Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Love

There's a scene at the end of High Fidelity, one of my favorite movies, where the clumsy, neurotic, misguided main character starts making a mixed tape for his one true love. "Full of stuff she likes..." he says into the camera with a smirk.

I close my 31 songs in 31 days list today with a song someone I love would love. My wife and I both love music, but from different perspectives. She creates it, sings it, moves people to tears with it. I merely appreciate it, and even then only at a rudimentary level. But, we're both passionate about it. And, if you asked us to list the songs that have marked our time together, we'd more than likely both name the same artists. Dirty Projectors. Bowerbirds. James Taylor.

Patty Griffin, she's sort of one of those artists I have appreciated from afar. But, I think of my wife when I hear her songs, and it reminds me of those things we have in common.

Even if you don't make an annual end-of-the-year playlist, music soundtracks your life. One day, a song will come on while at a party, and you'll remember how you loved it during your senior year of high school, or how some boy put it on a mixed tape he sheepishly gave you after your third date, or how it was the first song playing in the car when you drove home after getting laid off.

This song came on the radio last year, and I thought, 'Ali would love this song.' So when I hear it, I think of her and the first time I heard her sing at the Bluebird Cafe, or the first concert we attended together. I think of how much I love the fact that she loves music, and how ridiculously lucky I am to have someone who stops and listens when I play them the new Animal Collective song. The person you go through life with doesn't have to agree with you 100 percent of the time, but life is easier when they appreciate the things you're passionate about.



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
March 18: Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
March 19: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
March 20: Two Doors Down by Dolly Parton
March 21: Come Baby Come by K7
March 22: 99 Problems by Jay-Z
March 23: I Feel It All by Feist
March 25: Two by the Antlers
March 26: Giving Up the Gun by Vampire Weekend
March 27: Future Primitive by Papercuts
March 27: The Underdog by Spoon
March 28: Tell Me When It's Over by the Baseball Project
March 29: It's the End of the World as We Know It by R.E.M.
March 30: Street Fighting Man by the Rolling Stones
March 31: Up to the Mountain by Patty Griffin

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fantastic Mr. Fox

One of the best movies, hands down, I've seen in recent memory was Fantastic Mr. Fox. Brought to you through by the same weirdo who made Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore and Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox also comes equipped with a great soundtrack. This is definitely an animated movie adults can appreciate. Sorta like a really funny Simpsons episode, from back when the Simpsons was still worth watching.

Anyhow, here is a song from the movie as my 31 songs in 31 days voyage nears its bittersweet end.

March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
March 18: Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
March 19: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
March 20: Two Doors Down by Dolly Parton
March 21: Come Baby Come by K7
March 22: 99 Problems by Jay-Z
March 23: I Feel It All by Feist
March 25: Two by the Antlers
March 26: Giving Up the Gun by Vampire Weekend
March 27: Future Primitive by Papercuts
March 27: The Underdog by Spoon
March 28: Tell Me When It's Over by the Baseball Project
March 29: It's the End of the World as We Know It by R.E.M.
March 30: Street Fighting Man by the Rolling Stones

It's the End of the World

Yesterday my former employer laid off seven employees including four really good journalists, one of whom was the state's most recognizable political blogger. In October of last year, I was forced to decide between staying at the old shop or moving on to a new job. Had I stayed, I might have been laid off yesterday. Had I stayed and survived the random hatchet jobs, then I would have been forced to fill in and help run the blog site. Getting laid off with a fetus in tow would be a terrible result. Having to replace the Michael Jordan of Tennessee political bloggers would have been impossible.

It's funny to have this happen this week because I've been thinking about the weird disdain some people have for the media. Let me tell you folks, like us or not, this is a difficult and demanding job that most of us do for the love of the work. Not the money. Not the job security. Not the glory. The job itself. I come from a family of social workers, so the values instilled in me were loving a challenge and trying to make a difference.

