Monday, November 05, 2018

Monday Morning Rock (Random 10 returns!)

One, two...one, two... Is this thing on?

Hello, Cleveland!!! We're back!!!


Long story short, we misplaced the beloved* Little Green Nano earlier this year. After exploring some cheaper mp3 player options, we finally decided to bite the bullet and pop for a new model, so here's what the Thin Blue Touch ladled out of its deep, deep 128 GB well this week.

Let's...hit...shuffle!

Ian Hunter - Seeing Double
The Heardsmen - She Knows It
The Hold Steady - Hot Soft Light
Sarah Morris - Careful, Careful
Patty Griffin - Wiggley Fingers
The Spinners - I'll Be Around
The Beatles - Sie Liebt Dich
Old 97's - Bel Air
Ray Charles - The Midnight Hour
Billy Bragg & Wilco - Hot Rod Hotel

Bonus 11 because you've all been so patient:
The Flying Burrito Brothers - Hot Burrito, No. 1 (The actual #11 was an intro to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's New Year's Eve 1975 concert from Upper Darby, PA, which isn't technically a song.)

The Heardsmen track is from the excellent That Thing You Do! soundtrack, and, like the title track, sounds like it coulda been a hit in the 60s. Sarah Morris is a local singer/songwriter we saw at the MN State Fair a couple of years ago and we heard the audio from her YouTube videos wafting up from the lower level of TWDQ HQ so frequently, we ordered her CD and have been to see her perform many more times. If you haven't heard Patty Griffin's Flaming Red, you need to remedy that, and The Fab Four woo the German market.  

*Full disclosure:  The Little Green Nano had been having syncing problems and we'd begrudingly reimaged it a couple/three times before it went missing, so "beloved" is largely historical revisionism.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question ("Have you voted yet? Why the hell not?!?!?"), already in progress.


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.)

Let's...Hit...Shuffle!

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?"

Discuss.



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."

Discuss.

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!"

Discuss.

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.

Let's...Hit...Shuffle!


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?

Let's...Hit...Shuffle!

02/24/2012
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

03/03/2012
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

03/10/2012
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

03/17/2012
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.