Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hump Day Random 10

Been a long time since we checked in with the little green Nano. (Okay, we check in with the LGN pretty much every day, we just don't post about it.)


Everything But the Girl - The Night I Heard Caruso Sing
Marshall Crenshaw - I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)
Jonathan Rundman - I Don't Want to Go to Hell
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Here Comes My Girl
Bob Dylan - Blind Willie McTell
Dan Zanes - Cuckoo Waltz
The Beatles - I Me Mine
Daryl Hall & John Oates - Had I Known You Better Then
Rogue Valley - And Your Bird Can Sing
Jonathan Rundman - Deadly Life

Bonus 11 (just because you've all been so patient)
Laura Nyro - And When I Die

Wow. Selections from a bunch of essential albums in this list, EBTG's "Idlewild", a pair from Jonathan's "Sound Theology", TP's "Damn the Torpedoes", Zanes' "Parades and Panoramas", and H&O's "Abandoned Luncheonette".  If you don't know these records, check 'em out!

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (President Donald Trump would 'love' to include Sarah Palin in his cabinet? Is it too early in the day to start drinking?), already in progress.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

We Can Be Heroes

Apologies to my vast readership for going quiet for so long.

Some folks are losing their excrement because ESPN gave out one of their ESPY Awards (I believe they were originally conceived as the BWNSTSOTDATASGWTIAEGOOOCWHTTANFLMCA* Awards) to Caitlyn Jenner for her courage in coming out as transgender.

*Boys, We Need Something To Show On The Day After The All Star Game When There Isn't Anything Else Going On Or, Oh Crap, We'll Have To Talk About NFL Mini-Camps Again

That brings us to This Week's Discussion Question:

When the hell did heroism become a zero-sum game?

Look, people do heroic stuff all the time. Small, quiet acts of heroism and big, honkin' acts of heroism, every damn day and somebody doing the latter doesn't make the former acts any less heroic.

Please keep the discussion civil and do not wander off into "If you think this makes ESPN look bad, do you realize that they point a camera at Stephen A. Smith on a regular basis?" or "Is it too early in the day to start drinking?"


Monday, July 29, 2013

Whatever Happened to You and I?

So tonight we're celebrating $5.99 Burger Monday at a local establishment near TWDQ HQ and we hear something we don't think we've ever heard before:  Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes on a restaurant sound system.

As such, we paid a little more attention than usual, bringing us to This Week's Discussion Question:
Why do I give Johnny a pass on a grammatical error in a chorus, but not the BoDeans?
Please keep the discussion civil and feel free to wander off into "That's Steve Van Zandt getting the pass, actually," or "YouTube is awesome."


Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Wall Street Shuffle

Good on both of the local dailies for carrying the Times' story on commodities manipulation. The west side of the river had it on the front page and their counterparts to the east had it on page 2.  Charlie Pierce has it absolutely right about Occupy Wall Street:  They may not have a coherent message, but they're yelling at the right buildings.

That brings us to This Week's Discussion Question:
Where the hell is my pitchfork?
Please keep the discussion civil and do not wander off into "Hey Detroit ought to at least get a cut of this action!" or "Torches! We're gonna need torches, too!"


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Random 10

Wonder if the little green Nano can pull up some tunes to melt the snow that's gotta go.


Adele - I'll Be Waiting
The Rascals - It's Wonderful
Mavis Staples - Wonderful Savior
Alice Cooper - Elected
David Bowie - Valentine's Day
Dan Zanes - The E-Ri-E Canal
Jeremy Messersmith - Repo Man
U2 - All Because of You
Dar Williams - Are You Out There
The Magnetic Fields - You're My Only Home

The Zanes tune is most definitely NOT the "Erie Canal" they taught you in school. Can't find the Zanes version on YouTube, so this'll have to suffice. And if you don't have Dan Zanes' wonderful Parades and Panoramas album, what are you still doing here? The Bowie tune's from the new record, which is quite good.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question ("Really, Sixth District? Really?"), already in progress.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Random 10 (x4)

Whoosh! Where did that month go?


