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Comment 18 hours ago

Great write-up, Nellie.  Link's one of my all-time favorites.  Chuck Berry may have have provided the foundation, but Link Wray gave us the structure of the rock n' roll sound -- the power chord.  Even today, a song like "Rumble" doesn't sound all that out of place -- nearly sixty years since its inception.

Just gonna leave this right here.  "Rumble" will never be topped, but this nugget makes a valliant try.  

Comment 21 Apr 2016

Ohhhh gawwwwwwd the Sonics!  Another one of my favorite bands!  Absolutely raucus garage rock band from Seattle.

They not only cut the definitive version of "Have Love Will Travel" (dat sax solo doe), their 1964 cover of Little Richard's "Keep A Knockin'" featured a tempo that wouldn't be matched again until the Ramones over a decade later.

Comment 21 Apr 2016

If you want a glimpse into the mind of Mr. Pop, dig on "Punk Rock" by the seminal Scottish Post-Rock band Mogwai.  The backing music is theirs, and the audio is from an interview Iggy did in 1977.

Comment 21 Apr 2016

God, I fucking love the Stooges -- especially their '69 debut.  Such a relentlessly heavy record.  I know it's now been posted 3 times in this thread, but I don't care -- the original cut of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" is one of my favorite studio tracks of all time.  Positively monolithic in sound, and heavier than anything at the time (looking at you, Zeppelin and Sabbath).  In fact, I'd absolutely love it if this song replaced "Seven Nation Army" before kickoff -- the band's Michigan roots be damned!

And here's a fun Iggy Pop bonus: a clip of him, Billy Bob Thornton, Jared Harris (Lane Pryce in Mad Men), and Johnny Depp in Jim Jarmusch's Acid-Western Dead Man (with a seminal score by Neil Young).

Comment 19 Apr 2016

You're not kidding about Neil Diamond.  Apparently, he was messing with Bob Dylan after he got off set, saying that he would really need to pull something amazing off to follow him up.  Dylan's response was succint:

"What do you want me to do, go onstage and fall asleep?"

Various versions of the story abound.  Diamond reiterates that he was teasing Dylan, and that he was completely aware that no one in the audience had probably ever heard of him, other folks (like Ronnie Wood) have made it sound like he was more arrogant and haughty.

Comment 19 Apr 2016

Fun fact: almost all of The Band's concert recordings during The Last Waltz were heavily overdubbed.  The only thing that escaped being re-recorded was Levon's voice and his drums.  The reason was twofold: (1) he refused to do so on principle and (2) his parts were perfect already.

Here's my favorite cut from The Last Waltz: Van Morrison's "Caravan", shoulder-kicking and all.  The look on Levon's (and the rest of The Band's) face while Van goes nuts at the end is simply incredible.

Comment 18 Apr 2016

They might be drawn in, but the third baseman wouldn't charge if they saw the batter swing though.  A moment's hesitation is all a good bunter needs to reach base.

Comment 13 Apr 2016

Except The Verve didn't merely copy an existing tune (which is the crux of Spirit's argument); the entire hook of that song -- played ad infinitum throughout its duration -- is a sample of the Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra (which is owned by the Rolling Stones).

Comment 13 Apr 2016

Meh.  Zeppelin's had this shit happen before.  They blatantly ripped of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor" with "The Lemon Song" and Willie Dixon on "Whole Lotta Love" on Led Zeppelin II.  It happens all over the music industry -- and, in Zeppelin's case it got exacerbated because (1) they drew their inspiration from blues artists (who themselves drew inspirations from very murky sources) and (2) they were phenomenally successful (largely because they were, despite any claims of authenticity of their music, enormously original in their heavy, semi-psychadelic interpretations of American Blues).  

You can read more about it here.  Personally, I think this is a non-issue.

Comment 13 Apr 2016

"How is the area around the school? Is there alot to do for kids?"

