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MINI BLOG: Shaken N Stirred

Robert Plant – Shaken ‘N’ Stirred (1985)
Shaken ‘N’ Stirred? More like Crash ‘N’ Burn. Plant’s strategy in the 80’s (experimental jazz-pop) is so opposed to what he accomplished with Led Zeppelin in the 70’s that I’m surprised he ever had any success. Well, “Shaken ‘N’ Stirred” brings the singer back down to earth after his first two semi-OK (and successful) solo albums. It’s no surprise that he took three years off following this stinker, went back closer to his blues-rock roots and released his best solo offering in “Now And Zen.” [3.5/5.0] Ok

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  • Monday, November 16th, 2009 at 10:47 | #1

    I don’t think this album came out in 2008

  • Monday, November 16th, 2009 at 11:32 | #2

    Ah, copy and paste 🙁

MINI BLOG: Tool Academy 2

Tool Academy: Season 2 (2009)
Well … if I’m going to completely lame up stanus.butt why not do it in style and make my first TV review about Tool Academy 2. That’s right, I watched all (well, most) of the show about guys who had to go into therapy and perform tasks to prove they weren’t tools to their girlfriends. The trailers for it really had me thinking it was going to be a rung below even the Brett Michaels love show fare, but I actually enjoyed myself. If it’s going to be reality TV, it must involve fuck ups and mental cases for me to stay tuned. [3/5] Liked It

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The White Stripes – De Stijl (2000)
When I first saw the trailer to It Might Get Loud I wondered if people would balk at seeing Jack White alongside such legendary guitarists as Jimmy Page and The Edge talking about guitaring. But, ever since I casually selected to listen to a coworkers copy of “Elephant,” I’ve been a huge White fan. I’ve been slow at getting into the other White Stripes albums but I’ll get to it, dammit! “De Stijl” is a little more of the same as their debut album: it still sounds like a 1920’s black blues guitarist playing with a kid drummer – both of whom are just about to lose control of their instruments. But, here there’s a little more craft to the songs (“Hello Operator” sonically describes the act of waiting on the phone). Hell, this “roots” rock band isn’t even afraid to embrace the Led Zep grandiose (well, as grandiose as a guitar-drummer duo can be), either with “Why Can’t You Be Nicer To Me?” A good, solid showing … just falls a little short on the songwriting when compared to their later endeavors. [4.2/10.0] Good

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MINI BLOG: Jefferson Airplane Takes Off

Jefferson Airplane Takes Off (1966)
I must admit that before listening to this album, I didn’t know anything about Jefferson Airplane besides “White Rabbit” and that they turned into Jefferson Starship. Well, ok, so I also felt the strong mystique surrounding the band and its psychedelic rock. But for such an enigmatic and psychedelic band … their debut album sure was folky! To be honest, this is before Grace Slick joined the band and it was only 1966. However, a couple of interesting songs (“Chauffeur Blues”) and a decent cover (“Tobacco Road”) don’t really save this from being anything but ordinary. However, consider my interest piqued as to how they became cool enough to write “White Rabbit.” [3.8/10.0] Ok

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MINI-BLOG: Walk The Line

Walk The Line Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2005)
Believe it or not this very irrelevant movie soundtrack made me think a lot. Do I like actors who portray singers actually redo the songs with their own voice? I think I do – at least on screen. I remember back to the end of “Back to the Future” where the performer singing “Johnny B. Goode” obviously isn’t Michael J. Fox … the lip-sync just looks odd and takes me out of the moment. But to release an album of the songs covered by the actors? I don’t know … I mean, I guess I can understand if people really liked those version, why not? But these aren’t providing any new value to the song besides worse singing and better production. Sure, the music on “Walk The Line Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” is good – but why not just listen to the actual performers’ versions? It’s so much better and leaves this album feeling completely irrelevant. [3.9/10.0] Ok

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    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 13:04 | #1

    Good movie- Not so good singing – Bad Album

  • Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 13:14 | #2

    I liked the new production on the album. With Johnny Cash – his stuff either sounds timeless or straight from the boring 70’s. At least here it all exudes with the “newness” all of this stuff sounded when it first came out.

    Thanks for the comment. The next album I’m currently listening to is a pretty hyped one from “back in your day.” I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on it when I write up a review.

MINI-BLOG: Wild Honey

The Beach Boys – Wild Honey (1967)
This was the first Beach Boy album where Brian Wilson stepped back from his natural songwriting and producing roles … and you can tell. Suddenly – and jarringly – The Beach Boys are ripped from the bright, shiny and polished hooks of “Smiley Smile” and thrown smack dab into the psychedelic late 60’s. It was the times and I guess the rest of the group wanted to stay relevant but either this very new setting (to their music) or the change to meet it makes the result very confused. [3.8/10.0] Ok

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  • Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 18:05 | #1

    The Beach Boys were never the same after Smile imploded…

MINI BLOG: Organix

The Roots – Organix (1993)
Hmm … as hip and relevant as The Roots have always been in conversation, this debut album sure smacks more of old school jazz than hip hop. And that, ultimately, is the undoing of this – dare I say it? – overrated band: they actually combine the weaknesses of both genres. The musicians seem forced to continually play the same “live” sample ad nauseum while MC Black Thought scats/raps musical phrases more often than actual words. When it works, it works, but multiple sittings of “songs” 5+ minutes in length border on the tedious. I’m not so aware of any of The Roots music so maybe their later records justify their pervasive praise. [3.5/10.0] Ok

