Announcing Crucial Tracks

I am super excited to announce the launch of a newsletter project with my friend Chris (aka The Itinerant Printer). The site is called Crucial Tracks and it focuses on the songs that made you who you are today. Everyone has moments in their life that are defined by music. Whether it’s a song that introduced you to a genre of music that changed your tastes and style, or a lyric that made you think about the world in a different way.

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I’m pretty set with my favorite albums from 2023. I’m going to write up something in depth during December, but here’s the list.

Something for everyone: indie, pop, singer songwriter, alt-country, 90s alternative redux, emo, hardcore, R&B and hip hop. Hope you find something new that you love.

I have a fantasy hockey league that had two drop out from last season. It’s $40 to enter with payouts of $240/120/40 to top 3 teams. If interested, let me know and I will get you the details.

Finished reading: Upgrade by Blake Crouch 📚

Saw Sunny Day Real Estate tonight - been over 20 years since the last time and they sound just as good as ever.

Can’t believe it’s travel hockey season already. Really glad we fell in with this great group of families & girls. Looking forward to see where they go in their first year at 16u.

We’ve been to the theater more this summer than the last 5 years combined. Here are a few others we liked:

🍿 Theater Camp (2023) - ★★★★☆

Theater Camp poster

🍿 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023) - ★★★★★

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse poster

🍿 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) - ★★★★☆

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 poster

Completed the Barbenheimer:

🍿 Oppenheimer (2023) - ★★★★★

Oppenheimer poster

🍿 Barbie (2023) - ★★★★★

Barbie poster

Loving the new wallpaper we put up yesterday in our small bathroom. Another step toward completing the project!

The Making of CIVILIAN by Wye Oak - featuring Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack — Life of the Record — Overcast

One of my favorite albums of all time. A great conversation with the band as they look back at recording and their experiences around that time of their life.

21 years with this amazing lady!

We’ve reached the half way point of my song-a-day playlist for 2023. Follow along on Apple Music!…

🍿 Nimona (2023) - ★★★★★

Nimona poster

Amazing adaptation! We loved it so much.

The Mysterious Case of the Fake Gay Marriage Website, the Real Straight Man, and the Supreme Court | The New Republic

The lengths people go to 1.) be assholes or 2.) make a name for themselves or their business is astonishing. I don’t know how these people can sleep at night.

Used the town-wide garage sale as a tool to get the bicycle out and prep it for the Ride for Roswell next weekend. Lots going on in Kenmore today!

Two new additions to my Best of 2023 album list: the recent releases from feeble little horse and Home is Where. Both in top 5!

Seems as if Reeder got their Twitter access back. Getting flooded with those feeds now. After a brief skim, nothing of interest nor anything that would draw me back to using Twitter full time. Even if the stable tech genius wasn’t running the show.

This year is turning into a pretty amazing one for concerts! Seeing for the first time: Thrice, Middle Kids, Digable Planets, Cat Power, Alvvays, Alex G; and again: Manchester Orchestra, Jimmy Eat World, Modest Mouse, Pixies, Broken Social Scene. All through the end of September.

Stanley Cup game got out of hand quickly so I put together my top ten album list for the first half of the year.

Got to see Thrice play The Artist in the Ambulance tonight in full. So good live!

This Stanley Cup opening in Vegas made me hate that team even more than I do. Eichel was enough but that was beyond over the top. Let’s go Panthers!

The Kids are Alright

Yesterday I took two of our kids to Toronto to see the band Lovejoy at the Danforth Music Hall. Over the course of the morning, news was shared that folks were already lining up at 9am. We obviously couldn’t make it that early, but we were able to get to the neighborhood around 3:30p/4p. We started off by taking a walk through the neighborhood, admiring all of the cool shops and doing a bit of record browsing at Kops Records, before taking a pass of the line outside the venue.

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Keep fluctuating between thinking today is Tuesday / Wednesday. I am glad whenever I know it’s Wednesday though 😂

And with that I’ve disabled cross-posting to Twitter. I’ve already stopped visiting/interacting with the site. Not sure I’m going to close it though, as I don’t want some Nazi taking over my handle since I use it everywhere else. Anyway, sorry for the political post. Back to the positive stuff! 😄

So, you’re telling me the fake “absolute free speech” CEO / tech genius is propping up the fake “freedom” governor for president? Would NEVER have predicted that! (It was pretty much the plot of last week’s Succession episode, after all.) The end game for power and money is ALWAYS authoritarianism.