Friday, April 29, 2011

Late Night Pick of the Night: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Your late night TV pick of the night is Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (who will be playing Friday Cheers later this summer) on CBS' Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight at 12:35 AM.

Blogger Sucks, Jackie Greene, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Stone Temple Pilots, New Deal

The famed New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest starts this weekend and then continues next weekend.  While I could not find a video webcast, I did see that WWOZ, a great radio station in New Orleans, will be broadcasting live audio from the fest.  Things get underway about noon our time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Here is the lineup on WWOZ (so far) for this weekend:
  • Derek Douget
  • Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans
  • MASHUP featuring Terence Higgins, Ike Stubblefield, and Grant Green, Jr.
  • Connie Jones & Crescent City AllStars
  • Anat Cohen Quartet
  • The Golden Striker Trio featuring Ron Carter, Mulgrew Miller, and Russell Malone
  • Haitian – New Orleans Connection featuring Emeline Michel, Dr. Jean Montès, and Dr. Michael White
  • The Tenor Sax Woodshed featuring Christian Winther and Charlie Gabriel
  • Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory
  • Robert Cray
  • Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest
  • Traditional Jazz Tribute to Mahalia Jackson featuring Barbara Shorts, Mathilda Jones, Danielle E. Wilson, and Cynthia Girtley

 So there you go.  A little jazz, a little blues, a little gospel, a little Haitian, a little zydeco - just like New Orleans itself.
OK this is as much as Blogger saved.  I had a nice long blog done with all sorts of fun videos.  Took me about an hour and a half.  Then Blogger crapped out and the above paragraphs are all it saved.  Its supposed to save the blog automatically every two minutes or so.  F**K YOU, BLOGGER!

So instead you are going to get a quick rundown of what's going on this week because I can't stay up until 2 in the morning.

Jackie Greene - Capital Ale House - Friday night

Carolina Chocolate Drops - The National - Sunday night

Stone Temple Pilots - Innsbrook - Wednesday night
Click HERE for the video for the underrated, kinda psychedelic "Sour Girl".  I can't embed it.

The New Deal - The National - Wednesday night.

Go see them all.

And again, F**K YOU, BLOGGER!

Tony Jordan

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Super Ball IX FAQs

Phish posted their FAQs for their upcoming festival Super Ball IX.  In between all the useful info for those going, there is some pretty funny stuff in here.  An enjoyable read even if you're not going.  And besides, what were you going to do for the next five minutes anyway.....

Thursday: Skynyrd, Hot Seats, Roots of Creation

Between my three-year-old taking until 10:45 to get to sleep, watching the end of the Sixers-Heat game on the DVR (great season, Sixers.  Things are looking up.), and then watching the end of the Spurs-Grizzlies game, it got late fast.  So I'm just going to do a hit on what's coming Thursday.  Look for the rest of the weekend tomorrow night.

"That one guy from Lynyrd Skynyrd and a bunch of guys you've never heard of calling themselves Lynyrd Skynyrd" will kick off what looks to be a dreadful lineup at Innsbrook Pavilion this year.  General Admission seats at $21, Skyboxes are $100, Gold Circle is sold out for this one.  Gates open at 6 and there will be a generic opener who they won't even name.  What's left of Skynyrd comes on around 8.  Lawn chairs are welcome at this one.  This start doesn't bode well for Innsbrook's season.  Skynyrd used to be a hard sell-out and they wouldn't allow lawn chairs so they could pack more people in.  Here is some of the current lineup playing "Gimme Three Steps".
Lynyrd Skynyrd Perform \"Gimme Three Steps\" Live From Freedom Hall

The Hot Seats will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea Thursday night.  The show starts at 7 PM and tix are $10 at the door.  The Hot Seats hail from Richmond and play string band music with a good dose of humor.  String band music being largely bluegrass based but they put their own spin on it and have fun with it.  Here they are performing "Jack Wilson" & "Sugar Hill" in Oxford MS in November 2010.

Roots of Creation bring their blend of reggae, funk & jazz to Hat Factory on Thursday night.  This is an 18 and older show.  Tix are $12.  Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9 PM with openers SSDP and Crucial Elements.  Here's a tasty taste of the band with their spring tour dates preview video:

I'm going to sleep.  Check in tomorrow for the weekend lineup.

Tony Jordan

Friday, April 22, 2011

Drive-By Truckers live performance online

As most of you know, I am totally in love with the Drive-By Truckers (in a platonic they rock my face off kind of way) and have been for a while.  Here is a link to a recent in-studio performance by DBT at WBEZ 91.5 in Chicago.  They do 4 songs.  You can watch them THERE or watch them below.

