Friday, December 24, 2010

Friday Random Ten (Christmas Eve Edition)

Black -- Pearl Jam
Spanish Bombs -- The Clash
Brokedown Palace -- Joan Osborne
Cry Baby Cry -- The Beatles
This Way Out -- Nat King Cole Trio
Dreams Of Our Fathers -- Dave Matthews Band
Ashes Of American Flags -- Wilco
Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down -- Elvis Costello & The Attractions
I Can't Get It Out of My Head -- Fountains Of Wayne
I Shall Not Be Moved -- Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Bonus (Let's hope next year is a better one) cut...

Heaven --Geraint Watkins

Happy Christmas to everyone!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Happy Birthday, Frank!

And so we conclude yet another festive Zappadan for 2010. Here's best wishes to everyone out there for a happy and healthy new year.

Ich bin der chrome dinette.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Lunar Eclipse

I'm going to do my best to stay up late this evening. Let's hope that it's a clear sky. This is the first time that this event has occurred on the Winter Solstice since 1638.

Wow. That was two whole years before John McCain was born...

Mr. Fish

Your daily dose. And.....scene.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Captain Beefheart

Don Van Vliet would no doubt be unknown to millions would it were not for Frank Zappa. Coincidental that he would pass during the High Holy Days of Zappadan, but that's just the way things go sometimes.

Here's a cut from his iconic Safe As Milk album...

R.I.P. Captain.

Friday, December 17, 2010


It's day 13 of Zappadan.

Things wind up after the weekend on the 21st when Frank once ascends back to the lair of the Grand Wazoo.

Until then, behold this live cut of Muffin Man circa 1977.

FZ conspicously avoided and lampooned the trappings of rock stardom, but he was an hilarious and gracious host at his shows. I saw maybe 6 or 7 Zappa shows over the years and they were always spontaneous and festive affairs.

Zappa fans really loved Frank, and, as evidenced by his playful back and forth with the crowd, Frank loved 'em back.

Friday Random Ten

It's In My Head -- The Who
Show Me -- The Pretenders
Slow Drip -- Superchunk
Time Won't Tell -- Joan Osborne
Don't Buy The Realistic -- Spoon
It's Over -- Roy Orbison
Two Of Us -- Aimee Mann & Michael Penn
You've Got It All Wrong --The Hives
Cocaine Blues -- Johnny Cash
Let's Go To The Disco -- Nick Lowe

Bonus last weekend of Autumn cut...

Here Comes My Baby -- Cat Stevens

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Well, Baby It's Cold Outside

Here's the weather report from Cleveland for the next 90 days or so.

"It's not always frozen..." Jarmusch rules.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Random Ten

Paper Bag -- Fiona Apple
Furious Rose -- Lisa Loeb
Bitter -- Jill Sobule
Ouo -- Andrew Bird
Mona Lisa -- Nat King Cole Trio
Liar's Market -- John Doe Thing
Day After Day -- The Pretenders
Dark Star -- Beck
Fable Of Faubus -- Charlie Mingus
Dilltastic Vol Won --The Roots

Bonus cut:

Don't Worry About Me -- Sarah Vaughn

White Riot, I wanna riot, White Riot

...a riot of my own.

American students would NEVER protest tuition hikes with street violence. We're all way too afraid of the functioning police state here in 'Merka, so three cheers to the young lads and lasses unafraid to storm the gates and raise a fuss.

Good on ya, Brits.

Thursday, December 09, 2010


I wasn't going to post this 'cause it's so bloody grim, but I haven't been able to stop chewing on it since my first reading. Plus, I found it over on Salon after Dave hipped me to it earlier today so it now falls into the category of "the piece which must be obeyed".

Me?...I'm just a messenger, you can tell me by the way I walk.

A monster of an article. (Hit print for a more eye friendly read).

Wednesday, December 08, 2010


Well, it's day 4 of Zappadan and courtesy of that Canadian cut-up, darkblack, I'm pleased to showcase some fine Gibson SG work from FZ and his crew.

Flee to the Cleve...

John Winston Lennon

John Lennon died 30 years ago today.

Here's a song which, to me, is representative of his ouevre. People always complain that a millionaire wrote the line, "imagine no possessions". Well, bollocks to that. Just because someone elevates themselves to a station of great prosperity due to their talents in no way infers that they lose touch with their roots.

Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson...John Lennon. They all may have become very wealthy as singers and writers but their artistic integrity cannot be questioned. John knew of the pain that everyone feels and shared that gift regardless of his own personal gain. He was a working class hero.

In 1980, I had my very first visit to NYC two weeks before Lennon was shot. We saw David Bowie in the Elephant Man, went to the Macy's Day Parade and took the IRT #6 to the Upper West Side to stand in front of the Dakota to perhaps catch a legendary glimpse of John and Yoko. Two weeks later, back in Bowling Green, I heard Howard Cosell tell the world that John had been shot and killed mere footsteps from where we had been standing.


I'm now 11 years older than John was when he was assassinated. The work and music he might of created will never be known, but I'm grateful for what he did leave behind. These last 30 years have gone by very quickly but there is hardly a week which passes that I don't think of John Lennon and what he meant to me and to the entire planet.

All you need is love. Indeed.

Friday, December 03, 2010


Now that all that's left is the echo of the boos, I thought I'd throw in my my two pieces of flair.

First, I find the most hilarious and pathetic component of this whole cheap drama to be that LeBron went from a place that loved him and has a great reverence for sport to a section of the nation that barely gives a crap that they even have professional sports. I remember when the Florida Marlins snatched the World Series from the Tribe in '97, they had a real problem getting bodies in seats in Dade County.

In the now famous case of Rubber v. Glue, I'd like to cite this marketing campaign as evidence that Miami is the most lame of places.

Fan Up...heh.

And secondly, thanks to Mr. Benton's innertubes prowess, there's this uniquely crafted piece from ESPN that frames the who spectacle in a wistful yet hopeful way that makes everything a little more okay and LBJ decidedly less significant to this town.

I'm glad the game is now over with The Heat. Time to move on, folks.

Oh, and by the way, Bobstradamous says Pat Riley will be the head coach of the Heat by the end of the month...

Friday Random Ten

Days --Ray Davies
Killing Lies -- The Strokes
Give Me Something -- Yoko Ono
Everything's Ruined -- Fountains Of Wayne
Happy Jack -- The Who
Your Got Your Cherry Bomb -- Spoon
After The Gold Rush -- k.d. lang
Andromeda -- Paul Weller
Here Comes The Flood -- Peter Gabriel
Testify -- Nellie McKay

Bonus cut just 'cause...

Handshake Drugs -- Wilco

(Huh, that's funny. That's two weeks in a row that Wilco was the bonus cut)

Wednesday, December 01, 2010


The razin' o' the Green. Wow.

I used to work a couple of blocks south of Cabrini. It was literally an island of despair surrounded by gentrification and renewal. Sorry for the folks who had to relocate but glad to see it go.

Ritchie Daley may be a dim bulb, but he sure got a lot done in Chicago during the last twenty years...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Reality Bites

Another convert won...over at the Nation. Every time I bring up the concept that Sarah Palin will be the 2012 nominee for the G.O.P. I get pooh-poohed by my pals and peers.

Do not mis-underestimate this she-wolf.

It's her time in today's 'Murka and I'm telling ya, she's got a stone cold chance of beating Obama in 21 months as he continues to slide further into his role of a modern day Herbert Hoover.

Thanks to the Onion however
for occasionally bringing me back from the brink of madness.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Frank Rich

Mr. Rich gives the complete treatment to the bankers, brokers and bloviators this week.

Oh, and I almost failed to mention that there was an extra special treat under the Thanksgiving bird this year...Tom Delay, the grift that keeps on giving.

I'm sure that he'll just get a slap on the wrist and perhaps some country club jail time at best, but still, what's not to like about one the worst and most traitorous fuckers in modern times getting convicted of a major state offense?

Eat my shorts, Bug Man.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Random Ten (Black Friday Edition)

You Ain't Nothin' But Fine -- Rockpile
What's Wrong With Me -- X
The Man I Love -- Django Reinhardt
Was It You? -- Spoon
Let's Stay In And Make Love -- Nick Lowe
Sgt. Rock -- XTC
Me And My Imaginary Friend -- Colin Hay
Afternoons And Coffeespoons -- Crash Test Dummies
We Used To Wait -- Arcade Fire
Oh Lady, Be Good -- Joe Pass

Bonus Tryptophan cut...

