Friday, November 25, 2005

Couple vids, quickie update



Greetings. Hope everyone had a great Turkey fest and spent the better part of the day eating and watching football like I did. Lets all give a little thanks to my favorite amino acid, tryptophan. Now we're talkin.. Here are couple of videos I've been rocking out to today. They are new to me, so don't get all "ohh your soo behind..." cause that's lamo. If you went shopping today, you're stupid. Wrong move. Windows media format....Cheereio'

New Pornographers - Use It (Not sure I get this one)
Spoon -
Sister Jack
Stephen Malkmus -
Mama

Nice little shot at TO here. Big Turkey he is indeed....
Arnie's Neighborhood is rad.
Ice Kappa Melta, now there is a frat Bush would be in. Funny stuff...

Thome is a White Sock, didn't see that coming.
Thome trade could be good for both teams

God the early game yesterday was worthless. Atlanta vs. Detroit. Yawn. I slept through most of it, and it wasn't the turkey.
Mariucci on the chopping block?

Pacers may just win it all. Lebron isn't 21 yet, so he might have to wait a few years.
Pacers end Cavaliers' run

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Darkness, bitches.


Ah The Darknes...Sure they really don't have much talent (except for the rip-snortin solos the guitarist belts out), but they sure are fun, well kind of fun at least. Here are a few tracks off the new album "One Way Ticket to Hell and Back" so crank it up to 11 and pretend that big hair and coke were still fashionable. The first track "One Way Ticket" starts out with flutes and awes, majestic really, rolls into some cutting sounds, sniffing sound and then bursts into a rift that could only come from THE DARKNESS!

Listening to the falsetto voice of lead singer Justin Hawkins is a guilty pleasure. Is that cowbell I hear? Everything needs more cowbelll. The Darkenss are similar to watching a train wreck, car accident or cows having sex in an open field: You just can't look away. Other songs include the ever enjoyable "Knockers", who don't love some knockers, to the track "Dinner Lady Arms," what the hell does that mean? Just tell me that "One Way Ticket' isn't catchy.

Nice story about Mr. Hawkins:
The Darkness' vocalist Justin Hawkins became an amphibian midwife during an educational visit to the Norfolk Broads. Whilst urinating behind some bushes, a spherical object fell from a leaf and rested on the shaft of his man-member. To his horror, the object wobbled before what appeared to be a frog-like creature with a long tail hatched from within it. The reptile accepted Justin as her mother, and denied the Hawkins' family's attempts to introduce her to the wild. The scaly infant would look at Justin and exclaim "You are the one that I want." Probably because he had 'DELIVERED THE NEWT ON JOHN'.

Enjoy.
The Darkness - One Way Ticket
The Darkness - Knockers
The Darkness - Is It Just Me
The Darkness - Dinner Lady Arms
The Darkness - Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

Keep your chin up TO

Not soo fast....

Those who know me well know that I'm completely and utterly obsessed with fantasy sports. Now that the football season is wearing down, I'm immersed with my basketball teams (three if you're counting at home). Fear not, though, there are still the NFL playoffs and I plan on making a serious run at mediocrecy. I made a bold move last week and acquired the infamous Terell Owens via a ridiculous trade. Earlier today I was excited to see initial reports stating that Owens would be released by the Philadelphia Eagles, could it get any better?. Much to my schagrin, the arbitrator ruled in favor of the Eagles (heh?) and Owens will miss the rest of the season. On a personal level, I completely agree with the arbritrator's ruling and think that Owens is the worst thing since cancer, but on a fantasy level, I was floored. My season is effectively over. Damn. I even had my Terell Owens Houston Texans jersey on pre-order. So much for that.

I think I'll start working in more of a fantasy basketball edge to the blog and try to tone down the music for a while. Music takes a lot of time to put together, and time is not one of my excesses. Dental school has gotten completely out of control and I'm currently working on six different projects. You don't really care about that, so lets just say that I'm swamped.


Lets look at some headlines:


ESPN Insider is reporting that the Bulls are interested in Kevin Garnett. Thank God. This years team is boring as hell to watch and has little veteran talent. Now if they could just move Ben Gordon in a package deal and bring in Peja next year, they might make a title run. Schwing. Deng isn't getting moved, and I don't see anyone wanting Gordon (what a wasted #3 pick)...sad face...
Deng deal? Not likely

To me, though, it comes down to New York, who will take on any contract. They'll get rid of some old dudes (Penny, AD) and get a stud to run with Starbury and the rest of the bloated NY lineup. We'll see bout that: Trade KG? Forget about it, Taylor says

The Cubs are having the most random offseason ever. Maybe their new approach will work. For some reason, I thought Juan Pierre was a lock for center field next year, maybe I'm wrong. I also thought Furcal was going to be the shortstop that they've needed for a long time, maybe i'm wrong again.

Cubs eyeing Howry (who the f' is that?)

God, what is the deal with the Mets? They think they can just grab everyone... Hopefully the cards will ball up and re-sign Grudz

Mets looking to hold a Grudz

Speaking of the Cardinals, they aren't going to resign Matt Morris, and I don't blame them. Here's a prediction for you. Burnett becomes a Cardinal. Duncan turns him around. The Cards win a World Series behind three young studs.

