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Sunday Shuffle #307/308

For the second week in a row I made some mini music posts over on Tumblr; this time I talked about some Pavement. Please check them out if you're so inclined - one of the songs is my tribute to the Twinkie.

You'll note that this is a double issue; we'll be on the road next Sunday. So, without further ado, let's get to today's twenty...

1. Positive Jam/The Hold Steady (4) - last played on 8/8/12
2. You Can Stay With Me/Mary Weiss (4) - last played on 3/25/12
3. Blue Hawaii/Pavement (9) - last played on 10/21/12
4. God, Please Let Me Go Back/Josh Rouse (5) - last played on 4/15/12
5. We Can Work It Out/The Beatles (4) - last played on 12/12/10
6. You Want The Candy/The Raveonettes (4) - last played on 7/10/11
7. I Called Out Your Name/The Thermals (6) - last played on 5/31/12
8. 1,000 Wives/The Whigs (4) - last played on 3/4/12
9. Laffitte Don't Fail Me Now/Spoon (15) - last played on 11/4/12
10. Not Your Lover/Blitzen Trapper (3) - last played on 7/15/12
11. Her…

Sunday Shuffle #306

I know my day will end with the Bears and Texans tonight. Before that we will be shopping for a new refrigerator and I will be doing the usual cleaning and laundry chores. I'm also hoping to watch Quantum of Solace so I'll be ready to see Skyfall next weekend. What does your day look like?
1. Black Hole/The Rosebuds (6) - last played on 10/23/11 2. The Watchmen/Deep Sea Diver (9) - last played on 11/1/12 3. Keep On Thinkin'/Sloan (9) - last played on 6/8/12 4. The Rabbit, The Bat & The Reindeer/Dr. Dog (5) - last played on 6/24/12 5. Finish Your Collapse And Stay For Breakfast/Broken Social Scene (4) - last played on 8/4/12 6. Big Difference/Tokyo Police Club (13) - last played on 3/25/12 7. Hotel Illness/The Black Crowes (6) - last played on 7/1/12 8. Lord I've Been Changed/Tom Waits (2) - last played on 11/20/11 9. Love Won't Leave You A Song/Reigning Sound (4) - last played on 10/21/12 10. Daughters Of Sorrow/The New Pornographers (13) - last played on 4/15/…

Saturday Shorts

My son and I have made the decision to see a late show of Wreck-It Ralph in a little while (it'll be his second time seeing it and my first), so I thought I would kill some time and mention a few things...


I decided to do a little more with my Tumblr and made some small posts about songs I somehow missed. The nice thing about Tumblr is that I was able to post the songs as well (or links to them, anyway). They popped up on my Facebook timeline and Twitter feed as I posted them but here are links to all five...

Nina Simone's "I Put A Spell On You"
Grandaddy's "Jed the Humanoid"
Hüsker Dü's "Makes No Sense At All"
Darkness Falls' "Timeline"
Ty Segall's "Thank God for the Sinners"


Today I finished reading One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde, which was the 47th book I've read this year. I started keeping track of how many books I read every year back in 2001 and 47 is the most I…

Overdue October Update

Time for another patented (not really) catch-up post...


While I'm always excited when one of my favorite creators puts out something new, I do admit to an undercurrent of trepidation. Why? I wonder what I will think of them if the new isn't as good as the old that I love. Like I said, it's only an undercurrent and I mostly can't wait to digest the new. Here are some recent examples...

Crackpot Palace by Jeffrey Ford - This is Ford's fourth story collection and I had only read three of the stories prior to its release (all from anthologies; no stories here were published in F&SF, which is where I first discovered his work), so I was ready to dive in. I was not disappointed. There's love and optimism in the face of a repetitive day in "Polka Dots and Moobeams"; the knotty issue of faith in "Relic"; the classic fantasy gone awry of "The Coral Heart"; the brilliant strangeness of "The Double of My Double Is Not My…

Sunday Shuffle #305

How about that Bears D today?

1. Here/Pavement (4) - last played on 1/11/12
2. Nice Fox/The Rosebuds (6) - last played on 7/20/11
3. Newport News/Pernice Brothers (14) - last played on 8/10/11
4. All My Banks/The Whigs (5) - last played on 8/12/12
5. Cruel/St. Vincent (11) - last played on 12/28/11
6. Faux Science/Frankel (2) - last played on 6/26/10
7. Ambuscade/The Broken West (9) - last played on 5/18/12
8. Just Listen/Two Hours Traffic (2) - last played on 6/26/10
9. (Antichrist Television Blues)/Arcade Fire (7) - last played on 4/1/12
10. Return To Hot Chicken/Yo La Tengo (2) - last played on 6/11/11

Spider-Man Saturday

While I've been a fan of Spider-Man ever since I was a little kid and watched his adventures on The Electric Company, I've never managed to read Amazing Spider-Man on a regular basis, though I did read Ultimate Spider-Man for a while when it first came out. Earlier this year I grabbed the hardcover collecting the "Spider-Island" storyline but haven't gotten around to it yet. Now that I'm reading comics on my iPad via Comixology I thought I would go back to the start of Dan Slott's stint as the main writer on the title and catch up on the last couple of years.

#648 ushers in the Slott era, which is called "Big Time" on the cover (a moniker that extends for quite a few issues as well), and also brings Humberto Ramos on pencils. This issue does a great job cluing new readers in on what Spidey has been up to - he's part of the Avengers and dating someone new (Carlie) - as well as what is happening in his world - for instance, J. Jonah Jameson is…