War On War -- Wilco


Let's all be thankful for never ending war. We've now been at it in Afghanistan longer than the Soviets were.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Ol' Wild Bill

Brother Dave reminded me that it's just not Turkey Day without ol' Bill to help us along.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stop Making Sense

Nick Baumann over at Mother Jones writes the column that I've been looking to read for a while now long before the phrase, "don't touch my junk" entered our everyday parlance.

America is such a weird place as it relates to security. I've traveled a fair bit abroad and no place even remotely approaches the ham-fisted approach we take to airport security here in the United States of Awesome.

I once made the mistake of transporting my boss' laptop back from the Netherlands as he was staying on for an extended holiday in Europe. The volume of questions and increasingly panicky responses I supplied the stern, yet friendly Dutch security was truly a daunting experience for moi.

America instead reverts to some kind of kabuki show of force by making everyone feel as is they're being sent to jail when entering the airport terminal. Silly and wasteful.

You have the right to remain silent...

Great stuff from none other than the Mayor of London. I doubt that Bush would ever be detained if he leaves the States again, but it's a nice little fantasy...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Palin 2012

All of you folks out there who keep telling me that if Sarah Palin gets the nomination come next year, that you'll move out of the country...better pack your bags.

Even Frank Rich says so...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

We're now a fortnight away from the beginning of Zappadan. Let us begin the sterilizing of the tweezers...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Birds Of A Feather

The one where Ted Rall and I share some mighty strong opinions about the current CIC.

Friday Random Ten

It's Fall. It's Friday. It's the Ten...

Carnival Eyes -- David Byrne
Superman -- Stereophonics
Heart Of The City -- Nick Lowe
Dreamin' -- Weezer
I Wish I Felt Nothing -- The Wallflowers
Over You -- Sheryl Crow
Alice -- Tom Waits
Gloria -- Van Morrison
God's Away On Business -- Tom Waits
Lonely With A Broken Heart

Bonus Pre Thanksgiving Strike Cut:

Tick, Tick, Boom -- The Hives

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Balloon Juice

Ummm, yeah. This just about captures my side of the equation.

Sports Stuff

Man, Greg Oden sure is snakebit.

And to think that Portland gave up rights to Kevin Durant in order to get Oden as a #1 pick must really burn. The curse of the big man in the NBA...ouch.

Critical Mass

I usually avoid "teh cute" videos at any and all costs, but this one is a winner. Behold...secret kitten.

(courtesy of Digby)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pee Wee

The secret word is...hilarious.

Fun with children

Always a good idea to bring young'uns to a bash like this.

Explosives...they're a blast!

Friday Random Ten (leaf raking edition)

Our Little Angel -- Elvis Costello & The Attractions
You're All I Have -- Snow Patrol
El Capitalisimo Foraneo -- Gotan Project
Daddy Sang Bass -- Johnny Cash
Venus -- Bananarama
Sponji Reggae -- Black Uhuru
Don't Cut Your Hair -- The Pretenders
Paper Tiger -- Spoon
Taxi Cab -- Vampire Weekend
Sofa No. 2 -- Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

bonus cut(s):

Violin Concerto In E The Four Seasons (Spring) -- Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
3:00 AM Blues -- Dick Hyman Group

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Scary Monsters

Nope. Not the Bowie album. Much scarier than that, but still very 80's!

Veterans Day

Here's a post I put up last year as my tribute to Armistice Day.

I'll stand by it again.


Obama folds again and tries to slip it in under the door.

As an aside, is there anyone else out there who thinks that David Axelrod is just plain creepy? Would it were that he was a cartoon character, I'd be prone to painting him thusly as Clyde Crashcup. Then again, perhaps I'm just bitter seeing that I'm increasingly resembling Leonardo as the days wear on.

"P" as in par, "Ar" as in arty. Party.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Juan Cole

It's the end, the end of the century.

Why not embrace the rapture, everyone. It'll take all of your pain away.

Roger Ebert

From Roger's place over the weekend.

He's such a wonderful writer. And now with more Julie London...

Your Monday Morning Maher

While I have a high degree of support for what Stewart and Colbert did last weekend on the Mall, this piece from Friday's Real Time captures the essence of what my problem is with Comedy Central and its Rally.

