Quick note: last Friday, as a result of working in three WordPress blogs simultaneously (don’t try this at home, kids), I accidentally published my Friday list before I had a chance to edit the thing, and then I had to delete the entire post because even in draft mode it was accessible through the Twitter feed (and much of what I had started to crank out was jibberish). So this week’s post captures what I can recall of that list (which is just as well, as I hardly listened to or watched or read anything this week).
1. Steely Dan iTunes playlist – All the albums, basically, from Can’t Buy a Thrill through (and including) Gaucho. Best and worst music ever to be unemployed to. (My SD best-of has a fair bit of overlap with Alfred Soto’s.)
2. Broken Social Scene, Bee Hives
3. Hey Ocean! “Big Blue Wave – What hath Metric wrought. And my daughter digs it, too.
4. Chromeo, “Jealous”
5. Bob Dylan, “Tangled up in Blue” – Until you’ve seen a one-year-old shake his butt to this, it’s safe to say you’ve never really heard it.
6. David Newfeld, “Signatures of Existence” – From his 1992 CD, Marshall McLuhan: The Medium is the Message.
7. The Peter Yarrow Songbook: Sleepytime Songs – Best children’s album ever. As pretty as Nebraska, minus all the stuff about killing people.
8. Ghostface Killah, Fishscale
9. Go-Go’s, Greatest Hits
10. Belinda Carlisle, “Heaven is a Place on Earth”
11. “Mad Men” Season 7 opener – “I’m a Man” early on suggested a new energy, but it promptly fell back into turgid. Not that I find it uncompellingly turgid.
12. In Good Company, dir. Paul Weitz, w/Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johnsson, et al.
13. Steve Roach, Structures From Silence (reissue, via Ned Raggett’s review in Wondering Sound)
14. Camille Paglia, Break, Blow, Burn – How to read. Really read.