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, December 15, 2005

Friday Random Ten (Thursday Edition) (Special Snow Day Edition)

Office is closed today. YAY!!! But I had the foresight to bring work home with me last night. BOO!!! Oh, well. At least I have my iPod back (actually a brand new one) so I can do a FRT(TE) while trying to work on the couch, which I'm discovering doesn't work so will with a 3-year-old in the house. But I've got some shit that has to be done before my wife goes into labor, so I really can't afford not to. Also unfortunate is that fact that I had only backed up about a third of my music (data backups, that is, I do have audio copies of almost everything), so I'll be spending a lot of time ripping music when I'm up all night next week with a newborn... Anyway, we forge ahead, even with a paltry 4000 songs on the mp3 player:

Donovan, The Car Song - From one of our various childrens’ albums. Doesn’t really add much of anything to the original Woody Guthrie.
Leonard Cohen, Take This Waltz - My mom was always listening to Leonard Cohen when I was growing up, so his music always takes me back. Thanks to Jeff for pushing me to start listening to him again within the last year or so.
Jim Carroll, Female As Thunder - I’ve never been wild about this album (Pools of Mercury), but I highly recommend his first album, Catholic Boy.
The Waitresses, Christmas Wrapping - Hey, what can I say? I’ve got a soft spot for Christmas music.
Pixies, Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf) - From the Complete B Sides album, which raises a question we were discussing in the office yesterday: What actually constitutes a “B-side” these days?
Mike Ness, Ball and Chain (Honky Tonk) - I’ve always like Mike Ness, all the more since he called George W. Bush a “douche bag” and drop-kicked a Bush supporter at one of his shows. As Jeff would say, ROTFLMAO.
M.I.A., Sunshowers - This shit it weird. In two months, I’ll either be listening to this constantly, or I will have decided I hate it. I don’t have the slightest idea which it will be.
Dave Van Ronk, Gambler’s Blues - Dave Van Ronk is an amazing folksinger. Catch some great footage of him in Scorcese’s Dylan documentary, No Direction Home.
Bob Dylan & The Band, Goin’ Down the Road - From A Tree With Roots (The Complete Basement Tapes). I understand why Dylan got so annoyed when this stuff got bootlegged, but listening to Dylan and The Band just fucking around in their basement is incredible. This is one of their more polished performances. The atrocious sound quality just enhances the experience.
Pixies, In Heaven - Have I started to detect a Pixies backlash out there in the internets recently? That would be pretty silly, wouldn’t it?