One of the reasons that Obama's administration is floundering is that they allowed the other side to frame the dialogue. IMHO, Obama should have made his a scorched earth approach to governing instead of the faux bi-partisanship bullshit they used to heal the country.

Fuck healing. They wasted their chance to crush the right, and yet, here we are...right back to where we started 20 years ago as Bill so expertly points out.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Mr. Fish

I missed this one from the weekend. Now we just need to get that football back from Michelle Bachman.

Friday Random Ten

I'm Your Toy -- Elvis Costello
No Show Jones -- Chris Difford
Rains On Me -- Tom Waits
Sunday -- k.d. Lang
Lights Out -- The Posies
Pyscho Killer -- Talking Heads
Adrenalin -- Throbbing Gristle
Next To You -- The Police
Bottomliners -- Brian Eno
Tonight -- Iggy Pop

Post Election Blues Bonus Cut:

March Of Greed -- Pere Ubu

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The morning after (there's got to be, edition)


That was a quick two years. On this day in 2008, I posted this.

And then Dave put this one up just minutes later the same day.

Like I said, wow.

Today?...meh, not so much.

Now, let the real campaign begin...

Oooh, I almost forgot to mention, there's even this cool new fangled e-obituary of the Obama administration's accomplishments that all the kewl kids are into. Trust me, he ain't getting anything passed from here forward so enjoy this recent time capsule respite from the babrbarians for what it's worth. And....scene.

Monday, November 01, 2010

This Weekend

Handy Andy Sullivan provides one of the better synopses of the whole Restore Sanity thingy that went down in D.C. over the weekend.

And the HuffPo photo bag of all of the clever signs is purty funny as well.

Haloween Scare tactic

Here's the most frightening thing I can find from the post candy afterglow of All Saints Day. We'll need all the help we can get over the next two years while this single-helixed gash is running for the highest office in the land.

Sweet fancy Moses!

More soft drug chatter


Friday, October 29, 2010

War on Drugs

I know that its Halloween and all that rot, but wow... I'm in complete agreement with Conrad Black.

Now that's scary.

A. A. is for quitters...

AA Destroying The Social Lives Of Thousands Of Once-Fun Americans

Friday Random Ten (Halloween edition)

Blood Lying On The Snow -- The Proclaimers
Jerry's Breakdown -- Jerry Reed & Chet Atkins
Two Knights And Maidens -- Crash Test Dummies
Pink Bullets -- The Shins
The Singing Song -- George Shearing
Love's Not A Competition, But I'm Winning -- Kaiser Chiefs
Woe -- Tom Waits
Bombs Away --The Police
Tramp The Dirt Down -- Elvis Costello
Fraud In The 80's -- Mates Of State

Bonus trick or treat cut:

Steve's Hammer -- Steve Earle

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

And a great time was had by all...

The Man Cave was open yesterday afternoon for the Browns vs. Saints. It was a beautiful Autumn day and really seemed a shame to sit inside and watch football on teevee...until the game started.

To quote my old friend Dinny, "it was a day of twists and turn and ducks and dives. A day to be retold, no doubt, and cast in lore".

Nick's T-shirt says it all.

Friday, October 22, 2010

American Idiocracy

Jill over @ Brilliant at Breakfast lays it down for us. Welcome to Beef Supreme's world of Monday Night Rehab.

Then again, our collective idiocy to some is endearing in its own peculiar way.

The Matrix

...The answer is out there, Neo, and it's looking for you, and it will find you if you want it to.

Umm, no, Bob. Not that Matrix.

Friday Random Ten

And we're back...

As an aside, I've spent the last couple of days importing all of the CDs that were previously left orphaned thus increasingly my volume of digital FRT selection possibilities by quite a bit. So welcome the new faces and older cuts that may appear if you will.

Bloody Valentine -- Jill Sobule
We Used To Wait -- Arcade Fire
When You Wish Upon A Star -- Petra Hayden and Bill Frisell
6'1" -- Liz Phair
Dynamite -- Dave Edmunds
The Guestlist -- Spoon
How Could I Know -- My Morning Jacket
Numb As A Statue -- Warren Zevon
I Dug Up A Diamond -- Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
If I Needed You -- Townes Van Zandt

Bonus Autumnal cut:

Universally Speaking -- Red Hot Chili Peppers

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Hey kids! Snuggly the Security Bear is back with some updates. He's one cute little mutherfucker.