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Friday, February 29, 2008

This Morning's Interviews

Right click on either Kevin Cronin or Ryan Newman to hear our interviews with them this morning.

Shot Of The Week

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
1 oz vodka
1 oz pineapple juice
1 dash of grenadine

Tommie's Science Corner: The Story Of Leap Day

Interesting Bit Of History

Phriday Photo Phinish

Heatherless Headlines

Thursday, February 28, 2008

SNL Debate Sketch...If You Missed It

Won't You Wear...Won't You Wear...Won't You Wear...A Sweater?

In celebration of what would have been children's T-V icon Fred Rogers' 80th birthday, the company that produced his show is urging Americans everywhere to wear a sweater on March 20th. David Newell, who played deliveryman "Mr. McFeely," appears in a YouTube video saying, "We're asking a lot of the people on the local television, the national television, to wear a sweater. The weatherman, anybody, teachers, people in schools -- we hope that everybody will wear a sweater."

Stand By Your Ham

By British Pig Farmers, trying to support their industry...


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pictures From Last Night's Dart League at The Press Box

These will be up at our Flickr page, too...
...and, thanks to Vato's daughter for the snappy-snappy:

Matt, Craig, Tommie, "Vato"

Click for the Closings List from WNDU

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Storms, shifting sands give Oregon new look at history


PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) -- The storms that have lashed Oregon's scenic coast this winter have dredged up an unusual array of secrets: old shipwrecks, historic cannons, ghost forests -- even strangely shaped iron deposits.

One of the first ships to emerge from the sands was recently identified as the George L. Olson, which ran aground at Coos Bay's North Jetty on June 23, 1944.

The shipwreck has become a tourist attraction on the southern Oregon coast. Interest became so great that authorities had to reroute traffic around the ship and post signs warning visitors to leave it alone because it is now an archaeological site.

The curiosities began showing up after December when Pacific storms pummeled the state, damaging thousands of homes and causing an estimated $60 million in damage to roads, bridges and public buildings.

Hardest hit was Vernonia, a Coast Range town of about 2,400 people, where floodwaters damaged about 300 homes, ruined schools and temporarily closed businesses.

The storms also brought high seas, which caused beach erosion. Although sands commonly shift in winter, this season appeared especially dramatic. There were reports that up to 17 feet of sand eroded away at Arch Cape.

"It's really an unusual event, the magnitude of it," said Chris Havel of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Other shipwrecks have emerged recently -- a wooden ship near Bandon, also on the southern coast, and another where the Siuslaw River flows into the ocean near Florence. Little is known about either ship, Havel said, and sands have reclaimed the Siuslaw wreck.

Ships aren't the only things surfacing on the coast.

Ghost forests are groves of tree stumps, some an estimated 4,000 years old, that were engulfed by the sea. Because of shifting sands, many have suddenly popped up.

The stumps are especially impressive at Arch Cape, where locals say they haven't seen them for some 40 years, according to Tiffany Boothe of the Seaside Aquarium.

"The forest floor is actually uncovered too. You can see the floor," she said. "There's like these mud cliffs. As you're walking on it, it resembles clay. It's definitely not sand at all."

Arch Cape also was where a pair of historic cannons were recently discovered by beachcombers. The origin of the cannons, each weighing between 800 and 1,000 pounds, is not known.

archaeologist Dennis Griffin supervised the removal of the cannons, which were placed in tanks of fresh water and burlap for preservation.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department does not yet know what they will do with the cannons. They possibly came from the USS Shark, a survey ship that wrecked in 1846 off the Columbia River Bar.

Strangely shaped deposits of iron -- called "red towers" -- have also emerged from beneath the sand. The orangy-red lumps, most no more than 3-feet tall, are usually buried deep beneath the sand but now dot the coastal landscape.

"These formations could be gone in the next week. That's how fast the coast changes," Boothe said.

The shipwreck of the George L. Olson was uncovered around the New Year and has drawn a great deal of attention because its origin was a mystery until recently.

After determining the wreck resembled the schooner, local archeologists delved into its history, determining where and when it went down. The facts added up, said Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Megan Harper.