Kudos to the brave few who continue to navigate this world during such economically uncertain times.






March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
March 18: Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
March 19: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
March 20: Two Doors Down by Dolly Parton
March 21: Come Baby Come by K7
March 22: 99 Problems by Jay-Z
March 23: I Feel It All by Feist
March 25: Two by the Antlers
March 26: Giving Up the Gun by Vampire Weekend
March 27: Future Primitive by Papercuts
March 27: The Underdog by Spoon
March 28: Tell Me When It's Over by the Baseball Project
March 29: It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Baseball Project




So this is one of my favorite times of year to be a sports fan. The NFL Draft is just around the corner. March Madness has had us all on the edge of the sofa, the NBA playoffs (most underrated sporting event) are set to begin and, baseball season is upon us.

I got excited about the upcoming season when I read this article about Carlos Zambrano being a changed man. I understand alotta fans hate Z, but he's the kinda guy you love when he's on your team because he cares so much about winning. His stuff has never been the question, he's always had a nearly unmatched repertoire. It's his attitude, demonstrated by the fact he always comes to camp fat. Well I hope THIS is the year Z maxes out his potential, wins the Cy Young and leads the Cubbies to the playoffs.

And in honor of baseball season, my song of the day comes from the Baseball Project, a profound mixture of indie rock and the sport I've loved since I was five. Read about the band, including R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, here. Watch them live below:



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
March 18: Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
March 19: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
March 20: Two Doors Down by Dolly Parton
March 21: Come Baby Come by K7
March 22: 99 Problems by Jay-Z
March 23: I Feel It All by Feist
March 25: Two by the Antlers
March 26: Giving Up the Gun by Vampire Weekend
March 27: Future Primitive by Papercuts
March 27: The Underdog by Spoon
March 28: Tell Me When It's Over by the Baseball Project

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Blog birthday

So my favorite local music blog turned 5 yesterday. In honor, I decided to post songs by bands I discovered through the site.

Papercuts:



Spoon:




March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
March 18: Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
March 19: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
March 20: Two Doors Down by Dolly Parton
March 21: Come Baby Come by K7
March 22: 99 Problems by Jay-Z
March 23: I Feel It All by Feist
March 25: Two by the Antlers
March 26: Giving Up the Gun by Vampire Weekend
March 27: Future Primitive by Papercuts
March 27: the Underdog by Spoon

Friday, March 26, 2010

Taking fetus to another awesome concert

Later next month, we will be attending the Beach House and Washed Out concert at Mercy Lounge. Plans have already been set in place to earn one of the precious few seats by getting there super early.

But before that, we will be taking to the wildly uncomfortable wooden pews at the Ryman Auditorium to hear Vampire Weekend. That means fetus will get to hear awesome music before you ever exit the womb. We found out that amniotic fluid is a sound conductor. You're welcome, fetus.



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
March 18: Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
March 19: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
March 20: Two Doors Down by Dolly Parton
March 21: Come Baby Come by K7
March 22: 99 Problems by Jay-Z
March 23: I Feel It All by Feist
March 25: Two by the Antlers
March 26: Giving Up the Gun by Vampire Weekend

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Verbally assaulting reporters!

I've been there Mr. Fowler. Methinks the coach doth protest too much.



And to cleanse that yucky taste out of your mouths, here is my favorite video in a while:



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
March 18: Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
March 19: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
March 20: Two Doors Down by Dolly Parton
March 21: Come Baby Come by K7
March 22: 99 Problems by Jay-Z
March 23: I Feel It All by Feist
March 25: Two by the Antlers

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The advent of a name



The Nazis were creeping around downstairs, but Michael didn't care. He was deadset on making his way through the attic to collect his priceless family heirlooms, which included a vintage 1800s German revolver, his cousin Anne Frank's diary and a pillbox hat his Auntie Delores wore on her wedding day.

