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Friday, August 29, 2008

Shot Of The Week


Vanilla Royale and Cranberry

Additional Phriday Photo Phinish: Kids

Zach, this week's WAOR Wednesday Weather Kid from Meijer...and some kids enjoying the Prowler at the 95 Days Of Summer broadcast in Elkhart Thursday evening (before the rain came).

Phriday Photo Phinish: Convention Edition Pt. 1
...last convention?...

...a billboard near St. Paul, MN airport...
(Site of next week's Republican National Convention )
...a great new logo idea for McCain...who turns 72 today, by the way...
...and one non-political one...thanks to Dan O in Indy for this last one.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Demopalooza, Day 3

The most gratifying thing about watching Barack Obama recieve the Democratic nomination wasn't Hillary's move for acclimation and releasing her delegates to make it unanimous...though that was classy and leaves her looking good for 2012 or 2016. It wasn't even Mr. Bill's endorsement, which the GOP will make fun of after his previous comments. Nor was it Biden's story, which is amazing and stirring.

It was the tears of joy on the face of all the older African-American delegates, who were finally seeing it happen, perhaps the finest possible tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the eve of the anniversary of his most famous speech, where he dreamed of an America where this was possible.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Lerxst!

Alex Lifeson from Rush is a genius, awesome, and 55 today (in that order)

Demopalooza, Day 2

Okay, first of all, the Governor of Montana was a fantastic, energetic, charismatic speaker...and speaking as a Democrat I hope we see more of Gov. Brian Schweitzer soon. He absolutely slammed into that crowd like a tornado, and created enough energy in the room to power the city of Denver for a week before Hillary came out.

Hillary's speech was fantastic. And I don't like her.

The video introduction with Chelsea and Hillary's Mom was well done and actually interesting. Incidently: at one point during the speech, she acknowledged the 19th amendment. Hillary noted that when her mother was born, women couldn't even vote. And this year, Chelsea was able to cast a vote for her mother for President.

Hillary went right at her still-waffling worshippers who are considering sitting out November or voting for McCain:
  • "We don't have a moment to lose or a vote to spare"
  • "Ask yourself: were you in this for me, or for the single mom, the soldier who needs health care, (the American people)?"
  • "No McCain"
  • "We are on the same team, this is a fight for the future"
  • And likening the battle for a better life for us all to Harriet Tubman's underground railroad, she urged her supporters to "Keep going," and vote for Obama

She stopped short, however, of saying WHY Obama was worthy of their votes, save that he was a Democrat. She was far more gracious to Michelle Obama, praising her qualities as a possible First Lady.

And as expected, she took the first real shots at John McCain. And went right for his throat, which was what the convention needed.

Tonight it's Mister Bill, Veep hopeful Joe Biden, and Obama's official naming as the party's nominee (unless the Clinton Worshippers stage a coup).

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Candidate We Can All Get Behind (?)

Demopalooza '08, Day 1

Thoughts on Day One of DemFest '08:

  • I don't care about Nancy Pelosi's rise to power. The little movie was as necessary as an eleventh toe...but I suppose they needed filler.
  • Jim Henson, er, Jim Leach of Iowa...was useless. That muppet voice did little to represent any kind of strong bridge between the parties. I kept waiting for Fozzie Bear to run out, pie him, shout "wakka wakka wakkaaaaa!" and dash off the stage before being tackled by security. Then Gonzo would chase a couple of chickens across the stage, pausing in front of the camera to realize he was on it.
  • Ted Kennedy, despite having his friggin' brain opened up recently, looked strong enough to pull the ears off a Gundar. Maria Shriver, however, in the audience clapping her scaly claws together, looked like a slightly younger, brunette version of Joan Rivers' leftover skin. If she'd have clapped a little harder, she might have started a fire.
  • Michelle Obama, whom I love, did a lot to finally introduce the family to the people. Unfortunately, she did it at 10:30pm, so hardly anyone will have seen more than the highlights the media deems fit to talk over.
  • Barack Obama, whom I love, looked awkward and forced interacting with the family via satellite after Michelle's speech.
  • Wolf Blitzer still sucks, needs to come down with some kind of creepy-crawly wee beastie infestation...and then kiss Donna Brasille deeply so she gets too sick to be on TV, as well.
  • Giving me a satellite channel with unfiltered coverage was nice of the satellite company...but it will eventually either drive me nuts or cost me my marriage...

