September 26, 2007

So what?

At the risk of sounding like a right winger, I have to say that this story about Bush having pronunciation guides is ridiculous. Is that news now? Really? Then why don't we hear about every other public speaker using them? This is an glaring example of media bias (which is not something I disapprove of, as long the media outlet isn't pretending to be objective, which AOL does).

Plus those are hard words to pronounce. I almost sympathize with the man; he's in catch-22. When he misspeaks, which is bound to happen occasionally when doing as many speeches as he does, he's an idiot, and when he has help to pronounce words like Kyrgyzstan, he's an idiot.

Okay. That's all.

Here's a link to the story I'm talking about.

Shuffle 10

This is fun. Take your iPod and set it for shuffle. Now list the first 10 songs that play and comment on them. I'll go first.

1. Strange Desire by The Black Keys -- This is a cool song.

2. Please Remain Calm by Cloud Cult -- This is really cool song by, for my money, Duluth's best band. Too bad I haven't seen them live yet. It's on my to do list. "This is test of the emergency broadcast system...."

3. I Got S#@t by Pearl Jam -- This song brings back memories. I listened to the Merkinball EP (when this song was called 'I Got Id') about 20 times one of many ski trips up the North Shore to Lutsen. On these drives, I'd invariably comsume incredible amounts Twizzlers, Cool Ranch Doritos, and Dr. Pepper, and nothing else. Wow. those trips were almost 15 years ago.

4. Stuart and the Ave. by Green Day -- "I may be dumb but I'm not stupid enough to stay with you."

5. My Lady Story by Antony and the Johnsons -- I've heard this song about twice now. The singer has a very distinctive voice. This is a very unusual band. I'm not sure how I feel about them.

6. Me and Mia by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists -- I love love love this song. "Doctors know your mom and dad but me and Mia, Ann and Anna know how hard you've tried." Get up and be it!

7. Parting of the Sensory by Modest Mouse -- Isaac Brock oozes crazy, and I can't get enough off his speech impetiment. This song builds to a stomp-clap climax that is not to be missed. Genius.

8. Listed M.I.A. by Rancid -- You won't find many punk albums, or any albums, for that matter, to match ...And Out Come the Wolves. "I came so close man I almost had it."

9. Saw Red by Sublime -- Who knew then that Gwen Steffani would be a huge hip-hop star?

10. Your Little Hoodrat Friend by The Hold Steady -- Long live the Hold Steady! These guys are astonishing. "I'm kinda saving myself for the scene."

Your turn.

Day one

I went out Friday and bought the new White Stripes album last weekend. I'd heard the song 'Baby Brother' on 89.3 the current the last time I was in the Twin Cities and I had an eargasm! Naturally, Iassumed that the song would be on the album. It is not, at least not the one you can buy at the store. It's only available as a bonus track on itunes, but you must purchase the album to get the song. I already had the album.