Many false rumors circulated over the years as to why Michael earned the nickname Pillbox, but no one knew the truth. They called him Pillbox, because he killed six Nazis with a four-shooter and then leapt out of the attic wearing a pillbox hat with the best-selling book of all-time under his arm.

Next, came time travel and a rendezvous with an armed gunman outside his suburban Nashville apartment. Pillbox was arriving home from a hard-scrabble shift at Buca di Beppo, a gay roughneck bar where he was as likely to break up a fight as a he was a Hell's Angels foursome. Michael turned and found a gun pointed at his face. He wondered why someone fortunate enough to conquer the space-time continuum so often had guns pointed at them. It felt like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure only without an actor the caliber of Keanu to lead the way.

In garbled English, the gunman demanded Michael's cell phone and wallet. Michael forked it over, but he managed to conceal a box filled with Viagra, Adderall and Rhino pain tranquilizers. His friends would remark later how weird it was that Michael gave up more in cash and the value of his phone than he did in saving the pills concealed in that box, but regardless, that's how he came away with the name Pillbox.

More time travel... a group of friends was playing Twister and having a good time, but things got weird. Tequila was gulped down by the glassful and next came the knife games. Michael, down a ring finger, suggested the group make a game of 100,000 Pyramid the main event. The category was kinds of hats, but for some unknown reason no one could think of a clue. Silence, and then frustration settled over the room. Michael broke the uncomfortable silence by screaming Pillbox! Pillbox!!!

He would go on to become a wildly successful litigator and talent booking agent, with acts like Ruben Studdard, American Bang, Love & Theft and Feist, but to his friends, he would always be the awkward drunk guy who thought a pillbox was the most recognizable kind of hat.



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
March 18: Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
March 19: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
March 20: Two Doors Down by Dolly Parton
March 21: Come Baby Come by K7
March 22: 99 Problems by Jay-Z
March 23: I Feel It All by Feist

Monday, March 22, 2010

99 problems, but Swisher Sweets ain't one



Ashley had a hankerin for some Steak N Shake, and nothing, not the two bottles of wine she'd had earlier that night, not the fact she was barefoot, not even the fact she didn't really care for Steak N Shake was going to stop her.

The trip started off poorly with Ashley having to repeat her slurred Frisco Melt value meal order several times to the attendant. It went from bad to worse when Ashley rear-ended the car in front of her while pulling up to the second window. The Columbus police were called, but when Ashley got out barefoot and drunkenly started singing the Ohio State fight song she found herself with a date instead of a DUI charge.

Ashley supported her police officer boyfriend while he rose up the ranks and then pursued a career with the FBI. But when her years of financial, emotional and sexual support were rewarded with her boyfriend being shipped off to the Anchorage, Alaska branch, the relationship ended in calamity.

Ashley found herself sitting alone at the Steak N Shake bar with her familiar strawberry shake, no cherry, order on a near nightly basis. She was desolate and driving around barefoot not sure where to go when a Palisade song came onto the radio. The rest, as they say, is history. Ashley moved to Nashville and started her own cigar shop -- Ashley's Cigar Shop. The radio and television jingle for her small business became a thing of Music City legend -- "Ashley's Cigar Shop, Where the Stars Shop!" The ad featured a photo montage of stars like Keith Urban, Gov. Ned McWherter, Jeremy Noel and, yes, Ashley herself smoking cigars.

The jingle and the shop caught the attention of hip-hop music mogul, Jay-Z and the Jigga Man would visit Ashley's Cigar Shop on a rare occasion. Ashley even landed herself a cameo in Jay-Z's famous video 99 Problems. She's the Hasidic Rabbi during the gritty street sequence.

Today, Ashley criss-crosses the country as a guest speaker at small business seminars. She also is a registered lobbyist whose goal is to loosen the Cuban trade embargo so as to bring cigars back to the mainland. Ashley lives in South Nashville with her dog Guiseppe and a psychotic, unnamed cat.



