“The intermediate stage between socialism and capitalism is alcoholism.”

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

First Day of Winter, Edgar that is!

Since today (or yesterday I suppose, since it's 11:58pm right now and I doubt I'll be done typing by midnight) is the first day of winter I figured a little Edgar Winter sounded just about right. A classic album to start the winter season with, oh and it's around 12 degrees F here right now with about 3 inches of the white stuff on the ground...just thought you'd want to know that!

While this album will forever be remembered for spawning the huge hit singles "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride," there's plenty more to appreciate on this stellar release. From "the other single," "Hangin' Around," to the pretty melodies of "Round & Around" and "Autumn," the set collects ten outstanding cuts, played with fervor by Edgar Winter, Chuck Ruff, Dan Hartman, Randy Jo Hobbs, and Ronnie Montrose, along with guest artist/producer Rick Derringer. The "party" feel of "We All Had a Real Good Time" and the singalong "Alta Mira" only add to this already red-hot mix, making They Only Come Out at Night the album Winter will always be remembered for.

The Edgar Winter Group - They Only Come Out at Night
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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Answer: -4 Question:?

10 From 6 means ten songs from six albums -- namely, Bad Company's first six records, all of which were big hits on album-oriented rock radio. This brief yet very effective collection gathers all of the group's best-known songs ("Can't Get Enough," "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Shooting Star," "Bad Company," "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy," "Ready for Love") in one place. Although most album-oriented hard rock acts are better heard on the original albums, Bad Company's records tended to be more uneven than those of their peers, making 10 From 6 a valuable collection for the group's casual fans, who will want to bypass the cluttered studio albums and just get the cream of the crop.

Bad Company - 10 from 6
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Friday, December 02, 2005

One Red Paperclip

Has anyone ever seen or heard about the One Red Paperclip website? A guy from Montreal started a website by offering up for trade one red paperclip. He offered to travel anywhere in the world to deliver this paperclip and vowed to keep trading items until he procured a house. Here's the story so far...

One Red Paperclip traded for...
1. A fish pen
2. Fish pen traded for a handmade cabinet knob
3. Cabinet knob traded for a Coleman Camp Stove
4. Camp stove traded for a 1000W Honda EX Generator
5. Generator traded for a beer keg, a neon Budweiser sign, and an IOU for a keg's worth of beer, "One Instant Party"
6. "One Instant Party" traded for a 1991 Bombardier Mach 1 Ski-Doo snowmobile
7. One snowmobile traded for ???

The snowmobile is currenly up for trade offers. Anyway, I was really entertained by this idea so I thought just for shits & giggles I'd try it out too. I know, I know, why couldn't I come up with my own original idea that blows people away...well, I drink too much for starters, plus I'm a circus clown. Gimme a break!

So here's what I have to offer, I will trade one high-quality ceramic figure of a "Golf Frog" and I'll even throw in an unused paratrooper figure for you to have fun with. [I will add pictures of these items sometime this evening!] I will of course pay to ship these items anywhere in the world...all you have to do is make me an offer! What would you give for these great collectible items? If this happens to ever get anywhere and I end up with an item worth at least $1000 I will auction the item on ebay and donate the entire amount to The American Cancer Society benefit, Relay for Life. This is an event that I participate in every year and raise money for. It's a great cause! I suppose if you'd like to just make a donation that would work too, just contact me via e-mail. All donations/payments will need to be made out and go directly to the American Cancer Society. Anyway, if you're interested in trading make me an offer in the comments section of this post. I'd like to set a date of February 1st to make offers for these items, at that point if anyone has made an offer I will accept the best one at that point and start the next trade.

If you'd like to read more about the original One Red Paperclip just click on the link below!

O.O. -- Original Outlaw...bitches!

Now, I'm no fan of Country music by any stretch of the imagination, I was raised on good ol' fashioned Rock and Roll, but I do occasionally partake in some old school "Outlaw" country such as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, David Allen Coe, Willie Nelson, and of course the Original Outlaw himself...Waylon Jennings.

A great primer for any new listener and a good collection of Waylon's biggest hits is Waylon Jennings Greatest Hits Vol. 1. The US release only has 9 tracks but the UK release included the addition of two extra tracks, Ladies Love Outlaws and Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line. These cuts capture Waylon Jennings in the first flush of his status as a country music superstar, after he gained control of his music in the early '70s. When he began to produce or coproduce his own records, it should be stressed, his music didn't change much--his "Good Hearted Woman" from 1972 (to cite the only pre-Outlaw cut here) is of a piece with later hits like "Honky Tonk Heroes" and "Luckenbach, Texas," from their ramblin'-man themes to Waylon's booming baritone and his music's burping bass lines. What was different was the rock-influenced Outlaw ad copy pushing his career, a rebellious new image he cultivated in country chart-toppers like "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" and "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," a duet with Willie Nelson. That new frame made all the difference. Jennings had always been great but now, on eight of the nine tracks here, his singles went all the way to the top of the charts.

Don't bat those lashes at me!

Sorry once again about the lack of posts this past week...my wife is about two months away from having our first child, a baby girl, and things have been hectic. We recently finished remodeling our kitchen and converting our home office/computer room into a nursery for the new arrival so it's been hard to find time on the computer. With that being said I'll do my best to keep things up to date around here and keep posting! On with the show...

I recently got a hold of a pretty good cd from a group called The Lashes. These six young men write and perform some of the smartest, catchiest power-pop style punk today without sounding trite or retro. Listening to them you're reminded of classic bands like The Babies and The Raspberries as well as band favorites The Strokes, The Libertines and The Exploding Hearts. While The Lashes wear their influences on their sleeves - or their ripped jeans more accurately - their own distinctive style and character is what you notice. They're scruffy sweet boys playing undeniably well crafted but also scruffy pop music about break-ups and make-outs. They formed in Seattle in 2000 but half of the band has known each other since high school. Lead singer and songwriter Ben Lashes' own musical aspirations go back even further to listening to Beatles' records and writing songs with his father as a boy. None of The Lashes are originally from Seattle - they all moved there to form bands but found the incestuous and exclusive scene difficult to infiltrate. Their alienation, desire to play music, and love for each other have made The Lashes a tight unit - best friends that are intensely loyal.

I'd love to offer up a full download of their debut "Get It" produced by John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Blonde Redhead) but the disc is copy protected, my biggest complaint with this disc. The only way to play the tracks is using the included media player that automatically starts up when you insert the disc into a computer. I had varied success playing this in standard cd players. My cheapo stereo at work had no problems with it but when I tried to play it in the factory 6-disc changer in my Jeep it wouldn't recognize it. I'm enjoying the music though and it's definitely an album worth checking out. The best I can do is link to their "media player" which will preview 30 second clips of all the songs on the album along with a music video for the song "Sometimes the Sun".