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On the off chance that some of you might not be connected to me via all the other social media, a brief recap. I went into the emergency room at KU Med at 4a on March 15, where I was diagnosed with a heart attack (one of several over the week, it appears) and three cardiac arterial blockages. On the 17th, I had a triple bypass. On the 21st, I was sent home. I feel much better now. I feel better than James Brown. So let's have some music, hey?

1) Hold My Life, The Replacements

2) Trivani -- Sacred Knot, Tony Scott

3) Life On Mars?, barbra streisand (this is a real thing! I am shocked!)

4) Hippie Dream, Gitar (yes, a hip-hop Neil Young cover)

5) Almost Cut My Hair, David Crosby and Graham Nash [The Arlington Theater Santa Barbara, California March 27, 2011] (well, they did shave most of mine)

6) New Mama, Neil Young & the Stray Gators (3/11/73, Civic Auditorium, Bakersfield, CA)

7) Following The River, The Rolling Stones

8) dreams, railcars

9) Hungry Wolf, X

10) 1-2-Another, Mirror Kisses


11) Satisfied 'N' Tickled Too (Mississippi John Hurt cover), Taj Mahal

12) Habanera, Dweezil Zappa/Dweezil Zappa

13) Keep The Car Running, Arcade Fire

And here we are on the other side. Since I am off work until June or so, I'll probably be dropping by here a bit more often with whatever I happen to have on hand at the time. We shall see. And get a checkup, people! Plus Opening Day (US version) is Monday (except for the Sunday part [fuck you Bud Selig!])!
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Two days after the amazing "1984" ad that ran during the Super Bowl, Apple officially unveiled the Macintoch, without which all of this would not have been necessary. Think about it -- a world of 8-bit music and ascii pr0n *shudder*. In other news, there have been no setbacks on the continuing saga of the Penguin Palace. Only waiting on Rohanna's W-2. Soon, maybe. Onward, to the tunes.

1) Getting My Heart Back Together, Jimi Hendrix (Berkeley Community Theatre 1970)

2) Magic Trick (live), She & Him

3) THE RUBETTES, the auteurs

4) Fog Over The Graveyard, King Melodies

5) Stuck on Repeat, Little Boots

6) Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd

7) Bull Rider, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

8) Dork At 12 O'Clock, Solex

9) Renaissance Eyes, Don Dixon

10) Bertha. Los Lobos (1/21/98, The Majestica Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA)


11) 04 Dear Prudence (Take 1, RM1), The Beatles

12) Upstarts, Johnny Marr

13) Barcarole, Brave Combo

We got lucky and only caught the southern fringes of the latest Polar Vortex (or, as the Reality Channel Formerly Known as TWC referred to it, Winter Storm Anus), so it only got to single digits positive, rather than negative this time. Warming up for the weekend (53˚ on Sunday!), but then back to the teens Monday. So, of course, my space heater decided to give up this morning. Yo, Canada, keep yer damn cold air to yourself! Oh, and you can have Bieber back, as well.

Friday "But You Can't Come In" Random 10+

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The Penguin Palace saga continues. Original loan originator finally decided that my classically hand-tooled, artisanal paystubs just weren't high enough quality to prove I had a job, so my income didn't count, blah blah blah. Another company is on the case, and we're still hoping to get this done by the 14th (original closing date), though we're trying to get an extension on that, just in case. Grrrr. Musics are good.

1) Thriller, Ben Gibbard

2) I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, Wilco

3) The Man in the Moon, Adrian Belew

4) Seizure, Hunters

5) As A Child, Suzanne Vega

6) Indian Sky (Final Cut), F.D. Project

7) Walking In My Shoes, Depeche Mode

8) Antichrist Television Blues, Arcade Fire

9) Know Your Onion!, The Shins

10) Brave Captain, fIREHOSE

yet more

11) Every Other Day, jonka

12) Gypsy, Todd Haaby

13) Come Back to Me, Dusty Springfield

Boulevard Brewing's Rye-on-Rye is back, and I have 3 bottles. Planning on getting more. Still have 5 bottles of the 2013 release downstairs, so there will be a comparative tasting at some point. Plans for the weekend include more packing, getting used to my new glasses, and, unfortunately, attending a memorial service for a friend who died suddenly last month. Just stop it!
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Well, that was an interesting trip around the sun. Still trying to get closed on the new house, but at this point I am doubting it will happen (the FHA people don't like my paystubs, still). We shall see, like so many things. Onward. To start the year, I am at 59,217 items in my iTunes, up from 42,796 at the start of last year. I need a bigger backup drive, stat. So here's a small sample of the whole.

