Friday Random 10: Excuses, excuses edition

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Pax Arcana

Sorry for the extreme paucity of highbrow musings lately. There are several reasons for this. The first is that the radiant and scrupulous Mrs. Pax Arcana and I are in the process of painting our house — the only human activity that goes from “exciting” and “fun” to “suicidally excruciating” faster than being governor of California.

The second is that my laptop caught a case of the fizzles yesterday, so until my technical team can replace it I’m stuck with a loaner that I believe was crafted out of discarded braces, watch batteries and graham crackers. Shit is slow.

It’s not that I don’t want to provide you with a hot tub full of greasy, sexy blogging. Trust me — I want to slather your body parts in stories of racist Philadelphians, men in tiny boats, gas station exposés, grand optical illusions, the greatest baseball game ever played, anachronistic uniform components, impish impulses, and the New York Times’ hilarious warning against eating raw cookie dough.

It’s just that I can’t right now.

So let’s skip ahead to the songs:

Listening to Otis Redding During Christmas — Okkervil River
A-Punk — Vampire Weekend
The Funeral — Band of Horses
Another Man’s Done Gone — Wilco
In the Garage — Weezer
Pot Kettle Black — Wilco
That Time — Regina Spektor
Born to Run — Bruce Springsteen
Punch Drunk — Bush Tetras
Song #1 — Fugazi

Bonus Video:

Land of the Freak — King Khan and the Shrines (Live)

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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8 responses to “Friday Random 10: Excuses, excuses edition

  1. no one wants to hear your bullshit excuses. get out there and drive around and come back with a centerpiece that can hold up the front page.

    • I once pitched a story to Cheryl about all the dollar bills stuck to the giant Buddha at that Chinese restaurant down the street. Sadly the populace of the Merrimack Valley will never know the full breadth and depth of their shared cultural heritage.

  2. Perry Ellis

    Yeah, I think a stone wall fell down in Methuen. And there’s a turtle laying eggs in a parking lot. Make sure you get some art! And find out what the man on the street thinks about turtles.

    4Dix, Lifter Puller
    Room Full Of Mirrors, Jimi Hendrix
    Dr. Funkenstein, Parliament
    Let My Love Open The Door, Pete Townshend
    Blistered, Johnny Cash
    Go Easy, Ryan Adams
    Promises, Fugazi
    Walking Away, Sugar
    Me Myself And I, De La Soul
    When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky, Bob Dylan

  3. Fallen Angel

    A-Punk — Vampire Weekend
    The Funeral — Band of Horses

    whoa i think your app that refuses to play songs any non-pretentious asshat may have heard broke down

  4. Vampire Weekend, skinny darlings of the Brooklyn hipster set, aren’t for pretentious asshats? They’re the crown princes of pretentious asshat music, my friend!

    The Funeral is just a crazy good song.

    • Whats up with knocking the Funeral…go see Band of Horses live and understand how fucking good they really are. Much more of a Southern Rock band than a MMJ ripoff.

      • I don’t think anyone is knocking The Funeral or Band of Horses. FA was just using a triple negative to praise me for including bands he’d heard of. I like BoH, but the dude’s high pitched voice does kind of get to me after a while.

  5. 1. My Unusual Friend – Fruit Bats
    2. You Never Know – Wilco
    3. Next To the Last Romantic – Josh Ritter
    4. Withering Heights – Ryan Adams
    5. Going the Distance – Menahan Street Band
    6. In Search of – Miike Snow
    7. Uncovering the Old – Dr. Dog
    8. Take Me Round Again – The Fiery Furnaces
    9. Its A Crazy Mixed Up World – John Lee Hooker
    10. The Sun Also Sets – Ryan Adams

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