Cards wooing Burnett

Just because I'm not all sports...here's a little music:


Pitchfork is wrong. Like really, really wrong. Last week I said that DFA 1979's new album was the balls. Pitchfork gave it a 0.5 out of pure spite this week. Wrong dildos, best workout music all year. It's obvs that none of the dudes over at pitchfork workout....cause this stuff gets you going...
Pitchfork - Romance Bloody Romance Review

Get you some of Wilco's Kicking Television. It rocks. Best Misunderstood ever.
Wilco - Kicking Television (torrent)

Chris (aka
Gorilla vs. Bear) has an awesome top 25 albums of 2005 countdown. I spent the good majority of the morning working on a paper and listening to his tuneage....



Chin Up Chin Up is a nice little band via the Chi':
Chris Saathoff, the bassist from Chin Up Chin Up, died tragically last year in a DUI hit-and-run accident in the band's hometown of Chicago. It really sucks that you have to start a review this way, but the tragedy puts their latest album, We Should Have Never Lived Like We Were Skyscrapers into important perspective and context. This is a band that has breathtaking melodies laced with a definite sadness, with every sound emitted ringing of perseverance.
Chin Up Chin Up - We Should Have Never Lived Like We Were Skyscrapers
Chin Up Chin Up - Virginia, Don't Drown

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Arcade Fire/Thanksgiving/Meadow Soprano


One rocks, one is tomorrow and the last one is oh so fine.

The Arcade Fire is a great group, one of the best of last year. How about the single Cold Rain — which was on the Six Feet Under disc number who cares — for your iPod. Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, gobble!!!!

Six Feet Under got old, stale, pick your own word that is close to lame. Six Feet Under soundtracks are 92% gay with a chance of fag. Not as bad as the O.C. soundtracks, but that's another story. A grown man can watch that show and enjoy it, no matter what HIPSTERS say about it. They can take their shitty little attitudes and shove them up the 2 hole.

In HBO news, Deadwood won't be back on the air till June. Sopranos through March should be a solid send off to a revolutionary…ehh strong word…. television show. My mouth is watering in anticipation of the return of Tony, but mostly I’m drooling about Meadow. Rome ended Sunday. Caesar died, Mark Anthony is a bad ass, Brutus is a bitch etc. Why do people in Rome have British accents? Quite the violent show, which is a nice change from the rest of the violence on television. Nothing like seeing a man get his head bashed into concrete or having his fingers cut off.

Dig the Cold Rain, Brazil is kind of annoying. Sounds exactly what you'd expect from the AF.

New girl at work was going to get fired, then she didn't, cried yadda yadda, headphones were put on. I don't need this shit. Just want to get on a plane and fly to Illinois for a day or so over Christmas. It's cold there but who cares.

Link dumping time:
Arcade Fire - Cold Wind
Arcade Fire - Brazil
Sopranos info, gotta register
Rome - Sucks getting stabbed (see picture)

Friday, November 18, 2005

Funny Friday

Something new around here I'll be doing. Funny stuff on Fridays, hence the Funny Friday. Salukis won first bball game, score. Richmond Raiders won again, 3 games away from state championshipland. Same old shit for me.

From this Maddox dude's site
He's kind of a tool, but funny nonetheless.

Maddox on blogs:
If the thousands of mid-sentence links don't annoy you, the long slender columns of text will. Most of the screen on a blog is blank for an imaginary populace of readers still using 640x480 resolution. I didn't buy a 19" monitor to have 50% of its screen realestate pissed away on firing white pixels, you assholes. They don't print books on receipt paper for a reason. Every time I see this layout, I want to choke the creator with my dry, crackled, and bleeding hands for making my fingers so calloused from having to keep scrolling the mouse wheel to read your dumb "blog."

Blogger: Term used to describe anyone with enough time or narcissism to document every tedious bit of minutia filling their uneventful lives. Possibly the most annoying thing about bloggers is the sense of self-importance they get after even the most modest of publicity. Sometimes it takes as little as a referral on a more popular blogger's website to set the lesser blogger's ego into orbit.

Then God forbid a blogger gets mentioned on CNN. If you thought it was impossible for a certain blogger to get more pious than he was, wait until you see the shit storm of self-righteous save-the-world bullshit after a network plug. Suddenly the boring, mild-mannered blogger you once knew will turn into Mother Theresa, and will single handedly take it upon himself to end world hunger with his stupid links to band websites and other smug blogger dipshits.

Blogging: If minds had anuses, blogging would be what your mind would do when it had to take a dump.

Blogged: What you call a trivial or largely inconsequential topic once bloggers have processed through every tired detail. For more on this, look into: every minor news story.

Blogosphere: The "blogosphere" is the new buzz word that has replaced "information super highway." It's what idiots like to call a collection of "blogs," otherwise known as a tragedy.

Blogomania: Like all other manias, except relating to the infatuation of blogs. It's one step above the more caustic phrase "blog-o-rama." Thankfully the latter hasn't caught on to the extent of its brethren, but that doesn't stop me from punching anyone who says it in the dick.

Blogroll: A long list of links that nobody will ever click on. Bloggers not only link to their friends and fellow bloggers, but their eventual goal is to link to every linkable document on the Internet. Most "blog rolls" are so full of links that it can bring even the mightiest of search engines to a crawl as they sort through all the frivolous bullshit bloggers link to.

