Saturday, January 1, 2022

One year later

 Still alive and in the other social media channels. Here's are a couple of lists of movies I watched and music I bought in 2020. Did not buy much used vinyl as I'm getting choosier and did not get out to shops as much. I hope you are all well. 

  1. Blazing Saddles
  2. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  3. The Searchers
  4. Taking of Pelham 1-2-3
  5. Bubba Ho-Tep
  6. Criss Cross
  7. Toy Story 3
  8. Mystify Michael Hutchence
  9. Dog Day Afternoon
  10. The Dog (2013 documentary)
  11. Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different
  12. Casablanca
  13. Stars In My Crown
  14. Shadow of a Doubt
  15. Pele
  16. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  17. Trouble in Paradise. 
  18. 39 Steps (1935)
  19. Mae West: Dirty Blonde
  20. Remastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke
  21. The Male Animal
  22. The Palm Beach Story
  23. Jewel Robbery
  24. Superfly (1972)
  25. Pillow Talk
  26. California Split
  27. Vertigo
  28. Waterloo Bridge
  29. Fast Company (1938)
  30. Summer of Soul
  31. The Most Dangerous Game
  32. American Utopia
  33. Jezebel
  34. One Way Passage
  35. Footlight Parade
  36. Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed
  37. Andre the Giant
  38. The Ladykillers (1955)
  39. No Time To Die (In a theater!)
  40. The Thing Called Love
  41. Crazed Fruit
  42. Yours, Mine, and Ours
  43. The Brothers Sparks
  44. Young Frankenstein
  45. High Anxiety
  46. Get Back 1-3
  47. No Man of Her Own
  48. Too Late For Tears
  49. The Shop Around the Corner
  50. Stagecoach
  51. It’s A Wonderful Life
  52. Godzilla Vs. Mothra
  53. Bridge on the River Kwai
  54. Breathless
  55. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

  1. Lightnin’ Hopkins - The Best of Lightnin’ Hopkins
  2. Star Feminine Band
  3. The Anchoress - Confessions of a Romance Novelist
  4. Bootsy Collins - The Power of the One
  5. Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
  6. Freddie King - My Feeling For the Blues
  7. Betty Davis: The Columbia Years
  8. The Hold Steady - Open Door Policy
  9. Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks (LP)
  10. Mogwai - As the Love Continues
  11. Arab Strap - As Days Get Dark
  12. Francois & The Atlas Mountains - Banana Blue (LP & download)
  13. The Anchoress - The Art of Losing
  14. Betty Davis - Nasty Girl (LP)
  15. Mogwai - Ten Rapid (LP)
  16. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Let Love In
  17. Earth, Wind & Fire - That’s the Way of the World
  18. Life Without Buildings - Any Other City (LP)
  19. Gal Costa
  20. Female Species - Tale of My Lost Love (LP/Download)
  21. The Who - The Who Sell Out (2LP-stereo)
  22. Teenage Fanclub - Endless Arcade
  23. Merry Clayton - Beautiful Scars
  24. Paul Weller - Fat Pop
  25. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Olesi: Fragments of an Earth
  26. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Oligarchy Sucks
  27. Livingmore - Take Me
  28. Junior Kimbrough - Introducing
  29. Liz Phair - Soberish
  30. The Zombies - Oddities & Extras (LP)
  31. Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - 1984-1989
  32. Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987
  33. The Band - The Last Waltz (3LP)
  34. Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
  35. Leon Bridges - Gold-Diggers Sound
  36. Prince - Welcome 2 America
  37. Jackie Leven - Straight Outta Caledonia
  38. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram - 662
  39. Choctaw Ridge (LP)
  40. Albert King - I’ll Play the Blues For You (LP)
  41. Ray Wylie Hubbard - Co-Starring
  42. Jade Bird - Different Kinds of Light
  43. The Umbrellas
  44. Saint Etienne - I’ve Been Trying To Tell You
  45. Bob Dylan - Springtime in New York
  46. Ray Wylie Hubbard - A Enlightment, B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is No C)
  47. Carolyn Wonderland - Tempting Fate
  48. Lilly Hiatt - Lately
  49. My Morning Jacket
  50. World Party - Goodbye Jumbo (LP)
  51. Broken Chanter - Catastrophe Hits
  52. Admiral Fallow - The Idea of You
  53. Chime School
  54. Curtis Harding - If Words Were Flowers
  55. Heroes of the Night - Punk, Pop & Wave from the UK Underground 1979-1983
  56. Joe Peppercorn - Darkening Stars
  57. The Jangle Brothers - Luxardo (LP)
  58. Nicole Atkins - Memphis Ice (LP)
  59. Aida Victoria - A Southern Gothic

