I really feel like I could write some sort of critical analysis on Okkervil River, but it would take too much time. Writing those entries even got to be a pain in the ass because I just want to gab and gab and gab and then go off topic. Anyway, we have a lull until RST, which will be insane. Excited for a lot of stuff coming up! A couple of Palace/Palace Brothers records I never listened to, so there's that. Halloween is getting closer and Jenny and I have our fingers crossed that we'll get trick or treaters so I can not only have my Misfits record playing the whole time, but to also indulge in dad-like activities. Other activities I've been partaking in that are very dad-like are taking the dog on long walks, cooking meals that are very simple and hearty, preparing myself to yearn for the days when it's dad's turn to cook because his food is so bomb ass. Not like Jenny's pregnant or anything like that, but sine I've moved to the southern side of Tennessee to this quiet little neighborhood with lovely trees and fewer parties, I've been feeling more like a grown up. Other things that make me feel grown up are trying to figure out how to pay the rent, going to the grocery store and buying things that are not junk, and making coffee with the french press thing because it's more fun despite being incredibly wasteful.
I've been listening to the Dark Was the Night compilation from earlier this year and it is really, really good and eclectic. I'm half tempted to pick it up if this library job thing pans out (although the way my life works, I probably can't even get a job that I've already held and know EXACTLY how to do and am very efficient at). After I pay the rent, of course. It's a little hit or miss, but it's got some really incredible jams on it. The Bon Iver track, "Brackett, WI," could possibly be amongst my top 2 favorite Bon Iver tunes. The National's "So Far Around the Bend" is also fantastic, as is Bryce Dessner's collaboration w/ Antony, "I Was Young When I Left Home." I even like the Kevin Drew track "Love vs. Porn" and I absolutely hated his solo record and have a hard time understanding why people are gaga over Broken Social Scene. On the other hand, the Spoon track is godawful, the Sufjan Stevens song is overlong and borders on unlistenable (ok, that might be a little drastic). The Buck 65 song that uses the Sufjan backing track is also lame and if they wanted a token rapper, they shoulda got someone rad like Cadence Weapon or Busdriver (although this might just be my opinion that the amount of white rappers getting popular indicates another genre takeover ala Rock N Roll). The Grizzly Bear track is pretty good, but pretty boring, but I've been having a hard time with them lately, given that I feel like Veckatimest has been overrated because all the people giving it the most glowing reviews contributed to the hype surrounding it. BUT, it's mostly pretty great. The Decemberists song is the best thing they've done in a long time, and the new stuff from Yeasayer and Yo La Tengo sounds damn good. Not to mention the Dirty Projectors/David Byrne collaboration, which is also rad.
Last thing, back to Halloween, my mom gave me a big bucket of candy when I went home for dinner on Sunday (partly to get out of Lawrence, mostly because I am still a little boy). Geez mom. You know what happened? I ate half the bucket already. As if I weren't feeling enough like a fatty, there are scattered wrappers everywhere. It's all my favorite candy, too, which is how she traps me. Mike and Ikes, Starbursts, Skittles, York Peppermint Patties, and flavored Tootsie Rolls. It's pure evil. Although the York Peppermint Patties have ORANGE filling and are shaped like pumpkins, which is rad.
Oh goddamnit. You know what happened? As I was taking this I realized I had another Kit Kat left. I THOUGHT I HAD EATEN IT, so guess what i'm doing right now. Yep, just ate it. So good. They're orange too! Anyway, Halloween makes me act like a fat kid and hopefully this Halloween I'll get to be not only a fat kid, but a drunk kid too. I basically quit drinking a month or two ago, first as a means of saving money then later as a means of not continuing down a path towards alcoholism and not ingesting all those calories, etc. And it's been part of my "Ian be a fucking adult" program, but man, Halloween, gonna cut loose! Hopefully...just need a good costume. Really wanna be Sherman from Peabody & Sherman but afraid it'll be too cold. Jenny's gonna be an owl, I think. I wanna be the boy from the Tootsie Pop commercial but he's so non-descript! Let me know if you think of anything that compliments on owl