Thankfully, since most blogs are shallow in content, it won't take you long to load, and in turn, to close the browser quickly if you're duped into clicking one of these links. If you shut down quickly enough, you may be able to avoid downloading the mandatory 2 gigs of political banners on every blogger's website.

Blogshare: An imaginary share of a blog's worth, which is ironic, since most blogs have an imaginary share of readers.

Blogstorm: A zany phrase news anchors like to use any time they think there's an abnormal amount of posts on blogs regarding any particular topic. Of course, they fail to consider any amount of posting to a blog is abnormal since people who are well adjusted usually have better things to do, i.e., work, or failing that, anything else.

Blog Swarm: Stupid.

Blogging community: Losers, goths, bedwetters, and journalism dropouts.

Blawg: Some prick thought it would be clever to spell "blog" phonetically using the word "law" in the title. It's a phrase used to describe blogs primarily dealing with the law and legal issues. Wow, real clever, dipshit. How did you come up with that one?

Blogumentary: There was recently a bit of a feud regarding this word among two bloggers. Apparently some guy decided that they had exclusive right to use the word, not realizing that similar words (docudrama, dramedy, rockumentary, etc) have been free to use for all people since you can't just copyright an entire genre, and more importantly, that it's stupid. Who cares? Blogumentary? Really? Eat shit you morons.

Blogebrity: Wow, guess what this one stands for? Too easy. Hey, anyone can do it: take a blogger who's a chef, and you get: BLEF. A blogger who's a dentist? BENTIST. A female blogger with an itch? You guessed it: a BITCH.

Photoblog: Photoblogs make me yearn for the day when cameras weren't digital, film cost money, and it took time to develop pictures. I remember back when it wasn't easy for any random asshole with a camera to go out take countless pictures of nothing. Nothing is exactly what these pictures are of. No focus, no theme, no message, no posturing. Just countless pictures of Denny's at 2 AM. We don't care that you went to Denny's. You're not an artist. You're not deep. Get a new hobby.

Podcast: Someone had the revolutionary idea of taking a compressed audio file and putting it online. Yeah, doesn't sound so sexy when I describe it for what it is, does it you morons? It would have been a great idea if streaming audio wasn't already around for over a decade before the word "podcast" entered the lexicon. Man, I can't stand the word "lexicon." Talking about all these shitty words has made me start using shitty words. I'm so pissed, I just slammed the door shut on some kid's nuts.

Podcasting: It's snob for "streaming audio."

Podcatcher: Any idiot with an iPod, web browser, or ears.

Warblog: A blog that primarily deals with war. Filled with whiny blow hards who are fixated on their stubborn ideas and conspiracy theories. For example, there are countless hours pissed away by conspiracy theorists who think the WTC towers were demolished by bombs planted by the government. These armchair engineers write endlessly about how the physics of the collapse was impossible, how the temperature wasn't hot enough to melt steel, and how the planes were carrying missiles. Of course, the one thing they don't postulate is a REASON.

My personal favorite warblog was one that had a flash animation with people who were quoted as saying "it didn't sound like a plane to me... it sounded like a missile." Thank you Joe Nobody for giving me your expert opinion on what missile sounds like, because gas station superintendents are usually the best people to ask about the sonic signature of ballistic missile thrust.

Warblogger: Like all other bloggers, an idiot. Usually a self-righteous prick with a political axe to grind. Tragically, these dullards fail to realize that nobody cares what they think. And no, the 2 comments per post you get on average doesn't count. Get some real opinions, then maybe you'll get some real feedback.

Warblogging: The act of writing amateur, unfounded, and borderline illiterate opinions about war and war strategy.

iPod: This is one of those inventions that makes people say: "why didn't I think of that?" On news shows anyway. One of the anchors on FOX News said "now the music industry is waiting for someone to come along and invent the next iPod." Wow, if only I had thought of the bright idea of putting an mp3 player on a portable hard drive. Damn that's brilliant. I had that idea years ago. I also have another idea: a car that can fly. I will sue anyone who makes it.

iPodder: A pompous ass who thinks he's eclectic. Wake up asshole: you're not living in an iPod commercial. You can't dance. Everything you listen to sucks. Get a job.

e-nable: E-nable? How about I e-nable my foot to your mouth?

URL (as pronounced "ERL"): Few things invoke more contempt for humanity than someone who pronounces URL as "erl." It's an acronym, not a word you douche! Between people who say "erl" and programmers who pronounce char (an abbreviation for character) as "chär" (with the "ch" pronounced like in "chart"), I get so pissed that I just want to saw my arms off.

The suffix "pundit:" Stupid.

The prefix "pundit:" Stupid.

Liberal media: Whiny, bitching, cry-baby conservatives love to prattle on and on about the "liberal media." To be fair, except for FOX News (Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, John Gibson, Neil Cavuto, Steve Doocy, E.D. Hill, Brian Kilmeade, Brit Hume), Clear Channel, Laura Ingraham, Dr. Laura, Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, Ann Coulter, Newsmax, G. Gordon Liddy, Michael Reagan, Michael Savage, The New York Post, Sinclair Broadcast Group (WLOS13, Fox 45, WTTO21, WB49, KGAN, WICD, WICS, WCHS, WVAH, WTAT, WSTR, WSYX, WTTE, WKEF, WRGT, KDSM, WSMH, WXLV, WURN, KVWB, KFBT, WDKY, WMSN, WVTV, WEAR, WZTV, KOTH, WYZZ, WPGH, WGME, WLFL, WRLH, WUHF, KABB, WGGB, WSYT, WTTA), David Horowitz, Rupert Murdoch, PAX, and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, they're right.

