notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Friday Random Ten (Thursday Edition) (Special Thanksgiving Edition)

The Beastie Boys, Eugene’s Lament - This song is not familiar to me. It’s pretty good, although I had to get up to see that it was the Beastie Boys (it’s an instrumental).
Primus, These Damn Blue Collar Tweakers - Last week I wrote about how I have never gotten too old for AC/DC, even though I always think I should. This week I’m reminded that I long ago got too old for Primus, even though I once never thought I would.
Sergei Prokofiev, The Birth of Kije - I downloaded a bunch of Prokofiev’s works after seeing Woody Allen’s Love and Death. I really like it.
Primus, Making Plans for Nigel - Ok, Ok, I get it. Enough with the Primus. Somebody is telling me it’s time for an iPod purge. Only this song is actually kind of good. Of course, it’s an XTC cover.
Talking Heads, Girlfriend Is Better - Now we’re cooking with real gas. This is not as good as the live Stop Making Sense version, but still pretty damn good.
Lenny Kravitz, Heaven Help - Oh, shit. Busted! How did Lenny Kravitz get on my iPod?!? If I catch the SOB... Seriously, though, this is one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard.
Daniel Lanois, Still Water - A lot of people rag on Daniel Lanois, but I really like him, although some of his most recent ambient stuff doesn’t do anything for me. Both of the Dylan albums he’s produced are among my favorites.
Velvet Underground, Waitin’ For My Man - Coincidentally, the first time I ever heard this song was a live cover on a Daniel Lanois bootleg. Great song.
Bob Dylan, Winterlude - A goofy little song from New Morning, Dylan’s goofiest little album. Not without its charm, though.
Billy Bragg, Fear Is a Man’s Best Friend - I bought this Billy Bragg retrospective a few weeks ago, and haven’t really had a chance to listen to it yet. I really like the albums he made with Wilco, so I’m optimistic.

SPECIAL BONUS THANKSGIVING SONGS (sans commentary):
Brian Wilson, Cabin Essense
John Prine, Dear John
The Ramones, I Remember You - Ok, a little commentary: Ugh.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Maps
Throwing Muses, Honeychain