ayrdaomei: ([LA] yes)
( Apr. 13th, 2009 03:40 pm)
- RIP, Harry Kalas. What a rough way to start out a season.

- All of baseball to wear 42 to honor Jackie Robinson. I'm so pleased! I hated hearing of the guys who wanted to participate in honoring Jackie these last two years, but weren't allowed by their organizations.

- If you were a fan of the original Fast and the Furious, I trust you have already seen Fast & Furious (or TFTF4, which is what it really should be called). If you haven't, get thee to a movie theatre! It's all Brian/Dom, all the time. I loved it. I mean, sure, there are a ton of gratuitous ass shots of random women in hot pants, but they do nothing to disguse the fact that this fourth film in the series is really about Brian/Dom. I admit there are plot holes all over the place, and personally, I didn't think the driving was as much fun as in the first movie, but it's still a really good time. One of these days, I need to find time to search for ficcage. And icons.

- [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com] doesn't like it, but I am a fan of the trailer for Public Enemies. **grabby hands** Come out, now. Please.

- I need to get caught up on 24; USA Today says it's finally kicked back into high gear.

- If you have any experience with Prozac and Xanax, and are comfortable talking about it, I'd appreciate it if you'd shoot me an email. I have some questions.

eta: Oh, look. Huston blew his first save as a Rockie yesterday and I missed it. **pets him** Trade him, Colorado! Anywhere that is not Cincinnati sounds good.
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] Connie The Judgmental Cow)
( Feb. 17th, 2009 08:45 am)
The talk radio station I listen to on the way to work has dumped Imus In The Morning for some guy named Mancow/Madcow. I hate when radio stations just change programming with no warning or explanation. (See same radio station abruptly going from Mike & Mike In The Morning to Imus, and/or local r&b station dumping the Tom Joyner morning show for the Steve Harvey morning show and/or the lame local top 40 station going from Jack and Karen in the morning to just Karen in the morning.) Would it kill them to put a blurb on their site, or something?

I scanned the dial, and everything else on the radio while I'm driving to work sucks. I'd listen to NPR's Morning Edition, but since our alarm goes off in the morning to NPR's Morning Edition, I'd just end up hearing the same stories over again.

I am MOST displeased.

In other news that is less of the suck, after years of price hikes, MLB.tv is apparently LOWERING its package prices by $10 for the 2009 season. Don't spend it all at once.
ayrdaomei: ([Misc] a few of my favorite things)
( Sep. 10th, 2008 10:57 am)
Fringe: Didn't love it, but I'm inclined to give it another two Tuesday nights, at least. I'm not sold on the female lead.

Movies: Capote, MKD, TDK, Donnie Darko )

Dan Johnson had a hell of a Tuesday. It would be great if he could stay up with the Rays to finish out this season.

And speaking of former A's, Zito struck out the side TWICE yesterday (oh Arizona, you are such a sorry bunch), to end the day with 9Ks in 6 innings (he got a ND). I think it's safe to say that at 9-16 right now, he's going to avoid the 20 loss season. **golf claps** And just because I haven't posted a Zito quote in a long time, I'd like to leave you with this:

"I've learned a lot of stuff this year," Zito said. "Sometimes it takes a lot of pain, a lot of struggling, to make you stronger. I'm motivated to stay within myself and not worry so much about results."

(Except to say, didn't he start off in spring training trying to stay within himself and not worry so much about results? Z, you're like a walking hamster wheel.)
ayrdaomei: (Default)
( Jul. 16th, 2008 01:05 pm)
I have nothing to say about the All Star Game, except:
1. I feel really bad for Dan Uggla.
2. I'm oddly proud of George Sherrill for soldiering through 2+ innings, and I hope it doesn't fuck his arm up.
3. Watching, I grew increasingly pissed at Lincecum, because gee, think the league could have used him last night? (Admittedly, this is irrational of me, if his condition was not the result of his own poor judgment, but I suspect that's a sizable if.)

People who are now, or who have ever been, into the Oakland Athletics, I have a question for you. What is your one most favorite Oakland A's-related picture/image?

eta: Or, if you can't do one, your five most favorite ;)
ayrdaomei: ([MLB] C- take me baby or leave me)
( Apr. 15th, 2007 07:50 pm)
Harden decided at the last minute to honor Jackie Robinson and wear No. 42 on the 60th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier. (SFgate)

Thome also wore 42. So the no to Inge didn't come from MLB, it must have come from the Tigers. Whackness.

