Monday, May 31

Father Swimcoach Scoutmaster, No!


1. "Hey, What Are You Listening To?"

2010 has already been a pretty decent year for album releases. Here are the last 8 albums I've purchased, all great in their own way, and all of which have been released this year:

Sleigh Bells - Treats
The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever
Yeasayer - Odd Blood
The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks
Fang Island - Fang Island
The National - High Violet

One of the most anticipated releases of 2010 for me is The Suburbs, the third album by Arcade Fire, coming out on August 3 in the states. Arcade Fire is a two-time 'Album Of The Year' winner here on the CDP (2004 & 2007), and Funeral also snagged 'Album Of The Decade' accolades last December. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to it.


2. "Hey, What Are You Watching?"

Not a whole lot, now that Summer's here. My DVR queue is down to a modest 10-12 hours a week of television, mostly pro wrestling and cable stuff like Mythbusters, The Ultimate Fighter and Tosh.0. I enjoy these moments before the upcoming Fall season; they give me a chance to crack a few books, work harder on writing stuff, and occasionally tell my wife that I love her.

However, now that the 2009-2010 Season is officially over, here are my Top 10 favorites:

10. The Simpsons (FOX)
9. Destination Truth (SYFY)
8. Mythbusters (DISC)
7. Saturday Night Live (NBC)
6. Community (NBC)
5. 30 Rock (NBC)
4. Parks & Recreation (NBC)
3. Modern Family (ABC)
2. Friday Night Lights (101/NBC)
1. Lost (ABC)

I must admit, however, that I've recently become obsessed with the ridiculous nonsense known as Minute To Win It. I got roped into this thing like a sucker, and fell for their over-the-top production and asinine stunts. When I first turned it on, I said, "This is idiotic; we're changing the channel." 30 minutes later, and I'm on the edge of my seat, screaming "NO WAY IS HE GOING TO SORT THOSE M&Ms IN TIME!"


3. "Hey, How's The Book Coming Along?"

Quite nicely. I have completed drafts of 50 essays, with another 10 to be written this Summer. If all goes well, the book itself should be wrapped up in September, and hopefully released in late October. If you don't see too much of me over the next few months, you'll know what I'm up to.

Unlike 65 Poor Life Decisions, there's going to be at least 15 brand-new essays in the new book, which I'm looking forward to getting out there for people to read. I have no idea what it took three years for me to go from Book #1 to Book #2, but I'm hoping that Book #3 won't be so far off next time.


4. "Hey, What's New With The Technical Side Of The CDP?"

I optimized the CDP for Smartphone compatibility, but I don't like the way it looks, so I'm currently looking into new programs. So, if you check out the CDP on your iPhone or Blackberry sometime in the near future, you'll probably say, "This has potential, but it sort of sucks right now." I totally agree with you; we're getting there.

As far as Home Base goes, I'm talking to Blogger about why my Archives are messed up. The home page is displaying random numbers of essays each day (it's supposed to be the last 10 essays, but it's been as few as two in recent weeks), and my monthly Archives are not complete (no essays have been deleted, it's just that some cannot be accessed through the Archives right now). Again, I'm working on it. This has never happened before, and I hope to fix it soon. Fortunately, neither of these things are a huge deal; I'm assuming you didn't even notice it.


5. "Hey, Anything Else You Want To Tell Me?"

Yes, almost forgot. Keep an eye on the CDP this Summer, as I have a huge project that I hope to unveil in the upcoming weeks (it's not the book, either). For fans of nostalgia, pop culture and humor (so, all of you), I think you'll get a kick out of it.

Thanks for reading. Sound off in the comments section, enjoy your day and let us know how you plan to spend the first few weeks of Summer.

I think Community deserves a higher rank on your list :)
Re: item 5 on your list - my husband just wants to know if Alicia Silverstone is getting naked, and that's your big news.

Rest assured, I am prepared to break the sad news that she is not, in fact, doing any such thing. So far as I know. Unless you know something I don't...
Unfortunately for all of us, Alicia Silverstone is not, at least from what I know, getting naked.

However, if you own a DVD of The Crush, there's that one scene where...never mind. I've said too much.
I'm going to stay inside and drink lots of cold beer, because it's getting stupid hot down here in SC.
Awesome, JT; this looks to be how my weekend is shaping up as well.
Holy crud! Catching up on some SUPER stuff here my man! I also think the Community student warfare episode alone would have boosted it's rating on your list. Love it.
EMILY - That was so important, you had to say it five times! :)

BLU - Good to see you again, man; thanks for the kind words. I did enjoy Community this season, but I fear that they have a limited shelf life concerning characters and stories. I do hope they prove me wrong, though.
Community was my favorite new show of the season, and #2 behind P&R overall. I'm in agreement that the distance these storylines can go seems limited - I was a bit underwhelmed by the season finale twist, but that may have been due to my drunkenness at the time.

Best reissue of 2010: Refused The Shape of Punk to Come. I got the link for the digital download yesterday and it's even better than I remember. I went through a brief period back in 1999 when this was my favorite album, but then the CD was stolen during a party and I never got around to replacing it. Now I'm kind of regretting that Refuse-less decade, though the absence makes the reunion that much better.
WALLROCK - It's amazing how well that album stands up.

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