Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Spoon #3 (Sunday Shuffle #446)

Friday saw the release of new albums by Ryan Adams and Strand of Oaks, among others. It also put us a week away from the new Old 97s and a month away from the new Spoon album, Hot Thoughts. My Old 97s catalog is mainly on CD, which doesn't lend itself to a shuffle very well. On the other hand, I've already done 2 Sunday Spoons (the last being 6/21/15) and since I'm very much anticipating the afore-mentioned album, today seems perfect for doing a third. So, let's get to it...

1. Is Love Forever? (20) - from Transference
2. Who Makes Your Money (24) - from Transference
3. Loss Leaders (15) - from Soft Effects
4. No You're Not (19) - from A Series of Sneaks
5. Reservations (17) - from A Series of Sneaks
6. Dismember (11) - from Telephono
7. All I Got Is Me (10) - b-side to "Don't You Evah"
8. The Mystery Zone (23) - from Transference
9. Chloroform (16) - from A Series of Sneaks
10. Got Nuffin (6) - single version

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Shuffle #445

I had a big Super Bowl shuffle post I was working on last week, trying something new too, and...I didn't get it finished before the game started, so I just deleted it. Oh well.

Let's get to today's ten...

1. If I Wanted Someone/Dawes (14) - last played on 4/4/15
2. Trip Through Your Wires/U2 (4) - last played on 4/1/12
3. Jackie/The New Pornographers (4) - last played on 11/13/16
4. Low Key/Tweedy (7) - last played on 3/23/16
5. Happiness Burns/Two Hours Traffic (5) - last played on 10/2/16
6. Insolence/Shearwater (13) - last played on 3/30/16
7. Black Like Me/Spoon (23) - last played on 1/21/17
8. I'll Still Be True/Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (15) - last played on 11/19/16
9. January Wedding/The Avett Brothers (12) - last played on 10/23/16
10. Platform Blues/Pavement (14) - last played on 7/24/16

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Shuffle #444

Seems silly to do one of these today, but music has always been a big part of who I am. Music is something to be shared, something that can bring us together. We need that right now. We are all different, but we should be able to find common ground. Sure, a song is a small thing, but those small things add up. If you listen to this mix, I hope you find a song that you like, that brings you joy.

Here are today's ten...

1. Hands Up Baby/Camera Obscura (3) - last played on 3/13/16
2. Loss Leaders/Spoon (12) - last played on 5/22/16
3. Picking Up Too Fast/Centro-Matic (6) - last played on 6/28/15
4. Let It Be/The Beatles (6) - last played on 5/3/15
5. I Won't Back Down/Tom Petty (1) - I've listened to this hundreds of times on CD
6. Summer Is The Champion/Laura Veirs (5) - last played on 12/29/10
7. Maternity Ward/Art Brut (12) - last played on 1/4/15
8. I'll Be Your Key/The Jayhawks (9) - last played on 12/21/16
9. Farewell To the Pressure Kids/Broken Social Scene Presents:Kevin Drew (6) - last played on 3/24/13
10. I'll Make It Clear/Teenage Fanclub (23) - last played on 10/17/16

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Shuffle #443

I still have my weekend house-cleaning chores to do and I need to get some more work done on my schoolwork. Also, the football games start at 2:00, so I'm going to get right to today's ten...

1. When I Was Young/Nada Surf (26) - last played on 4/6/16
2. Some Boys/Death Cab For Cutie (18) - last played on 4/21/15
3. Lines In The Suit/Spoon (5) - last played on 5/21/16
4. Calling All Doctors (alternate version)/Telekinesis (10) - last played on 11/16/14
5. Cowboy Song/Blur (2) - last played on 6/30/13
6. Press/Superchunk (27) - last played on 1/11/17
7. Silver Clouds/Bowerbirds (4) - last played on 2/23/14
8. Wave/Alejandro Escovedo (3) - last played on 2/18/12
9. Thirteen/Big Star (17) - last played on 6/29/16
10. For Annabelle/Band of Horses (30) - last played on 6/19/16

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Shuffle #442

This is the second shuffle I've done today. I tried something new for the first one - using a Spotify playlist I've been adding to since the start of the year of every song or album I chose to play. It was up over 300 songs over more than 20 albums and at least as many single songs. I used shuffle mode for the playlist...and got 5 songs from one album, 3 from another, and 2 from a third. Not what I was looking for, so I scrapped it.

I'll have to go back to the drawing board with ways of incorporating Spotify into the Shuffle every week. Alternatively, I may just aim for 450 of these and call it done for a while, maybe combined with trying to make more playlists again. We'll see.

For now, let's get to the second version of today's ten...

