thankful i'm finally posting something
Happy thanksgiving, everybody. Thanks for sticking around while I've been preoccupied of late. I have been preparing the sequel to last year's Mix '04, which may end up being a double disc this time around. It begins on 12/1.
As a token of my thanksgiving, here's a lovely & serene piece of J-Pop happiness from Cartoon Network stars Puffy AmiYumi, from 2003's Nice. LP.
This song has been stuck in my head since I caught Monday's Super Furry Animals show at the Fine Line. I missed the opening set from Dan Snaith's Caribou (who I saw back in June) while I was at long last catching 's Jesus is Magic (ha ha ha), but decided to drop in for SFA afterwards. Gruff Rhys & company put on a fun nite of gooey psych-pop, of which this song (during the multi-song encore) was definitely a highlight. I took this track off last year's Songbook: The Singles, Volume One compilation. Check out SFA's well-received new album Love Kraft if you have the chance.
I know I'm WAY behind on this one, but I wanted to add myself to the many voices who are lamenting the imminent departure of comedian Marc Maron from Air America Radio's excellent morning drivetime show, Morning Sedition - which has seen multiple appearance from indie rock superhero Ted Leo & I have written about several times before. Not surprisingly, online efforts to keep Maron on the air, with notable discussions also going on over at Daily Kos & people such as Vanity Fair columnist James Wolcott leveling strong criticism at Air America CEO Danny Goldberg's decision to cut Maron loose at the end of the month. There's more info about the whole ordeal over at Morning Sedition's wikipedia entry, and podcasts of nearly very episode of the show are available at the Air America Place audio archive. While I didn't listen Marc & Mark (Riley) everyday, I did so somewhat often & have always been impressed with the program that they & their team was able to assemble. So today, I'd like to extend my thanks to Marc Maron & the rest of the Morning Sedition team for all their hard work. Bravo, fellas. If you're a fan, show 'em some love & pick up some of their merch.
ETA (11/28/05): Marc Maron relayed the bad news today that Morning Sedition will be no more as of 12/16. Apparently the AAR morning line-up will be Mark Riley 5-7am & Rachel Maddow 7-9am, though details regarding those shows haven't been detailed beyond the fact that they won't feature the scripted comedy bits that made Sedition so funny & unique. Supposedly Marc Maron is in negotiations with Air America to host a show based in Los Angeles (where his wife lives), most likely a live late nite broadcast for the west coast (& early morning podcasters). Maron explained that while he is heartbroken about the failed campaign to resuscitate the show, he did express his deep appreciation for the outpouring of support both he & Sedition have received as all this interoffice drama has publicly unfolded. While I will likewise miss the now retitled Mourning Sedition (by fans, anyway), I do hope the very talented Maron is able to find a place at AAR - who are lucky to have him at all IMO - in the (very near) future.
Lastly, who else watched HBO's fantastic Rome over the last few months? It may have started out a little slow, but it certainly delivered by season's end last week. However, the finale was overshadowed by season one's bloody penultimate episode, which climaxed with an incredible gladiator sequence with lead characters Titus Pullo & Lucius Vorenus putting on a brutal display that makes Ridley Scott's work seem awfully tame. I'm really looking forward to the second season (in 2007), where I expect we'll see young Octavian join up with Antony to go after Caesar's assassins. I can't wait.
And with that, I'm off to go stuff myself silly. Yummy yum yum yummy.