Seniors

So every once in a while, I think about how, in fiction at least, people who are seniors in high school yell “SENIORS!!!!!!!!11111” a lot, as a way of celebrating the fact that they are, in fact, seniors in high school.

I don’t have many regrets about leaving high school before my second year of it would have normally ended, but the fact that I didn’t get to annoy people with that for an entire year is one of them.

Is it too late for me to walk around yelling “SENIORS!!!!!!!11111”? (Or, as I am in my 40s and not my 60s, am I too early?)

Did people actually do that when they were, in fact, seniors in high school, or is that a made up thing?

Did any of you do it?

If not, do any of you have remorse about not doing it?

“Huh-huh, he said ‘member’. Huh-huh, huh-huh…”

Soon, there will be members-only posts here (not all of ’em, but some) that you’ll need to be logged into an account to see.

If you’re a person who thinks you have a reasonable claim to having a account here, let me know (no rush on this, unless you’d like to help me test software, pretty much…this is looking like a Q1 2019 thing, where it’ll be a regular happening), and we’ll talk about it.

Gallery: Burritos, 2015-Present

After years of planning, the Burritos, 2015-Present gallery is now open on this website. Enjoy.

Miya Folick’s “Trouble Adjusting”

This one came up in the same Discover Weekly as Royal Thunder, but it took me a minute to circle back and listen to the rest of “Give It To Me”, another one that snuck past me in 2017.

Miya Folick makes music that reminds me of the 1990s in the best way. (Hopefully, if she ever reads this, she takes that as the high compliment it’s meant as here. A lot of people try, but it’s not easy to evoke that vibe and also do it really well.) She’s got solid range both vocally and stylistically, and her approach to songwriting is honest and unafraid. Start with “Trouble Adjusting”, as I did, and then make your way around (There are two EPs and a couple of singles on Spotify; if you’re not a Spotify person, her music’s on Bandcamp as well…).

Somehow, my personal website has turned into a place where I talk about what Spotify algorithms suggest I listen to, and I’m reasonably OK with this, for the time being.

With that said, here’s a bunch more.

Dave Vanian sounds terrific on this new Damned single, and the rest of the band, after 4+ decades, have finally gotten the hang of being Captain Beyond rather than The Damned, which I think always was a career goal of theirs.

New They Might Be Giants album! I need to spend more time with it, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard so far a bunch. In doing a little digging, I’ve also discovered that I’ve missed about 20 albums of theirs since the last time I’d listened to one in its entirety, so I have homework.

Holy shit! New Jonny Polonsky record outta basically nowhere! I’ll have to spend a little more time with this as well, Release Radar just hipped me to this, but as a rule, I love this guy, and after a first listen, I love “I Can’t Get Your Face out of My Mind”.

Last but not least today, there’s a new Simple Minds single, with the album, “Walk Between Worlds”, coming out in 2 weeks. This sounds like present-day Simple Minds (basically anything from about “Real Life” on, though it’s hard to call an almost 27 year old album “present-day” with a straight face; if it helps you, I liked their last, “Big Music”, a bunch, so I’m not hopelessly behind or anything…). I wasn’t stunned by it, but it’s them and I’m always happy to see them releasing new work.