Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audio Book):
A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

Ok students, there won't be any more postings here till next week. So till then, study and listen to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audio Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. It's a hilarious take on American history, the only history in the world you'll ever need to know. In fact, whatever you know of the world before the good ol' USA started, erase it from your memory. Instead, use that space in your brain for your favorite TV show themes and quotes from John Hughes movies, because there's only one kind of history and that's American history. When I return, there will be a quiz. Ok?

For Your Consideration:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audio Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction Mp3

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

2007 MLB Hall Of Fame Inductees

Two gamers were elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame today, and one claimer was not. Eight-time National League batting champion Tony Gwynn and Iron Man Cal Ripken Jr. earned election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, both having attained nearly the highest percentage of votes in history. Ripken was picked by 537 voters, appearing on 98.5 percent of ballots, falling just short of the record percentage of 98.84 set by Tom Seaver when he was selected on 425 of 430 ballots in 1992. Gwynn was just behind with 532 votes, 97.6 percent. McGwire only appeared on 128 of a record 545 ballots in voting released Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Black Sabbath - Iron Man Mp3

Ripken played in a record 2,632 consecutive games from May 30, 1982, to Sept. 20, 1998, shattering the mark of 2,130 once held by Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig and captivating the hearts of baseball fans everywhere. Ripken had 3,184 hits -- including 431 home runs -- batted .276, was twice an AL Most Valuable Player (1983 and 1991), was a 19-time AL All-Star, and won two Gold Gloves.

Aside from tying Honus Wagner for the most NL batting titles in history, Gwynn was a 15-time NL All-Star who had 3,141 hits, batted .338 and won five Gold Gloves as a right fielder in his 20 Major League seasons, all played with the San Diego Padres.


Monday, January 08, 2007

Elvis Is Everywhere!

Elvis Presley would have been 72 years old today.
Happy Birthday Big-E.
We miss you.

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2007 Inductees

Well, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced its inductees for 2007.

The inductees are:

-Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
(Kid Creole, Cowboy, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Mr. Ness, Raheim)
- R.E.M. (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe)
- The Ronettes (Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector, Nedra Talley)
- Patti Smith
- Van Halen (Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth)

The five inductees will be honored at a ceremony on March 12, 2007 in New York City. And what do they win, Bob? In addition to being honored at the ceremony, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame displays the signature of each inductee inscribed in glass, and exhibits artifacts from the year’s inductees. There is also a multi-media film presentation with highlights from each artist’s career, and a spot on their softball team.

So, I'm alright (I guess) with these picks, but is the RRHOF going to start curbing their picks within the next few years? Cause in my opinion, the pickins are getting slim. Van Halen is iffy at best. I think they get in because of Eddie Van Halen's revolutionary sound, but the future classes could contain the eternal debate as to whether Duran Duran and Adam Ant deserve recognition. Men At Work and Quit Riot? Ugh. I love those acts too, but are they worthy? The RRHOF needs to take a note from the Baseball Hall Of Fame, and just really let those who deserve it, gain membership. So what I'm claimin is Def Leppard equals Jim Rice in the big scheme of things.

Here are samples of today's class for your consideration:
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - White Lines (Don't Do It) Mp3
Van Halen - Unchained Mp3
The Ronettes - Be My Baby Mp3
R.E.M - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) Mp3

(sorry, no Patty Smith)

Sunday, January 07, 2007

My Morning Jacket Covers Prince!

Saw My Morning Jacket at the Wiltern over the weekend and they were unbelievable. The setlist was tight, and they really seemed to be into the moment. I'll try to find more pictures from the show (like the one above) and perhaps even some audio.

But for now, did you know that the Jacket covered Prince? It's true. On New Year's Eve, at the Fillmore in San Francisco, they performed my favorite Prince song, "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man."

I have included a link to the song, and to the entire show. My reccomedation is to grab the entire show. It's a long one that includes the countdown to the new year, wonderful covers ("Celebration," "All Night Long," and "Highway To Hell"), and some live rareties ("Cobra").

For Your Consideration:
My Morning Jacket - I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Live) Mp3
My Morning Jacket - Live At The Fillmore 12/31/06