Plot to kill Obama?

Tuesday Rock Roundup

On Friday, drummer Jason Bonham told a Detroit radio station that he is leaving Foreigner at the end of the month. Since Jason filled the seat once occupied by his late father John Bonham at the Zeppelin show in London last December, does this raise the likelihood of a full-fledged Led Zeppelin reunion? Jason says, "I've been working with Jimmy [Page] and John Paul [Jones] and trying to do just do some new material and some writing. I don't know what it will be, [but] it will be something." A source close to Zeppelin tells us there is "nothing to add" to this story. Jason says his first priority is to "go and watch my kids grow up because they've grown up way to fast in the last four years."
Jimmy Page was in Beijing, China to take part in Sunday night's closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics. In a segment where the Olympic flag was officially passed to London, the host city for the 2012 Games, Page rose out of a double-decker bus to accompany singer Leona Lewis on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." The British newspaper The Telegraph reports that Leona changed the second verse because she felt they would not work for a female singer. She changed "I'm gonna give you every inch of my love" to "every bit" of my love. And for the heinous crime of altering the legendary lyrics...Leona Lewis must of course be destroyed...
Pink Floyd will come together today in Stockholm, Sweden to receive the Polar Music Prize. The annual Swedish award recognizes artists for their contributions to their musical genres. Floyd will receive a cash prize of 168-thousand dollars. Previous winners include Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen.
Today marks the 38th anniversary of the last public performance of Jimi Hendrix, which took place at the Isle of Wight festival in the U-K. In celebration, Experience Hendrix, which is run by his estate, is releasing its 10th "official bootleg" today. Live in Paris and Ottawa 1968 contains nine songs from a show at the L'Olympia Theater and three previously unreleased tracks from a show in Canada's capital including a cover of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The Paris performance was first released as part of the 1991 Stages box set.
Starting today, Rush's 1981 album, Moving Pictures, will be available for download through the Rock Band video game. There are seven songs on the album, which brings the total number of Rush songs available through the game to 12. Among the songs on Moving Pictures are "Limelight", "Tom Sawyer", and rival Guitar Hero favorite "YYZ".
Songs by Bruce Springsteen and U2 were heard Saturday when presidential candidate Barack Obama introduced Joe Biden, his vice presidential running mate. Biden took the stage in Springfield, Illinois to the strains of Springsteen's "The Rising" and finished up to U2's "Beautiful Day." Springsteen was also heard in Beijing Sunday as "Born in the USA" was played at the conclusion of the US basketball team defeating Spain for the gold medal at the Summer Olympics.
You have to be gay to be the singer in Judas Priest says frontman Rob Halford, who turned 57 yesterday. In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Halford recently said: "To be brutally honest, Jugulator and Demolition [the two Priest albums made with singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens] were affected by my not being in the band, much like when Bruce Dickinson went away from Iron Maiden, the way Van Halen [was] affected when David Lee Roth left. But I don't think a straight man can do my job in Judas Priest. I've never said that before. I'm sorry, but they can't."
You can hear 30 seconds of "Rock n' Roll Train," the first single from AC/DC's forthcoming album, Black Ice, on the band's My Space page -- My Space-dot-com-slash-ACDC.
One Kind Favor CD by B.B. King
Motorizer CD by Motörhead
Mothership [Vinyl] by Led Zeppelin (LP Record - 2008)
Farewell Tour CD by The Doobie Brothers
Gold CD by Tesla
North Hollywood Shootout CD by Blues Traveler
And on DVD:
What Happens in Vegas with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher-Moore
Dog The Bounty Hunter: The Best Of Season Four (no word on whether he himself is arrested on it)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Pics from Thorogood show Sunday Night

Up now at our Flickr account.

