Staying in Between the Lines

As best as I can tell.


I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Sarah Shook & the Disarmers‘ new record, Sidelong.  Well, let me tell you friends: it was worth the wait.

This is a fucking excellent record.

I could stop at that, and have the most accurate record review ever written.  Or I could add that a record hasn’t made me want to guzzle whiskey this much since Decoration Day.  Or that I can’t decide which is more perfect, the songwriting, the playing or the (fantastic) arrangements.  One thing I’ve learned as a songwriter is that there’s a lot of sausage making in the recording studio.  I’ve had songs evolve into excellent songs and I’ve had songs devolve into horrible songs, all thanks to the way they’re arranged and played.  Whoever made the sausage on this record is a master chef of boozy, alt. country, rocking ear cuisine.

Want a taste?

“My momma used to tell me to buck up.  I guess I’m just too much of a fuck up.”  And it gets better.  Holy shit.

The studio version of Sidelong is just as excellent as I expected.  It’s a whisky-fueled lament to everything that might have been OK, and everything that wasn’t.  Dwight Yoakam is a slow burning alt. country number that lives up to its anxious namesake. “She left me nothing but heartache and tears.  She took every last one of my good years.”  Yep.

There’s more, but I’ll just finish with a thought that stayed in my head the first time I listened to this record.  In this day of pop-sounding, watered-down country music and computer-generated, auto-tuned gibberish on the radio,  we should all be thankful that there are young folks out there making music like this.

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The Only Good Hog

Is a dead hog.  This sounder was rooting around 60 feet from my front porch.  Two or three sows and their piglets.  I walked up on the same or a similar one on the road yesterday, in the middle of the day.


Given the chance, I will kill every one of them.  By any means necessary.

I haven’t studied Warfarin enough to draw a conclusion, but I am highly predisposed to favor anything that kills these destructive pests.

It would be impossible to overstate my dislike of feral hogs.


A Happy Day for Mac Lovers

All of this Mac and Apple display news today made me so happy, I wondered if perhaps it was a belated April Fool’s Day prank.  Thankfully not.

Apple is currently hard at work on a “completely rethought” Mac Pro, with a modular design that can accommodate high-end CPUs and big honking hot-running GPUs, and which should make it easier for Apple to update with new components on a regular basis. They’re also working on Apple-branded pro displays to go with them.

I’m a devoted MacBook Pro user, but Apple’s commitment to Mac Pros, and the software that runs them, is fantastic news for all Mac users.  And I’ve long felt that the Mac Mini is an under appreciated gem, so I’m delighted it will remain in the lineup.

There are good times ahead for Apple.