The suffix "gate": Watergate, Filegate, Rathergate, eat shit already.

Xanga: The bottom of the barrel of blogs. It's incredible that the user base is able to write so much, yet say so little. I have to give a bit of kudos though, considering the fact that many of the users have the reading comprehension of a bowl full of pubes.

LiveJournal: Here's a little trick you can use to find out whether a link someone sends you is worth checking. If it contains the words "live, journal," or any combination thereof, you can safely ignore the link without missing out on anything.

Content Management System: A pretentious way of saying "text editor."

The acronym CMS: Man, it's like you guys create these words, then you turn them into acronyms to make this shit even cornier.

Killer App: I can't stand this phrase, mostly because it's applied so loosely. App is short for "application," but that doesn't stop people from using it every chance they get: "the fast food industry needs a killer app." What? What does that even mean? An application?

Webmistress: You're not a webmistress, shut up. It's a word used by uppity women who, in spite of a woman's inherent flaws, has been able to land a job as a webmaster. Then they have to go and piss all over years of civil rights they've wrestled away by calling themselves "webmistresses."

trackback: It's snob for "referrer."

travelblog: Guess.

Emo: An abbreviation for loser. Emo is the new goth, except goths are still around, so it's becoming almost unbearable.

Metrosexual: A gay guy still in the closet. This word is so contemptible that even the man who coined it has since apologized for being such a douche. I cringe every time I hear this word.

Retrosexual: This word wouldn't exist if "metro" didn't happen to rhyme with "retro." It's supposed to mean the opposite of a "metrosexual," which makes it another superfluous word since we already have a word for the opposite of a metrosexual called "straight."

Friendblog: None are known to exist since bloggers don't have friends.

Watchblog: Let's not.

Videoblog: Another idiot who had the bright idea of coining a term for posting a file online, except instead of music, it's crappy home videos.

Vlog: I don't even know if this is being used yet, but I suspect it will be used soon if it hasn't, so preemptive strike, bitches.

Vog: I

Vloggers: CAN'T

Vlogging: GO

Vlogged: ON

Moblog: ANYMORE.

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Tune torrent links:
Wilco - Kicking Television: Live in Chicago
System of a Down - Hypnotize
Big and Rich - Coming to Your City
Fiery Furnaces - Rehearsing My Choir

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Death From Above Brings It...electro style...



I really thought I would dislike Death From Above 1979's remix album: Romance Bloody Romance. I liked, not loved, their first album, so I had mixed feelings about their new(er) stuff. I mean, there are four covers of Romantic Rights?!?, great song, don't get me wrong, but are four covers really necessary? That's a whole lotta one song, especially on a 13 song disc. The only song I could listen to 13 times in a row is Kenny Rogers' The Gambler. His shit rocks. All of the artists that DFAB electro-bring in make them more listenable for the mass non-rockers (like myself) out there and their flare for the original is nice. This is a young band that needs to dive further into different genres. Electronic being the first, instrumental coming later. This album is the balls, despite the rr covers, and is on my top 10 for 2005 list, which I need to get to. Rock on. Here are my favs

Little Girl (MSTRKRFT Edition)
Romantic Rights (Marczech Makuziak Remix)
Black History Month (Girl On Girl Featuring Final Fantasy Revision)

Congrats the to the two winners of my Slightly unnoriginal buty totally awesome Supergrass Contest. That's a mouthful, and your emails rocked. Jenn from Chicago and Goose from ummm Pennsylvania are the winners. I'll post Jenns response later this week (she got first place). I've got a shit ton of stuff going on at school right now, thus the lack of posts. Good stuff.



We had an awesome time in Mich' last weekend and my Hoosiers got hammered. IU scored of the first drive of the game and then fell apart. Mere and I left at halftime to get away from angry, socially ackward Michiganers. Ann Arbor is an awesome town, but Michigan has some different people, thats for sure. Backwoods, angry, fans were all over the stadium and very rude to the fifteen people there wearing red. Whatever, we'll see them during basketball season.

Speaking of which, IU is a top 20 team this year, and God willing, a top 10 team when DJ White makes his way back from a broken foot. Australian Freshman Ben Allen is going to step in nicely and clog the lane until DJ can get healthy. With White, IU has a huge, and I mean huge front court with marginal, young gaurds. Sounds like Duke. Get ready for another final four run kiddos, the hoosier's are loaded. From page2: •
And now, for the answer, we go to Indiana hoops coach Mike Davis: If your job is continually on the line and your team has developed a recent reputation for underachieving, is it a good idea to come out in the preseason and say you have the talent to contend for the national championship?

Damn skippy it's a good idea. If Davis can't coach this team, he's gone. The man can recruit, I'll give him that. Being a young black coach in the midwest helps things, but he can't win consistently.

It's go time Mike.


Looks like Manny is going to be a Met.
Mets ship out Cameron

Rut roo, New York sucks Nickas and I love Jamal Crawford, he's a real team player that Jamal Crawford. Isiah: Larry Is Still My Go-To Guy

TO to Hot-Lanta?, he's not going to Oakland. Moss interview owned, btw.
Falcons might go after T.O.