Next on Vinyl Monday...Magical Mystery Tour, Side 2

What can be said about The Beatles that hasn't already been said a few hundred thousand times? Here's my take one of my favorite albums of theirs, which we'll feature Monday Morning at 9a on Vinyl Monday:

1967 was a pivotal year in many ways, especially in music. The Beatles made such a huge splash with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band that it's easy to forget about that year's other release: Magical Mystery Tour.

It started life as a double EP in England, the six-song soundtrack to an English TV Special the band produced after Pepper's. For the US release, it was fattened into a full-length LP with some of the band's most recent non-album singles: all hits, and all on side two. They (Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields Forever, Baby You're A Rich Man, and All You Need Is Love) represent the band at an amazing creative point, in the shadows of a legendary album from earlier in the year.

Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields were actually left off Sgt. Pepper's, recorded at the beginning of those sessions earlier in '67, and their deletion from the Pepper's lineup was a decision producer George Martin had regretted. Rich Man was the first song written for the upcoming Yellow Submarine cartoon, and All You Need was the anchor of the band's famous Our World satellite broadcast that served as an anthem for the up and coming flower-power movement. It also featured Mick & Keith from the Stones, Ketih Moon from The Who, Eric Clapton, and many others. Side two began with Hello, Goodbye, which was McCartney's point-counterpoint to Lennon's I Am The Walrus that had wrapped up side one.

Eventually, there was an English album that mirrored the run-list from the American album.

It can be argued that this album, and not The White Album that followed it, shows the band at their absolute creative peak, still hvaing plenty of gas in the tank after Sgt. Pepper's and before the fights and arguments that plagued their last three years together. 1967 was arguably their year, despite strong work from The Who, The Stones, even The Beach Boys that year.

Side Two:
Hello, Goodbye
Strawberry Fields Forever
Penny Lane
Baby You're A Rich Man
All You Need Is Love

Friday, August 22, 2008

9:44 AM: CNN Is Killing Me Right Now

I'm trying so hard not to laugh at their five-camera coverage of the any-minute-now-announcement of Obama's VP choice.

They have cameras at the EMPTY Democratic Convention stage at The Can in Denver...and at Evan Bayh's house here in Indiana...and at Joe Biden's place...and at the Governor's Mansion in Virginia...AND at Chicago's O'Hare Airport "just in case someone passes through there and gives us a hint".

One of the analysts just said "It's like the Publisher's Clearing House's like we expect Obama to burst out a van any minute now with a bunch of balloons...ring he bell...and tell someone "You're the one!"

Too funny.

My money's on Biden, but I'd be happy with any of those three choices.

Phriday Photo Phinish

Craig's vantage point for the Bears pre-season game last night @ Soldier Field

Shot Of The Week

Amanda went simple this week: The Lemon Drop.

Just Vodka, Lemon, and Sugar!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

WKRP Closing Credit Lyrics

Sounds pretty close, anyway...

Boss Hog Giveaway at Hoosier Harley-Davidson on Saturday...

...and during the Super Saturday Event on Bristol in Elkhart, someone will win this:

That's the actual package o' goodies that gets you into all the events in Milwaukee next weekend. Brad & Junior brought it in when they stopped by this morning.

