It's 5 o'clock in the morning here on our little island off the San Francisco bay. The morning after a little midnight rain, and for the first time all week, it's strangely warm. It has something to do with the cloud cover. I love it when it's like this. The streets are for the moment perfectly glossed, the way they look when dressed up for a movie or music video or something. It's genuinely beautiful and magical instead of being contrived. How lucky are we...
Heard the Cranberries' new single "Tomorrow" on the radio this morning. Apparently this record has been out since October (??), but I hadn't heard it until now. I have to say one of the things that always bothered me about the Cranberries was that I could never really appreciate their brilliant musicianship because of the relentless over-production. "Tomorrow" is appropriately stripped of all the bells and whistles usually added in post-production (sweeping strings, classical percussion), and is all the better for it. I don't know if hearing it on the bay area's Alice 97.3, a station that plays a mashup of alternative and top 40, has anything to do with why I think this, but it's so damn catchy I'm afraid it's susceptible of being caught in the wrong hands and used for evil rather than good (I'm looking at you, ABC/Disney Inc.). Rolling Stone seems to like it, what do you think?
Well Christmas rears its ugly head again. I think I was feeling the holiday spirit right up until I got bitch-slapped with a ticket on Tuesday. I was even in such a good old lickety-fuckin'-Christmas mood I didn't even realize there was a ticket stuck like a helpless leaf under my windshield wiper until after I managed to pull out of my spot and tailgate the parking lady for a half a block down the street so that she didn't have the chance to give anyone else a ticket.
Also, the video for the Black Keys' "Lonely Boy" still disturbs me. The Keys are known for doing videos that are usually marked with gaffaw-worthy humor, which begs the question: what do two white guys from Akron, Ohio find funny about an older black man dancing and lip-syncing to one of their songs? You got me there, guys, this one's over my head.