Used Vinyl:

  1. Bobby Rush - Sue
  2. Eddie Harris - Silver Cycles
  3. David Bromberg
  4. The Who - Quadrophenia
  5. Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billy Joe
  6. Andy Kim - Baby I Love You
  7. The Walker Brothers - Introducing the Walker Brothers
  8. Jr. Walker and the All Stars - Greatest Hits
  9. Amanda Ambrose - Amanda
  10. Ramsey Lewis - Up Pops Ramsey Lewis
  11. Sweet Emma and Her Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  12. Sandy Nelson - Live in Las Vegas
  13. Duane Eddy - Dance With the Guitar Man
  14. Earth, Wind & Fire - I Am
  15. Michel Legrand Featuring Miles Davis - Legrand Jazz
  16. Coleman Hawkins and His All-Stars - Timeless Jazz
  17. Chi Coltrane
  18. Eddie Harris - Free Speech
  19. Howlin’ Wolf - Moanin’ In the Moonlight
  20. Soup Dragons - Whole Wide World

Thursday, December 31, 2020


 I did manage to see at least one film a week during this God-awful year. Most of them were thanks to the good people of TCM. The last film I saw in a theater was 1917. Also watched a lot of television shows, new and old. Giri/Haji was outstanding. What We Do in the Shadows is terrific. Probably more of the same in 2021. I do not see myself in a theater for many many months. Have a safe and peaceful New Year's Eve, we earned it.

  1. Return of the Jedi
  2. The Late Show
  3. 1917
  4. The Magnificent Seven
  5. Beach Party (1963)
  6. Jo Jo Rabbit
  7. Uncorked
  8. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
  9. Stop Making Sense
  10. Network
  11. The Wizard of Oz
  12. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  13. Splendor in the Gras
  14. The General (1926)
  15. Purple Rose of Cairo
  16. The Hollies: Look Through Any Window
  17. A Streetcar Named Desire
  18. Rebel Without A Cause
  19. A Hard Days Night
  20. Don’t Look Back
  21. With Byrd at the South Pole
  22. Palm Springs
  23. The One Man Beatles
  24. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
  25. NotFilm
  26. Mitchell (1975)
  27. Bedazzled (1967)
  28. Lady and the Tramp
  29. Black Panther
  30. Sour Grapes (2016)
  31. The T.A.M.I. Show
  32. Jimi Hendrix (1973)
  33. The Great Buster - A Celebration
  34. Sherlock Jr.
  35. The Trial of the Chicago 7
  36. A Fine Madness
  37. A Hard Days Night
  38. Bananas
  39. Rocky Horror Picture Show
  40. The Booksellers
  41. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
  42. One Million Dubliners
  43. A Christmas Carol (1938)
  44. Mangrove
  45. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  46. Christmas in Connecticut
  47. Soul
  48. Llamageddon
  49. A Chump At Oxford
  50. Vinyl (2000)

Thursday, December 24, 2020

It's been three months

Still here. Still alive and COVID-Free. Still maintaining amid death, batshit crazy and being in place. My father in law died earlier this month of a non-COVID condition and that's taken a lot of good emotions away from us. 