Hear our conversation on the usPod - - - - >

They also said they have additional tickets to the 105th Anniversary Celebration to give away during the day. Get to Super Saturday from9a to 10p to learn more. It'll be kid-friendly, too!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lotsa Rock Birthdays Today

The late Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, 1949-1986
The Late Issac Hayes, 1942-last week

Robert Plant, 1948-still kickin'

And the biggest name in Rock...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Phil Collins has passed a record set by Sir Paul McCartney. But he'd rather not have. After six years of marriage and two children, Swiss-born Orianne Cevey, who is 35, has received a $46 point 7-6 million cash payout from Collins, who is 57, according to Britain's Daily Mirror. The record settlement is Britain's biggest ever in a celebrity divorce, and tops by some $2 million what Paul McCartney gave that creature Heather Mills earlier this year. Collins is familiar with expensive breakups. Second wife Jill Tavelman hit him for 34 million after he dumped her by fax in 1994. In all, according to a Daily Telegraph tally, Phil's divorces...including his first in 1979...have cost him $84 million. That's almost a third of his estimated 280 million dollar fortune. Or, rather, his ex-wives' fortune. Eventually.
The new AC/DC album...Black Ice...will be sold in the USA exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores for their infamous price of 11-88. Online, the CD will be available with free shipping and handling via the band's website, AC/DC dot com, as well as at Walmart dot com and Sams Club dot com. AC/DC will kick off a world in late October in the USA to support the 15-track album, which of course will kick ass.
Could it be possible that after 14 years, Axl Rose is finally going to release Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy album? It seems unlikely that the oft-delayed album will ever come out, but according to Billboard, a true release date may actually be on the horizon. The report claims that G-n-R's management is negotiating with a large retail chain, perhaps Wal-Mart or Best Buy, for the album's exclusive release. I have to admit: I'd buy it out of sheer morbid curiosity at this point, which has got to be what Axl's banking on...
Sharon Osbourne tells Billboard that her husband Ozzy has signed a new contract with Sony that calls for three more albums. She says he's in the process of recording the first one. The recent one-off Ozzfest show in Dallas, featuring Ozzy and Metallica, grossed more than three-million dollars.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield has angered a bunch of hikers, bikers and horseback riders by blocking off a popular trail that had been accessible for 50 years. The trail happened to go through Hetfield's San Rafael, California property and was often a target for vandals, so he erected a large metal fence. Riders and hikers are now up in arms about having to find a new route. David Warner, whose construction company installed the fence, tells the Marin Independent Journal, "It is private property. There was some damage done by certain people. If people were cool, this would not be an issue." County officials are reportedly reaching out to Hetfield to convince him to change his mind.
John McCain's campaign responded to a lawsuit filed last week by Jackson Browne, where he complains that his song "Running on Empty" was used without his permission in a political ad. A McCain spokesman said Friday that the candidate and the Republican National Committee "had nothing to do with the creation or distribution of this ad whatsoever," adding "Mr. McCain's name should be removed from this lawsuit immediately," McCain's people insist the ad came from the Ohio Republican Party, which is not directly affiliated with the Arizona senator.
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pat Benatar are among the artists whose lyrics have been printed on T-shirts, the proceeds of which help various children's charities. Words from Skynyrd's "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama" and from Benatar's "Heartbreaker" don one T-shirt. Other artists featured include Elvis Presley, Britney Spears and Coldplay. Soon to come are T-shirts with lyrics from songs by Alice Cooper, The Beach Boys, Blondie, Bryan Ferry, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Don McLean, The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Sinatra, The Grateful Dead, KISS, The Pretenders, Squeeze and Steppenwolf. For more information, log onto OrphanLyrics-dot-com.
Ginger Baker, Cream's Drummer, is 69 today.


No CD releases of note today, but several interesting DVD's:
Street Kings ~ Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, and Chris Evans
Recount ~ Kevin Spacey (Which was pretty cool but BLATANTLY anti-Republican)
Best of Both Worlds Concert: The 3-D Movie [Blu-ray] and DVD with Hannah Montana and Miley's like The Parent Trap with more music, I guess...

Monday, August 18, 2008

It Begins Again...

