First Post: Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hunger Games, True Blood, Game of Thornsz, why all of a sudden this panicked need for alternate universes? Surely there is sufficient intrigue and plenty of drama on Planet Earth the way it truly is. After all, another recent pop-culture phenomenon, Stieg Larsson, was grounded in real life, though his heroine at times tended toward the superhuman.

Malkmus finally was termed a mature artist when he got away from singing about UFOs and other nonsense; this is why alt-rock legends The Pixies will always have an asterisk attached to their name — too much singing about UFOs.

When it comes down to art and singing and the depth and beauty of the human condition, warts and all, you have the great Leonard Cohen. No UFOs needed. No Captain Kirk, no Catnip Evergreen, no stooges named Peeta. Girls named Marianne and Suzanne and legends like Hank Williams (Sr., not punk Jnr.) populate his songs.

His natural heir was another with the initials L.C., Mistah Lloyd Cole. After years and years of scouring the intertubesz for this one, it finally fell in our lap this morning. Here he is with original accompanying band The Commotions. It’s not about UFOs or archery or killing people. It’s a semi-requited-love song to a girl named Jennifer…

Free ones: Rundown…

Saratoga Race Course BENCHED
Calder ISAACed
DMTC 1, 3, 9

This is omakase, chef’s choice. And the way the Spa has been going, continuing to tout it would be like serving a shipment of Fukushima-irradiated maguro and anago for the next week. We shall resume again Friday for the last four days of the meet. Regretsz.

Pay-side: Today…

Monmouth 4, 5, 6
Woodbine 4, 8, 10
Ellis Park 1, 5, 6, 7, 9
Arlington 4, 5, 8
Louisiana 4, 6, 7, 9
Golden Gate 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9

WMF Report:

Emerald 6f, 6½f
Los Alamitos 4½f
Mountain 6f
Portland 6f
River 6f, 1m70y
Ruidoso 5½f

Nocturnal Submission: Going over to the Emerald for a stab on #3 Reggiano Parmesan in the sixth (7:24 p.m. EDT / 4:24 p.m. PDT). …

Thank you. Best wishes. “Monday Boxing” tomorrow. Maybe a “First Post” post. Until either such time, it’s goodbye. Bye-bye.

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