Two very exciting things happened last Friday.

  1. Battles reissued their killer Mirrored album, and…
  2. A thoughtful neighbor brought by a generous chunk of fresh challah she’d gotten at the Weinstein JCC.

I got to enjoy both on Saturday morning, as Mrs. YHT and I (with Baby YHT’s help, of course) made challah french toast and bacon with the sounds of “Atlas” and the rest of Mirrored drifting in from the living room.


Given how long I’ve been hoping to get my hands on this album, and how tasty challah french toast is, the net effect scraped the happiness ceiling for me. It really doesn’t get much better.

Battles — “Atlas” [Spotify/iTunes]



Seen while running today. Turntable set up to serenade Patterson and Belmont while the mural was being worked on. Didn’t recognize what was playing when I took the picture, but I passed by again on the way back and “Southern Man” was blasting. Great song, great mural. This is why I love public art so much.

[Update: I’ve since learned that the artist’s name is Nils Westergard, and he posted a request in association with this mural — that people fill out a survey that asks about public art in Richmond. Click here to complete the survey.]

Neil Young — “Southern Man” [YouTube/iTunes]

Friday News and Notes

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Happy Friday! A few news and notes items before you hit the club:

  • Congrats to Clair Morgan on the USA Today/FTW song premiere! Very exciting to see this record off to a great start, because it’s damn good and lots and lots of people need to hear it. Can’t wait to spin my vinyl copy. Be sure to check them out tonight at Hardywood!
  • THIS IS NOT A DRILL… BATTLES IS REISSUING MIRRORED. This has been on my holy grail list for a while — one of the albums I’m most jealous that my sister and brother-in-law have and I don’t. I seriously check the “B” section of every record store I go into, just in case. Very excited about this development.
  • I found a used copy of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Yanqui U.X.O. this week. Such an interesting album. I actually hadn’t heard it, but recognized the cover and gave it a listen in the store. Really tense and beautiful, but one of the most compelling things about it is when it was released. Post 9/11 but pre-Iraq invasion. What an eerie time to look back on.
  • Gorgeous new song from Moses Sumney. Feels like he’s pushing into more realized territory with each song he releases. (Here’s a thing I wrote after seeing him open for Sufjan.)
  • I have a gig Saturday night at Capital Ale House opening for the SteppinStone reunion, but another great Saturday shindig will be happening over at the Broadberry with Southern Belles. Either way, you can’t lose.

Three of the last four teams in the tournament will lose between now and Monday… hope yours wins!