Month: September 2012

Listening Booth — Ben Folds Five (w/ Fraggle Rock), “Do It Anyway”

Listening Booth — Ben Folds Five (w/ Fraggle Rock), “Do It Anyway”

Listening Booth, Music
How do you make a Ben Folds Five reunion more awesome than it already is? Why, you add a beloved childhood TV icon - the cast of Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock! So that's what we have in the official video for "Do It Anyway," the first single from The Sound of the Life of the Mind. Yeah, this kicks ass. Not only is the video -- also starring Rob Corddry, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Hardwick -- clever and fun, but the song is great too. The classic BF5 sound is back, baby. Jazz-pop with that distinctive Robert Sledge fuzz bass. I don't think I'm letting nostalgia could my judgment when I say this crackles with the Five energy of old. It's certainly more upbeat than just about anything from The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (save "Army" perhaps), an admittedly fantastic record. ...
Vintage College Football Sheet Music (1890s – 1930s)

Vintage College Football Sheet Music (1890s – 1930s)

Football Friday, Sports
While most of my Football Friday posts focus on the National Football League, I don't want to forget the college game. After all, that's where American football got its start -- and where it was most popular up until about the mid 20th century. So for something a little different, I've pulled together a gallery of vintage college football sheet music covers, most of which feature timeless school fight songs. Why sheet music, you ask? Honestly, I have no idea. But you know I love old ephemera, so that's all the reason I need really. "The Victors" is the fight song of the University of Michigan. "On Iowa" is one of three fight songs currently used by the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band, along with "Iowa Fight Song" and "Roll Along Iowa." ...
Vintage Photo Wednesday: A Pair of Football Kicks

Vintage Photo Wednesday: A Pair of Football Kicks

Vintage Photo Wednesday
Via the Smithsonian American Art Museum, here's a pair of outstanding vintage stop-motion photographs by Harold E. Edgerton. They both capture the moment when a player kicks a football on a tee, and I love the effect of the feet pushing in the football. Here's a black and white from 1934: And a nifty color one from 1938. I love the shiny gold pants almost as much as the shot of the football. Related articles Vintage Photo Wednesday: Labor Day Parades and Celebrations of the Past (grayflannelsuit.net) Vintage Photo Wednesday: Back to Old School (grayflannelsuit.net) Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 4 - Baseball Images of Yesteryear (grayflannelsuit.net) Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 6 - The 1912 Summer Olympics (grayflannelsuit.net)
Album Cover of the Week: Ben Folds Five, The Sound of the Life of the Mind

Album Cover of the Week: Ben Folds Five, The Sound of the Life of the Mind

Album Cover of the Week, Music
It probably doesn't need to be said, but I'll say it anyway -- I cannot wait until September 18th. For that's the day we get the first new Ben Folds Five album since 1999, The Sound of the Life of the Mind. Here is the snazzy album cover: The rather mysterious but comical artwork on the cover is a piece called "Submerged" by artist Eric Joyner. Joyner's work, which apparently focuses a lot on doughnuts and robots, features only the former here. It's also reminiscent of the famous Auguste Rodin sculpture The Thinker (Le Penseur). I'll likely be reviewing the album, either for this site or Popdose, so keep your eyes peeled! Related articles The Singles Bar: Ben Folds Five, "Erase Me" Discography Fever: Ben Folds Music from the Worst Album Covers - Ken, By Request Only Al
Almost Ads — Tupperware, 1969

Almost Ads — Tupperware, 1969

Funny Stuff
I can tell what Tupperware was going for in this ad -- which ran in a 1969 issue of Field & Stream by the way -- but here we have a demonstration of how a very subtle thing can turn a photo from cheeky to creepy. The wife is supposed to convey a mixture of surprise and mild annoyance. To my eyes she looks like she's stifling a scream while her husband polishes his rifle and mutters something about making them all pay. If you ask me, that woman about two seconds from dropping that soda and plate of cheese and running out of that rumpus room as fast as her legs can take her. (For more Almost Ads, click here.)
Vintage Photo Wednesday: Back to Old School

Vintage Photo Wednesday: Back to Old School

Vintage Photo Wednesday
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It’s the Geoff Tate Queensrÿche Experience!

It’s the Geoff Tate Queensrÿche Experience!

Music
I haven't posted much of anything about the ongoing soap opera in Queensrÿche land, mostly because it's all too depressing for this long-time fan to contemplate. But for those not in the know, vocalist and band co-founder Geoff Tate was fired from Queensrÿche about a month ago. Queensrÿche then went out and got a new singer. I figured Tate would leave well enough alone and just go for a solo career. I was kind of excited about this prospect, actually. But nope, turns out we now get to deal with two Queensrÿches. That's right, Tate put together his own version of the group -- this one featuring former Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, and Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo, ex-Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, and former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover. Maybe this band will be good, maybe not. But the f
The Best and Worst NFL Logos (NFC West)

The Best and Worst NFL Logos (NFC West)

Sports
With the 2012 National Football League season nearly upon us, now is as good a time as any to obsess once again on one of my favorite topics — logos. So I’m going to offer up my choices for the best and worst NFL logos for all 32 current NFL franchises. Primary, alternate, and helmet logos listed on Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website are all under consideration. Today, for the last entry, I look at the four squads of the NFC’s West division. Previous entries: AFC East, NFC East, AFC North, NFC North, AFC South, NFC South, AFC West Arizona Cardinals Best If there are two things the Cardinals have been consistent about over the decades, it's the look of their logo and their losing (recent years excepted). I've always been a fan of the Cards' look. Worst I guess back in