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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

First, second, third

Tuesday's tie is the first knit tie on the blog, the second Coogi tie, and the third flat-bottomed tie. It is also the only knit tie I have ever owned; knit ties are usually just a single color, and I have made my feelings about single-color ties clear already. (But I will repeat: I don't like them! They're a waste of prime display space.) Most Coogi ties that turn up are either silk ties with an approximation of a Coogi sweater pattern printed on them, some have intricately-sculpted patterns woven into the silk, but this one is the closest thing to a Coogi sweater you can get in a necktie. If that's what you're after (and today I was).

I have finally listened to The Decemberists' The Crane Wife to see what all the fuss is about, and I think I can sum it up in an equation: (Al Stewart - lovely voice - sincerity) * (The Divine Comedy - lovely voice - arch sense of humor) + art-rock fluorishes = The Decemberists. Or, alternatively, Robyn Hitchcock - mad vision = The Decemberists. Yet for all the minuses, I think they will bear at least one more listen.


Jeff L. said...

Hey, back on track. Congrats on that. I bought three Decemberists albums and "listened them out." Entertaining at first, but I don't think they have any long-term compelling interest.The songs provide a bunch of interesting stories, but end up sounding like a tired old man after a couple more listens.

Burl Veneer said...

Thanks. I suppose I am "back on track," in the same sense that Michael Jordan was "back on track" when he played for the Wizards. Fortunately I am not in competition for anything.