Thursday, March 23, 2017


Wednesday, March 22, 2017



A savvy record clerk at Mill's Record Company suggested I'd like this new record by KC band Hyborian after I said I was looking for something heavy.  He was kind of psychic and said "if you like Baroness you'll like this." I do like Baroness, and beyond them and Mastodon and Red Fang, I don't know that much about heavy, progressive metal.  I didn't end up buying the vinyl but I bought it on Bandcamp.  It's heavy alright, and creative, and they play gigs around here.

Monday, March 20, 2017


We live in a golden age of great television programs and we've watched a lot of the heavy ones: The Sopranos, House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Narcos, The Fall, Bloodlines, Game of Thrones.  There's a lot of brutality in these shows.  The gangster myth is front and center right now in TV. 

Lately we're watching Call The Midwife.  No one gets their head blown off in this show, and it's a relief.  This show is about public health for women and services to the poor working class. It's timely, as these are the very services and people that the current administration disrespects, with the blessing of a large section of our society who think of public health as entitlement culture that we can't afford.  This show brings the value and humanity of public health home with good  characters and storylines and more than a little melodrama and romance.

The secular folks and the religious folks get along because they're not trying to shame everyone; they have a joint mission.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Night before last, I Youtubed the Sun Ra documentary A Joyful Noise,  then drifted in and out before falling asleep to Sun Ra on autoplay all night.  

Sun Ra music and interview footage woke me intermittently during the night.  My fitness bracelet tracked almost 2.5 hours of deep sleep, close to a record.  I awoke awake.  I recommend this.  It is cheaper than going to a spa.

The music is not part of this planet in a sense that the spirit of it is about happiness. Most musicians play earth things about what they know, but I found out that they are mostly unhappy and frustrated, and that creeps over into their music.

Sun Ra 


My birthday vinyl crawl was fun, I picked up records by MIA, Kool and The Gang, Chic, Rufus and Chaka Khan, The Clean, and Il Sogno del Marinaio.  My playlist is starting to hop.