January 5th, 2005

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You think you're funny, ChickWagon, but you're not

Well, my engine light went off again, disappearing as mysteriously as it appeared. It was just toying with me. It was having a laugh at my expense. Your day will come, engine light! There will be a reckoning for you! Light!

In other news, I finished off a couple of freelance gigs last night, freeing me up to visit my super-swell gal this weekend without any deadlines floating over my head. Also, I picked up a lead on what might be my most rewarding freelance gig yet, artistically and financially, so keep your various free danglers crossed for me, kids.

Out I go to brave the crazy-ass winter storm that appeared out of nowhere last night. We may end up with the most snow since the late '90s by the time the weekend arrives; luckily, I'll be in the hospitable tropical surroundings of St. Paul by Friday.

Memo to my head: any time you'd like to stop producing several metric tons of mucus an hour would work well with my schedule.
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Top Tenz

Normally I'd just direct you to my piece on The High Hat for this stuff, but Christ knows when the next issue is actually gonna be done, so here it is while it's still kinda timely -- my top ten albums of 2004, rock/pop and rap/hip-hop editions. Dispute and destroy.

TOP 10 ROCK & POP ALBUMS OF 2004
1. McLusky, The Difference Between You and Me is That I'm Not on Fire
2. The Fiery Furnaces, Blueberry Boat
3. The Mountain Goats, We Shall All Be Healed
4. Deerhoof, Milk Man
5. Bjork, Medulla
6. The Liars, They Were Wrong So We Drowned
7. Iron & Wine, The Creek Drank the Cradle
8. Sally Timms, In the World of Him
9. Sonic Youth, Sonic Nurse
10. Lamb of God, Ashes of the Wake

(Second string: Fear Before the March of Flames, Art Damage; the Drive-By Truckers, The Dirty South; the New Year, The End is Near; Time in Malta, Alone with the Alone; Mastodon, Leviathan; the Electric Wizard, We Live; Animal Collective, Sung Tongs; British Sea Power, The Decline of British Sea Power; Kings of Leon, Aha Shake Heartbreak; Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose.)

TOP 10 RAP & HIP-HOP ALBUMS OF 2004
1. Madvillain, Madvillainy
2. Ghostface Killah, The Pretty Toney Album
3. RJD2, Since We Last Spoke
4. De la Soul, The Grind Date
5. MF Doom, Mm...Food
6. Kanye West, College Dropout
7. Jean Grae, This Week
8. Wiley, Treddin' on Thin Ice
9. Devin the Dude, To tha X-Treme
10. Gift of Gab, 4th-Dimensional Rocketships Going Up

(Second string: Viktor Vaughn, Venomous Villain; Foreign Exchange, Connected; Dizzee Rascal, Showtime; Murs feat. 9th Wonder, Murs 3:16, the Ninth Edition; Twista, Kamikaze; Jason Forrest, The Unrelenting Songs of the 1979 Post-Disco Crash; J-Zone, A Job Ain't Nothin' But Work; Dilated Peoples, Neighborhood Watch; Azeem, Show Business; Haiku d'Etat, Coup de Theatre.)
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Gonzo!

theludickid: Man check this out:
theludickid: Least comforting headline ever.
Blueangstrom: "Buchanan to Gays: I Will Not Incinerate You"
Blueangstrom: Jesus, it's like they won't let us have satire anymore
Blueangstrom: 'Oh, you thought that was an insouciant bit of exaggeration for illustrative effect? Now it's real."
theludickid: When the guy nominated for the highest law enforcement role in the nation has to make public assurances that his days of advocating torture are behind him, satire is no longer useful.
Blueangstrom: Sure, when I was younger, I might have written a few memos that were a bit torture happy
Blueangstrom: But I'm past that now
theludickid: That was 2003, Senator. Let's not dwell on ancient history.
theludickid: The point is, I will certainly not be actually torturing people myself.
Blueangstrom: That's what we have illiterate hill folk from West Virginia for, Senator.
Blueangstrom: They're less human than we are, you know.
Blueangstrom: It's okay for them to do this.
theludickid: But you didn't hear that from me! Ho ho.
Blueangstrom: well, yes, I am the son of immigrants myself...
theludickid How could we make that headline even more depressing?
theludickid "GONZALEZ: TORTURE TO BE KEPT TO A BARE MINIMUM"
theludickid: "GONZALEZ: TORTURE WILL NEVER BE USED ON U.S. CITIZENS"
Blueangstrom GONZALEZ: TORTURE IS NO LONGER POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT TO PUBLICLY ADVOCATE
theludickid "GONZALEZ: I WAS TALKING ABOUT A DIFFERENT KIND OF TORTURE"
Blueangstrom: GONZALEZ: HEY, I JUST WROTE THE MEMO, I DIDN'T ACTUALLY TAKE PICTURES OF ANYONE'S WANG WITH WIRES ON IT
theludickid "GONZALEZ: WHO'S TO SAY WHAT IS TORTURE, ANYWAY"
Blueangstrom GONZALEZ: ACTUALLY, SCREW IT, WE ARE GONNA TORTURE ALL SORTS OF FOLKS, IT'S NOT LIKE YOU CAN STOP US
theludickid Har, THE WINNER!
theludickid: "GONZALEZ: I'M NOT THE SAME ALBERTO GONZALEZ WHO WROTE THOSE MEMOS"
Blueangstrom: You know, right here, this Gonzalez speaks thing? Should be a weekly column.
theludickid: "Al's Torture Tips"
Blueangstrom: GONZALEZ: LOOK, SENATOR, HERE'S FIFTY BUCKS, YOU DIDN'T READ NO MEMO, CAPICE?
theludickid: "GONZALEZ: OH, LIKE YOU'VE NEVER TORTURED PEOPLE"
Blueangstrom: GONZALEZ: HE TRIPPED AND FELL ONTO THAT PILE OF NAKED IRAQIS
theludickid: "GONALEZ: I'M AN ATTORNEY. I THINK I WOULD KNOW IF TORTURE WAS ILLEGAL."
Blueangstrom: GONZALEZ: OOH, THE LIVEJOURNALLERS DON'T LIKE ME, WELL, MAYBE IF THEY TRIED ORDERING 19 YEAR OLDS TO FILM THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF 15 YEAR OLDS MORE OFTEN THEY'D UNDERSTAND
theludickid: Another name for his column: "Gonzo Journalism"
Blueangstrom: "This week, Attorney General Gonzalez slapped a reporter across the mouth with his cock and then tore the American flag from the wall and wrapped it around his body."
theludickid: "GONZALEZ: I BET YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU'D BE NOSTALGIC FOR ASHCROFT"
Blueangstrom: GONZALEZ: LOOK, IRAQ WAS ASKING FOR IT, THOSE PEOPLE ARE TOTALLY INTO IT
theludickid: "GONZALEZ VOWS NO TORTURE; JUST SHITLOADS OF EXECUTIONS"
Blueangstrom: GONZALEZ ASKS SENATE IF HE CAN STILL PUT RETARDS TO DEATH
theludickid: MAN! Say what you will about America, we still know how to kill retards.