Need a big Defense and special teams this week for fantasy fooseball, how about the Giants?
McMahon to get first QB start in nearly 3 years

The Bulls lost (again!) last night. It might be a long year. Zach Randolph or Z-Bo as he's called is a thug. Big thug that Z-Bo.
Bulls fall short in their Rose goal

Monday, November 14, 2005

Short post/Tool of the Year

Long day of work, many many pages. Weekend was good. Had fun, but been sick for a good 5 days. Here's a picture of Orton that was in last week's SI. Sure they've won 5 in a row and are lookin good, but he's still the Tool of the Year. Check out the wrinkled-out Doors shirt. Man is he cool or what. Mostly or what. Ryan hit up the Big House. I'm sure he has a review and will then fail to mention that the Hoosiers got riz-olled. Salukis fell by 1 mother-f'n point at Northern Iowa. They just can't win there. Gotta get a win in the next two weeks to make the playoffs. Playoffs?

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And for fun, a desktop background of Vasher's amazing run. 108 yards? What a play. The Bears are for real and we'll find out just how real they are this week against the Panthers. Ordered my ticket to Panthers/Falcons 12/4, tis gonna be the balls.

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Been listening to the new live Wilco album Kicking Television, good stuff. I'll call Ryan and figure out how to put music up. The new System of A Down is pretty rip snorting as well. Those guys love the thrash.
Peace.....

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Coco Rosie and Ann Arbor is a whore...



Coco Rosie's Noah's Ark is an interesting album. Beautiful, lo-fi Bjorkesque vocals covered with scattered melodies make for a wild ride. One look at the album cover, and you can't help but ask questions. First off, what are they trying to do here? Seriously, a unicorn, a rainbow spitting zebra and what looks to be a horse sprouting a third eye are engaged in group sex. Ok. That's weird, yet magical is the first word that comes to mind here, with screwed up comes in a close second. Whatever it might be, it's good. Real good. This album takes a few listens, but when it hits...ohh boy, it's female Devandra and male Antony (get it). Both artists pitch in on the album, so if you like their material, you'll be sure to love this.

The core of the music is made by singers/multi-instrumentalists Sierra and Bianca Cassidy, formerly estranged sisters who bonded over music and made their magical debut in a Paris flat. Their music has a lunatic music box feel that ought to appeal to fans of Bjork and Joanna Newsom, while the lyrics mine transgressive territory more often found in a book by JT LeRoy than a pop song. The true stars of the album are the singers' lovely, ethereal voices, which refract a '30s jazz-blues idiom through a strangely deadened, forever-sad delivery. It's the vocal equivalent of the toymaker's creations from Blade Runner and it is simply beautiful! -Mike McGonigal
Coco Rosie - Beautiful Boyz
Coco Rosie - South 2nd
Coco Rosie - Armageddon
Coco Rosie - Honey or Tar

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Upset city biznatch....

Wow. The Sox are very serious about keeping ole' Paully K around. Overpaying, they are, but common they won a World friggin Series.
Konerko gets four-Year, $52 million offer

Had another fantasy basketball draft last night and got hooked up. KG at #4, Jefferson at #17, and Brand at #24. Umm yah, I'm staked. Thought about Dirk, but homeboy can't put it up like the Kid.
Nowitzki has back pain in Mavs' loss

Did anyone catch Sacramento's spoof on Detroit?I know Detriot is worthless, but common. Low blow there Sac-town.
Kings say they're sorry for slamming Detroit's image

Wow, this is what it's come to. TO going to the Jets. Wow, what a sweet market he'll have there. Dude blew a goldmine situation in Philly. His agent is worthless.
Owens on the radar

Sad to see Priest go down again this year. Tough loss. Johnson is a horse, though.
Holmes out for season with head, neck trauma

Continuing on with the hillarity that is the Vlad Rad fiasco:
Radmanovic, agent seek more minutes

Ahhh! Muuuhaaaah! Eat it Curry you fat lard.
Knicks now woe-And-4

The Bulls are Strutting on a tightrope. Ohhh man this is going to be an awesome season.

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Congratulations to the winners of my Slightly Unoriginal, but totally Awesome Supergrass Contest. I haven't decided who you are yet, and there is one more day to email/post me a little snerp on your dental history, but I'm going to say that anyone who has had a good experience with or likes a dentist is going to win. Bad visits do not count. If you smoke or use tobacco products then you loose automatically. Sorry, you know I'm right. Especially chew.... that's sick... I'll post the winning responses on Monday, as I'll be out of town for the weekend watching my IU Hoosiers take it to the lowly Michagin Wolverines. I'm trying to score a Muck Fichigan shirt to wear to the game, but methinks that is more of an Illinois thing, heh? Big picture post next week with shots of the upset.....in Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor is a whore)

Current Obses': Supersystem



Supersystem is a band I can't really define. Dancepunk, I don't like that term. Prog rock...naw...electro pop....morelike it... ehh.. whatever, it's good.
The NY/DC quartet has been in the lab with a pen and a pad perfecting its unique fusion of Ethiopiques worldbeat, post-Kraftwerk synth pop, and brash Pixies attitude.
Rafael Cohen (keyboards), Destroyer (rants/bass), and Josh Blair (vocals) put it together nicely. Perhaps a little Friday morning Euro is in order for you fine sir?:

Check out their myspace page (listen to miracle)
Check out their webpage

Supersystem - Six Cities
Supersystem - Everybody Sings
Supersystem - Devour Delight

Get their album via:
Touch & Go

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

State Radio with other things...



