I was listening to Radio K at work today, and it got me really excited about getting back to WERW. I’ll be general manager, and I’ll be cultivating my show a little more. I hope you’ll all listen. Returning to Syracuse, in general, is starting to not feel so bleak.
Upstate New York, autumn, brightly colored leaves Oh, the hills were on fire, they burn for you and me
This morning, after I left my really engaging interview for a job I’m dying to land, I heard this song playing in a car going down Madison Ave. Overwhelmed with such a good mood, I burst in a sudden movement of dance. I want to make a mix with only this track and “Bizness” on it. It’ll be called something tasteful like “Baller Mix 01.” Y’know how I do.
Here lies my dorky first day of work post. I’m excited, giddy, ect. and have been waiting all of Spring semester to get here and get to it! Check out Ba Da Bing Records, when you get a chance. Their roster is highly impressive, for being such a small label. Not only do they manage Beirut, but they also support Sharon Van Etten, WOOM, Soft Landing, and tUnE-yArDs.
Andrew and I were in Park Slope yesterday, and we went into this tiny little used record and tape store. I picked up a couple of classic CDs including Tubthumper and the second album from Liz Phair. This is my favorite song on the album so far, along with the title track of the album. Whip-Smart is one of my favorite albums I’ve listened to all the way through in a while. Certainly best 2 dollars I’ve spent all week.
Andrew and I went grocery shopping this morning, and we got some beef franks, spaghetti and seaweed. Looks like we’ll be living the high life for the next week or so.
I think Andrew, being an avid Beastie Boy himself, would agree that the atmosphere around my apartment could be pretty accurately represented by Paul’s Boutique. I had to go pick up my key for the building yesterday from Crown Chicken, the fried food place that’s under my apartment. The menu to this place is not limited to fried legs, though. You can also get gyros and pistachio ice cream (and possibly some sort of Mexican food). Probably going to run a train on that menu pretty soon.
We’re sitting on my couch here in Syracuse, and all Andrew has been talking about since he got here is watching Twin Peaks, and I really, really don’t care to study for the final I have in a few hours, so here we are.
I’ve had this song stuck in my head all day, and I plan to play it tonight on my last radio show of the semester. Andrew will be joining me, and we’ll essentially be playing whatever we want. Listen and deal with it.
This boy I like this coming to hang out with me all the way from Arkansas right now. I feel bad about his layover in Newark, but I’m pretty sure I’m totally worth it. He’s going to buy me sushi, and help me move into my house, and ride on a train with me to Brooklyn, and then walk me to work. It’ll be nice.
“He played the record your was doing on Junior, and I think you’re doing a remarkable job. I like it, you know. You about the only one that really, really plays like Junior played his records. And I am very proud. It makes me feel very proud.”—
Mildred, Junior Kimbrough’s wife on the Black Keys’ Chulahoma: The Songs Of Junior Kimbrough
I got a chance yesterday to listen through this EP a few times over, and I have to say that it is one of my all-time favorite recordings. It’s a rarity to find a tribute that does justice to the original artist’s work completely. The Black Keys honor Junior Kimprough’s work like no other band could.
A fun fact: Strangeways, Here We Come, the final studio album of the Smiths, is the album that all four ex-members of the band cite as their favorite. This song is my go-to on this record. Also, the Morning Benders did a cute cover of it.