I'm not sure if you were asking the community at large about the area around the school, but as someone who graduated in Winter 2011, I can tell you it's a wonderful area.  Growing up in Columbus, the University area used to be a much-romanticized shithole -- with high property crime rates, etc. -- that's most certainly not the case now.  

Since ~2006 or so, there's been a ton of redevelopment, and the whole area around OSU has seen a boom in business.  Movie theatres, restaurants, shops, galleries, you name it are all flocking to the area -- there's a ton to do in the area now (not to meniton a bunch of nearby neighborhoods that are easily accessible by bus).  Plus, public transit is really useful (OSU and the city run busses throughout the area -- both of which are free to students).  It used to be that you had to stay within a block or two of High Street (the main city street that forms the eastern bound of the Main Campus area) to avoid dicey areas of town; nowadays it's a whole lot safer (I mean, you can still find bad areas, but they're further away now).

Truth told, when I was a junior in High School I had zero desire to go the OSU.  Now, 4.5 years after graduation, I couldn't miss the area any more.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Hove, you're too kind. Though I did make that exact drink a few weeks back with some left over berries (shortcakes from Easter brunch—noms). Only difference is that I used a stiff pour of Jameson Cask Mates (finished in stout seasoned barrels), and a lot of Peychauds. Definitely skewed less sweet, but that's how I dig my cocktails.  But, tweak the ratios a little and viola! A great way to cover up bad booze. 

Comment 11 Apr 2016

Buy a pound or two of strawberries (really any berry will do), chop em up, throw em in a bowl, chuck in a few handfuls of sugar, toss to coat, and let em sit for a few hours. After that you'll have a bunch of delicious berries in heavy, all-natural syrup. 

Cocktail time. Take some berries, a few spoonfuls of syrup, add some sweet liqueur (I'm partial to St. Germain, but it's pricey—though a little does go a long ass way), chuck in a shot or two of bourbon (to taste), a squirt of lemon juice, and maybe a dash of Peychaud's Bitters (if you like a touch of herbal/anise flavour), stir/shake with ice, and drink up. 

Comment 11 Apr 2016

It was a great deal for the time it was made.

The reason a lot of people (including me) were upset is because we held onto guys like Cueto and Leake for as long as we did despite the pair of them being in contract years with no team intent of resigning them -- had we unloaded them a year or half-year earlier they'd have had much more value.  

The only reason we kept them for as long as we did was because of the All Star game.

Comment 11 Apr 2016

I loved Toddfather as much as anyone, but he wasn't going to be cheap and, despite his relatively few seasons in the bigs, he's not a young guy by any means (he's older than Jay Bruce!).  With the Reds going into full rebuild, a guy like Todd was going to be hitting his downward slope by the time the team was competitive again.

Comment 11 Apr 2016

Elephant by the White Stripes, and it's not even close.  I was, like, 13 when it came out and bought it after reading a 5-star review in Rolling Stone.  I liked music before I heard that record, but I didn't truly love it until then.  

Comment 31 Mar 2016

Dude, I fucking love gas station coffee.  Sure, it's nowhere near as complex as "good" brands, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate it for what it is -- a cheap, effective source of caffeine with a smooth taste.  

If you gave me the choice between a $4 cup of venti-bullshit-dog-swill at Starbucks or a $1.50 24oz cup of gas station coffee (yes, even BP), I'm taking the latter every damn time.

Comment 31 Mar 2016

Exactly.  Actually, one of the founders of Starbucks owned Peet's for a while.  

For what it's worth, I think Starbucks is overpriced swill, but their blond roasts aren't too bad -- especially if you ask for it in a Red Eye (black coffee w/ a shot of espresso).

Comment 31 Mar 2016

Lots o' places sell it, but I'd recommend purchasing it from a reputable, consistent roaster.  For example, Boston Stoker in Dayton sells it, and I think it, like the rest of their coffees, is decidedly mediocre; but I've had Yirgacheffe from another shop here called Ghostlight, and it's really good.

I did check Stauf's site, and it looks like they no longer sell it -- which makes me very sad.