I Am Gonna Make It Through This Year If It Kills Me (open thread)

Looks like we could use an open thread; here’s a prompt: what are some songs that you like to listen to on New Year’s Eve or Day? I’ll start.

This Year by The Mountain Goats:

Kings by Steely Dan:

Discuss.






61 replies
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    DemJayhawks says:

    @JR: OMG, I’m glad there are other DPlan fans that read this blog.

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    Oh, and I should take this opportunity to note that I finally posted another installment of my webcomic.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    As the father of two young girls, apparently I listen to “Baby Shark” at the beginning of the year. And also every other day.

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    eclare says:

    Because I am an 80’s child, the obvious, “1999”.

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    chris says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Yay! On my way. Happy New Year!

    Some time ago in a book thread you recommended Sandman Slim. Thanks for that, I’m enjoying it immensely and looking forward to the rest of the series.

    ETA: Upvoted

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I didn’t even know New Year songs were a genre. I can think of only Auld Lang Syne, but I suppose that’s too obvious to list here.

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    Tom Levenson says:

    The Steely Dan tune is all that.

    I’m old enough and given to depressing music enough to listen to Jason Isbell’s Vampires a lot on days that mark lost time.

    If I want to spit in the face of Death’s hourglass, I go for this.

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    @chris: They’re fun books, though I’ll admit I’ve only read the first three.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    I am going to make it through this year if it kills me

    And it just might.

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    Jeffro says:

    I listen to the stuff I usually listen to: lots of noisy punk rock!

    Whew…about to crash after a long day getting home from the Bahamas. Looks like this coming weekend’s NFL playoff games are going to be good ones! Here’s hoping the Colts can steal one from the Texans and that the Ravens knock out the Chargers!

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    New Year’s Day? Not in a mood for a particular song but usually a band, I tend to listen to some U2 on the playlists.

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    Jeffro says:

    Also: pretty safe bet that once Twitler gets wind of the Mittbot’s op-ed in the WaPo, we’re gonna have ourselves a nice little GOP set-to. Long overdue, and may both sides be KO’d

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Tom Levenson: You might like Rake, then. Townes was one of the g*dparents of depressing music.

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    lahke says:

    Too full of chocolate to think. My mom gave me a pound of See’s Candy for Christmas and I vowed to take it unopened into the office tomorrow. Almost made it– tapped it at 3 pm today. I am so sick. https://youtu.be/HJwxj1fE2IY

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Tom Levenson: @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: Link to Rake.

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    ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท says:

    @Jeffro:

    I listen to the stuff I usually listen to: lots of noisy punk rock!

    Do you like the Dead Kennedys?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jay: I think it is a solid analysis. My biggest concern is what he describes as item 3: the increase and escalation in provocative language on the Russian side. Including repeated claims that the Ukrainians are planning a chemical weapons attack. To me this is the most worrisome indicator. That Putin has his people out establishing a narrative he can use to justify escalating matters.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jeffro: Already happened. Parscale’s on the case. He’s not making sense, but he’s on the case.

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    Victor Matheson says:

    A Great Big Worldโ€™s โ€œThis is the New Yearโ€ is really a gem of hopefulness and energy.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=27R_goWiAAU

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    “Jealously is a drink best served warm.” Okay, this is Surrealist poetry, right?

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    ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    That Putin has his people out establishing a narrative he can use to justify escalating matters.

    Yeah, but can’t the entire world just call him out and say he’s full of shit?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @zhena gogolia: I try not to make sense of it. I think he may have applied to much beard oil and its having some strange side effects.

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    Jay says:

    @๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท:

    Who doesnโ€™t, along with DOA, Slow,….

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Could he be moe Russian?

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    @zhena gogolia: Yeah, that part really caught me flat-footed.

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    Victor Matheson says:

    @PaulWartenberg: Really? You are listening to U2 on New Years and you canโ€™t even come up with one song you would like to hear?

    Might I suggest โ€œNew Yearโ€™s Dayโ€ by U2?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jay: If you’re talking about Parscale, I think he’s from Texas.//

    More seriously, I think his claimed success in data operations in 2016 was not the result of his talents, education, training, and hard work, but rather of that merry band of mirth makers at the GRU.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Major Major Major Major: And now that Parscale has you flat footed, 2019 can kill you.