Drive-By Truckers perform Where's Eddie on Sound Opinions from WBEZ on Vimeo.

Drive-By Truckers perform Ray's Automatic Weapon on Sound Opinions from WBEZ on Vimeo.

Drive-By Truckers perform Everybody Needs Love on Sound Opinions from WBEZ on Vimeo.

Drive-By Truckers perform The Thanksgiving Filter on Sound Opinions from WBEZ on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Iron & Wine, Lucinda Black Bear, Of Montreal, Larry Keel, Stephen Kellogg

We begin the Easter weekend festivities with Lucinda Black Bear at Sprout, the localvore restaurant of which 90% of their food coming from Virginia farmers & producers.  The show will be free and start at 9 PM with openers Alion Gail Self and Cole Sullivan.  Lucinda Black Bear is a band, not a person, and they've been gettting some good press from NPR, The Village Voice, Paste Magazine and others.  Here they are performing "Fought The Bear" in New Haven CT on 2/11/11.  This one takes a minute to build but I really like it.

Your favorite yacht rock band, Three Sheets to the Wind, will be at The Republic on Thursday night for a free show starting at 10 PM.  I don't have any new TSTTW video to show you, but here is some yacht rock from an album I was listening to recently.  This is from Boz Scaggs' "Silk Degrees" album.  This is "Georgia":

Friday night, crazy art-rockers Of Montreal come back to The National.  Tix are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener Painted Palms.   Here is the video for Of Montreal's song "Id Engager":

If you are more in the mood for a bluegrass type thang on Friday night, head on down the Capital Ale House downtown and check out Larry Keel & Natural Bridge.  Tix are $10 and the show starts at 10 PM with no opener.  You'll like Larry if you like Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Bill Monroe, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Jim Lauderdale, String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon.  Here they are performing "Mountain Song" at the Suwanee Springfest which took place in FL in late March:

Saturday night, Stephen Kellogg and Tift Merritt come to the Capital Ale House downtown.  Tix are $18 in advance, $22 at the door.  Show starts at 9 PM with Tift.  Here is what the Capital Ale House site says about Stephen: "Stephen Kellogg is a product of pure American ingenuity, blending the classic folk-rock tradition exemplified by Fleetwood Mac and Van Morrison with the modern-rock chops of the Counting Crows and the showmanship familiar to hard rock (or, on a good night, even stand-up comedy).
Kellogg's musical interests were piqued at a young age by his sisters' Mötley Crüe records, but took more realistic focus under the guidance of his parents' folk-oriented collection. Nevertheless, this juxtaposition of unabashed showmanship and heartfelt songwriting has gone on to inform Kellogg's unique take on modern rock."  Stephen usually performs with his band, The Sixers (not to be confused with the Philadelphia basketball team), but this will be a solo show.  Here he is performing "In Front of the World" in LA on 3/3/11.  The intro to the song is slightly humorous but if you want to skip right to the music go to 1:50. 

And because I like Tift Merritt, here is one from her too.  Here she is performing "Another Country" in another country, Ireland.  Dubin, Ireland to be exact on April 16.

Snoop Dogg is here on Tuesday night for the make-up show for the show he postponed after his homey, Nate Dogg (no relation) died last month.  The show is at The National.  Tix are $30 in advance, $35 day of show.  Doors open at 7 and show starts at 8 with opener Photosynthesizers and Black Liquid.  Here is Snoop latest where he teams up with Willie Nelson (?!?) and they smoked a lot of pot and came up with this tune "Superman".  It's more Willie than Snoop but the video does feature them tokin' on some big-ass joints.

Finally, next Wednesday night, a nice double bill at The National with Iron & Wine and The Low Anthem.  Tix are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with The Low Anthem.  You might dig Iron & Wine if you like Sufjan Stevens, James Taylor, Ray LaMontagne, Nick Drake, Paul Simon, or Neil Young.  Here is a nice big chunk o' Iron & Wine recorded in January in Davenport IA.  Beautiful music.

In our next movie scene from Moviefone's "Best Music Scenes in Movies", we join the boys from Britain as they keep their spirits up while building the Bridge on the River Kwai. You know you'll be whistling this all day now. And its always nice to think while you whistle, that as bad as your job is, at least you aren't a prisoner building a bridge in a hot, malaria-infested jungle. So you got that going for ya.

