Here’s your summer soundtrack

If you’re a subscriber and looking for some fantasy content, today’s your day because we will be posting our entire magazine online by day’s end. So yesterday, I took 10 minutes away from my last-minute tweaks to compile yet another music list.

To me one of the highlights of the summer months is always all the new songs that come out. I just don’t get how people cannot stay up with current music and choose to listen to the same stuff over and over again – or not listen to anything at all. I personally think the new music out today is pretty good, although I must admit I’m not very hard to please. But there’s nothing like hearing a brand new song, liking it, and then listening to it repeatedly while it’s still fresh and new, but at the same time familiar. That period usually last only a month or two for me for all new songs because I burn them out, but it’s good stuff.

So far, in 2007, it’s shaping up to be a pretty damn good year for new music. That’s surprising, since there’s nothing new from my top-5 or 7 newer bands this year. I’ve already [...]

Two things: One serious, one ridiculous

The events this week at Virginia Tech are still incomprehensible to me, and I’m not even remotely close to the situation, nor do I know anyone who is. It’s especially tragic that this occurred on a college campus. Had this occurred in a workplace, there would have been people losing spouses, kids losing parents, and parents losing kids – and it certainly would have been horrific. But there’s a special quality to young adults who are of the typical age and enrolled at a college or university. I know because I fit the description at one time, and I have a son who will be in just three short years. There’s something very magical about a young man or woman who exudes intelligence, and who has his or her whole adult life still in front of them. They represent the promise of a better day; they are potential personified.  

I don’t have much to add other than what’s already been said and will likely be said for many years to come, but that’s what makes this week’s terrible news especially disconcerting to me.

On a brighter note, I’d like to chime in on a meaningless thing on a lot of [...]

Madden Curse won’t slow Young down

I fully admit I scoffed last summer at the notion that RB Shaun Alexander should be downgraded due to the possibility that he’d be stricken by the dreaded “Madden Curse.” Alexander, as you know, had his season severely slowed by an injury, but I don’t place the blame on the curse. I place the blame on his 29-year old body, the 330 carries he averaged in the five seasons prior, and that fact that, after playing all 16 games in his first six seasons, the law of averages said he was due to get hurt.

For the most part, I think there’s a direct correlation between injury issues with the Madden Cover Boys and a heavy career workload. That makes Vince Young – who is expected to be formally announced as this year’s cover on the Jimmy Kimmel show tonight – unique this year. Young is 24 years old, and he’s been very durable. Sure, he runs a lot, so an injury is always possible, but Young strikes me as the perfect candidate to break this so-called curse. He’s not only big, strong, and youthful, he’s got an intangible quality, an aura. If I was Young, and I walked under [...]

Just say no to “Bro”

It’s kind of a slow day for football news, so it’s a good time to cover some off-football stuff. I have two things today:

Saw The Shins live in Philly last night at a small place called The Electric Factory, which actually used to be an old factory. It’s a great place to see a show; I saw the Foos there in 1997 supporting The Color and the Shape album and I battled for 90 minutes in the front row for an incredible show. I was 28 at the time, and I remember feeling old while basically brawling with a bunch of 18 year olds (I kicked their asses). Last night, I certainly felt older. I thought I’d see more people my age, since The Shins are in their mid-30s and play mostly mellow and retro-sounding music. But I would say the average age of the people in attendance was about 30. Once again, it seems people in my age group have no clue when it comes to newer bands and music (unless they have migrated to Country). Anyway, as I warned my son (14) beforehand this was not an in-your-face live act. But as someone [...]

Thank God for the Shins

Subscribers to the site have seen our Super Bowl rankings and projections and today we’ll also post our Game Center info on the game. I’m pretty burned out from the Super Bowl coverage already, so this is a good time to cover a non-football topic on my mind.

I’ve always been more of a commercial guy when it comes to music and I get most of my exposure to new music from either Sirius Channel 21 (alternative nation), Fuse TV, or a tiny bit of VH1. Luckily for me all of my favorite newer bands have released albums the last 2-3 years: The following bands in the following order: Green Day, Weezer, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, The Strokes, and finally The Killers this past October. I saw 12 concerts featuring these six bands over the last 24 months or so. I have a tendency to burn myself out of new music from overplaying, and I was just about done with these six records for at least a half a year.

So I was at a major dead-end music-wise, and I was starting to listen to my old Floyd stuff. Dark Side of the Moon, in my opinion, is still the greatest rock music [...]

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