kthread spins: for the woman who named pluto

I’ve been thinking about orbits this week, in memory of Venetia Phair, who named Pluto at age twelve (she died on Monday).

The L.A. Times article that I found through my friend Laura’s Tumblr reports that she “suggested the name to her grandfather at breakfast in 1930.” One can only assume she believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast that day as well.

Here’s to those gifted with naming and to all of us delineating new directional paths near and in reference to each other—like the Super Furry Animals recall the Beach Boys on Pet Sounds, the pet sounds in the later track from SKWBN in this podcast, all of the included at the “Speed of Sound” that I like best—



Dropped (Album version) – Phantom Planet

Rolling Down the Hills – Glass Candy

Zero from Outer Space (Album version) – Tom Petty

Cities of Weather – Woodpigeon

Something in the Water – The Henry Clay People

Moonbeams – Bent

(Drawing) Rings Around the World – Super Furry Animals

She Moves in Her Own Way – The Kooks

1999 – Suburban Kids with Biblical Names

Longer You Sit – Gala Band

Way Down in the Hole – Tom Waits and Kronos Quartet with Greg Cohen

Comme des enfants – Coeur de pirate

The Speed of Sound – Emmylou Harris


Other celestial songs to add? If you named a planet, what would you name it?

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