Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Audioslave - Revelations

This is a post I wrote in 2008. Better late than never.

Audioslave has a new album, just out on September 5.

Earlier this Summer, an advance track from the disc, hit the blogosphere, and the reaction was lukewarm.

The track, "Original Fire" didn't impress me much when I first heard it, and the general consensus from those out there with music blogs was that the song was kinda weak, especially for Audioslave, which has a pretty loyal following.

For those of you unfamiliar with Audioslave, just know that they are a "supergroup" in the sense that they are fronted by Chris Cornell,

one of the most amazing singers in rock today, and the former voice of Soundgarden (and Temple of the Dog), accompanied by Tom Morello,

the guitarist whose signature sound made Rage Against the Machine sound like, well, Rage Against the Machine.

Earlier last week, I was reading a favorite music blog which has been mentioned before here, I Am Fuel, You Are Friends. The woman behind the blog, Heather, spoke highly of the new record and posted, alas, un expired link to one of the newer tracks. However, based on her recommendation, I went over to iTunes and downloaded the album Revelations.

It's definitely worth the purchase, and I recommend it highly. It rocks.

If you want to hear "Original Fire," jump on over to their MySpace page here. That song is streaming and you can also hear "Be Yourself" from their Out of Exile album.

Some other links to check out:

"Seasons" by Chris Cornell, from the Singles soundtrack, via Binky the Doormat.

"Gasoline" by Audioslave, from their eponymous debut, via Lil Mike's Last Known Thoughts & Random Revelations.

"I Am the Highway" by Audioslave, from the same album, via Veritas Lux Mea. They also have "Be Yourself" here.

Buy the new Audioslave here.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dodge Poetry Festival Posters (1986-2016)

I started compiling a post back in 2005 of posters from the Dodge Poetry Festival. Just rediscovered it, unfinished, so I have added 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016...

The 2012, 2014 and 2016 posters seem to be scarce, this is all I could find:

So 2012 is MIA. I haven't gone in years. Maybe they will turn up in the future.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Healthcare 2017

Thanks to my friend Jon for sending me the following:

> The American Medical Association
> has weighed in on Trump's proposed health care package
> to replace Obama-care: The Allergists were in favor of
> scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make
> any rash moves. The Gastroenterologists had sort
> of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the
> Administration had a lot of nerve. Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt
> certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while
> the Ophthalmologists considered the idea
> shortsighted. Pathologists yelled, "Over
> my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, "Oh,
> grow up!" The Psychiatrists thought the
> whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see
> right through it. Surgeons decided to wash their
> hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would
> indeed be a bitter pill to swallow. The Plastic Surgeons opined that
> this proposal would "put a whole new face on the
> matter." The Podiatrists thought it was a
> step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the
> whole idea. Anesthesiologists thought the
> whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists
> didn't have the heart to say no. In the end,
> the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to
> the assholes in Washington!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Princess Bride for a New Generation (Archives)

Discovered this in my February 2008 drafts.....

This post started as a result of an initial post that labeled
William Goldman’s The Princess Bride on of my “Top 20” favorite books.

Fast forward to the Fall of 2007: The Princess Bride, the film, was
released on DVD in a 20th anniversary edition. I was contacted by FOX
because of my prior post and asked if I would help publicize the release of
the DVD. Many readers may recall the banners ran on BillyBlog for a month
or two. One of the things I was offered in return for plugging the DVD was
a complimentary copy for myself. Seemed fair.

Only it never came. At some point I realized this and contacted the woman
at FOX who initially approached me about the banners and plugs. She
apologized for the mix-up and promptly sent me my copy. By then it was
December and life was nuts. I thought it would be great to sit down with
the kids and watch it, blogging about their reactions. Trying to get all
cylinders firing at the same time with a family of four in a two
working-parent household is a challenge. Especially since the invention of
the DVR. Especially since watching a re-run of iCarly is more appealing to
an 11-year old than watching some movie your parents want you to watch.

But this past Saturday night, the stars aligned and we all watched The
Princess Bride together. My 9-year old tomboy was reluctant, as she is
loathe to do anything involving a princess. Bless her soul. But we
convinced her and we all were soon transported back to the Kingdom of
Gilder and relishing Rob Reiner’s fourth film as director.

A side note about Rob Reiner: if you look at his directorial debut (This is
Spinal Tap) and his ensuing films (The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, The
Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, A Few Good Men), it wasn’t
until 1995’s North, that he hit a brick wall. Not a bad run.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

BilliPod 2007: Top Artists

From my unpublished 2007 drafts:

So how do you fill a 60 GB iPod? It helps to have a lot of live bootlegs. I thought it would be interesting/fun to see how the artists rank, in terms of the number of tracks on the BilliPod. There are not a lot of surprises, but here are the top 10:

1. Pearl Jam 939 (982 if you include Eddie Vedder solo efforts)

2 . The Beatles 293 (379 if you include John, Paul and George, solo)

3. Bob Dylan 169

4. Red Hot Chili Peppers 156

5. U2 150

6. The Rolling Stones 139 (157 if you include Keith and Mick's solo efforts)

7. The White Stripes 114

8. The Doors 113

9. Nirvana 112

10. Fishbne 105

11-20. Iron Maiden (101), Warren Zevon (94), Led Zeppelin (91), Metallica (90), Foo Fighters (89), Beastie Boys (86), Thelonious Monk (86), Guns 'N Roses (85), The Who (84), Judas Priest (83)

Honorable Mentions: Jimi Hendrix (82), Neil Young (81), and The Donnas (81).

