Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Broken Household Appliance National Forest

We did some exploring recently in some of Knoxville's not-yet-parks (Fort Stanley, a future park on the bluff overlooking UT, the recently donated Wood property). They river bluff trail can be accessed from a parking lot on Cherokee Trail, and is the most cleaned-up of the three future city parks.

There's not much to the Wood property yet, but it will soon be turned into bike and walking trails. While walking around we ran into a lot of junk, which brought to mind this old Grandaddy song.

Later, in the old city, we noticed this half broken phone. Not sure how long it's been there, but the costume shop to its right appears to have been found unfit for human habitation recently, according to a note on its front door.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Things that should exist: download codes for books

In the last few years, record labels have started including download codes when you buy music on vinyl. That way you can still enjoy the superior sound of vinyl, and load your music up on an ipod or laptop for listening at work or in the car.

It would be great if publishers did the same for books. Unless I'm travelling, I prefer a physical book. It's kind of a pain to have to have two separate reading piles for home and for travel.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Cool Aid: Rhye

For the last year or so I've been listening to a lot of softer, more sedate music. This change in my tastes might have evolved out of my thinking about Kelis's last album, Flesh Tone, and Hot Chip's One Life Stand. These two albums are ostensibly pop records, but the love that they address is far removed from the booty-shaking in love-with-a-stripper stuff you hear on the radio (which I also enjoy). The sounds are pure pop, but the themes are adult. Is this why they aren't more popular? And does this mean I'm getting old?

Of course those albums are very upbeat, Rhye has much more of a soft-rock vibe.

I would describe Rhye as a warmer sounding Sade. Think Sade + Sebastian Tellier's La Ritournelle.