January 17th, 2011

What’d We Miss 1.15.11 (Three Days Late)

You’ll have to excuse me. God took the opportunity to remind me that I’m human over the last couple days. Fever, coughing, sneezing, a general malaise. You name it, I’ve felt it. Luckily, I’m back in action today. But because I haven’t seen action in the last few days, I’m going to publish the column I was supposed to on Friday. Bring on the distractions.

Of Music

- When it comes down to it, I’m a music junky. That means that the next thing is always more important than the last. To share with you, the next thing that I’m looking forward to is the new albums by Smith Westerns, Dye it Blonde. Tomorrow it will hit stores, but listen to the full album today on NPR.

- More music stuff: The GRAMMY Awards will be on February 15th. In anticipation of that, Stephen Colbert (a GRAMMY winner himself) is giving his vote for Best Alternative Album to the last band standing with teeth. Ezra Koenig doing battle with the Black Keys? Sure thing.

Of Texas

- I’m a big fan of the Houston Strategies blog. Being a fan doesn’t mean I understand all of it. I’m much too dumb for that. If you’re more smarter than me, you’re going to want to check it out and read it often. Start with this post with arguments against the New York Times’ piece about the failure of conservative government in Texas. It’s good for your brain.

- Zombies? We all know the Zombie Apocalypse is coming. Stephan told you that Houston might be a good safe haven. But I don’t think we’re prepared to stop the eventual Mummy Invasion. Fairfield has the right idea. Check out the video on Swamplot.

Of Portland(?)

- A friend of mine used to live in Portland, Oregon. I can tell you that the three minutes and twenty-four seconds of video above are exactly what Portland are all about. The new show, Portlandia, starts on IFC on Friday, January 21st. This might be the first time that Fred Armisen has seemed genuinely funny to me.

Of Houston

- What are your favorite things to do for free in Houston? I’m on record as saying that 3AM trips around the whole 610 Loop is my favorite. I guess that My Houston has a pretty decent list of things. The Menil Collection made the cut, so that’s good enough for me (don’t forget about the 40 days of silent meditation at The Rothko).

- 22-ounce Bombers. Two Divine Reserve offerings. The Pumpkinator as a seasonal brew. All of this and more from Saint Arnold next year. It’s a great time to be a drinker in Houston.

— Paul

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