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I Was Once Published in a Magazine

Posted in Entertainment, Family, Humor, Music, Personal with tags , , , on February 19, 2008 by Bob

Several years ago, I submitted an entry to CMJ’s New Music Monthly magazine, to be considered for the “Geek Love” column that ran at the end of every issue. Each installment of “Geek Love” was a first-hand account by the writer of his/her first favorite band, one which would typically be very uncool to admit liking. I always found it to be an enjoyable slice of life, and decided I’d like to give it a try, even though they really weren’t officially accepting submissions.

My first attempt was a rather bizarre reminiscence of my Devo devotion. The editor didn’t think it was quite suitable for printing content-wise, but liked my writing style enough to suggest I give it another shot. So, I went even further into the wayback machine and wrote this piece on Grand Funk. My dad had passed away a year or two earlier, and a lot of the emotions I felt at the time were still pretty raw, which becomes evident rather quickly upon reading this piece. I feel kind of bad about that aspect of it, in retrospect, but I can’t go back and change things. Like Todd Rundgren once sang, “Time heals the wounds that no one can see.”

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Bob’s One-Song Show: Episode #9

Posted in Audio, B.O.S.S., Entertainment, Music on February 3, 2008 by Bob
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Album of the Month: Wussy – “Left For Dead”

Posted in Entertainment, Music with tags , , , on January 31, 2008 by Bob
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Rock has seen quite a few bands fronted by male-female duos over the years, but none has truly captured so many of the qualities of their predecessors as Cincinnati’s Wussy. Deftly mixing the unhinged intensity of X with the irreverent quirkiness of Timbuk 3, Wussy’s sound is both familiar and unique all at once. Led by Chuck Cleaver (of the now-defunct Ass Ponys) and Lisa Walker, Wussy’s new album, Left For Dead, is a marked improvement over their 2005 debut, Funeral Dress, which was solid in its own right.

To hear Wussy for yourself, stay tuned for the next episode of Bob’s One-Song Show, which should be online in the next couple of days. In the meantime, here’s my current ranking of 2008 albums to date:

  1. Wussy – Left For Dead
  2. Hayden – In Field and Town
  3. Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
  4. The Helio Sequence – Keep Your Eyes Ahead
  5. Chris Walla – Field Manual
  6. Marah – Angels of Destruction
  7. Destroyer – Trouble in Dreams
  8. Cat Power – Jukebox
  9. Nada Surf – Lucky
  10. Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash

Bob’s One-Song Show: Episode #8

Posted in Audio, B.O.S.S., Entertainment, Music with tags , , on January 24, 2008 by Bob

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B.O.S.S. Tomorrow

Posted in Audio, B.O.S.S., Entertainment, Music on January 23, 2008 by Bob

I was hoping to get the latest episode of B.O.S.S. posted today, but got too busy to get it finished. Hopefully, I should have it ready to roll tomorrow.

Self-Destructive Celebs

Posted in Entertainment, Movies, Music with tags , , on January 22, 2008 by Bob

So, Heath Ledger dies of a drug overdose mere days after fellow twentysomething actor Brad Renfro dies of a drug overdose, while twentysomething singer Amy Winehouse managed to squeeze in a how-to video on smoking crack in between those two deaths. Huh…

Not to come off too self-righteous or judgemental or anything, but am I really the only one who’s finding it increasingly harder to drum up any sympathy for these self-destructive celebrities? I mean, if you keep playing with fire, you are eventually going to get burned, if not completely incinerated.

To me, the entirety of the phenomenon is much more tragic than any specific incidents. The really sad thing is these deaths almost always end up being in vain, because nobody ever seems to learn from them. What a shame!

Bob’s One-Song Show: Episode #7

Posted in Audio, B.O.S.S., Entertainment, Music with tags , , on January 21, 2008 by Bob

A very special tribute in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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