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High School Days

July 30, 2006 at 1:56am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


In a very belated spring cleaning, today I came across a few old reminders of past days when I was young, dumb, and lived in the Twin Cities. Does anyone here remember Husker Du? They were one of the seminal hardcore bands along with Black Flag and others on the SST label, as well as Twin Cities’ natives along with The Replacements and Soul Asylum. The ticket stub is from one of their last shows ever at First Avenue in Minneapolis (in fact I mean that literally) that I saw way back when I was, gosh, a sophomore in high school! Somewhere (in my parent’s basement), I should still have an LP of their first release: Land Speed Record.

The other ticket is from a Sonic Youth show I saw right after they released Daydream Nation – the record that confirmed their greatness (and years before Nirvana hit MTV). I remember old buddy Christine squealing about seeing Kim Gordon in the ladies room, and how those guys had to bring on new Fender Jaguar guitars after every song since they broke so many strings. It was probably one of the top 5 best concerts I have ever seen in my life. Sonic Youth, by the way, is still going strong and has recently released a great album that I purchased the other day finally – Rather Ripped – arguably their best record since Daydream Nation way back in 1988. Also, members of both Husker Du and Sonic Youth are interviewed in We Jam Econo – a documentary of another immortal group of SST label artists – The Minutemen.

Oh yes…Good memories. And to think today I can’t even stand the noise in the Chipotle across from the Nebraska book store. 

The Chuckster Strikes Again

July 29, 2006 at 1:27am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Not noted in the recent LJS article, but picked up from today’s The Washington Note:

I haven’t decided yet how I’ll vote on Mr. Bolton.

I wonder about this, especially since he supported Bolton in last year’s hearings. There are a few scenarios here I can think of at a minimum:

1) Chucky has actually decided he will vote for Bolton, but made this statement to create some suspense and attention knowing he can get some good press since the Senator from Ohio has changed his mind this time around.

2) Chucky is truly undecided because - as opposed to last year’s hearings when much (though far from all) of the criticism of Bolton was character-based - the record has since shown that since Bolton’s recess appointment, its become apparent that the guy hasn’t performed too well by anyone’s standards.

3) Chucky is truly undecided because he objects on constitutional grounds to the White House’s balking to provide material on Bolton to the Foreign Relations Committee for review.

4) Chucky has decided he will vote for Bolton, but has made this announcement to get some press (see #1), and is keeping his options open not so much for a presidential run, but for an appointment to Sec State in either a future Repub or Dem administration in 2008. 

5) Chucky is truly undecided (and will vote no) based on #2+#3, and is keeping his options open not so much for a presidential run, but for an appointment to Sec State in either a future Repub or Dem administration in 2008. 

My hope is #5, my guess is #4.


C-Span Porno

July 24, 2006 at 4:10pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Oh Yes… This Thursday morning the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be holding another hearing on John “Serial Abuse” Bolton. If any of you were lucky enough to catch the earlier committee hearings last year, it was darn good drama and entertainment (among other things). Let’s see how the Chuckster and the rest of the committee perform for this one. By the way, it was recently announced that Johnny will be coming to UNL as well in September as part of the E.N. Thompson Forum. I hope that area hotel staff have already been warned.

Super Awesome Podcasts of 2006

July 20, 2006 at 11:53pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

This year has been a good year for podcasts so far. Here are a few of my favorite podcasts from the first half of 2006:

Way back in February, Studio 360 did an entire episode on violence in popular culture, featuring an interview with the author of “Fight Club,” how they make the “punching” sound effects in movies, and an essay by Jack Handey called “My Speech to the Martians.”  The Handey essay is a must listen.

Episode 113 of All Songs Considered was the first time I ever heard Omaha’s Tilly and The Wall, and also has some really nice and rare tunes from Coleman Hawkins and Tommy Tutone.

The Politics of Culture did two related, excellent podcasts – “The Role of Print Media Today” and “The Media Morphs: Producing for Multiple Digital Platforms” - devoted to the future of print media, the internet, and the delivery of news and entertainment to new platforms like iPods.

Radio Open Source did a World Cup primer the week before things got started to get the blood pumping. Open Source covers all sorts of topics and its almost always informative in some way.

Finally, there is episode 110 from the Filmspotting guys. Filmspotting is the bestest, smartest, fastest, must listen/must subscribe podcast out there on popular culture that was once known as “cinecrack” for its addictive characteristics. The founder of filmspotting used to do a dinky movie review show at the University of Iowa’s KRUI a few years ago. Then he and his partner moved on to do (what is now known as) Filmspotting - one of the most popular podcasts out there with a truly international following. And now these two guys have their own show on Chicago Public Radio. Its that good. In episode 110, listen to them rip into Al Gore’s documentary, and do battle over…Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in The Lake House. Classic. 

Big Day: Goooooooo France!

July 8, 2006 at 11:15pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


Credit: Der Spiegel.

Superman Returns

July 8, 2006 at 11:09pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Anyone seen this one yet? The guys from filmspotting - one of my favorite podcasts - have a nice review of the movie, as well as a look at the best film scores of all time. Another consistently good podcast (hosted by Nebraskan Kurt Andersen) - Studio 360 - has devoted an entire episode to Superman in popular culture and politics as well.

France v. Italy

July 5, 2006 at 10:15pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


While tough guy, English Eric Cantona wannabes continue to whine and navel gaze about their horrible tournament performance, the French National Team (propelled by Zidane, Makalele, Henry and a complete warlord/maniac Ribery) has made its way to the World Cup against powerhouse Italy. I would have been happy with a Germany win in this cup, but who thought France would actually make it this far? I don’t know about the rest of you fools, but I am rooting for France.

Goal Pt. 5

July 1, 2006 at 1:25am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


France: Thank you for helping us liberate our nation from colonialist England 200 years ago. Now, please help the entire world and free us from the tyranny of egotistical Brazilian World Cup buffoonery.

As for you England: I hope you are crushed by Portugal.

Communication Update:

Yes Zidane: the smiling, soccer-ball, yoda-dude creature is talking to YOU. And he wants YOU to help beat those punk-ass Brazilians tomorrow.

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