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Listen to the new Yo La Tengo album

Yo La Tengo has always been one of my favorite bands.  I don’t know quite what it is, but there’s an intensity and a sweetness that just works for me. They also put on some pretty awesome live shows (or at least, they did in 2003).

They have a new album coming out. You can listen to the whole thing on NPR.org until the release date on Sept. 8.

My first impression is that the album could be a bit of a return to form. The albums they put out since 2000’s “And then nothing turned itself inside out” have not really appealed to me. They got sort of “schmaltzy” for lack of a better world, with the wrong kinds of jazz influences and strange singing from Ira Kaplan. Here’s video of them performing one of the new tracks on French television:

As a website commenter somewhere said, it’s nice to know that the Ira Kaplan guitar freakout still lives.

They play First Avenue on Oct. 7.

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Micro e-literature

I posted a piece of micro fiction as part of a project going on today on Twitter. Short stories (inspired by Richard Brautigan) told in 140 characters or less.

Naan or no naan, micro-fiction

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Filming in northern Minnesota

Went to the Ely area for the first part of this week to work on a film for work. A neat experience and mostly new. Saw some nice scenery, too.

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Flowing

St. Croix River
Wow. I didn’t expect to have 1,600 “fans” of the St. Croix River on Facebook when I launched the page a couple weeks ago. I created the page, posted a link on my profile, and invited via Facebook message less than 10 people. Now, the metrics graph showing members is the very image of “exponential.” Just a curve of steadily-increasing steepness. And tons of fan posts of pictures, memories and odes to the river. Good fun.

I did have a morning of worry though, when I went to create a custom username for the page (http://www.facebook.com/StCroixRiver) and suddenly the page was “not found” and it stayed that way for a while. A little research didn’t give me much hope and the response I got from Facebook was unhelpful and noncommittal. It was very frustrating to think that my burgeoning new page was now dead, but suddenly it just started working again after a couple of hours (and after I’d given up hope).

My research did indicate that many others have had this problem, and perhaps using “CamelCase” was to blame. Anyway, if I had known there was any risk, I would have just not created the custom name and I might recommend you don’t do it either until Facebook fixes the bug.

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New car!

2007 Subaru Legacy wagon