by Dan Bolles
It's Tuesday morning, it's bright and sunny outside and I'm stuck inside waiting for a repairman to show up. Sounds like a recipe for a link dump.
Today marks two months to the day since I quit smoking. Here's yet another reason why I'm glad I did.
I can't remember the last time I read the Sunday comics. I'm guessing it would be the last time I read a physical daily newspaper … on a Sunday … that had comics. Anyway, this past Sunday, local harmonica player Mark Lavoie snuck his way into this week's full color installment of Hi & Lois. I was always more of a Bloom County/Outland guy, myself. But this is pretty neat. In the strip, Ditto thinks he has the "Annoying Sister Blues" so he learns to play his brother Chip's harmonica by listening to old blues records - including one by Lavoie. By the way, you can catch Mark at 51 Main in Middlebury this Thursday.
Pitchfork Media is looking for interns in Brooklyn.
This Boston Globe article makes the case for professional tribute bands. My one-word rebuttal: no.
Speaking of tributes, with Rough Francis set to release their debut EP of original songs this Friday, feels like a good time to revisit the story of Death. I think Jeff Howlett would agree.
Pure Pop was burglarized last week. According to police, the suspect is tall, male, white and still listens to CDs.
T-minus 19 days until Opening Day.
And last but not least, my current favorite band that I just discovered yesterday, Larry and His Flask, who will be at 242 Main this Thursday.