02.12.10 – A Friday

word

impugn [im-pyoon] v. 1. to challenge as false (another’s statements, motives, etc.); cast doubt upon 2. Archaic. to assail (a person) by word or arguments; vilify 3. Obsolete. to attack (a person) physically

birthday

Cotton Mather (1663), Charles Darwin (1809), Abraham Lincoln (1809), Lorne Greene (1915), Charles Van Doren (1926), Arlen Specter (1930), Joe Don Baker (1936), Judy Blume (1938), Ray Manzarek (1939), Michael Ironside (1950), Michael McDonald (1952), Joanna Kerns (1953), Arsenio Hall (1955), Bill Laswell (1955), Josh  Brolin (1968), Christopher McCandless (1968), Chynna Phillips (1968), Christina Ricci (1980)

standpoint

Everyone talks about how the 1990s were a legendary time for music with groups like R.E.M. and U2 coming into their own, and unknown bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam breaking out into the music mainstream.

For those of us who were in college during the 90s, we most likely enjoyed the best soundtrack ever to accompany warm beer from a keg and clumsy encounters with the other sex.

Even the one hit wonders were way better than their predecessors and those that have come since. Here’s 5 songs that make my last statement irrefutable.

5. The Refreshments – “Banditos”

4. New Radicals – “You Get What You Give”

3. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”

2. Harvey Danger – “Flagpole Sitta”

1. Hum – “Stars”

There’s tons and tons more, but I thought I’d start off with these classics. Enjoy!

quotation

Sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed must be interrupted. ↔ Johann Paul Friedrich Richter

tune

Finally. I found it. Years ago, I downloaded a demo by Glen Phillips titled “Easier.” He’s since released a studio version of it but it left me feeling a little light. It’s pretty effing great.

gallimaufry

Here’s hoping a speedy recovery to President Clinton, who underwent a heart procedure yesterday after experiencing chest pains. Apparently, Clinton is expected to make a full recovery.

→ Truth? Until yesterday, I had no idea who Alexander McQueen was. But, apparently, he was a cutting edge fashion designer who died Wednesday at the age of 40. As someone who’s now closer to 40 than 30, I hate hearing when someone that age dies.

→ Warning to my fellow bloggers: If you run an MP3 blog and you use Blogger, you’re about to be eradicated by Google. Probably a good time to move to WordPress, don’t you think?

01.05.10 – A Tuesday

WORD

riposte [ri-pohst] n. 1. a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult 2. Fencing. a quick thrust given after parrying a lunge  v. (used w/o subject) 3. to make a riposte 4. to reply or retaliate

BIRTHDAY

Zebulon Pike (1778), George Reeves (1914), Jane Wyman (1917), Francis L. Kellogg (1917), Walter Mondale (1928), Robert Duvall (1931), Charlie Rose (1942), Ed Rendell (1944), Diane Keaton (1946), Ted Lange (1948), Marilyn Manson (1969), Bradley Cooper (1975)

STANDPOINT

In the spirit of reviewing 2009 (which yesterday I stated I was against but seem to be participating in anyway), I’ve compiled a list of the best music releases from last year, in no particular order. After each review, I’ll post the top track off the album.

Now, obviously, there were other albums released in 2009 that some of you (mainly my buddy Joe) will undoubtedly tell me I was wrong in omitting. Green Day, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, among others, all released albums recently. I either didn’t like them or didn’t listen to them.

If you feel strongly about it, make a comment and tell me where I went wrong. Music is subjective, of course, and these are just my opinions. Even I can admit my judgment is occasionally subject to bias when it comes to music. But, remember, I’m usually right.

QUOTATION

The problem is not that there are problems.  The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.Theodore Rubin

TUNE

As much as I make fun of it, Canada seems to be putting out some decent indie rock bands recently. Arcade Fire. Broken Social Scene. The New Pornographers. The Rural Alberta Advantage. The Stills. To name only a few. And you can add Human Highway to that list. Made up of singer/songwriter Jim Guthrie and Nicholas Thorburn of the band Islands, the band released Moody Motorcycle in 2008. I’ve recently given it a re-listen and love the song “All Day.”

GALLIMAUFRY

After years of being tabloid fodder and keeping a nation on the edge of its seat, Vince Vaughan has entered into wedlock. Phew!

→ Christ. People. Let’s cease the vacillation. First, the Dallas Cowboys suck and Tony Romo, their quarterback, is a choke artist. Now, since beating the Philadelphia Eagles two days ago, their a Super Bowl favorite? Make up your mind, sports “gurus.”

→ What’s funnier? All the airport security talk or Spike Lee lending his heavy influence to the USA’s bid for a World Cup? Trick question. Neither are funny. Both are equally unimportant.

06.10.09 – Wednesday

Word: vapid [vap-id] adj. 1. lacking or having lost life, sharpness, or flavor; insipid; flat: vapid tea 2. without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious: a vapid party; vapid conversation

Birthday: Jacques Marquette (1637), Howlin’ Wolf (1910), Judy Garland (1922), Maurice Sendak (1928), João Gilberto (1931), F. Lee Bailey (1933), John Edwards (1953), Eliot Spitzer (1959), Maxi Priest (1960), Kim Deal (1961), Kelley Deal (1961), Gina Gershon (1962), Jeanne Tripplehorn (1963), Jimmy Chamberlin (1964), Elizabeth Hurley (1965), Joey Santiago (1965), Bill Burr (1968), The D.O.C. (1968), Mike Doughty (1970), Faith Evans (1973), Flesh-N-Bone (1973), Tara Lipinski (1982)

Quotation: Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory.Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tune: It’s his birthday, so I thought I’d share my favorite Mike Doughty song – “The Only Answer.”

Gallimaufry: President Obama may soon see his 61% approval rating nosedive. Why? Well, Jon Voight says so. Monday night, while speaking at a GOP fundraiser in Washington D.C., the actor described Obama as “wildly radical” and labelled him a “false prophet.” The Hollywood veteran and star of such films as Midnight Cowboy, Deliverance and Transformers has long been an opponent of the President. No word yet on how Obama is sleeping after learning of Voight’s comments, which even some Republicans thought were a bit over the top.  When it was discovered Cameron Crowe was directing a commercial with Pearl Jam for mega-retailer Target, some started to wonder what was going on. Had Pearl Jam, a band that took on Ticketmaster years ago over escalating ticket prices, finally sold out? Untrue, says the band’s longtime manager, Kelly Curtis. “Target was cool enough to realize that little independent record stores are not their competition.” “I make decisions around the band’s business that are consistent with their overall philosophy,” said Curtis, “which is to sell music in a way that’s accessible and affordable to their fans, on every distribution platform that their fans access music, and in a way that takes care of the little guys.” Seems above-board to me. I’ve found Target to have a solid (if not limited) and affordable music selection. Plus, the flip-flops I bought there a few weeks back have produced to my liking. ∞ This Friday, June 12th will be the last day you’ll be able to watch television on those old rabbit ears. All major TV stations will stop broadcasting in analog and go all digital. It’s for real this time, so if you’ve been dragging on getting the digital converter box, best get a move on. The future is now. Or maybe you’re one of the billions of people who’ve discovered cable and satellite television. In that case, you’ve nothing to worry about.

Incoming: Got some good stuff coming up. Come back tomorrow for some more.