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
March 18: Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
March 19: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
March 20: Two Doors Down by Dolly Parton
March 21: Come Baby Come by K7
March 22: 99 Problems by Jay-Z

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The super sleuth and moshpit king



The year was 1995 and Freddy's private investigation business -- The Truth by Fred -- was grooving along quite nicely. Little did Freddy know what was in store for him that fateful July evening in a small Indiana town called Valparaiso.

A woman named Janis had asked Freddy to find out if her boyfriend at the time had a problem with pornography. Using his legendary software skills, Freddy broke into the suspect's Valpo condo and made his way into the office. There, Freddy poured through every file and floppy disk, every piece of internet history, every cache (saved and deleted) he could find. Alas, no porno. Freddy was finishing up his glass of Kool-Aid and preparing to leave the swank condo when he opened up the desk drawer. It was a throw-away thought to Freddy... "Maybe this guy is old-school and has some porno magazines." What he found inside the desk drawer would alter the course of history for countless lives. It was a topless photo of Janis by the riverside.

Freddy instantly quit the private investigation business that night, but somehow managed to find an even cooler job. He was a roadie for many popular nu metal bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Staind and Papa Roach. Freddy's job was to show up at the concert wearing black Adidas warm-up pants and to start a healthy moshpit so the band looked legit to skeptical teenagers. He was quite good at it, and he even started a collection of all the adolescent teeth he knocked out, which he turned into a necklace he would wear on his wedding day.

After quitting the moshpit business, Freddy entered a deep depression, referred to by his friends and family as the Dick Jauron Years. Freddy came out of it though at a Madden football video game tournament held at the Southlake mall in Merrillville, Ind. That's where Freddy beat the man who played the professional wrestler Kamala for third place, thus winning the affections of a lovely Indiana girl named Bianca. The term "outkicked his coverage" was literally coined for Freddy and this relationship.

Freddy's memoir "Bobbadoday: All I ever really wanted to do was be a Swing Kid" was turned into a dramatic play, which earned rave reviews when it went live at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. Gary Sinise played the role of Freddy.

Today, Freddy lives his life by a simple slogan, "When our starting backcourt is Acie Law and Janerro Pargo, we're not gonna win shit."



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
March 18: Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
March 19: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
March 20: Two Doors Down by Dolly Parton
March 21: Come Baby Come by K7

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Corrupter of the young and lifelong Dolly fan




Brandon founded what is known today as Kentucky Christian University in 1974. Over time, Brandon transformed the obscure Christian school into the nation's epicenter of frowned-upon behavior. Boys and girls held hands on their way to class. Kids said the word "suck" after final exams. Skirts were worn at knee length or slightly higher. Sock hops were held every fourth Saturday. The evangelistic establishment went ape shit.

Satisfied with the work he did rocking church-going Kentucky to its Jim Beam-coated core, Brandon took up singing. He formed a traveling family band with another man's family, touring the deep south for five years and winning over Dixie Land crowds with his heavy-handed piano playing and his full-bodied hip thrusts. Brandon's band was signed to a record deal, but he opted out of the Christian music business to become spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Brandon introduced Willie to future intern Monica Lewinsky at a South Nashville Appleby's. Accompanied by secret service men, the trio partied down later that night at Marathon Bar and Grill into the early morning hours.

Next, Brandon became a bartender, a trade he had never considered until an ill-fated incident involving a blender, a corn cob pipe, a trio of deaf dish washers and copious amounts of marijuana. One time, Brandon over-served a pair of Brentwood soccer moms, shoveling shots of Lemoncello down their fat mouths for hours, until one of them took a dump on the hood of her BMW. The Cool Springs cops were called when it was learned the vehicle actually belonged to Dolly Parton's nephew.

Following the ensuing shootout, Brandon bought a big floppy muppet of a dog named Rutherford. Brandon and Rutherford did the late night talk show circuit in the fall of 2007, famously revealing to Jay Leno that they had tattoos of the other one's face just below their navel.