But it was a local man's photograph from 1947 that really convinced the agency, she said.

"It showed him and his brothers on the shipwreck with the words 'George L.' on the hull," Harper said. "Once we saw that it was, 'Yep, that's the one."'

The George L. Olson was a 223-foot long wood-hulled schooner launched in 1917 and originally named the Ryder Hanify. It eventually wound up on the southern Oregon coast, where it hauled lumber until it ran aground.

The wreckage has drawn curious crowds, including about 3,000 visitors during a recent weekend, Harper said.

"I think there's two reasons, first, the shipwreck here is really accessible. It's easy for people to get right up to it," Harper said. "Second, this area has a real connection to maritime history, or the fishing industry and the lumber industry. So there's a neat tie to the local community and history."

Pakistan's attempt to block YouTube causes worldwide site blackout

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood lived up to the hype last night at New York's Madison Square Garden as the former Blind Faith bandmates delivered a solid two-and-a-half-hour set before a sold out crowd of 18-thousand. Backed by a three-piece band and playing on a low, open stage, they did a 21-song set of Blind Faith, Cream, Traffic, Derek and the Dominos, covers and solo material -- sharing vocals and playing off one another. Casually dressed in jeans and dark shirts, they opened with "Had to Cry" off the only Blind Faith album. They played guitars for the first two numbers before Winwood switched to his Hammond B-3 organ and grand piano for the bulk of the show. For fans who've waited years to see Clapton jam and do numerous solos, this was the show -- and the smile on his face was proof that he was having fun. Just before the 14th song, a solo acoustic version of "Ramblin' on My Mind," Clapton uttered his first and only words of the show besides "thank you" when he said, "It's a great thrill to play with Steve. I've been looking forward to it for a very long time and I think we're enjoying it. I'm enjoying it and I hope you are."

Who had February in the pool? Is there trouble in paradise for Van Halen? They have now postponed two shows in a row, the latest being last night in Duluth, Georgia -- and with that comes the rumors. One is that the band got into a scrape at a Charlottesville, Virginia bar last Thursday night, although it's not clear if it was among themselves or with fellow patrons. Another rumor says there is tension caused by the publication of Valerie Bertinelli's autobiography in which she dishes the dirt on her marriage to Eddie Van Halen. And at their last show, February 20th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Eddie flung his guitar to the floor and, while walking off stage, knocked over a couple of amplifiers that David Lee Roth had to sidestep. A spokeswoman for the band, who is also Eddie's girlfriend, was unavailable for comment. Their next show is scheduled for Monday in Dallas.

In other "Play With Your Kid" News...John Mellencamp wound up his Canadian tour last week in Victoria, and was joined on stage by his teenage son Speck on guitar. It was Speck's first public performance.

Ringo Starr says his future as an animated superhero might be in jeopardy. In 2005, he announced that he was teaming up with "Spider-Man" co-creator Stan Lee to develop a series in which Ringo would voice a superhero that "battles evil, saves the earth and has a great sense of rhythm." He was also going to contribute original songs and incidental music to the project. But now the project is currently not on Ringo's radar: "If they get it together, I've said I'll do it so I'll do it, you know. But I don't sort of hustle anybody. If they do it, they do it."

The A-B-C show Dancing With the Stars has already had a one-legged dancer in Heather Mills, so why not someone with one arm? Def Leppard and their one-armed drummer, Rick Allen, will appear on the show on April 29th, but they are not expected to dance. It's just another promotional appearance in support of their album, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge, in stores May 6th. On April 30th Def Lep will play an outdoor mini-concert on Jimmy Kimmel Live, also on A-B-C.

The Black Crowes are upset about a Maxim magazine review of their new album, Warpaint -- because the reviewer never actually heard the album. (The reviewer might have heard the single "Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution.") Wary of leaks, the band's management did not provide advance copies to media. Nonetheless, Maxim gave the album two-and-a-half stars. Crowes manager Pete Angelus says, "Maxim's actions seem to completely lack journalistic integrity and intentionally mislead their readership. It's a disgrace to the arts, journalism, critics, the publication itself and the public." The magazine has responded by saying, "Of course, we always prefer to [hear] music, but sometimes there are big albums that we don't want to ignore that aren't available to hear, which is what happened with the Crowes. It's either an educated-guess preview or no coverage at all, so in this case we chose the former." Warpaint will be in stores next Tuesday.

