Step 1: we could have lots of fun
Step 2: stop having fun and learn math, you dumb fuck.
XTC 'Reel by Reel’
Going back to 1979 for the first Flashback Friday in a while. Saw this listed recently on an nprmusic list of Top 10 Least-Heard albums, and I’ll admit I had only heard a couple of songs off this record. Listening through it this morning, it’s quite good. Hard to believe it’s almost as old as me.
Ten years after its release — and seven months after the death of singer Jason Molina — The Magnolia Electric Co. is still an ambitious and unsteady beast, strangely graceful and crying out to be explored. Throughout the album, Molina sings of his own smallness and struggle, but also the stubbornness inherent in standing up as the gravitational forces of grief try to pull him down.
Great record, worth a listen. Or ten.
Tears For Fears 'And I Was A Boy From School'
As a kid, I was a casual fan of Tears for Fears for many years, and apparently they just celebrated their 30th anniversary. I did not realize they were still together and recording, but they released this cover recently and are supposed to be recording a new record. I love this Hot Chip song, and while it is not as good as the original, I enjoyed it anyway.
DIIV 'How Long Have You Known?'
I had not heard this in a while until I came across it today. Kind of fits my mood for today.
Moonface 'Dreamy Summer'
I know the new Arcade Fire is the big new release of the week, but don’t overlook the new record from Moonface.
Want to try your hand (foot?) at running as fast as an elite runner? With the New York City Marathon approaching on Sunday, marathoner Ryan Hall’s sponsor has been “driving a flatbed truck around Manhattan with a treadmill on the back, challenging anyone who dares to see how long they can hold the Olympian’s best marathon pace,” according to Runner’s World.
The treadmill is set at 12.6 MPH, or 4:46 per mile, the average pace Hall ran at the 2011 Boston Marathon. His finishing time of 2:04:58 that year is the fastest marathon by an American runner.
Running this pace for me would be bad news. Fact. — heidi
This is pretty awesome. I’d like to try that for a few seconds. I think the ones at the gym only go up to 10 mph. I’d like to think I can hang for at least 400m.
New EP from School of Night, the side project of Darby Cicci of The Antlers.
Raul Jimenez of Mexico scored an incredible volley bicycle kick last night to throw El Tri a true lifeline towards qualification for the 2014 World Cup. Mexico defeated Panama 2-1 at Stadio Azteca last night to go to 4th place in the CONCACAF region.
The scenario for Mexico to get automatic qualification is as follows: Honduras would have to lose at now-eliminated Jamaica, while Mexico would have to win at Costa Rica by at least 2 goals. If Mexico finish where they stand now, in 4th, they would have to travel to New Zealand to play in a qualifying final to determine who would actually get to go to Brazil ‘14.
At any rate, enjoy Jimenez’s wonder strike.
Crazy to think Mexico may not make the World Cup. Oh, and that’s an amazing goal.