Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Sunless Shuffle (Home Sick)

Home sick today [coughcoughsniffsniff] so I may as well do a little catching up. It's nice to have a moment in reality like this as I lose myself in a haze of Sims 3 and Left 4 Dead. It's all just so fun, I can't help it.

I did get up to go vote today. Big difference at the polls from November. Of course, this is just the Democratic primary for governor with a little sheriff's race sprinkled in. I went with Creigh Deeds. I don't like that he's pro-gun (lack of gun control is one of the biggest problems in Virginia), but I think he can beat Bob McDonnell. That's pretty much my only motivator.

Ah let's see, what else...

I'm going home here in two weeks for the bro's wedding. It'll be my first trip to Kirksville in over two years. It'll also be Molly's first trip. It's weird because I have like no friends left in KV. Everybody left after I did. It's going to be fun regardless.

There have been a ton of great music releases lately. Right now is like the eye of the storm (except for today's new Dirty Projectors album, but my pre-order hasn't arrived yet), so it's a perfect time for some...

Current track count: 12674

1. Tom Waits: "Coney Island Baby" (Blood Money)
(Not exactly summer music. Tom Waits always sounds best when it's freezing cold outside, or at least cloudy with no leaves on the trees. Still his sound is always welcome in my ears. Never noticed before how much this sounds like "Innocent When You Dream.")

2. Phosphorescent: "Pride" (Pride)
(Well that transition didn't work. I love this track, but it only counts with the prior track tacked on.)

3. John Vanderslice: "Forest Knolls" (Romanian Names)
(Good god, my iPod LOVES JV!!)

4. Johnny Cash: "Waiting For a Train" (Unearthed: Who's Gonna Cry)
(There's that Johnny Cash I was waiting for last time.)

5. Mark Eitzel: "Seeing Eye Dog" (The Invisible Man)
(The sythesized Eitzel album. Still sounds great, but it's weird to hear. I love Mark Eitzel. Quite possibly the most underrated songwriter alive.)

6. Jay Farrar: "Drain" (Sebastopol)
(That's a hell of a transition. Perfect. By the way, new Son Volt coming out in a month. Just thought I'd share for the few people that still care about Son Volt.)

7. Kevin Drew: "When It Begins" (Spirit If...)
(Another great transition. This is becoming a great playlist. So we have the slower acoustic center with a loud conclusion. Now we need something more exciting to keep it moving...)

8. Decemberists: "The Rake's Song" (The Hazards of Love)
(Yeah, I'd call that a success. Not my favorite Decemberists, but for the sake of this playlists it's works perfectly. Actually it might work better than in the original album.)

9. Half-Handed Cloud: "The Famine's Hard" (Thy is a Word & We Need Lamps)
(I'm laughing right now. Seriously, listen to the previous song and follow it up with this one. My iPod is on fire!!)

10. Johnny Cash: "I'm So Lonely I Could Cry" (Now, There Was a Song!)
(My iPod can read. I'm getting a little creeped out right now. In all seriousness, this song sounds best after dark. Not in the middle of the day.)

11. They Might Be Giants: "For Science" (Miscellaneous T)

12. Beach Boys: "Wendy" (Endless Summer)
(I was looking for an appropriate closing track for this list. Beach Boys win! Seriously though, throw out the Phosphorescent and They Might Be Giants tracks and this playlist is great.)