The Civil Wars: Their new album is an improvement over their last, as far as I’m concerned. Same pretty harmonies, same sad balladry, but there’s so more oomph here, it’s harder, faster (those are relative terms–we’re still talking hipster-country here). Word is the two principals are on the outs and have been for a awhile. I thought they were a couple, actually. They’re not, so the bonds of state and god aren’t present to keep them together. Oh well, so maybe this is it. It’s not Shoot Out the Lights, but it’s pretty good.
My favorite new band of the year is The Lone Bellow, who I listened to once in January, didn’t like because I’m a moron (most albums I really like are those I dismiss initially) but kept on my iPod until shuffle convinced me to give them another chance. Good job, iPod shuffle! They sound like Fleetwood Mac if Fleetwood Mac grew up in NYC, learned to love bluegrass and western swing, threw all their glitter off an overpass and replaced it with grit and sand. Does that make sense? Who cares!
Also listening to:
Chris Young: Neon
Kanye West: Yeezus
Kasey Chambers: Same Trailer, Different Park
Also, even though I think Prince could’ve written “Blurred Lines” during a particularly productive dump in say, 1986 (around Sign O’ the Times), it’s still a lot of fun. Can’t get behind Robin Thicke. He could shit gold bricks and the cure for cancer and I’d still think he looked like a jerk. Hate the sinner, not the sin?
Tomorrow I will try CrossFit at 8AM. I’ll report back, if I don’t chicken out. I’m also going to try to include a recipe each week. This week will be Hungarian Wild Mushroom Goulash! My wife and kids will be so pleased. I can already see their smiles…
I may try some Korean cooking too. Since I haven’t eaten authentic (or even Ohio-based, pseudo-authentic) Korean food, I imagine the results will be similar to my first experience with Thai Cooking–it will be delicious because I know no better. Ah, ignorance: you are the last true friend a man has.