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Monday, December 29, 2008

Go Green Man Group!!!

Fly Eagles fly, on the road to victory.
Fight Eagles fight, score a touchdown 1,2,3.
Hit em' low, hit em' high, and watch our Eagles fly.
Fly Eagles fly, on the road to victory!
E A G L E S - Eagles!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

77 Favorite Albums: Introduction

The major project of this weblog for the foreseeable future will be to review my 77 favorite albums. The goal of my reviews will be partly to tell why I like each album, and partly to critically evaluate each album, with more emphasis on the first. There is a major difference between the two. For example, I think Kid A by Radiohead represents a greater achievement than OK Computer, but I prefer OK Computer and rank it higher on my list because Kid A is too pessimistic and depressing for me to enjoy it as much as I respect it (From a critical perspective, I think both are overrated, but that's another story).

The albums that qualify for my list are EP-length or full-length albums that are original studio albums, or live albums. Also, a very small number of compilations, consisting exclusively of songs that are not on the studio albums, will be reviewed. Re-releases will or will not be reviewed differently than original albums in a completely arbitrary manner. The reason I chose 77 albums to review is because my list grew out of a list of 73 albums for a survey by Mark Prindle in 2007. Also, 77 is a cool number. Just ask the Talking Heads.

I'm not revealing the whole list at first. For one, the list is not in its final order yet. Secondly, I will start by reviewing a set of compilations that I find to be exceptional in either their usefulness for avoiding the purchase of not-completely-worthy albums, the amount of hard-to-find material on them, or just how well it concentrates the interesting songs in the musicians' discography. After that I will give quick statements on some albums that, despite not making the 77, I still have interesting things to say about. Then I will start the list with 3 paragraphs, minimum, on each of albums #77 - #67.


Welcome to the new Meanderings of a Post-Modern Present-Day Wit. I am reinventing it as a music review-focused weblog. There will still occasionally be political posts, but they will be rare and restricted to subjects I really care about. However, expect the same random frequency of posts on random topics.

A few details about my musical tastes:

Favorite bands/musicians:
1. Beatles
2. Bob Dylan
3. Talking Heads
4. Guster
5. Pixies

Favorite albums from the last 20 years:
1. Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum (2005) – Tally Hall
2. Doolittle (1989) - Pixies
3. Ganging Up on the Sun (2006) – Guster
4. OK Computer (1997) – Radiohead
5. Lost And Gone Forever (1999) – Guster

Obscure songs by famous bands that I really like:
1. “You Never Give Me Your Money” – Beatles
2. “Dandelion” – Rolling Stones
3. “Mr. Grieves” – Pixies
4. “Subterranean Homesick Alien” – Radiohead
5. “Bike” – Pink Floyd

That’s enough space wasted with lists for now. Expect a post introducing a major list to follow this one.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Testing Images

This is a test image. The image is of my blog just before I radically changed the layout.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Link

Here is a very entertaining review of the latest David Byrne-Brian Eno collaboration, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. The album is very interesting, and I will have a review of it up in the future.

Download "Strange Overtones" from the album site. The song is probably the best on the album, and twenty-five years ago it would have been a #1 single.
It's Been Such a Long, a Long, Long Time

After what seems like forever, I have returned to my blog. Weekly posting will return soon, but Meanderings will no longer be a politics-oriented blog. There will still be the occasional posting with my unique political ideas (such as that the UN Security Council should deploy forces to Kashmir to wipe out the Pakistani terrorists, but even if they decided to do so, Pakistan would not let them in because Pakistan is almost a failed state), but a combination of lack of attention, the destruction of Iraq, and the utter incompetence of the Bush administration have caused me to lose my appetite for politics-at-large. The main focus of the restarted Meanderings will be stated in my next post, sometime around Christmas, but you can guess it from the contents of the present front page.

Hint: Not the Philadelphia Eagles. Although I will post about them if they make a real playoff run.