What new music is keeping you warm (or cool) this week?
An interesting blog post on my profession.
Originally posted on Meridith Halsey:
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:59:06 -0500
Subject: Re: “New York Court Archivist Isn’t Letting Retirement Stop Him”
From: Meridith Halsey <email@example.com>
Is it with concern and disappointment that I write to you about the article by Corey Kilgannon entitled, “New York Court Archivist Isn’t Letting Retirement Stop Him.”
The article almost touches on a pressing issue facing the archival profession today: the decision of many institutions to let their archives programs lapse. This seems as though it might be the case at the court archives in New York, but the point is left vague. A important question to answer is, are the records under Mr. Abrams’ care still accessible to the public? How will New York’s lawyers conduct research on state cases from the pre-internet era? How will journalists be able to do the same? It seemed clear that Mr. Abrams himself was happy to resign from responding to the public’s inquiries.
Title: Slap Shot
Release Date: 25 February 1977
Director: George Roy Hill
Production Co: Kings Road Entertainment
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Sport
Another classic comedy that I never got around to seeing until now. With the closing of the local factory, the Charlestown Chiefs are likely to fold at the end of the season. Aging player-coach Reg Dunlop (Paul Newman) carries out a series of Machiavellian schemes to increase the teams value so that it will be sold to another owner. This primarily involves having his team use goon tactics, which successfully draws in the crowds and helps them win games. Concurrently, Reg also plots to reunite with his ex-wife and reconcile the strained relationship of the Chiefs’ top scorer and his alcoholic wife.
This movie exudes the 1970s in the clothing, music, sexual liberation, and a carefree attitude in a world falling apart. There are a lot of great gags and lines with much of the humor coming from silly characters like the Quebecois goalkeeper and the uber-violent (and extremely dumb) Hanson brothers. But there’s also a gravitas underlining the film that keeps it from being just a screwball comedy although not enough to turn it into a “dramedy.” The ending of the film is utterly bizarre, but it it’s appropriate to the movie.
With the Winter Olympics in full swing right now, I thought it would be a good time to bring back my post on why Boston & New England should host the Winter Games.
Originally posted on Panorama of the Mountains:
It’s not very likely that Boston would ever host the Summer Olympics in reality as the city is too small to welcome so many people at once and constructing all the necessary venues would be cost prohibitive and difficult to justify beyond the games (although it should be noted that Boston has played its part in Olympic history). I got to thinking though that Boston could quite possibly host the Winter Games which attract fewer athletes and often takes place in cities the size of Boston and smaller. Existing venues such as the Boston Garden, Matthews Arena, Conte Forum, and Agganis Arena would be perfect for the indoor games on ice while the mountain sports could take place at a ski resort in New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine. An Olympic Village for the athletes could be appropriated as much-needed student housing.
Marissa Nadler is a singer-songwriter from Boston, but I’d not heard of her before now. In fact, “Dying Breed” is not a new song, but one she released back in 2007. Luckily, German DJ Stefan Biniak is more up to date on Boston artists and has added the perfect groove to her vocals in this remix.
What musical discoveries have you made recently? Let me know in the comments.
Beer: Seaport Honey Ginger IPA
Brewer: Long Trail Brewing Co.
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.6 of 10)
Comments: Like a jar of honey, this beer is golden and sparkling with a finger-width head. It gives off a scent that is, yup, ginger and honey. True to its name, the flavor is also ginger with a hint of honey sweetness. The beer leaves nice stratigraphic levels of lace on the side of glass. This beer is yummy, assuming that you like ginger.