Tuesday, September 30, 2008


We hit the end of September with the White Sox winning a one game playoff against the Twins, 1-0, to make it into the playoffs against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. The Cubs start their playoff series against the L.A. Dodgers tomorrow. We are in uncharted territory...so let's take a moment and chart my pop culture intake, shall we?

I read 2 books in September, bringing my total for the year to 42. This is my smallest book total of the year but I am still 6 books ahead of pace in order to reach my goal of 48 on the year. I only need to read 2 books a month the rest of the way to meet that goal; I am confident that will still happen. Last September I read 4 books and had reached 29 for the year. Oh, I read The Sons of Heaven by Kage Baker and Room One by Andrew Clements.

I read 14 stories in September, brining my total for the year to 180. The stories came from the July 2008 issues of both Asimov's and F&SF, as well as the Aug. 2008 Asimov's. Last September I read 20 stories and had read 145 for the year.

I read 2 comics in September, both of them trades (Astro City: The Dark Age 1: Brothers and Other Strangers and JLA Presents: Aztek the Ultimate Man). I've read 75 comics so far this year, 28 of them trades; last year I'd read 109 comics, 23 of them trades, by this point.

I downloaded 4 CDs in September, for a total of 67 on the year. The only one not mentioned in my previous post was the new Kings Of Leon, Only By The Night. Last September I got 10 new CDs and had reached 82 for the year. My music consumption is definitely down.

I actually saw 1 movie in the theater in September (Pineapple Express), which brings my total for the year to 7. Last September I hadn't seen any movies in the theater but I'd seen 14 on the year. Guess my movie viewing is down this year too.

And there's three-quarters of the year down...

Monday, September 29, 2008


This may be the smallest number of albums I've grabbed in a single month on eMusic. It's all good stuff, at least...

The Broken West/Now Or Heaven
Okkervil River/The Stand Ins
Portastatic/Some Small History

More next month...

Sunday, September 28, 2008


The White Sox have blown so many chances to win the division over the last week plus, yet they still have a chance. Amazing. Speaking of amazing, here's some music...

1. The Closer/The Baseball Project (4)
2. Green River/Creedence Clearwater Revival (6)
3. pleasure is mine/Matthew Sweet (4)
4. Bridges & Balloons/The Decemberists (9)
5. Lumberlung/Slobberbone (17)
6. Josephine/Portastatic (3)
7. Sweet Tooth/King Khan and The Shrines (7)
8. Biology Tricks/Centro-Matic (9)
9. Your Own Cloud/Portastatic (3)
10. Endlessly/Mercury Rev (1)

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Another late start this week due to chores (like fixing the roof...though I mainly held the ladder) and my wife printing tickets for her fall play. The Emmys start soon and I may watch a bit. Regardless, here are ten songs from my iTunes...

1. Cursed Mirror/Superchunk (9)
2. Song For/Earlimart (8)
3. Weightless/Nada Surf (1)
4. Rosalie/Alejandro Escovedo (1)
5. Slow Show (Daytrotter Session)/The National (6)
6. About Today/The National (13)
7. Bandit Queen/The Decemberists (8)
8. Crimson/Apples In Stereo (10)
9. Green River/Creedence Clearwater Revival (5)
10. All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth/The New Pornographers (18)

Sunday, September 14, 2008


This Sunday Shuffle is coming to you live from a rain-drenched Valparaiso, IN. Your DJ has spent most of his weekend dealing with water and includes a trip to the attic to search for the source of a leak. Good times. Then again, it could have worse and the rain is now over - Hurricane Ike has left our building. I've done my algebra and I'm reading to ramdomly play 10 songs from my iTunes. Enjoy!

1. Cut Your Hair/Pavement (7)
2. Seen How Things Are Hard/Elliott Smith (8)
3. Onions/The Mountain Goats (8)
4. Down In A Hole/Jason Isbell (1)
5. It's Me/Dinosaur Jr. (10)
6. room to rock/Matthew Sweet (4)
7. I've Gotta Try/Sloan (13)
8. The Family Gardener (live)/Jeff Tweedy (8)
9. A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger/Of Montreal (12)
10. Penny and Jack/The Essex Green (23)

Sunday, September 07, 2008


I have things to download this week, so I'd better let you know what I grabbed in August...

Dr. Dog/Fate
Gillian Welch/Time (The Revelator)
Ra Ra Riot/The Rhumb Line
Verbena/Souls For Sale
Hoodoo Gurus/Magnum Cum Louder
The Decemberists/Castaways And Cutouts

This week I layer in the third of my jobs, teaching swimming lessons once again. So I will be working at the elementary school every day from 8:30 to 3:15, going to school four nights a week, and now teaching swimming two nights a week plus Saturday mornings. The good news is I don't need to learn anything about teaching swimming since I've been doing it for so many years. The bad news is my time is going to get tighter but that's what I signed up for. It'll be fine.

Now I'll shut up and give you some songs...

1. Gang Bang Suicide/Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew (7)
2. Pre-Crimson/Apples In Stereo (9)
3. Most People Are DJs/The Hold Steady (13)
4. Faust Arp/Radiohead (19)
5. Somebody Changed/The Clientele (7)
6. Song From Debby's Stairs/M. Ward (7)
7. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood/Neko Case (5)
8. What Happened.../Grandaddy (12)
9. Baboon/The Mountain Goats (10)
10. I Wish I Was/The Twilight Singers (13)