I am Bowled over

I never expected the Giants to get out of the first round, much less make it to the Super Bowl. I have totally turned the corner on Coughlin and Manning for their work this season. I even think they could have a chance to stop the perfect season. Wow.

Cramming for albums of the year

It happens every year - I plan to stay up on new music, but get caught up in a few favorites and get to November or December without a proper list of candidates for a top 10 list. I'm trying to "cram" a little earlier this year. Below is my working list, with some albums that I think could break in with more listens. What am I missing? Let me know.

1. Once soundtrack
2. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
3. Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
4. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
5. The Good, the Bad and the Queen
6. Radiohead - In Rainbows
7. Over the Rhine - The Trumpet Child
8. Patty Griffin - Children Running Through
9. Steve Earle - Washington Square Serenade
10. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

To listen to:
Robert Plant/Allison Krauss - Raising Sand
New Pornographers - Challengers
The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

File under hopeful

"The new record is about finished, with Garret and the band slated for more work to do in the next few weeks. And yes, it rocks!"

Bertis Downs, manager, REM.

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Time to start saving for a tour?
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I have to go to Indiana for great beer?

It's kinda surreal to take a trip back to ol' Goshen and find one of the fringe benefits being great beer at the liquor store.

I was able to get three of my favorite beers I can't get in Rockford:

1. Brooklyn Brown Ale - Fell in love with this beer at the Grassroots Tavern in the East Village. Just a nice, rich ale with a bit of sweetness. Goes well with popcorn and Patti Smith on the jukebox.

2. Bell's Oberon Ale - Dangit, Bell's is no longer available in Chicagoland, so I can't even get it there. My favorite of theirs is probably their porter, but this beer is like summer in a glass. It's a nice light wheat beer without being too, er, wheaty. It's smoother than a lot of the other ones, and I prefer it. Consider this a shoutout to celticsuncat.

3. Mishawaka Brewing Company Four Horseman Irish Ale - The first good beer I got to taste, at a party back in college. I really love the aftertaste. Too bad the batch I bought must have been old or something, because I got an uncharacteristic sour taste. But it's normally a wonderful, wonderful beer. Can anyone recommend some other Irish reds for me?
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Dane Cook was wrong - October sucks

After weeks of joking, "What are we gonna do if the Yankees and Cubs meet in the World Series", blistermoth is hurtin' for the Cubbies and I'm hoping my team doesn't meet the same fate. Kinda in a tough spot - if the Yanks lose, I'm in a bad mood, and if they win I gotta keep my mood in check for a few days. Ah the joys of mixed marriages ;-)

Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live is pretty much unwatchable right now. I'm biding my time for Spoon, but might go play Madden instead.

It takes a meme...

No promises of more posting, but maybe ... and maybe some original content. Maybe. God, I suck

Meme from blistermoth

Here is how it works: copy this list; leave in the bands you've seen perform live; delete the ones you haven't, and add new ones that you have seen until you reach 25. An asterisk means the previous person had it on their list. Two asterisks means the last two people who did this before you had that band on their list.

1. U2*
2. Vigilantes of Love*
3. Over The Rhine*
4. PJ Harvey
5. Buddy Miller*
6. Peter Mulvey*
7. Kings of Leon*
8. Nickel Creek*
9. R.E.M.*
10. Beck
11. Havalina Rail Company
12. Denison Witmer*
13. Radiohead
14. Patti Smith
15. Black 47
16. Bruce Cockburn*
17. Ben Lee*
18. Soul Asylum
19. Skankin Pickle
20. Primus
21. Anthrax
22. Garbage*
23. Kasey Chambers
24. Lotus
25. Steppenwolf