- renewed contracts with suspiciously absent staff;
- commandered the tone and person of the blog's language;
- fired fictional staff, denying them severence pay;
- purchased 15 albums, putting myself on pace to outmatch last year's purchasing habits by 43%;
- bought a new mouse upon third-party diagnosis that the old one had an inoperable dysfunction;
- ran into the New Pornographers while visiting the Cleveland Indians in Central Florida, reinvigorating my hunger for new New Ps material;
- installed new mouse through third-party service and immediately realized how much better the world was;
- figured out how RSS feeds work, leading to a near-clinical obsession with Google Reader; and
- defended Paris Hilton's newsworthiness from the likes of Al Gore.
For those of you who are concerned with new-now-NOW, I will inform you that the new editorial material ends there for this week. The year in music has yet to really wow me. This is no 2005 - not yet anyway. Here's how I see it:
The National - A
Arcade Fire - A
Of Montreal - A
Patrick Wolf - A-
LCD Soundsystem - A-
The Hold Steady (Live acoustic) - A-
Beirut (EP) - A-
Let's French - A-
Elliott Smith - A-
Once (soundtrack) - B+
The Broken West - B+
The Fratellis - B+
Sondre Lerche - B
Voxtrot - B-
You Sure They Put Out an Album?
Fountains of Wayne
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
..What did I get wrong? What did I get right? What am I forgetting?
Regardless, the case is being made that there is a decent amount of good stuff already out there. Looking forward, the big players in the second half of 2007 appear to be the aforementioned New Pornographers, Iron + Wine, Spoon, Rilo Kiley, Interpol and maybe Jimmy Eat World and Smashing Pumpkins (maybe...).
* It is not the Year of the Cricket. I think.