Dec 29 to Jan 2 – Vegas trip!

Having some time off in the winter allows me opportunities to visit the folks back in NJ.  It also allows me the opportunity to build in a couple of extra days to visit RED ROCKS!  (Or “Red Rock Canyon” if you prefer.  In my reading, apparently, there’s a debate as to what it’s called.  MP prefers it.)  I booked my flight back from NJ for the 28th to allow for some wiggle room to get outside and bring in 2017 with climbing.  At the gym, I started suggesting it in conversations as I was tying in or right before partners were getting on belay.  “What do you think about Red Rocks for New Years?”

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123Go! Review – Francis and The Lights, “Farewell, Starlite!”

Francis and The Lights - Farewell, Starlite! - KTTF, 2016

Francis and The Lights – Farewell, Starlite! – KTTF, 2016

I almost didn’t post in fear of catalyzing his popularity even more.  Kanye and Justin aren’t helping.  So, if you don’t know Francis Starlite, that’s a good thing.  I first learned about Francis from Coachella, 2011.  He played an earlier set on one of the starting days – and that was a good thing.  No one was there.  He and his band gave us a taste featuring tunes from “It’ll Be Better”.    I watched this Bowie/Jackson/Prince performer dance with amazing flair.  My jaw was dropped for the whole set.  I thought to myself, “How is this guy not famous?”  From there, I got my hands on everything I could from this guy’s catalog.  Then he put out an incredible EP, “Like a Dream“.  Then he was commissioned for the full motion picture soundtrack of “Robot and Frank“.  Staying pretty quiet in his media posts and blog (well, that’s what happens when your busy, right?).  And he was.  Now, “Farewell, Starlite!”  Playing off his full name for the title, the record takes the next step on his historical, make-you-wanna-dance, Bowie/Jackson/Prince feel.  It shouldn’t be taken the wrong way when I say I’m thankful that the critics didn’t give “Farewell, Starlite!” favourable reviews.  No, I’m not trying to suppress his success – it’ll come sooner and faster than we’d all like to accept.  It’s selfish of me.  It keeps him more for us and less for them.  They don’t don’t deserve him.  So a big FUCK YOU, THANK YOU to the critics (hugs and kisses).  The only thing I ask of you, Mr. Starlite, “Please don’t let the title be any indicator.  Do it your way, of course, stay esoteric and personal, but please – keep it alive for us.”

Pitchfork: 6.4  //  CoS: C  //  the interns: 9  //  Indie Sound: 7.5

Listen on Spotify. Download it here.  Play along with it.

1-2-3-Go! Review – Radiohead, “A Moon Shaped Pool”


Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool – XL, 2016

Is AMSP a milestone record?  Let the kids decide.  Everyone has their association with Radiohead and what you discovered as the record you thought would never be topped would always be your association with Radiohead.  It’s like, a feeling… man.  (pfft, blech, roll another one)  I was introduced to Radiohead with «Amnesiac».  Weird starter, I know.  Others were introduced more traditionally with «Kid A» or «OK Computer».  Newer aficionados may have gotten hooked with «In Rainbows».  And some were introduced with «Pablo Honey» (…and hopefully, they quickly moved on.  If that’s your full understanding of Radiohead, please don’t bother.)

I’ll leave you to your own thoughts with this one, if you’re capable.  My curiosity: Did they use «Identikit» as a hat-tip to Jawbox or are they referring to a composite sketch?  Either way, it’s Radiohead.  You will get what you expected… at a minimum.  And if the kids won’t decide or you can’t decide or you WON’T decide, here’s the worst to best according to CoS (take it or leave it or whatever, for whatever): 9- pablo honey, 8- king of limbs, 7- amnesiac, 6- hail to the theif, 5- moon shaped pool, 4- the bends, 3- in rainbows, 2- ok computer, 1- kid A

Pitchfork: 9.1  |  Rollingstone:  4.5  |  Meta: 88  |  CoS: A-
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Der CH Weg

For me, taking holiday in the Schweiz means taking time to «live» in another country.  On rest days spent outside of training or climbing, I made it a point to have no plans and do absolutely nothing.  And by nothing, I mean nothing.  Some days the most I would do is wake up, have breakfast, go up to the Migros, Hund geht, and just sit around (maybe looking for jobs – one can dream, right?).  And doing nothing allows me to take a step back and think about the Swiss way of life and what it would mean to live here.  We always say that «the grass is always greener» to mean that while you think something may be better on the other side, it may not.  But then again, maybe it really is greener.  Compared to Colorado it is, actually.  It rains more here.  More rain, more green.  Get it?

Where’s he going with this?  I’unno.  But I thought it’d be fun to take note of some things that are the Swiss way as I spend time on holiday.  I’ll add more as I learn more.

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