Mark Grace was cute on Saturday, did you see? "Brad Lidge, you could close for me any day, you could close for 29 other teams in baseball. You'll be okay." Aw. You're good people, Gracie. The Houston front office says they're not looking into trading Lidge, which means he'll probably be in a new uniform by May.

Also, what's with A-Rod and the nose bleeds? o.O
ayrdaomei: ([Office] why are u the way that u r?)
( Apr. 8th, 2007 05:07 pm)
Did one of the Angels announcers just suggest that Japan was a U.S. Territory? I can't tell if they're MORONS or trying to be funny.

Since I hate them, I'm going with the former. (They have got to be the second most obnoxious homers after the Chicago White Sox broadcast team.)

Color guy also keeps saying "EX-scaped a jam" and I want to punch him in the throat.

And I am really trying to not wish injury on Crosby have patience with Bobby, but damn. I'm cringing any time a ball heads in his general direction.

eta:

Oh, wow, Z. Eight earned runs in 6 innings? That's....unfortunate.

Also, the Yankees seem to be dropping like flies. Which, you know, my heart bleeds.
ayrdaomei: ([Office] kinda like family)
( Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:42 pm)
TPTB HAVE TURNED ON THE AC IN OUR DORM ROOMS.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

(Okay, not really. that's pretty much the whole story. but yay! AC! Someone was just talking about it outside and I overhead him saying that the AC would not be turned on until April 15th. Which would have been murder.)

(Also, I suppose I am obligated to say something along the lines of yaybaseballisbackomg, but I still haven't figured out who I'm rooting for this year, so I'm having trouble getting excited as of yet. And no, for the 18th time, I'm not rooting for the Cubs.)
ayrdaomei: ([Office] Dawn - watching and wondering)
( Jan. 22nd, 2007 05:50 am)
So the end of that football game was kind of exciting. You know, from what I could parse of developments as the lead kept changing. Congrats to your boy, [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com]. I don't think I can jinx in football, because I'm not invested ^_~

Also, Jered Weaver totally wins the Being Genuinely Enthused For Your Older Brother's Redemption award over Eli Manning. What the hell.

I hope Kara spoilers for last night )

New 24 tonight. Only week two...and I don't really care. That was quick.

eta: They're doing it again! >:[



Seriously, baseball, stop trying to be so damn relevant to other sports fans all the time. I accept you and love you for what you are, you really don't need to be trying to emphasize your parallels to fucking soccer and football.
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] Yeah...I dunno about that)
( Dec. 29th, 2006 08:03 am)
And then there were none:
May/June 2003 - Barry Zito wants to be the man
August 2003 - Hudson keeps his cool
June 2004 - The Talented Mr. Mulder

Just the cover stories so far. I'll throw out a heads up when the issues have been fully scanned. And hopefully I'll remember how to get rid of that graininess.

blah blah blah barry blah blah blah )

Mulder's back from his longass honeymoon today. You have to imagine he'll make a decision in the next week. If Mark Alan Mulder would just announce he plans to return to St. Louis (pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease), I would BE SO FREAKING HAPPY and I could stick my head in the sand and not have to check MLB.com or ESPN for the next two months and that might actually be kinda great. I'm tired of this offseason.

One of the Lebanese channels is carrying a Saudi broadcast of Waquofat Arafat. On the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage, the pilgrims swarm Mt. Arafat and the surrounding plain to pray at the Mount of Mercy and ask God for forgiveness. Muslims who aren't there are supposed to fast, in solidarity. Me and organized religion have been on the outs for a few years now, though I go through the motions, but part of me can't help but be moved by the visual of so many people, all dressed in white, all holding on to an idea and a hope bigger than themselves. The camera scans the crowd and you see all shades of skin, standing and sitting next to each other, all ages, men and women, arms outstretched, mouths moving in prayer or private communion with God. I suppose it's an image that scares a lot of people now, but it's amazing, really.

Going to see Dreamgirls with my 'rents in a couple hours. I'm looking forward to it. I hope I like it. I've had a bad run of movie luck as of late.

