Saturday, June 30, 2007
(Clockwise from upper left: The Fratellis, Missy Higgins, Son Volt, Colbie Caillat, Augie March, Kaiser Chiefs, Amy Winehouse and in the Middle: Feist.)
#50) The WAiFS - From Little Things Big Things Grow #49) Liam Finn - Wiseman #48) Something For Kate - The Futurist #47) Feist - 1234 #46) Son Volt - Methamphetamine #45) WILCO - What Light #44) The Shins - Phantom Limb #43) Amy Winehouse - Rehab #42 Cathy Petocz - Sylvia #41) Kaiser Chiefs - Angry Mob
#40) Low Stars - Calling All Friends #39) A Fine Frenzy - Y0u Picked Me #38) The Herd - Comrade Jesus Christ #37) The Howling Bells - Low Happening #36) Missy Higgins - Dusty Road #35) Fountains of Wayne - Someone To Love #34) The Noisettes - Bridge to Canada #33) Ryan Adams (w/Sheryl Crow) - Two #32) Girl in a Coma - Say #31) Interpol - The Heimlich Maneuver
#30) The Nightwatchman - The Road I Must Travel #29) Sick Puppies - All the Same #28) Crowded House - Don't Stop Now #27) Jill Cunniff - Love is a Luxury #26) The Pierces - Lights On #25) The Good The Bad and The Queen - Northern Whale #24) Girl in a Coma - Road to Home #23) Green Day - Working Class Hero #22) Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Sons of Cain #21) The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger
#20) Sarah Shannon - Near & Far #19) Sara Bareilles - Love Song #18) Paul Kelly - The Ballad of Queenie and Rover #17) Art Brut - Direct Hit #16) Modest Mouse - Missed the Boat #15) Tori Amos - Big Wheel #14) Kate Miller-Heidke - Words #13) The Blow - Hey Boy #12) Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescence #11) What Made Milwaukee Famous - Idecide
#10) Colbie Caillat - Feelings Show. A few years back MySpace brought me Tristan Prettyman. Caillat is the '07 version. She's a Cali surfer girl type, with a sweet sounding voice.
#9) Augie March - One Crowded Hour. This is an amazing song from a great Aussie rock group. In addition to great words and music, Augie March bring a unique and enjoyable sound.
#8) The Shins - Australia. I picked this record up for "Phantom Limb" which is a great song (#44 on my list.) And sure I'll admit I first payed attention to this track due to it's name, but the song holds it's own, even if it wasn't named after my favorite nation after the USA.
#7) Son Volt - The Picture. We all have bands we love, and we all have years out of those band's careers the we cherish. When it comes to Son Volt, I loved their mid 90's sound the best, and The Picture is a flashback to that sound.
#6) Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby. Dicky Wilson sounds an awful lot like Morrssiey on this track, and that's a good thing in my mind. He even seems to be writing like Moz with a like like this: "Due to lake of interest, tomorrow has been canceled."
#5) Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good. She is just one of a kind. Her soul filled voice would have been just as at home in New Orleans in 1925, but she's a kick as JEP. Jewish English Princess.
#4) Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and Augie March - Droving Woman. Two of my all time favorite Aussie artists team up with one of my new favorite bands from down under to perform a cover of Kev Carmody's beautiful, sweeping epic about the loss of a life.
#3) Missy Higgins - Going North. Missy's new record is so full of transcendent songs, it's hard to pick which one I like the best. Going North is a tale of striking out on your own and just being you, which really resonated with me. The first track off the record "Steer" has the same ethos but I liked the pace, tone and feel of GN better.
#2) The Fratellis - Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night. By far the best song on an amazing record. These guys take all the best elements of just about every UK rock group from the Beatles to Oasis and put out a record that sounds like a party on a disc.
#1) Feist - I Feel It All. The very first time I listened to this song, it reached out of my speakers and grabbed me. Feist has such a wonder full voice, and is a master at writing a great pop song. I would say that I'm infatuated with this song as of now, and after only having the record for a few months, that may wear off. But, it will sure be a favorite for along time, if not #1 at the end of the year.
