30 October 2007
Approximately Inevitable Ono Maneuver
Delayed Thurston Sideways Maneuver
"Bow down to the queen of noise."
So yeah, this is a video for "Ono Soul", a song off Thurston Moore's solo debut, Psychic Hearts, and it's a tight piece of lumpen cuz I [heart] Thurston, and Psychic Hearts is a damn solid album of SY Pop Lite stylings, and I also [heart] Yoko Ono quite alot. I love her so much, in fact, that I even wrote and recorded two different songs about her..."Onoboner" from approximately 1988, and "Usflux" in 2000. Some sunny day in 2012, I will write a third.
Beatle fans and critics in general who hate Yoko and think she ruined and broke up the Beatles aren't really true fans or good critics. Yoko Ono was the best thing that ever happened to John Lennon as an artist, and probably as a person, and in turn, a more interesting Lennon made for a more interesting Beatles...
We are all products of our influences - even the Beatles, who escaped their Skiffle roots through Bob Dylan and his weed, George Martin's studio prowess, Indian music and spirituality, Buck Owens, LSD, and Yoko Ono, just to name a few. The White Album is a monumental collage of all these influences and dozens more, and it is certainly their most interesting and musical recording, if not their defining one. Personally, I think Sgt. Peppers is a fine pop record, but it's probably only my fifth or sixth favorite Beatle record.
For her part, Yoko was doing her own thing, her own songs and recordings, which were/are just as diverse and interesting as The White Album, if not quite as appealing musically (depending on yr tastes)...Her singing in particular, can oftentimes be tough for Western minds to get with, as we don't tend to like and appreciate atonal music the way Eastern people do...Still, at other times, she sang straightforward ballads that tend to appeal to our Western sensibilities, and they're quite lovely...She worked with Ornette Coleman and John Cage, the guys from Can, and our man, Zappa, to name just a few...To dismiss Yoko Ono as a musical dilettante is definitely short-sighted, and the rest comes down to taste, I guess...
Dada...Fluxus...NYC No Wave...The ButterScotch Threshold...
Those are some of my tastes, and I [heart] Thurston and Yoko and the approximately infinite universe they reflect and inspire.
26 October 2007
R.I.P. Max McGee
Something 4 The Weekend # 43
24 October 2007
ROUGH RYDERS: Week Seven
19 October 2007
Underground Sideways Maneuver
OMG, Paul is soooo HOTTT!!!!!!
Such are the comments at YouTube, and hey, the ladies are right...Of course, this is a song about Thatcher's England and the blight of conservative politics in general, racial unrest in the UK, and Reagan's cowboy diplomacy and Cold War tensions..."Going Underground" wasn't just about disconnecting from mainstream society, it was also about getting down in the bunker, waiting for the bombs to start falling everywhere...
That's entertainment! This is The Jam.
Something 4 The Weekend # 42
Paul Weller! The Modfather!
18 October 2007
When I was a boy, not only did I come to admire and appreciate Linda Ronstadt's singing voice, but I also thought she was a stone cold fox. Still do, actually...
This is Linda at about the age of 22-24.
I think Lily Allen is a stone cold fox.
You're No Good
This is a really smart and sultry video mashup featuring Amy Winehouse doing her song "You Know I'm No Good", and Linda Ronstadt and her '70's smash hit, "You're No Good"...A very nice and natural mix of title, sentiment, delivery, etc, but I'm not entirely sure if this if an official video (doubt it) or some random VJ's handiwork...That link in the bottom left of the video leads to a blog entitled "Becoming A Pick-Up Artist", and a quick rundown of the site makes me doubt the same person is behind both...But whatever...It's an excellent mash of two excellent songs, and the video work is just as solid...
And of course, some of you might know of my love of Linda Ronstadt, which I got directly from my mom...I would guess she played Linda Ronstadt records more than any other artist with the possible exception of Elvis Presley...
17 October 2007
16 October 2007
ROUGH RYDERS: Week Six
Our beloved Rough Ryders tallied their highest score of the season in Week Six.