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MINI BLOG: High N’ Dry

Def Leppard – High ‘N’ Dry (1981)
Though actually their second album, “High ‘N’ Dry” sounds like the first real Def Leppard album (“On Through The Night” sounded like a generic 70’s band – who knew?) complete with all the trademarks: chugging riffs, pre-choruses with musical dropouts, and big, fat choruses (with chorus and reverb a-plenty on the vocals). When I first listened to “Hysteria” earlier this year I thought it was Def Leppard’s greatest hits package but really it’s just their masterpiece. “High ‘N’ Dry” seems to be more of the rule – a collection of samey, lame rock jams though “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak” shows signs of greater things to come. [3.7/10.0] Ok

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Bad Fantasy

I still have a backlog of posts I’d like to get out but unfortunately I’ve been experiencing some stanus.butt difficulties while at home. It’s forced me to be a little slower at posting than I’d like but I promise to get all of these goodies out.

Holy shit, I sucked at all of my fantasy sports. I’ve done fairly well in all of my online sporting ventures in the past but this year was quite a wake up call. I’m going to be a man and admit it here … I’m also going to be lazy by putting up a table and calling it a blog.

Sport League Name Team Name Draft Order Result
Baseball PPC Fantasy Baseball 2.0 NY Homeless #3 9 of 10
Football DSPC Fantasy Football Daily Stain #8 8 of 8
Football Belichick’s Boobies Favre’s Silver Pubes #10 5 of 14
March Madness Marsteller Office Pool Bracket #1 N/A Tie-34 of 143
March Madness Marsteller Office Pool Bracket #2 N.A 66 of 143
Basketball Kobe Is A Nutter Dirk&KiddAreLovers!! #2 7 of 14
Basketball Jason Kidd’s Head Wrinkles NBASim #1 6 of 12

I actually did win a March Madness bet ‘tween just Cassie and I, but even this didn’t buoy my overall outcome by much.

Current Mood: Ready For The Weekend emoticon Ready For The Weekend

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Yeah, Yeah, Yeah …

Yep … I’m still not sure if I like these Friday Catchups at all. I’m definitely not a fan of the way they’re presented, so expect it to change as I go (of course, that depends on them surviving). Since I missed last week (that’s how enthusiastic I am about doing these so far), there’s going to be an overload in some categories.


What I’m Listening To:
David Bowie – Aladdin Sane (1973)
Billy Joel – Cold Spring Harbor (1971)
Dr. Dre – Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath (1996)
R.E.M. – Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)
The History of Howard Stern: Act II – 1987: Video Thrilled the Radio Star
The Karate Kid Soundtrack (1984)
Hanoi Rocks – Oriental Beat (1982)
Neil Young with Crazy Horse – Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (1969)
Ringo Star – Beaucoups of Blues (1970)
Madonna – Erotica (1992)
Blur – Think Tank (2003)
The History of Howard Stern: Act II – 1988: Radio Wars

I’m starting to finally appreciate David Bowie now that I’m in his good album period. “Aladdin Sane” isn’t as good as “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” but it’s still solid. I had high hopes for The Karate Kid soundtrack, but not even “You’re The Best” (the song playing during the ending tournament) was as good as I remembered as a kid (I used to sing it to myself when pretending I was doing martial arts in my backyard). I can’t believe I enjoyed Neil Young as much as I did and Ringo’s second solo album really ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.


What I’m Watching:
Sober House (2009)
Tough Love (2009)
Cassandra’s Dream (2007)
Lost: Season 5 (2009)
2009 NBA Season (2009)

“Sober House” is finally over … and just like it’s predecessor, “Celebrity Rehab,” each successive episode was less and less entertaining since the people involved were growing saner. There was an old-school “Lost” twist this week with the death (?) of Ben as a kid – which totally fucks shit up when time travelling. And I’m embarassed to say I watched the first couple of episodes of “Tough Love” – a matchmaking show on Mtv. I think I have a vagina now.


What I’m Playing:
PopCap – Zuma (2008) [iPod]

Zuma possessed my soul. There are 12 worlds, each with multiple levels and I was stuck on 11 for the longest time. As soon as I broke that seal, however, I’m unstoppable. However, just because I can beat the game without trying doesn’t seem to prevent me from still compulsively playing it on every commute.


What I’m Reading:
Dean Oliver – Basketball on Paper (2002)

I bought a comic to read on eBay 2 weeks ago but it still hasn’t arrived so I’m only reading one thing at nights (something I have to get used to). “Basketball on Paper” is so much better now that I have a few years of NBA Sim under my belt.


What I’m Doing:
Trying to start up a band again … booked 3 hours of studio time tomorrow in Smash Studios
Crying at every Dallas Mavericks loss


The Encore:

This is a couple of weeks old but I figured that I’d share it with all you non-NBA watching people. And, yes, he used to be a Mavericks last year 🙁

Ah, Radiohead. Back when you were content with being just the best rock band in the world …

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