Artists with 50-75 tracks: R.E.M., INXS, Green Day, Radiohead, Peter Case, Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Ramones, The Mountain Goats, Lucinda Williams, AC/DC, Van Halen, The Clash, Ellliott Smith, Sonic Youth, Outkast, Elvis Costello, Jane's Addiction and Miles Davis.

And in the 40-50 range: John Lennon, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, The Strokes, Queen, "Weird" Al Yankovic, The Killers, Audioslave, and Black Sabbath.

A relatively pointless exercise, but still interesting, I guess.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

My Room in the Early 1980's

Found this in my drafts from ten years ago. This is my room, circa 1984.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Applauding: Unclear of the English Language

From my unpublished archives, January 31, 2007:

This is the actual text from an actual e-mail:

Hello [Name Withheld to Protect the Innocent]:

I noticed both you and your company has totally ignored me and the gratuity for the catering we did on [Month] [Day], [Year].

I am applauded for a company that is a Collecting Agency, they do not pay their bill.

Well this is something that I have brought to the attention of the Turko File [an investigative reporter], so don't be applaud if he shows up at your company door with his TV Camera. I am sending a copy of this email to him letting him know that I have tried to contact you and the company one more time before he comes out there.

I hate to do something like this but I don't like to be messed over or lied to and that is what happen with you and the company you work for.

I have never done business with any one like you folks before.

Have a great day:

[Name Withheld to Protect the Blogger]

Monday, March 06, 2017

Poetry in Motion: from "Love in the Ruins" by Jim Moore

I snapped this photo three years ago today, on March 6, 2014:

from Love in the Ruins by Jim Moore

         I remember my mother toward the end,

folding the tablecloth after dinner
         so carefully,
as if it were the flag
         of a country that no longer existed,
but once had ruled the world.

~ ~ ~
Here's a clearer version of the poem:

Visit the MTA Poetry in Motion page here.

Bios of the poet and the artist whose work in the subway that serves as the backdrop for the poem above, which was one of four released in 2014, appears on the site here. You can also click on the Poetry in Motion tag at the bottom of the post to see prior BillyBlog posts about the series.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Funny Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Fwd: Fw: Fwd: Funny & Creative Snowmen for the next time it snows

It's cold today. No snow, but still deciding to share these, courtesy of my Aunt.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Subway Haiku (from the archives)

Woman on the train-
The scarf she wears makes her look
Like a cute Klingon.

Q train, 7 am, November 12, 2007

Thursday, March 02, 2017

My Unremarkable Quirks

[I discovered this in my drafts from 7 or 8 years ago. Might as well post it, as is.]

It's another installment in the meme-tag saga. I'm too lazy to explain a meme, so if you don't know, go here.

Dear Old Dad tagged me here with the "Six Unremarkable Quirks" meme. These are the rules:

  • Link the person who tagged you. (See above)
  • Mention the rules in your blog.
  • Tell about six unspectacular quirks of yours. (See below)
  • Tag six bloggers by linking them.
  • Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger's blogs letting them know they've been tagged.
Before we proceed, let me just comment on the contradictory nature of this meme. How do you define an "unremarkable quirk". First, by its very definition (if one is to take these things literally, and I do), a quirk is an odd habit. If it's an odd habit, isn't it generally remarkable? And here we go:

1) I am right-handed, but I play guitar left-handed. Well, I don't really play guitar. But when I do pick one up and try to play, I hold the guitar upside down, like a lefty. Just like Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix. Not sure why, but I do.

2) I've never read Moby Dick. Remarkable for a bibliophile and English major. I could probably come up with a dozen more books that I should have read, but haven't, but that's not as remarkable.

3) I walk on my toes. No news here for people who know me. I have a very pronounced walk, one that propels me in a bit of bouncy motion. I have always walked on my toes, a fact that led to a lot of verbal abuse in grade school...Hey, it's Tippy-Toe Joe! and a lot worse.

4) I never visited the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. Quirky? Perhaps not, but I am stretching to find unremarkable things (because I'm so remarkable). What astonishes me about this is that I lived 15 years in Honolulu, during the formative going-on-school-trips-to-important-places phase of my life (Age 3-18). I did visit a friend's house on the base in Pearl Harbor, but I never visited the U.S.S. Arizona.

~ ~ ~

This is why it was in my drafts. I stopped at four and never finished. 

Oh well.