Each year I celebrate Memorial Day by doing the same things...
I drive to San Francisco and attend the USS San Francisco Memorial Ceremony. My grandfather was on that ship during World War II, and fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal.
Then I drive to Berkeley, and exercise the freedoms that have been provided to me by people like my grandfather. First, I stuff my face at Top Dogs on the most epic hot dogs money can buy. Then I walk down to Telegraph Avenue and go music shopping. This year's haul looks like so:
Mary Lambert - Heart On My Sleeve
Good Riddance – Peace In Our Time
Faith No More – Sol Invictus
Murder By Death – Big Dark Love
The Lemonheads – Rockin' The Shell (The Classic 1994 Radio Broadcast)
The Lemonheads – Luka 7”, red vinyl
Stormtroopers of Death / Yellow Machinegun – Seasoning The Obese split 7”, clear yellow vinyl
The Wynona Riders – Music That's Pleasant to the Ear EP
David Bowie – Loving The Alien, 12” odd shaped picture disc
Tin Machine – Maggie's Farm, 12” odd shaped picture disc
David Bowie – Interview, 12” picture disc
I plan on following that up today by hitting the gym, possibly buying some new storage boxes for my 7” records, then canceling out the work I did at the gym with a huge breakfast burrito.
Happy Memory Day. Celebrate accordingly. :)