During his time as a medical professional, Brandon's many sexual and surgical escapades literally inspired the entire hit ABC drama Grey's Anatomy.

Brandon lives in the Sylvan Park neighborhood of Nashville with Rutherford, five guitars, a fiddle, a banjo and three wilting cannabis plants named Michael, Lee and Ashley.



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
March 18: Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
March 19: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
March 20: Two Doors Down by Dolly Parton

Friday, March 19, 2010

On this beautiful Friday

A beautiful song...



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
March 18: Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
March 19: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

Thursday, March 18, 2010

SXSW 2011?

So Ali and I have both never been to SXSW, which began this week down in Austin, or as I like to call it Vanilla Nashville. We have romanticized the idea of going to the indie music festival in 2011 with fetus (that's what we call the baby right now) in tow. An infant baby might seem like a serious complication and/or buzz kill at a festival. I don't doubt fetus will alter our plans, but I am committed to indoctrinating fetus with my musical tastes. Start 'em young, I say.

Anyhow, maybe next year (sans Letterman):



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
March 18: Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Once a celebrated national holiday for me. There's only one song I would post on this day...



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary
March 17: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Freak folk

Yesterday's search for a Kinks video yielded to me searching for other throwback YouTube gems.

And, I found one from the vault. Ladies and gentlemen.... Peter, Paul and Mary:



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks
March 16: Early in the Morning by Peter, Paul and Mary

Monday, March 15, 2010

L-O-L-A Lola

So if wikipedia is good for nothing else, it's a useful tool for settling bets. Last night, some friends of mine doubted that the Kinks' song Lola was about a guy mistakenly hitting on a transvestite. A quick search of wikipedia revealed I was right. I know what you're thinking, who didn't know what that song was about? I'm not going to embarrass Jeremy by calling him out, but I certainly don't hold him at fault.

Here is a live version of the song that's only moderately weird.



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House
March 15: Lola by the Kinks

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Freeing my inner geek

I can trace my lifeline by different interests I would get geeky about. First and foremost, it was professional wrestling. I was obsessed with the WWF and even went as Legion of Doom with my brother for Halloween, complete with face paint and foam spiked shoulder pads.

Next, though came the NCAA tournament, which I always reminisce about this time of the year. I would go to an art store every year and buy an enormous foam board, which I would meticulously turn into a giant bracket. The day before Selection Sunday, I would draw the brackets, carefully measuring each line with a ruler.

In high school and continuing on to today, I became an utterly geeky fan of the Packers. Although I'm still a huge cheesehead, I don't hold a candle to my teenage self, who could name every player, their statistics, number, position, background, etc. As you might have guessed, I dated sparingly in high school and college.

Other geeky interests ensued over the years -- Survivor, baseball (this one is technically my earliest example of geekdom, since I could name the entire 1984 Chicago Cubs starting lineup during backyard make-believe wiffle ball games), but my most recent iteration is indie music.

Neutral Milk Hotel, the Strokes and Animal Collective are probably the three bands that fueled my love of music the most over the years. Anyhow, yesterday I purchased tickets to see Beach House and Washed Out play here in Nashville. It brought to mind all the different obsessions I've had over the years and, this being Selection Sunday, how my interests have changed in time.

I'll still be watching the Selection Show today, but my I'm extremely excited for the April show. Here is a taste of what will be on display...



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas
March 14: Zebra by Beach House

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A list within a list ends

They don't make rock stars like they used to. That is to say, classic rock front men had panache. They knew how to work a crowd with style and how to make decadence look cool.

There are a few relics still out there in the indie rock world, a few front men with some personality. One of them, in my opinion is Julian Casablancas, Strokes front man. Just like his band as a whole, Casablancas gets a bad rap for being a little too, how should I put this, hard to swallow? But six years ago, I had the privilege of seeing the Strokes play at Nashville River Stages when the band was at the height of its popularity and influence.

