I like just about everything new from iOS7. My favorite might just be the timer indicator you can now see on the lock screen. I use the timer a ton and it’s nice to save a couple of swipes and taps.
No doubt one of my Top 5 albums of the year is Run the Jewels. Adam gave me the heads up on it right after it released and I played it to pieces. Killer Mike has ridiculous flow and El-P sounds cool as always. It’s a free download, too, so you should definitely check it out.
Earthless makes the heavy rock and roll. I have to admit that it was the cover art that first grabbed me. I like that psych-rock look. When I found out that 2/3 of the trio were from bands I know and love (RFTC and Howlin’ Rain) I was in before I knew what they sounded like. This one worked out well for me.
The new album from The Black Hollies is Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere. I’m into it. The first single is the title track and it’s a good one. Nice easy psychedelic sound that reminds me of the Pastels a little bit.
Here’s the Spotify link to hear the rest of the album.
I’m hit or miss with Herbie Hancock. I’ve got a long-standing aversion to jazz-fusion and “Rockit” is the only non-fusion HH I know. It was a massive treat to learn about this song (and album as it turns out) which is a silly-nice funk groove. I finally tracked down a vinyl copy if this record and it’s now in steady rotation.
I feel bad that I only just noticed that Drawn is gone, since posts stopped back in May.
It wasn’t on my daily list of stops but the animation and illustration that was posted there was always worth checking out.
I’m deeply into Back to Work (with Dan Benjamin and Merlin Mann) which led me to a link to the Pixel Recess podcast. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that it’s hosted by Paul Armstrong who I (kind of but don’t really) know from Whiskerino. And then, on top of that, it was funny. It’s just 15 minutes and I laughed.
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know is a podcast presented by BoingBoing: “it’s an interview podcast featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people discussing their work, ideas, and the reality/business side of how they do what they do”.
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I really enjoyed this interview with Jeff Smith, best know around my house as the creator of Bone. I don’t know if you listen to podcasts but this one was good. He has cool stories to tell about self-publishing and comics back before the internet.
Trail running was more fun that I expected. It was also less about sightseeing than I thought. I was talking to a friend of mine last week about the upcoming run and he said, “trail running is fun but I never get to see anything but the ground because I fall every time I look up”. I felt bad for the clumsy fellow until I got about 50 yards in from the trailhead. And then I laughed because I’d apparently signed up for 8 miles of staring at the feet of the runner in front of me to see where they were stepping to avoid roots and rocks.
This video is a good illustration of the trail as we ran it (and the stabilized video minimizes some of the motion-sickening I get from these GoPro jams):
As I was looking around at the other runners before the start I set a goal of not-being-last. I was happy to see that I was neither last in my gender nor in my age group. I was close to the bottom, but not on the bottom. I’m also still kind of sore two days later. 8 miles was my longest distance run *and* it was my first trail run so that combo is probably (hopefully?) what’s got me still creaking around. I’ll know tomorrow when I get back to mid-week normalcy.