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Friday, June 29, 2007


If you weren't a Wilco believer before seeing them in Columbia, MD last Thursday... you would be afterwards. If you were at the show, of course. Watching must-see-TV or listening to Son Volt records last Thursday would not have done anything for your Wilco-liking status. What a show. Six feet from the front of the house, just a foot or two to the right of Nels... now that's the spot to be in.

The Bob Dylan Show on Sunday was good. Jimmie Vaughan opened for him, which makes twice now that I've seen Jimmie's schtick. I think he played the exact same set as last summer in State College. Anyway, Dylan and his band played a good set, no standout "I can't believe he's playing this" moments but the last two shows really spoiled me in that regard, what with them playing Forever Young and then Senor; but I guess its hard to sneak some obscure numbers into the set when you're playing half your new album. Denny Freeman's solos seemed a lot more interesting than I remember from the last two shows, and both Like A Rolling Stone and All Along the Watchtower were much different takes than I've heard before- and much better as well!

If you're at a good book store, pick up the new issue of The Believer. Its their annual music issue, and there are some great songs on the mix CD. The I’m From Barcelona and Zach Condon songs are fantastic. Plus you can get introduced to Cleveland's lost musical genius, Bill Fox.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

tonights the night

Tonight, Wilco. Sunday, Dylan. Its a good week to be my ears.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

the kill machine

Well, a fairly boring week in Oklahoma City did at least lead me to a place called Vintage Stock, a store specializing in old gaming systems. I ~almost~ picked up an old Gameboy but couldn't pull the trigger on the $15 price tag. I did however pick up a fully functional copy of one of my favorite Atari games, Robot Tank. Up until now I've only played my malfunctioning copy of the game, which would cut out after a few minutes of play. Very sweet. I spent 3 bucks getting a copy of the M.A.S.H. game, and wow is it terrible. I was hoping to hear the entire "Suicide Is Painless" theme in 4-bit glory but alas they only play the first line of the song.

I did finally pick up a copy of Scotland, PA on DVD. Can't wait to watch it soon and fall in love with Bad Company all over again.

That Vintage Stock place had one thing that I probably should've bought... wireless Atari 2600 Joysticks! The wireless control box was big, like the size of a shoebox, and the joystick bodies were twice their normal depth, and they had walkie-talkie type antennas jutting straight out from them. Now that would have been a thing to have on the shelf.