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  1. "Things" is a great opener. Frightened Rabbit definitely knew some things about sequencing albums. The song I linked is by a guy named Ted Leo who releases most of his music as Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, which is frequently abbreviated as Ted Leo/Pharmacists (or TL/Rx if you want to save keystrokes). Confusingly enough, sometimes Pharmacists is added to his name even when he's not playing with a full band. Anyway, Ted is one of my all-time favorite musicians/songwriters. I don't think he's ever released a bad album, but the first three full-band TL/Rx albums are flawless: The Tyranny of Distance (I linked the opening track earlier), Hearts of Oak, and Shake the Sheets.
  2. Have yet to get into Pedestrian Verse, but I've been enjoying the hell out of Winter of Mixed Drinks. "Swim Until You Can't See Land" is one of those songs that will just lodge itself in your head and not let go. I'm singing it to myself right now. All in all, I cannot stop singing. I cannot start sinking. I swim until it ends. And if you don't catch that reference, please catch that reference. It's one of my favorite songs of all time.
  3. This is interesting. I'll have to listen more closely.
  4. Come on now, I've been on this board long enough to expect unsolicited feedback when quoting someone in a music or reading thread. One might even call non-explicitly soliciting feedback.... Thanks for the info. I'll check out the other albums. And yeah, "It takes more than fucking someone to keep yourself warm" is one of those lines that was a "STOP EVERYTHING - THAT'S AMAZING" kind of moment when listening the first time. Doesn't hurt that the melody is super catchy too.
  5. Sure thing. I somehow missed Frightened Rabbit when they were active and only listened to The Midnight Organ Fight for the first time this month after hearing some of the tribute tracks. You know this already, but it's really fantastic. Glad I finally got around to listening to them.
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    A Brooklyn State of Mind

    There are a bunch of hotels right around where MyMoon is, most of which have opened within the past few years. Probably not cheap, though places like Pod Brooklyn are reasonable, though you get smaller rooms in exchange. Honestly, if you stay in walking distance of MyMoon, you probably won't need to worry about taxis and transport except for getting to and from the airport. There are tons of restaurants, bars, etc. in that area. So you might pay a little more for the room, but you'll save a bunch on car fare. I'd consider flying into LGA, as depending on when you arrive and depart, it could be a pretty quick cab ride. (Well, quick by cabs from NYC area airport standards - Google Maps says 17 minutes right now, at 9pm on a Monday. JFK is 30 minutes by comparison.) Oh, and you could also take a look at VRBO for places to stay.
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    TIAMAT'S WRATH - Book 8 of Expanse (SPOILERS)

    I wavered between it feeling like the "Storm of Swords" and the penultimate episode of any season of The Wire (i.e. the ones with a screenplay by George Pelecanos where a bunch of shit goes down and someone usually dies).
  8. Julien Baker is fantastic. Her solo stuff is usually just electric guitar (w/ some excellent looping and layering stuff) and vocals, though there's the occasional piano in there too. Two albums so far: Sprained Ankle and Turn Out the Lights. She's also part of the trio boygenius. She also does what is not only my favorite Jawbreaker cover (I mean, I like it at least as much as if not more than the original), but one of my favorite covers period: "Accident Prone". Anyway, click on some of those things and listen. Hope you enjoy. ETA: Oh, and as for who she is, she's 23 and from Memphis. She played in hardcore and indie bands before recording a bunch of solo songs to share with her friends. Then those songs for friends kind of blew up.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    Speaking of nerd alerts, I do Goodreads, but mainly I've got this text file I keep updated in Emacs. Shogun was one of those books I remember my dad reading when I was a kid, but just before I was old enough to read the same things he did. Never gone back and read, but your comments make me want to do so.
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    MLB Offseason 2018: Harper, Your Herald Boras Sings

    You never asked? I grew up in the Philly suburbs. Mike Schmidt was my baseball hero and Wilbert Montgomery ruled the football lands. Honestly, I'm a pretty casual fan (of everything, not just baseball), so I tend not to be super forward about it.
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    MLB Offseason 2018: Harper, Your Herald Boras Sings

    As a Phillies fan, I'm accepting this with a resigned shrug. Yes, it will probably pay off for a few years. But I think the Phils are just as likely to be stuck with lots of contract baggage for years afterwards.
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    Slug 'em back - Drinking Continues!

    I don't know of anybody snubbing Grimm on a regular basis, but then I'm pretty out of touch with the local beer scene these days. I know they used to get the occasional side-eye as their beer was brewed outside the city before they built the new space. We can definitely go check them out in March. (I still haven't been, although I've run by the taproom a few times.) And yes, that's one of ours. Roughly 10.5% ABV Burton ale brewed 3 years ago.
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    Slug 'em back - Drinking Continues!

    Grimm now has a taproom right around the corner from the Interboro space in Brooklyn. Both of those are about a mile from the KCBC taproom, which makes for a solid afternoon of beering. Beer stores, many of which have stuff on tap as well: Top Hops on the Lower East Side. Malt and Mold in Gramercy. Beer Table in Grand Central Station and the World Trade Center mall. Good Beer NYC in the East Village (website seems to be down at the moment). Beer Karma in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as well as Beer Boutique which is a couple blocks away. Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. My favorite craft beer bars: Manhattan: Blind Tiger, The Jeffrey Craft Beer & Bites, The Ginger Man Brooklyn: The Double Windsor, Pine Box Rock Shop, Precious Metal, Spuyten Duyvil, Owl Farm, The Gate, Bar Great Harry ETA: This is in response to @Hoppy Hour's post from the last page.
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    R,I.P. Thread

    I'm not particularly into magic in general, but card tricks have always intrigued me and Ricky Jay was the best at those. He had a distinctive persona onstage (i.e. that guy who knew all sorts of weird trivia and had a mental catalogue of ephemera ready to rattle off on a moment's notice) that he carried into his acting career. And his voice has this weird way of commanding attention in spite of itself. I know I regularly channel his habit of dropping weird factoids of dubious legitimacy as part of my teaching style. If you've watched enough of his performances, whether videos of his magic shows or his appearances as a guest on late night talk shows, you know he could easily play dumb or act smart depending on the situation. When news first appeared on Twitter that Ricky Jay had died, I honestly didn't know if it was serious or just another trick being played on all of us. It seems it is true. He will never again crumple a pair of one dollar bills into a single two dollar bill or stymie Steve Martin. The rest of us? We can read (or re-read) a magazine profile with one of the greatest openings of the form.
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    Horror - As the days get shorter

    The only thing I've read from the initial post is The Changeling, which I liked. I"m not much of a horror reader in general, but I recently finished The Fisherman by John Langan and enjoyed it.