Eta: Okay, I lied - Danny is too cute: "I'm very content to see Barry just once or twice a year. It would be hard to go head-to-head against him for the next however many years. This is perfect -- we can still hang out during spring training." - Choice thrills ex-mates. And because I'm a dork, I am amused to no end that the story quotes Billy and Chavvy as well, on how very nice it is that Barry will be so close. I BET.
ayrdaomei: ([C_B]  Z/H - make a pair of parentheses)
( Dec. 28th, 2006 06:09 am)
SI listed the best games of 2006 and a handful of baseball games made the cut. NOT the terrifically fun OAK-LAD 17 inning matchup, incredibly, but that 12 hour marathon game between the Sox and Yanks, as well as a couple of last season's 18 inning NL games are on the list. And of course NYY's crazy comeback against the Rangers. NLCS Game 7 was the only postseason game to rank. The baby fish were also featured, courtesy of Anibal's no hitter :) Still, Huston did not blow a single one of those games, so that list is hella lacking and fundamentally flawed. (There was one Brad Lidge blown save, though. ♥)

EW ranked BSG the third best drama on television this past year, behind only The Wire and Friday Night Lights. And, damn, I've known for a couple years now that I should be watching The Wire, but I guess [Bad username or site: acroarcs / @ livejournal.com] really is onto something with FNL. TV Guide ranked BSG #1 and FNL #2, and The Wire didn't even make their top 10 or honorable mentions. But Deadwood did. ♥. 24 and The Office made both lists - validation, yay. BSG, The Office, The Wire, Heroes, FNL, and 24 also all made AFI's list of ten best '06 shows.

Of course, the AFI voted Happy Feet and Little Miss Sunshine onto their list of the ten best films of '06, so. You can't win 'em all.

God, I love baseball - I dreamt last night that the A's traded Bobby to the Brewers (what?) and that the Mets announced they were pulling out of the Zito clusterfuck. Woke up to the news that the Rangers have given Barry Zito an ultimatum. They want a response on their contract offer by this weekend. That seems like a bad move on the Rangers' part, considering that the Yankees allegedly want to jump into the mix, provided they can unload Randy Johnson soon. It's one thing for the Mets to say this is our offer and we're not gonna change it. It's another for the RANGERS to be trying to get all mafioso and shit. I mean, I understand their not wanting to be used...but they are the TEXAS FUCKING RANGERS. What did they think they were being pulled into this thing for? They are like the Orioles, but with an owner who writes blank checks. Supposedly if Zito doesn't accept the ~$102M/six year offer, they're pulling it off the table. Hee. Good. Because it was just gonna be embarrassing when he signed with the Mets for a shitload less. And I love how the GM said their offer will change considerably if Zito doesn't sign now. Because obviously, if he wasn't going to sign with you for $100M, he could always realize the error of his ways in a couple weeks and sign with you for WAY LESS. Morons. It took them this long to figure out Boras was using them to try and drive up the asking price? Sure, over$$$$ worked with A-Rod, but I guess they think everyone missed how that has played out for him in the long run.

I read elsewhere that Mark's decision is down to the Rangers and the Cards (ahahaha! THANK YOU FOR FUCKING OFF, ARIZONA) which I hope against hope is a nobrainer for him, no matter how much the Rangers offered him. Come on, Markus. You've got a lovely wife, with a good name. Impossibly long legs and the tiniest hips in all of sports. Great hair. A World Series ring. Memories of a sun-drenched honeymoon to last you til the divorce a lifetime, and probably a pair of twin little Markuses on the way. Playing for the Texas Rangers does not complete this picture. Well, unless they guaranteed you two years at 20 million or something.

eta: Interesting. Bet at least half of those names leak in the next year. So that should be fun times.
ayrdaomei: ([Music] i hear in my mind all this music)
( Dec. 14th, 2006 06:40 am)
Last night, had CNN on and Anderson Cooper was talking with someone from the Woodrow Wilson school about the possibility of region-wide war in the Middle East. Across the ticker my eye caught "ACTRESS ANGELINA JOLIE TOLD PEOPLE MAGAZINE IN AN INTERVIEW POSTED ON ITS WEBSITE THAT SHE AND BRAD PITT..."

And I'm like WHAT? SHE AND BRAD PITT WHAT? Are finally getting married? Are breaking up?! murdered six people and ate their flesh? TELL ME.

And the ticker went on to finish "ARE PROUD PARENTS." And I was like "..."

That's newsworthy? They're proud parents? Wtf. And of course the train finally pulled into the station and I realized that there was wasn't much that could have completed that sentence that would have made it worthy of being on the screen at the same time as a discussion of what could potentially set off World War III. Like, maybe if Brad and Angie discovered that Shiloh's blood cures the sick.

