Archive for December, 2006

Music for Airports (not Babies)

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Zombies can have kids?First it was Grups in New York Metro, and now the Village Voice is publishing articles on how this guy is programming his kids to like his music.


The soundtrack to my daughter’s first three months has been a comical representation of class-adjustment emotional paralysis. I have a pink iPod Mini docked to a Tivoli iSongBook above her cribyes, you should be laughingfilled to its 4GB brim with amorphous, meditative ambient music from Brian Eno, Gavin Bryars, Aphex Twin, Andrew Chalk, Stars of the Lid, Ekkehard Ehlers, and others. I can tell you most of this stuff works like fairy dust (at least on our girl), but this is not traditional “baby” music. I contend that the long-form nature of ambient music and its recurring phrases strengthen recall and provide a comforting, auditory assurance of constancy. The wife is basically amenable to that rationalization, but we’re not kidding each other. We both know I’m programming my kid.

I of course have no problem with trying to get your kid to like the same music you like, but Gavin Bryars? Andrew Chalk? Ekkehard Ehlers? Why don’t you just start that kid’s MySpace page right now and pre-load the obligatory sullen photo with coiffed jet-black hair and “Nobody understands me” quote as the tagline.

Somebody get that kid some Beatles, Desmond Dekker and Harry Nilsson, STAT!

- Zac

72 Things a Man Should Know about Fatherhood:

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

72 Things a Man Should Know about Fatherhood:

2. No, no–not that Spock!

4. Never tell anybody that you and your wife are “trying.”
We really don’t need the visual, that’s why.

23. The first time you change your son’s diaper and he pees all over you is not an accident. It’s foreshadowing.

33. Overalls are not only cute, they provide a convenient handle.

69. They never really outgrow the claw.
“No, Dad, no! Not the claw!” means “Apply the claw, please.”

- Zac

A brighter holiday

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Just a quick note to say that the place where Matt & I work (you may know it as AllMusic.com and AllMovie.com) have pulled together and donated $1,436 to the Callum Robbins Family Fund.

Hopefully this cash can go toward a happier holiday this year and many more to come.

- Zac

The Smiling Baby

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Who doesn’t love footage of a kid laughing?

Commies, that’s who.

- Zac


Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Warning: Snark-Free Post

My friend Rob just passed this link along to me. If you’re a parent, it’ll kill you. Actually, if you’re a human, it probably will. In a nutshell, a couple learned in August that their 8-month-old son was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic disease for which there are no conventional cures. Their only hope lies with alternative treatments that aren’t covered by insurance, so their only hope lies with you.

Seriously, read it and pass it on to as many people as you know.

- Matt

Santa Smells Like Bourbon…

Monday, December 11th, 2006

A brilliant photo collection of Kids who are terrified of Santa
fuggin' lil kids...HEY! where's my bourbon?
uh…I’m an adult and I’m scared of that Santa…

- Zac