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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Phriday Photo Phinish (a day late)

There is now a sign up at the Sonic!

Track Tommie's private agony,

(as he waits for the Sonic to open),


Friday, May 30, 2008

Next Time On Vinyl Monday...

Ron Wood celebrates 61 years on Sunday, the former Small Faces slinger joined the Stones in '75 Keith...has managed to cheat death repeatedly and remain a guitar staple in one of the greatest rock bands ever to walk the Earth. And Stones Drummer Charlie Watts is 67 Monday, as well.

In honor of their birthdays, Vinyl Monday offers Side Two of Some Girls, the revitalizing Rolling Stones 1978 release. Put the Woody wig on and dig the following, Monday morning at 9:

Far Away Eyes
Before They Make Me Run
Beast Of Burden

Shot Of The Week

Amanda tried to read the Shot Of The Week, while her son Logan tried to beat up her mic. A lot. Both were successful this morning, and of course both were adorable (hear it on the usPod, on the right-hand side of this website...).

Here's the recipe for Liquid Green:

Equal parts Capt. Morgan, Malibu Rum, Midori, Blue Curaco, Sweet & Sour, and Pineapple Juice.


Harvey Korman Dead at 81

Harvey Korman, who will best be remembered as part of the ensemble cast on the Carol Burnett Show, died yesterday (Thursday) at U-C-L-A Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 81, and his death came as a result of complications related to an abdominal aortic aneurysm he suffered four months ago.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Today In History

U2 News

U2 are re-releasing Boy, October, and War this summer.

The remastered and reformatted version of their first album, Boy, will include rare and previously unreleased tracks. It will come out in three formats: a re-mastered single C-D, a vinyl version, and a deluxe edition including a bonus CD of B-sides, live tracks and rarities.

Each will contain a booklet with unreleased photos, lyrics and liner notes on the bonus tracks from The Edge, who oversaw the remastering. Among the unreleased tracks are "Speed of Life," "Saturday Night" and "Cartoon World."

Boy, along with remastered versions of October and War, will be out in July.

In other U2 News...Bono received an honorary doctorate of law Tuesday at Keio University in Tokyo. The honor recognized his contributions to music and support of humanitarian causes. During his speech, Bono called upon Japan to increase its economic aid to Africa. He said, "I believe in this country. The world needs your involvement." This is not the his first honorary doctorate. He received one from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. More Doctor Irony: his character in the Across The Universe movie was "Doctor Robert"...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Donuts With Diego...

...and the Rise & Shine Daycare

Michiana Bike To Work Week

When you were a kid...your bike was everything. It was a tractor trailer, a fighter jet, a motorcycle, maybe even a spaceship.
Now, your bike is something even better: a money-saver. Because it doesn't use gas.

Craig and I will desperately attempt to ride our bikes all the way to Downtown South Bend from the WAOR Studio in Mishawaka on Monday. Wanna ride with us?

It's all a part of
Michiana Bike To Work Week, and Craig & I will be riding to the event kick-off at the Morris.

In addition, we'll be biking to work next week (when possible), and each morning we do, our sponsors at Spin Zone in Granger will donate $75 to their charity of choice (Riley Hospital For Children).

More soon...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Chest: Before & After

American Hot Wax

More pictures will follow, but here's the best I can do for right now...

Again...Craig's an incredible sport for doing this. Thanks to your donations, we obliterated our fundraising goal for the March Of Dimes...and Craig is getting the body hair completely waxed in the studio.
Glad I skipped breakfast this morning...

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Steven Tyler's girlfriend, Erin Brady, is at least partly to blame for his drug relapse, according to the Boston Herald. But the paper also cites sources who say he became addicted to pain killers following recent surgeries on his throat and feet, and while recovering from Hepatitis C. Tyler lost his wife of 17 years, Teresa, to a younger man a few years ago, and his daughter, actress Liv Tyler, just announced that her marriage is over. Joe Perry isn't saying much about his Aerosmith bandmate's reported stint in rehab. He tells Blender magazine, "I actually haven't talked to [Steven] in a while. We spend most of our time off the road split up -- that's just how it goes... I hope he's doing okay." Perry is also in recovery, but this time for a knee replacement.

Sammy Hagar says the material he's written with his new supergroup, Chickenfoot, is as good as anything Led Zeppelin recorded. He tells the Canadian Press, "We've written eight, nine songs. We just got to go in the studio September 1st. When people hear the music, it's Led Zeppelin. It's as good as that. I know that's a mighty bold statement... We could rival Zep." Joining Hagar in Chickenfoot is his former Van Halen bandmate, bassist Michael Anthony, as well as guitarist Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Hagar also took a swipe at his former band, saying Chickenfoot is "10 times Van Halen, because it's functional -- we all like each other."

