Archive | July, 2008

You Got Me Down On My Knees

Most people would probably disagree with me, but the best Jayhawks record around is called Sound Of Lies. It’s one of a handful albums that I became completely obsessed with while living in Colorado, so in honor of the Rocky Mountain vacation that I’m taking in two weeks, here’s a little sugar for your tea.

Blasting these in a Volvo station wagon while driving to Savers on Table Mesa and Broadway in Boulder is probably the best place to hear em. Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.

MP3: Jayhawks – Trouble

MP3: Jayhawks – Stick In The Mud

MP3: Jayhawks – Big Star

July 31, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Eddie + Laird

We’ve always been suckers for Eddie Vedder. Dude somehow did a bunch of things right, because let’s be honest, he shouldn’t be significant anymore. And maybe he’s not, but holy fuck is he cool. Hate him? Well, if you’ve ever seen Pearl Jam live, you wouldn’t. That band puts on an effortless rock show, every song’s a hit, and Eddie Vedder doesn’t miss a goddamn step.

Last night we saw Eddie and Laird Hamilton’s Iconoclasts on The Sundance Channel for the second time. The first time we saw it, we were overwhelmed by how annoyingly IN YOUR FACE Laird Hamilton seemed. But after watching it again, we think we have it all wrong. There’s some real cheese in the fifty minute long program, but there’s a moment where Eddie Vedder is painting a picture of Laird and he’s talking about how he’s the first guy to put in real perspective how big an ocean wave is. “He’s adding a human element to it, he’s giving it scale.” The point might be simple, and Riding Giants tries to make it over and over, but because of Eddie’s lack of drama and his extreme simplicity, you can’t help but to finally “get” why Laird is the way he is. Seems obvious, and I guess it’s ironic that we’re the idiots, not Laird, but if Laird wasn’t the way he is, he wouldn’t do the things he did. Seems like it’s the only personality you could possibly have to ride the waves he does.

Point: Those two together are way cooler than the sum of their parts.

MP3: Pearl Jam – Given To Fly (Clearly the producer’s favorite Pearl Jam song)

MP3: Pearl Jam – Grievance

July 31, 2008 | The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Get Back To Where You Once Belonged

Last week was a real let down. God decided to test my pain threshold by giving me his/her special “Why haven’t you called in 3 weeks???” concoction of viral meningitis. I was pretty convinced the little alien from Spaceballs was going to pop out of my head and start singing ragtime while I waited three hours in the ER for a doctor to come talk to me. It took almost five for them to give me the morphine that would ease the pain of my brain swelling. Luckily for me, there was no alien and my fever finally went down after a few days of hell. Special thanks to everyone who coached me along to a full recovery. A very special thanks to all those who had to help me urinate. Good times.

MP3: Paul McCartney – Get On The Right Thing

MP3: Phosphorescent – And The Swimming (Castanets Cover)

MP3: Aretha Franklin – Precious Lord, Take My Hand/You’ve Got A Friend

MP3: Entrance – Tommy Thumb’s Summertime Blues

MP3: Bob Dylan – Dirge (Thank You Music Warship)

MP3: Castanets – This Is The Early Game (From Daytrotter)

July 30, 2008 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

Maybe I Think Too Much

No clue why today is the first day this jam found us. Goddamn shame.

MP3: Paul Simon – Think Too Much (A)

July 21, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Nicholas Ozgunay

Nicholas Ozgunay lives out in Brooklyn by way of small town Missouri. He rarely uses more than ink and water to create landscapes that look like the cross section of distant planets and their moons. It’s haunting and beautiful, like someone who has spent their lives in the cosmos and was asked to paint what they saw when they closed their eyes at night. It’s not of this world, not of this time, and certainly not of the streets of Brooklyn. Thank God.

Nicholas Ozgunay’s Website

MP3: Philip Glass – Opening (Thank You Indie Muse)

MP3: Michael Jackson – PYT (Pretty Young Thing)

July 21, 2008 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Sunrise Earth

That’s a sunrise in a place where the opportunity to see a real sunrise is quite a commodity…even if it’s just blocks away.  Thankfully, for people like us, those folks at the Discovery channel figured out a way to make it a little bit easier to ease into a day that demands a sunrise.

It’s called Sunrise Earth, and it only really makes sense if you turn on your TV tomorrow morning and meet the day with a backdrop of fishermen on a lake in China, or Polar Bears crossing icebergs or a fire-rimmed peak in the Alps.  It just works.  The imagination can do wonders.

Maybe it’s a sad commentary on the life of a city-dweller – turning to TV for a sunrise.  But hey, whatever gets you up in the morning.

Clips here.

MP3: Neil Young – Till the Morning Comes

July 18, 2008 | The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

Canaries in the coal mine.

Penguin population plunge.

MP3: Cold War Kids – Hang me up to Dry

July 17, 2008 | Flora/Fauna | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

White Water Summer

“Nobody really great ever slept in dirt.”

“Ever see a picture of Da Vinci pitching a tent? No.”

“My choice: No camping.”


MP3: Leonard Cohen – Memories

MP3: Dennis Wilson – River Song

July 16, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }


If the rain comes
They run and hide their heads
They might as well be dead
If the rain comes
If the rain comes


July 16, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Mapping Mannahatta

This is wonderful:

The aim of the Mannahatta Project is to reconstruct the ecology of Manhattan when Henry Hudson first sailed by in 1609 and compare it to what we know of the island today. The Mannahatta Project will help us to understand, down to the level of one city block, where in Manhattan streams once flowed or where American Chestnuts may have grown, where black bears once marked territories, and where the Lenape fished and hunted. Most history books dispense of the pre-European history of New York in only a few pages. However, with new methods in geographic analysis and the help of a remarkable 18th-century map, we will discover a new aspect of New York culture, the environmental foundation of the city.

Great pictures here

July 15, 2008 | History | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }