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July 21st, 2013 · No Comments

After taking the deposition of a stucco foreman all day I came home and was listening to “Time After Time” when I had this extremely profound moment of Proust-style involuntary memory where the song brought me, in the form of real feelings, way back to when I was a kid, like 5 or 6, and [...]

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May 19th, 2013 · No Comments


from Paradise Lost, Book I:
With these came they who, from the bord’ring flood
Of old Euphrates to the brook that parts
Egypt from Syrian ground, had general names
Of Baälim and Ashtaroth—those male,
These feminine. (For spirits when they please
Can either sex assume, or both; so soft
And uncompounded is their essence pure,
Not tied or manacl’d with joint or limb,
Nor [...]

Tags: Connections · Jo-books · Jo-poems · Jo-tunes · Shark

Shark’s Top 15 Albums of 2012

December 14th, 2012 · No Comments

Here’s another top 15 albums list.
Nils Frahm
If each short suite on this album of minimal piano, released on the Erased Tapes label, sounds gently and refreshingly imbued with a sense of struggle, it may simply be because pianist Nils Frahm played these songs with a broken thumb.
Each Other
Heavily Spaced
I had to check three times to [...]

Tags: Jo-tunes · Jome-Grown Works of Staggering Obscurity · Shark

FROM THE VAULT: Top 15 Albums of 2005

September 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

See, for a time, Thrill had a blog called Professor Truth. And some point, I became disgruntled with some aspect or another of life on the old Jo-tel (probably some petty thing about someone inserting a jump link on a long post of mine or something) and I defected, with modest pomp, but little [...]

Tags: From the Vault · Jo-tunes · Jome-Grown Works of Staggering Obscurity · Shark

FROM THE VAULT: Get Your Hands Off of My Woman, Motherfucker, Or: I’m Still Your Monolith

June 7th, 2012 · No Comments

My first blog post on the Jo-tel/ever.
Arrow Bar Report, 9/6/04:
Some drunk dude at the Arrow Bar was making a none-too-subtle move on P-Diddy on the couch. P-Diddy, who later expressed her dissatisfaction with the fact that my actions to contravene the sleazing (up until the event to be revealed below, dear reader) consisted solely [...]

Tags: Friends and Fambly · From the Vault · Jo-tunes · Shark

The Heartburn Post

April 8th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Despite the title, the main reason for this post is not to write about the rightfully derided late-80’s drama Heartburn, in which respectable performances by Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep fail to resurrect banal, somewhat emotionally solipsistic material– no, the main point of this post is to talk about the song “Coming Around Again” by [...]

Tags: Jo-films · Jo-tunes · Shark

Shark’s Top 15 Albums of 2011

January 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Before I begin, let me first tell you how inspiring Achilles’ shield is.
It’s kind of like that scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation that I can’t find on youtube. You know, when the wife catches Clark coming back upstairs with a chainsaw and a small tree from the front yard? “Clark!” she says. [...]

Tags: Jo-tunes · Jome-Grown Works of Staggering Obscurity · Shark

Bon Iver? … More Like Bon Iverson Circa 2009: My Thoughts on the New Bon Iver Album

July 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Since it leaked a few weeks ago, I have listened to this album several times all the way through. See, I made the mistake of burning a CD copy so that I could play it in my car, an act usually reserved for albums that I am relatively certain that I will like. This [...]

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Shark’s Top 15 Albums of 2010

March 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment

2010, which was largely bereft of notable debuts, was a great year for established artists. Scan down the list and almost all the artists already made one really good album and used 2010 to produce albums that may end up being their respective career highpoints.
But here I am prattling on about the [...]

Tags: Jo-tunes · Jome-Grown Works of Staggering Obscurity · Shark

Marc Hogan: The Platonic Ideal of Sucking

September 30th, 2010 · No Comments

My displeased retort to Marc Hogan’s predicably horrible review of Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest is below.
“In the past, Deerhunter’s gift for garbled sonics and Cox’s stream-of-consciousness methods made it easy to downplay the group’s lyrical ability.”
Oh Marc Hogan, you have honed to a razor’s edge the art of pissing me off. Another breathless review of [...]

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