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Comment 20 Jan 2017

If any freshman starts, I think it's going to be Davis at Guard.  Sounds like Davis is a helluva technician already, while Myers has some work to do in pass pro.

But yeah, I'm doubting we see any true freshman starting on the line.  

Comment 19 Jan 2017

Wu Tang vs. The Beatles, "Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers"

You're welcome.

Comment 18 Jan 2017

"I was thinking that the gypsy wasn't lying; all the salty margaritas in Los Angeles—I'm gonna drink 'em up."

My all-time favourite Zevon tune—just barely edging past "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner". 

Comment 18 Jan 2017

Sorry, wrong writer.  It was Carl Hiassen.  Here's the story I'm referring to. (source: NYT)

Most of his friends from this period had no idea of the wreckage caused by Mr. Zevon’s early alcoholism. After years of hair-raising benders (many of them described in the book), he became sober for 17 years, only to be thrown off the wagon by a diagnosis of certain death. These last megabinges shamed Mr. Zevon and angered some of his new friends. “I said the one thing this guy should not do is die a cliché,” says the writer Carl Hiaasen, who worried that Mr. Zevon’s two children would have to read about their father’s fatal drug overdose in a newspaper. But they didn’t. And he had three months to get acquainted with twin grandsons.

Comment 18 Jan 2017

Yeah, that bit about his author buddies is one of my favorite tidbits about the guy.  Apparently, he fractured a lot of those relationships when he realized his diagnosis was terminal, though.  He'd been clean for years, but as soon as he learned he was dying, he started abusing painkillers and drinking again.  I guess Stephen King thought he was going to die of an overdose before the cancer killed him.

Comment 18 Jan 2017

Yeah.  He and Letterman went way back (Zevon used to fill in for Schaeffer as band leader on occasion), so when he was dying, Letterman had him on as the show's only guest.  And what a show it was.  

Apparently, after the show, the two guys were back stage, making small talk as Warren was packing up his guitar.  All the sudden, he snaps shut the case and hands it to Letterman, saying something along the lines of "Take good care of this."  And Letterman lost it.

Not sure if he tells the story here, but this is from one of Letterman's last shows, where he has Dawes come in and play the one song he couldn't get Warren to do that night, "Desperadoes Under the Eaves".  It's a magnificent cover.

 
Comment 18 Jan 2017

"I don't think, anyway, that there's a whole lot to know about him prior to his Excitable Boy album"

The album that preceded Excitable Boy (many refer to it as his first, but technically he dropped one in the late '60s that no one cared about), the eponymously-titled Warren Zevon is a fantastic record.  I highly recommend it -- especially if you dig the sound on Excitable Boy.  His sound got too synth-heavy for me in the '80s, but these two records are some of my all-time favorites.  

Here's some of the choicest cuts off that record.  (Honorable mentions not included, "Frank and Jesse James", "Mohammed's Radio")

"Desperadoes Under The Eaves"

"Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me"

"Carmelita"

Comment 16 Jan 2017

Explosions In The Sky played the Newport a few months back, and I'm still pissed I missed it.

Good to see I'm not the only Mono fan out there!  Bought Under The Pipal Tree about 6 months ago, and it's been a staple for me since then. 

"L'America" and "Jackie Says" were my introduction, but "Kidnapper Bell" is all time, man.

Comment 16 Jan 2017

This Will Destroy You may have been the band that got me into Post Rock, but it was Explosions In The Sky that really made me love it.  I remember cruising a trail at Seven Springs (ski resort outside Pittsburgh) while listening to "A Poor Man's Memory"; I was having a nice relaxed jaunt, carving my way down the mountain, when the trail gave way to some steeps -- right as the song hit its climax at 4:45.  I'll never forget bombing that run at breakneck speed, crouched in a tuck, with my ass inches from the snow -- as the sonic bombast of the song's finale completely encircled me.

Effing bliss, man.  That was, like, two or three years ago, and I still remember it as clear as day.

Comment 16 Jan 2017

Not sure if you're big into instrumentals or not; but if you are, I'd heartily recommend giving post-rock a whirl.

It's kinda like the bastard child of alt. rock, hardcore metal, and a film score -- without any of the bulimia-induced vocals.  I stumbled across it in college, and it's been one of my favorite genres ever since.  It's equally at home on your car stereo or your headphones (if you're into skiing/snowboarding, it's the tits on the slopes), and for tasks as disparate as chores to working.  Just a heads-up, some of these songs can get pretty long (upwards of 20 minutes), but it's not stoner metal, so it's not going to bludgeon you to death with the same riff over and over again.

Here are a few of my favorites:

"Storm" - Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven, 2002)

"A Poor Man's Memory" - Explosions in the Sky (Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever, 2001)

"Mogwai Fear Satan" - Mogwai (Young Team, 1997)

Comment 10 Jan 2017

Interesting that you mention that.  Dave Biddle was on the local radio show this afternoon (Dayton sports radio), and mentioned that they were absolutely blindsided by Brown's decision to declare.  (Like 11W, they have a lot of these stories pre-written, but they thought Brown was such an unlikely departure that they neglected to write a story for him.  FWIW, they wrote one for Barrett.)

He mentioned that Ben Victor was coming on strong for his position, and the staff had been pushing him to play TE/HB next year -- a move he was vehemently opposed to.  Biddle didn't really indicate that he had inside sources confirming all of this, but he thought that Victor's ascendance over the last few games was potentially indicative of the writing on the wall.  

Comment 09 Jan 2017

I mean, Marshon Lattimore didn't exactly set the world on fire when he was first pressed into duty in 2015.  Same story for Conley.  Yet both blossomed in their next year.  Eli Apple was the same way.

So while there isn't much evidence on the field that Ward's going to be The Man, there's quite a bit of historical precedent that when you're the next man up in OSU's secondary, you're poised to breakout once you get your chance.

Comment 06 Jan 2017

Ahhhh, yes, High Voltage.  What a record.  Lots of people wax poetic about their work with Brian Johnson, but to me, Bon Scott's stuff was night-and-day.  In fact, their international debut has my all-time favorite AC/DC song, "The Jack".

Comment 04 Jan 2017

Interesting that you mention whiskey cocktails in Hawaii.  When I was in Maui a a year and a half ago, I was in a stupendous restaurant in Wailea (Maui) and spotted a bottle of Bulleit Rye on the shelf.  Nothing on the cocktail menu was really speaking to me, so I said to the bartender, "I see you have Bulleit Rye.  I like that.  Surprise me."  

He responded with the Kona Squall, featuring Bulleit, aged rum, macadamia nut orgeat, and a heavy hit of mole bitters.  I still think about that drink today -- largely because of how well the traditional flavors of the Old Fashioned were interpreted in such a distinctly-tropical fashion.

If you ever find yourself in Wailea, swing by one of the bars/restaurants in the Andaz (Ka'ana Kitchen is exorbitantly good eating) I highly recommend ordering one.