Friday, June 29, 2007
#25 Misty O'Dell - The Couch sessions
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
The trail winds through deep woods, fords streams both small and large and eventually winds up to a pinnacle with beautiful views of the mighty Susquehanna river. Inky is in better shape than I am, so she did a lot less panting on our way up, but we both made it. It was a fantastic feeling to be out in nature, and also to get a natural workout. There's something so nice about calories burned while having fun vs sitting on an exercise bike.
Along the way, we saw butterflies, crossed an old rusted out bridge, and kicked about in a few streams. I also cut down a little sapling (shh!) with my giant knife and made inky a walking stick.
Now that we've found a trail within 25 miles of our home, we're going to strike out on some other hikes in Eastern PA over the coming days. It's a big week for Inky and I, as we will be going to see Morrissey on Friday night in Philly, and then hiking for a few days from Sunday through Tuesday.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I played with Bumblebee, I knew Bumblebee, Bumblebee was a favorite toy of mine. 2009Camaro, You're no Bumblebee." For those of us who were around in the mid 80's and played with the Transformer toys and watched the show, the idea that Bumblebee is a kickass car like a Camaro is ridiculous. It's tantamount to getting Angelina Jolie to play Roseanne Conner in a screen version of the TV show Roseanne.
Don't get me wrong, I love Angelina, and I love the new Camaro. But, the new Camaro is far too cool, aggressive and big-boy to be Bumblebee. He was kind of a pussy in the old cartoon, and as little kids a lot of us could relate to him. He always had to prove himself to the other Autobots, kind of like a lot of us had to prove ourselves to our parents, teachers and older siblings. Bumblebee was one of my favorite Transformer toys. We had both the Yellow and very rare Red variations, the latter of which my brother found in China Town. As a family who owned a few VW's, we loved that Bumblebee was a Bug.
Apparently the story goes, that VW didn't want their products to be affiliated with the violence that is portrayed in the movie, and so they wouldn't let Bay use the VW Beetle to be Bumblebee. OK, sure, what ever. But what does Bay do? He substitutes the Beetle with a kickass car, probably because GM made him a great deal to use their cars as good guys. Not only did he pick a cool car for an underdog character, but he picks the same car used by the leader of a cartoon contemporary of the Transformers. Matt Trakker drove a Camaro called Thunderhawk as the leader of M.A.S.K (Mobil Armored Strike Kommand) in his fight against V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem).
Wow, I never really realized how much of a rip off M.A.S.K was of both Transformers and G.I. Joe. Fighting cars, trucks and planes in a duel with a bad guy with a snake name: Cobra & VENOM. As kids we really fell for anything huh?
Well, it's not as if we're much different as adults are we? How many people in their late 20's and early to mid 30's are going to plunk down $10 to see this steaming pile? And for what? To recapture a piece of our past perhaps. That never works, especially when a douche bag like Michael Bay picks a Chevy Camaro to be the one Autobot who had a bit of an inferiority complex. Michael Bay blows!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Best of luck to the new little family, and remember: Inky is always available for babysitting... but I'm busy that day!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I get all that. Shirts, pants, undies... these are all great. Even shoes, socks, hats and gloves all have their benefit. And you'll never hear me say a bad thing about skirts and dresses... because I look great in them, and so do women.
But what the fuck is the deal with the necktie? With father's day just passing, you know that there are thousands of fathers who just got a tie as a gift. Has there ever been a more superfluous item of clothing donned by humans? It has no purpose but to distinguish class, and perhaps show off a bit of personal style and tying ability. (The only thing worse than a Christmas tie, is one that looks like a third grader tied it. Incidentally, I've been tying my own ties since first grade... god damned Catholic school.)
I've seen all the history of the tie, and reasons why we still sport them, but I'm not convinced. I say it's time to put our foot down and speak the truth. The only thing a silk tie is good for is binding, blindfolding or gagging your consensual partner during nasty sex!
Monday, June 18, 2007
The stadium is not 100% done, but the parts that are in place were more than enough to keep my interest during the three games I went to this weekend. As the season goes on, there will be more and more new things to see at the games, and who knows, maybe the Rev's will actually start winning!
Below are a bunch of photos I took from around the stadium over the weekend. If you click on the pictures you can see a larger version. Enjoy!