I was referred for cataract surgery in September, had the surgeries in November and that has changed my life significantly. Now I can see distance but need readers for up close. It's been a profound adjustment. 

Still buying music, listening to it when I can. It's hard to focus and my guitar playing time has suffered.

Here's the list of what I bought this year. The stars mean I really liked it. My two faves are Bob Dylan's Rough and Rowdy Ways and Emma Swift's Blonde on the Tracks. It's been a Bob year. 

Have not bought much vinyl due to COVID, but my recent nothing else to do but buy shit during COVID phase brought me some wonderful Japanese pressings, and the Dave Clark Five record is a revelation of rock and roll energy.

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas, and I'll probably post a movies I watched entry next week. Be safe. 

  1. Bobby Rush - Sittin’ on Top of the Blues
  2. Rough Guide to World Guitar Music
  3. Algiers - There is No Year
  4. Bill Fay - Countless Branches
  5. Basic Plumbing - Keeping Up Appearances *
  6. Ben Watt - Storm Damage
  7. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again *
  8. Ann Peebles - I Can't Stand the Rain
  9. Guided By Voices - Surrender Your Poppy Field
  10. Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Play the Blues
  11. Nadia Reid - Out of My Province
  12. Maria McKee - La Vita Nuova
  13. Lily Hiatt - Walking Proof *
  14. John Prine
  15. John Prine - The Missing Years
  16. Dan Berggren in Concert (CD)
  17. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
  18. The Jam - The Gift (LP)
  19. The Amazing Nina Simone (LP)
  20. Lucinda Williams - Good Souls, Better Angels
  21. Ric Napoli
  22. Ric Napoli - The Atlanta Sessions
  23. Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit
  24. Tony Allen - NEPA
  25. COVAID-614
  26. Cherry Chrome - Place of Love *
  27. Nick Tolford & Company - Lost My Mind
  28. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Reunions
  29. Badly Drawn Boy - Banana Skin Shoes
  30. Nicole Atkins - Italian Ice (LP) *
  31. Sondre Lerche -Patience
  32. The Explorer’s Club
  33. The Explorer’s Club - To Sing and Be Born Again
  34. Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways *
  35. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
  36. Eccentric Soul - The CapSoul Label (Vinyl)
  37. The Jayhawks - Xoxo
  38. Freddie King - Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away
  39. Pretenders - Hate For Sale
  40. Gillian Welch - Boots No. 2. The Lost Songs Vol. 1
  41. Robyn Hitchcock - The Man Upstairs: Demos and Rarities
  42. Davey Horne
  43. Emma Swift - Blonde on the Tracks (download and LP) *
  44. Bebel Gilberto - Agora
  45. Feargal Sharkey
  46. Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blue 
  47.  The Who - Odds & Sods (RDS vinyl)
  48.  Funkadelic - Maggot Brain (Vinyl)
  49. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Henry’s Dream
  50. P.J. Harvey - To Bring You My Live (demos)
  51. Toots & the Maytalls - Best of
  52. Lydia Loveless - Daughter
  53. Denise Johnson - Where Does It Go *
  54. Jeffrey David DiCicca - The Unlikely Optimist and His Domestic Adventures
  55. Catherine Anne Davies & Bernard Butler - In Memory of My Feelings *
  56. Betty Davis - They Say I’m Different
  57. Tom Petty - Wildflowers & the Rest (3LP & download)
  58. Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You
  59. Busta Rhymes - Extinction Level Event Two: The Wrath of God *
  60. The Dirty Knobs - Wreckless Abandon
  61. Deep Sea Diver - Impossible Weight
  62. Straight Scared: A Columbus Tribute to New Bomb Turks
  63.  Jill Lorean - Not Your First
  64. Belle and Sebastian - What To Look For In Summer (2-LP)

