Saturday, January 31, 2015

Treacherous Saturday Random Ten

It's quite the banner week for ice on the sidewalks. Many opportunities to slip and fall, if you're walking somewhere. So far I've managed to do just the former, not the latter, although some loud grunting has been involved.


1. Sun Ra - Where Is Tomorrow
2. The Who - Silas Stingy
3. Diana Krall - I Can't Give You Anything But Love
4. Rasputina - Sweetwater Kill
5. Fitz & the Tantrums - Last Raindrop
6. Dave Van Ronk - Long John
7. Mose Allison - Going to the City
8. Beck - Turn Away
9 Ernie K-Doe - A Certain Girl
10. Fleetwood Mac - Never Make Me Cry

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wood you?


Wooden Man from Justin Bolarinho on Vimeo.

Mysterious? Strangely evocative? Evocatively strange?

I do like the sense of homecoming here. The director made a nice choice of music as well.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It all comes out in the wash

Tuesday is usually laundry day for me. Every other Tuesday, that is. This week, for reasons you might be able to guess, that wasn't to be.

Instead I went tonight after work. I got there somewhere in the six pm zone. Now, part of me was wondering if I'd even be able to grab a machine. After all, they and the entire world as far as we could tell here had been closed Tuesday, and Monday they must have closed early, and probably people were otherwise engaged even before they closed. So I figured after a couple of days out of commission they might be packed. Or the place could be empty.

It was the second one. The attendant told me they'd been dead all day. So I just went about my biz and did my crossword. Oddly enough two college-age females were starting around the time I was finishing, near last wash. Well, "oddly" by some definitions.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Witness the whiteness

Winter Storm Juno, as they're calling the blizzard, touched down last night and has had its way today. We now have snowbanks the height of an adult male, although this is partly because the plows had to move it from one place to another.

Like everybody else, I've been Junoed in, unable to go anywhere. So I've read, listened to some tunes. Never lost Internet connectivity, so I did some surfing. You know those clickbait headlines that show up on all articles now? I saw one that read "Huge celebrity implants you've got to see!" And I'm like, "If I haven't already seen them, she's not really a celebrity."

Sunday, January 25, 2015

If anything

You know that thing Yogi Berra said? "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." If you want to see that principle at work, go to any Stop & Shop - really any supermarket - in Rhode Island anytime in the ten days before a Super Bowl the Patriots are playing in. The prospect of deflated balls doesn't seem to make a difference. I made an emergency cucumber run there tonight and wound up getting celery instead, but man, the lines!

But anyway, this is a video I semi-randomly clicked on tonight. The piece was composed by Conlon Noncarrow, which means that the pianist is most likely playing a melody that was originally intended for player piano. Hats off to her.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday Random Ten from the slush pile

Let's just say that the snowstorm got better as it went along. That's because in the evening it went back to being snow. In the morning it snowed but then late morning/early afternoon we got rain. Which mixed with the snow to become the kind of mess that's expert at getting inside your boots.

On the bright side, once you get home or someplace and can warm/dry your feet, you most definitely appreciate it.


1. Earl King - Trick Bag
2. Dave Van Ronk - Fixin' to Die
3. Beck - Turn Away
4. St. Vincent - Huey Newton
5. New Pornographers - Marching Orders
6. Elton John - Madman Across the Water
7. Sun Ra - Of Sounds and Something Else
8. Diana Krall - Pick Yourself Up
9. The Band - Lonesome Suzie
10. Fitz and the Tantrums - Spark

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sealed, delivered



The opening warning on this video and the music are gilding the lily, and could easily have ruined the whole thing. What pulls me back in is looking at the background. It's so wonderfully weird to know that this is going on almost within swimming distance of a pretty large maritime town. Hell, maybe you can make it if you're a marathon swimmer.

SR10 returns tomorrow. I just had to find out how to fully reboot iTunes after the change in computers.