morning babble / Friday 10-29-21
This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes it gets tidied up, but sometimes . . . not so much. When all else fails – go watch the video!
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream was enjoyed last night: Change is Brewing. The new flavor features cold brew coffee ice cream, marshmallow swirls and fudge brownies. Trouble getting my coffee yesterday on the road: 2 Dunkins and 1 Starbucks – closed. No help. I hit a Wawa.
I ran #302 on the mill. 5K every day.
New Music Friday:
- Ed Sheeran released his fifth studio album today, = (pronounced equals). Several singles have already been released throughout the summer, but today we get all 14 cuts – nearly 50 minutes of Ed. One of my favorite podcast shows from Tim Ferriss podcast was when he had Jamie Foxx on – I’ll provide links. Jamie was talking about how Ed Sheeran slept on his floor for 6 weeks (23:00) Ed came over from London and wanted to do this live show in LA that Foxx was a head of. He warned Ed that it’s mostly black and that they don’t care about London and the accent. Ed’s response – “I think I’ll be okay”. Ed Sheeran walks up with his red hair and a ukulele within 12 minutes standing ovation.
- From Philly – Japanese Breakfast, who I talked about earlier this year when they released the Jubilee album back in June. They (or in particular – Michelle Zauner performed for Spotify’s Live at Electric Lady EP series. An 8 pack of goodness, but one song. she covered Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So”. Very well done.
- Death Cab for Cutie released a deluxe reissue of their 2001 studio LP The Photo Album – 20th anniversary. You get 35 remastered tracks that includes studio outtakes, unreleased songs, rarities, UK B-sides, demos, and more. Vinyl will arrive in spring 2022. Death Cab always holds an odd place in my heart with music. Their album Plans (2005) was the first album I purchased on an iPod.
- New Music from The Talbott Brothers – I talked about these guys back in March when I heard the Boss’ song “Dancing in the Dark” – via their album Acoustic Selections From Ghost Talker. Today, we get the single “Open Sky” as described on their website: it’s about wanting what you can’t have and learning to let it go. Striving to be happy with the choices you’ve made and find contentment without settling. There is a longing that keeps us up a night, wondering if we took the road less traveled or if the grass is just always gonna seem greener on the other side.
- Brent Favorite: Spoon have announced a new record arriving early next year. Lucifer on the Sofa, their 10th album, is out February 11. They did a video for the record’s first single, “The Hardest Cut.” I read this on Pitchfork about what lead singer Britt Daniel’s described the album as “the sound of classic rock as written by a guy who never did get Eric Clapton.”
- HOLIDAY MUSIC – I missed this one last week. As a kid, Rob Thomas always thought December 26th was the saddest day of the year. This past summer he finally decided that he wanted to do a Christmas album. It wasn’t long before Thomas was decking out his home studio with lights, playing holiday movies and “living Christmas for the whole summer,” while recording Something About Christmas Time the 10-track collection is comprised of originals tracks and covers including Bryan Adams’ “Christmas Time”.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“What’s on the other side of fear?” he asks. “Nothing.” – by Jamie Foxx via Tim Ferriss podcast #124 [50:42]