Yesterday morning I was talking to a friend again about writing, and the frustration associated with writing. Well, she was talking to me about her troubles. I was listening and offering as much comfort as a sorry non-writer like myself can. She was saying how she hates that she knows what she wants to say but when she goes to write it down, she can't find the right words to communicate what she wants. And it reminded me, like everything else lately, of one of my favorite parts of Waking Life, where Willy goes to see the woman who talks to him about language. After that conversation, I was inspired to post the below clip, just cause. But I didn't at the time, having stuff I needed to be doing. And then last night (before the CNN nonsense), another long conversation brought the scene to mind again, and that's twice, so I'll toss it up, just in case anyone's interested. And I'll put up the audio separately too, since I had clipped that for myself after I saw the movie anyway.

On language and connection - (14mb, avi) or (2mb, mp3)

And since I was clipping anyway - [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com], I know you said you planned to netflix Waking Life eventually, but if you're just in it for the Jesse and Celine, I ripped their appearance in the film. (If you're fans of Before Sunrise/Sunset, yes, that Jesse and Celine).

On collective memory, or as the scene selection menu calls it 'death and reality' - (30mb, avi)

Ugh, I am having no luck finding a workaround for the new update page. Anyone? I hope we're not just stuck with it. LJ, please stop giving me reasons to give up paying for an account. I really, really wish that when they wanted to implement one of these completely unnecessary changes, that for the first week or so, there'd be a little link in the corner of the page or in the livejournal header that says "Hate our obnoxious new "improvement"? Go back to the old way by clicking here." But nooooooooooooooo. I have to spend like days waiting for someone to unearth the 20 hoops I have to jump through to put my journal back THE WAY I LIKED IT. Ugh.

baseball! )
Query:

I feel like I should know the answer to this, but how in the world did Bobby Crosby win ROY hitting .239 in 2004? Was the rookie class in the AL that year that Harden lame?

(I really have no memory of how that went down because I spent almost all of 2004 not watching baseball that didn't involve my stupid Orioles or the Yankees and the Red Sox attempting to beat the shit out of each other.)

To make up for the fact that I am asking a question I could google the answer to if I weren't brain dead right now, I give you music!

Jesus Christ - Brand New
ayrdaomei: ([Office] Separated at Birth)
( Nov. 15th, 2006 01:47 pm)
Reading for Family Law yesterday, and we're about to get into adoption by same-sex couples, so there was this excerpt from a paper about the family relationships of gays and lesbians, which I guess was meant to serve some "hey, the homosexuals are just like you" purpose for people who grew up under a rock or only know from gay people what they've seen on HBO during the free preview weekend or something. Anywayz, this paper throws out the following:

[Studies reported] that the top five areas of conflict for lesbian and gay couples were finances, driving style, affection/sex, being overly critical, and division of household tasks.

To which I say...driving style? lol. That makes the top five? And then of course, I spent the next three hours amusing myself with the thought of my boys snipping at each other on roadtrips to Canada or something.

(And speaking of Canada, Fraser always took Ray to task over his driving, didn't he? Hee. ♥)

MLB downloads, mostly Oakland, that I keep forgetting to post )

ETA: NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR! Reason to hate Jeffrey Loria for the rest of all time? Check. That's serious validation right there; I'm so proud of Joe.
I made dinner from a recipe on the side of a can of diced tomatoes, and it was surprisingly good ^_^ Of course, I suppose it's pretty hard for anything topped by a cup and a half of mozzarella/asiago cheese to suck...

Made plans to see Babel with a friend next weekend...so anxious! I want to see Stranger Than Fiction as well, but I'm all atwitter about Babel. I was trying to temper my expectations, but the reviews have been terrific. Yay.

Oh, speaking of movies - if you haven't heard, DeepDiscountDVD is running their 20% off sale again. Same coupon codes as always it seems, NYTIMES is the one I use. Sale goes until the 18th. I don't really have anything I want to get; I can't buy any more tv shows on dvd until I make something like an effort to watch the twenty billion seasons of stuff I already own... The one thing the sale would be really good for is the Cardinals WS boxset, but that's not out until next month. I'm probably just getting a couple copies of Cars ($12) and Soul of the Game ($4). And maybe A Player To Be Named Later ($12), but I can probably find that somewhere else for cheaper. I was trying to think if there was anything in particular I had wanted to remember to get, but I'm blanking. Anyway, I have a week.

