Record Store Day — Just a few shopping days left!

Record Store Day is just around the corner, and I’m very excited about it.  It’s the closest thing I have to a religious holiday, outside of Christmas and Easter and so on.

The full list this year is interesting.  Lots of vinyl out there I want–and I should really get a better record player to play it, but that’s a side issue.  Figured I’d do a post to list the stuff that I’m interested in.  I think I’m working off a partial list though, as I seem to recall a few that I didn’t see on the list I just looked at for the purposes of compiling this post.  But whatever.  I’m sure I won’t walk out with even half of what I want anyway, since I’m not getting up at the crack of whenever-Vintage-Vinyl opens to get the rare stuff.

For those unfamiliar, Record Store Day (henceforth called RSD) is a day designed for the local, independent record stores.  Lots of bands and companies put out special, limited releases or use the date to launch new projects, or new collectible EPs and such.  It’s pretty cool.  A lot of it is on vinyl, a lot is on CD.  Lots of what comes out is re-released stuff that you can find elsewhere, but that gets a special release for RSD.  And that is often the stuff I gravitate toward, as you’ll see below.  Also included are some regional or VERY limited releases that you’ll never see again after RSD ends.  So it’s kind of a big deal for us collectors.

Anyway…here’s the stuff that caught my eye.  A couple of them merit explanation…

  • Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra “Polly b/w Idioteque” – AKA “Amanda Fucking Palmer.” AKA – “Oh, that chick from the Dresden Dolls?” AKA – “Neil Gaiman’s wife.”  Got interested in her solo career because of her marriage to Gaiman, whose work I admire.  He posts very sweet things about her on his tumblr page all the time, so I checked her out.  The EP coming out this year is a happy coincidence.
  • Iggy And The Stooges “Live at All Tomorrows Parties”
  • Leonard Cohen “Live in Fredericton EP” — It’s my understanding that this is a Live EP from the last tour, which should be pretty cool, because I’ve loved every note of the live stuff he’s released in the past 3-5 years.
  • Metallica “Beyond Magnetic”  — Leftovers from “Death Magnetic,” which is the record that brought Metallica back to life for me.  So I’d love to check it out.
  • Misfits “Walk Among Us”  — Come on.  Super cool.
  • Patterson Hood & the Downtown 13 (featuring Mike Mills) “After It’s Gone”  — Patterson’s the leader of the Drive-By Truckers.  Long-time fan.  I’ll check out whatever the current thing he’s doing is, whenever he does it.
  • Pete Townshend “Quadrophenia Demos Part 2” — Although, to be fair, I have not yet picked up “Part 1”
  • The Civil Wars “Live at Amoeba”  —  I have somehow not yet gotten on board with the Civil Wars, but I’ve been meaning to.  Their song “Lily Love” on the Chieftains last release definitely made me want to explore the duo a little further, so why not start on RSD?
  • Uncle Tupelo “The Seven Inch Singles” — Local alt-country heroes.  I’d like to grab up whatever I can and hear them how they were meant to be heard–vinyl.
  • Lou Reed “Rock N Roll Animal” — Classic release in a RSD special re-release.  What’s not to want?
  • Lou Reed “Transformer” — Ditto.
  • Uncle Tupelo No Depression
  • Uncle Tupelo March 16-20, 1992
  • Uncle Tupelo Still Feel Gone

…and that’s the list I’m starting with.  Probably also check out a few releases that aren’t just for RSD, too.  We’ll see how it works out this Saturday!  Anyone wanna come-with?

Get Me Two Tickets to the State that Springfield is in…

Oops forgot to blog all week.  I’m going to limit myself to ten minutes to churn out a random post.  Whatever I get through by 4:00 (my time) is IT for this one…

  1. Today is my niece Tessa’s fourth birthday.  Happy birthday Tessa!  Now stop reading my blog.  There’s probably swearing in it.
  2. Picked up “Boys & Girls,” the premier record by Alabama Shakes.  If they’re not a household name by this time next year, I just give up.
  3. Played at church this morning.  Jeremy led and I backed him up.  I know we did four songs, but I can’t remember the name of one of them…  Here’s what I do recall:
    • Stronger
    • [Title Not Remembered]
    • Sanctuary
    • I Saw the Light
      T-Shirt Worn: Leonard Cohen
  4. Apparently the Cardinals’ World Series rings include an homage to the “rally squirrel.”  Proof that dumbasses are allowed to have WAY too much money.
  5. Been having trouble with my student loan company.  Hoping to confirm that it is resolved shortly.
  6. A wedding happened yesterday that everyone in my family was invited to…well…everyone except me.  Don’t know what I did, but I’m pretty sure I’m not sorry about it.  Still would’ve liked the free wine, though.
  7. Record Store Day is this weekend (April 21)!  Even if my financial situation still sucks, I plan to go to Vintage Vinyl and join in the fun.  Hope to see some of you there!
  8. Shit…only two minutes left…oh well, good enough.

