Saturday, May 30, 2009


I can't remember the last time I listened to an album and could tell instantly it was a labor of love. Sometimes I'd be listening to music with my musician friends and one of them would remark, 'You can tell that singer really loves that song.'

I never knew what they meant until I heard Veckatimest. Every word, every choral arrangement, every instrument seems like it was meticulously labored over before it was recorded.

Last year my favorite album was Frightened Rabbit's Midnight Organ Fight because it seemed so raw and emotional. Grizzly Bear's masterpiece is nothing like that, but it still captured my imagination all the same. I couldn't possibly recommend an album with more certainty than this one.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Z is still my favorite baseball player

He loses his cool too easily, but he hasn't let his millions erode his passion for the game. I wish the Cubbies had more guys like him on the roster.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Danica Patrick

Four years ago I had the unforgettable experience of attending the Indianapolis 500. For a native Hoosier, it was the thrill of a lifetime, even if open-wheel racing never stuck with me the way basketball, football and baseball did.

The race itself was memorable, too, because it was the 500 where Danica Patrick contended. She didn't end up winning because she had to conserve fuel in the end, but the crowd's support made it as memorable as any sporting event I've ever attended.

I mention this today because when I flipped the race on, I found myself rooting for her to win. There's still a sector of racing fans who root against Danica because she's a woman. Hopefully one of these years she takes the 500 and silences her critics.

UPDATE: DP finished third and had a great race. It won't silent her most stubborn critics, but it appeared to me she certainly outraced drivers more highly regarded than her.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day weekend

Who knows what's in store for this weekend? Rock and Roll trivia Sunday night? A labradoodle revolt? Three-day weekends are the best and I've left mine unplanned and wide open.

In other news, the City Paper won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists for its coverage of English Only last year. My friend and photographer Matthew Williams was recognized but he's living the City of God life in Brazil these days, so I'm not sure if he's gotten the good news or not yet. So, Matthew, if you're reading this, congrats.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Scapegoat Wax

An awful song, impossibly catchy. Cheesy video. This reminds me of 1999 in every way possible.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Oh happy day

Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective on Letterman.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Cinco de Mayo and Thee Oh Sees

A number of my gringo friends have remarked how strange it is that we Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo so passionately at a time when anti-immigration advocates have crossed the threshold from fanatical to openly hateful.

I like to think of Cinco de Mayo as a celebration of diversity. In a city where the outlandish English Only proposal was soundly defeated, that actually means something. For most people, Cinco de Mayo is nothing more than a reason to get drunk during the work week and, to be sure, even Metro Police are on guard.

I don't celebrate Cinco de Mayo for my Mexican heritage, because I'm not Mexican. Instead, I celebrate living in a country where we inexplicably celebrate the heritage of other nations.

In other news, the new Thee Oh Sees album is out and, along with having awesome cover art (above), the band provided listeners with music to match.

Friday, May 1, 2009

The more that I do

the more I look forward to the weekend. Here's an entrancing new song by The Field called The More That I do.