Gotta love the mid '80s fashions the guys are sporting.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Zoot Allures should be familiar to everybody, but I hadn't heard this recording. I like its (relatively) mellow instrumental deliciousness. Legend has it that the original Zoot Allures that appeared on the album of the same name was this same (or very similar) recording, but edited for length to fit on the record. Who knows.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
I was away so missed a few days, here's something I listened to on the plane, Kill Ugly Radio Collection -- three CD promo set, (3 hours worth! Hopefully that makes up for my absence):
Most of stuff in this collection will be very familiar to most/all fans, but there are some snippets of interviews and a couple of somewhat rarer items. One of them I share here, because it's just somehow so... relevant right now:
Now, this being nearly 30 years old, the attentive listener might note that, while close, the lyrics aren't a perfect fit for today, so I offer a slightly tweaked version below. Feel free to cue this one up with my adjusted lyrics for your next karaoke session:
(Y'know, that confinement loaf is real good stuff. You oughta try some.) They got lies so big They don't make a noise They tell 'em so well Like a secret disease That makes you go numb With a big ol' lie And a flag and a pie And a bomb and a bible Most folks are just liable To buy any line Any place, any time When the lie's so big As the Republican's base, (that sinister place Behind all the Jesus hurrah) Could result in the end To a worrisome trend In which every American Not born within Could be punished in cruel and unusual ways By this treacherous cretin Who tells everyone That he's Jesus' best friend When the lies get so big And the fog gets so thick And the facts disappear The Republican trick Can be played out again People, please tell me when We'll be rid of these men! Just who do they really Suppose that they are? And how do they manage to travel as far As they seem to have come? Were we really that dumb? People, wake up Figure it out Racist fanatics Around and about The court house, the state house, The congress, the white house Criminal cranks With a dastardly mission -- A nation enraptured By pure superstition (Do you believe in the INVISIBLE ARMY?) When the lie's so big And the fog so thick And the facts get forgotten The Republican trick (Ketchup is a vegetable) Can be played out again People, please tell me when We'll be rid of these men!
Bonus points if you can figure out what (few) words I changed without resorting to the original's lyrics sheet (hint: it's not hard).
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
I'm gonna be traveling a bit, so I'll have to catch up again once I get back. Hopefully these will tide you over.
I originally heard this on the One Size Fits All album (one of my all time faves). Love how weird and random the lyrics are, yet the song is still catchy/tuneful enough to get thoroughly stuck in my head.
First version is live from Harrisburg, PA, in '74.
This second version is "the fast version" -- recorded in Kansas City, earlier in '74:
And you know you just want to hear a recording of that entire KC concert, dontcha? Of course you do (Warning: the recording quality on this is a bit suspect -- lots of crowd noise, the band sounds OK but the vocals are a bit soft. Oh well.):
I'm gonna be traveling a bit, so I'll probably be absent for a while here and have to catch up again once I get back. Hopefully these will tide you over if I can't get.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
A bootleg vinyl released a few years back. Supposedly sourced from different masters of the original recordings of the '66 version. Also different (better?) track order:
See also, M. Bouffant with a similar, yet different Zappadan post, as is becoming usual.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Missed a couple days, so I'll play catch up with a few longish ones.
First up: Black Napkins. I first heard this song as track 10 of the Make A Jazz Noise Here album. This version was recorded live in Philly in '76, and is quite a bit different (nearly thrice as long, for one thing) from that other one. It also has a brief spoken intro where Frank talks about playing the song on TV the night before. I think this is a far superior version, actually. It's got some amazing solo work, especially violin by Eddie Jobson at ~6:30 or so. If you only listen to one of today's, make it this one.
B: the entire Trance Fusion album. It's mostly all guitar stuff.
III -- the whole The Grand Wazoo album, from '72. In this, track 6 (at ~22:00 in) kinda ties back in with that first one, since the first time I heard this song was as track 9 of the Make A Jazz Noise Here album. This time it's the original studio version.
Friday, December 4, 2015
For the first official day of Zappadan (I am semi-reliably told this day of Frank's death is "BummerNacht"), I present to you some delightful peaches:
The original, from Hot Rats:
Live from the Fillmore East:
And one of my favorites, the similar-but-different "Peaches III" from Tinseltown Rebellion:
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
- Trick the pants-pissing right wingers into passing some actual gun control law that applies only to Syrian muslims.
- Obviously unconstitutional law will get challenged all the way to the supreme court.
- Only the part about the Syrian Muslims gets stricken.
- SPARKLEPONIES FOR EVERYONE!
I know, I know. But hey, a guy can dream.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Regarding this, from Tengrain, I did some searching and unearthed a rare photo of Ben meditating:
[sorta cross-posted at Sadly, No!]
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
This image is offered as proof that people who think GIFs are "a curse upon humanity" are objectively despicable. But we already knew that.
