Sunday, October 27, 2013

We Hardly Knew Ye: Lou Reed

Dead at 71.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

We Hardly Knew Ye: Marcia Wallace

Carol Kester from The Bob Newhart Show and Edna Krabappel from The Simpsons is dead at 70.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

We Hardly Knew Ye: Don James

The greatest coach in Washington football history died yesterday at age 80.

In 18 seasons, from 1975 to 1992, James lead the Huskies to 14 bowl games. They won ten of them, including four Rose Bowls. In 1991, his 12-0 Huskies shared the national championship with Miami.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013


I recently bought 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana's In Utero, originally released in September 1993. Thinking back, '93 proved to be my rock 'n' roll high-water mark -- I bought more music, listened to more music, and went to more shows that year than any other, before or since. (I'm 44 now -- you do the math.) With that in mind, here are some of the songs and albums I dig most from nine-trey...

Bash & Pop -- Friday Night is Killing Me

Belly -- "Feed the Tree"

Frank Black -- "Los Angeles"

The Breeders -- "Divine Hammer"

Butthole Surfers -- Independent Worm Saloon (including "Who Was in My Room Last Night?", below)

Dinosaur Jr. -- Where You Been

Fastbacks -- "Gone to the Moon"

Girl Trouble -- New American Shame

PJ Harvey -- Rid of Me

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion -- Extra Width

Melvins -- Houdini (including "Hooch," above)

The Muffs -- The Muffs (including "Lucky Guy," below)

Nirvana -- In Utero

Royal Trux -- Cats and Dogs

Sebadoh -- Bubble and Scrape

Urge Overkill -- "Sister Havana"

Paul Westerberg -- "World Class Fad" (below)

Among the many live acts I saw in 1993: 7 Year Bitch, Belly, Come, Crash Worship, Dead Moon, Dinosaur Jr., Drive Like Jehu, Fugazi, Girl Trouble, Grateful Dead, Gumball, Love Battery, Lunachicks, Mudhoney, Iggy Pop, Red Aunts, Keith Richards, Rocket from the Crypt, Sebadoh, Soul Asylum, Superchunk, Urge Overkill, Velocity Girl, Paul Westerberg and X. I saw the bulk of these in San Diego, where I lived most of that year.

Along similar lines, I probably watched more MTV in '93 than in any other year, not just for the music, but also for nightly viewings of Beavis and Butt-head (which premiered on March 8)... Music aside, my favorite-ever show, NBC's Late Night with David Letterman, ended on June 25, 1993, and CBS's Late Show with David Letterman debuted two months later, on August 30. Meanwhile, The Simpsons was essential viewing in '93, ending season four and beginning season five... I didn't watch many movies, but I loved CB4 and Dazed and Confused...

My pop-culture tastes were further developed that year 'cause that's when I got into alternative comics, particularly Peter Bagge's Hate and Dan Clowes's Eightball (I met both artists at that year's big San Diego Comic-Con, along with Matt Groening)... Additionally, '93 was the year I got into pinball, spending many a caffeine/niccotine-addled lunch hour playing Jurassic Park, Star Wars, The Twilight Zone, The Addams Family and Gilligan's Island.

So yeah. 1993. Cool.

Friday, October 18, 2013

My Top Five iTunes Songs

According to iTunes, these are the five most-played tracks between my iPod, iPhone, and various Mac laptops, ever since I started using iTunes in 2006...

1. "Waterbed Babies" by Girls at Our Best!, from the album Pleasure (Happy Birthday, 1981).

2. "Nonsense" by Komeda, from the album Kokomemedada (Minty Fresh, 2003).

3. "Sunday Morning" by the Velvet Underground, from the album The Velvet Underground & Nico (Verve, 1967).

4. "I Am Free" by the Kinks, from the album The Kink Kontroversy (Pye, 1965).

5. "Wreck My Flow" by the Dirtbombs, from the album We Have You Surrounded (In the Red, 2008).

For best results, play all five videos at once -- it's the best song ever!