Those reports out of Canada that Led Zeppelin will do four shows in Toronto in August are looking less and less likely. A spokesperson for the Rogers Center tells Toronto's Globe and Mail that "preliminary discussions" are under way for Zeppelin to perform there, but adds that the Toronto Blue Jays' schedule could make it impossible. And tour promoter Debra Rathwell tells the Toronto Sun, "They're just rumors. Alison Krauss and Robert Plant are touring together till at least the end of July, and Plant has made it perfectly clear that he doesn't want to tour with Led Zeppelin. Of course, stranger things have happened, but I can tell you that my office is not involved in any Led Zeppelin concerts in Toronto or anywhere else."

Ted Nugent is featured in Guitar Hero Four, out later this year. It not only will include his music, but also him, just like Slash and Tom Morello in Guitar Hero Three.

Elton John has reportedly been offered more than five-million dollars to play at the launch of a new hotel in Moscow later this year. If he accepts the deal, it will set the record for the highest-fee ever paid to a single artist. The Sun is reporting that Elton is "on the verge of saying yes."

Poison drummer Rikki Rockett was exonerated of a felony rape charge filed in Mississippi stemming from a September 2007 incident. Rockett was not in Mississippi during September 2007, and the district attorney refused to prosecute the case after determining that Rockett was not the person who committed the alleged rape. Rockett says, "I think it was a case where the woman and her husband unfortunately believed they could extort money from me and my band."


Rambo [Blu-ray]
The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 2: 1937-1939
Rambo 1-3 Boxset [Blu-ray]
The Invaders - The First Season
Lipstick Jungle - Season One
Absolutely Fabulous - Absolutely Everything

Friday, May 23, 2008

Phriday Photo Phinish: Motivational Series

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Michele Tafoya Today

"Michelle Tafoya, the First Lady Of Sports", joining us on the phone later this morning!"
(a minute goes by, a text hits Craig's phone from listener/friend of ours Pat)
"Post a picture!"
(hey...we DID say she was going to be on the phone with us...)

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Robert Plant is hoping to record a second album with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, following the success of their debut effort, Raising Sand. He tells Britain's Guardian newspaper that writing, "seems like the natural thing to do." He remains vague on whether he turned down the chance to do a Led Zeppelin tour, saying that he doesn't "hold the keys to any decision by anybody to do anything".

Yes singer Jon Anderson suffered a severe asthma attack on May 13th and is currently recovering in the hospital. He is asking his fans to say a prayer for a speedy recovery.

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer says after eight months off, he and his bandmates will resume recording their next album this summer. If everything goes well, he thinks it could be out by Christmas or early next year. The sessions have been delayed as guitarist Joe Perry recovers from knee surgery. This will be Aerosmith's first studio album of original material since 2001's Just Push Play.

Black Sabbath are cashing in on the success of the Iron Man movie as their song of the same name is now number-five on Billboard's ringtone chart.

A very special week of shows by former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh marked Sunday night's closing of San Francisco's Warfield Theater. In honor of the Dead's many appearances at the 22-hundred-seat venue, Lesh revisited his old band's early career, album by album, in five shows spread over six nights. Friday, Lesh and friends covered Workingman's Dead and American Beauty, the two 1970 albums that made the Dead a huge success. Earlier in the week Lesh and his friends played Aoxomoxoa and Live Dead. His Grateful Dead bandmate Bob Weir turned up Tuesday to help out on the band's 1967 self-titled debut and 1968's Anthem of the Sun. Very cool idea.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Vinyl Monday

Tune up your air guitar...
It's Side One of SRV's second album, Couldn't Stand The Weather.
Scuttle Buttin'
Couldn't Stand The Weather
The Things (That) I Used To Do
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Phriday Photo Phinish: Motivational Series

