working under the noms du rock Black Francis and Frank Black — recorded six amazing albums, four with the Pixies and two as a solo artist. Of these, Teenager of the Year was the last and in some ways the best. It’s awfully hard to pick a favorite among them but Teenager, if nothing else, is the longest, comprising 22 songs and 63 minutes.

Those 63 minutes are crammed full of delicious, noisy, poppy goodness, and again it’s hard to pick a favorite among the 22 songs. But this week I’ve been digging this one, an exuberant exhortation to get out and enjoy the wonders of nature:

Song of the Week, 7/23/2017

Posted in Song of the week on July 23rd, 2017 by bill

So when I went to Minneapolis a couple weeks ago my friend Bob happened to be playing a Can compilation called The Singles in his car, and since then I’ve been on a bit of a Can binge. This is one of my favorites: eccentric in that special Can way but also shamelessly catchy.

Song of the Week, 7/16/2017

Posted in Song of the week on July 17th, 2017 by bill

This weekend featured a family trip down to the Bay Area, where we took in a performance by Mr. Beck Hansen and band at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. I can’t help having slightly mixed feelings about Beck because of the whole Scientology thing, but man, he’s made a lot of good music. And he put on a hell of a show, so why quibble?

This recent single was one of the highlights:

Song of the Week, 7/9/2017

Posted in Song of the week on July 9th, 2017 by bill

I always thought this was a Pat Benatar song.

Song of the Week, 7/2/2017

Posted in Bread and circuses, Song of the week on July 2nd, 2017 by bill

For today’s complete multimedia experience, I recommend listening to this:

While reading this:

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Enjoy.

Song of the Week, 6/18/2017

Posted in Song of the week on June 18th, 2017 by bill

Overheard on the Arcata Plaza yesterday

Posted in Whatever Else on June 15th, 2017 by bill

First Little Girl: Tag!

Second Little Girl: We’re not playing tag.

First Little Girl: Oh.

Round 4, Game 5: Warriors 129, Cavaliers 120

Posted in Golden (State) Years on June 13th, 2017 by bill

2017 NBA Finals - Game Five

It’s a funny thing to be a Warriors fan here in 2017. I think that the overwhelming emotion in Dub Nation today is not so much jubilation as relief: We didn’t fuck this up. Given perhaps the most talented basketball team ever assembled, we did not fail to win the title everyone has assumed to be ours since Kevin Durant announced he would be joining the W’s last July 4.

I wouldn’t say it was easy, exactly. The Cavaliers competed hard in each of the last three games of the Finals, although history will probably not remember it that way. On a personal level, I spent a very nervous day yesterday fighting off visions of last year’s el choko gigante, and let out a big exhale as the last minutes of Game 5 finally ticked away.

But that’s all in the past now. Today it’s time to celebrate, and to relax, and to enjoy. There are good articles to read here, here, and here. Put your feet up, smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em, and savor this moment. The Warriors have won the championship, and all is right with the world.

Song of the Week, 6/11/2017

Posted in Song of the week on June 11th, 2017 by bill

A while back my friend Robert gifted me with a copy of a compilation called Can’t You Hear Me? ’70s African Nuggets, but I only recently started to really listen to it. Great stuff, especially this one:

Round 4, Game 4: Cavaliers 137, Warriors 116

Posted in Golden (State) Years on June 10th, 2017 by bill
This about sums it up.

This about sums it up.

Q: So what happened last night?

A: I’m not 100% sure, as many fine wines had been opened in anticipation of a championship celebration. All I remember is the Cavs making pretty much every shot they took, a bunch of questionable calls (going both ways) by the officials, and a general sense that everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

Q: On a scale of 1–10, how worried are you now?

A: On the one hand, it seems utterly inconceivable that the Warriors could lose four in a row to choke this away. On the other hand, maybe that word doesn’t mean what I think it means. I thought it was inconceivable that they could lose a 3–1 lead last year, and we know what happened. So…6 or 7, I guess?

Q: What will happen in the next game?

A: Allah willing, there will be a regression to the mean and the W’s will finish this thing off, and there will be much rejoicing. Sadly, Game 5 is not until Monday, which means spending the whole weekend on tenterhooks. That’s a funny word if you stare at it for a minute. Tenterhooks.

Anyway, where was I? Game 5, right…well…I wanted there to be some drama in this series, and now we have some. Enough, I say! That’s enough drama! I’d love a good old-fashioned blowout on Monday, but I’ll take any kind of W we can get. Can I get an amen?