Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 22

Chart Week: November 6, 1976 Song: “The Rubberband Man” – The Spinners Chart Position: #15, 9th week on the chart. Peaked at #2 for three weeks in December. As promised, our first journey into the 1970s occasionally. This is the perfect jam to make that deeper run into the chart history. As I’ve said many […]

Title Season

Well, here we are: three games left in the Big 12 season and after pounding Kansas State last night, Kansas is a game out of first place, needing to both sweep through their last three games and get some serious help if they want to extend The Streak to 15. In years past I’d say […]

Friday Playlist

“Blankets” – Craig Finn. This is the first time I’ve really enjoyed one of Finn’s solo songs. It may make me reconsider his entire solo catalog. But I’ll likely just got back and listen to classic Hold Steady tracks. “Heart Attack Kid” – Ben Kweller. Kweller disappeared for awhile. This is a pretty solid return. […]

Neighborhood Golf Association

This mini-documentary hits a lot of things I like: photography, golf, beautiful eccentrics to name three. It made me both happy and sad as I watched it. Fair warning: plenty of NSFW language in this piece. Via Kottke

Reader’s Notebook, 2/19/19

I’ve dillied and dallied a bit on these, so some quick recaps of my four most recent books. Beastie Boys Book – Michael Diamond and Adam Horowitz Simply one of the best music memoirs ever published. I’m being 100% honest, not funny at all. This book is equally hilarious, poignant, thoughtful, and moving. Mike D […]

Fun With Utilities

Have I mentioned my issues with our gas, water, and sewer utility before? Well, I’m about to! These people suck. Seriously. Here’s a list of the issues we’ve gone through with them over the past eight months. First, our builder did not drop any grass seed until the week that the water line was supposed […]

Friday Playlist

It’s been a rough few musical days, another time when we have been reminded that painful music is sometimes a product of truly painful lives. On Wednesday The New York Times ran a story in which several women accused Ryan Adams of abusive behavior. Phoebe Bridgers and Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore both went on record […]

Some Notes

A couple smaller things smashed into one post today. First, there’s just too much information out there. I know this is, like, a devastatingly deep and original opinion, but that’s why I have a blog, people. Wait, I’m not talking about the general flood of information we swim through each day. I’m talking about the […]

Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 21

Chart Week: February 12, 1983 Song: “Down Under” – Men at Work Chart Position: #1, 15th week on the chart. Spent four non-consecutive weeks at #1 in January and February. If you’ve paid very close attention to my music posts over the years, you may recall that I kicked around a project in which I […]