Friday, December 28, 2007

Friday CJ Random 11

It's one more random than 10!

The Lovely Becky and I had our first doctor's appointment yesterday. It was the first appointment since the scare-me-shitless incident, and it also came at the end of the first trimester. That means we're at the point where you might notice stuff about little TBD, stuff that could be bad.

The doctor set up the ultrasound, and there was TBD on the screen. I have to admit, it looked more Rorschach than human at first, until we saw the spine and the heart and the head. "Everything looks healthy and normal," said the doctor. I have never been so happy to hear the word "normal." And I know when TBD gets to be a teenager, we'll hear about how s/he needs the right clothes/shoes/hair dye/piercing to be an individual, but right now, I want TBD to be just like all the other normal babies.

Anyway, I want to say thank you to everyone for their support over the years—new virtual friends as well as old fashioned bricks-and-mortar friends. You have no idea how much your words and deeds have helped. I know we're not out of the woods, but I at least feel like I have a map and the Blair Witch is no longer leaving bundled sticks outside my tent. Now let's write about some tunes.

1) "Waiting for the 7.18," Bloc Party. It's odd to hear songs about office life now that my commute consists of climbing a flight of stairs and it's impossible to have good water cooler conversations with cats. I dig this song because, even though the lyrics are a little cloying—making a couplet with "sudoku" is never a good idea—it's a big song, designed to reach the back of the stadium. I like that some bands still try to write those kinds of songs. Does anyone remember grandeur?

2) "Bad Light," Built to Spill. I miss guitar heroics, too, which were unfortunately strip- mined in the 80s by leather-pants-clad cobags playing hammer-ons before they could learn to drive. Built to Spill bring the taste back to guitar heroics, stacking layers of riffs and melodies on top of each other, but without ever sacrificing the song for flash.

3) "Don't Get Excited," Graham Parker. An oldie that I recently discovered and wonder how I missed this. He manages to out-Elvis Costello Elvis Costello. Catchy, angryish new wave with great riffs and clever, often sarcastic lyrics. Also known as "my cup of tea."

4) "Lipstick Sunset (Live)," John Hiatt. Fellas, if you need a good song to set the mood with your lady, this is a great choice. Hiatt croons some romantic lyrics over a slow, but not too slow, beat. The perfect road trip song for the journey from the living room to the bedroom.

5) "The Hammer," Motorhead. Also a great romantic choice if you're dating Gina from The 40-Year Old Virgin. Amusing Motorhead aside: Freshman year of college, I had to take a composition course. Our teacher, one of the grad students, used to wear a complete preppy outfit of penny loafers, Levi's, and a tweed jacket, but added a Motorhead t-shirt to the mix. At the time I thought he was a tool, but I realize now he was also an irony pioneer.

6) "Prison Sex," Tool. Perfect for setting the mood if you're incarcerated. Hey, Mad Dog, they're playing our song! Will you walk me to my cell? This is the only album I ever bought because of a music video.

7) "Good Luck," Basement Jaxx. Danceflooricious.

8) "For All the Cows," Foo Fighters. I loved the first Foo Fighters album because of songs like this, but never got into their other albums after that. However, I hope Dave Grohl continues to be popular, because he gets what it means to be a rock star. He's completely dedicated and passionate and yet doesn't take himself too seriously.

9) "Perfect Circle," R.E.M. At the other end of the serious spectrum. Michael Stipe ruined R.E.M. for me, as much as he made me like them in the first place. Has he smiled since Out of Time came out? It's not like I want musicians to be Lenny Bruce necessarily, but you play rock music for a living. Pull the microphone pole out and loosen up a bit.

10) "Dog Eat Dog," AC/DC. I remember seeing an interview with baseball steroid gladiator Jason Giambi, back when he was an emerging star instead of a state's witness. He was wearing a hat that read, "Drive it like you stole it." That's how AC/DC played music before Bon Scott choked to death, like they had been given the keys to a Ferrari and they had better floor it to 150 before someone realized who was behind the wheel. That's also why I always crank early AC/DC to 11.

11) "Jail Guitar Doors," The Clash. Songs like this are why the first Clash album is on my desert island list.

The Lovely Becky bought me this for Christmas, and there will be some serious dork blogging about it later this weekend. Until then, have a good one.


Anonymous said...

I'm very happy for you! Also, I love the idea of "Bricks and Mortar friends." I'm going to have to start using that one.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Check out GP's current work, mostly on Bloodshot Records. He does a lot of touring with the Figgs, who put that old pub-rock zip'n'spit back back into his music, and he's written some good songs like "2000 Funerals"

Also, AC/DC.

Jennifer said...

Woo-hoo!!! That's wonderful news, Brando! Enjoy the middle trimester! If memory serves, energy surges, you feel almost more normal than normal, the babe starts to move. It's all very awesome. The middle is a nice break before the final stretch, pun intended.

Again, woo-hoo!!! However, we'll continue to send good vibes to all of you.

Kathleen said...

so glad to hear the good news!

I love Basement Jaxx.

Cheryll said...

Hooray from one of the cyber ones! So glad things are moving, normal and on target.

Anonymous said...

jail guitar doors? really?

that's my least favourite song of that album. but yeah the first clash album is teh roxxorz!

congrats on TBD and Rock Band.

bjkeefe said...

... making a couplet with "sudoku" is never a good idea ...

LOL! That's going on my list of rock-solid advice, along with:

o Never play cards with a man named Doc.

o Never eat at a restaurant named Mom's.

o Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.

Grendel said...

Sweet news on TDB!

SER said...

I am so glad to hear the good news about TBD!

fish said...

I can't wait to swap stories about how much we hate our kids!

Distributorcap said...

good news is good news

happy your new year is starting so terrifically (is that a word?)

BOSSY said...

Awwwwww yeahhhhhh, delicious words to Aunt Bossy's ears. Congrats on another beautiful landmark.

Churlita said...

Your baby is healthy AND you got Rock Band? You must be the luckiest man alive.

I'm so excited you had Motorhead on you random 11. You know how much I heart them.

Anonymous said...

"Drive it Like You Stole It" is also the title of a wonderful little record by Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves. Perfect pop. Check it out.

Chuckles said...

I bought that album for exactly the same reason.

Also, awesome news about the TBD, dude!