When I woke up this morning, I was still riding a bit of the buzz from yesterday so I downloaded a bunch of Death Cab performances from the Live Music Archive. Because sharing is caring, three live songs from a show they did on my birthday, and three from a February 2006 show: rightclicksaveas, please.
02-12_I Will Follow You Into The Dark
02-12_Photobooth
02-12_Transatlanticism
06-16_Crooked Teeth
06-16_The New Year
06-16_Title and Registration


And while I'm at it...a couple more clips from Laa v Oak on 4/16/05 and clips from part two of Bronson's Japan video diary )
ayrdaomei: ([Office] window of opportunity)
( Nov. 7th, 2006 07:14 am)
Bronson Arroyo took some footage of the MLB All Stars for mlb.com, and it kinda made my morning. For those of you who cringe at the sights and sounds of MLBers posing as artists, I've posted clips of the two parts I figured would be of most interest to my f-list, thereby SPARING your ears Bronson singing and Bill Hall rapping.

The Pitchers - (wmv, 2mbs) - zomg, Erik Bedard cracks a smile.
David is so predictable - (wmv, 0.5 mbs) - I laughed really hard at this, David's only appearance in the video, and I blame Leanne.
Bronson's video diary - part 1 of ? (wmv, 11mbs).

Btw, if you download, let me know how you like mediafire? The upload time is atrocious on bigger files, but the download speed is alleged to be much better than sendspace and other sites. And, you know, you never get that 'no free slots' available message, which I think is what really has won people over.

eta: You kinda have to laugh when the St. Louis paper links to The Onion ~ Cardinals apologize for winning World Series.
ayrdaomei: ([Office] kinda like family)
( Nov. 5th, 2006 05:49 am)
Thank you, Ryan Howard and Joe Mauer.

I was about to be really irritated if the offense didn't show up when they're getting the best pitching performance out of an MLB starter so far.

Also, GOOD MORNING!

eta: David Wright, you are fired from baseball.

I hate when I accidentally surf away as something's uploading >:[
Game: Nippon Professional All Stars @ MLB All Stars
Date: November 05, 2006.
Length: 1 hour and 41 minutes.
File Type, Size: wmv, 164 mbs.
Notes: Erik Bedard starts for the MLB. Not the full game, just up to the inning where Bedard gets pulled.
download - upfile
ayrdaomei: ([Office] Yeah...I don't really care.)
( Nov. 1st, 2006 03:01 pm)
"One of the things Mark has really benefited from is having a good pitching coach," Clifton said. "People don't realize the draw of Leo Mazzone. Mark is a veteran guy who at least would consider Leo as a mentor."
- Agent: Mulder has interest in Orioles

Ugh, Mark, I know you want to be near Barry and Baltimore's only a 3 hour drive from New York, but PUT THE CRACK DOWN. No man, and no amount of money IN THE WORLD is worth playing in the Orioles organization right now.

God. This had better be some bullshit meant to try and get Mark some offers that aren't so incentives laden as to be embarrassing. Except for the part where it won't work, because Baltimore's the place you go to get laughed at.

And contrary to comments by the Cards putting Mulder's return at midseason, his agent is still saying he could be ready to go by opening day:

"They told me, worst-case situation, he'd be 100 percent in 5 1/2 months," Clifton said. "Ten to 11 months was never uttered."

Yeah huh.

eta: Speaking of shit that is funneh - Stem Cell Debate Dramatically Altered By New Jeff Suppan Commercial.

“As soon as I saw that Jeff Suppan commercial I knew I was finished. And you know what the weird thing is? After seeing that ad, even I was opposed to the bill. Hey, supporting that bill also supports cloning, and apparently it will result in lots of poor mothers getting their embryos stolen from them at gunpoint or something. I’m sold. Thank you, Jeff Suppan, for explaining the issue to me like only a professional athlete reading a cue card can....”
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] What? I'm just saying.)
( Oct. 23rd, 2006 08:32 pm)
Sorry, Tigers-filk on my f-list. I know some of you are really tired of hearing about this, and you guys live in a world where what happened last night isn't worth talking about, but I wanted to link to this piece from SI, re: the smudge. I found it really informative because, I confess, I don't know much about this stuff. SI talked to a major league bullpen coach (on the condition of anonymity, of course) who says that in his opinion, what we saw on Rogers' hand was pine tar.

Oddly enough, the last part makes me feel better about not getting too worked up over the whole thing (which is sad, I know):

"I don't know Kenny Rogers, but I'm guessing he had to use pine tar because it was so cold. He probably usually uses shaving cream or suntan lotion because they blend in. A lot of guys use shaving cream or suntan lotion, or both, because there's no way you could detect them. But it was so cold in Detroit. You need moisture or sweat to make the shaving cream or suntan lotion work, so it was probably too cold to use shaving cream or suntan lotion.

