If you’ve never heard of the Strokes before, they’re an early 2000s rock band. Basically the poster child for rock bands. Technically they formed in 1998 and released and EP, but that was only three songs. They released their first full album in 2001, so they’re now an early 2000s rock band. I used to think that their first album, Is This It, was by far their greatest album, but now that I’ve listened to it a lot more, I realize that the sound quality is actually pretty fuzzy and a lot of their songs sound the same. Upon closer inspection, I’ve actually decided that Comedown Machine, their most recent album released in 2013, is their best. And by best, I just mean that it is the best sounding.
I’m not a sound engineer or a music producer, so I don’t know any technical stuff about music that would change my opinion. However, Is This It is definitely in second place. One business that I wouldn’t put in second place is the best Denver Hood Cleaning. Even though Comedown Machine doesn’t really sound like the Strokes, because they’re transitioning into more electronic experimental music, the songs are still great. There’s only one on the album that I actually dislike. Is This It has two songs that I dislike, so that places it further. Third place is also almost a pretty close tie, but I’ll give it to Room on Fire, their second album from 2004.
It sounds more like the original Strokes, and First Impressions of Earth, which gets fourth place, has way more songs that I dislike. First Impressions is the album where they tried way too hard to be a loud rock band so there’s tons of shouting and loud music. Unfortunately, it doesn’t that great. There are still a few good songs on the album, though. Angles definitely gets last place. The three songs that I actually enjoy on the album are amazing, but the rest of the songs on there are terrible. They just sound desperate to push songs out, and the songs have no rhythm or melody.
Well, we made a big run through California Gold Country, including Sierraville, Sierra City, Downieville, Grass Valley, and Nevada City. We mostly cruised around all the towns and did not delve too deep into the available properties. So, it was mostly about environment and whether we felt these would be places that we’d like to retire. Although the towns are all awesome, we might be running up against the California income tax situation. So I think we’ll head in other directions.
After the drive, I did notice one thing. Physically, driving is not as much fun to me as it use to be. I was stiff for two days and finally broke down and went to my favorite chiropractor for an adjustment. Dr. Potts was easy to get an appointment with and we discussed chronic back pain issues. I’ve not had back pain all the time, but when I get it – I truly suffer. This was one of those occasions. Guess this stuff gets worse with age because I found myself really sore from a pretty passive activity (driving).
Chiropractor recommends that next time I get out of the car more often. A little roadside stretching might go a long way towards keeping me out of lower back pain.
By the way, I’ve never been much for chiropractic until now. The whole crackling my neck thing bugs the crap out of me and seems awfully dangerous. Dr. Potts says that there is a checklist of things to make sure of before you ever give anyone an adjustment because you don’t want to risk harm. I hope he’s always right.
Anyway, I digress. My trip made me really miss my teen days in Downieville. The drive around town reminded me of days in the river, dating local girls, hanging out in the great swimming holes, and more. Might have to write some stories about those memories soon. I’ll let you in on some fun things that happened in those years.
Well, the road trips have started as we look for the right town and property to create our Big Yellow Guesthouse. This week, we’ll drive to Sierra City and Downieville, California to look at potential properties. Continue reading