Year: 2007

2007 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances, Pt. 2

2007 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances, Pt. 2

Music
OK, so we've reviewed what I believe to be the standout albums from the year that was. The second part of my year-end review reviews some of the best songs of the year. You likely wouldn't have heard any of these songs on radio (at least not terrestrial radio). In fact, I couldn't pick out any of this year's most popular radio songs if my life depended on it. Note - I tried to find official videos for these songs, but in some cases I could only find live versions (some better than others). The Best of the Best (Songs) "Melody Day", Caribou (Andorra) - This track opens the very excellent Andorra like a fresh breeze from the mid-'60s. I would swear this was produced by Phil Spector in his prime, what with its heavy use of reverb, jangly guitars, and a soaring chorus. Sure there's n...
Welcome Alycia Lane fans

Welcome Alycia Lane fans

Funny Stuff
I know my place in the blogosphere (or is it blogiverse?). I get more hits on this site than I thought I would when I started, but I'm not about to compete with YouTube or Wikipedia. But the last few days have been rather busy here, as my average daily visitor count has gone up about 400%. Why the surge? A little digging revealed the source - Philadelphia's favorite TV newscaster, Alycia Lane, is back in the news. When we last heard from her, she was sending unsolicited bikini photos to a Rich Eisen, who can currently be seen on the NFL Network. More recently, she was arrested for allegedly assaulting a New York City cop. Most of the stories detailing this latest embarrassment have made mention of the earlier photo faux pas, resulting in a fresh tidal wave of internet searching. ...
Bump with me — Classic network logo ID bumpers

Bump with me — Classic network logo ID bumpers

TV & Radio
I've forgotten about 95% of the TV shows I watched growing up, which is probably my brain's self-defense mechanism kicking in. But one thing I haven't forgotten is all those nifty little bumpers I was bombarded with multiple times a day. Some of them are iconic, some just quaint and cheesy. How many of these do you remember? (more…)
In Concert: Robert Glasper Trio – Princeton, NJ, 12/14/07

In Concert: Robert Glasper Trio – Princeton, NJ, 12/14/07

Music
Listening to Robert Glasper's albums is a good way to appreciate the Brooklyn-based pianist's incredible talent for performing and composing. An even better way is to catch one of his live performances, such as Friday night's concert at the 360-seat Berlind Theatre, located on the campus of Princeton University. Glasper's trio (with bassist Vicente Archer and new drummer Chris Dave) performed as a single organism, deftly playing off each other over the course of their set. While Archer is a solid (although not spectacular) bassist, the stars of the show were Glasper and Dave, whose instrumental prowess cannot be doubted. Glasper, who split the set fairly evenly between his two Blue Note albums (2005's Canvas and this year's In My Element), showcased both his calm, meditative side and...
Random thoughts on the Mitchell Report

Random thoughts on the Mitchell Report

Sports
My thoughts on the report, as I skim through it. If you want to follow along, you can download the entire thing here: It took a whole eight pages (SR-8) before we got to the first cry of "won't someone please think of the CHILDREN!" $20 million and they couldn't tack one page at the beginning that just lists all the names? Lame. Holy crap, did Mitchell just compare MLB's steroid problem to Northern Ireland? (SR-34) This has got to be the most expensive term paper ever produced. p. 22 - "In 1988, androstenedione became the subject of national attention after a reporter observed a container of the supplement in the locker of Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals during his pursuit of the single-season home run record." Pretty sure that was 1998. Again, $20 million and they ...
Retrotisement – Beverly Hills, 90210 dolls

Retrotisement – Beverly Hills, 90210 dolls

Advertising, Retrotisements
You kids can have your Webkinzes and your Dora the Explorer crap. Back in my day -- well, maybe a little past my day -- we had real toys. Why, take these Mattel Beverly Hills, 90210 dolls. No seriously, take them. Sadly, it seems this set didn't include Brian Austin Green, probably because his character hadn't completely sold his soul and driven his best friend to suicide yet, all in an effort to get with the in-crowd. Even sadder is the lack of everyone's second-favorite television restaurateur, Nat (on a side note, is Joe E. Tata not the greatest name in history?). Despite this, you have to admit this is one rad set of dolls. I'm not sure how you're supposed to play with them, however. I guess they could preen around your playroom/bedroom and ostracize your other dolls and a...
2007 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances, Pt. 1

2007 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances, Pt. 1

Music
Compiling Best of/Worst of music lists is always a risky endeavor. Inevitably you'll have a bunch of people who are upset because this band or that song was either left off, placed too highly, or included at all. Luckily for me I don't give a crap what anyone else thinks. That being said, I am including the caveat that I am only one man and simply don't have as much time to listen to and absorb music as I used to, so I readily admit that I probably missed out on a lot of good stuff this year. As far as what to include - I didn't want to include so many albums/songs from 2007 as to render this list useless, but I didn't want to overlook anything either. The Best of the Best (Albums) Field Music, Tones of Town - This is my favorite album of the year in a landslide. I am a sucker...