[SNIP]

I am guessing Rogers didn't really know how to use pine tar, because he put too much on. It probably spread from his glove to the palm of his hand.

[SNIP]

I bet Tony La Russa's pitchers are mad at him for saying anything, because a lot of guys do it, and I'd be surprise if there's a whole staff of guys who don't do it. In fact, I'd say a majority of guys use one of the three -- shaving cream, suntan lotion or pine tar. They can't like him ratting out the other team when everyone does it. Maybe he had to say something because it's the World Series, it's on TV and he probably has to answer to his owner.

But you'll notice he didn't continue to talk about it, and he instructed his guys not to talk about it. They probably have no interest in catching Rogers because if they do then the umpire is looking at everyone."
[Poll #851594]

Yeah, the options are ticky boxes because quite frankly, I can't decide how I feel about it from one minute to the next.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd...I give you some stuff from The Brushback's archives, because they're funny )

And with the Series going back to St. Louis, and given Cliff Floyd's recent comments, this one from October of last year - Adorable Cardinals Fans Actually Think They’re Intimidating.
“Those fans are a lot of fun. I wish I could play here,” said pitcher Roy Oswalt. “It seems like every one of them is a cute little old lady or an adorable little kid. Sometimes when I’m playing somewhere like Philly, I get batteries thrown at me. Nobody in St Louis throws batteries at you—except for that one time when I was sitting in the bullpen and I announced that my iPod was out of batteries, and somebody threw me a couple to help me out. That was nice, especially since they went through the trouble of enclosing them in a soft, knitted cover so they wouldn’t hurt my hands when I caught them.”
There's this band, The Hold Steady? They are alllllll over the music blogosphere. They seem to be this year's Killers, or something. I personally don't really see what the big deal is. But every other mention of them involves a comparison to Springsteen that I don't get, since I don't know from Springsteen outside of Streets of Philadelphia, I'm on Fire and The Rising. And maybe Sad Eyes. Is he Sad Eyes? I'm more about the Enrique and Trisha versions of that, anyhoo. And that one song Faith Hill covered, If I Should Fall Behind, which I think he only ever wrote and never sang himself, since no Springsteen fan I know ever recognizes it when I mention it.

Anyway, I was saying, I'm not really getting the big deal. But I did like these two songs - Stuck Between Stations and First Night. If you want to check out more of the band, you can find no shortage of their tracks via the ever-helpful Hype Machine. (And, okay, after a couple listens, I also kinda liked You Can Make Him Like You and How A Resurrection Really Feels. But still.)

Stuff that caught my ear recently:
  • Smokey Robinson's Just My Soul Responding available from The No. 1 Songs In Heaven.
  • Tim Williams' I Am Wearing It available via The Test Pilot.
  • Damien Jurado's What Were The Chances via Black Balloon. If you like covers, that post also has Damien's cover of Pink Moon.
  • The bonus track, Bread and Butter, from the new Roots' cd - available via The Yellow Stereo.
  • Damien Rice's Nine Crimes via Good Weather For Airstrikes. I didn't even know he had a new album on the way!
  • Red Sparowes' Like The Howling Glory Of The Darkest Winds, This Voice Was Thunderous And The Words Holy, Tangling Their Way Around Our Hearts And Clutching Our Innocent Awe which...I found somewhere I can't remember. But it's also available in this post from Largehearted Boy. Who came first - Red Sparowes or Explosions in the Sky? Because someone is biting someone else's sound hardcore.
  • A lot of blogs chose to showcase the epic Crane Wife trilogy off the new Decemberists album, but I also like Summersong. It's available via Both Sides of the Mouth.
  • Lupe Fiasco's What It Do is real fun despite the fact that the song makes little sense to me. It's available via Silence is a rhythm too. Also available in that post is Q-Tip's Breathe & Stop, which is just as great now as it was in 1999. Whatever happened to him?

And wow, the dirty laundry certainly is a-airing about Macha, my goodness.

My mom apparently told the whole world I went to St. Louis, cause I got quasi-lectured by my cousin's husband about how there is a limit to all things and time is money and some other stuff that I don't remember because I stopped listening. THANKS, MA.

The Cubs went with Piniella, and I read somewhere that if Joe doesn't land the Nats job (pleasepleasepleaseplease), Torre's got a spot for him in New York. Aw. Except, you know, it's back with the Yankees! And that's not fun for me. So help me out, Nats.

I heard on ESPN Radio that Pujols is a Just Shut Up award nominee. Heh. His luck to be nominated the same week as Steve Lyons, I imagine.
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