Sting says instincts led The Police to decide to part ways after they wrap up their reunion tour on August 4th in Wantagh, New York, just outside Manhattan. He tells London's Sun, "You know, my instincts don't necessary tally with logic... I think it was the right decision [to end the band in the mid-'80s] and it was the right decision now to go back on tour. I also think it's the right time to finish in the summer." And he doesn't think he'll ever record again with Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. "Again, I think my instinct told me that's not the thing to do. Leave it alone.
We've created some sort of myth again and another piece of our legacy, and people should appreciate that. Staying too long is the worst thing you can do in this business." The Police will regroup on May 1st in Ottawa, Canada.

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has added more dates to his Rocket Ride tour, his first solo outing in more than 10 years. The dates include an April Fool's Day appearance at Chicago's House Of Blues.

Spinner magazine has come up with a list of the Top 25 artist logos, and The Rolling Stones are number two. Prince is number-one. Other classic rock acts to make the list are Yes at number-three, KISS at number-four, The Who at number-five, A-C/D-C at number-six, Grateful Dead at number-eight, Van Halen at number-10, Queen at number-11, The Beatles at number-17, Aerosmith at number-21 and the Ramones at number-25.

Bryan Adams will do shows this summer with Rod Stewart and Foreigner. Foreigner's upcoming Feels Like the First Time tour will be sponsored not by a car- or beverage-maker, but by A-A-R-P. Members of the adult-advocacy group will have first crack at priority concert seating, as well as opportunities for meet-and-greets, autographs and photo sessions with the band.

When Bill Wyman played Cornwall, England earlier this month he was visited backstage by Jessie Barratt -- his girlfriend when he was 11 years old. (He is 71 now.)

Good news for Paul McCartney and his estranged wife Heather Mills. FHM magazine has named the former prostitute one of the world's sexiest women. And Sir Paul's appearance last week on the Brit Awards has prompted a 515-percent increase in U-K sales of his latest album, Memory Almost Full, which is a great piece of work each of you should own.

Paula Abdul is working on an album, and desperately wants to be on a stage near you. The 40-something American Idol judge with chronic back problems tells us touring "is what I love to do. I love being able to really create new things. Now I have a chance and I built that microphone stand that falls back, and wouldn't James Brown have loved that? That just shows you that creatively, that I want to do so many different things."

A life-size bronze statue of late A-C/D-C singer Bon Scott was unveiled yesterday in Claremont, Australia. It will go on permanent display at Fisherman's Wharf in Fremantle, Australia, where he grew up. Scott was 33 when he died in 1980 from acute alcohol poisoning.


30 Days of Night DVD a Barrow, Alaska Vampire movie with Josh Harnett
Beowulf DVD the animated thing with Angelina Jolie
The Darjeeling Limited DVD, the latest from the team that made The Royal Tennenbaums and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Barbie Mariposa DVD, which you already knew if you have a young daughter...and if're welcome
Newhart - The Complete First Season DVD
Semi-Pro Soundtrack CD featuring the bands War and Sly & The Family Stone among others

Monday, February 25, 2008

Vinyl Monday

Side Two of Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA"
No Surrender
Bobby Jean
I'm Goin' Down
Glory Days
Dancing InThe Dark
My Hometown

Friday, February 22, 2008

Shot Of The Week

Meet Amanda from TGIFridays, our new Tommie And The Bartender Shotologist.
She'll have The Shot Of The Week from now until the time she grows weary of us.

This week:
Peanut Butter Jelly Shot: mix equal parts Chambord and Frangelico

Phriday Photo Phinish

With the deadline looming on the Kelvin Sampson decision, IU players turn up the heat. Sources tell Gary Parrish that several players give AD Rick Greenspan an ultimatum: If Sampson's out, so are we. (CBSSportsline)

Heatherless Headlines

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Our Old Friend Danny Bloss...