 Used Vinyl

  1. Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now
  2. XTC - Skylarking
  3. The Marachi Brass featuring Chet Baker - Double Shot
  4. Beatles For Sale (Japanese pressing)
  5. Rabbit - Broken Arrows
  6. Beatles - Abbey Road (Japanese pressing)
  7. Beatles - Help! (Japanese pressing)
  8. Issac Hayes - For the Sake of Love
  9. Dave Clark Five - 16 Greatest Hits (Japanese pressing)

Sunday, August 2, 2020

In deep as the walls thicken

This pandemic has been a tough thing to keep any focus throughout. From working at home and missing the Hell out of physical materials to a bored as Hell special needs teenager whose life has been upended overnight - decisions are hard. 

I'm supposed to be going back to work on a half day basis later this month, and I'm ok with that. Again, I really miss books, maps and I do not think either of them are going to kill me. Hell is other people though and there will be maybe a third of normal staffing in the building so there will be social distances. My son's school is set to be distance learning later this month and full time in early September. He does not take well to distance learning and needs a lot of one on one education. I'm really torn. If there was a wsy for him to go a couple of days a week I'd be more accepting. 

I also do not think Ohio's numbers are going to be low enough for anyone to go back to school. Naturally I'm concerned for my son's health. I am also concerned for the health of his teachers, the school's staff, other students and so on. This is really hard. It's been hard to plan and it's going to be very difficult to implement. No one is going to come out ahead. 

All the while legal documents are now in place to assist with the inevitable turning of 18 by the soon to be legal adult. It's a weird time. 

What would have been my 35th wedding anniversary was last week. Twelve years ago she said to never contact her again, I have not done so. Meanwhile she blocks me on Facebook even as she liked one of my tweets a few weeks ago. 

Another result of the lack of courage this country has is that the U.S. Passport has become a useless document, we're the shithole country now. It did not have to happen this way and I blame the GOP cultists in the senate. 

So we sit at home, watching the sparrows and house finches out the window. While I Aimlessly play the new acoustic I traded up for, and wait for what?

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Troubles America

The last few nights in Columbus have been a tense display of protests, property damage and police overreach. I'm grateful that it has not been worse, because it could be.

Yesterday I watched the social media feeds of friends of mine bravely go to a protest downtown. For over an hour, maybe longer, it was peaceful. Then, somewhere, a switch was activated and the police, mounted police and SWAT teams indiscriminately pepper sprayed scores of people.

Police Chief Thomas Quinlan blamed the protesters, the protesters blamed the police and the Mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther...well where was he while the president of Columbus City Council Shannon Hardin, County Commissioner Kevin Boyce and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty were on the front line and were also pepper sprayed by the police.

It was tense and this old man on the couch was worried about his friends, some of whom were sprayed or shot with wooden bullets but are otherwise intact.

The protests spread to the short north, where many businesses had already boarded up their windows in anticipation of confrontations. Several shops has already sustained damage and looting during the previous nights clashes.

By this time Mayor Ginther came out of meeting with developers, or where ever he was receiving orders, to issue this tweet.

"Racism and discrimination are threats to the quality of life and safety of our community. We are committed to addressing these concerns and making changes when necessary. We believe that we can peacefully protest, keep each other safe and make sure that our community remains America’s Opportunity City"

I'm so glad he took the time to issue a marketing and branding report for Columbus. Ginther had a press conference with Governor DeWine, and the national guard was called in to assist. Ohio and the national guard have a wonderful history together. A 10PM curfew was enacted and it seemed like it was respected as the streets were clear.

I woke up to what I think is calm in my newsfeeds. I know there were more injuries and violence in other cities. We're not doing this well. How do we fix this and all that? Committees, blue ribbon panels, citizen councils taking a knee and the like - they have not worked. The only thing that has not changed is the police, who are now equipped like Robo Cop while school buildings have leaky ceilings.

In this culture, this climate, with this administration in charge in the White House, what do we have the collective will to do to stop this racist county from being racist anymore?