Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Gray Skies Are Going To Clear Up,
Thank crap the blue skies are back. Let's put all that grayness behind us. It never seemed to bother me when I lived in Ireland; I must have lost my tolerance for it. Allez Les Bleu!
Sports: speaking of Allez Les Bleus, the World Cup is a few weeks away. The US is in a very tough group with Italy and the # 2 ranked Czech Republic, so the chances of them advancing aren't great. They're very good though, so there's a chance. Has anyone seen that ridiculous gatorade commercial which melodramatically portrays the US team as the plucky little underdog fighting against a mean world that's against it? I'm sorry, but please. Obviously I am a critic of the government, but I support the US National Team because I'm a soccer fan, the US is where I'm from, I'm as much as an American as Dick Cheney is, the players represent the people to me, not the government, and their rise throughout the FIFA ranks over the last ten years has been impressive. But still, there's really no excuse for portraying the US as the little guy against all odds, in this day and age, in any respect. The contradiction with the reality of our belligerant imperialism is just too extreme. I know I'm contradicting what I just said about the team representing the people, not the government, but still. Come on. Up with the US Soccer Team. Down with stupid nationalism.
Also, in sports, that was a great comeback by the Yankees last night, led by my boys, DJ and Posada (See that, Randy? He's won more games than you). In fact, it was the largest rally in the Yanks' storied history. I had a free ticket to that game, but declined to go down to NYC. Last time I passed on a free ticket was the infamous Snow Game - one of the ten greatest games in NFL history. I really need to start taking people up on these complimentary tix.
Music: I probably mentioned this before but I've been listening to tons of WZBC Boston College radio these days. I heard "fashion bleeds" off White Trash Heroes by Archers of Loaf this morning - one of my favorite albums from 1999. A lot of the regular DJs have left for the summer. Hopefully, there won't be too much dead air. Right now there's a professor with a really funny voice and great music taste DJing (playing Black Heart Procession right now, I think (he's not updating his playlist online)).
I have two music recommendations today: a song and an album. The song is "The Prettiest Girl" by a Boston band called the Neighborhoods, who I believe were around in the eighties. Just a great, tight pop song. Every once in a while a song comes along which blows you away with its catchiness. Mass Romantic by The New Pornographers was such a song. Gold Digger by Kanye West and Jamie Foxx was too. So is this one.
The album is Shut Up I Am Dreaming by Sunset Rubdown. If you haven't heard Apologies To The Queen Mary by Wolf Parade yet, go get that first. Then get this one. It's the solo project (which I guess has 3 cd's now) from Spencer Krug, the song writer on WP that sings "I'll Believe In Anything". Yet another excellent music product from Canada. What the hell are they drinking up there? Freedom? Labatts?
Also, two Western Mass music acts, Mark Schwaber and Spouse, will be playing tomorrow night at The Abbey Lounge. 8 PM.
VTK Update: Well, I finally heard from my Dad and he said that he saw this guy taking photos of a steel band with a really nice camera, so he pointed out to the guy that there was a double rainbow across the Bay behind him. Chris took some shots of it, and then my super sociable stepmom (or "bonus mom", as she is still trying to brand herself) started chatting him up and thought he reminded her of me. They did the where-are-you-from thing and narrowed it down to the connection in a few steps. classic.
Las Vegas: (or "Vegas Baby!", as it appears to have been renamed). Early Friday AM, I set off for the desert, for my buddy's bachelor party. I believe the schedule goes something like: arrive at 11:00 AM on Friday, drinks, slots, golf, drinks, blackjack, stripclub, drinks, blackjack, craps, drinks, 2 hour nap, bloody mary's, sports bar betting on Yankees' game and the Preakness, slots, snack, drinks, strip club, blackjack, drinks, 2 hour nap, slots, depart 1:00 PM on Sunday. We'll see if I can keep my streak of 33 years without a hooker going. Shouldn't be too tough. I invented not getting laid.