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    debbie says:

    @Jeffro:

    “What do you mean, I can’t fire a Senator?”

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    @Adam L Silverman: Losing your dexterity bonus to AC can in fact kill you, it’s true.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Victor Matheson: I had the same thought.

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    ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท says:

    @debbie:
    “What do you mean I can’t appoint my horse a Senator?”

    This time as…still farce?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท: Sure, that, even with the Lollipop Guild, the Star-Twinkle Toddlers, the Sparkly Unicorns, etc. chiming in, doesn’t mean shit To Vladimir Vladimirovich.

    That said, people in Ukraine are more sanguine about this than “foreign-policy experts” in the West.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @lahke:

    Good song. Everyone remembers older, matronly Ella and forgets her good early stuff.

    “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” 1938.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @zhena gogolia: Boy, talk about “sounds better in the original Klingon…”

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    ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Not that well, but that’s because nobody’s willing to properly stand up to Putin.

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    Jay says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Yeah, Parscale.

    Are you sure heโ€™s a Texan, and not a Soviet Year X?

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Ya think? Way too sophisticated to be plausibly Parscale’s shop on its own.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jay: Just repeating here what’s been reported.

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    JR says:

    @DemJayhawks: “Here’s to another goddamn New Year…”

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    ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    That said, people in Ukraine are more sanguine about this than โ€œforeign-policy expertsโ€ in the West.

    I hope they’re right for their sakes.

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    Citizen_X says:

    And then Cathy showed up and we hung out,
    taking swigs from the bottle, all bitter and clean.
    Locking eyes, holding hands,
    twin high-maintenance machines

    Yeah, I’d go with the Mountain Goats for New Year’s, too.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Victor Matheson, @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho:

    Eh, I thought P.W.’s comment was an oblique reference to “New Year’s Day.”

    Bet the over with most Balloon Juice commenters.

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    chopper says:

    oh man, This Year is one of my favorite songs.

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    Jeffro says:

    @debbie:

    โ€œWhat do you mean, I canโ€™t fire a Senator?โ€

    Oh he’s definitely saying that right about now…I love it…tweet about how Mitt was kissing his ass for the SoS job and/or also ‘couldn’t get the job done’ (or even more vulgar) in 2012 in 3, 2, 1…

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    Jeffro says:

    @Adam L Silverman: EXCELLENT!

    Have at it, GOP surrogates for (giggle) Donald Trump and (tee hee) Mitt Romney! What a wussy slap-fest this is going to be!

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    Jeffro says:

    @๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท: Um that would be no. Also no Violent Femmes plz. Stooges, Dead Boys, Gang of Four, Against Me!, Descendents, Social D, X, that kind of thing.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Thanks for posting the new chapter beginning! Looking forward to following along.

    Happy new year in NYC!

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    ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท says:

    @Jeffro:

    Or Agent Orange? What punk bands do you like? Like the Clash?

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    Crashman06 says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I love this song and this album so much but itโ€™s been a while since Iโ€™ve listened to it. Thanks for posting it; feels like encouragement for a scary year ahead.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Steeplejack: Good point. It’s been a long week and it’s only Tuesday.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho:

    Inorite. I was in the “Today is Sunday, right? No, it’s not Sunday!” zone all day.

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    ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    He listed ones he didn’t listen to. Checkmate! QED! ;P

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    Jeffro says:

    @Major Major Major Major: @๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท: Yup – I like the ones I listed, love the Clash. Agent Orange is good. “punk” is such a broad label these days, it doesn’t mean a lot, but lately I’ve been enjoying stuff from further and further back (in addition to just playing Warped Tour compilations)

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    Jeffro says:

    @๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท: Nah, I wasn’t really clear – those are ones I do listen to. My bad.

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    โ€˜Night everyone, enjoy your music!

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    ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท says:

    @Jeffro:
    No harm done. You ones you listed are pretty good. I’ve listened to at least a few of those, like the Descendants.

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