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.

MP3 Puffy AmiYumi - "Thank You"
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.

MP3 Super Furry Animals - "Juxtapozed With U"
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.
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Anonymous Anonymous @ 11/25/2005 11:10:00 AM:

i started reading your blog last year, because ipodlounge featured your blog - i was just in time for mix '04 (an excellent mix, by the way). hard to believe it's been a year. keep up the good work. :)    

Blogger Satisfied '75 @ 11/25/2005 01:16:00 PM:

Nice comeback post man. Just looked at your 04 mix...excellent. Look fwd to seeing the 05 one    

Anonymous Anonymous @ 11/25/2005 01:39:00 PM:

Can't wait for the mix. I started reading a year ago around this time and got hooked by the updates. You introduced some really great stuff.    

Blogger ghost robot @ 11/28/2005 02:35:00 AM:

i too started reading your blog around this time last year. my all time favorite post was definetly black leotard front (feb maybe?). while the internet has missed you, i'm glad there will be an 05 mix.    

Anonymous Anonymous @ 12/08/2005 09:57:00 AM:

I remember you pushed Morning Sedition right when it first started, & thought it was a lapse in your otherwise good taste. Since then, the show's grown on me to the point where it's the only thing on Air America I still feel committed to. Sad loss, & it parallels the Arrested Development cut -- odd, offbeat, intelligent, & misunderstood by management.    

Blogger mr gilbert @ 12/08/2005 11:28:00 AM:

i always felt that morning sedition was the slickest, best produced show on the network, which i thought made for an effective & entertaining a.m. drivetime show. i have a hard time listening to franken anymore since katherine lanpher left & took some of the structure & most of the radio professionalism with her. maron is a much better radio personality than the future mn senator imo, but what the hell do i know? i'm strangely addicted to the daily rants of sam seder on the majority report, so go figure. sedition did a lot of remote broadcasts (pretty early in the morning) and always seemed to draw decent crowds of fairly devoted fans, so it's even more disappointing that the direct audience participation aspect of aar's morning show will be lost to a more conventional news & talk format. suck. "misunderstood by management" - well put.    

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