Sunday, April 26, 2015

Little feet

The lady downstairs from me has a cat. From the looks of things I'm pretty sure it's a male cat. The walls and ceilings/floors here are relatively solid, but sometimes late at night I think I can hear him pad about, if I'm in the right place. I like that, the fact that cats keep their own schedule, finding that four AM and twelve PM are equally good for sleeping, or hunting.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Expansive Friday Random Ten

What's is been, three days? I've gone through longer hiatuses, I guess. In this case I think I had some ideas for posts, but none of them made it out of my head. The action is brutal up there.

To make matters worse I may start a new blog on this service soon. Probably not that high a volume one, but who knows?

1. Sonic Youth - Hallowe'en
2. Dave Van Ronk - Samson and Delilah
3. Yo La Tengo - Watch Out For Me Ronnie
4. Sarah Vaughan - Baby Won't You Please Come Home
5. The Kinks - Afternoon Tea
6. The Who - Rael 1
7. Rasputina - Hunter's Kiss
8. Metric - Lost Kitten
9. Pink Martini - Ich Dich Liebe
10. Morphine - Buena

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Just heard this


Kitty, Daisy & Lewis. A British sibling band. I just heard about them yesterday when I read a review of a show they'd done in Boston. Figured I'd take a listen to some of their songs. Like this one. And it also shows that the oldest special effect in the book - shutting the camera off - still has some juice in it.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Down with the sickness

There's a difference in degree at least between eating something that disagrees with you and eating something that shouts down your every attempt to reason with it, seizes your wallet, and throws you down a flight of stairs. My Saturday morning was the result of the latter. I have a pretty firm idea of what the culprit was, so it's not something I plan to ingest again any time soon.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fast-changing Friday Random Ten

This morning when I left for work it was coolish and rainy, necessitating boots, an umbrella, and a heavier jacket. When I was on my way home the jacket felt suffocating with the day's warmth and the boots and umbrella were relics. The great guessing game has begun.

1. Mose Allison - Groovin' High
2. Yo La Tengo - Point and Shoot
3. The Kinks - Lazy Old Sun
4. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - From a Whisper to a Scream
5. Sonic Youth - Satan Is Boring
6. Diana Krall - East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)
7. Dave Van Ronk - You've Been a Good Old Wagon
8. Fitz & the Tantrums - Spark
9. Les Baxter - The Shrike
10. Sun Ra - The Beginning

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Some thing good

I just discovered an artist named Stuart Ober today. Well, discovered him for myself, anyway, if not the world. The world could stand to learn of him, though. The website for the gallery that represents him in Boston seems to be the only place online that shows his work.

I love a good still life, but I especially love a good still life that shows hints of character, even if there are no people in sight. Ober's paintings show objects with a lot of personality.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rendering unto Caesar

I just e-filed my tax returns tonight. It's only in the past couple of days that it hit me how fast the clock was ticking on that one. So there was some anxiety beforehand, but not so far beforehand that I got them done early.

Afterwards I felt kind of exhilarated. And I had a shot - well, a thimbleful - of brandy, to honor my North Country English roots.