1) Just before sunset, a view from the First Base concourse, looking at the big green wall in Left Field. I think it should be called: The Great Wall of York. eg: "Dryer swings and drives a shot into left, and it's off the Great Wall for a double!"
2) Here's the tiny little foul pole atop the Great Wall. The wall stands 38 feet tall and is only 300 feet from home plate. So it is taller than the Green monster in Boston AND closer to the plate!
3) A view from the Third Base concourse looking into Right Field, note the construction equipment in the background... work continues.
4) Looking in on the seating bowl from the little walkway that runs from the Third Base concourse to the outfield. At this point, you are next to the Great Wall, about halfway up it. This was my favorite place to watch the games from, and at some point will be a great place to catch a foul ball.
5) Taken from the temporary location of the kids play area, this is what the unfinished seating bowl looks like. The upper section, which holds the sky boxes still remains to be completed.
6) 1B Matt Dryer takes a might cut at a Newark pitch.
7) A panoramic view of the Rev's pitching to the Newark Bears on Saturday night. They turned two on this play!
8) A packed house on opening night, and the sun setting beyond the third base line.
I'll have many more as the season goes on!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
But, last night I did a lot of people watching in addition to baseball watching. People in York Pennsylvania can be... unique to say the least, but one guy really jumped out at the three of us who were there. I surreptitiously took a photo of this man and I will put a small copy of it at the bottom of the post.
WARNING: do not look if you are going to be grossed out. I think Inky will go a week without eating after I showed it to her. He looked as if he got hit in the face with a baseball... in 1974. And the wound has been infested with maggots and puss since. My guess is that he was a tobacco chewer, or had some kind of tooth infection that he let go, but it was fucking nasty. To make matters worse, he was hanging out in the kids section!
If you have the stomach for it, you can click on the picture to see a larger image, but I don't think most people do.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Basically, that means its time to Play Ball!
I have tickets to all three games this weekend, and I am excited to see the progress made on the stadium. It's not 100% done, but as I go to games this year I will be able to see the progress made. They still need to finish the concession stands on the third base line, and in the outfield, and The skyboxs are not finished yet, and won't be open for opening day. I think that's kind of fitting; the rich folk will have to sit with us common folk for a while.
Even though I'm over the moon about having a team 5 miles from my house, many others are not. A small, but vocal, group of hicks, hayseeds and rednecks are up in arms that the stadium was even built. They are also upset that it is being opened before it's fully done. To those people I say this: Fuck you. We got our way, now deal with it.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
You see the hands all over his arm, and in the second link above you see that he is still wearing the watch after that moment. He then appears to slip it off, which says a lot about the man. Can't he afford a new watch? This is the Presidential equivalent of an old white guy crossing to the other side of the street when he sees a group of young black men walking toward him.
Mr. Bush if you want to have this kind of photo-opp you have two choices Mr. President. You can: A) hand pick a group of people to cheer for you, and hear you attempt to string a few words into a sentence and a few sentences into a speech. Or: B) You can pay the price of a watch to have people worked into a froth over seeing you.
I think this was all just a stunt for the premier of Bush's new show that starts on Comedy Central tonight. The watch will turn up sooner or later.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
The only thing I hate more than people who don't use a turn signal is the people who use it... as they are turning or way before they do. Listen up fuckwits: The turn signal is there to tell people you intend to turn. Meaning sometime in the very near future, not an hour from now. (Inky says: no more than 100 feet from the turn.) And it is not meant to tell people that you are turning, the very fact that you are turning will tip them off to that. Nothing pisses me off more than a person who cuts me off, and then puts their signal on. Except maybe, a person who comes flying down a road that I am waiting to turn on to (with my signal on mind you) and then breaks hard, cuts the wheel and lastly puts on their signal. Those people deserve to get syphilis.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I have Footy.
After visiting Australia one thing I took away was the fact that when it comes to being crazy about your sports the Aussies have it over us in spades. Take your average Yankee fan and multiply it by a power of 10. And I can see why, they have some very cool sports. Rugby League and Rugby Union are good, and there is no greater rivalry in the world than the Ashes series between Oz and the UK in Cricket. The baseball team won Silver at the last Olympics and the Soccer team did very well in the World Cup. But, for me it is all about Aussie Rules Football.
