It’s the last edition of the year! Thank you for following along with this project in 2021. Next year, I plan to publish the much-delayed Year Two chapbook and more receipts. I might also rename this newsletter to a generic “Spencer Tweedy’s Newsletter” and make Observations just one section of it. It would still be short and monthly, just with a little more room for show announcements and other thoughts. Who knows? In any case, thank you for being here, replying with your own observations and making this feel worthwhile.
I hope you’re having a safe, relaxing holiday time. And that your year ahead is wonderful.
- The ducks gliding on the frozen river ice. 11-24
- Casey’s baller fall stew. 11-06
- Hot-tubbing in the moonlight. 11-23
- Tailgating with New York Bagel and Bialy lox bagels in the Costco Niles parking lot. 11-08
- Almost getting t-boned by a red-light-running pickup truck as my car stereo blared the climax of Ornette Coleman and Pat Metheny’s “Endangered Species.” 11-11
- Playing with Kelly Hogan (with Nora O’Connor and Joel Paterson!), opening for Mavis Staples, at Thalia Hall. 11-19
- Mavis was so energetic and so hilarious on stage, even more than usual.
- The friend-hungry, exceedingly macho securities trader from whom Jason and I bought a bandsaw. 11-15
- John Lennon describing his novel plastics-based stage design ideas in episode one of Get Back. Also, everything about Get Back. 11-27
- The spectrum of believing the world is full of assholes out to get you or sweethearts out to help you. 11-09
- That where you sit on that spectrum affects how you treat others. Believe there are assholes, preemptively be an asshole. Believe there are sweethearts, be a sweetheart. Roughly speaking.
- How, in that way, your belief is self-fulfilling, since the way you behave helps define the world.
- Sam Arbesman on the fine balance Jewish culture strikes between hanging on to tradition and evolving. 11-26
- Craig Damrauer’s sweet zine of advice for his 18-year-old daughter, Stella. [Via Austin Kleon.] 11-12
- Sipping Mom’s chicken soup. Ascending. 11-15
- Wondering, how did wooden ships of antiquity prevent water from getting in between the boards? The simple answer: shipbuilders tarred the boards or overlapped them. 11-21
- Marginalia Search, a search engine that helps you discover “cool little websites made by people.” 11-13
- The recently discovered evidence that some birds can sort of see the Earth’s magnetic field. 11-08
- Camaret, Moonlight and Fishing Boats by Maximilien Luce (pictured above). 11-26
- May we all know the joy of Mal Evans playing the musical anvil. 11-28
- “What Has Happened” by Tonstartssbandht. 11-25
- “Tombola 94” by Dina ögon. 11-25
- Moondog on the Streets of New York [via Dad]. 11-22
- “Linda’s Birthday” by Jack Adkins. 11-28
- Buck Meek and Kidi Band live at Lincoln Hall. Nearly crying at Adam Brisbin’s tuned-in guitar-playing. 11-09
- Charlotte Cornfield, whom Case Oats opened for at the Hideout! 11-18
- Fiery Furnaces live at Thalia Hall — Eleanor Friedberger, one of the greatest frontpeople. 11-15
Thanks again ☺︎