The new Iron & Wine album has grown on me tremendously, as has the new New Pornographers. Both albums felt kinda dull on first listen, but on the 2nd go-round they absolutely killed me. The I&W has a sort of Talk Talk production aesthetic - if you listen closely there's all sorts of interesting ambient things happening. And the New Pornos album... it's just gold. Maybe it's not as utterly fantastic as Twin Cinema, but it's still really, really good.
Now, as for today... not much else is happening. Work's been busy pretty much non-stop lately. More importantly, though, I can feel myself getting closer and closer to breaking out of my songwriting rut. Once the Yankees are done with the postseason, there's nothing to distract me.
And speaking of the postseason; I'm keeping my expectations low. In the NL, I'm rooting for the Phils and the Cubbies to fight it out in the NLCS, and ultimately I guess I'll be rooting for the Cubs to make it to the WS. I have absolutely no idea what's going to happen in the AL, however; all 4 teams are powerful and flawed. I know the Yanks destroyed Cleveland during the regular season, and I also know that the Yanks never faced the probable Cy Young winner, CC Sabathia. I'm not entirely sure I trust the Yankee starting rotation, either, and it remains to be seen which version of Arod we're gonna get in the next few weeks. The Angels scare me the most, obviously, but I don't necessarily want Boston to stomp all over them - I'd love to see that series go to 5, with at least 2 games going to extra innings.