10 October 2007
ROUGH RYDERS: Week Five
Instead, Tony Romo threw FIVE interceptions and gave up a fumble and the Cowboys almost lost to the lowly Bills. Instead of 20+ fantasy points, Romo was only good for 5, and thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster Patrick Crayton had one of his good games instead of one of his non-existent games. And hell, thanks also that Marshawn Lynch turned in one of his solid, dependable, better-than-average-but-not-stellar performances.
What else we got?
We got Megatron (Calvin Johnson), returning from a back injury that forced him out of his game in Week Three. I didn't see the Detroit-Washington game, but his 1.3 fantasy points (which reflects a single 3 yard reception) suggests that he hardly played, re-injured himself, or Washington's defense really is better than most people think. Certainly not solid, and thus far this season, Megatron has hardly been consistent or dependable. He's a rookie, and he's got shitloads of potential, but the problem appears to be a Lions offense with FOUR very good recievers and a QB (Jon Kitna) who's gotta share his love with all of 'em, in addition to his usual 2-4 turnovers a game. I've seen enough of Megatron already to say that he's going to be an elite WR in the NFL, if he can stay healthy, and if he can become an undeniable target for Kitna. On the plus side, Detroit's defense is pretty rancid, and the Lions are gonna be throwing a ton all season...
Then we've got Bernard Berrian. Green Bay's secondary held BB in check, and he went to the bench with a toe injury in the third quarter with a single catch for ten yards. Dude was averaging 14 fp per game previously. And let me just say that toe injuries piss me off. Chris Brown of the Titans had turf toe through most of the 2005 season, and was a big reason why our beloved Rough Ryders finished 6th in the APFL that year. Numb the fucker up and play, I say.
And then we've got Patrick Crayton. When Romo wasn't throwing interceptions, he managed to find Crayton six times for a bunch of yards and most importantly, a crucial touchdown late in the game, when the Bills melted down in an absurdly impressive fashion, even for them.
LaDainlian Tomlinson had an average game by his standards...No touchdowns and thankfully I didn't need 'em. LT's gotta explode one of these weeks. Hopefully next week against Oakland, cuz our beloved Rough Ryders matchup with The Vocal Removers, who are loaded with Patriots and currently tied for 2nd place with us in the APFL. C'mon LT - just one HUGE game this year...
Marshawn Lynch was his typically solid-but-not-stellar self against the Cowboys, so this rookie makes me mostly happy, considering all the doom and woe in Buffalo.
Tony Gonzalez has picked up his game in the past couple weeks, and I see no reason why that won't continue. On the other side of the matchup, 100% Fleece Fighters had Ben Watson in their TE slot, and he went off for 29 fantasy points to their team to defeat.
Back on my side of this week's matchup, the Chicago Bears defense led the Rough Ryders with 19.9 fantasy points. This is bittersweet, of course, because the Bears defense had a huge hand in the Green Bay Packers' defeat. 2 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. Twas a sad day in Packerland...
Speaking of the Bears' defense, I dropped Lance Briggs this week because both Yahoo and ESPN were telling me that he was gonna sit on the bench because of his groin. Naturally, he went on to make 16 tackles, while his replacement on the Rough Ryders, Keith Bulluck, had 3 tackles. I will not drop Lance Briggs during his Week Nine BYE. Unless he injures himself in a Lambourghini accident. Meanwhile, Nick Barnett was his usual unsung goodness, going for 9 quiet, but important, fantasy points.
Both of my DBs, Asante Samuel and Ike Taylor, had interceptions this week, plus they knocked down a bunch of balls. Neither of 'em made many tackles.
Finally, Neil "The Rack" Rackers was good for a rock solid dozen fantasy points. He may be a kicker, but he's a kicker with a nickname, and that's just one more reason why our beloved Rough Ryders are gonna win the APFL crown this season.
Right now, we're 4-1, and we would have been 5-0 if I had put 100% of my faith in Tony Romo against Chicago in Week Three, but whatcha gonna do?
Onward to Week Six, and the toughest matchup of the season against the Vocal Removers. It's all gonna ride on the Cowboys-Patriots game, a possible preview of this year's Super Bowl.
Please stand by.
02 October 2007
ROUGH RYDERS: Week Four
This whole scenario might have worried me, if our beloved Rough Ryders hadn't absolutely CRUSHED Team Excelsior (managed by Moe Train) this weekend, making Chad Johnson inconsequential to the outcome. It took some of the excitement out of following the game via Yahoo! Fantasy's Stat-Tracker while I watched Arrested Development on DVD...