Hope that was fun.  It wasn’t…but I HOPE it was.

Easter Sundry (See what I did there?)

Well happy almost not Easter anymore.  Hopefully this goes up before it’s Half Price Jellybean Monday.

Led worship at church this week.  Had fun.  Here’s the song list:

  1. The Easter Song
  2. The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power (communion song)
  3. Because He Lives
  4. Victory in Jesus
    T-Shirt Worn: Foo Fighters (classic red, lightning bolt logo)

This was my first Easter worshipping at Pursuit.  Enjoyed it quite a bit.  Crowd was a little thinner than usual.  That’s to be expected.  When your church is our size and our age, Easter thins out your numbers.  Easter’s one of those holidays where a lot of people go to church with their parents or grandparents, and that usually includes going to some big, old building…whereas we meet in a LITTLE old building that was recently restored.  So we have a smaller group on days like this.  But that’s cool.  We still had a good time and a good service.

It struck me today just how much I like talking to the people I go to church with.  When I was an active music minister, I kind of chose not to reveal a few things about myself, but as a member at Pursuit, I’ve been pretty open about everything—particularly the stuff I wouldn’t have mentioned when I was regularly music ministering.  When I was in ministry, I saw church people at church times, and I kept my other friends somewhat removed from that (not that they wouldn’t have fit in).  But in this case, I actually hang out with a lot of the same people I go to church with.  I know that probably doesn’t sound like a big deal to a lot of people…but it kinda is.  (And I hope that if I ever go back into vocational ministry, I’ll be able to keep it going.  There’s no joy in being a minister and having to forfeit your self.)  I walked in today and saw people who were already aware of how things are going in my life.  People who already have seen my warts-and-all, and for some reason still want to go get a donut from time to time.  Briefly chatted with Jeremy and he said he’s excited to lead worship with me next week, since it’s been a while.  I said I am too…and I wasn’t just being nice.  I get to lead worship with my friend next week.  And that’s pretty awesome.

Anyway…I’m kind of babbling…  All I’m saying is that it’s nice to go to church and know that the relationships are there.  I like that I don’t have to pull punches about who I am and what I like to do.  I know ministers who can’t admit to enjoying a glass of wine or even seeing R-Rated movies.  And that’s sad.  I can be who I am, strive to be better, and have people care about me along the way.  Just dawned on me to actually appreciate it today.  So…y’know…blog.

That’s it for now.  As a side note, I’ve been writing from a new laptop recently–an Asus something or other with Windows 7.  I like it a lot.  Windows 7 has plenty of cool bells and whistles that actually WORK, as opposed to Vista, and the laptop’s got some cool stuff of its own.  I’ve got a webcam, which might actually lead to me relaunching the podcast and making it a vlog or vodcast or whatever they call it when there are videos.  Guess I should look into a YouTube channel, while I’m at it.  Anyway…enjoying the new laptop and enjoyed Easter.  Hope you all did too.  (The Easter part, I mean…I don’t think any of you have played with my laptop.)


Current Listening:

  • Lou Reed – Set the Twilight Reeling
  • Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral

Yo’ Mama So Fat: Jesus Edition

We all know the concept of the “Yo’ Mama So Fat…” joke.  I’m not going to explain that.  But I will explain the Jesus part.

Recently a friend of mine posted on Facebook that he was looking at the Bible and considering things Jesus DIDN’T say.  (Things that we’ve somehow inferred, but that he doesn’t actually say.)  So I figured I’d have some fun with that and suggested things like, “You guys know what’s great? Indoor plumbing.” and “Wow! Electricity!”  Y’know…because I’m dead inside.  But then I wrote something that made me laugh and I’ve since shared with a few people.  I wrote “There’s also a shocking lack of “Yo’ Mama So Fat” jokes in the Sermon on the Mount.”  That captured my imagination, and it kinda grew from there.

So as proof that I’m going to Hell, here’s a list of “Yo’ Mama So Fat” jokes I wrote that Jesus could deliver, if it ever came to that.

  1. Yo’ mama so fat that in the beginning, God created the earth and the sky and yo’ mama.
  2. Yo’ mama so fat that Jonah’s scared of her.
  3. Yo’ mama so fat I ran out of loaves and fishes.
  4. Yo’ mama so fat that Moses didn’t part the Red Sea, he just had yo’ mama jump in.
  5. Yo’ mama so fat they didn’t roll away a stone, they rolled away yo’ mama.
  6. Yo’ mama so fat if she’d been on the Ark, they’d’ve had to add on 40 cubits.
  7. Yo’ mama so fat, blessed are the hungry, for they won’t look like yo’ mama.
  8. Yo’ mama so fat God couldn’t lift her.
  9. Yo’ mama so fat that Abraham’s descendents will be like the stars in the sky and the sun is yo’ mama.
  10. Yo’ mama so fat she’d take up all three crosses.
  11. Yo’ mama so fat that if Judas betrayed her, he’d have to ask for forty more pieces of silver.