Casablancas acted so vulgar at the show, he found himself on the front page of the Tennessean the next day in an article penned by Peter Cooper that, had it been written 30 years earlier might have been about Robert Plant or David Bowie. Casablancas made fun of the south, awkwardly referred to overhanging skyscrapers as the devil and even took a pee break right in front of the crowd and into the Cumberland River.

Soccer moms chaperoning their middle school children were shocked and appalled. Even if it was a little showy, that concert remains one of the best I've ever seen. It's become fashionable to hate on the Strokes, but it seems to me the band has really proven itself in recent years. And they've done it on their own. Little Joy is an island-jam lounge band whose music sounds like a throwback to crooner-era cool. Albert Hammond Jr. made a solo album that's every bit as catchy as the Strokes at their best. And Casablancas, he made an album that sounds nothing like the Strokes, and yet, it has me looking forward to the band's next album so I can see how all these different influences affect the band's collective effort.




March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.
March 13: 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas

Friday, March 12, 2010

Cartoon Music for Superheroes

It's the greatest name for a song that I can think of. I am going to keep this post short and sweet. Continuing with my list within a list, here is another song by a member of the Strokes. Albert Hammond Jr.'s solo album, and the opening track "Cartoon Music for Superheroes."



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy
March 12: Cartoon Music for Superheroes by Albert Hammond Jr.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Gargantuan Joy

Sometimes, the little sister surpasses her older siblings and becomes the most successful in the family. Little Joy won't ever top the Strokes in terms of records sold or musical influence. But I'll take their debut album almost any day of the week. Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti's "side project" has outdone his work with his original band in many ways.

This charming little video continues with my list within a list. While I work toward 31 songs in 31 days, this sublist is music by the Strokes and their band members.



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes
March 11: Next Time Around by Little Joy

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A list within a list

I remember an eighth grade creative writing lesson where we had to write a story within a story. My story ended up being about a guy who was taking a cross-country flight. As he struggled to put his bag into the overhead compartment, his luggage fell and knocked him out. Next thing he knows, the guy is working against his will for an international spying agency. His job is to follow a spy from another country, who is flying as well. Anyhow, all of that was a preamble to the next phase of my ill-received 31 songs in 31 days list.

The last year-plus has seen individual members of the Strokes produce some really great spinoff albums. In honor of that, I plan to post some of my favorite Strokes-ish songs in the coming days, starting with the song that started it all:



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena
March 10: Last Night by the Strokes

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A song for Tuesday

Is there a more mundane day of the week than Tuesday? If it wasn't for Lost getting moved to Tuesday nights, the day would be totally useless. So far from the weekend, so entrenched in weekday responsibilities and errands. Yuck. Here's a song that's pulled me through many a Tuesday.



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit
March 9: Muscle N Flow by Menomena

Monday, March 8, 2010

New Frightened Rabbit

So one of my favorite bands, Frightened Rabbit, will release a new album called The Winter of Mixed Drinks tomorrow. The album got a so-so review on Pitchfork, but I'll be the judge of that. Two years ago, Frightened Rabbit's masterpiece Midnight Organ Fight was my favorite record and time has not diminished how much I love that album.



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros
March 8: I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sigur Ros

What is the ultimate occasion for making a music playlist? A friendly celebration like a birthday party? A love-song mix for that special someone? A workout mix to bob your head to on a treadmill?

For me the best mixes always came as soundtracks to road trips, but I may finally have that topped. I am working on a mix for Ali to listen to during birth. It's proving more complicated than you might imagine. The music has to be soothing first and foremost. No one wants to give birth to Mastadon. It has to atmospheric and peaceful, yet still meaningful. Anyhow, like I said, it's no easy task, even if I'm finding it insanely fun. I doubt Gobbledigook will be on there, but this is still a great song and I can pretty much guarantee Sigur Ros will find its way into the mix at some point. (disclaimer, this is NOT the naked version of this video).