Sonic is getting close in Mishawaka. Muhahahaha...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Next up on Vinyl Monday

I will freely admit that I'm not the biggest fan of Steve Miller. Primarily because I've met him, and he's pretty much an asshole. Other people in my industry have always said the same, so I know it wasn't just me.

Regardless...he has recorded some real classics, especially Book Of Dreams. And I can usually look past someone being a dick long enough to enjoy their work. So Monday Morning at 9am, it's Side One of one of those gems from the late 70s that no one was disappointed in after bringing it home:

Jet Airliner
Winter Time
True Fine Love
Wish Upon A Star

Friday, August 15, 2008

Shot Of The Week

Amanda presented The Airhead this morning: Peach Schnapps and Cranberry Juice.

Phriday Photo Phinish

Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Oddly Ironic Beach Volleyball

Among the matches in Beijing Wednesday...Georgia vs. Russia. The match is said to have started out friendly enough, but it got ugly as insults went back and forth like the ball.

OK, enough of the heartwarming stuff. Now here's the funny one...

Cooking For Guys Who Can't Cook

Chef Pat dialed in a couple of simple sammiches for us today:

French Onion Burger (pictured)

Mix 2 lbs of ground beef with 1 pkg of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
You also need 8 onion buns, 8 slices of provolone cheese, 1 large onion, 1 teaspoon of butter, and 2 oz of marsala cooking wine.

Melt butter on medium heat...cook very thinly sliced onion in butter, do not stir until they begin to brown. That's the sugar in the onions starting to carmelize. Should take 5-10 min. Deglaze pan with wine, cook burger and top with onion mixture, melt cheese on top to serve. Serve on toasted onion bun.

Fried Catfish Sandwich (not pictured, or you'd see it)

You need: 1/4 cup yellow corn meal, 3 tbsp flour, 1 tsp cajun seasoning, 2 6-8 oz catfish fillets, 3 tbsp melted butter, and cooking spray.

Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray. Mix the dry ingredients well, and coat the fish with it. Place fish in non-stick sprayed pan with melted butter, cook for 4-5 min each side. Serve on a soft hoagie bun, top with homemade or premade coleslaw. Yes, coleslaw.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Happy 59th Birthday today, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.

According to the New York Post, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will provide the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl 43 on February 1st in Tampa, Florida. A spokesman for Springsteen was unavailable for comment.

John Lennon's killer, whose name I will forever refuse to say, is up for parole this week for the fifth time. With any luck at all, a sniper will take him out on the way to the hearing.

Convinced The Who are just in it for the cash? The're donating all their earnings from the first show of their upcoming North American October 21st concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban area charities. Roger Daltrey says, "The first gig we ever played in the US was in Detroit, and we have always had an affinity with this part of the country. Pete and I are very aware of the problems people are having in Michigan and feel we should give something back for all the support we have had over the last 40 years."

After re-releasing their first three albums last month, U2 will now re-issue their first video, Live at Red Rocks, and the live album Under a Blood Red Sky on September 30th. The famous show from the Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver in 1983 has never been availible on DVD, and this new version will include five previously unreleased songs, a director's commentary, digitally re-graded pictures and surround-sound mix. Under a Blood Red Sky, first released in November 1983 and recorded at three shows during the band's 1983 tour, has been remastered and will also be available on vinyl. A deluxe edition will contain both CD and DVD.

It's the end of an era: Rolling Stone magazine is planning to switch to a smaller page size, starting with the October 30th issue. The new format, with nice shiny gloss paper, will also be glued together instead of stapled.

Metallica have announced a lengthy American tour, beginning October 21st in Glendale, Arizona. The band is famous for not having an opening act, but the each stop of the tour will feature two from a rotation of four bands, depending on the month. The tour hits Milwaukee, Detroit, and Chicago in January. Metallica's new album, Death Magnetic, comes out September 12th.

