By the end of today, I’ll be in Timmins so I probably won’t get the chance to update my .plan until after I return on the 31st. Dena will still be in Kitchener until Monday evening, when she’ll be in Crystal Falls.
At home I can look forward to a break from work, colder weather, more snow, the 2003 World Junior Hockey tourney and friends and family. I’ll also surely be treated to a haircut, as I’ve allowed the ol’ mop to become long and shaggy. My mom will definitely not let me be seen by family, neighbours or anybody else until she’s put her scissors away. What would they think…the Bellini kid has become a scraggly derelict? My stars 😉
As promised, I’ll offer my suggestions for tunes during the Christmas holidays. Let’s face it, you’re going to be eating a lot, somebody will be drunk and piss off a family member and you’ll have to put up with the odd fake smile staring back at you after you’ve given a gift that the receiver probably doesn’t like. Good tunes will make for a good holiday none-the-less. Warning, there’s no “Jingle Bells” or “Silent Night” in my list; you’ll hear those ad nauseum as it is. Instead I present some albums and songs, which you probably will not hear on commercial radio stations or music video channels, which I think compliment the season nicely. Don’t think of this as a “best of 2002 according to me” list. You won’t find The Flaming Lips‘ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Interpol‘s Turn On The Bright Lights, Guided by Voices Universal Truths and Cycles or Coldplay‘s A Rush Of Blood To The Head” in my list. Nor will this be a listing of masterpiece albums of my day like My Bloody Valentine‘s Loveless, Nirvana‘s Nevermind, Pavement‘s Slanted and Enchanted, Radiohead‘s OK Computer or Sonic Youth‘s Daydream Nation…although you should give all of those a spin anyway 😉
During the holidays, you’ll probably see a few friends and family that you normally don’t see all that often. In those times, alcohol is usually consumed. For some good-time holiday sing-alongs, chase those drinks with Oasis‘ (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, Frank Black and the Catholics’ Black Letter Days, Pavement‘s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Modest Mouse‘s Lonesome Crowded West and it’s a toss-up between Guided By Voices‘ Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes. For some reason, the Matthew Good Band‘s Underdogs reminds me of the now-defunct Champs Sports Pub in Timmins. Why? I dunno.
For those times when you’re sitting by the fire and staring at the lights on the Christmas tree without any conscious thought, Mercury Rev‘s All Is Dream, Sigur RÃ³s‘ ( ) (when the day comes that Dena and I have a wedding shindig, I’d like this album’s third track played at some point), Yo La Tengo‘s I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One, The Jesus and Mary Chain‘s Darklands and The Cure‘s live album Show are ideal companions. If you’re feeling a little conservative, try Ride‘s Nowhere. Conversely, if you’re feeling adventurous, fire up Kinski‘s Semaphore EP.
There will be times when you just want to rock…nay…RAWK around the Christmas tree. Surprisingly, 2002 produced some fine rollickin’ good time albums. Queens Of The Stone Age‘s Songs For The Deaf, Mclusky‘s Mclusky Do Dallas, Mudhoney‘s Since We’ve Become Translucent and even the Foo Fighter‘s One By One are great contributions from this year. From years gone by, the Smashing Pumpkins‘ double-album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and singles collection The Aeroplane Flies High (if not for “Set the Ray To Jerry”, “Pennies”, “The Boy” and “Transformer” alone), the Screaming Trees‘ Sweet Oblivion, Pearl Jam‘s Vitalogy and the Butthole Surfers‘ Independant Worm Saloon are my picks for pure rawk fun while your roasting chestnuts over an open fire.
Christmas is a time for traditions; songs about the holidays and snow-related frolicking and so on. However, the old standard carols are sounding tired. I would like to propose two new additions to the Christmas song rotation in malls, offices and anywhere else. For me, no Christmas holiday is complete without The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl’s “Fairytale of New York” and the Ramones‘ “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)”. Avoid at all cost those cheesy Christmas albums from divas and teen popsters. And if for some twisted reason Creed or Linkin Park release Christmas-themed albums any time soon, the end of the world will be near.
From Dena and I, happy Christmas/Hanukah/Kwaanza/Festivus and we’ll see you in 2003.
PS: Barry thought that this dialog between him and Pat, concerning the day after Pat’s Christmas party at work, should be made for all to see in my .plan:
andelu (03:38 PM) : u hurtin?
pat (03:40 PM) : i am now.
pat (03:40 PM) : have been getting steadily worse all day.
andelu (03:42 PM) : ehheheh how much did u drink?
pat (03:43 PM) : shit….hmmm
pat (03:43 PM) : 3 bottles of sleeman silver creek before 1:30
pat (03:43 PM) : then four glasses of red until 3:00
pat (03:43 PM) : then two more pints up to 5
pat (03:43 PM) : then 2 bottles of keiths with dinner, actually..that was dinner.
pat (03:44 PM) : then 2 pints with erin at the Bow and Arrow