...says hello. He's still doing the ice-carving thing. Recently won a Bronze Medal for this creation: "Bluegill Under Lily Pads"

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"Winning" Super Bowl shirts end up in Nicaragua

MANAGUA (Reuters) - Shirts and caps proclaiming the victory of the New England Patriots -- when the American football team actually lost the latest Super Bowl -- have ended up in the hands of poor Nicaraguan children.

Hundreds of shirts and caps, which had been manufactured in advance to celebrate the Patriots' expected victory over the New York Giants, were handed over to children in the southern city of Diriamba.

"The children are the winners," said Miriam Diaz, of World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization.

World Vision has links with the National Football League, or NFL, and every year helps out poor children in Latin America and Africa with the unwanted "winners" shirts of the team that actually loses the Super Bowl.

Winners' shirts and other garments are produced in advance so players and fans can put them on to celebrate immediately after the final whistle of the game. Garments of the losing team are obviously unwanted.

The Giants stunned the previously undefeated Patriots 17-14 in this year's Super Bowl.

(Reporting by Ivan Castro for Reuters)

Happy 60th, Tony Iommi

The Only Guy Who Has ALWAYS Been In Black Sabbath

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Tuesday Rock Roundup

The Aerosmith Guitar Hero we talked about last week has a release date now. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith will hit stores in June and will feature about 30 Aerosmith songs, as well as songs from artists the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Players will be able to perform as Joe Perry, Brad Whitford or Tom Hamilton. Perry says, "Having a game built around Aerosmith has been a huge honor and really a great experience for us. We've put a lot of ideas into the game so that fans can have fun interacting with our music, getting inside our body of work and learning about the band's history." Guitar Hero: Aerosmith will be available for X-Box 360, the Wii and Playstation Two and Three.

A new remix of The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" will be sold exclusively on I-Tunes for a week starting today. The track was remixed by the Belgian duo Soulwax for use in the new Kevin Spacey film 21, which opens March 28th. The remix will also be sold as a ringtone through most cellphone providers.

The Kurt Cobain documentary Cobain: About a Son arrives on D-V-D today. The film, which was directed by A-J Schnack, does not include any footage or music of the late Nirvana frontman. The soundtrack consists of Cobain interview material conducted by Nirvana biographer Michael Azerrad in the early '90s, along with songs that were significant to Cobain. The corresponding visuals document the locales of his life. Frances Bean Cobain, Kurt and Courtney Love's 15-year-old daughter, can be seen modeling expensive clothes in the current issue and website of Harper's Bazaar magazine.

Eagles manger Irving Azoff tells the New York Post, "There's a history of the Eagles film and D-V-D in the works."

U-2 are returning to the studio this week to continue work on their new album. They'll be joined in Dublin by producer Daniel Lanois [pr: lan-WAH], who is optimistic about the album's direction. He tells the Toronto Sun, "We've had a few very successful jam sessions so far, including one in Morocco. I'm very excited about what we're doing. Everyone has an appetite for breaking new ground and everybody wants to make a masterpiece.

Don't expect Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to reunite in Israel, despite the recent invitation from the nation's ambassador to Britain. Jerry Goldman, director of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool tells London's Jewish Chronicle, "Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney have made it clear that they are not going to play together again, and they are not going to get together just because it is Israel's 60th."

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills still have not settled their divorce. Despite an extra day's session in London yesterday, the estranged couple were not able to hammer out the terms that would officially end their marriage. Sir Paul, well aware of the impasse, didn't even attend the proceedings at Court 34 in London. Instead, sources say he was rehearsing for his appearance tomorrow night on the Brit Awards. Judge Hugh Bennett will now weigh the evidence and data in drawing up settlement terms, which would likely be Britain's most expensive divorce ever. The previous record was set in 2007 when businessman John Clarman paid out 48-million pounds (roughly 100-million dollars) to his ex-wife. (McCartney has a net worth of around 800-million pounds.) The terms will be binding, and most likely kept private. Only if McCartney and Mills choose to take the case to an appeals court will the massive numbers ever leak out. The Times of London reports that McCartney is eager to keep the numbers under wraps, while Mills, who has painted herself a victim in the failed marriage, may be more willing to continue the case in public.

