Today marks eleven years since my father passed. Although I still face the occasional day-to-day struggles, I can honestly say that, perspective-wise, I’ve never felt any stronger and/or clearer. Much love to everyone and everything that has helped in bringing me to this very moment, including but most certainly not limited to:
Music on CD, vinyl, and cassette (and those still fighting to keep the physical formats alive); Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall; Friday the 13th movies; Echo Lake; The kitchen; My YMCA days; Kate Moss; Jim Beam and practically every other whiskey under the sun; Bi-weekly’s on Broadway; Drek; Kathryn Kalinak and Gary Grund; The Echo Chamber Blog; American Iron & Metal; The Boston Bruins; Nate, David, Claire, Ruth, and Nathaniel Fisher Sr.; Lipton Green Tea with Honey; B-Complex, Magnesium, Aleve, and SAMe; Exercise (peace to Zach for the routine); Structure; Balance; Mark Oliver Everett for illustrating how every end is a new beginning, Regina Spektor for giving me the advice of letting go in small doses, and Alison Mosshart for pushing me to go steal ahead; And, most importantly, my many friends and dedicated family — especially my sister Kiley and mother Mary, who I love more than I can put into words.
Also, to those who aren’t ignorant to mental illness, I thank you for trying to understand.
This post has been deleted a number of times already. In its prior versions, I cried mostly about digitalization and how it facilitates the short-lived shelf lives of today’s music. And how I still prefer buying any format of music before settling on digital, which, aside from what I do on here, I’m almost completely opposed to supporting. But I kind of sounded like a dinosaur dick, so here I am now with this abbreviated version.
Moving on. Now the point of this post is to let those who read our site know how I’m opening a new section — “Recent Purchases.” Doing so will hopefully encourage me to write more about the new music I’m buying and, just as importantly, the music I’m still catching up on. I buy primarily CD’s, but also scoop up a fair share on vinyl. My cassette collection is now at two, thanks to this catastrophe. I’ve marked this bad boy right here as the first of “Recent Purchases” because that post alone cost a few hundred dollars and it’s a good example of what to expect in the future.
The following is most of what I’ve bought so far in 2013…
Bought Wonderful, Glorious on its release date. Really good, and so much better than the previous Eels album. There are two songs on the new record, neither of them singles — “On the Ropes” and “The Turnaround” — that are a couple of my favorite recordings of theirs to date. Creek it.
New Eels track from the upcoming Wonderful, Glorious due out in February 2013 via Vagrant Records. It’s pretty good, but I’m crossing my fingers for some heavier-hitting material to be heard on the rest of the album.
Take a listen to “Peach Blossom,” their latest single:
Pre-orders are available here if you’re interested. I’ll probably grab the double-disc version once it hits stores.