Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday Random 10

Here's what the iPod shuffled out this week. Let's see if it grabs anything from this week's additions (Cachao, Peter Case, Fairground Attraction, Midnight Oil, and Van the Man from the Thanksgiving week pilgrimage to the amazing Reckless Records in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood; and Los Lobos, the spanking new Tom Waits live, the Dan Zanes and Friends Broadway album, and this month's Paste Magazine sampler that were in the mailbox when we got back into town):

The Rascals - See
State Radio - Calling All Crows
Elvis Presley - Kentucky Rain
Bruce Springsteen - Backstreets
Nick Lowe - High on a Hilltop
Jonathan Rundman - Calm the Storm
Los Lobos - Sabor A Mi
Crowded House - Private Universe
The Wild Tchoupitoulas - Indian Red
The Beatles - Birthday

None of the new stuff (the Lobos tune was from a different record), but that last one's really interesting because today's my brother's birthday! Hey Don, we really had a good time. I'm glad it's your birthday. Happy birthday to ya!

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question, already in progress.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Chapter and Verse(s)

Heard about these Psalm 109:8 bumperstickers the other day on the radio:
During the last few days, Psalm 109:8, a Bible verse in the form of a "prayer for Obama," has topped the Google trends chart: "May his days be few; may another take his office." Evidently, a bumper sticker emblazoned with this verse has popped up in various parts of the country. It is a sort of right-wing Christian equivalent to the old "01.20.09" stickers looking forward to the end of the Bush era.

It was, most likely, intended as a joke. But it isn't really very funny. Especially since the next verse reads, "May his children be orphans, and his wife a widow."
Rather than being horrified by the subsequent verse, they actually printed up bumperstickers and coffee mugs and whatever else Cafe Press prints junk on, so here's This Week's Discussion Question:
What the hell is wrong with these people?
Please keep the discussion civil and do feel free to wander off into "What the hell ever happened to context?" or "01.20.09 bumperstickers are most certainly not equivalent. Never, not for a nanosecond, did we wish President Bush or Vice President Cheney harm. Impeached? Absolutely. Hauled up on charges at the International Criminal Court? We'll buy their one-way tickets to The Hague. Shunned by decent society, ashamed to show their faces in public? You bet. But dead? No, not ever. Never. Also, 'it isn't really very funny', is an incredible understatement. It ought to earn someone a visit from the Secret Service."


Sunday Random 10

Greetings faithful readers! Thanks for getting off Facebook for a few minutes to read a blog, any blog!

TWDQ HQ was recently assimilated into the Apple Borg, and after years of railing against the silliness of the shuffle button on a CD player--Do you know how long the band spent sequencing that album so it flows properly?-- we're in love with shuffle on this device.

Sunday mornings are usually pretty quiet around TWDQ HQ, so we're proud to present the inaugural edition of Sunday Random 10.

To borrow a phrase from the gang down at the Xcel Center, "Let's hit SHUFFLE!":

Heartless Bastards - The Mountain
The Beatles - Martha, My Dear
Laura Nyro and Labelle - The Wind
St. Dominic's Trio - Home on the Range
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Adam Raised a Cain
Yonlu - I Know What It's Like
The Swell Season - This Low
Matthew Sweet - Sick of Myself
The Beatles - There's a Place
Wilco - We're Just Friends

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question, already in progress.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Going, Going, Gone

We interrupt This Week's Discussion Question to acknowledge America's newest author (and boy, do we use that term loosely):

Rogue, schmogue, whatever. As long as you go.

Oh yeah, you're going.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question, already in progress.