Ronnie James Dio tells us that Heaven and Hell -- Black Sabbath with him in place of Ozzy Osbourne -- will record their first studio album since 1992's Dehumanizer this year. He tells us it will be out by early 2009, and adds that they may tour again this year. Dio reunited last year with Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice for a retrospective album and tour.

Boston guitarist Tom Scholz wants presidential candidate Mike Huckabee to stop using "More Than a Feeling" during his campaign. The former Arkansas governor has played bass on covers of the song and even invited former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau to play with him while on the trail. Scholz wrote an open letter that said he's "shocked" Huckabee would use his band's music without his consent. "Boston has never endorsed a political candidate and, with all due respect, would not start by endorsing a candidate who is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for. I am an Obama supporter." Earlier this month, John Mellencamp asked John McCain's campaign to stop using "Our Country."


American Gangster DVD with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe
Michael Clayton DVD with George Clooney
Rendition DVD with Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon
Kurt Cobain - About a Son DVD
George W. Bush: Fighting to the Finish DVD
Gangsters - The Ultimate Film Collection DVD
Nine-Disc DVD Set - Includes the Movies
Scarface (1983)
Carlito's Way (1993)
Casino (1995)
American Gangster (2007)

Kinks frontman Ray Davies releases his second solo studio album today. Working Man's Cafe comes less than two years after his first one, Other People's Lives, but Davies tells us the songs on this album were written for the first one. "I would have recorded them except for the accident I had in New Orleans." That "accident" was him getting shot when a mugger grabbed his girlfriend's purse in New Orleans in 2004. "I decided after the accident not to record anymore but to mix the songs I'd done so far."

Monday, February 18, 2008

Vinyl Monday

Oh HELL yeah.
Side One - The "Hard Rock Cafe" side
Roadhouse Blues
Waiting For The Sun
You Make Me Real
Peace Frog
Blue Monday
Ship Of Fools

Friday, February 15, 2008

"Made From Real Rhinocerus, So You Know It's Good..."

Okay: Craig and I talked about these briefly on the air last week. He bought them as a joke, because they looked really absurd. Well, the other day, I was finally brave enough to eat the Snickers Charged he bought for me.

And I have to comment.

First of all, let's have a look at the wrapper. No doubt you've seen one at your local convenience store:
  • "Limited Edition" gets tossed around an awful lot in this world. People always assume it means something good. If you want to get technical, every crap you take is a Limited Edition...
  • Is Taurine even a real thing? My nutitionist questions this. I think they found a word that makes us think Strong Like Bull and they're going with it.
  • And then they put a Rhino on it. Now, I have in my life been really hungry from time to time. I'm not sure a Rhino on the front would have inspired me to tuck into a chocolate bar during those Hardly Eating Days with my first fiancee/roommate back in '91
  • "B-Vitamins". Well, there's like a billion different B-Vitamins. I think air has B-Vitamins in it...
  • And caffeine to combine with the chocolate, to really throw open all the stops on the human church organ and rattle the big pipe.

I was halfway through the bar, sitting in the parking lot of my kids' school...when I read the upside-down line above the Snickers logo:


There just aren't enough snack foods in this world that can jack up a kid beyond all recognition. Had this bar been out when I was a wee bairn I'd've put a whole through the wall flying my miniature Millennium Falcon around the house. It was military housing, cheap construction. This would have happened daily, because all of my pocket money would have been dropped at the Shoppette buying these damn things...

We salute you, Snickers, for bravely putting this product out there. By the way, it tasted like a snickers bar dipped in a brine of pickled socks and earwax.
(Somewhere, a snot-nosed little skater punk is reading this and composing a nasty response because the fat old dude from AOR is "bangin' on his bar..." He's sipping one of those Sobe things that look like suntan lotion and trying to think of something mean to say about Led Zeppelin.)


Phriday Photo Phinish, Pheaturing IU BBall Coach Kelvim Sampson

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Heatherless Headlines

Again, each day this week, one story will be "A Fishy Story" to give you a chance to win $30 at Papa Vino's.