1) Halloween [1981], The Misfits

2) Through The Wall, Bobs

3) (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes, Hem

4) If I Had A Boat, Lyle Lovett

5) Tear Stained Letter, Richard Thompson (Fat Fry in California 9-28-96)

6) Mystery Dance, Elvis Costello (8/23/80, Heat Wave Festival)

7) Happy Thursday I Love You, Frank Bango

8) Universal Corner, X

9) The Dog Breath Variations, Frank Zappa

10) So Ben Mi Ch'a Bon Tempo, Richard Thompson


11) Ocean Colour Resurrection, The Plimptons

12) Mystery Dance, Justine Bateman & The Mystery

13) Judy Is Your Viet Nam, TMBG

And we will crunch through the light snow from Wed night to work. Hoping it warms up enough that we can use the washer, rather than having to endure the laundromat again. One way or another, clothes must be cleaned. And one last (probably) gathering at the OC Saturday afternoon, to see if the Chiefs can keep their season going. All in all, a much better season than 2-14 last year. How soon until pitchers and catchers report (not a euphemism)?
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Shit is fucked up and bullshit, to coin a phrase. Have some music.

1) Dry Bone Valley, Mastodon

2) Moonlight Sonata (Ludwig van Beethoven), Dr. Phibes & The Ten Plagues of Egypt

3) If You Won't Leave Me I'll Find Somebody Who Will, Warren Zevon

4) Right Off (excerpt, -8), Miles Davis

5) Hello, Dali, Morningbell

6) Round and Round, Queen Elvis

7) Planets, The ACB's

8) Zillionaire, Rob Wasserman

9) Birthday (Tommy D Mix), Sugarcubes

10) In the Middle of Nowhere (Mono), Dusty Springfield


11) Take Me Out, Franz Ferdinand

12) Sour Grapes, John Prine

13) Do The Math, Asthmaboy

Supposed to go to a Poly Families meetup tonight; we'll see how I feel after another thrilling day at work. Everything falls apart, and I am the center, or so I am told.


Frabjous natal anniversary!

siegfried attacks!
To the lovely and multitalented artnouveauho! Perhaps we might meet at last during the London Worldcon next year.


Friday "Well So Could Anyone" Random 10+

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Another week? How the hell did that happen? The house-buying process grinds on. Work is worklike. Plans are made once again; perhaps this time they shall actually become reality. And of course, next week marks the celebration of the birth of our saviour, Shane MacGowan. Here's some non-holiday music for you.

1) Dark Ages, Jethro Tull

2) Bootleg, Bobby Keys

3) The Adventurers, Calliope Musicals

4) Undertow, Suzanne Vega

5) Circles, Blonde On Blonde

6) Fitter Happier, Anika ft. Obi Blanche

7) Flapping Wings, Powerdove

8) Black Cow, The Donald Fagen Band (03/13/06 Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada)

9) Broken, Gorillaz

10) Little Furnace, Jim Guthrie

stocking stuffers

11) Everybody's Jumpin', The Dave Brubeck Quartet

12) You Or Your Memory, Mountain Goats (2007-07-22 - Rhino Records)

13) Roll 'em Pete, Dharma Blues Band

And as we trudge ever onward toward the joyful celebration that is MacGowanmas, I leave you with this traditional holiday classic.

Friday "Triskadekaphilia!" Random 10+

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Welcome once again to Friday the 13th that comes on a Friday (©Pogo)! Ten days on antibiotics have brought Toe of Doom 2 back under control, though the damage to the digestion will last a bit longer, as usual.

As for my car, the $600-700 price tag replace the heater core, combined with the further corrosion of the right front wheel have led to the inevitable conclusion that I won't have a car of my own anytime soon. It'll go off to the knackers sometime this week.

In house-related news, our offer has been accepted, and Rohanna has been running around like crazy trying to get all the paperwork together for the loan company. Part of the rush has been the desire of the seller (Sisters of St. Joseph of C@rondelet) to get the property off their books by the end of the year, which involves cramming six weeks worth of activity into four or fewer. She and I had a talk Wed. night, and we have decided that if Baby Jesus doesn't get a check for Christmas, that's not our problem. Ro is much calmer now.

