Tonight's Questions

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Hey kids, it's toast.

  • WHAT does Jim Leyland mean when he says Edwin Jackson "can be a horse?" Edwin Jackson is a shapeshifter!

  • IS there a better reason to cancel a baseball trade than for baseball reasons? I'm looking at you Mike Cameron. Why are you in my house?

  • IS this the craziest title for a newspaper blog post in history? Richard Griffin, shine on you crazy diamond.

  • CAN someone buy Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik a dictionary? He says the word "rebuilding" isn't in his vocabulary. That's a pretty basic word. It's amazing he got through an interview.

  • WHO doesn't think paying AJ Burnett this much money is ridiculous?

  • DO you agree with Matt_T's album's of the year? I haven't gotten around to making my list yet. But I could probably be persuaded to start throwing out some favorites if a conversation gets started in the comments.

Welp, that's it for us today. I need to go get a TV cause I just threw my shoe at that new ABC Dick Cheney interview. See you tomorrow. Same WoW channel.

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The album of the year is "The '59 Sound" by The Gaslight Anthem.

I only bought one album this year, the new REM LP. Therefore and henceforth, that wins.

I haven't listened to the '59 Sound yet. That's next to download, once my emusic subscription renews.

I also have other suggestions on my blog. If you care to see, click on my little wrench thing. (That's what Ronnie Belliard said.)

I fully sport my onion belt when it comes to new music. Get off my lawn and put In A Major Way by E40 on repeat.

I was really underwhelmed by the Gaslight Anthem.

Best album of the year? Russian Circles - Station

I haven't stopped listening to Group Home's first LP since it dropped thirteen years ago. "Suspended in Time" was my wedding song.

Attn: The Colonel

Re: AK3

The new record made me very, very sad. It's so not very good. I weep openly.


At least it's better than Crimson.

I only listen to what Lenny Dykstra tells me to.


I've been meaning to pick up that Chuck Reagan record for awhile.

This was not the best year for music, IMO. Some of my favorites this year (in no particular order) were:

Black Mountain - In The Future
Margot & The Nuclear So & Sos - Not Animal
Spiritualized - Songs In A&E
Jason Collett - Here's To Being Here
Boston Spaceships - Brown Submarine
Basia Bulat - Oh, My Darling
Beach House - Devotion
Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band - s/t

(I loved the Bon Iver record but I had it on last year's list. You'll see it on a lot of best of '08s)

I really liked the Reissue of Strangers Almanac by Whiskeytown and the expanded version of Marvin Gaye's "Here My Dear.: Both had some revelatory extras.

I will say that I saw a ton of really good shows this year. Maybe even more so than any of the last couple years. So what was lacking on my record player was made up for on stage.

Oh crap. I forgot the REM record.

Despite it being the only record that Rob bought this year, I still really liked it.

I disagree. Crimson had some songs, and at least I could get through a full listen. The hooks on A&I seemed cheesy and recycled.

You guys are freaking me out with these bands. I heard of 0 people CTC mentioned. Except REM, who I hate.

I bought the new Metallica album and it was good.

Black Mountain are pretty awesome

We'll have to agree to disagree on that one, Lloyd. Fun story: I saw Alk3 play with a Rise Against, Thrice, and The Gaslight Anthem last month. As my friends and I left a little early to beat traffic, a guy yelled "Thanks for coming, guys." I look up and see Dan Andriano. I screamed like a little girl.

I only listen to Tool... and a ton of sports talk radio.

Tool is awesome.

Yes, they rock

Geez CTC, talk about getting your obscure on.
Now if somebody could point me toward the new Nickelback album.

I'm with Fartie. I don't know what the hell you guys are talking about. I've been listening to a band called Boss Hoss. They're a bunch of (probably) gay Germans who dress like cowboys and perform cover tunes.

Sports talk radio rots your brain.

There were ads for the new Nickelback album on my site. Not my proudest moment.

BCTF & Fartie, if you like Tool you might like my best album pick Russian Circles. Maybe.

Thanks Lloyd; I am going to that link right now.

KNBR The Sports Leader is full of light-hearted whimsy that eases my drive. Gary Radnich and his 3 fingers are awesome.

My list:
Black Milk-Tronics
Constantines- Kensington Heights
Four Tet-Ringer
Sybris-Into the Trees
Spiritualized-- I agree with CTC
No Age-Nouns
31 Knots-Worried Well
Li'l Wayne-Carter III
School of Seven Bells-Aplinisms


ADDENDUM-- I would include Death Cab's Narrow Stairs over Four Tet, since Ringer is, as I just remembered, an EP. So, I'm down with one off of Matt T's list.

And, of note, I also had Bon Iver on last year's list. It was the album of the year, in a way, but I associate it with the year previous. The new REM is the shit. Black Mountain didn't make it, because I listen to "Let the Beat Build" off of Carter III waaaaaaaaay to often to drop that album off of the list. 31 Knots is my pick for best of this particular year-- those albums ain't in any particular order.

I also forgot "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" by David Byrne and Brian Eno.

One of my favorite sports names ever is Peerless Price.

All music made after 1986 by definition is rubbish, fact

Matt's list is very solid.

My favorite record of '08 was Ragged Wood by Fleet Foxes. It's pretty different and beautiful in a very nostalgic way.

Peerless Price is something you always have to be on the lookout for in this recession economy.

Add me to the "wuzzuh?" list with these musical selections. I am sure they are wonderful, but I have had Kid Rock's first album stuck in the cd changer for a while now, and have gotten pretty acclimated to it. Bawitdaba, y'all.

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