Thursday, February 03, 2005

Are you reelin' in the years?

Songs in my head:
"Reelin' in the Years" by Steely Dan
"Midnight Cruiser" by Steely Dan
"Dirty Work" by Steely Dan

I finished reading Fargo Rock City last night. Before I forget, I must stress many thanks to this guy for recommending it to me. Previously, I had seen the book in stores and picked it up and put it back a few times. It's a really great discussion on a style of music that is remembered mostly as a silly thing (hair metal). However, Chuck Klosterman does such a great job of writing about how we perceive, enjoy and live by the music we love. As I said yesterday, I find this book empowering because it tackles a subject matter that so many people write off as a silly.

I found this article to be rather interesting. Who would have thought there would be a backlash for a band playing for the troops in Iraq?

Maybe I'm just too jaded but I don't know how much of this is really true.

This is probably the most amount of press this guy has ever received for himself (aside from maybe a guitar magazine article). I found this quote very funny: "A spokesperson for Matchbox Twenty described the split in more concrete terms, explaining that the band 'has decided not to renew the services of Adam Gaynor.'"

If you remember the very short-lived Comedy Central talk show, The Chris Wylde Show, you might enjoy this. Post-Comedy Central, I've seen Mr. Wylde on a home redocorating show and as a pizza delivery man in a DiGiorno pizza commercial. Knowing what he looks like, I don't know if I would have recognized him last night on American Idol. Maybe it would help if I actually watched the show, but alas, I was watching Citizen Kane (with Roger Ebert's commentary track on) at the time.

I saw this headline on the Star-Telegram's frontpage and I had to laugh: "Textbooks to emphasize abstinence." Understand this, I don't think doing it when you're underage is a wise decision, but I just laugh at the sexually repressed society we live in. Those that talk like it doesn't or shouldn't happen are probably the ones that do it more than others. I'm just really tired of seeing blushing faces instead of talking about it openly.

I hear that Ben Folds' new single, "Landed," is on iTunes. Shall check it out later this morning . . .

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