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12.21 — Happy Birthday, Frank

82 candles… And which tune of yours would be appropriate today?  The Grand Wazoo turned 50, so maybe "Eat That Question" works.    Happy Birthday, Frank. The absurdity continues, but at least there's music.  Sincerely, Letters From A Tapered

Judy Garland: "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"

April 16, 1961 - December 6, 2014   Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

The Lord & David Pajo: Nazarite

Papa M performing at Underground Arts, 4/24/19 Pre-pandemic Philly, April 24th, 2019: I had the pleasure of seeing David Pajo (likely best known for his work with Slint) under his Papa M handle open for Sunn O))) at Underground Arts. Sat alone on a stool and hunched over his guitar, Pajo offered an understated and relatively quiet solo performance which at the time seemed adverse to the ensuing intensity of the Stephen O'Malley/Greg Anderson dronequake. I'd seen Sunn O))) a couple times by this point preceded by loud-as-fuck performances by Eagle Twin and Dead In The Dirt, so I was intrigued that they decided to not double-down on the loud, but instead offer sonic respite before the crowd even knew they'd need it.  Considering, though, how open to collaboration Sunn O))) has been over the years, incorporating both the expected metal alum (Attila Csihar, Wrest, Scott Conner, Ulver, Boris) with creative partnerships based outside the genre (Julian Cope, Scott Walker, Hildur

Sorting Through Browser Tabs: YHWH Nailgun, blackwinterwells, Historically Fucked, Lori Goldston & Greg Kelley, Harmonious Thelonious, Anna B. Savage, loscil // lawrence english, Sarah Pagé

So, that's another November billed and submitted for review. It's early 12/1 and I'm an hour into the workday, taking healthy swigs from a lukewarm large cup of 7-11's finest blend and struggling to stay focused on any task that needs to be handled and completed today. Focus has been a problem, something I mean to fix this coming year. Due to the frequent interruptions and fire drills I'll experience over the course of a day, the need for me to pivot at a moment's notice often leaves me unable to keep track of my prior tasks. I'll repeat steps and miss others. It's yet another boundary that I need to be able to set and communicate to workplace peers: "Yes, I'll take care of that in a minute, but please let me finish what I'm working on."  I'm turning 46 in 20 days. You'd think I'd have my shit together at this point. In line with getting ones shit together, "Best Of"s and "Favorites Of"s lists are being c