Lazy week here in Chicago. Two performance exams, whatever the hell those are, and a written test (Tuesday) that I rocked. I rock. That's about right.

Rock Insider (
site) has Morningwood's new video. It' s good. Not go nuts good, but it's good.
Morningwood - nth Degree (video)

My Old Ky Blog had a nice little post about a forgotten relic, Dispatch, a few days ago. Now this might sound lame, but those dudes played my frat house in college. Howie Day, too! Yah, frat style. Dispatch has since disbanded, but you can rock out to the new, similar band State Radio. I caught these guys opening up for Donovan Frankenreiter at the Double Door last year and they were fun. Very, very dispatchesque, mindless, why not.

State Radio - Mountain (.ram)
State Radio - Uncertain (.ram)
State Radio - Absence of Margaret Brown (.ram)

Check out their Wicker Plane video (live)
State Radio - Wicker Plane Video

Equal fun:
Weezer - High Up Above (BBC Ses')

Since I haven't been around enough lately, I missed the chance to rub in the fact that Wisconsin got owned last weekend. Muhhhhaaahhhh!

Vlad Rad is the new TO
Radmanovic saga blows up after loss to Memphis

Sweetney is the new Curry (that's sad). As I've said before, the Bulls have no inside presence this year. None. Not even a fat guy in a clown suit could clog up their hole in the paint. Where they go this year will depend solely on finding a Center. Tyson Chandler is not a center. Not in the least. Lets all say a prayer that they move Gordon for a big guy.
For now, Curry trade a wash
No easy solutions for Bulls’ big problem

Kobe will be the MVP. Take it to the bank.
Lakers start trip with win

Why oh why in the world would you want to deal the Kid. KG is the best player in the game. Chicago could use him.
Will Wolves deal Garnett?

Special report, scoff. More like ball of garbage. Who knew? Umm, how about everyone who watched baseball the past three years? Yah, pretty obv, heh?
ESPN - Who Knew?

I'll try to get up the new live Mars Volta later this week with a special Coco Rosie post. Word.
Speaking of live music, whenever the Wilco live disc drops, i'm gonna grab er' asap. Latro.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Election Night


Live from the blistering-paced Daily Journal newsroom, it's Kyle McCall:

Hello and welcome everyone to this year's coverage of the 2005 elections. No presidential election, but plenty of hot topics on the ballot during this unseasonably warm Tuesday. Gays in Texas fall short of getting tied to a pick-up truck and drug around the state, the Virginia governor race gets crazy and some small issues pass in a shitty little North Carolina town.

Down in Texas, gays took another strike in their attempt to become equal citizens. In Texas there's only one way for marriage, or two rather. A man and woman or a man and his chosen farm animal. Sheep, goats, cows, hell your horse, whatever, as long as it's not a fuckin gay. If you're gay in Texas, they hate you, plain and simple. Want to get married gays? Too fucking bad. I know when I'm trying to stop gays from getting married I always call in minorities and the KKK.
Yikes!

I hear that the Virginia governor race was nuts. Lots of money, coke, Panthers cheerleaders and a jew riding a donkey. Don't really know much about this race, but here's a link on the issues:
Sure

The Governator gives it another shot in
California. If those people had any idea what is going on, they would get rid of his ass faster than you can say "He'd be president if he were born in the U.S." Which he probably would. Remember who our president is? Read a BICYCLE magazine article about Bush on a mountain bike. Guess eh rides hard, but he's still a giant toolbox on an overpriced bike. I'd like to kick his ass in the saddle while I discuss foreign policy in North Korea.

New York City's mayor race got hot and heavy. No
word yet.

Around here, the $25 million school bond passed. Which means that the schools will get a band-aid for their problems. They could use way more money than that. I have a feeling most of that will go to the football team, the only thing that matters. Some tards won mayor races yadda yadda.

Speaking of the football team, they locked up the number one seed in the playoffs, which means they will host Independence (#6 team in the nation) at home if both teams get that far. I'm there like stink on shit.

Now on to the REAL news.
The Panthers cheerleaders that were mentioned yesterday got straight up canned from the TopCats. This thing snowballed into an Internet craze just between dancing babies and stupid songs that drive you up the wall. The third highest rated story on Charlotte.com in it's 9 year history. The number one e-mailed story on ESPN.com yesterday and even not-so-funny Jay Leno made a joke about it.

Follow up

If I would have voted, I would have voted for those two. Now back to work. Fun night, reminds me why I work in the newspaper business.

Monday, November 07, 2005

NFL's hottest action this week



Oh baby, screw football, the hottest story in the NFL this week has to do with two smokin hottie Carolina Panthers' cheerleaders. Turns out these two were going at it in a bathroom stall, giggity, and got into a fight with some local patrons in Tampa. I saw the biznitch that got drilled in the face on the Charlotte news last night. She was stupid, to say the least.
By the way, this was the lead on all the Charlotte 11-o-clock news programs. Stupid bitches.

Now I don't like to get all pervy, but this story is too good to pass up. One was 20 and the other 26, both hot? Having sex in a bathroom stall? Bettie Joe Tampa gets all pissed off cause she's gotta, uh, piss and ends up getting punched in the face. 20-year-old goes to jail for using a fake ID. Giggity giggity, giggity goo. This is hot, and a complete PR nightmare for the Panthers.

