Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Against Me! in DC!

Last night I went down to the 9:30 club to see Against Me! for the first time ever. Bottom line: fucking amazing!

When we got there, The World Inferno Friendship Society was still on stage. Now I've heard them before, I've even played them on my radio show back when, but I've never seen them live either. It was enjoyable, it felt kind of like the circus was in town, but they were pretty good.

Next up was Sage Francis. He's a big, fat, bearded, bald, dude from Rhode Island, who 'raps.' Also incorporating slam-poetry style jaunz with singing and jokes. I like him too. You can hear his stuff here.

But then Against Me! played. And that's exactly what they did. No talking to the crowd except to announce some benefit show that was happening somewhere in DC, but they got on stage and just whooped everyones ass for about an hour and a half. The 9:30 club can hold about 1200 people I think and I'd say it was about 80% full. That could also be because the doors were at 4pm. I was home by 10pm, so that's just fine in my book. I wish I could tell you the set list, but New Wave is the first Against Me! album I actually own. But from New Wave, they played:
  • New Wave
  • Stop
  • Ocean
  • Up The Cuts
  • Americans Abroad
  • White People For Peace
  • Thrash Unreal
Overall, I was super impressed and would totally go see them again in a second. They are easily one of the best live bands I've seen, they kick a lot of ass live, and on record for that matter and I feel like a better person for going.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

94.7 The Globe, Get Your Crap Together, Man

I love radio. I work in radio and I enjoy listening to the radio. I enjoying listening to almost anything as well. Recently (February) 94.7 The Arrow which was classic rock flipped to 94.7 The Globe. I was pretty excited. The new format is AAA or Adult Album Alternative. What's cool about AAA radio is that the playlist is much larger than other radio formats. AAA also plays a more diverse selection of musical types, but strays from hard rock or rap, generally. So The Globe has been a pre-set in my car since I moved home from NYC in August. It's been a great alternative to some of the other crap that's been out there. It's quite possibly the closest thing to free-form radio besides, free-form radio itself.

But today something happened. Tired of listening to best of Don & Mike, I switched over to The Globe just in time for the last 30 seconds of Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.' As soon as it ended, O.A.R.'s 'Love and Memories' came on. Outraged I turned on the CD player as to "put it to the man." Here's what I don't get. My Nirvana issues aside, The Globe shouldn't be playing that. Leave that to DC101 or 98Rock. And as for the OAR, well that just shouldn't be played on radio, but definitely not on AAA radio. The Globe was seriously the first place I heard Lucy In The Sky on the radio, ever. I once heard Cerphe (Veteran DJ, on HFS back in the 70s) say that he hadn't played a certain Black Crowes song all week, and that he'd play it next. AAA is gold, but today Nirvana and O.A.R. played spoiler to this great station / format. Just think about it... I know they only recently got a Program Director, but someone should put a stop to that, sorry...

Monday, November 5, 2007

I Don't Hate Terrell Owens

Before I begin I’m already hated by the reader. Please read the title of this again and take this into account: I don’t like the guy, but I don’t hate him. And that’s really the point. Yes, he’s a jackass, yes he’s a douche bag, yes he’s a distraction to his team, yes he’s arguably the most hated player in the NFL (giving Mike Vanderjagt a run for his money when he was still playing), but I don’t hate him.

T.O. is great for the game of football. He’s really good, and people don’t like that. Well, unless you’re Peyton Manning and willing to sell your soul to the corporate devil to advertise credit cards, cell phones, video games, DirecTV, and probably eventually tampons. All you nay-sayers might think that his off-field antics are distracting from the game, and you’re right. Sure he tried to “kill himself” in September 2006 but you’re not looking at that clearly:

1. If you really hated T.O. then that shouldn’t matter to you, so don’t feed the media hype.


2. He was wasted and decided to pop some pain-killers. NFL players get tested for drugs so he created his own concoction, unfortunately for him, someone tried to wake him up and that didn’t go over so well and called 911. Shit happens.

T.O.’s onfield antics are also great for the game. So what that T.O. has the balls to scream at his QB and coaches on the sideline during the game… they aren’t going to yell at themselves. But really what about his celebrations? Signing the ball with a sharpie, borrowing the cheerleaders pom-poms (it’s not like he dated them, cough-Chris Cooley-cough), mocking Ray Lewis (as dangerous as making fun of Suge Knight), standing on the cowboys star (pictured above), and even most recently doing the Bird Flap Dance against Philly at Philly yesterday. It’s all good, and if you don’t like it, chances are, you never caught a TD pass in the NFL. You don’t even want to think what I’d do if it were me…

Anyways, I know I’ve lost tons of my street cred (since you know I’ve got an ample supply) which officially makes Hostess Cupcakes cooler than I. I will never root for the guy, especially since he plays for Dallas. My allegiance is to the Skins and it has never been stronger. But here’s the bottom line: T.O. is a jackass, but I do not hate him.

Go Skins and sorry…