Music funnies

The 9 Most Unnecessary Greatest Hits Albums of All Time

In fact, “The Best of Young MC” is really just his first album with a different title, a different album cover and three fewer songs. Three… fewer… songs. Sure, he recorded more albums, a bunch of them in fact. But none of those songs made it onto “The Best of Young MC.” What this implies is that Young MC’s career ran out of creative steam 10 songs into the recording of his first album, but someone decided a best-of collection was still a good idea anyway.

The 25 Most Ridiculous Band Names in Rock History

The Mr. T Experience
Why it’s ridiculous: If they’d turned on the TV a few seconds earlier in the credits, would they have called themselves the George Peppard Explosion?

Get the Led out

So I was not at the show which may well have been the best of the year, but I wanted to go. Hopefully like Queen + Paul Rodgers in 2005, this was a teaser and the mighty Zep will tour next year (or at least play the US somewhere, in which case I will be there). That would make a pretty cool year in itself, but also on next year’s schedule are Queen themselves (you can download the first new song here), more dates from Rush, and a reunited Extreme.

A full week in review

Because I feel like it, I haven’t blogged too much recently. It was a bit of an odd week, as Jill was working late into the night most days, so I was left to my devices more than usual. Monday was the last Chuck and Heroes – ok Chuck but great Heroes (SPOILER ALERT: Tim Kring said on the live G4 thing that both Peter catching the virus and Nathan getting shot were the added things to wrap up the storyline before the strike). I was cleaning up during this as we were having the carpets cleaned the next day, and was so late making myslef a hamburger for dinner that Jill got home and polished the remnants of her dinner before I started eating.

Tuesday was a day for being careful downstairs as the carpets were still damp. I had stopped at Safeway and picked up some cheap frozen sole stuffed with lobster and shrimp, which went nicely with the asparagus that needed using up. Wednesday Jill was working late, and I had bought some inexpensive lamb chops. I braised the lamb, then made a marjoram, garlic and white wine sauce and warmed some mashed potatoes. Frankly, one of the best meals I’ve had in a while – it’s a shame Jill doesn’t like lamb. I also had a nice scare with Illa. It had been snowing (lightly) most of the day, and Illa was raring to go bounding through the snow. I have his harness attached to an old belt which broke apart when we were outside and he got loose. Luckily we were in the woods, and he came back after several minutes of galloping around like crazy.

Thursday I went easy with left over turkey and bean soup (had a pretty good football game to watch), while Friday Jill was home for dinner and we had the final leftovers of turkey and trimming. TV during the week was fantasy all the way. For HD watching (in front of the TV) I watched Pan’s Labyrinth – very good, but I’m not sure if I’d watch it again. For kitchen watching I watched Tin Man, the Wizard of Oz update on Sci Fi. I had planned on seeing it, but then the reviews I read weren’t kind, and was going to pass until a coworker called and asked me to record it about a minute before the last showing of Part 1, and I got caught up in it. Pretty decent reworking, anf there were some really clever bits.

Saturday was pretty relaxing, mostly read the paper, tried to finish up the selection for my new Artists To Watch and starting the Christmas mix. In the evening we headed over to a housewarming party, and spent several hours grazing and chatting with friends. Sunday was similar, except there was also a long walk and the danger and excitement of getting a Christmas tree. I mean that, because I tried to secure the tree to the car with bungee cords. The rear one was fine, but the front one snapped off and gave me a nasty welt on my left cheek (no cracks about turning the other one), luckily nowhere near the eye.

Y’know I kinda wanted to see Southland Tales

Until I read this review:

You could cut the lunacy with a knife: I literally could have stripped off all my clothes and somersaulted down the aisle screeching the lyrics to “Umbrella” while watching Southland Tales, secure in the knowledge that my actions would constitute merely the second craziest thing happening in the theater at any given moment.

Repeal Day

Happy Repeal Day! Today is the 74th anniversary of the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment and the return of alcohol as a constitutional right. It’s being pushed as an advertising campaign for Dewar’s, but still I think it would be a worthy holiday. The last time I was at Total Wine, I created a six pack of new seasonal beers I hadn’t tried, and I had some of them tonight. Nothing too memorable, but it’s always fun to have something different.