Eddie Cochran - Boll Weevil
Steve Winwood - Higher Love
Shawn Colvin (with Mary Chapin Carpenter) - One Cool Remove
The Jayhawks - Bottomless Cup
The Rolling Stones - Get Off Of My Cloud
The Gaslight Anthem - Mulholland Drive
Aimee Mann - Christmastime
This Train - Who's Stopping You
Tom Waits - Shiver Me Timbers
Professor Longhair - Bald Head

11. Stevie Wonder - You Are the Sunshine of My Life

The Rural Alberta Advantage - Drain the Blood (Live)
Wilco - Black Rose (Alt)
The Rascals - People Got To Be Free
The Wild Tchoupitoulas - Hey Mama (Wild Tchoupitoulas)
The Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy
The Beatles - The Ballad of John and Yoko
Lucinda Williams - Changed the Locks (Live)
Erik Brandt - Anywhere But Here
Loudon Wainwright III - Daughter
Patty Griffin - Getting Ready

Tracey Thorn - Maybe This Christmas
Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
Van Morrison - Mystic of the East
The Beatles - Baby's in Black
Otis Redding - I've Been Loving You Too Long
The Bangles - Going Down to Liverpool
Mavis Staples - You Are Not Alone
Fountains of Wayne - Fire Island
Lost Dogs - Precious Memories
Bruce Springsteen - The Promise

11. Alice Cooper - School's Out

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Don't Do Me Like That
Faces - Angel (Live)
Professor Longhair - Big Chief, Pt. 2
The Beatles - It Won't Be Long
Wilco - You and I
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Even the Losers
Bill Staines - Symphony of Gold
John Wesley Harding - Sweat Tears Blood and Come
Wilco - Heavy Metal Drummer (Live)
Van Morrison - Queen of the Slipstream

11. The Who - The Dirty Jobs

A few bonus elevens in there to make up for our tardiness. One of 'em contains the quintessential rock 'n roll verse:
Well we got no classAnd we got no principlesAnd we got no innocenceWe can't even think up a word that rhymes
We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question ("Aren't this moron's fifteen minutes up yet?), currently in progress.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Random 10 (caught up!)

Let's see what the little green Nano produced while we were blogging the last two weeks' worth.


Beach House - Myth
Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop (Live '77)
The Bangles - Be With You
Menahan Street Band - The Contender
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
Johnny Cash - Rock Island Line
Los Lobos - I Can't Understand
The Beatles - Glass Onion
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band - Comfortable (Flyin' Scotsman)
Van Morrison - Full Force Gale

Bonus 11:  Beki Hemingway - Make You Proud

The live Mac tune is from the 3-disc Rumours reissue that's well worth your dough even though everyone already bought it in the 70's. Picked up the Menahan album for a buck at Half-Price last week and it's nice stuff. And boy, oh boy, we hope we can still rock like Ian Hunter when we're in our seventies.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question ("Couldn't they resolve another schism by naming Rowan Williams pope?"), already in progress.

Sunday Random Ten (Catching up)

While we're in the middle of this week's shuffle, let's see what the little green Nano offered up in the first half of February.  Let's...Hit...Shuffle!

The Ventures - Wipe Out
The Who - Drowned
Van Morrison - Real Real Gone
Wilco - I Might
The Beach Boys - Psycodelic Sounds:  Brian Falls into a Piano
Dan Penn - The Dark End of the Street
The Ike Reilly Assassination - Holiday in New York
Beki Hemingway & Jonathan Rundman - Hometown
XTC - Books Are Burning
The Oneders - That Thing You Do!

Bonus 11:  Wilco - Can't Stand It

The juxtaposition of "Wipe Out" and "Drowned" is kind of creepy now that we think of it. "Real Real Gone" is a wonderful 90's Van Morrison song, to which we owe a great debt to the terrific Twin Cities-based Van cover band The Belfast Cowboys. And "Hometown" came up on a Sunday when the lectionary contained the reading about Jesus' less than well-received preaching in Nazareth, making us think--once again--that this Nano knows way too much.

Billy Bragg - Lay Down Your Weary Tune
Nate Houge - Take Your Time
Dr. John - Tipitina
Dawes - Fire Away
The Kinks - Muswell Hillbilly
Van Morrison - Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
Todd Rundgren - Bread
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Heart on a String
Bobby Whitlock - Standing in the Rain
The Who - How Many Friends

Bonus 11:  Buck Owens - I've Got a Tiger by the Tail

Continuing the "knows way too much" idea, here's Dr. John a couple of days before Mardi Gras. "Jackie Wilson Said" remains our all-time favorite Van Morrison song. "Bread" is from the brilliant Hermit of Mink Hollow, which you really really ought to hear.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question ("Where's Sister Joan Chittister?"), already in progress.