Dear FSM I forgot how much time I used to waste playing that game. Also, too: you can play it in your browser, of course.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Donald Trump now guaranteed Republican nomination:
|Bill "Always Wrong" Kristol seals our fate|
In the video (no, I'm not gonna link it, it's at MSNBC) his statement elicited hearty laughter from the hosts. They know what's up. What nobody knows is why anybody still talks to ol' Always Wrong Willie.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Thing 1) the "Post a video to keep the blog from dying" gambit.
Thing 2) Seizure-inducing videos and crazy animation
Thing 3) Frank Zappa
As you may have guessed by now, here are all three (the wacky animation bit starts about the 2:35 minute mark):
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Wait, no, not "tempting" that other thing that's the opposite of that.
I mean it's true that they give you a "side of the news that you just can't find anywhere else" -- the greasy, racist, Cheeto®-stained, basement-dwelling side is just so, so unrepresented in print these days. Oooh, ooh, they have "unsurpassed book and movie reviews" too! I do so wish I could stay up-to-date with the latest in shitty right-wing "entertainment" gossip.
Alas, I think I'll have to pass.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
Via the Web of Evil we find a really delightful set of super inspiring photos taken on 9/11/2001. A couple of them even had speech/thought bubbles!
Oh, wait, no -- I added those.
You know what's missing from all those photos? A single tear. A sign of any emotion other than cold, calculating strategery.
Also, there are exactly two pictures of chief counter-terrorism adviser on the National Security Council, Richard Clarke -- one of which you see here. There are a few more of Prez Shrub, but not a ton. Plenty of pics of the "advisors/speechifiers" though, which were the important folk, natch. Cheney was clearly the main main in charge (as if we didn't know that already). These photos are a really interesting/disturbing look into the behind-the-scenes of that day.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Happy legal Oregon pot day!
Of course, since our ever-efficient state government is involved, we can't actually legally purchase pot at a dispensary yet (unless you already have a medical card). They're supposedly 18 months away from having pot available at liquor stores too. Evidently the current medical dispensaries that are all over the place are set to start selling soon(ish), but we'll see.
For now, it's legal to grow (up to four plants) and smoke your own though, so I'll take it. Now, where to find some good seed varieties and/or plant starts...
Friday, June 26, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
I guess it's that day again. It's almost like there's some sort of inherent problem with American society that a few people are willing to occasionally mumble niceties about and then quietly pretend doesn't exist. Whatever could it be?
Oh well. I guess I'll just say again what I said before:
See also: Paleo
See also, too: The Rude Pundit
Oh, an additional thing. Hey, Guvna Haley: you said on the "news" this morning that it's a time for "healing" and not politics in regard to the fucking racist fucking flag flying at the SC statehouse. You know what would be a really good, healing thing to do? Take the fucking flag down, you shitstain! Shorter, me:
Or like teh zombie says: Fuck. Everything.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Looks like I'm invited to some sort of prestigious shiding:
I s'pose all of you louts could come too, now that you know about it. Keep it on the downlow though, wouldn't want the riffraff showing up.
Remember your green bowtie -- very important.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
I forgot that the 35th anniversary of this was yesterday:
I was 10. As a native Oregonian, I had direct, but minor, experience with the volcano leading up to its final huge eruption. It had spewed ash sporadically over the previous year or so, and on several occasions we got to experience the ash fall down in Oregon due to wind changes. Thankfully, for us, the wind blew the ash cloud to the east on the 18th, so we didn't get the after effects that places like Spokane, Washington did. Those guys, as well as many areas near to the mountain, were seriously fucked. Multiple feet of ash blanketed everything, and that shit is nasty. Destroyed vehicles, ruined crops, just generally fucked with the area for a long, long time.
For years later, every time we'd head north we could see these towering piles of ash alongside Interstate 5 and around the towns near the mountain until vegetation finally grew on them. The ash is still there though, just under a layer of grass/shrubs/trees. I still have a jar of it somewhere that I collected from a roadside that summer.
Oh, and 57 people died. A couple of idiot locals that refused to leave, but also scientists studying the mountain, unfortunately.
Can't believe it's been 35 years already. I feel old.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Light (hah! as if there's any other kind) posting due to things and business and such as. Normal sparse posting will recommence as soon as this beer goes flat:
Also, too: The beer pictured, Ballast Point's "Sculpin" IPA, is actually quite good. Not good enough to live up to its hype, but I don't know that anything could. Tasty though.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
(alternate post title "Truthful Tuesday")
I, your humble host have never:
- Been in the Army
- Been in the Navy
- Been in the Air Force
- Been in the Marines
- Been in the Special Forces
- Been in combat in any capacity whatsoever
- Thought it would be neat to lie and brag about any of the above
- Considered the possibilities of career enhancement by lying about any of the above
- Tried to impress members of the opposite sex by lying about any of the above
- Lied about any of the above in any way
Y'know, just in case the powers that be need a replacement for Lyin' Williams, or Bill O'Lieree, or that putz in charge of the VA, or any of the other rich serial "misrememberers" out there -- call me.
