South Austin Moonlighters – 29 Miles

South Austin Moonlighters – 29 Miles

Just heard this song from the South Austin Moonlighters on a local radio station this morning and really loved it. It was a great way to start the week. The performance took place at Austin’s legendary Threadgill’s in September of 2013. The band is comprised of Lonnie Trevino Jr, Phil Hurley, and Josh Zee of The Mother Truckers as well as Phil Bass....

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U2 – Christmas – Baby Please Come Home

U2 – Christmas – Baby Please Come Home

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) is my all time favorite Christmas song. It was originally recorded by Darlene Love in 1963. It’s now become an annual tradition – she appears each Christmas season on Letterman and performs it. Here’s her first appearance in 1986. And here she is in 2013. It was U2′s 1987 cover that I first connected with,...

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Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas from the Family

Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas from the Family

Here’s one that’s always fun to listen to. Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas from the Family” has become a modern Christmas classic. What’s Christmas without a little family dysfunction? Or a lot? My favorite line: “Fred and Rita drove from Harlingen/I can’t remember how I’m kin to them.” Enjoy!  ...

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Otis Redding – Merry Christmas Baby

Otis Redding – Merry Christmas Baby

The first time I saw Otis Redding was at the Monterey Pop Festival – well, the video of it anyway. He held nothing back at Monterey, from the high energy “Shake!” to his cover of the Stones’ “Satisfaction” to his soulful, electrifying performance of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.” But in the spirit of Christmas,...

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Baseball’s Lost Ballparks

Baseball’s Lost Ballparks

In this post, I’ve compiled a number of short videos honoring some of Major League Baseball’s old time stadiums and ballparks. There’s a definite mythology to baseball that’s unique in the sports world. Whereas most sports are thinly veiled re-enactments of war or the sex act (i.e. the coordinated and merciless spermatozoan assault on the egg...

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Spider Man vs. Batman

Spider Man vs. Batman

OK – I don’t know if this video from the Sean Ward Show Youtube video channel will stand the test of time exactly. I found it equal parts hilarious and stupid. It’s a superhero spoof that features a “battle” between Spider Man and Batman that sprawls across Toronto on a summer night in July of 2012. The initial conflict centers around...

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KL Tower Jump – What Are We Not Capable Of?

KL Tower Jump – What Are We Not Capable Of?

The Kuala Lumpur Tower is a nearly 1400 foot (421 meters) building in Malaysia. It’s been the site of the KL Tower International Jump for the last two years (October) where more than 100 base jumpers hurl themselves off the tower and parachute (hopefully) to safety. The video below is footage shot and compiled by Scotty Rogers and Andy Lewis of the MrSlackline...

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Tracy Nelson – Down So Low

Tracy Nelson – Down So Low

My good friend Dillon turned me on to this song. Actually, I wasn’t even familiar with Tracy Nelson to begin with, so he turned me on to her as well. Nelson, who has continued with a solo career, formed the blues-rock band Mother Earth in San Francisco in 1968. They’re remembered most for Nelson’s signature classic, Down So Low. It’s been...

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Remembering Lou Reed – New York Album

Remembering Lou Reed – New York Album

American singer-songwriter and punk pioneer Lou Reed died yesterday (2013-10-27) at the age of 71 from liver-related complications. Although he will be most remembered from his time with the highly influential Velvet Underground, it was Reed’s 1989 solo album New York that most influenced and amazed me. To me, Lou Reed’s New York album didn’t just...

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No More Ideology

No More Ideology

The title of this post is “No More Ideology.” Right. Like that’s ever going to happen. America at its best – or at least at its most productive – requires an enemy. And when we don’t have one, we turn on each other. I remember at the height of the financial crisis and Great Recession, circa 2008-2009, I told a good friend that the...

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