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, March 09, 2006

Friday Random Ten (Thursday Edition)
(Special Unable to Get a Groove On Edition)

Blues Traveler, 100 Years (***1/2) - One of the tracks from their debut album that holds up the best. John Popper describes himself as “a Libertarian who is a Republican when pushed.” You know what? Fuck Libertarians and fuck John Popper. He said that shit in 2003. If you were a Republican in 2003, you’ve got no business calling yourself a libertarian, that’s for sure. He plays a wicked mouth harp, though. I’ll give him that.
The Postal Service, Natural Anthem (*1/2) - Garbage. This is mostly noise. Four minutes in we get a little melody and a little singing, but it’s too late; I’m already bored. I’m glad I bittorrented this - at least it didn’t cost me anything.
Johnny Cash, Southern Accents (***) - Is this a Tom Petty cover? I’m not sure and I’m too lazy to Google. It’s okay. Not great, not bad.
The Helio Sequence, Looks Good (But You Looked Away) (**1/2) - This is shaping up to be a pretty sub-par Random 10. I had very high hopes for this album when I bought it, based on the one song I had heard (Harmonica Song), but it hasn’t delivered.
Justin Roberts, Nine Planets (****) - This is a kid’s song about the Solar System (is that capitalized?). Funny lyrics (“Some people say Mars has got Martians and I guess they got a point, but / Earth’s got weird people, too”), catchy melody. What’s not to like? This will be in my head all day.
The Perceptionists, Freestyle (***)

GOD DAMN IT. Paul just called and interrupted my Friday Random Ten. Fuck it. I’m not taking that call. I have work to do - yes, Jenny, I really am working while I do this - and I’m not in the mood to look up Anal Blast or whatever “brutal pornographic hyperblast deathmetal grindcore” he wants me to look up today. (Yeah, I know. I just looked it up. Whatever.). But in the act of pausing iTunes I accidentally clicked on a Beatles album, which started playing Day Tripper. The integrity of this Random 10 has been compromised. I’m going back to random now, but I can’t pretend that things are the same.

Teenage Fanclub, Don’t Hide (****) - Phew. A really good song. I needed that. But now my boss just called me. WTF? Do people not get that Random 10 requires a groove? How am I supposed to groove when the phone keeps ringing? C’mon people.
The Supremes, You Can’t Hurry Love (*****) - On the other hand, the songs just keep getting better. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe you don’t need a groove. Could it be that I’ve been doing this wrong this whole time? Does anybody not love this song?
Camper Van Beethoven, Vladivostock (***1/2) - Nice violin.
Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks, Clara (***3/4) - This is pretty good, and historically interesting - before The Band was The Band they were The Hawks.

Average rating: 3.38 stars.