These Days: Friday, February 24th, 2017
Exo Planets: From NASA: “NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.” Trappist-1 may one day save the human race, though earthlings have a shelf life.
New Music: This is a better week than I’d anticipated. Dirty Projectors break up album is better than I thought it would be… quite a bit better (Grade: B+), Stormzy’s masterpiece for young black English men is as good as I’d hoped (Grade: A-), Rhiannon Gidden’s new album is very very solid (Grade: A-), and Future’s HNDRXX makes last week’s record look like a mixtape (Grade: A-). Not to mention the deluxe version of The Mess We Made (review here)
Old Music: Readying myself for Saturday afternoon, it has been all Sondheim all the time, which is just as it should be. This morning I backtracked a little onto Swing Lo, Magellan. It is such a pity that the relationship that inspired “Impregnable Question” didn’t survive.
Immigration: “First lady Melania Trump could have been considered a deportation priority if President Trump had instituted one of his controversial executive orders when she was a model in the 1990s, according to several immigration attorneys who spoke with Slate.President Trump’s order recommends priority deportation for some people including those who are “engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a governmental agency.” Apparently Melania modeled for six months without a green card. The stench of hypocrisy is overwhelming.
Concerts: I just added John Mellencamp to my list of upcoming gigs, July 11th at Forest Hills. Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter are opening. A Tuesday so leave work early.
Headline Of The Day: Bannon urges unity… so we should all join the KKK?
Sports: Pre-season baseball begins today. Assume my betting on the Yanks vs Philly today was an act of optimism as I lose my shirt for the next six months.Candice Wiggins, WNBA star player, claims bullying because she isn’t a lesbian. She called the league “toxic” and “very very harmful”. The President of the league, Lisa Borders is shocked, shocked.