Thursday, April 30, 2009


I don't listen to music like I used to. I still spend WAY too much money on my music collection, but I definitely don't obsess over music like I did a few years ago. Don't know why exactly. I used to always have music on around the house, or in the car, or while working. Everywhere. Not so much now.

Maybe it's because I make more money now and getting new music is much easier than it was a couple of years ago. Back then, I really had to plan out how to buy new music. I wouldn't be able to get every new album right away

Now, however, I can just go get whatever whenever I want. When I was always broke, I had an instant emotional attachment to any new music I bought because I had to work for it. Now, not so much.

There's that, or maybe it's just as simple as a lack of great music over the last couple of years. It's true that the one album I really obsessed over last year ended up as my favorite. That's been the trend over the last two years. But again, there has been a lack of truly great music over the last two years. Who knows?

What I do know is that I've desperately been waiting for a new album to really obsess over. The new Animal Collective is really great, but I haven't been listening to it ad nauseum. I keep waiting and searching, but I think I may have something here...

Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle

I have been a fan of Bill Callahan/Smog for years, but I can't think of anything as good as his latest, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle. What I love is how Callahan can make his music so effortlessly. He never sounds like he's trying too hard, but his music is always intense and disturbing and beautiful. I've never heard that method work as well as on this album. The music just swirls around his thoughless voice. He just sounds natural, all the time. It's not like he makes this sound easy, it just sounds like this is how he is.

This album is tremendous. It's the year's first truly required listen for everybody. I hope there are more albums like this for 2009, but combine this with the new Animal Collective and so far everything looks pretty good.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Dear God it is way too hot right now. It's like in the mid 90's in April.

To make things even worse, our air conditioner wasn't blowing any cool air out until this afternoon. When we left for the bar last night, we cranked it up (it was 85 degrees inside). After a few hours we returned to find our apartment maybe even hotter than before. Thankfully it's working now.

Somehow spring just didn't exist this year. It was still pretty chilly a couple of weeks ago. Hell, last week I was still wearing sweaters to work. Now it feels like July. Usually I get all excited for the heat in the late winter, then hate it by July. Now I hate it in freaking April. Not a good sign for the summer.

Please spring, just exist.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


This is my one moment of clarity sandwiched between two very busy weeks at work. This week was hell. Next week will be rough. And I have to go into work at 5:00am tomorrow to fill a shift. I'm very relaxed right now and don't want to think about anything except the Pulp album I'm listening to (and I guess my typing).

This week my co-director was on vacation so I was on double-duty. Of course this was also the week our morning shows were repackaged with many more elements. So basically I had to rethink my rundowns while dealing with twice the workload in half the time. Oh and all at 4:00am too.

Yesterday I had a 12+ hour day spread across the hours of 4:00am and 8:30pm. I directed a show from the Southern Women's Show. It was definitely one of those constant "what-the-hell-am-I-doing-here" life moments. I walked into the Nascar raceway complex (a place I never thought I'd go) to do a broadcast in the middle of a convention for middle-aged women. Man I really felt lame flashing my creds to get into the building. At least the hot firemen contest was cancelled allowing us to get set up sooner. Oh and preventing me from sitting through the hot firemen contest. Eh, the broadcast ended up looking pretty good I guess.

Next week my co-director will be back (thankfully?). But still Monday I have to survive the championship game of the quizbowl show I direct. One more 12+ hour day, then the rest of the week will be normal. I just don't like starting my week working that kind of day. With my weird sleep schedule, I'll be doomed until I can sleep in Saturday.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Later Cutler


Man this whole episode made me sick. And I was totally on Cutler's side. I mean, this new coach comes in and starts immediately wants to get his old quarterback to follow with him? I'd be pissed too. Especially after a Pro Bowl season. And as a Broncos fan, and watching all the mediocre quarterbacks to follow Elway for nearly a decade, imagine my excitement when Denver finally finds a worthy player. And McDaniels want to mess this up??

Totally on Cutler's side.

...and then I saw what Denver got in the trade.

Two first round picks, a third, AND a starting quarterback?? Screw Cutler! That big baby. Screw him!!

I know Kyle Orton isn't exactly Jay Cutler, but I'm excited to see him throw to actual wide receivers rather than whoever they have in Chicago. And behind Denver's killer o-line, he's going to be just fine. I can't wait to see this happen.

Or maybe I'm just excited to see Hedges in a Denver jersey.

Or put some shitty glasses on him and you have Mark Borchardt.