Pluck O’ The Irish

March 17, 2009

The things you learn from watching PBS:

In St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, there is a stained-glass window paid for by Benjamin Guinness (yes, that Guinness).  Guinness actually funded a major reconstruction of the Cathedral, and I believe this window was part of that. The window offers an interesting bit of allegorical interpretation, or spiritual exegesis: “I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink”!  Indeed.

Better Late Than Never

March 12, 2009

Before I get too buried in the wonderful music of 2009 (Hello Animal Collective, Neko Case, Grizzly Bear, and Elvis Perkins!) I figured I should put my year end lists up here.  Yes, they are ridiculously late, but maybe they will actually get read now that they don’t have to compete with Pitchfork and SPIN.  2008 was a gem for music, here are my fave albums and tracks; check em out, you will not regret it.

Albums (In order):

  1. Portishead – Third
  2. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
  3. Fleet Foxes – S/T
  4. Born Ruffians – Red, Yellow and Blue
  5. TV on the Radio – Dear Science,
  6. Lambchop – OH (Ohio)
  7. Pale Young Gentlemen – Black Forest (tra la la)
  8. Department of Eagles – In Ear Park
  9. Deerhunter – Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.
  10. Kanye West – 808’s & Heartbreak

Tracks (Not necessarily in Order)

  • Walkmen – In the New Year
  • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – You Want that Picture
  • Portishead – The Rip
  • Beck – Walls
  • Coldplay – Viva La Vida
  • Bon Iver – Blindsided
  • Damien Jurado – Last Rites
  • Dear and the Headlights – I’m Not Crying, You’re Not Crying
  • Deerhunter – Microcastle
  • Department of Eagles – No One Does it Like You
  • Fleet Foxes – Ragged Wood, White Winter Hymnal (2 songs)
  • Lambchop – Slipped Loosed and Delivered
  • Land of Talk – Some are Lakes
  • No Age – Eraser
  • The Music Tapes – Cumulonimbus
  • Okkervil River – Bruce Wayne Campbell Interviewed on the Roof of the Chelsea Hotel, 1979
  • Pale Young Gentlemen – Our History
  • The Roots – Rising Up
  • Ruby Suns – Remember, Adventure Tour (2 songs)
  • Shearwater – Rooks
  • TV on the Radio – Dancing Choose
  • Wolf Parade – Language City, Call it a Ritual (2 songs)
  • Silver Jews – Candy Jail
  • The Mae Shi – I Get Almost Everything I Want