Monday, February 16, 2015
So, uh, there was a scandal. So sad, we're all terribly devastated here. It's awful, really. Rending of garments, wailing in the streets, dumping out of craft beer pints, ritual flannel sacrifice, etc.
Oh, wait, no it's not. Yeah, so, other than the Oregonian, and Willamette Week newspapers, pretty much nobody I know gives a shit. Everybody I've talked to about this has the following reaction: "Oh, what? Really? Huh. Who's the new guvna?"
The woman pictured here, that's who, and that's where it gets good. Because of Kitzy's stupidity, we actually get a real, honest-to-FSM liberal female, Kate Brown, as Governor. And get this: She's also bisexual. First openly LGBT guvna in the whole damn USA. Woo! Yay Oregon!
So, if that's the outcome of this scandal, I think we need more scandal around here. Sorry Kitz, you were a good guy, that (mostly) did good work, but you went and fucked up. Hope for your sake you don't go to prison, but that's about it.
The Governor is dead, long live The Governor!
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Friday, February 6, 2015
Ninkasi (Eugene, Oregon):
Hopstories (Made by videographers from Corvallis! Woo! Featuring lots of different Oregon breweries):
A funny take on "Pumpkin peach ale" from Double Mountain (Hood River, Oregon):
(Dammit -- it's on Facehell -- so no embed for me -- have a linky instead.)
And lastly, a delightful spoof of sappy the "dogs and horses" Bud commercial, from Mason City brewing in Iowa:
Well done peeps, well done.
Monday, February 2, 2015
That was weak. The gratuitous display of mating plumage at the end didn't help. Whatever, maybe we'll get better owls next year.
So now, to review the commercials. They sucked. Except this one:
It's fucking brilliant!
"But... but OBS!" you ask, startled "Doesn't Budweiser embody everything you hate about American beer and its 'culture' forever and ever, nigh unto eternity?"
Of course it does! But that's what makes this great. This ad proves Budweiser is losing. Just to start with, douchebag mustachioed hipsters don't fuss over craft beer, they guzzle PBR!
But to delve deeper, let's analyze this just a bit. The beginning of the commercial is classic -- we have a small pile of malted barley and a handful of whole hop flowers. Good wholesome ingredients used by fine brewers everywhere. And "beechwood aging" -- so... fancy! But! There are problems with this vision:
- First, Bud doesn't even use whole hop flowers. They use hop oil extracts. They buy giant batches of hops that have been crushed and had their oils extracted, shipped in huge drums. The only thing they care about is the bittering oils that come from hops -- you use whole hops if you want the complex flavors and aromas they contain.
- B: They may use some malted barley, but only the cheapest, crappiest you can buy, bred and malted especially for them to produce the simplest, most flavorless malt you can imagine. And then they actually supplement the hell out of it with rice sugar. 'Cause they're cheap, and American Budweiser drinkers care only for marketing, not beer.
- iii) Yes, Bud is the only beer "Beechwood aged" -- because why the fuck would you age beer in beechwood, you useless shits? So you can say that? Does it impart some sort of delightful woody characters, like a fine wine might show its oak? No! It's a pure gimmick, nothing more.
"OK, OBS, we get that you think that's stupid, but you said this commercial is great!?"
Yes, yes I did, and it is. Because it means we're winning. Beer drinkers of America finally have amazing choices, all over the country. Doesn't matter what you like (even pumpkin peach ale, whatever the fuck that is -- sounds disgusting), you can get it anywhere. Random Chinese restaurants have multiple craft taps. Convenience stores have stocked shelves of microbrews sitting next to their piles of cheap wine. It's a great time to be a beer drinker. And hell, if you actually like Bud, you could even get a proper American Light Lager, brewed at a locally-owned spot and keep the profits in your region instead of sending them back to Belgium to make more commercials.
Bud knows this. And they're scared.
What they don't tell you in this commercial, is that they're buying up craft breweries as fast as they can. Two unfortunate examples that hit close to home for some of us bloggers (hi Tengrain!) are Elysian brewing of Seattle, and 10 Barrel brewing from Bend, Oregon. Yet they just spent millions on a Superb Owl commercial making fun of the clientele of those breweries. Why? To work both sides, to try to keep the yokels swilling their cheaply-produced shit, while getting a foot in the door with the rapidly growing craft brewing world.
As the (slightly modified) saying goes:
That's why this commercial is so great.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Yes, we get it. It's snowing on the east coast. I made you a fire so you could warm up.
Now, could we please put something else on the news? I'm sure there are other things going on in the country, and there's also this whole other place called "the rest of the fucking world" that really doesn't give a shit.