Mac McCaughan - “Anything You Want” (Spoon cover)

Of course, there are many scenes, and respect flows both ways: here’s Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, owner of Merge Records, which has put out every Spoon album since 2000(I’ll get into the label trials-and-tribulations of their early years on Thursday), covering a song from Girls Can Tell.


This is one of my fave instrumental songs ever. It might be the only “happy” song I like, even if it has a kind of undertow to it. 



photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts

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This is a real panda
China has this “panda diplomacy” and this one will be sent to Japan as an friendship envoy. For the safety reason he sits as a passenger with his feeder, not in a cage. Fastening the seat belt, wearing a diaper, eating bamboos

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Photographer Robyn Arouty published a series of photos on her website of a Black Labrador in Texas named Duke.  He had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his leg and the leg had to be amputated.  Unfortunately, Duke had to be put to sleep on July 7th because the cancerous tumor had spread. Duke’s owner, Jordan Roberts, is a friend of Arouty and asked the photographer to capture Duke’s last day with his family. He ate some treats, spent time with his family, played in the water, and rested in a park. Duke looks like a wonderful dog who is now at peace.  Click here for more at Robyn Arouty Photography (note: the website has been down at times due to the large number of visitors).


Adam is not available for the rest of the day as he is ALL THE TEARS


I realized I can make playlists instead of bombarding you with links.

(Source: Spotify)

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Here is the Spotify version of my LA mixtape

(Source: Spotify)

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LA mixtape

This is my LA mixtape. 

Last year I came down to LA and didn’t know anything but wow, I learned. This time I found a tepid response; old friends couldn’t or wouldn’t make time, old connections dried up, some generosities were grandfathered in as courtesies. In one year I went from a novelty to someone who had overstayed many welcomes.

And it was all fine. I found new, deeper connections. My roommates, all 5 of them, plus our transient visitors, formed the bedrock of my social life. Some old friends returned, valiant and dependable as ever. The new friends started as peers and, on instinct, helped look out for me when I felt lost. 

The whole story is in the music I gravitated towards while I was here. Between the long hours lost to the freeways and sitting in coffee shops, or picking my way through Big Sur, or blasting past central California farmland, I found things that honestly mirrored what I was feeling, which wasn’t always easy to pin down. Joy, confusion, nostalgia, bitterness, desolation, anticipation, and maybe some feelings that aren’t so easily defined. 

Being open to the experience is my goal in life. Finding new songs is a thrill for me, up there with getting a really good cup of coffee. Some of these are newly-found old songs. Time to let them say all the things I can’t.

Stephen Malkmus - Lariat
Violent Femmes - American Music
New Order - The Village
Yo La Tengo - Lewis
Ought - Habit
Lambchop - Let’s Go Bowling
Eureka California - Edith (One Day You’ll Be In A Bunker)
The Lovely Bad Things - Hear Or Anywhere
Pavement - Major Leagues
Adam Daniel - Her Shake
The Lafayettes - Life’s Too Short
Rush - Marathon (Live)
Joni Mitchell - River
The Seeds - Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
Sourpatch - Cynthia Ann
Paul Westerberg - Postcards From Paradise
Bettie Serveert - Heaven
The National - Learning
No Age - Every Artist Needs A Tragedy
Modest Mouse - Novocain Stain
Neil Young - Hank To Hendrix (Live)

Be ready - the songs jump from quiet to loud


(Source: ricktimus, via apocalypanties)