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Enjoy the menu featuring sauteed tilapia, shrimp and roma tomatoes over angel hair pasta with white wine and lemon dill butter sauce, served with crabmeat-stuffed mushrooms!

Woman, 89, Locked Out In Snow, Uses Ax To Get Into Home

Iowa Voters Mistakenly Endorse Fictional Character

MTV Set To Debut "Real World: Ex-Presidential Candidates

NYC unveils official new condom wrapper, says: 'get some'

Company Seeks Tax Exemption for Bribes

House Committee Members Star Struck at Roger Clemens Hearing

50 Chickens Found Loose in Philly School

Laid-Off Zoologist Goes On Tranquilizing Rampage

Homeless To Police Under Age Drinkers

Mexico cops offered cash to slim down

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

The first day of the Paul McCartney - Heather Mills divorce hearing was held yesterday in a closed London courtroom. By judge's order, the press was not welcome -- a sign on the door to Court Room 34 read "No Admittance -- Strictly Private." Sources told The Daily Mail that the estranged couple spent much of Monday reviewing financial terms -- estimated at 110-million dollars with a 40-million-dollar payment up front --as well as a confidentiality agreement in which Mills would be barred from ever discussing in detail the reasons for the divorce. As for custody, it appears that the couple's daughter Beatrice will spend alternating weekends with her mum and dad.

Longtime friends Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson will begin recording an album together next month in London. Robertson tells us, "It's something we've been talking about for a long time." Clapton is a huge fan of Robertson and his former group, The Band, particularly their first album, Music From Big Pink. Not only did it play a role in his decision to leave Cream, but he also wanted to join The Band. He played with them at their farewell concert, The Last Waltz, in 1976, and inducted them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Clapton and Robertson co-wrote "It's in the Way That You Use It" for the 1986 Martin Scorsese movie The Color of Money, and it also appeared on Clapton's August album.

Keith Richards offered some free advice to troubled singer Amy Winehouse. During a round-table session at the Berlin Film Festival -- where Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones documentary, Shine a Light, was featured -- the guitarist commented, "She should get her act together. Apart from that, I have got nothing to say to [her]." No stranger to the evils of drug abuse, Richards suggested that, opposed to what's accepted today, he and his peers were ignorant to the dangers. "When we were experimenting with drugs, little was known about the effects."

The Who will release yet another career-spanning C-D, this one containing songs from their recent D-V-D, Amazing Journey. To be sold exclusively at Best Buy stores, the disc will include "I Can't Explain," "My Generation," "I Can See For Miles," "Pinball Wizard," "Summertime Blues" (live at Leeds University), "Baba O'Riley," "The Song Is Over," "Who Are You," "Eminence Front" and "Won't Get Fooled Again (live from the Concert for New York). It will be out March 11th.

R-E-M's upcoming album Accelerate will also be released in a deluxe edition. The package includes a D-V-D with 50 minutes of film of behind-the-scenes footage and the band performing various songs on the album, as well as M-P-3s of the B-sides "Red Head Walking" and "Airliner." Accelerate is due in stores April 1st.

Paul Rodgers tells us he will be back in London next month to resume work on a new Queen album with Brian May and Roger Taylor. "We got all the basic tracks down -- we've got some 13 to 14 tracks down, and we may even put more. It's that open." He says they hope to release it in the summer followed by a tour in September.

Z-Z Top has pushed back the release date of the 25th anniversary edition of their Eliminator album from March to late summer-early fall.

Ray Davies of The Kinks will perform on the Late Show With David Letterman on February 19th.

Former Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley, 59, has terminal cancer. He appeared on the albums Saints & Sinners and Slide It In, both in the early 80s, right before the self-titled ablum in '87 that broke the band onto the big scene. He told the press Friday: "I have been very lucky. I have seen some great bands, and played with many great musicians. And I have enjoyed some tremendous experiences. I am thankful that I can say a proper goodbye to all the friends I have made, who are now rallying round me".

