Archive for December, 2006

Favorite songs of ‘06

December 23, 2006

Of the songs I added to iTunes in 2006, here are the ones I played most often (many of these songs were not actually released in 2006):

  1. “Are You With Me?” by Overnight
  2. “Nature Anthem” by Grandaddy
  3. “The Sun Shines Down on Me” by Guster
  4. “Kicks in the Schoolyard” by Rosebud
  5. “Three Lions” by World Cup Willies
  6. “Dreidel” by Don McLean
  7. “Reason is Treason” by Kasabian
  8. “Technologic” by Daft Punk
  9. “The Vice and Virtue Ministry” by The Happy Bullets
  10. “I Was Never Young” by Of Montreal

I heard nine of these ten songs for the first time on The Good Show.


Recent iTunes purchases

December 6, 2006
  • “If Anybody Had a Heart” by John Waite
  • “Palestine Texas” by T Bone Burnett
  • “Going Going Gone” by The Vestals
  • “You Didn’t Have to be So Nice” by The Lovin’ Spoonful
  • “Seasons in the Sun” by Terry Jacks
  • “Smoke from a Distant Fire” by Sanford & Townsend
  • “For the Love of Money” by The O’Jays
  • “Wrong Time Capsule” by Deerhoof
  • “Mad World” by Michael Andrews
  • “You Go to My Head” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Someone to Watch Over Me” [1945] by Frank Sinatra
  • “These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Why Shouldn’t I?” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Why Don’t You Get a Job?” by The Offspring

Last trip to Tower

December 6, 2006

I flew down to the Bay Area to visit my sister this past weekend, and persuaded her to make a side trip to Tower Records on our way from Pleasant Hill BART to her house.

The inventory was heavily depleted because the store has been going out of business for the last several weeks and everything is 50% off, but I still found a few things:

  • “Songs of Love and Hate” by Leonard Cohen
  • “Going Somewhere” by Colin Hay
  • “Employment” by Kaiser Chiefs
  • “Missing Songs” by Maxïmo Park

Also, for the fifth and final time I bought the latest Duran Duran album (“Astronaut”) at Tower. I don’t think I would have bought it if not for nostalgia, but maybe when I listen to it I’ll like it.

Biggest disappointment: They were out of the yellow-and-red Tower Records bags. I wanted one…

Sports joy

December 5, 2006

It’s been a great year for me as a college football fan. Ohio State is 12-0, Big Ten champions, and will play in the national championship game. California is 9-3 and Pac-Ten co-champions. San Jose State is 8-4 and will play in a bowl game for the first time since 1990.

Even better: Ohio State beat Michigan, Cal beat Stanford, and San Jose State beat Fresno State. The last time all three teams won their rivalry games in the same year: 1979.

You can’t work with someone who won’t work with you

December 4, 2006

An interesting post-midterm wrapup by Rolling Stone contained this questionable assertion by David Gergen:

Voters don’t want a whole series of confrontations over the next two years. […] Democrats have got to be willing to work with the administration […] That’s going to be very hard for them to do.

I believe that the next two years will see “a whole series of confrontations” because that will be what the Bush administration will want. I see no indication that it has any intention of working with a Democratic Congress.