Bad Company reunited Friday night for a one-time show at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. It was the first time since 1999 that all the living original members...Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke...performed together. Bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006. The 100-minute show was documented for a CD and DVD to be released later, because releasing it earlier would just be silly as well as impossible.

You've heard the album a thousand times, but chances are you never SAW the show that put Cheap Trick on the map. Cheap Trick's legendary concert album Live at Budokan is being re-released again. A deluxe edition two-CD and DVD set of the 1978 concert at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo has been remixed and remastered, and the DVD contains the concert, which originally aired on Japanese TV in 1978 and hasn't been aired since. There is also a Making of Live at Budokan documentary with new interviews with the band and road crew. It will be out on October 28th.

ZZ Top will continue their tour into the fall. Calling it the In Your Face Tour, they'll visit some of the more intimate venues they played early in their career. Guitarist Billy Gibbons explains that playing a fill-in gig at a little old theater in Knoxville, Tennessee. The experience reminded them of their roots, and they decided to do more stripped-down shows with a more direct connection with their fans. The extended tour hits the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis on October 11th.

If you can believe the reports from Down Under, Billy Joel has a feud going with a music critic from New Zealand. Grant Smithies, a critic with the Sunday Star-Times down there in Diet Australia, says that Joel threatened him over an article in which Smithies called the Piano Man's biggest hits "sentimental rubbish" and "abominations". He also compared interviewing Joel to "sleeping with an inflatable girlfriend." In a letter that Joel reportedly sent Smithies, the rocker writes, "You didn't bring any of this up during the interview, and I certainly would have welcomed the opportunity to discuss those kinds of things, person to person. I believe that it's always best to be upfront with someone when you have strong opinions about their work or their image, simply as a gesture of respect, or if the respect isn't there, then purely as professionalism. You are still welcome to attend our concert in Auckland, but just as a safety precaution, please wear a hockey mask." Smithies responds, "It's actually made him go up in my estimation. He just wants respect for his work and I think good on him for making direct contact." For what it's worth, Smithies won't be attending the concert, and notes that Joel, a former amateur boxer, was undefeated in 21 bouts.

Iron Maiden have asked to have their name removed from the Vodafone Live Music Awards list of nominees for Best Live Return. A post on their website says, "We are not quite sure where we are returning from." Vodafone has honored their request.


Saudades de Rock CD by Extreme, as lead singer Gary Cherone continues to wait for Eddie Van Halen to call him back...
Greatest Hits CD by New Kids on the Block
The Wire - The Complete Fifth Season DVD
Prison Break - Season 3 DVD
South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season DVD
Smart People DVD w/Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Thomas Haden Church

Monday, August 11, 2008

Vinyl Monday

Side One of Bryan Adams' Reckless from 1984
One Night Love Affair
She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'
Run To You

Friday, August 08, 2008

Amanda's Shot Of The Week:

The Hawaiian Volcano: Absolut, Southern Comfort, Sloe Gin, Grand Marnier

Hear it on the usPod - - - - >

Phriday Photo Phinish

The Crackberry got bumped off the table at New Paris Speedway, hit the rocks underneath, and is now frowning at me. I've had this phone for five months, and it looks like I've had it for five freaking years. The phone before it? I didn't put a SCRATCH on it... the drunken White Sox fan to see the photos of his first trip to a Cubs game this past Tuesday...

...the rest are a few shots from Thursday's live broadcasts at Martin's for the 95 Days Of Summer and at New Paris Speedway right afterwards:

Thursday, August 07, 2008

When You're A Jet, You're The Top Cat In Town, You're The Gold Medal Kid With The Heavyweight Crown

"They are already calling him Broadway Brett, kill me now."
- Brent Bach
Craig made the point this morning when we were discussing this with Ragz (who is beside himself with joy) that this is an incredible move for both teams. But for the makes them the top story in the NFL right before the season where the other show in town won the whole thing.
Who'da thunk it? After the Giants won that Super Bowl and left a perfect season in ruins...we'll all be watching the Jets closely...