Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dark horse candidates to be the supposed "gay NFL player considering coming out"

  • Antonio Cromartie (having twelve kids with eight women is a very effective cover story)
  • Chris Culliver (classic case of "the lady doth protest too much, methinks")
  • Marshawn Lynch (we all know he loves to taste the rainbow)
  • Tim Tebow (so many Christians would learn so much about's return policy)
  • Wes Welker (it sure seems like he got jealous about Brady making eyes at Gronk)
  • Brett Favre (the big story here is that he's unretired again)
  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (uh, well, look at his name)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Top 5 directors, today

5. Martin Scorsese
4. Wes Anderson
3. David Fincher
2. Christopher Nolan
1. Paul Thomas Anderson

Monday, March 18, 2013

Albums with two classic songs back-to-back

  • The Clash - Combat Rock ("Should I Stay or Should I Go" / "Rock the Casbah")
  • Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ("Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" / "Candle in the Wind")
  • Depeche Mode - Violator ("Enjoy the Silence" / "Policy of Truth")
  • The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America ("Stuck Between Stations" / "Chips Ahoy!")
  • Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain ("Darling Nikki" / "When Doves Cry")
  • The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me ("Skyway" / "Can't Hardly Wait")
  • The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers ("Wild Horses" / "Can't You Hear Me Knocking")
  • The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds ("Sloop John B" / "God Only Knows")

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Guest list by Jon "Trucker" Liedl: Avett Brothers' Top 26 Songs (excluding tracks from "The Carpenter" and "I and Love and You," which don't really count [sellouts]) Because You All Care

1. "November Blue" - Country Was
2. "The New Love Song" - Mignonette
3. "Paranoia in B Flat Major" - Emotionalism
4. "Sanguine" - The Gleam
5. "Pretty Girl at the Airport" - Mignonette
6. "Murder in the City" - The Second Gleam
7. "The Weight of Lies" - Emotionalism
8. "One Line Wonder" - Mignonette
9. "Pretty Girl from Cedar Lane" - Mignonette
10. "A Lover Like You" - Four Thieves Gone
11. "Will You Return?" - Emotionalism
12. "Talk on Indolence" - Four Thieves Gone
13. "Tear Down the House" - The Second Gleam
14. "The Lowering: A Sad Day in Greenville Town" - Four Thieves Gone
15. "I Would Be Sad" - Emotionalism
16. "In the Curve" - Emotionalism
17. "Distraction #74" - Four Thieves Gone
18. "If It's the Beaches" - The Gleam
19. "Backwards with Time" - The Gleam
20. "SSS" - Mignonette
21. "Pretty Girl from Annapolis" - A Carolina Jubilee
22. "My Last Song to Jenny" - A Carolina Jubilee
23. "Sixteen in July" - Four Thieves Gone
24. "Pretty Girl From Raleigh" - A Carolina Jubilee
25. "Shame" - Emotionalism
26. "The Day that Marvin Gaye Died" - Mignonette

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Things that worry me (in decreasing order of importance)

  • A North Korean nuclear attack (especially on Atlanta, while I'm there)
  • Drone strikes on American soil
  • Economic instability (especially affecting the jobs market)
  • Polarized political atmosphere leading to extremist parties
  • Breaking Bad and Mad Men being disappointing this year (I realize this is a substantial drop off)
  • Drake's new album having a lot of filler 
  • No new Arctic Monkeys album this year
  • Russell Brand maintaining his career
Edit: I don't normally update prior lists from a new one, but I would like to note, in regards to my earlier "Personal Achievements" entry, that I also once solved the New York Times crossword (a Monday, admittedly) in pen, with no help, and only one error (had Anjelica Huston's name spelled with a "g").

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Albums that are almost perfect, but miss the mark ever-so-slightly

  • Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not ("Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But..." is about twice as long as it should be)
  • Crime in Stereo - Is Dead (the second half of the album gets a little diffuse at times)
  • Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Armed Forces (just a hair too poppy)
  • The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me (the sequencing is questionable at times)
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes (half the songs are outstanding, half are merely very good)
  • Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water ("Why Don't You Write Me" is filler)
  • The Clash - London Calling (the back half - "Four Horsemen" is a noticeable offender - is weaker than the front half)
  • The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You ("Slave" kills the pace of side one)