Wars and Windmills

12 January 2012

Listen to The Shins New Song

I am excited. For those of you that haven't heard the new single from the Shins, steer on over to this "Simple Song" minisite to take a gander. The HTML5 reel-to-reel player is actually a super impressive heap of code. The volume knob works, the meters jump with the music, and the tape reels transfer sides as the song progresses.

This is a good track, not stellar, but a strong showing. It is missing the depth and bliss of say "New Slang", or "Celibate Life". Still, I am excited for the new album because if it is anything like the following gems, we are in for treats.

New Slang

Celibate Life

Pink Bullets

So Says I

Kissing the Lipless

07 January 2012

Divulgence VII: Things that give me anxiety (a non-exhaustive list)

  • Commercials about people with IRS debt even though I have never had IRS debt
  • Star Wars 3D
  • Opening the mail
  • Sitting with my back to an open room
  • Twitter
  • Rich people
  • Waiting for wellsfargo.com to load
  • The slurping sound my straw makes indicating that my soda has run out
  • Looking at my moles
  • Movies about a strange and rare disease that I will most definitely not be one of the few immune to
  • Driving at night
  • A new semester
  • The exact moment when my teacher hands back a graded paper
  • Hearing noises when I drive my car
  • Thinking I hear noises when I drive my car
  • Missing my exit
  • Missing calls from unknown numbers
  • Voicemails
  • The idea of having to work for a Chinese factory in the future when America dies
  • Sad looking senior citizens
  • Not arriving at least 30 minutes early to a movie
  • Not sitting in the back row of a movie theater
  • Prog rock...I know I should like it, but I just can't
  • Small talk
  • Learning of people’s occupational successes if they are younger than me
  • Talking between stalls in public restrooms
  • Self-checkout lanes
  • The weight of my keys
  • The child size hand print on my plasma TV
  • Low batteries
  • George Lucas