A Flat Screen A Day In The Month Of May

Bob Kring got his.
Get yours.
Get the details at WAOR dot com!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Van Halen's reunion tour with David Lee Roth lit up New Jersey's Meadowlands for the second time last night, but this show was different than the one last year. Diamond Dave told the capacity crowd that it was the first show on the tour that they were filming for a DVD, calling it the first time in 30 summers that they were "recording this crap." When it's done, it'll be the first concert video the band has ever put out with Dave. They released two videos while Sammy Hagar was in the band...Live Without a Net in 1989, and Live: Right Here, Right Now, a CD and video from 1993.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Iconic singer and songwriter Neil Young has had an honor bestowed upon him that is not received by many musicians...his own spider. An East Carolina University biologist, Jason Bond, discovered a new species of trapdoor spider and opted to call the arachnid after his favorite musician, Canadian Neil Young, naming it Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi. "There are rather strict rules about how you name new species," Bond said in a statement. "As long as these rules are followed you can give a new species just about any name you please. With regards to Neil Young, I really enjoy his music and have had a great appreciation of him as an activist for peace and justice."
John Mellencamp has signed on with the Starbucks-affiliated Hear Music label and will release his new album, Life, Death, Love and Freedom, at Starbucks and traditional music retailers on July 15th.
Elton John once again said he is done making albums. The latest statement came the other night while he was performing in Austria. He told his audience, "I don't know if I'm ever going to make another record again at the moment. I have no plans to do another album as such."
Zak Starkey, the son of Ringo Starr, has quit his job as the drummer for Oasis. The London Sun reports that Starkey had a falling out with guitarist Noel Gallagher and won't be touring with Oasis when they hit the road later this summer. Starkey still has his other job -- as the drummer for The actual GOOD band...
Bryan Adams has a new album out today, and like the Eagles, he's releasing it exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club outlets. He says the decision to release 11 through the retail giant was easy. "It made a lot of sense because we don't have the infrastructure of Sony music, so it's great to have somebody like that behind you." As for the title, he says it's his eleventh album of all original material and there are 11 songs on it. Adams is promoting the album with his first-ever U-S acoustic tour, which stops in Memphis tonight.
Untraceable DVD with Diane Lane

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Next On Vinyl Monday...

The album so nice, they released it twice!
It's Side One of the 1981 USA release by AC/DC:
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
It had a slightly different run list than the version released in Australia back in '76. Different cover, too.
Here's the list:
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Love At First Feel
Big Balls
Problem Child

Friday, May 09, 2008

4 Year-old Juke Box Hero

Phriday Photo Phinish

Big thanks to the legendary Manny Charlton and the boys from Nazareth for stopping by the studio this morning. They play the Elco tonight, Gun Shy is opening for 'em. Go. Rock.

And yes, I'm wearing a rastafarian hat. My mother brought it back from the Caribbean for me yesterday out of concern for the bald head and the cooler weather this week...

Billy Joel is 59

Billy Joel, whose incredible career landed him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, turns 59 today.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

USB Missile Launcher

Brilliant. I must have one...

Robert Johnson Birthday

Without Robert Leroy Johnson's birth on this date in 1911, it could be argued, there's no Eric Clapton, no Jimmy Classic Rock.

Hoist a cold one tonight for the pioneer of the Delta Blues.

One Weird-Ass Story

She sang backup for Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne; was engaged to Eagles singer-songwriter Don Henley, was devastated by a brother's death in Vietnam. All are part of the colorful past described by Carrollton, Texas Mayor Becky Miller, acquaintances say. But spokesmen for the famous singers said the three don't know her. And the mayor's father said she never had a brother who died in the war.

Miller's challenger in Saturday's mayoral election, Ron Branson, first expressed doubts that her brother had died in Vietnam, and checks by the Dallas Morning News also raised questions about her singing career. The mayor, who is seeking a second term, said that the singers are wrong and that she went by another name when she associated with them during the 1970s. She initially declined to give that name but said Monday that most people at the time called her Pinky Her father, Edward Sampson, said his son is alive in Maryland, and was never in the service.

Ironically, name recognition being what it is, there is a good chance that Mayor Miller...if that's REALLY her name...will be re-elected in Saturday's vote. If so, city leaders should press for her to resign and allow council members to schedule a new election to fill the vacancy.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Roger Waters has been working intermittently on new material, but what form it will take is still up in the air. He says, "I've got a bunch of songs, and when I get some time something will develop... It might be that it's two albums; it might be one political album, and it might be one album that's about love. Or they might be connected. I just don't know." Waters is also working on a movie about his 2007 Dark Side of the Moon tour, which he says is "beginning to look quite interesting."

Instead of announcing a full tour, the Eagles are announcing scattered dates for their outing in support of Long Road Out of Eden. Don Henley tells us, "This summer we're gonna tour every other month, and we'll do that on and off for two years probably because that's how long it will take us to do the globe at that rate."

An early draft of the lyrics for Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road" is being auctioned online by R-and-R Enterprises. The lyrics, neither dated nor signed by Springsteen, are written in ballpoint on the first three pages of a three-by-five spiral notebook. Titled "Run Till Morning" in this early version, the song was renamed "Wings for Wheels" and "Glory Road" before landing on the Born to Run album as "Thunder Road." The bidding, which ends on May 14th, was up to 12-hundred dollars yesterday.

