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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

doc jones & pony boy

I'm pulling for the next Indiana Jones movie to be titled "The adventures of Doc Jones and Pony Boy," with Harrison Ford and Brian Atene starring. Indiana Jones, recently denied tenure yet again, embarks on a near-impossible mission to raid the Kubrick vaults- vaults defended by Brian Atene with Genghis Khan-like ferocity.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

if only we had cable

While I'm no fan of cable TV, man, are the Penguins making me wish that we had cable this winter. I've gotten used to seeing Steelers games all fuzzed out via rabbit ears, but rabbit ears can't tune in Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh. And to boot, I can't find the Pens on the radio. At least they've got great highlights up the next morning at

If you haven't seen it, Malkin's 4th (and most amazing to date) goal is near the end of this highlight reel:

It's not all bad, though- if we had cable, we would've watched the Pens last night instead of watching Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Monday, October 23, 2006

wilco - 10-20-2006

photo: wilcobase on flickr

Finally saw Wilco on Friday night, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Specifically, at the gymnasium at St. Vincent College, which had me good and concerned, but at 8 rows back from the stage it turned out to be about the best sounding concert I can remember seeing. And one of the best performances. I'd never seen Wilco, and didn't really know what to expect, and I definitely didn't expect them to play as hard and loud as they did on many songs. I also had no idea just how great Nels Cline is and how much he adds.

I'll admit, I didn't pick up A Ghost is Born until Saturday evening- I have a history of getting into bands, loving their newest album, and then not getting their next album or two until years after they're released. Maybe psycho-analysis can get to the bottom of it. Anyway, on Friday night I wasn't familiar with a good half of the material they played, but the sound was crisp, and the songs were good, and I enjoyed it as much as if I'd known every song- none of that "when are they going to play something I know" boredom had a chance to creep in.

I also ran into an old friend at the show, and Shane hooked me up with his great recording of the Wednesday night show in Morgantown. I'll have to get a copy of the Latrobe show someday- but it'll have to be in person, as I doubt I'll ever become a bit torrent user.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Midlake -- The Trials of Van Occupanther

Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther

So, of the four albums recently received, the jury is definitely still out. First impressions:

  • Homerun: Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther. Definitely outta the park.
  • Triple: Cold War Kids - Robbers & Cowards. I'm not completely sold on the re-recorded versions of some of my favorites; while the sound quality is much better, a couple of the new versions lack the edge of the originals from the EPs.
  • ?: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - The Letting Go. It almost always takes me a while to warm up to a new Bonnie Billy album.
  • ?: Band of Horses - Everything all the Time. Funeral- one of my favorite songs of the year. Ben Bridwell's voice for an entire album- something I'm still warming up to.

    No great surprises so far, but The Trials of Van Occupanther reallt lives up to my expectations. Here's the song of the year, Roscoe, and the album's second track, Bandits. Bandits is a great song that would feel at home on Phil Keaggy's second album.

    Midlake - Roscoe
    Midlake - Bandits

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2006

    30 rock... 8 hours early

    30 Rock - Premiere Episode

    Makes a great lunchtime distraction- and it looks worlds more entertaining than Studio 60. And with this show premiering this month, and The Departed just opening, October 2006 is officially "Alec Baldwin Appreciation Month."

    Friday, October 06, 2006

    3D... Dark, Dangerous, Demanding

    Finally, I've done something that I meant to do for a long time. No, not make another post on here, that only had to wait for work to get to a level of sanity and for me to get back from Utah.

    No, I finally hooked up the Atari on the porch. I now have a dual gaming center that also features a Super Nintendo. And I'll be trying to set some personal records at Beamrider, which is one of the few remotely 3D games that really rocked on the Atari.

    In music news, finally made an order for some of the stuff I've been listening too this year, incl. the new Bonnie Prince Billy, Band of Horses, Midlake, and the new Cold War Kids album (coming out next week). I'm pretty sure they'll all meet or exceed expectations.