In our continuing countdown of Paste Magazine's 25 Best Music Videos of 2010,  this is LCD Soundsystem with "Drunk Girls" (my favorite kind of girls).  The creepy costumed fellows do all they can to break up our beleagured singers.  I think I was at a party like this once in college. 

In honor of 4/20, here is a list you can examine on your own time, when you are, er, in the "right frame of mind".  Its the 25 Best Stoner Songs of All Time.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Atkinsons, Neil Young, Coachella webcast, Record Store Day

If you can't make it out to the big ol' Coachella festival this weekend, and since you are reading this I am assuming you aren't there, you can watch it on Coachella's channel on YouTube.  YouTube does a fine job video and audio-wise with their webcasts so the production values should be great unlike that lame coverage of the French Quarter Fest last week by WWLTV or whatever they were called.  WWLTV made it almost impossible to find the webcast on their site probably because they wanted to hide it because the quality was so bad.  The sound levels were way to high causing the bass to distort and the camera coverage consisted of a static camera back on the soundboard and video quality so bad you could barely make out what was going on on the stage.  At one point on Friday afternoon, I think someone set up the camera and then went to get beers because the about 1/4 of the shot consisted of the back of people's heads.  I mean really, if you can't even put a minimum amount of effort into it, why bother?

Back to the Coachella webcast now.  You will find the webcast HERE.  Go there for the schedule.  All times are Pacific time so add three hours to get our time.  That's a little help there for the time zone impaired.  I would post the schedule here, but there are not one, not two but THREE channels to choose from each day so you can flip around to your hearts content.  Some highlights: Cee-Lo Green, Black Keys, Erykah Badu, Gogol Bordello, Mumford & Sons, Swell Season, Bright Eyes, New Pornographers, Big Audio Dynamite, Raphael Saadiq (coming to Groovin' in the Garden this summer), Scissor Sisters, The National, PJ Harvey, and much much more.  Webcasts start at 7 PM ET on Friday & Saturday, 5:20 PM on Sunday.  Here is a little preview:

Closer to home, Saturday is Record Store Day celebrating our fine independent record stores that are still managing to hang on in this digital download era.  As convenient as downloading music can be, there is still nothing like going to the record store, listening to music while you flip through the CDs and finding something you've been looking for.  Call me old-fashioned and non-green but I still like to have that piece of plastic in my hand.  Our local independent is the fabulous Plan 9 and they are participating in the nationwide festivities.  There will be all sorts of Record Store Day only special releases from your favorite bands such as, well, there are too many to mention so go HERE to check them out.  There will also be some live in-store performances.  Here is the lineup:
12:15-1:00pm-- NO BS Brass Band

1:30-2:15pm-- People’s Blues of Richmond
3:00-3:45pm-- New Politics
4:15-5:00pm--The Dubber
5:30—6:15pm-- The Long Arms

Local Americana band The Atkinsons will be celebrating the release of their new CD with a show at Capital Ale House on Saturday night.  The show is FREE and starts at 6 PM and goes until 9 PM.  Also on the bill are special guests Rachel Leyco and Constance Sisk.  Here is what the Capital Ale House site says about The Atkinsons: "It's been seven years and counting since The Atkinsons first set foot on Richmond, VA stages. What started out as a small acoustic outfit turned into a band that took on a life of its own. The Atkinsons meld roots, country, mountain, and rock music into their own style of rambling swing rock & roll. Heartfelt story-telling is at the core of The Atkinsons and is complemented with three-part harmonies layered over mandolin, fiddle, drums, bass, and electric guitars. With influences ranging from Old 97s to Green Day to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Drive By Truckers, the sound ends up being quite a musical stew.

The first record "American Gothic" was basically a novel set to music. It followed the misfortunes of a troubled character from his early youth until his untimely death. The upbeat musical style balances out the dark undertone of the lyrics, and together make for a record that's easy to listen to yet hard to describe.

The Atkinsons follow up "American Gothic" with their second release "Mile Marker", which takes the band on a journey through new territories of swampy roots and country swing to Texas Cajun and straight-up rock. Though cut from the same cloth, the new record doesn't pick up where the first album left off. It follows its own path from the back roads to the highways that inevitably lead you back home. "Mile Marker" is set to be released in 2011 and celebrates where the band has been and where it's headed."

