Friday, August 05, 2005

Top 6 Songs To Kick-Off the Weekend

What'll be on your MP3/CD/Tape Deck/Turntable as we get to the weekend?

This doesn't have to be your definitive, lifetime top 6... just whatever you're gonna throw on today.

I'm in a rockin' mood this week so it'll be...

1. Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
2. Balinese (Deep In the Heart) - The Redwalls
3. Break - American Minor
4. Live Forever - Oasis
5. Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone? - Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
6. The Waiting - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Also, thenoiseboy is (thankfully) back at it again. The garage rock DJ/music blogger has a new site, jukeboxupchuck.

Sleater-Kinney - Coming back to The Highdive's time to make like Nate and Claire Fisher circa Season 2, Episode 17 of Six Feet Under; and by that I mean it's time to see Sleater-Kinney! (Claire's argument was that Nate was too old to like or even know who Sleater-Kinney WAS. Nate called bullshit! Anyone can like S-K! He's right.)

Right from the mouth, err, typed hand of Ward Gollings, the veteran Seattle alt-rockers will be back in town on October 9th at The Highdive. The opener will be Chicago garage rock outfit, The Ponys.

Tickets will be $15 dollars, and I believe they go on sale this Saturday. You can pick them up around Champaign at the following Highdive ticket outlets:

Bacca Cigar Co, Dandelion Vintage Clothing, Skins-n-Tins Drum Shop, Exile on Main Street, Any Frequency Records (220 W. Washington in Monticello)

Or purchase them online here. And don't wait on getting them, as they will sell out fast.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Show of the Week - Headlights @ Cowboy Monkey

Cowboy Monkey will be the place to be when CU's own Headlights takes the stage this Friday/early Saturday morning. As Cassie Conner reported in Buzz today, the newly remastered 2nd EP from Headlights will be available there, and if their first EP is any indication, this release will be something special.

Also on the bill are the electro-pop/noise outfit Skeletons, This is Goodbye, and Fa-She. The show "starts at 9PM" (so really, it starts at no earlier than 10PM) and is only $5.

Headlights - (L to R) Tristan, Erin, Brett

Ah the good old days...(aren't I too young for this?)

What happened to ESPN?

I remember waking up to get ready for high school in the early to mid ‘90s, and having my routine of shit, shower, and cereal broken up nicely by the wit and smarm of then ESPN Sports Center anchor, Craig Kilborn. Perhaps on Tuesday I’d awakened by the subtle and effective humor of the seasoned tag-team of Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick. At the very least, I could rely on a good ‘cast from Charlie Steiner and Mike Tirico. Roy Firestone and Dick Schapp were there to provide a mature and guided take on the sports issues of the day, and “catch” phrases were not strung together like a messy magazine-cut ransom note. The “reality” shows on TV were still only on MTV, and no-talent hacks who didn’t deserve to sit with real journalists were like me; sitting at home and enjoying professionals do what they did best: inform and entertain. These were times when ESPN was fast on the rise, but it wasn’t so aware of its pop-culture significance that it had become a parody of itself.

Instead, today, I get to wait patiently for Kenny Mayne to show up and lend his sardonic voice to a special segment about combative college mascots or perhaps an in-depth report on Olympic curling. Those are the high points. They arrive about once every two months.

For every minute of Sports Center, there is a wannabe who will comb their thesaurus or the lyrics of a Top 40 hit to have that zinger that will set them apart from every other contestant on ESPN’s “Dream Job.” There will be guys like Fred Davis who are consummate professionals that are being pushed either by producers or from their own insecurity to force creativity. It’s not that Stuart Scott isn’t talented. He is. It’s just that far too many think that they can trot out a one trick pony phrase and suddenly be at the forefront of sports journalism. That creates a backlog of college kids or sports anchors in TV market 120 stations that grew up watching ESPN who do less homework on the sports they need to cover, and more on the personality they feel they have to cultivate to have a successful career. They become milquetoast, egocentric pawns who believe that their own celebrity (however minor it actually is) has come to equal that of the athletes they report on. The writing gets sloppy, the delivery becomes mundane, and the overall quality of the “product” erodes.

I don’t blame Olbermann or Kilborn or Steiner for leaving. I can’t say that I’d be revved up to live in Bristol, either. It’s just difficult for me to imagine how people behind the scenes who love sports can fall in love with the idea of a once trenchant institution becoming as predictable as an episode of “Full House.” Here’s to the egocentric, solipsistic views of Mike Greenberg, the banal misogyny of Skip Bayless’s meanderings, and the bland pandering of Jay Crawford; it’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

WICD-WICS/WAND Affiliation Switch - *yawn*

I read over on lil blog that Doug Quick confirmed the switch of WICD/WICS to ABC, and WAND to NBC. I knew about this around a year ago, when a source of mine at WCIA confirmed it, and there was wide speculation that Nexstar was going to try and acquire the ABC affiliate. That all collapsed, and the regular swap proceeded.

I wonder how ad sales are going to be for those staffs in the first 6 months. My guess - profits will be down! Or, if you're a business wanting to get on the air, there's no better time than now to get a push on TV.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Emotional Rec Club - Wednesday at The Canopy

Check out Emotional Rec Club during the weekly "Wednesday's In the Void" bill at The Canopy Club. The band recently finished recording a new record in Indianapolis, and will be mixing the record in the next month (most likely with CU wunderkind, Jon Pines).

Emotional Rec Club, the step-brainchild of singer/songwriter Joseph Donhowe (Imaginary Posse) recorded their first LP with producer Keith Cleversley (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Hum) at the Playground in Chicago. Cleversley's superb production allows Emotional Rec Club's bi-polar pop songs to jump off the album and resonate in your head. The album is animated by seasoned band mates Derek Niedringhaus (Castor, Sarge, Centaur) on bass, the drum stylings of Jason Milam (Love Cup, Mezzanines), and splashes of guitar riffs from now official member Kevin Cahill. Simply put this is a catchy and sonically pleasing album. Go ahead and pick a song, any song. The band's website is down for reconstruction, but you can listen to samples or buy the record on their page.

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