Hey again, all… It’s Friday the 5th. It seems like a vast swathe of the city’s populace has left. Much later today, I’ll be joining them, as I hop aboard an east-bound Long Island Railroad train that – dear God – hopefully won’t be packed with Bud Light-swiggin’ d-bags (I’m hoping they’re already all out there).
But before I go, I thought I’d leave you with something to read (nice of me, eh?) I’m highlighting two of my favorite regular features from two of my favorite sites on the Web. They actually complement each other quite well.
Baker’s Dozen: From The Quietus, a stately British site largely devoted to music, Baker’s Dozen is a series of ruminations about favorite albums by a wide variety of artists. It’s akin to thumbing through the record collections of your own favorite bands. The entries are well-composed, thoughtful and illuminating. Who knew Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson was a big fan of the Spin Doctors, or that Cee Lo Green really digs Raw Power by the Stooges? Find out via Baker’s Dozen.
Hatesong: From The A.V. Club, Hatesong is a delightful series wherein various musical luminaries sound off on songs that make their blood boil. Some of my favorite entries include Mickey from Ween waxing vitriolic on why he hates “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes and Robyn Hitchcock hatefully dissecting “Arthur’s Theme” by Christopher Cross. As someone prone to getting wildly apoplectic about the music he considerds unfit for human consumption, Hatesong makes for wildly entertaining reading. Enjoy.