Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Age of Adz

Sufjan Stevens' forthcoming record, The Age of Adz, can be streamed in its entirety over at Or, here!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter's got a new record out. It's gauzy and gorgeous and disturbing--a combination and tone that Bradford Cox is quickly becoming the master of. Here's one from it.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Future Islands

Anyone out there ever heard of these guys? Future Islands, the new album In Evening Air.

Just picked it up--new release out on Thrill Jockey--and it's weird and confusing and wonderful. But at bottom I think it's just really good songs, strong and basic melodies with earnest lyrics and great beats, rounded out with a bizarre, compelling voice, off kilter and out of place synth sounds, and swirling keyboards holding it all together.

Never heard of this band before and I'm wondering how that happened.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Ride

Ran from a storm up Trail 5 and down the new FT Traverse this evening. Fun ride, and nice to get rained on a little.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mumford & Sons

Friend Steve from Denver just told me to check these guys out. Me rikey.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Big Day for Theo

First he got to go to the office with me today. The home office, anyway.

He enjoyed himself. But then he had his 2 month doctor appointment. All the vitals and measurements were great. But then he got his first vaccinations. He didn't like those so much. But I'll spare him the indignity of posting pictures of that, and just show what a good brave boy he was for the stethoscope.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunday Ride

There's a new loop around Stack Rock, out at the end of the main trail. It's awesome, but it ain't no walk in the park. Even though plenty of people were walking it. Great ride today.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

A Little Redemption

Sure, it's a friendly, and Spain wasn't at full strength, but this has to feel good for Messi & co.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Hope for Labor (and Democrats, too)

Our Man The President gave a great speech in Milwaukee over the Labor Day weekend. It's worth watching the whole thing.

And Andrew Sullivan looks at Democratic prospects in November and in 2 years. Things are serious, but the real honest truth is that things are getting better, the right things are getting done, they just haven't produced a miracle. And the right is still intellectually and morally bankrupt.

I don't believe they are in any way serious about spending restraint and are only serious about their bewilderment at the real America where racial, religious and cultural diversity is a fact, where illegal immigration has been plummeting, where gay marriage is winning, where legal abortion will never go away, and where the new empire the last administration embarked upon has bankrupted us for a generation at least.

Obama continues to do real things that matter. The right just screams and stomps their feet and offers dishonest criticism and no ideas of their own.

Obama's persistent refusal to take the red-blue bait still pushed by Fox News like a cheap bump of ideological meth is to his credit. It is emphatically not about his failure to "take them on". He is taking them on - but on his terms, not theirs'. Take it away, Mr president:
When it comes to just about everything we’ve done to strengthen our middle class, to rebuild our economy, almost every Republican in Congress says no. Even on things we usually agree on, they say no. If I said the sky was blue, they say no. If I said fish live in the sea, they’d say no. They just think it’s better to score political points before an election than to solve problems. So they said no to help for small businesses, even when the small businesses said we desperately need this. This used to be their key constituency, they said. They said no. No to middle-class tax cuts. They say they’re for tax cuts; I say, okay, let’s give tax cuts to the middle class. No. No to clean energy jobs. No to making college more affordable. No to reforming Wall Street. They’re saying right now, no to cutting more taxes for small business owners and helping them get financing.

You know, I heard -- somebody out here was yelling “Yes we can.” Remember that was our slogan? Their slogan is “No we can’t.”

Monday, September 06, 2010

Labor Day

Spent the morning lazing around the house. Took a lovely walk this afternoon, stopping for a beer and a snack at the Falcon Tavern.

Great way to spend a holiday.

Look Who's Back!

Having a lovely morning with the boy. Good to have him and Cathy back home.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Bath Time Revisited

Bathroom sink bathtime from cathy fischer on Vimeo.

Someday I'll catch hell for posting this, but I can't help it. I miss this.

Thursday Run

5 Mile Gulch > Watchman Trail > 3 Bears > Rocky Canyon Road. Maybe my favorite running loop in the foothills.

I ran it with Henry today. He did well, though this loop might be pushing it for him.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Wednesday Ride

I rode the Fat Tire Traverse today for the first time. Very cool trail, along the lines of the Watchman Trail--a twitchy trail across some steep hillsides connecting two previously unconnected areas.

The sky darkened and got windy and even rained on me a tiny bit, which was nice.

Fun trail. I started up the MR Connector and Sidewinder. Think I'll try it the other way next time.


A simple, cool new video from our favorite band of bearded brothers.