1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
2. The Dodos – No Color
3. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
4. Surfer Blood – Tarot Classics
5. James Blake – James Blake
6. Real Estate – Days
7. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia Ultra
8. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
9. Meshell Ndegeocello – Weather
10. The Weeknd – The Weeknd
11. Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society
12. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
13. Ebene Quartet – The Art of French String Quartet
14. Destroyer – Kaputt
15. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
16. Drake – Take Care
17. Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
18. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s a Corporate World
19. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for my Halo
20. Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
21. tUnE-yArDs – W h o K i l l
22. Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus – Barlande
23. WU LYF – Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
24. Radiohead – King of Limbs
25. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
26. Washed Out – Within and Without
27. James Carter – Caribbean Rhapsody
28. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
29. Los Campesinos! – Hello Sadness
30. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
31. The Drums – Portamento
32. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong
33. Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne
34. Kendrick Lamar – Section 80
35. Blue Sky Black Death – Noir
36. Jill Scott – The Light Of The Sun
37. Beirut – The Rip Tide
38. Wilco – The Whole Love
39. E-40 – Revenue Retrievin’ (series)
40. DJ Quik – The Book of David
41. Lil B the Basedgod – I’m Gay
42. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
43. Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers
44. Okkervil River – I Am Very Far
45. Panda Bear – Tomboy
46. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
47. Wild Beasts – Smother
48. Mayer Hawthorne – How You Do
49. James Pants – Love Kraft
50. DJ Shadow – The Less You Know, The Better




I heard some crazy number about when the Giants score 4 or more runs and what their record is. It’s 45-9! If the Giants can score just 4 runs, they have an 83% winning percentage. Ridiculous! Here’s one I counted. When the Giants score just 3 runs, they have a 21 – 8 record. So with the above number, the Giants are 66 – 17 when they score 3 runs or more.

The Giants got 6 walks tonight, and Burrell was in the lineup. I don’t think there’s any coincidence there. I have a feeling that when the Giants walk more than 4 times, they have some ridiculous winning percentage.


I’ve thrown a couple of cocktail parties based off of a story I heard about FDR during WWII. I was watching the News Hour, and Doris Kearns Goodwin was on as a commentator discussing Iraq and President Bush and whether or not he had cleared enough brush at Camp David – or something to that effect. She brought up FDR and said that one quality that made FDR so great was his ability to detach himself from the situation, and come back to it refreshed. As the story goes, in the middle of WWII he had all his advisers move in to the White House and for one hour every evening they would convene in the parlor and have themselves a drink. The only rule was that they couldn’t talk about the war. I can’t be certain, but I could swear that Goodwin said that even Churchill for a time lived in the White House as well. When I lived in Davis I tried organizing what I thought a modern version of that would be. They were pretty successful as a way to break up the week.

Here are the rules:

  1. no beer or wine
  2. no blended drinks
  3. no shots
  4. no getting belligerent
  5. please bring a friend
  6. please bring a bottle of something
  7. and the main rule to honor the tradition was that you couldn’t talk about what tied you with another person there. For example, if you were classmates, you couldn’t discuss the class you were taking together. If you worked together, you could not talk about work.

As for the reasoning behind the other rules, no beer and wine  simply because it’s a cocktail party, do you really want to be that guy? Go have a kegger, or have your own wine and cheese thing. Blended drinks just made conversation more difficult. Shots and getting belligerent are just uncouth. Friends are always nice, but not having to supply all the booze is nicer. The last rule was the most important, and the hardest to enforce. But after it was explained, most people tried to honor it.

For further reading on FDR and drinks, Modern Drunkard has a lovely story.

Perhaps too long to add to my Bartlett’s,  but a great argument for why serious bartenders and home enthusiasts should consider experimenting.

“The subject of sherry actually has a great relevance to the barrel ageing debate. Oloroso sherry is a marriage of wine and spirit that is aged in cask – in fact the same ingredients (in principle) that are used to make a Martinez or a Manhattan – spirit, wine and bitters. On that basis, I think it’s hard to dismiss the very concept of barrel-ageing cocktails, as some do, when the same theory applies to such great effect in the production of sherries? ”

~Tristan Stephenson




  1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  2. The Dodos – No Color
  3. James Blake – James Blake
  4. Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
  5. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  6. Jill Scott – The Light Of The Sun
  7. Destroyer – Kaputt
  8. The Weeknd – The Weeknd
  9. James Carter – Caribbean Rhapsody
  10. TV On The Radio – Nine Types of Light
  11. Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

“Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”

~Will Rogers


I had heard this one before, but recently saw Jon Stewart quote it during his recent appearance on Fox News Sunday.


Please FOX, don’t have them take down the video.