11 Spankin' New Songs I Love This Week

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Here’s a playlist of my favorite newly released songs this week featuring The Stroppies, Hayes Carll, Daisy the Great, Mansionair, Pink Sweat$, PicaPica, Harmony Byrne, 0171, J.S. Ondara and Dee White


Favorite New Songs Last Week

Favorite New Songs February 16, 2019

Favorite New Songs February 9, 2019

Favorite New Songs February 2, 2019

Favorite New Songs January 26, 2019

Favorite 100 Songs 2018

Favorite 100 Songs 2017


Not Waving But Drowning :: A Poem by Stevie Smith

Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith


Nobody heard him, the dead man, But still he lay moaning: I was much further out than you thought And not waving but drowning. Poor chap, he always loved larking And now he’s dead It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way, They said. Oh, no no no, it was too cold always (Still the dead one lay moaning) I was much too far out all my life And not waving but drowning.

 
 
 

Snaps & Buckles & Things

Kermit at the Club

Kermit at the Club

Thursdays have Friday envy. A few stories that made me laugh this week:

  • What date number is a burp okay? This and other food etiquette questions answered here.

  • American children are speaking with British accents and parents are blaming Peppa The Pig.

  • Timber is an app from Husqvarna that describes itself as “The First Ever Dating Service for Trees”

  • No thank you very much. Men are joining Masturbation Clubs.

  • Maybe everyone is at the Masturbation Club because Sex in the Park isn’t what it used to be.

  • 1970s Basement Boys rejoice! Now you can hit the Masturbation Club then head over to your buddies basement and practice lightsaber dueling. It’s now an official Olympic sport.

  • This dude is celebrating like he just visited the Masturbation Club. “Big Fella, shut it down!”:


Michael Chabon for Ricky Jay

I enjoyed this brief heart-felt essay written by one of my favorite authors about one of my favorite actor/magician/book collector/person. Read this adaptation of Michael Chabon’s eulogy for Ricky Jay.

The first time I saw Ricky Jay perform was sometime around 1976, on The Mike Douglas Show. Ricky was beheading roses and puncturing watermelons with one of the simple playing cards that, in his hands, became a deadly missile. He was wearing a three-piece suit but he had a long beard, and hair down to his waist, and my grandmother, watching with me, thought he looked like a degenerate. I thought he was the coolest human I had ever seen, and that impression only deepened when, many years later, I was lucky enough to get to know him…(continue here…)

'Empire' Installation by Artist Rone

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Art should be something of a haunting. A memory imprinted forever inside of you. Artist Rone seems to have created the perfect artistic installation in a rather unexpected place: A sprawling 1930’s abandoned and decrepit Australian mansion.

The artist describes the ruined gallery as “part exhibit, part installation, part VR and AR experience”. Empire combines art, vision, sound, light, botanical design and scent to take audiences on a hauntingly immersive multi-sensory journey through a faded icon. Full details here.

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15 Spankin' New Songs I Love This Week

Here’s a playlist of my favorite newly released songs this week featuring Jay Som, Chromatics, Amy Rigby, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Rudy Willingham, Cat Clyde, Alex Lahey, Lily & Madeleine, James Bay, Julia Michaels, Amanda Palmer, Marissa Nadler, SWMRS, Otherkin, Kim Taylor and The Wild Reeds.


Favorite New Songs Last Week

Favorite New Songs February 9, 2019

Favorite New Songs February 2, 2019

Favorite New Songs January 26, 2019

Favorite 100 Songs 2018

Favorite 100 Songs 2017