So this weekend was great for me, since the Geelong Cats topped the Adelaide Crows after the Essendon Bombers narrowly defeated the West Coast Eagles. With this scenario the Cats are now on the top of the AFL leader board. There is much of the season to go, and the Cats want to be sure that they haven't peaked too early... but at least they've peaked! That's more than I can say for the Orioles. Oh well, at least I still have the Cats, and my countdown to Cal Ripken's HOF induction.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
All that's left at this point, on the outer arm at least, is the moon on the top of my arm and the sky around the serpent head. After that we'll tackle the inside of my arm which will consist mainly of the sea serpent and the water around him. There will be some more red sky on the Port side of the ship that will taper off into the eastern sky on the other side of the serpent. We also have some more water and rope to be done down by the elbow, but I would guess that will be among the last things we do.
As of right now I have 15 hours of work on my left arm, and with 6 or 7 more left to go, I don't know if I can be patient. I love what we have so far, and it's only going to get better. Stay tuned to TGWOOfY for more updates.
Friday, June 08, 2007
And so it was that Bill Gates took the stage at his old school. All at once the richest man in the world, and the largest benefactor that the world have ever seen. Also, the most successful college drop-out of the 20th century. He was back at Harvard to get his degree, albeit 30 years late, but more importantly to give a speech to the graduates.
I've read a few wonderful speeches in my life time, usually from Presidents, Civil Rights leaders and the odd occasional football coach, but Gates steels the show. He has instant credibility, due to his philanthropy. He also took a surreptitious rout to global economic domination. Sure, his path started at the Nation's most prestigious University, but he left early to make his fortune on his own.
So there he stood at Harvard telling the nations best and brightest that they have to follow his lead and make a difference. That the faculty, staff and student body need to make conquering the worlds problems their quest. The need to take on poverty, hangar and gender inequity not because they can, but because they should.
Take the time to read his speech and I think you will be impressed as well. Now all Bill has to do is book time at Yale, Princeton, Stanford all the way down to Tallahassee Juco.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
The should make her serve it in my house rather than her's, than it might be a penalty. Never mind the fact that she checked into jail late at night on Sunday, left early on Thursday and gets credit for 5 days served. But, now she is going to be able to spend the next 40 days in her opulent LA digs, with only an ankle bracelet to stop her from leaving. Do you know what 99% of Americans call spending 6 weeks in a posh Beverly Hills estate? The best vacation they've ever had, that's what.
What's to stop her from sending out limos to pick up all her friends and having a party at her house for each of the next 40 nights? This is supposed to be a punishment? Well, the next time she drives drunk or recklessly and hits an average person (they call us "normies") and kills them, maybe the family of that victim should sue the LA Sheriff in addition to the Hilton's. But, I'm sure they'd find a way out of that too... Money is Hot!
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
The list goes Glasses at #3, maybe $120. Number 2 is braces which had to be a few thousand bucks, but which I saw fit to remove myself with wire cutters and pliers. My father's apoplectic screams can still be heard echoing through space to this day, 20 years later. The number one spot on the list is my Catholic education, including 2years in the seminary. I don't know what the finally tally was on the 11 years I was in Catholic school, but one can only imagine it had to be upwards of thirty to forty thousand.
Good call Mom and Dad. You obviously over estimated our worth as children since the three of us you sent through St. Francis are at best non followers and at worst homo-non believers!
So, like Sam Becket before me, I'm going back in time to set right what once went wrong. I'm going to get those glasses... just as soon as inky can go with me so I don't end up looking like a total tard.
(By the way, if you click on the above image of my eye, and tilt your head to the side: doesn't it look a bit vaginal? Absent the eyeball I mean. Call me Georgia Okeefe, maybe I just have vagina on the brain!)
Monday, June 04, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
A few weeks ago George opened up his check book in an effort to stem the tide of the yankers loosing, and signed 44 year old Roger Clemens to a near record annual contract. After a few very ballyhooed starts in the minors, Roger announced over the weekend that he would miss his first start in the Majors due to a fatigued groin.
Let me say that again: a fatigued groin!
That's the best injury I've ever heard of. I had one of those when I was 14 and I got my hands on a copy of Hustler magazine. My suggestion to Roger, use some lube, and try to keep it to under 4 times a day. The fatigue should wear off.