Cause I could sit here and bitch about tuition bills. Still not sure if/when I can cut that check.
The looming basketball season is on my mind too. How are we going to make it all events with 1 car?! Nevermind the coaching! Don't these kids deserve better?
And parenting? Don't get me started.
Since when did going to the mall for a pair of jeans mean Neiman Marcus and $200? She better wear those things 200 times.
Two menstruating women in the house is a game changer too.
"Thanks dad, I love you" can get to "Get out of my room I am done to talking to you!" during the opening credits of Vampire Diaries.
Homework? 7th grade? you ask.
Yeah, that kinda sucks too.
But all the shit, all the minutia, is worth every ounce of sweat (and healthy amount of tears.)
The vibrant leaves and temperate weather has served as a reminder of nature's beauty. These are the colors you just don't see all the time. And any reproduction, although sometimes brilliant, are never quite the same.
Tonight, in Kansas City, MO of all places, baseball will determine its champion. 1 game decides it all. For San Francisco, an opportunity to become a legitimate dynasty. Should they win tonight they will be crowned a 3rd time in 5 years.
IF KC wins, we have the culmination of an extraordinary Cinderella run.
But most of you won't watch. Last week, Game 1 of America's pastime lost in the ratings battle to Geeks (Big Bang Theory) and the undead (The Walking Dead). The Baseball is a regional sport- and New York, LA and Boston are no longer playing. This country is tuned out.
I am not one of those George Will, "baseball is life" devotees. However, when the game, especially in October, is played right, no other sport matches the drama. The Super Bowl is one event and rarely great games. Hockey playoffs are close, with the physical intensity and rivalries. NBA? No.
In baseball managers are second guessed dozens of times a game. Players need not be physical deities. Look at Escobar, the KC shortstop. That kid is tiny. And think of this. You could probably play a few innings in RF and no one would notice. Could you line up a TE in an NFL game? How about skate the third line for the Maple Leafs? NBA? No.
Missouri had a rough summer/early fall. Each night Ferguson , MO has the potential for a race war. For a few weeks the Royals have proven a nice diversion. Which, when you think about it, is the purpose of sports. We can get away from all the nonsense that is out there.
Ebola is not going to kill you. ISIS is not going to kill you. Gluten is not going to kill you.
Its the little shit you have to concern yourself with.
And there is a lot of it.
And its fantastic.
Tonight I can cross of a bucket list band: Wilco at the Capitol Theatre.
It will mark the end of a productive live show month. See below clips for a small selection. Note, Orwells and Skaters at Asbury Lanes was a great double bill. Unfortunately I deleted those videos. Trust me, the bands AND venue are worth a look.
Tove Lo "Habits" at Webster Hall
Foxygen "Shuggie" at Webster Hall
Lemon Twigs at Webster Hall
Caveman "Easy Water" at Babys All Right
Public Access TV at Babys All Right
Icewater at Babys All Right
AS of this moment, mere days from November, we still do not have a platinum record for 2014. It would be the first time this has happened since they started keeping track of record sales. One million units is platinum.
Taylor Swift figures to save the day when she releases 1989 next week. Forecasts show it selling a million units in a week.
What does that say about the industry? Or is it saying the same thing (just louder) since Napster was born and began its assault on the studio system?
I know I enjoy listening, maybe now more than ever. But I don't BUY music. I pay to see it, lots of it. But I want to purge my CDs and digital streams are just fine for me, thanks.
So am I part of the problem?
I don't see it that way.
Seeing bands and promoting their efforts is how bands make their living. Dave Grohl, who is the the midst of rolling out his new LP, recently said "We used to tour to promote the record. Now we promote the record during the tour."
His new show, Sonic Highways on HBO, is amazing television. In it, Grohl examines the history of rock music in America. His exploration takes his to Nashville, Chicago, New Orleans among other cities. Each town has a club, or engineer, or local legend that has helped provide the soundtrack to Grohl's life. He, and his contemporaries, have helped carry on the lesson.
It is our responsibility to pass on the knowledge.
That said, here is the monthly list. Enjoy, spread the word, and support an artist today.
Linus Young "Fun in the Sun"
Broncho "Class Historian"
Perfume Genius "Queen"
Ty Segall "Tall Man Skinny Lady"
Walk The Moon " Shut Up and Dance With Me"
Gerard Way "No Shows"
Alvvays "Archie, Marry Me"
Manchester Orchestra "Every Stone"
Twin Atlantic "Heart and Soul"