Imagine Mick Jagger, not Malcolm McDowell, starring in the movie A Clockwork Orange -- with a score by The Beatles instead of synthesizer pioneer Wendy Carlos. The Telegraph of London quotes a 1968 letter from executive producer Si Litvinoff to John Schlesinger, then a contender to direct it, regarding the interest those rock luminaries had in the adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel. It reads, "This film should break ground in its language, cinematic style and soundtrack...the Beatles love the project and Mick Jagger and David Hemmings have both been keen to play 'Alex.' After you've read the script and novel, I'm sure you will see the incredible potential we all see in this project." But the best-laid plans don't always come off as intended. Stanley Kubrick directed A Clockwork Orange with McDowell in the lead. Jagger instead wound up starring in the movie Performance, while the Beatles never scored another film after Yellow Submarine, which debuted in '68.

Eddie Money is the latest artist to launch his own line of wine. He has teamed up with De La Montanya Winery to produce Wanna Go Back, a 2005 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. 100-percent of the proceeds from the sale of the wine will go to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. You can purchase the wine through Money's website, Eddie Money-dot-com. Other artists with their own wine include Bob Dylan, Mick Fleetwood, Jerry Garcia, The Rolling Stones, KISS, The Doobie Brothers and John Lodge of the Moody Blues.

Elton John's longtime guitarist Davey Johnstone turns 57 today.


P.S. I Love You DVD with the oddly attactive Hilary Swank
I'm Not There DVD which is that cool-looking Bob Dylan movie
The 4400 - The Complete Fourth Season DVD
Bewitched - The Complete Sixth Season DVD
Looking for loud? Something to push your home theatre? Twister [Blu-ray]
Home Before Dark CD by Neil Diamond
Iron Man Soundtrack CD


Here's what you need to know to vote:
  1. If you are registered and will be 18 or older by November 4th, 2008, you can vote in the May 6th Primary.
  2. Polls will only be open for 12 hours -- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- and we're anticipating high turnout, so try to vote early in the day. Go before work if you can, or plan to take time to vote on your lunch break.
  3. When you vote, you must bring with you a Photo ID issued by the state of Indiana or the U.S. Government that has your name and an expiration date after November 7th, 2006.
  4. Acceptable ID includes an Indiana driver's license, Indiana state photo ID card, a U.S. Passport, U.S. Military ID or Student ID from an Indiana state school, so long as it includes a photo and an expiration date.
  5. And if this is your first time voting, make sure you bring an acceptable document that shows your current address, such as an Indiana driver's license, current utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck.
  6. Vote Quimby.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Vinyl Monday

This Monday, it's side one of the eponymous first release by The Doors:
Break On Through (To The Other Side)
Soul Kitchen
The Crystal Ship
Twentieth Centrury Fox
Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
Light My Fire

Friday, May 02, 2008

Jazzercise in New Carlisle?

Yes. If we can raise the last of the $2,953 for the March Of Dimes...we'll try to survive a round of Jazzercise in New Carlisle, since they're taking up the cause and trying to help us finish our goal off.

By the way...the March For Babies had 250 registered walkers, who raised over $42,000 between us. A further 500 people were on-hand at the event Saturday, and total donations were over $101,000! Niiiiiiiiiiice!

Here's the link to help Cathy Jimenez get the last $400 or so that we need to get Craig waxed and shaved:

Check out the Jazzercise class we might darken the doorstep of by clicking here.

Shot Of The Week

The Superman Shot:
Blue Curaco
Stop by Fridays on the southside and tell our Shot Scientist Amanda you want to try it!

March For Babies & Our Team Goal

We hit our goal of $953 (resulting in me shaving my head) thanks to your efforts, and especially thanks to Ron Nowicki and the South Bend Police Department, who raised $500 that was matched by the Police Department Credit Union.

All told, we're sitting on about $2,272. Less than $700 away from the amount that Craig said he'd wax his body hair for. Sooooo........

...we're going to keep raising money, despite the fact that the march was this past weekend. Just $700 more and Craig has to shave/wax/be very itchy for a while!

Click the purple donation thingie or right here.

A few pictures from the march (and the head shave that preceeded it) are here at our flickr site.

Phriday Photo Phinish

Central Washington Offers the Ultimate Act of Sportsmanship Read here.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Best Entertainment Headline Of The Year goes to...

Little Cubs Field

You have GOT to check out!
We were challenged to put together a wiffleball team and head up there. Keep it here for details, because we just might do that...

1000th Post

According to the counter of such things on this software, Tommie And The Bartender Dot Com has put up one thousand posts in just about two years.

Hopefully one or two were entertaining or useful to you.
Either way, they at least kept Tommie off the streets...