September Music Challenge 2020

Week 36 Control Machete – Solo Para Fanaticos Whoops! Well, shit… Ok, I probably should have figured this out. I mean, my Spanish is good enough to translate Solo Para Fanaticos, so the question really becomes whether or not I would have put together that Only for Fanatics would mean ‘Greatest hits’ album. I knew…

Fortune Favors the Bold! [Photo-Dump]

In my previous photo-dump I mentioned that I had gone to Meteora. Well, the plot is a little thicker than that. The first day I got to the town just outside of Meteora in the blazing heat of noon. The hostel matron told me I would be a fool to go up to the monastaries…

August Music Challenge 2020

Week 31 Ratata – LP3 Ratata is another band that I think I am lying to myself about. I got into it while working a job back when because and only because my coworkers were into it and it got heavy rotation in the work place (before you think this is some kind of weird…

I did a tourism! [Photo-Dump]

Ok. I don’t know what was harder – four months of employment quarantine, or one month of self-employment. But after the both of those back to back, I need a vacation. So I took one. I went to the monasteries of Meteora in northern Greece. Fantastic place! More photos – and anecdotes – to follow…

July Music Challenge 2020

Week 26 Queen – Greatest Hits This was pretty much just vengeance out of the gate. Last year (I think. I am exhausted and my life/ the last several months is all a fucking blur) I had Queen on my to-listen list. But the person who recommended it to me did it in a weird…

When your principles fail

I like to think of myself as something of a principled person. But I do have my limits. I go out of my way to do things what I consider to be the right way. I try to be pretty conscious not only of my actions, but of the consequences therein. But I think there…

June Music Challenge 2020

Week 22 The White Stripes – Elephant I kind of came at this with the worst foot forward. I pretty much expected this to be the band that did the football (soccer) hooligan song. And let’s face it – Seven Nation Army might be a king among the one hit wonders. It is a fantastic…

May Music Challenge 2020

Week 18 – Manu Chao – La Radiolina Manu Chao is the shit. I’ve been referring to him as my generation’s Bob Marley since listening to his first album, Clandestino.┬áThat is a statement I am willing to stand behind. His music is always satisfying, catchy and cool. The fact that he pulls off an album…

Sad Birthday Post

It’s my birthday. Today pretty much, as you are reading this. Not fourth months ago when I wrote the post you’ll read next week. But actually today. I am not reckoning for a great birthday this year. I have had a birthday tradition that I have followed for the better part of the past fifteen…

April Music Challenge 2020

Week 14 Animal Collective – Merryweather Post Pavillion The last time I reviewed an Animal Collective album I found it hard to do. This music is… well, weird. But it is a really good weird. One of the songs on that first album remains among my list of ‘seriously, best song ever’ list. But its…

March Music Challenge 2020

Week 9 – Milky Chance – Sadnecessary Why do we demonize one-hit wonders? I am not sure I do, but it seemed to be a common sentiment with some people I knew. We do this across the board (I knew I have done this with some movie directors, for instance), but it is making less…