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math
March 7: Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros

Saturday, March 6, 2010

2010 baseball predictions

It seems like just yesterday that the 1984 Cubs were introducing me to a lifetime of heartbreak and failure. You'd think such disappointment would have a real impact on a 5-year-old, but no, I pressed on. I remember what I was eating at Hooters the night that Bartman happened. I remember thinking that 2008 was really OUR year, before getting swept by the Dodgers. Then, last year I picked the Cubs to win the World Series, for reasons that remain unclear. Some people never learn, but I have. Now, onto my 2010 predictions:

National League
East
1. Phillies
2. Braves
3. Mets
4. Marlins
5. Nationals

Central
1. Cardinals
2. Brewers
3. Cubs
4. Reds
5. Astros
6. Pirates

West
1. Dodgers
2. Giants
3. Rockies
4. Diamondbacks
5. Padres
Wild Card: Brewers

American League
East
1. Red Sox
2. Rays
3. Yankees
4. Blue Jays
5. Orioles

Central
1. Twins
2. White Sox
3. Tigers
4. Royals
5. Indians

West
1. Angels
2. Mariners
3. Rangers
4. A's
Wild Card: Rays

World Series: Phillies over Red Sox

The Bluebird Cafe

So, yesterday my wife, one of my best friends and two of my brothers-in-law played a writer's round at the historic Bluebird Cafe. The show was really great and in honor of their performances, I have copied two videos below for your viewing pleasure. One is a previous performance at the Bluebird by Ali, et al. The other is a video by one of Jeremy's favorite bands.





March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
March 6: Same Old Story by Alison Carmona
March 6: Chaos by Mute Math

Thursday, March 4, 2010

31 songs in 31 days Oscar edition

Obviously Mitch and Mickey are my all-time favorite Oscar-nominated artists. Their amazing song and Academy Awards performance is below. My Oscar picks are a mere bonus:

Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Actress: Gabourey Sidibe, Precious (upset pick)
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress: Monique, Precious
Best Picture: Avatar (most creative movie in years, The Hurt Locker was great too though)



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen
March 4: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

One of my favorite songs of 2009

This isn't the best version. A little youtubey for my tastes, but still a great song.



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized
March 3: Jesus was a Crossmaker by Frida Hyvonen

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

31 songs in 31 days

I decided to start a new March tradition of posting a song or video each day this month. Today's choice is Spiritualized, which I found myself re-connecting with today at the office as they soundtracked a day of reporting about Nashville politics. I have listened to Spiritualized off and on over the years, but Pitchfork's review on the reissue of their classic Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space had me searching the internet for songs all day. Sometimes a band just finds you where you are and Spiritualized did that for me. Here is a video of a live performance, complete with an eloquent explanation of the song by the justifiably-full-of-himself Jason Pierce.



March 1: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
March 2: Soul on Fire by Spiritualized

March Madness

One of my favorite experiences as a reporter came four years ago when I covered the Atlantic Sun men's basketball championship game for the City Paper. The game took place in Johnson City, but it featured two Nashville schools -- Belmont and Lipscomb.

Over the years, the Bruins and Bisons had developed a unique rivalry that made for some unforgettable hardwood moments. I was lucky enough to be working as a de facto beat writer when the two programs reached the brink of qualifying for the sacred NCAA tournament. The two schools are located on opposite ends of the same boulevard within walking distance of each other.

The game was maybe the most intense live sporting event I've ever been to, which I must say is quite an accomplishment since I grew up watching Packers, Cubs and Hoosiers games. Belmont ended up winning in overtime and then heading to the Big Dance three years in a row. Lipscomb is still searching for its first trip to the NCAA tournament, but the Bisons (yes there's an S on the end) have the No. 1 seed in this year's A-Sun tourney.

Whenever March Madness rolls around, I always remember that game and I was pleased to find that it had been archived on the internet. You can read the story here.