The Panthers' site is down.
Wonder why?
Bet they get it up later with an official statement.

Juicy News'
take.

The NFL had to say
something.

Oh and the Panthers won going to 6-2 on the season. Playoffs in Charlotte baby, see you there. Ordering my ticket to the Panthers/Falcons tonight. That game is gonna be absolutely insane, times a thousand. Bears still rule my heart, but two teams that I follow will both be playing post-season ball.

Crazy day at work. Full post mainia tomorrow, election day. New girl is barely floating above the fire'n squad water.
Giggity goo.

*Edit: More tasty links:
More photos
I'd probably marry the blonde. We could sit around and watch NASCAR on Sundays. Got to Tar Heels games on Saturdays. Too bad she's a fan of the Dick Van Dyke show.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Okkervil River - Basketball

Back home again in Southern Illinois, with little to do, you can expect a few updates here on the ole' blog. Nice response thus far to the Supergrass contest, so keep the goodness coming.

Okkervil River will be in Chicago on Sunday night, along with The Minus Story, at the Abbey Pub . I'm a sucker for banjos and pedal steel, so I like these guys more than most of the blahtastic indie bands that float around on the internet (via ohmyrockness)

Okkervil River has been accurately compared to Neutral Milk Hotel, Will Oldham, Bright Eyes and even Johnny Cash. Singer Will Robinson Sheff composes stirring stories straight from the heartland. These are avant-folk tales rich in the most wonderful kind of sadness.Okkervil River is for people who are ok with being down every now and then. While primarily relying on his acoustic guitar to bare his soul, Sheff also incorporates banjos, pedal steels, fiddles, horns and a Wurlitzer to give his songs extra depth. Sheff's earnest, introspective lyrics often deal with the dark and dysfunctional, yet the complex, ambitiously orchestrated arrangements are too beautiful to simply dismiss this band as a downer.

Okkervil River -For Real
Okkervil River - Black
Okkervil River - A Favor
Okkervil River - The War Criminal Rises and Speaks

More craziness:
John Vanderslice - Trance Manual


Two Cool Cats from the Hood'


With the NBA season in full swing now, you can expect massive amounts of updates talkin' bout ball. With that, I give you:

Shaq took a nasty fall last night. The Pace are my darkhorse to win it all this year. That's assuming that Artest keeps his shit together. He did call Stern a "cool cat from the hood," so we'll see how long that holds up.
Shaq sprains ankle; Pacers take advantage
Artest: Stern 'A cool cat' from the 'hood

Kwame, not the answer in LA.
New year, same old Kwame

Goose had a good post on the Bucs, and it looks like they are going to be good for a long time. The Bulls, not so much?
Bucks extend GM's contract


HAHAH! Yah right!


Maybe it's just me, but I think that New Orleans is done. It's over, let it go. The city wasn't nice to begin with. Make Baton Rogue the new NO. The New Orleans/OK Hornets thing cracks my shit up. I wish the NBA would just give in and move an NBA team to St. Louis, further giving me a reason to consider moving there someday. Doubtful all around.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Slightly Unoriginal, but totally Awesome Supergrass Contest


So ole'
Dodge had a supergrass contest a little while back, so I's figure itsa my turn. I love the new album, you do too, so lets do er' up:

2 winners
1st: Limited edition tinymeat ipod case, supergrass album, magnets, pins and a CD single (kiss of life)
2nd: Supergrass album, magnets, pins and a cd single

Here are the pictures of the material. All you have to do to win these beautiful items is email me with your thoughts on "going to the dentist." Good or bad, let me have it. I'll post the best two responses and then make sure that those people get hooked up large. The iPod case is rad as hell, I'd love one. Nice little contest here, so don't sleep on it. Contest will run until next Friday, so good luck to all.

(iPod Case coutesy of tinymeat)






(Album cover, you know what it is)

Welcome Back Ryno!



Welp, I've been away for a while and you know what is to blame for my absence. Nothing about dental school today, we've got a ton of stuff to get to.

First off, Franz Ferdinand is covering Air. Not sure how I feel about that.

Dig some of their live stuff (zip files via
ff.org):

Do You Want To - Live SNL 9/22/05
Walk Away - Demo
Suffragette City - Live with Scissor Sisters


I've been hearing a lot of the Lovemakers on the radio, and I thought this was a good time to remind you who was on the train first. Choo Choo! Check out their new single Prepare for the Fight (stream), which is one of the better songs on the album.

The Lovemakers - Prepare for the Fight

I've been going to a lot of shows lately with mere. We saw Nickel Creek and the Ditty Bops last Wednesday and then followed that up with a samples show last Friday. Good times.

The Samples -
Did You Ever Look So Nice (live)
The Samples -
Weight of the World (live)
The Samples -
Prophet of Doom (live)
The Samples -
Giants (live)

Couple more free tunes (via pitchfork):
Killjoy Confetti - Things I Wanna Do


Killjoy Confetti recently recorded nearly a dozen songs collectively titled The Fun Is in Chicago with seminal indie engineer Bob Weston (member of Shellac, engineer of Nirvana, Mission of Burma) and has released the album under Wooden Man Records this fall. The Fun Is ostensibly continues on where their first album left off. Present are the quirky eccentricities--those distinct melodic harmonies, offbeat rhythm patterns, and "big sonic ideas" (Punk Planet)--that made songs like “Bank of America”, “Ode to a Fallen Idol”, and “Holly” so memorable.


