Monday, May 26, 2008

MP3 of the Week: "We Remember Mike Gravel" Edition


This Memorial Day I'd like to have a moment of silence for the campaign of Mike Gravel.

Yes, Mike ended his campaign yesterday when Bob Barr was nominated as the Libertarian candidate for President. What's that you say? "Libertarian?"

Gravel started out as a Democratic candidate, and even somehow ended up on Dear Mr. Supercomputers list of top three candidates (along with two other crazy guys).

He produced the greatest political ad of all time.



He hung out with Obama girl.



When he was excluded from some of the Democratic debates due to not meeting fundraising or polling requirements (had I known, I would have personally funded his campaign and faked the polling data, it would have been worth it to see him in more debates), he quit the Democratic party and ran for the Libertarian candidate. When he didn't get that, he announced his career was over.

So, moment of silence please.

....

Thank you.

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She & Him - "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?"

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Radiohead Live in Dallas - Thumbs Up/Down!

On Sunday, DMS had the pleasure of attending a live performance by the post-modern art rock band Radiohead. We've been fans of Radiohead since way back when we saw them open up for R.E.M. at a venue that has been replaced by an Office Depot, among other things. We also saw them in 2000 or 2001, I forget which, in Houston.

It was a fantastic performance but let's get straight to the in depth analysis, thumbs up/down style!

Thumbs Up! Weather. After hearing about what went down in Washington D.C., we couldn't have been more pleased with the atmospheric offerings from Mother Nature. Cool, breezy and a near-full moon.


Thumbs Down! Parking. Look, I understand that it was going to take a while to get out of there. But $15 for parking is outrageous.




Thumbs Up! Lights. Pretty, pretty lights. Although it was kind of hard to pay attention to the music due to the pretty lights.



Thumbs Down! "Dollars and Cents" Quite possibly my least favorite Radiohead song, this song has no business being played live. The song itself is weak and in my opinion, beneath Radiohead. Apparently, they disagree and decided to use this time to remind everyone that their legs are sore by playing this snoozer.

Thumbs Up! The music venue of the Superpages.com Center. We got there right before Radiohead went on and had a comfortable spot where we could see relatively well even though we were way far away.


Thumbs Down! Everything else about the Superpages.com Center. First of all, the name is ridiculous. Second, Tecate was $12. $12 for 20 oz.!!! That's a markup of like a billion percent.


Thumbs Sideways! Song Selection. As mentioned, "Dollars and Cents" was no good. However, they did mix up a good amount of old favorites, meanwhile treating the entire In Rainbows album. We were real surprised they played "Fake Plastic Trees." We thought that Thom Yorke would have considered that beneath him. Again, we should stop deciding what's right for Radiohead. "Wolf at the Door" made a surprise appearance. "Videotape" was transcendent. "Exit Music," "The Bends," and "Paranoid Android" were all very welcome. "All I Need," while a great song, is perhaps not a great starter.

Thumbs Up! Grandparents. We could not have done this without the GPs, who allowed us not only to go to a concert unfettered by the kids, but also to have a decent nights sleep at a hotel afterwards. There will be a special place in heaven for all grandparents who allow for this occasionally.

You can see more photos a full set list of the Dallas performance here (via GvB).

And now, for some videos of the show we found on youtube.

"Videotape"





"Fake Plastic Trees" (Jonny Greenwood gets all Daniel Plainview on his guitar.)




"You And Whose Army?" (complete with ultra-creepy closeups of Thom Yorke.)


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

You Know What, West Virginia? No One Asked You

Seriously, you can have your little primary and vote for the non-black person. Hilary will tout her landslide win thanks to the support of "hard working Americans, white Americans" who probably don't use toilet paper and think Obama's a Muslim. Super. Great job West Virginia.



Just do me a solid, ok? After you vote for Clinton 80-20 (thanks all you non-educated white "working" class, does taxidermy count as "working"), just go ahead and sink into the Earth. And take R.K. Horton, 71 with you. I've found a lot of just super-duper bigoted quotes from West Virginia this week (and I haven't been looking), but Mr. Horton's takes the cake:

"They won't go for a black man, that's just it," R.K. Horton, a retired heating and air conditioning business owner, said of his neighbors. "I don't think it's being racist necessarily, they just don't like black people that well."


Let me repeat that for you, in case you didn't catch it the first time (it's subtle, I know). "I don't think it's being racist necessarily, they just don't like black people that well."

Hold on, hold on, hold on. Let's look at that one more time, but in CAPITAL LETTERS.

"I DON'T THINK IT'S BEING RACIST NECESSARILY, THEY JUST DON'T LIKE BLACK PEOPLE THAT WELL."

R. K. Horton you are a modern master.

And just when you think he's done, Horton drops some more knowledge on us.

"The arrogance and all that bothers me more than black, but black is a close second," he said.


Well, say what you will about R.K Horton, at least he's honest. Dreadfully honest. And I'm glad he stipulated that it was a "close" second.

You know what, John McCain? You can have this dismal place. You can take the electoral votes from soothsayers like R. K. Obama will assuredly have to make it up elsewhere, Colorado perhaps?

(ed note: We'd like to say we're sorry for all of the truly decent, caring people of West Virginia. Not because of any of the content of this post, but because they have to live in West Virginia.)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Introducing: the Super-Duper Delegate

I could go the rest of my life never hearing the word "superdelegate" and be happier for it. However, that's clearly not going to happen. And these Superdelegates aren't getting us anywhere. So it is my pleasure to introduce the Democratic "Super-DUPER Delegate." Just like the Super Delegates, they consist of an independent group of party leaders. However, in addition to party leaders, the Super-Duper Delegates also consist of community organizers, leading economists, foreign relations experts, area Radio Shack managers, Dear Mr. Supercomputer, homeless dudes, rappers, my cats Brint and Meekus (.5 Super Duper Delegates each), and Sam Vetter of West Virginia, who said the following:

"I've got 50-some guns, and I wasn't crazy about Obama's talk about small towns," said Sam Vetter, 64, a farmer and lifelong Democrat who regrets voting for Bush in 2000. "Besides," he added, "Obama just doesn't sound right for an American president."

(ed. note: That was nice of the LA Times to clean up that quote grammatically. Anyone who doesn't think Mr. Vetter said "Obama just don't sound right..." is kidding themselves. Also, I'm pretty sure he said "neart 50 guns." And it was also nice of them to not include the part where he said "Get offa my land!" and then shot at the reporters with a shotgun in between bites of squirrel stew.)

The Super-Duper Delegates were chosen unilaterally by me after much deliberation and eight vodka tonics.

Anyway, after much deliberation the Super-Duper Delegate Caucus votes were cast and according to the delegate distribution, based on the equation below



you can clearly see that Barack Obama is the winner and will therefore be our Democratic nominee for President.

See, isn't this method way better?

MP3 of the Week: "MP3 of the Week" Edition

MP3 of the Week:

Vampire Weekend - "I Stand Corrected"


Monday, May 05, 2008

Man Do I Miss Football Season

Apparently the NFL players do too, at least based on yahoo!'s top three NFL stories.


Friday, May 02, 2008

The NBA Playoffs Are Back!

And that means so is Lebron James, Boobie Gibson, ESPN Gamecast, and the first round dismantling of the Wizards who just got Avada Kadavera-ed tonight.

We'll be sure to provide as much analysis and insight as we can offer based on the little fake basketball game going on in my computer screen.


Ummm... Lebron James is good. Anderson Varejao, not so much.
(Update:
Yes Lebron..... I will obey......)