As a side note, in a “Yo’ Mama So Fat” competition, Jesus has a major advantage.  His mother was, of course, the Virgin Mary.  And it’s just not cool to make fun of her.

Well…  Feel free to add your own in the comments.  See you in Hell, folks!

How could you?! Haven’t you learned anything from that guy who gives those sermons at church? Captain Whatshisname? We live in a society of laws! Why do you think I took you to all those Police Academy movies? For fun? Well, I didn’t hear anybody laughing, did you? Except at that guy who made sound effects. Where was I? Oh yeah! Stay out of my booze.

Alright, well…  Simpson’s quote copied and pasted…  Let’s get caught up.

  1. Been irritated over the past few days.  Reasons largely unspecified.
  2. My niece Tessa spends most of her day babbling and singing.  She’s turning four this month, so that’s a natural thing.  She was singing a song she made up when she was in the car with my brother and I the other night.  And it was actually kinda catchy.  Assuming she didn’t steal it from somewhere, Dave and I kinda want to write it.  Does that count as a cover song?
  3. Okay…  Got to address this sooner or later, so let’s just dive in.  (Serious Voice begins.)  Many of you have probably seen the CNN report that names Pinehaven Christian Children’s Ranch and alleges they’ve been abusive toward children who were in their care.  It saddens me to hear about that, and I hope there are some good answers that are going to be presented very, very soon.  I haven’t dug too deeply into it yet, but I want to believe that Pinehaven isn’t as guilty as what I’ve heard would paint them to be.  A lot of you probably don’t know that Bob Larsson (the ranch owner) is my cousin—though I should immediately clarify that I’ve only had approximately three to five conversations with him in my life, counting two e-mails sent in the early 2000’s.  Being that there’s family involved, I won’t say anything about the allegations, particularly since I don’t know anything…but I will say that child abuse is a subject I feel strongly about.  It is a vile, reprehensible, damnable offense, and I do not stand for it.  I hope I am right in feeling that from what I know of him, it would be VERY hard for me to believe that Bob would ever knowingly endanger a child.  (I am presently unclear on if he has been personally accused or is just in a position of having to face the media since he runs the ranch.)  And that’s likely to be all I’ll say about it until the details are clearer.  (Serious Voice ends.)
  4. On a happier note…  I am now the proud owner of a TWSBI Diamond 540 fountain pen.  It’s really cool.  Though it does highlight my terrible penmanship.  The packaging impressed me from moment one, with an embossed outer box, and internal packaging that looks like what would happen if the Apple people got into making pens.  Smooth writing.  Presently using Noodler’s American Eel Black ink.  Want to try some blue soon—I think Noodler’s also makes a Midnight Blue and a Blue-Black that would fit my taste.  (Nobody cares.  I know that.)
  5. Watching CMAs.  Unsure why…  Think I already missed Steve Martin and whatever tribute to Earl Scruggs they were going to do.
  6. My new laptop should be arriving to the store tomorrow.  Super excited, mixed with irritated that it wasn’t here in time for the weekend.  Hope it’s ready for actual pick-up tomorrow.  Worst-case, it’ll be Tuesday, I guess.
  7. I knew Motorhead was making a vodka (which, to my knowledge will not be available in the States, at least at first), but I have just found out they’re making a Shiraz as well.  (That’s a wine, for those who do not partake.)  I’m going to try to get my hands on that.  But…seriously, Motorhead.  Why aren’t you making whiskey???
  8. Sitting around drinking Guinness Black Lager.  It’s like…WAY better than I remembered.  Still not as good as actual Guinness, but I short-changed it on my Tumblr post that I wrote about it a few months back.
  9. Wrestlemania’s tonight.  I’m not watching it, and I’m just kinda peeking in at the results online every now and again.  So this is barely worth mentioning…  But I would’ve felt weird blogging on the night of Wrestlemania and not mentioning it.
  10. Congrats to my friend Jonco over at Bits & Pieces on ten years of helping to fill the Internet with nonsense!  🙂
  11. Found a new solution for mastering music that’s going to save me TONS of time and create a really good sound.  Re-mastered the rough mix of the tracks I’ve done so far for my next record, and it sounds pretty good.  Can’t wait to master something for real!

…and that’ll do for now.  Enjoy your pants.