Having learned my mistake from last week, Tony Romo was back in my lineup this weekend, and yes, he continues to be the hottest QB in the NFL and an absolute fantasy football stud. He, and the rest of the Cowboys' offense, destroyed St. Louis, which really isn't saying much, but hey, I can say this - "The Rough Ryders got 'El Matador'."
And speaking of nicknames, we've also got "Megatron" (Calvin Johnson), even though Megatron didn't play this weekend because of a vague back injury. In his place, Bernard Berrian stepped into my #2 WR spot, and had his best game of the season. It would appear the benching of Sex Cannon Grossman won't have any sort of impact on Berrian's fantasy value, nevermind that Chicago's offense was as ineffective as usual with Brian Griese at the helm.
Likewise, Hines Ward is out with a sprained knee, so recent acquisition Kevin Curtis earned the #3 WR spot in my lineup. Unfortunately, Donovan McNabb was sacked a dozen times by the Giants' defense, meaning that Philadelphia's entire offense, especially the passing game, was lame beyond belief. Curtis' fantasy numbers reflect that.
Meanwhile, another acquisition this past week, Lee Evans, sat on my bench, but finally showed some signs of fantasy life. I picked up Evans off the free agency wire, which is utterly ridiculous at this point in the season. Sure, he was useless in the first three weeks, but you don't drop a #1 WR like Evans unless he's injured. No, you sit him on the bench, and wait for Buffalo's offense to get their shit together, which they are starting to do, now that Losman is out with a blown knee. If nothing else, it's better to have Evans on yr bench than on somebody else's team. Now, the beloved Rough Ryders have a strong receiving corps, and it's possible that I might not even use Evans every week, but on the other hand...Bottom line is that Evans had a better fantasy weekend than Chad Johnson and Kevin Curtis, and that's not a fluke. Evans has great hands, and is one of the better deep threats in the NFL. Plus, he played college ball for Wisconsin. Go Badgers!
LaDainian Tomlinson was back in LT form this week. Finally. Even though he had a really good game, he was still my #3 fantasy scorer this week, behind the aforementioned Tony Romo, and the Chicago Bears team defense.
Ahhh, the Chicago Bears defense. Despite the fact that 5 of their starters were out with injuries this week (including Rough Ryder Lance Briggs), they still managed to put together their best fantasy performance of the season thus far. The biggest thing I've got to mention is that they blocked two more kicks this weekend. In four games thus far this season, they've blocked FIVE kicks. FIVE! There are teams that don't block five kicks in a season, or even five seasons.
Plus, Devin Hester ran back a kickoff for a touchdown, which scores fantasy points for me. He already ran back a punt return in week two, a game in which he ran back another kickoff which was unfortunately called back on a holding penalty. Hester is a return demon, and I'm glad I get the fantasy points for it.
Speaking of defensive play, Asante Samuel is starting to shake off the rust of his pre-season contract hold-out and play Pro-Bowl calibre football. He had his second interception of the season, as well a handful of tackles and a couple of pass defenses. Can't ask for much more from a DB. On the other side, Bob Sanders got hurt at some point during the Colts-Bronco game, and only came up with 3 fantasy points. I've already dropped him in favor of the Steelers' Ike Taylor. Yeah, I could have re-signed my guy, Troy Polamalu, but Polamalu injured his abdomen on a fumble recovery, and I'm not sure of his status...
At DL, I swapped AJ Hawk for another Packer linebacker, Nick Barnett, who had another solid, dependable game. Meanwhile, James Farrior did not. I have dropped him, and am anticipating that Lance Briggs will be back on the field this weekend.
Oh yeah, my TE, Tony Gonzalez, has been playing well the past two weeks, and I'm glad because TE in such a tough position, fantasy-wise.
Anyways, it was a fairly boring fantasy week this week, as Team Excelsior didn't pose much of a threat, and winning a matchup by 80+ points is anti-climatic. Our beloved Rough Ryders, however, were the highest scoring team in the APFL this week, which means I get to see the team's name in "lights" in this banner ad for Viagra, which is ever-present on our league's home page.