Sabrosa Purr - God Damn You

For some, the art of making music is a hobby left to free time between work and life; it isn’t something that needs to be done. Just don’t try telling that to Will Love. As leader of the Los Angeles-based rock band Sabrosa Purr, Love has been blending equal parts dissonant guitars and hushed vocals – as if his life depends on it.






The NBA season is finally here and it looks like the Chicago Bulls are going to be pretty much the same team they were last year. For some reason, they tend to play lazy defense for the first three quarters and then turn it on, gangbusters, in the fourth. Late, great show by Bulls

Down 21 points going into the fourth last night, they rallied to beat Charlotte (eat that Kyle), but that doesn't say much, does it? You do what you can. Eddy Curry's absence hurts big time (along with AD), but Darius Songaila is going to have a big year, hopefully. Brown Era Opens With a Dud, muuuuhhahhha!

Did a NBA fantasy draft last night with a bunch of dentist and I have a pretty stacked team. Missed out on Bron Bron and the first nine picks, but picked up Iverson and Arenas with the 10/11 spots. Gaurd heavy my team will be. Somehow I managed to get Brad Miller and D. Howard, so I think I'll have a better year in basketball than I did football (see Culpepper, Lewis, Clayton, etc..). Glad I missed out on Felton and May. May, Felton starting over after NCAA title. Did someone say overrated. Felton took some really, really bad shots last night late in the game.

Felton is tallented, but D-Williams will be the the Rook' o' The Year. You heard it here first.
Point made. You know D Williams loves caffeine and multiple wives. Nice debut "including a spectacular 61-foot 3-pointer that beat the third quarter-ending buzzer and ignited a fourth-quarter Jazz rally." Righteous.

How good are the Heat going to be? I picked up A. Walker in my draft in the 12th round. Mega score. Walker runs Heat's win

Moose is getting honked off because there isn't a real QB here in Chicago. Duh. Muhammad frustrated, tries to remain patient

Seriously folks. I could care less about Theo Epstein. Who care? Just go to LA and get it over with. A trail of missteps in Epstein talks

Jacque Jones might be a Cardinal next year. That would plug up the outfield nicely. Twins won't make early offer to Jones




Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Vigils are played out


Yeah that's right. It seems that every little thing gets a vigil these days. They freakin had a vigil for Rosa Parks down at Southern Illinois University. Don't get me wrong, great idea and all, but vigils have lost the draw. There are vigils for practically everything which has tarnished the vigial image. One vigil that seems OK was when my little sister's pledge friend got hit by a bus, died and they had a vigil. Good enough. But what in the name of all that is vigil worthy does SIU have to do with Rosa Parks? Not a damn thing. Rosa Parks was a great, great woman and she should be celebrated, but a fucking vigil at SIU....oh that is gay.

SIU is totally on my shitlist. First of all they didn't go crazy on Halloween. Bogus. 2000 Halloween was the balls. People tearing shit up and tear gas as far as the nose could smell. Ah, but they did riot for the White Sox winning the World Series. Note to retards at SIU: You are 5 hours south of Chicago and nobody gives two shits about Chicago's weak sister of a baseball team. The Series had the lowest TV ratings ever, and there is a reason for that. Those dumb fucks at SIU wanted to tear down the goalpost at the football field. 300 people wasted and ready to go. Here's an idea: everyone in that group please kill yourself with a sharp object, roadside Iraq bomb or just run into traffic. Ah that diploma looks awesome now. Take that you Harvard faggots. Sorry for the vulgarity, but I enjoy adding a few f-bombs and other sorted words to spice things up. I'm sorry, spice shit up. I'm sure my grandma is so proud.

I'll be damned if riding my bike all the time doesn't make me somewhat angrier. Good times....

Here are some vigil ideas. Feel free to add your own:
Oh man Kyle just took a massive shit and it came out as one entire
log. God that Website is so funny.
Time to get out the candles and start a vigil.
I dripped some coffee on my clean khakis. Stop, vigil time.
Bush nominated some jerk off for the
Supreme Court. Can I use your lighter to get this candle going.
It's November and it's 75 degrees in the South, fuckin vigil style.
Some southern retard with two teeth spelled their name (Virgil) wrong....V.i.g.i.l
Milk in my fridge been sitting there for three weeks and is a science project in progress. Come on over and bring a candle.

Finished Jarhead the book, can't wait for the movie. Being in the Marines doesn't sound like my cup of tea, but it is fun to read about.
Welcome to the Suck.

Richmond Raiders moved up to 36 in the nation. Independence out of Charlotte (where Chris Leak of Florida and the majority of the Georgia Bulldogs are from) are number 6. Not the ranking these people had hoped for, but it's a start. The MLB on the Raiders signed with UNC last week and the word on the street is that the RB is getting looked at by The Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee, USC (the bad one in S.C.) and most of the N.C. schools.

NBA tips off tonight. Lakers win it all behind Kobe and Phil. Too bad those sucker NBAers have to wear suits now. Should be a fun
ride.

I've got a fantasy team loaded with Iverson and AK47. Williams to Kira(however you spell his name) all day.

Not much on the new tunes front.

Grrrrrr.....