1. Fleeting One/First Aid Kit (7) - last played on 12/26/15
2. It Was A Beautiful Car/M. Ward (8) - last played on 5/22/16
3. Think For Yourself/The Beatles (5) - last played on 3/9/16
4. Beautiful Beat/Nada Surf (9) - last played on 5/28/16
5. Decora/Yo La Tengo (5) - last played on 4/14/13
6. Endless Supply/Pernice Brothers (12) - last played on 1/8/17
7. The Mystery Zone/Spoon (21) - last played on 5/21/16
8. EKG/Wilco (11) - last played on 7/19/16
9. Effigy/Uncle Tupelo (1) - played many times on CD since 1993
10. Knuckles/The Hold Steady (8) - last played on 5/10/15

Sunday, January 8, 2017


I talked about how I've gotten very behind on my pop culture consumption in the end of year posts I managed to get written. One good thing about a new year is that it wipes my slate clean and I can start counting books and comics and so forth anew. Last year I managed to read only 46 books and 248 comics. I know it sounds absurd to lament that fact, but both totals are way down from 2015. However, I'm currently on pace to read 73 books and 502 comics this year. I'm well aware that won't happen, but it's fun to look at my pace for the year this early on and dream. Anyway, one reason I ran out of steam on my year-end posts was having to come up with new content about most items. To combat that fact, I want to write more about what I'm consuming when I'm doing it. So, here's the first brick in this year's wall (I hope it's not just a pile of bricks)...

Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson - Even though I got a half dozen new books at Christmas, I decided it would be fun if the first book I read in 2017 was called Last Year.  A simple joke, yes, but it was also a book I wanted to read. The novel is set in the late 1800s in an Illinois where a futuristic city has sprung up west of Chicago. It was built by time travelers, who have come to the past to make money via tours and...other means. Jesse Cullum works for the City and gets embroiled in the story by saving the life of President Ulysses S. Grant when he arrives for a tour. Cullum is a strong character with a past in San Francisco that he is avoiding, but his moment of heroism puts him on a path to confront those issues by returning. He becomes involved with a woman from the future and they're both caught up in the machinations of the charismatic figure at the head of the City of Futurity. It's a fast-paced novel and quite good. I've never read Wilson's work before, but I am planning on changing that fact at some point this year.

Spider-Gwen - I caught up on the first 6 issues of the most recent iteration of this series via Marvel Unlimited over the past week. The series is set on an alternate earth where Gwen Stacy got bit by the radioactive spider and where Peter Parker became the Lizard and then died during a fight with Spider-Woman (Gwen). The world-building is a ton of fun; I am particularly smitten with Earth-65's Captain America, a black woman who was unstuck in time for a period. The characters are interesting and the art by Robbi Rodriguez (and the fill-in by Chris Visions) is great. I will probably be writing more about this comic and the other Spider women soon.

Lazarus - I used a good portion of my Christmas cash to buy digital comics (DC was having a big sale) and the four most recent issues of this series were part of the pile, as it were. I've been a fan since the beginning (and not just because artist Michael Lark is my second cousin), but I'd fallen behind and hadn't reengaged once the series came off its hiatus in the summer. These issues comprise almost all of "The Cull" storyline, which will finish in an upcoming issue. There are big revelations and machinations as well as great action scenes and outstanding character work. Very glad to be current again.

Comedy Bang Bang - I know I just mentioned this is my Podcasts 2016 entry, but I have been making a concerted effort to catch up. That said, I'll be 23 episodes behind after tonight...and a new episode will get posted tomorrow. Plus, I have 5 more tour episodes to listen to. Anyway, I have been laughing a ton to Andy Daly's Neptuna with his dire warning from Atlantis, the great rapport between Scott Aukerman and Adam Scott, and Paul F. Tompkins doing Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger among others.

TV comedy - By the beginning of the week, I had finally caught up on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, and The Goldbergs...only to get new episodes of each. So it goes. I did have fun catching up and will endeavor to not fall that far behind on them again. We'll see.

Sunday Shuffle #441

I wish I had "American Girl" in my iTunes, because it would be perfect for today's shuffle. Why? The titular girl stands on the balcony watching cars go by on 441 like waves crashing on the beach. Hi, giant music nerd here.

I was talking last Sunday about being unsure of the future of the Sunday Shuffle, but I had a good idea early in the week about how I could start incorporating what I listen to on Spotify. I'm not quite ready to do it today, but next week looks like it will be the day.

I know I petered out on the rest of my best of 2016 lists, but I went back to school on Wednesday and that was that. I do want to try to write more about my pop culture intake and was going to yesterday, but my schoolwork and the NFL playoffs got in the way. Maybe I can get something up later today or in the next few days. We'll see.

I think that's all the business I needed to talk about, so let's get to today's ten...

1. Embassy Row/The Broken West (10) - last played on 5/10/15
2. Painted Faces and Long Hair/The Orwells (9) - last played on 7/20/15
3. Man on the Moon (Live)/Sugar (1) - debut
4. Handjobs For The Holidays/Broken Social Scene (5) - last played on 2/8/15
5. All Black and White/The Walkmen (14) - last played on 3/11/15
6. Stormy Weather/Reigning Sound (9) - last played on 1/24/16
7. Lord, I'm Discouraged/The Hold Steady (13) - last played on 10/3/16
8. Picky Bugger/Elbow (5) - last played on 5/22/16
9. The Birthday/Hospitality (19) - last played on 1/9/14
10. Pilgrim/Josh Rouse (3) - last played on 10/3/10