Archive for April, 2012

Nothing Adds Up

Posted in Prose with tags on April 27, 2012 by sethdellinger

You can buy so much stuff around here. And you don’t need too much money. It’s only 3 bucks for some delicious Pepperidge Farm cookies; they look like they should cost more, but really, they’re still normal-person cookies.

If you have an extra two bucks, you can buy a useless balsa-wood box that you could keep, maybe, three Polaroids in, or some pens. Everyone has two extra bucks.

How about a case of Red Bull? It’s only 20 bucks. That’s a lot of Red Bull. That’s a lot of energy. Who doesn’t have 20 extra bucks? C’mon, live a little. What are you saving it for?

Oh looky here. REO Speedwagon’s greatest hits. CDs are so cheap nowadays. You can get this one in cheap-ass cardboard packaging with no liner notes for 6 bucks. It would cost you more than that to download these songs. Why not? 6 bucks won’t drain the coffers; that’s the price of a Big Mac. Buy the CD; what have you got to lose?

I know you want this M.R. Ducks t-shirt. You’d look so good in it. It’s a cotton/poly blend. It’s 20% off. How can you resist it? It’s so clever. You know what they say: you can’t take it with you.

Look at all this stuff you could buy. None of it costs anything. Nothing adds up. C’mon. You’ll feel better.

My 65th Favorite Song of All-Time

Posted in 100 Favorite Songs with tags on April 27, 2012 by sethdellinger

Click here for an explanation of how this list works, or click here to see all previous entries in the list.

…and my 65th favorite song of all-time is:

“There, There” by Radiohead

Thom Yorke is not necessarily known for his lyrics, which is stupid.  He doesn’t write straight-forward, but he writes intricate, suggestive, prose-like meditations.  “There, There” is a slow burner about the human desire to imagine a “higher power”.  Look at the range of thoughts on the issue that Yorke communicates with under 50 words.  Songwriters are amazing.  And listen to how the instruments build a tension without significantly increasing the tempo.  The final section, with the refrain “We are accidents waiting to happen” achieves a gut-punching crescendo without having to be bombastic.

Make sure to watch the official video below, it kinda gives me nightmares.  Also, below that is a live video, if you want to see how an art-rock band really throws it down.

In pitch dark, I go walking in your landscape.
Broken branches trip me as I speak.
Just cause you feel it doesn’t mean it’s there.

There’s always a siren singing you to shipwreck
(don’t reach out, don’t reach out).
Stay away from these rocks;
we’d be a walking disaster
(don’t reach out, don’t reach out).
Just cause you feel it doesn’t mean it’s there
(there’s always someone on your shoulder)

There, there!

Why so green and lonely?
Heaven sent you to me.
We are accidents waiting to happen.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2012 by sethdellinger

It’s Not Bullshit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 25, 2012 by sethdellinger

Thirft stores.  Elizabeth Taylor in her prime.  Tapioca.  The Occupy Movement.  Chipping from the rough with a nine iron.  Corduroy.  Bevelled edges.  Public transit.  Micro-loans.  YouTube.  Gay marriage.  Blu-Ray Disc.   Crescendoes.  Mark Twain.  Febreze.  Cork boards.  Roe vs. Wade.   Sun Dials.  Road ID.   Martin Luther King Jr. Day.   The Sierra Club.  The three-camera sitcom.  Glossy paint.  The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.   Welfare.  The GI Bill.  Advil.  Waiting periods for gun purchases.  Boots.  Megabus.  Varnish.  Synchronized Swimming.  Egrets.  Carbon offsets.  Matt Lauer.  Not feeding the Mogwai after midnight.   Net Neutrality.   Mandolin.  Psychoanalysis.  Stiff penalties for illegally downloading and stealing music or movies.  The price of a US postage stamp.  History Detectives.  Comic books.  Actually listening to the voicemail I left.  Attempting to find your own true self.   SETI.   The freakin’ elliptical machine. Crosswalks.  Pierced navels.  Bananas.  Tipping the barista.  Sustainable fishing.  Netflix.  Paisley.  Day-Quil.  Hot dogs.    Geothermal energy.  Wearing a seat belt.  Staycations.  Water parks.  The price of concessions at the movie theater (get over it).  Presidential libraries.  Jazz fusion.  Curling.   Abstract Expressionism.  Craigslist.  Dancing in the rain.   The Large Hadron Collider.

It’s Bullshit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 21, 2012 by sethdellinger

Mortgages.  Expensive haircuts.  Ridiculous slang.  Television commercials.  Baby name books.  Hashtags.  Building permits.  Your fancy phone.  Clothing that’s advertisement.  Frosted tips.  Pinkwashing.  Monsanto.  Only getting your news from television.  The collapse of cursive.  Gawdy shoes.  Showrooming.  Sticking your camera really close to a flower or plant and thinking it makes you artistic.  Denying global warming or evolution or the Holocaust.  Enormous housing developments.  The designated hitter rule.  Cities that are pedestrian-unfriendly.  Advocate judges.  Television advertisers only paying for viewers between 18-49.  Tattoos on your hands.  The Loudness War.  The “hey” text.    The whole Tim Burton-Johnny Depp thing.  Adults who only read fiction meant for teenagers.  Parks with no nature in them.   Loss Leaders.   The price of college.  Big fancy belts.  QSR codes.  Leather.  Flavored vodka.  Flower-scented lotions.  Tanning in tanning beds.  Mashup novels.  ComiCon.  The eternal battle to try to be just like everybody else.  The state of Arizona.  Gastro-bypass surgery.  Inflated IPOs.   Flat paint.  Celebrity magazines.  Skinny jeans.  Foursquare.  Not knowing anything about the history or geography of where you live.  Unbent hat brims.  Congress controlling the Postal Service.  Romantic comedies.  Urban sprawl.

My 66th Favorite Song of All-Time

Posted in 100 Favorite Songs with tags on April 20, 2012 by sethdellinger

…and my 66th favorite song of all time is:

“Innocence” by The Airborne Toxic Event

Delightfully mixing elements of classical music with indie, goth, and pop rock, The Airborne Toxic Event (their name is a lot classier than it sounds, coming from a section in a Don DeLillo novel) are practically the definition of what I currently look for in a band (although that definition is also currently evolving).  One of their first songs that fully convinced me was “Innocence”, for it’s lengthy but intense, interesting intro and bombastic, heartfelt lyrics.  Stick with it through the intro, at the very least:

 

 

 

 

Powerlines

Posted in Photography with tags , , on April 19, 2012 by sethdellinger

 

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