July 27, 2004

Ritz cracker hors d'oeuvres and snifters of plonk

Oh! Um! Hi, Salon people! How nice to see you! I wasn't expecting you! Here, sorry, the place is a mess, won't you come in? Oh, uh, whoops, can you hold on a moment while I get myself decent? Do you want something to read? There's a bunch over in the sidebar. Oh, man. Here we go. I'm afraid there's a bunch of inside baseball about a comic book convention down there, but if you go spelunking a little there are a few more excellent MP3s that haven't expired yet.

There. Much better. So here's Strawberry Story's "Twenty Six" (removed), from their Small & Slightly Rounded EP--dating from that 1991 moment when sha-la-la came yay-close to conquering the planet. (Thanks to the band's James Petersen and Paulo Stinson for permission to post it.) I've spent a lot of time with bitterly disaffected mid-20s types in the last few weeks, and this song's an apt talking-to for them. Of course, when I was 26, my then-girlfriend told me one morning that she'd had a nightmare that I was leaving her for the singer from Strawberry Story, despite the fact that neither of us knew her name... (UPDATE: Paulo's informed me that she was Hayley Greenberg, and then Hayley Stinson. And that the song was named after its number on the drum machine--nothing to do with being 26 at all. So much for my bright ideas.)

Spent 26 hours getting to, being in, and returning from Denver. Sadly, since it took upwards of two hours to get where I was going in the city from the airport, my experience of the city consisted of a rock show, a hotel room, a spectacular mountain view, a couple of shuttle-van and taxi trips, and a room service omelet eaten with bleary alarm-clock eyes. Next time I'll make plans to at least cross the street more than once, yes?

Posted by Douglas at July 27, 2004 10:34 PM | TrackBack
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Two questions:

1) Has this use of "inside baseball" to mean "slightly geeky in-group news that's worthwhile for those who care but not worth providing context on for those who aren't already in" been around a long time? I started seeing it on political blogs a few weeks ago and now poof!

2) What WAS the first time the Comics Code Authority approved an issue with the word "orgasm" in it?

And hey, welcome back. I saw the nod in Salon and hoped you hadn't been caught totally unprepared.

Posted by: Aaron on July 28, 2004 7:44 AM

Two questions:

1) Has this use of "inside baseball" to mean "slightly geeky in-group news that's worthwhile for those who care but not worth providing context on for those who aren't already in" been around a long time? I started seeing it on political blogs a few weeks ago and now poof!

2) What WAS the first time the Comics Code Authority approved an issue with the word "orgasm" in it?

And hey, welcome back. I saw the nod in Salon and hoped you hadn't been caught totally unprepared.

Posted by: Aaron on July 28, 2004 7:44 AM

Strawberry Story's singer was called Hayley Greenberg, and then Hayley Stinson.

The number 26 referred to the song number on the drum machine. Nothing to do with being 26 at all.

AND, I let you put the 26 MP3 on as well as James. Sheesh, these lead guitarists are always trying to grab the limelight.

Posted by: Paulo on July 29, 2004 8:25 AM
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