Soundtrack: Sunday, May 11 2013
Mikal Cronin: MCII (2013)
Mother’s Day breakfast in bed: Cooper and I collaborated on scrambled eggs, toast, strawberries, and a cookie. Guess which part of the menu was devised by Cooper. After breakfast Jill had a short work-related phone call so I took advantage and played MCII, despite her new rule—”don’t play new music in the morning, it’s irritating.”
Tame Impala: Lonerism(2012)
Feelin’ kinda rockin’ so I played Lonerism in the car as we drove to Malibu.
At Malibu Country Kitchen (the best, btw) we heard a little Bobby Darin and Astrud Gilberto while we ate our excellent muffins. Then we went across the way to the newer shopping development in Malibu and heard, somewhat to my surprise, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro over the sound system.
Later we went to Surfrider Beach. It was covered in seaweed, I counted three dead seagulls and three large fish washed on the sand—one still slightly alive I think—and by the end I noticed that the bottom of my feet we stuck with spots of tar. So, yeah, not going back to Surfrider Beach ever again. The grossest beach experience I’ve ever had in California. We used to go to that beach more often, pre-Cooper, and I don’t ever remember it like that. Music: the family next to us had a little iPod/speaker setup and were playing a bunch of 80s hits—Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” the Police’s “King of Pain” (you don’t really hear “King of Pain” much anymore!), and a few others.
When we were done we cruised back south and had lunch at Duke’s. The place was noisy and I never once noticed the music—until “Tiny Dancer” came on. That song cuts like a knife straight through any activity you are doing, anywhere ever. Since I now track my daily listening habits I can also say it’s the third time this song has randomly come on in my vicinity in the last month or so.
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro: s/t (2013)
Beachwood Sparks: The Tarnished Gold (2012)
We drove from Malibu all the way downtown, wining up at The Pie Hole for some dessert action. Ice cream, chocolate pie. Yay.
Jim James: Regions of Light and Sound of God (2013)
Radio Dept.: Clinging to a Scheme(2010)
Radio Dept.: Lesser Matters(2003)
We used our little outdoor fireplace for the first time this year, with the intention of cooking hot dogs campfire-style, with sticks. We had some trouble really getting the fire to catch—I burned through the entire arts section of the Los Angeles Times before I got a chance to read any of it. In fact we gave up. But we promised Coop we’d make hot dogs on sticks so we went into the kitchen, gathered around the stove, and held our hot dogs over the gas burners. Then Jill noticed through the window that the fire had finally caught! We jumped out of the kitchen and finished cooking over the fire. Cooper ate two bites of his hot dog but gorged on carrot sticks.
We listened to Jim James. Some of this album is really not that great. I was thinking that to myself and then Jill voiced it—that’s a thing married people do. We agreed that really it’s all about “A New Life” and the rest of the album can take a hike. We finished off the evening with the Radio Dept., possibly our favorite band.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Daily Spotify Playlist (expires in 24 hours):
- Elton John: Tiny Dancer
- Beachwood Sparks: Forget the Song
- Adam Green & Binki Shapiro: Just to Make Me Feel Good
- The Police: King of Pain
- The Radio Dept.: Never Follow Suit
- Mikal Cronin: Weight
- Tame Impala: Elephant
- Jim James: A New Life
- Bobby Darin: Beyond the Sea