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Monday, January 31, 2011

Fleet Foxes album announcement

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First Explosions In The Sky, now Fleet Foxes.  It's turning out to be a fantastic January as far as new record information for me.  To directly copy-paste Fleet Foxes' Facebook status from nine minutes ago:
NEW RECORD! "Helplessness Blues" is out May 3rd. PHEW. The title track is now up for download online too and we've announced a bunch of tour dates. Thanks for waiting people!http://www.fleetfoxes.com/
The title track seems promising, like this album will be a bit more edgy than the first and just as pretty.  Go have a listen to the song they posted and have a look at the CD art:


EDIT: I just uploaded a new video to YouTube about my friend Nate.  It's part of a series in which I basically make fun of him using footage we had shot but never used.  Go check it out.
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What I'm Listening To: Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Friday, January 28, 2011

Beardtastic

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Take a gander at ESPN's latest Facebook photo:

There are no words I could write to improve this photograph.

That is Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, that is a man, that is a beard.
(EDIT 2:53): Become a fan of this beard on Facebook.
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What I'm Listening To: Jeff Buckley - So Real

Thursday, January 27, 2011

First Lamar Odom, Now Kris Humphries (Kardashians date the NBA)

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Kim Kardashian is clearly not knowledgable in the sports department, since I just found out that she's been dating Nets forward Kris Humphries since December.  He joins Lamar Odom, who dates Kim's sister Khloé, as a Kardashian NBA boy toy.

The skill-to-hotness-of-significant-other ratios are WAY off

He's been on four teams in seven years (because he sucks), he has career averages of 5.2 points and 4.2 points per game (because he sucks) and Dallas traded him so they could have Eduardo Nájera back again, who averages 3.3 points per game in 14.6 minutes this season (because he sucks).  I suppose having, uhm, "big shoes" and looking like Taylor Lautner is good enough for her.

It's a good thing Kourtney Kardashian already has a man, or Zaza Pachulia could have been next.


Naaaahhh, I think he's safe.
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What I'm Listening To: Drummer - Feel Good Together

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Explosions In The Sky album SOON

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On Facebook and their official website, Explosions, one of my favorite bands, have announced details about their upcoming album less than an hour before this post (an album I previewed essentially before any information was available in my latest column for The Maine Campus).

The details that I have gathered from this Facebook post, this other Facebook post,  the latest post on their official website and the album's page from their official website is as follows:

  • The album is called "Take Care, Take Care, Take Care."
  • It will be released in the UK on April 18, in the rest of Europe on April 25 and in the US and Canada on the 26th.
  • The tracklist:
    1. Last Known Surroundings
    2. Human Qualities
    3. Trembling Hands
    4. Be Comfortable, Creature
    5. Postcard from 1952
    6. Let Me Back In
  • For one reason or another, Blogger is being difficult and not letting me put the album art in this post, so have a look at it here.  (I'll edit this post when I'm able to.)
EDIT (3:31): Got it working, here's the album cover:

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What I'm Listening To Now: Oberhofer - o0O0o0O0o
(Also, I made a new header for the blog, looks much better to me, what do you think?)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Larry Bird Trash Talk (excerpt from The Book of Basketball)

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Bill Simmons, my biggest inspiration as a writer, wrote an amazing book that attempts to chronicle the life of professional basketball, specifically the NBA.  I haven't read all of it yet (it's 700 flippin' pages long), but I've read enough to know I really want to keep on keepin' on.

Simmons released an updated paperback edition of the book in early December, with "FRESH TAKES ON LEBRON, KOBE, THE CELTICS & MORE," according to the cover, along with more hilarious footnotes.  Naturally it was on the top of my Christmas list; it was under fifteen bucks on Amazon, so it was an easy gift.

I always knew that Larry Bird was one of the league's best trash talkers from watching videos like this.  In all the footage I've watched, there was a story I didn't hear about, which Bill covered in a footnote on page 17:
26. My personal favorite: Bird once told Indiana's Chuck Person before a game that he had a Christmas present for him.  During the game, he made a three in front of the Pacers' bench, turned to Person and said, "Merry f*cking Christmas."


The Book of Basketball is available for only $12.24 right now on Amazon.com.
Read Bill's column on ESPN.com.
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What I'm Listening To Right Now: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Chile
(something new I'm doing: if I'm listening to a song when I'm writing a post, I'll tell you what it is.)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jimi Hendrix covers Johnny B. Goode

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This may be one of the most underrated cover versions of any song ever.  Jimi adds so much energy to this song and turns it into his own.  Give it a listen, and if you decide you need it on your iPod (which you probably will), it was released on the posthumous live album "Hendrix in the West" in 1972.  The only place I saw this was on Amazon for 38 bucks, so I took the liberty of rounding up some MP3 download links.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

January 22; My Birthday

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Yeap, today is the anniversary of my introduction to the world, nineteen years ago.  I'm finally old enough to take advantage of the Canadian legal drinking age, which is something I will do a lot because I love drinking alcohol (except that's not true at all).

I'm a card-carrying member since early this morning.

Other than my birth, the 22nd is not the most historically significant day on the calendar, but it has its fair share of curiosities.  For example, on January 22nd:
  • The Act Zluky (English = "Unification Act") was signed in 1919, unifying the Ukraine People's Republic and the West Ukraine People's Republic into one Ukranian state.
"Yessssssss..."
In case you didn't figure it out, one of those things is not true.  In case you just don't get it and thought I made up the Anglo-Zulu War, look at this clip from Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Awkward Touching

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Sorry the posts on the blog have been lacking, I'll try to do better from now on.

I'll start with this awkward picture from one of my college books:

"Now listen, all I'm saying is that I have a pool in my backyard, and that you and maybe that Asian friend of yours are free to use it whenever you want... OK, hun?"