Things of 2018


My year in books, movies, music, nostalgia, and remorse. Continue reading



Live at the Paramount in Seattle, October 8, 2018. Photo by Michael Boer

Gangly? Courtney Barnett is (as, say, St. Vincent is not). The way she plays guitar. The way she sings. The way she meanders, lop-sided, on stage (as in her performance at the 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival), letting feeling and expression trump technique and precision any time.

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10 Years of YouTubing

November 27, 2006, I posted my first YouTube video, titled, We See Lights in the Sky <>, which was developed to go with a musical composition called Lola’s Emerald Necklace #2. Its huge video pixels cannot be entirely blamed on the state of video in 2006. At that time, uploading a >2 gigabyte file via consumer internet services was not always reliable, nor would YouTube have accepted such a large file from me. Plus, I liked the big pixels. They reminded me of live television from the ISS, which seemed apropos for this watery, foggy, jittery project. Now there are more than 50 videos in my channel, mostly documenting performances I witnessed. Continue reading