Panda Bear, “Comfy in Nautica”
A friend put this on a recent mix disc, and I’m glad. If he hadn’t, I would have overlooked a bright spot of perfection on a record otherwise stuffed with admirable but ultimately failed (Brian) Wilsonian conventions.
Wilco, July 29, Shelburne Museum
True, the man at the T-Bird Motor Inn was not exactly big on truthiness when he told us it was just a short walk to the museum. But all was forgiven as we sampled burritos as the sun went down, and Jeff Tweedy & Co. launched into “Side With The Seeds.”
An injury discovery. Why waste time shopping when, for a mere $5, a nice man will deliver your groceries? I still go shopping for fish and meats, but no more hauling paper towels home.
Steve Martin, “Born Standing Up”
I read this in three hours the night after I broke my ankle. It was a perfect anatomical study of celebrity, from within.
160 GB iPod
Some of us collect bottle-caps. Others, stamps. I like music. And that’s why I waited a long time for a pod capable of storing 40,000 songs.
Stephen Stills, “Just Roll Tape: April 26th, 1968”
Sorry, Syd. Stephen Stills remains the stoner era’s greatest casualty. Need proof of his genius? Just click on this release, a set of impromptu demos dashed off by the then 23-year-old singer almost as an afterthought.
Peter Bjorn and John, “Writer’s Block”
“Amsterdam” and “Young Folks” are enough to make the list.
Radiohead releases “In Rainbows” as digital download
You could pay nothing, a few dollars, or you could fork over $82 for the special box. I actually only spoke to one person who bought the box, and who knows how many people just clicked on for free. Still, an admirable idea at a time when the music industry has largely forgotten how to sell albums.
Joshua Ferris, “Then We Came To The End”What’s frustrating about this comic, oh-so-in-the-now book - no, about many books - is that it just feels as if we are all clever enough to have written it. But we aren’t, and we didn’t, so now we must suffer.
Charlotte Gainsbourg, “5:55”
Sorry, Carla, this list only has room for one multi-talented French chanteuse.