In other festive news, Dragonet has been going through training to prepare for the coming tax season for the last two weeks, and was informed yesterday that all of the seasonal employees are being furloughed as of today. No idea when she will be called back. Thanks so much. Have some non-holiday based music.

1) Poisoning the Well, Matthew Perryman Jones

2) Won't Get Fooled Again, The Who (Bridge Concert 1999)

3) Globe of Frogs, Robyn Hitchcock (2010-06-11 - The Drake)

4) Light Pollution, Delay Trees

5) Through My Sails, Soulsavers

6) Dreamer, Ry Cooder

7) Thief, The Ozone Quartet

8) What She's Done To Your Mind, Rain Parade

9) Three Ten Ten, The Last Round

10) More Money, Barry Reynolds


11) Morning Mr Magpie, Radiohead

12) Rogue Wave, The Madeira

13) Sunshine Blues, Bahamas

Tomorrow we go to the new place to measure rooms and start thinking about what goes where and how to make this madness work. Be nice if something would go right, just for a change.

Friday "Blame Canada!" Random 10+

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I am home, and not in Canadia, taking my rightful place as Emperor of Toronto this weekend. Not happy about that, though there may (given how things have been going, very much may) be some compensation for that on Monday. In the meantime, we are scrambling to get the financing done on the house we have made an offer on. Don't know if I've mentioned this, but the current owners are the Sisters of St. Mary's, who used the place to house some of the sisters. I am thinking we might have to call it Penguin Place should we get it.

In other news, the Intrepid has deveoped new symptoms, to wit drooling coolant and not heating the air coming into the car, both of which people who know more about these things than I (like most everybody) tell me are signs of heater core failure. With an estimated cost of $600-650 to fix it, this might be the end of the road for this car. On the plus side, Rohanna's retirement means that I won't have to take the bus to work in the winter. Anyway, here's the tunes.

1) Fuzzy & Wild, The Ghastly Ones

2) Born Under Punches, Talking Heads (Heatwave (08/23/80))

3) Stranded In Your Love (Cool Calm Pete-Sweet Nothing Mix), Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

4) Bad Asteroid, The Aristocrats

5) Pyramid Song, Radiohead

6) A OK, Boy Kill Boy

7) Rise Above It, Afro Celt Sound System

8) Forever Young, Spirit Animal

9) Here Comes My Baby, Mavericks

10) Seánce on a Wet Afternoon, Girls Names


11) Good Morning Little School Girl, Leroy Powell

12) Person To Person, Average White Band

13) Out Of This World (Oakenfold Mix), The Cure

Another advantate of being here, rather than at Smofcon, drinking Canuckistani beer, is that we all will be attending the Holly Holly Holly Days sale this weekend. It's probably the best feminist/lesbian/maker Holiday craft fair in the area, and definitely worth checking out if you are in the KC metro area. I'm running late, so just google it. Onward!
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Greetings, everyone! Hope you all survived the exceedingly rare dual magicks of Thanksgivukkah. Whether you're still in a food coma, or roaming the dark, dank, smoke-filled, body-strewn retail aisles, may your day be full of fun and entertainment. Me, I have to go to work, so fuck a lot of that. Anyways, here's some tunes. I am so thankful for the digital music revolution, despite the evil mistakes of the Phillips Corporation, else so much great (and also very, very bad) music would be lost forever.

1) Take Care The Road You Choose, Richard Thompson

2) Can't You Hear Me Knocking, Rolling Stones

3) Some Are Lakes, Land Of Talk

4) 1997 (Doctor Rosen Rosen REMIX), Department of Eagles

5) Jesus Fever, Kurt Vile

6) Let's Spend The Night Together, David Bowie

7) 'Til I Fell in Love with You, Bob Dylan (1/29/99, Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL)

8) Surf Rider, The Ventures

9) Get On It, Gangstagrass

10) Who Shot Ya, KETCHY SHUBY

and then

11) Cinnamon Girl, Neil Young (11/15/92 Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI)

12) Made Up Love Song #43, Guillemots

13) The End, The Doors (Apocalypse Now - Waiting For The Sun Tour)

The weekend will revolve around more packing and cleaning of the Belfry and the house below it as we continue the process of preparing to get this place clean enough to sell, and find a place to move to. At least the rest of the Jayhawks' games this weekend will be on real tv networks (pro tip: if you're going to name your network AXS, you should make some effort to make it, you know, accessible. Just sayin'). Onward.


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