Here's The Atkinsons performing "Eileen" at Ashland Coffee & Tea in December 2010:

The great Neil Young comes to the Landmark Theater on Sunday with a great big bag to hold all the money he is charging to see him.  There are still tickets available ranging from $140/ticket to $88/ticket.  That means he sold out the most expensive tickets in the front for $200/ticket to the hard core fans and he sold out the cheapest seats at $55/ticket for people who think a show should be priced reasonably, causing what a call a donut show, with a mess of empty seats in the middle.  If you go, the show starts at 8 PM with Bert Jansch opening.  Neil will be solo and playing electric and acoustic, and will put on a great show, but I don't know if it will be $200 worth of great.  Here is a link to the official film from Neil's latest album "Le Noise" featuring live performances of many of the songs you'll see on Sunday night.  Embedding was disabled so click HERE to watch it.

The next video on Moviefone's Best Music Scenes in Movies countdown comes from a movie that didn't do well at the box office but became a cult classic as it struck a chord with anyone who has ever had to work in a cubicle farm for a mindless, bureaucratic corporation which only sees its employees as a number.  Yes, its "Office Space" and this is the classic scene where the guys finally exact their revenge on the fax machine that has caused so much trouble in their lives.  Watch out because the language in the song is NSFW.

Next up in the Paste Magazine countdown of the 25 Best Music Videos of 2010 is Lady Gaga's "Telephone" featuring Beyonce.  Even if you aren't a fan of Ms. Gaga (I hope she has a baby one day and names him GooGoo), this video is quite amazing because it is so over-the-top in that crazy Gaga way.  It calls to mind every Russ Myers chicks-in-prison movie you ever watched.  And I know you've watched them, my dirty little audience.  Of course this is a lady's prison where they let the prisoners wear latex fetish gear.  Beware that this video is also NSFW unless your work encourages you to watch videos of women making out in prison while wearing bondage gear and sunglasses made out of cigarettes.  I've peaked your interest now, haven't I?  It also features some absolutely blatant product placement (Lady Gaga for Miracle Whip?) which is lame and Beyonce's legs which is good.  And don't forget the gay bakery.  Here it is:

That's it. Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Friday, April 8, 2011

Live Webcast from French Quarter Fest in New Orleans

It took me a while to find it on the WWLTV web site (you'd think they'd want to call some attention to it), but here is the link to the live webcast from WWL-TV at the Abita Stage of the French Quarter Fest:

You can find the schedule for the Abita stage and the whole festival here:

There is supposed to be a live webcast on also but I can't find it.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

French Quarter Festival, Dr. Dog, The Whigs, Justin Townes Earle, Elikeh

We begin with our first festival webcast of the year.  The French Quarter Festival will be webcast on two sites, &  The festival runs 1 PM ET - 8 PM ET on Thursday, noon ET to 1AM on Friday, 11:30 AM to 1 AM ET on Saturday, 11:30 AM ET to midnight ET on Sunday.  Neither site had a schedule of what they will be showing.  I beleive the site will be showing what is on the WWL-TV stage, which is local New Orleans music but that should be just fine as the local music in NO is just as good, if not better than, many national acts..  That pretty much goes for the whole festival actually, with blues, jazz, zydeco, dixieland and other musical styles all represented. could be showing anyone and some of the big acts are Bonerama, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (who will be playing Friday Cheers this year).

Closer to home, Dr. Dog will be at The National on Thursday night.  Tix are $22, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Floating Action.  Dr. Dog hails from Philly and plays what one might call indie pop.  Their influences include The Band, Beatles, Beach Boys, Big Star (why do so many great bands start with the letter B?), Kinks, Harry Nilsson, The Who, and XTC.  Here they are performing at WUTK studios (skip ahead to about :50 to go right to where the music starts) on March 21, 2011.

Also on Thurday, The Whigs will be at Capitol Ale House Downtown.  Show starts at 10 PM and tix are $12.  Here is the little press blurb from the Capitol Ale House site: "Frontman Parker Gispert, drummer Julian Dorio, and bassist Hank Sullivant formed the Whigs in 2002, while the three Athens-based musicians were attending college at the University of Georgia. With a jaunty mix of Westerberg-like swagger, alt-rock songwriting, and a heartfelt country disposition, the Whigs played their first shows around campus and soon graduated to higher-profile performances, including opening slots for the likes of the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, and the Futureheads. Recording sessions for the band's debut album, Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip, took place in an empty frat house several years later, and the disc was independently released in 2005. By the following year, the Whigs' audience had widened considerably, prompting Rolling Stone to hail the trio as one of the "10 Artists to Watch." The bandmates graduated from college that spring, and ATO Records signed them to its roster before the year was up."  Here they are performing "Waiting" on 3/25/11 in Birmingham AL:

