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Posted: March 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on This is NOT a Tumblr blog

But I’m feeling this!


How Satan Rolls

Posted: January 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Satan Rolls

Photo by Jef Poskanzer via Flickr

Letter of the day from the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Dear Pat Robertson,
I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks people when they are down, so I’m all over that action. But when you say that Haiti has made a pact with me, it is totally humiliating. I may be evil incarnate, but I’m no welcher. The way you put it, making a deal with me leaves folks desperate and impoverished. Sure, in the afterlife, but when I strike bargains with people, they first get something here on earth — glamour, beauty, talent, wealth, fame, glory, a golden fiddle. Those Haitians have nothing, and I mean nothing. And that was before the earthquake. Haven’t you seen “Crossroads”? Or “Damn Yankees”? If I had a thing going with Haiti, there’d be lots of banks, skyscrapers, SUVs, exclusive night clubs, Botox — that kind of thing. An 80 percent poverty rate is so not my style. Nothing against it — I’m just saying: Not how I roll. You’re doing great work, Pat, and I don’t want to clip your wings — just, come on, you’re making me look bad. And not the good kind of bad. Keep blaming God. That’s working. But leave me out of it, please. Or we may need to renegotiate your own contract.
Best, Satan

Read the comments? Maybe not, but this is good:

Posted by granma4peace. Congrats Lily on a very clever letter

but you’re forgetting the first part of what Pat said, which was that the devil agreed to free the Haitians from the French who had brutally enslaved them for many years. THAT was the big payoff that Satan delivered, Lily. He apparently made no agreement that included the centuries AFTER he freed them from slavery. Actually, it took many years of brutal fighting by the Haitian rebels before they were able to break the yoke of slavery and drive the French off the island. Haitians suffered many more casualties in the fighting than did the French but Napoleon lost so many of his troops he decided the price was too high and gave it up as a lost cause. At that point he decided he’d had enough of the new world and sold the Lousiana Purchase to the U.S.

And then this. BWAAAA!

Posted by cheiron55401. Satan?

I thought he played hockey for the Boston Bruins?

(Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Posted: September 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Boom!4Whoom?


FREE! 9 ’til close. Great bar! Let’s show Monona how we get funky. Ride your bike. It’s gonna be a beautiful night!

Right Back @ It!

Posted: August 28th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Right Back @ It!


July 4 KB!B Spectacular!

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The Boy

Posted: June 25th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Boy

See Jesse at 0:23 and 1:24. Local news… so awesome!

Ridiculous heat indeed!

Rhythm Killers!

Posted: June 11th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Rhythm Killers!


Sly and Robbie delivered a cathartic performance at the Barrymore last night. My chest is sore from the 40 Hz rumble that is Robbie Shakespeare’s Jazz bass. Bordering on aural overload at times, Sly Dunbar’s rhythms make him a percusion superhero.

What can I offer that hasn’t already been written about these guys? Let me just say that it is clear these two still love performing and the dynamics of a live concert. My concern that they were just going to “dial it in” was quickly dissolved when they went into their first live-dub breakdown. At one point in the set Robbie played the same note in the same cadence for at least 16 measures. How can you pull that off? Monotone that still had character and momentum, phenomenal! Sly was a blur.  Minimal electronic trickery and rock solid kick/snare/hi-hat. At times the sounds from the traps was so complex and poly-rhythmic that I had trouble imagining one man making such a pulse. Every player took solos and smiles were broad and plentiful on stage and in the crowd. I was in heaven!

Quite possibly the best foundation in music, Sly&Robbie are credited with being the most prolific recording artists ever. Robbie thinks they have played on or produced some 200,000 songs. The unofficial website list an admittedly incomplete discography of 161 records.

And the music geek in me digs this up:

Bass Player Magazine

“Bass is like … well, you gotta make some mortar to make some foundation,” explains Robbie Shakespeare. “You have the sand, the gravel, the cement. The bass is like the cement–half of the building materials. That’s a crucial part of the foundation. And with the drums, it’s like one can’t work without the other. Without a solid foundation, you know, you ain’t got nothing.”

On basslines Robbie says

“I play a melody foundation line, not just a line, Anyone can play a note, but I turn my notes into phrases. I try to look for the perfect bass line. I don’t know if I’ve reached it–or if I’ll ever reach it–but I’m always digging for that perfect line, you know? I put on a drum track; I close my eyes, the bass in my hand, and my channel open to God, you know. Most of the time when you start out, accidentally you start playing something and say, `Whoa, that sound good!’ At that time the instrument is playing you. Sometimes you can go between the instrument playing you and you playing it and come up with something wicked.”

On the secret of their longevity Sly says

We have a lot of respect for each other, and we also never forget where were from and the struggle we’ve been through. We could go left or right, but we both realize we’re much stronger doing it together.

Super nice to see them acknowledge the crowd and joining their fans after the show in the lobby. Wicked indeed!

Sly&Robbie on MyAssSpace


Posted: May 22nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Bicycles, Madison, Uncategorized | Tags: , | Comments Off on BTR

Thanks Rick and JonathanZ from WORT and the Bike Traffic Report.

My Univ Ave/west campus bike traffic review is here.

art by newlow

Dave Marsh = BADASS!

Posted: March 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dave Marsh = BADASS!

Sorry, can’t resist! On his Rock and Rap Confidential Mailing, ripping Bono and celebrity politics:

Just ignore the sound of those loud explosions and concentrate on Bono’s voice.