Friday, March 31, 2006

Play Ball! plus more

Well, baseball season starts Sunday. Spring is in the air. I rode the bike to work today, much more pleasnt than when I did it in December.

With Spring, not only are blossoms appearing on trees (stay tuned for the resumption of BillyBlog's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" series), but the illegitimate love children of major league ballplayers are also showing their faces, most notably on the cover of Wednesday's New York Post. Randy "Big Unit" Johnson may not have brought the Yankees a World Series title, but he most certainly has provided us with tabloid fodder. And another great headline from the Post.

Today, incidentally, is the 21st anniversary of Iron Maiden playing the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu on their Powerslave tour.

A little fun with a new feature that I saw on the VH1 Best Week Ever blog, the first five songs on the BillyPod shuffle:

"Zig Zag" by George Harrison (from the album Cloud Nine)
"It's a Long Way to the Top if You Want to Rock & Roll" by AC/DC (from the Bonfire box set)
"Nutrition" by The Dead Milkmen (from one of their greatest hits albums, Death Rides a Pale Cow)
"Wings of a Dove" by Nancy Griffith (no idea why this is on the pod, but it is)
"Hey, Johnny Park!" by The Foo Fighters

Feel free to share your first 5 songs on your shuffle, should you feel so inclined.

Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

Hmmm, let's see. This morning, I listened to these songs on my Nano on the way to work:

"Fly From Heaven" by Toad the Wet Sprocket

"Clocks" by Coldplay

"Scarlett Begonias" by the Grateful Dead

"Down Slow" by Moby

"Coyote" by Joni Mitchell

"The Long Road" from the "Dead Man Walking" soundtrack by Eddie Vedder and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan


"Carey" by Joni Mitchell.

I love my Nano!

Anonymous said...

At the moment, my shuffle contains a playlist I call "sleepytime music" which I generally listen to late at night as I wind down from endless diaper changes, spit-ups, etc. Around 3:00 AM every night I wake up with the earbud cord wrapped around my neck and the little foam pieces that cover the earbud mysteriously lost. I think these things are falling down my ear canal and getting lodged inside my skull. Warning to the younger readers of BillyBlog: Forget about the potential hearing loss from high-volume listening, just don't listen to your iPod while sleeping or you may suffer from acute "foamhead."

That said, here is what the shuffle spits out for a first five this morning:

"Drunkard's Prayer" by Over the Rhine (Ohio band hits the bigtime. A bit too for some, but give her voice a listen - amazing)

"Guava Jelly" by Bob Marley. From the "Songs of Freedom" four-disc set.

"Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star. Has this band released anything in the past 10-15 years? Still like this album a lot.

"Speed of Light" by Joseph Arthur. Probably one of my top 5 artists the past few years. I love everything this guy puts out.

"Blue in Green" by Miles Davis. I'm not a huge jazz fan, but Kind of Blue is a classic album. Some day I'll get old, sell off all my old Husker Du and Violent Femmes CDs and start learning more about the jazz masters. Or maybe not.

Anonymous said...

Nice- Tony Husker Du - had to get Bill to download that.
ANyway, now that I got my ipod for my b-day last month I can play too...
My shuffle...
Save it Later - The English Beat
Best Creation (Pepper) - Shinehead
Comfortably Numb - Pink FLoyd
Hear that Sound - Inxs
Beautiful - Smashing Pumpkins

Anonymous said...

Hey Tony!

I love "Over the Rhine." Back in the early '90s, they used to play in Pittsburgh a lot. That's my hometown and "Rusted Root" was enjoying its heydey. My friends and I would follow them around and see all kinds of great opening bands. "Over the Rhine" was one of them. I actually have a cassette of theirs. There's a great song on it called "Paul and Virginia" which hightlights the lead singer's vocals pretty well. She is amazing.

Thanks for the blast from my past!