Maceo Parker -
Roots & Grooves [Live CD]
Michael Jackson -
Thriller 25 CD (25th Anniversary featuring guest tributes)
Widespread Panic -
Free Somehow CD
Becoming Jane DVD
Gone Baby Gone DVD
We Own The Night DVD
No Reservations DVD
Dallas Season 8 DVD

Charlie Chan Collection Vol 4

Monday, February 11, 2008

Vinyl Monday

Today, it's Side One from a truly legendary album by one of the first Supergroups...'s Deja Vu from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
The list:

Carry On
Teach Your Children Well
Almost Cut My Hair


Sunday, February 10, 2008

My Thoughts On The Grammys

  • Foo Fighters were awesome, as always.
  • Great to see Ringo, disturbing that Dave Stewart from Eurythmics has hung around with him so much that he's starting to look just like him.
  • Kid Rock still can't sing and the old woman he dueted with deserved a real partner.
  • Kanye West is useless but at least he loves his Mom.
  • Amy Winehouse had to have been drunk, not one of the better live shots of her I've seen.
  • Herbie Hancock looked as shocked as we were that he won Album Of The Year.
  • Beyonce's legs are slowly becoming California Redwoods. The gold Daisy Dukes were a bad idea.
  • Tina Turner is now roughly 40% Plastic.
  • Some great tributes throughout the evening.
  • I noticed The White Stripes won something. Can anyone explain them to me? I just don't get how that band is good.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis looked uncomfortable, but I would too at 153.
  • Aretha, yes, has become a bit more zoftig, sure, but she can still belt it out like nobody's business.

I give the broadcast an A- overall, with extra credit given for the embracing of history, which always wins points with me.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Phriday Photo Phinish

Happy Birthday Vince Neil

The Motley Crue frontman is 47 today.

He doesn't look like this anymore.

Heatherless Headlines

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

William Bailey Is 46 Today

Better known as W. Axl Rose. And as we can say every year, he plans to celebrate by releasing his Chinese Democracy album very soon! I believe over two hundred studio musicians have now been in Guns N' Roses during the decade-plus recording process of that album.
His tats, by the way, seem to be aging a lot faster than he is...

Roc's Fit Club

Today, Chef Pat dialed in a fantastic Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Salad.

Here's how you make it:

1 15 oz can Whole Kernel Corn, drained
1 15 oz can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 14.5 oz can Petite-Cut Diced Tomatoes With Zesty Jalapenos, drained
2 cups grilled or roasted chicken, diced
1/2 cup sliced green onions
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp ground cumin (optional)

Combine ingredients in a medium bowl. Toss. Serve over salad greens, garnish with cilantro, diced avacado, sour cream, and serve with a squeeze of lime juice. Serves 4-6.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

After not speaking for more than six months, brothers Ray and Dave Davies finally spoke last week -- and the subject of a Kinks reunion did come up. Ray wants to reunite the band's original line-up, which also includes Mick Avory on drums and Pete Quaife on bass, for an album and tour. Led Zep Reunion Fever: Catch It!

The Grateful Dead KINDA reunited last night, online. Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead came together last night for their first performance together since 2004. Deadheads for Obama was a get-out-the-vote concert in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at The Warfield Theater in San Francisco, to celebrate the night before Super Tuesday. The show was streamed online at I-Clips-dot-net last night, and I missed it.

Bruce Springsteen has four nominations at the 50th annual Grammy Awards, Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. His latest disc, Magic, is up for Best Rock Album, and its first single, "Radio Nowhere," received nods for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song (If there was a category for Song Most Similar To "867-5309" would be up for that, as well). Springsteen is also up for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Once Upon a Time in the West" from the We All Love Ennio Morricone tribute album. The Grammys air live on C-B-S at 8:00 pm

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood started rehearsing yesterday in England for their three shows -- February 25th, 26th and 28th -- at Madison Square Garden in New York. The shows come on the heels of the two performing together at Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival last summer in Chicago. If these dates go well, there is the possibility that it can lead to further shows down the road, giving us a Blind Faith reunion of sorts.
Clapton is set to do a few shows in the U-K in June, and Winwood will open the North American summer tour for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Todd Rundgren has just wrapped up a brief swing through the Midwest, but before heading home to Hawaii, he went to New Orleans Sunday where he'll experience his first Mardi Gras, which is today. He tells us, "A friend has a house there and invited me to stay." Rundgren is also working on a new album.

