Monday, July 17, 2006

Christmas in July

A couple of weeks ago I gave the internet a Christmas present in July by offering Pete Yorn's hard-to-get EP for your downloading pleasure. Although I'm into Festivus more than the whole Christmas extravaganza, I've decided to put up my favorite holiday songs.

Local H - Disgruntled Christmas (highly rare)

Weezer - Holiday

The Format - Holly Jolly Christmas

My Morning Jacket - One Big Holiday (live at Bonnaroo 2005)

Pearl Jam - Someday at Christmas

Bob and Doug Mckenzie - 12 Days of Christmas

Third Eye Blind - One of Those Christmas Days

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Those poor Cubs.

Not only am I a lover of many kinds of music, but I am also an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. Over the last few years there hasn't been much internet-media satire toward the Cards because well, they've been a very successful team lately. On the other hand, the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis' long-time rival, has become an easy target for laughing and poking fun at. I'm not complaining either.

Here's a couple excerpts from my last issue of the Sporting News.

And if that isn't enough, trusted news source The Onion recently wrote a story about Cubs pitcher Mark Prior. Here's the text.

Disabled List Offers Mark Prior Two-Year, $8 Million Extension
June 29, 2006 Onion Sports

CHICAGO—Mark Prior, the right-handed pitcher who has spent the first few years of his career on the disabled list, is now considering accepting a recent two-year, $8 million offer from the DL that would keep him not playing through the 2008 season. "I couldn't even imagine the DL without Mark Prior—over the years, he has become the face, stiff right elbow, strained subscapularis muscle, and inflamed Achilles tendon of our organization," said Kirk Gibson, manager and longtime former member of the DL, which is currently rebuilding by claiming young arms such as Kerry Wood, Ben Sheets, and Mike Maroth. "We firmly believe that Mark's best injuries are still ahead of him." While Prior's agent says the pitcher is exploring his options, experts predict that it is "inevitable" that Prior will return to the DL and, with the loyalty he's shown in the past, likely finish his career there.
Ahh.... I love it! So here's to more drunken rambling from commentator Ron Santo, more disabled list visits from Kerry Wood and Prior, and more competition for last place in the N.L. Central by our Chicago Cubbies!
As I'm typing this right now the Mets have just backed up my point by hitting TWO grand slams in the same inning against two different pitchers for the lowly Cubs.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

cKy - Stay together for the kids

Seems singerguitarist Deron Miller of punk-metal band cKy (Camp Kill Yourself) is going through some battles right now. While playing a show on June 24, Miller blacked out, threw his guitar across the stage, and walked off... prompting the band to do so as well. After researching this incident, Miller has posted a message on the front page of their site. He has admitted to having an alcohol problem and is going to seek treatment. After reading it and pages upon pages of posts of their message board I can only imagine how difficult it really is to differentiate work from play. These guys play their asses off every night, and then party until the next show begins. Hangovers are hangovers no matter who you are, and I have no idea how a band like this can play hundreds of shows a year with the headache of last nights' boozefest weighing in so heavily. Don't waste your time reading the posts on the message board, as they are chock-full of twelve-year old skaters who only know of the band because their older brother has some old tapes of Jackass on MTV. Lots of hatin'. Their target audience may be a few years younger than me, but they are still a great band to see live. Throw on your Chuck Taylor's and drop a twenty to see them.... after Deron's recovery. Best wishes Deron.

96 Quite Bitter Beings

Familiar Realm

Close Yet Far

Sunday, July 02, 2006


Just went to see Pete Yorn yesterday, man...what a show! He is one the most polite musicians I've met. Seems very humbled by the number of fans who like his music. I was a complete scavenger after the show and robbed a used drumstick and a couple of guitar picks. I bought his only-available-on-the-acoustic-tour 6 song EP, and would like to share it.

1. The Man - link fixed!

2. Never My Love

3. Don't Mean Nothing

4. The Good Advice

5. Lions

6. The Golden Road