Thursday, December 31, 2020

Celebrate

 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?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020