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    Happy Delaware Day!

    I’m celebrating by looking at the Delaware state flag and asking “is this the banner we want to represent our state’s values?”

    Read it in The Delaware Call.

    The flag of the first state flies in Wilmington's Forty Acres neighborhood | R.E. Vanella
    Thursday December 7, 2023
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    The Mountain Goats last night at The Queen in Wilmington.

    Great energy, great show, great setlist, including the first time I’ve ever seen an act come out for another encore after the house lights went up.

    The Mountain Goats performing "Jenny III" live at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats performing "Aloha Omega" live at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware John Darnielle (piano) and Matt Douglas (sax) of The Mountain Goats performing live at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware

    Sunday December 3, 2023
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    That’s right.

    Screencap from Apple Music Replay 2023: You played 8,263 songs, one was your anthemScreencap from Apple Music Replay 2023: "Top song: Sleep 1, Sigur Ros, 124 plays"

    Wednesday November 29, 2023
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    Folks, it seems like there’s a pending announcement of new music from Charles Bissell of The Wrens coming next week. This is not a drill. Prepare accordingly.

    I know...you signed up for this at some point in the last 20 years, when life was sweet and simpler and one pursued the carefree in life - like email updates from bands one liked the albums of (that would explain the high number of @-ask-jeeves in the database)...
&10; 
&10;..and now, some 15-or-so years later, there's finally an update:
&10;We broke up. (ha).
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&10;That's probably old-ish news by now (it's starting to feel very old to me) but what's newer news is that after laying low for the last few years as that all played out, and sort of giving up on the whole enterprise I guess, I am actually announcing the new/next/finally album, new label, new project name etc. etc...next week. I'll be doing that in part via this email list, and then migrating this to a new project&label list.
    Tuesday September 26, 2023
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    Lucky enough to have seen Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service last night at the Mann. My son’s first concert (he’s a huge Postal Service fan). I think we both made a bunch of core memories; I know I did.

    My son (face obscured) and I standing in the pavilion at the Mann Center at dusk.
    Friday September 22, 2023
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    Sunny Day Real Estate last night in Baltimore.

    Still can’t believe how tight these guys sound and how well Jeremy’s voice holds up.

    Sunny Day Real Estate live at Baltimore SoundstageA meditative Jeremy Enigk during "J'nuh" last night at Baltimore SoundstageDan Hoerner fingerpicking the pre-chorus of "One" last night at Baltimore Soundstage

    Sunday August 27, 2023
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    Allstate is still using “security questions I can probably find the answers to if you’ve filled out your Facebook profile even a little bit” in 2023. Woof.

    Please select
&10;v What was the high school mascot at the last high school you attended?
&10;What is the name of your first elementary school?
&10;What is the first name of your first boyfriend/girlfriend?
&10;What was the name of your first pet?
&10;In what city did you get married?
&10;Who was your first employer?
&10;What was the name of the street you grew up on?
&10;What is your favorite vacation spot?
&10;What was the model of your first car?
    Tuesday July 18, 2023
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    I will be calling balls and strikes this afternoon

    View from my seats at Citizens Bank Park, directly behind home plate
    Saturday July 1, 2023
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    Monday April 24, 2023
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    Definitely not going to take this personally.

    I asked ChatGPT "Tell me what you know about Len Damico" Answer: "I'm sorry, but I don't have any information on a person named Len Damico. It's possible that this person is not widely known or has not made significant contributions in a particular field that would make them notable. If you have any additional information or context about who Len Damico is and why you are interested in them, I may be able to provide more relevant information."
    Monday April 3, 2023
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    I could stare at this photo for hours.

    Saturday February 25, 2023
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    It was a bit disappointing to learn that a “plant-based sports bar” had taken over and destroyed half of the Elliott Smith wall, but I wasn’t gonna let that prevent me from a photo op.

    Wednesday January 4, 2023
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    This picture was taken at the finish line of the 2012 Beaver Stadium Run, seconds after Franco Harris (right) had admonished me to “Finish strong, son!” The Penn State community lost a great ambassador today.

    Wednesday December 21, 2022
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    Thank you, Joe Brandon.

    (Get yours here: www.covid.gov/tests)

    Saturday December 17, 2022
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    Christmas kitty.

    Friday December 2, 2022
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    The exterior of the Claymont Community Center this morning. Weather is beautiful and sunny. Many signs for candidates out front.

    Did a Democracy this morning. Early voting is good.

    Saturday November 5, 2022
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    My first guitar

    While cleaning a bunch of stuff out of the attic in preparation for our move, I found my first guitar. It was a Harmony classical guitar, almost unfrettable from the day I got it.

    As you can see, I treated it with great reverence. In addition to the sticker “enhancements,” my dad recreated the bridge after the original cracked and pulled off of the guitar (probably too many weird Sonic Youth tunings?) He also added a knob to the heel for a guitar strap.

    I wish I remembered why I put some of the tuning pegs on upside down?

    There she is, in all her beauty. Thank you for everything, and safe travels.

    Sunday February 13, 2022
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    Aeon Station on vinyl

    My copy of the Aeon Station record arrived yesterday. It is very, very good and makes me feel very sad. In other words, it is exactly what I’d hoped for.

    Tuesday December 14, 2021
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    Currently reading: Work Won’t Love You Back by @sarahljaffe 📚

    Good evening.

    Friday December 10, 2021
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    I do not usually get excited about ““delightful”” UI design but the snow flakes piling up on top of this window in Apple’s Weather app made me smile this morning.

    Wednesday December 8, 2021
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    A young boy (my son) working in Roblox Studio

    My dude “shipped” his first Roblox game this morning 👨🏻‍💻🕹

    Saturday March 7, 2020
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    A close-up of the insert to The National’s “Sleep Well Beast”

    Shouts to The National for the 3-color print job on the insert for “Sleep Well Beast.”

    Saturday February 8, 2020
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    Wolf Parade’s “Appologies to the Queen Mary” on reissued vinyl

    Bought myself a belated Christmas gift: the 3LP reissue of Wolf Parade’s “Apologies to the Queen Mary.” Sub Pop knocked it out of the park on this package: the remastered album on 2 LPs, a third that collects the EPs that led up to the record’s release, plus a heartfelt essay from Sean Michaels (of Said The Gramophone fame).

    At a time when every new indie band either seemed to be from Canada or have “Wolf” in their name, these guys stood out and created a record that aged better than any of the other Blog Rock records of the early 2000s (yes, that includes “Funeral”). Simultaneously urgent and timeless, it’s a minor classic.

    Friday January 10, 2020
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    Buffilo cauliflower tacos

    Might mess around and #goveg in 2020, who knows

    Thursday January 2, 2020
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    Front cover of Pearl Jam’s Unplugged on vinyl

    Jackpot.

    Friday November 29, 2019