No short-haired, yellow-bellied…


The radio station I’m flowing to as I scoot across town. It fits well with the liminal.



I’m particularly fond of these broadcasts:

And it breaks my har-har-har-har-heart……

Regina Spektor, “Fidelity”:

But ooh that magic feeling…

Lamenting the loss of the magic feeling
Consolation in the one sweet dream:

“You Never Give Me Your Money”

You never give me your money
You only give me your funny paper
and in the middle of negotiations
you break down

I never give you my number
I only give you my situation
and in the middle of investigation
I break down

Out of college, money spent
See no future, pay no rent
All the money’s gone, nowhere to go
Any jobber got the sack
Monday morning, turning back
Yellow lorry slow, nowhere to go
But oh, that magic feeling, nowhere to go
Oh, that magic feeling
Nowhere to go
Nowhere to go

One sweet dream
Pick up the bags and get in the limousine
Soon we’ll be away from here
Step on the gas and wipe that tear away
One sweet dream came true… today
Came true… today
Came true… today…yes it did
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven,
All good children go to Heaven

It Was 20 Years Ago…Ok, Well Not Today, But…

I can’t believe I missed this one.

On May 1, 1989 The Cure released Distintegration. “Fascination Street” was the first single, but this one made fifteen year-old Chris feel that things with music were different than what I was used to.

“Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly…”:

Ex-Wilco Member Jay Bennett Found Dead at Age 45

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The Wilco fans among you may remember Jay Bennett from the Yankee Foxtrot Hotel days and his (fairly obviously tweaked-out) performance in the movie from that album, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. Bennett was kicked out of the band immediately after YFH was released in 2001.

Bennett was a tortured artist in every sense of the word, a control freak with very, very little charm. But he he did make some good music with the band, including the tracks on the Mermaid Avenue salute to the unfinished music of Woody Guthrie. It’s sad see someone destroy themselves in this manner. Well Jay, it’s over for you now. R.I.P.

I borrowed this video Yahoo!, so I can’t take credit for immediately thinking of this most appropriate line from “Pot Kettle Black”:

It’s become so obvious
You are so oblivious to yourself…

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Bosnia Enters Eurovision Finals with Regina’s “Bistra Voda”

Bosna i Hercegovina will be one of the nations taking part in this Saturday’s Eurovision Finals in Moscow. A band called Regina will be performing “Bistra Voda” (Clear Water). Although I find the song only moderately enthralling, the costumes and stage act are pretty bad-ass.

Here’s a clip from their semi-finals performance in Turkey:

The official video of the song is kinda cool too:

Of course I have a real soft spot in my heart for Bosnia, so I wish Regina all the best. Go Bosnia!


Cinco de Mayo is on Tuesday!


Here’s Ween with “Buenos Tardes Amigo,” possibly the most insane song of jealousy, murder, and revenge ever written (lyrics here). It gets really good at about 3:51 in when the smoke gets flowing and Dean revs up his tight guitar break. Enjoy.

And this is just freakin’ hilarious. Here are two German guys who call themselves Fischblende drunkenly covering the same song.

At the Chime of a City Clock

Listened to the High Llamas version of this song on today’s 38.83 mile bike ride. Worked my way to the Nick Drake original:

Needle in the Hay

A sad Kermit the Frog covering Elliott Smith’s “Needle in the Hay” and Luke Wilson’s key scene from The Royal Tennenbaums:

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