PANDA BEAR – “The Preakness” (KEEP Cassette, 2011)
A new, unreleased track from Panda Bear was released on the Internet today called “The Preakness.” It’s a mellow track that is exclusively on the KEEP Cassette that comes with the shoes that the band designed for KEEP Shoes. It’s a shame that this didn’t make it on Tomboy because it really is beautiful.
It’s more in the line of “Ponytail” than “Surfer’s Hymn” in that it’s subdued and more introspective. The vocals for every new song we’ve been hearing from Panda have always seemed to be the best we’ve heard so far, and this song keeps up with that. It’s very minimal but the layering tells of a far more complex, brilliant construction.
This year’s Infieldfest Party at the Preakness has officially reached legendary status. An event so spectacular, we accidentally ripped a hole in the fabric of awesomeness and out stepped a freaking Centaur. Part champion Thoroughbred, part infield fan and all party manimal, he proclaimed ‘I am Kegasus, Lord and protector of InfieldFest.’ And since no one’s gonna argue with a centaur we replied, ‘All Hail Kegasus!’ He reminds us to never stop striving to Be Legendary.
I lost money betting on this race last year when I was in Vegas, but a huge party with a mythical creature named with the word “keg” in it? Sign me up.
CC with his groom Raul, both looking pleased as punch! Again, these moments strike me more deeply than those at the finish line.The Preakness is down… Any chance in hell we have a possible Triple Crown winner on our hands?
I have to admit it. I’ve become a real “Chromie” - even The Silverback loves this nag. He keeps trying to find another horse in the field to back, but like me, returns to CC.
The horse is really amazing… To watch him switch gears on the final stretch is something to behold. He and his people are the 99%… A $10K pony owned by two “regular” guys… Taking the Derby and The Preakness… It’s touching. In reality, the racing world has far more of the 99% than the 1%… But it’s the exclusive 1% who walk away with the big wins. Yes, thoroughbred horse racing mirrors the current economic state in America as much as anything else.
The Belmont will be a test… So many owners laid off their horses from The Preakness and expect to bring them back for final leg of The Triple Crown. It’s the longest of the three races… Who knows if a closer or stalker can sneak up and steal it away from CC? Statistically, it’s quite likely to happen. Come what may, I’m still standing with the 99%.
Ah jockeys, the tinkerbells who exist in the nexus of drunken gambling and animal mistreatment via eating disorders. Princelets among men.
A select few historians know the Triple Crown was formerly the Double Crown. Bourbon be-shittered Kentucky gentleman were often duelling over the outcome of two races whereby both had picked the correct horse once. The Preakness was added as tie breaker which allowed gentleman to gloat over the total outcome without having to shoot friends. The who-gives-a-fuck middle child of the Triple Crown was an afterthought, as such it is free from the constraints of respectability of the other races. Alienated and free the Preakness has grown into its partying, the shortest race welcomes the longest bender.
[Editor’s note: It is 11:24am and I just drank my second beer in the shower]
1920 winner of the Preakness and Belmont Stakes Man O’ War (considered by many racing experts the greatest thoroughbred of all time) he was not entered in the 1920 Kentucky Derby because his owner did not like racing in Kentucky and thought it was too early in the year for a young horse to race a mile and a quarter. He would have been the 2nd Triple crown winner if not for his owners thoughts about the Derby.
History.com June 9, 1973—With a spectacular victory at the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat becomes the first horse since Citation in 1948 to win America’s coveted Triple Crown–the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. In one of the finest performances in racing history, Secretariat, ridden by Ron Turcotte, completed the 1.5-mile race in 2 minutes and 24 seconds, a dirt-track record for that distance. [READ