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry tells the Boston Globe that he found a cool use for one of his old I-Pods. "I put it on permanent random play and connected it to my phone system. So when you call and I put you on hold, you never know what you're going to hear."

Former Journey singer Steve Perry has been watching Extreme record their reunion album in a Los Angeles studio. He is friends with the band's guitarist, Nuno Bettencourt.

Def Leppard's new album, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge, will be released on May 6th, instead of next month. The band's website says this date is also tentative and that the names of the 11 tracks are working titles.

Nearly 40 years after they broke up, The Beatles reached a new audience yesterday. NASA beamed the song "Across the Universe" to Polaris, better known as the North Star, yesterday. The unique broadcast celebrated the 40th anniversary of the song, the 45th anniversary of NASA's Deep Space Network -- which communicates with its distant probes -- and the 50th anniversary of the space agency. Even at the speed of light, the signal will take 431 years to reach its destination -- Polaris is two-point-five-quadrillion miles from Earth. Coincidentally, the D-V-D of the movie Across the Universe -- which is powered by Beatles music -- goes on sale today.

The Beatles-themed Hard Day's Night Hotel has opened for business in Liverpool, England. Located on North John Street, near the original Cavern Club, the four-star-rated inn was in the planning stages for more than a decade. It boasts 110-rooms, two luxury penthouses and even a wedding chapel for those eager to tie the knot in an "All You Need Is Love" setting. If you plan to stay in John Lennon suite ---- the tab is 13-hundred dollars a night.


Lenny Kravitz -
It Is Time For A Love Revolution CD
Santana -
Multi-Dimensional Warrior (2 CDs)
They Might Be Giants -
Here Come The 123s [ exclusive]
Bob Mould (former Husker Du) -
District Line CD
Sheryl Crow -
Detours CD
Taylor Dayne -
Satisfied CD
Across the Universe DVD
The Brave One DVD with Jodie Foster
Elizabeth: The Golden Age DVD with the ridiculously hot Cate Blanchett
Iron Maiden - Live After Death DVD...we fans have been waiting YEARS for this one on DVD
Third Watch - The Complete First Season DVD

Monday, February 04, 2008

The Martin's Bag-Off

Tommie vs. Maria, the Indiana State Bagging Champ from Granger!
Click us for pictures!
Man, she kicked my ass! See it Monday Night on Fox 28 News at 5 & 10!

Super Bike II

Click above to see some shots from Sunday night's giveaway at Gubi's!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Tommie & The Bartender at the At-Home Big Game Party

CONGRATS AGAIN to Joe Jordanick, winner of the party from Martin's & Budweiser.
Craig and I had a blast eating his food and trouncing his son on the XBox 360. Heh.
Click the picture for more shots from the party...

Friday, February 01, 2008

Next On Vinyl Monday...

To follow up 1968's Beggars Banquet, The Rolling Stones released the second in a series of four classic albums that solidified the band as one of the greatest of all time. Originally titled Automatic Changer (which explains the cover), Let It Bleed was released in December of 1969, and Side Two...which we're hitting this unique for a couple of reasons:

1) It's the final work founding member Brian Jones did with the band, and none of it on guitar. Jonesey plays the autoharp on You Got The Silver, and some percussion on Midnight Rambler, but that's it. In the middle of the recording process for the album, the band booted him out...and in July he was dead at 27 (making him also one of the founding members of rock's infamous "27 Club"). His replacement, Mick Taylor, played on two tracks that ended up on side one.

2) Keith Richards sang lead vocals for the first time on an album, on You Got The Silver. If you've never heard it, you're in for a treat Monday morning.

3) All nine songs were written by Mick & Keith, also a bit of a departure as they usually threw at least one good blues cover in for good measure.

4) On the inside of the album cover, you are instructed to play the album very loud. And so we shall, as Vinyl Monday presents:

The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed
Side 2
Midnight Rambler
You Got The Silver
Monkey Man
You Can't Always Get What You Want

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