On Friday, Steve Earle's boy, Justin Townes Earle, comes to town, getting critical raves of his own.  He too is alt-country, though not as raw as his daddy.  JTE will be at The Camel.  Doors open at 8, show at 9 with opener Josh Small. Tix are $20 but are sold out right now.  Here he is playing at Ringwood Library in Ringwood NJ last Sunday.  This song is "One More Night In Brooklyn":

Saturday night you can groove to the afropop sounds of Elikeh at Alley Katz (turn down your sound if you wish to avoid the horrible music on the Alley Katz site!).  Tix are $10.  The show starts at 11 PM and includes J3 Project & DJ Graybeard of WRIR 97.3 FM.  The Austin Chronicle named Elikeh's album "Adje Adje!" in their Top 10 albums of 2010.  Here's a taste of Elikeh at the 2010 Takoma Park Folk Festival.  I could see this show getting really hot & sweaty with lots of dancin' on a late Saturday night.

Our next scene in Moviefone's the Best Music Scenes in Movies is from Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice".  This would be the scene where Beetlejuice posesses the dinner guests to dance to Harry Belafonte's "Banana Boat (Day-O)".  This movie now really highlights so many stars of the 80's with Geena Davis (my, she was hot), Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder (hey, she was in last week's clip), Michael Keaton (where did he go and when he will be back, other than voice work in Pixar flicks), Catherine O'Hara (loved her since SCTV days), and Jeffrey Jones.  Enjoy!

On to this week's entry from the Paste Magazine 25 Best Music Videos of 2010.  This week its animation from The Avett Brothers – “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise", a great song and a great video featuring the rise and fall of a street in small-town America and the billboard that watches over it all. 

Heading to the Picasso exhibit on Friday and looking forward to that.  Then a t-ball game and Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby on Saturday with my oldest boy.  Sunday, my fantasy baseball draft, which is not as much fun since we now are all spread out and have to do it via conference call, but is still kind of fun.  So a busy weekend but fun busy.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Friday, April 1, 2011

Guggenheim Grotto, Janis Ian, VCU, Limelight, DJ Williams Projekt

I think all music is overshadowed this weekend by the VCU game that has set the town on Fi-yah!  Speaking of that, The National will be hosting a party to watch the VCU game on a giant screen on stage and the many HDTVs around the venue.  Doors open at 5, the game starts at 6 and its $3 to get in.  For that price, you then also get to stick around and watch the Rush tribute band, Limelight.  I don't know if the prices go up after the game if you just want to see Limelight, but The National site says that tix just to see Limelight and opener, Richmond Engine #3 (Primus tribute band), are $12.50.  Here's a preview of Limelight:

If you want to see some original music after the game, head over to The Camel to see Richmond bands, DJ Williams Projekt and opener, The Mantras.  Show starts at 9 PM.  The Camel web site doesn't indicate whether there will be any cover charge, but if there is, it will be minimal.  Here is DJ Williams Projekt at Camp Barefoot last August:

Also on Saturday night, The Guggenheim Grotto will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea.  The show starts at 8.  Tix are $15 in advance, $20 day of show.  The AC&T site says, "heady mix of pop, folk and soaring melodies around ever present vocal harmonies : “With debts to both Radiohead and The Beatles, this is modern, intelligent, lyrically potent pop.” – The Boston Herald
Over the past three years Mick Lynch and Kevin May of pop/folk act The Guggenheim Grotto have touched U.S. and U.K. audiences in a way the duo couldn’t have imagined. From setting out as Dublin songwriter circuit regulars alongside artists like Damien Rice and Glen Hansard, to building a devoted cult following in the U.S. with warm embraces from media and competitive iTunes charting, the band has captivated audiences and tastemakers on both sides of the pond with its mix of poetic, often literature-inspired lyrics set to timeless, soaring pop melodies." 
Here is The Guggenheim Grotto performing "Just Not Just" in 2010 (song starts around :30, that's not them playing the funky opening theme, at least I don't think so):

On Wednesday night, Janis Ian of "At Seventeen" fame will be playing at Ashland Coffee & Tea.  The show will start at 8 PM.  Tix are $27 in advance, $32 day of show.  Here is what it says on the AC&T site about Janis: "Who are the great songwriters in America today? Not the most popular. Not the richest. Simply the greats. Ask any student of the form, and Janis Ian will be counted among them The writer of “Jesse” “Stars” artists as diverse as Mel Torme and Cher; and the seminal “At Seventeen” brought her five Grammy nominations (the most any solo female artist had ever garnered) in 1975, and which is now reaching its third generation of listeners. Ian is a formidable talent, a force of nature. Ella Fitzgerald called her “The best young singer in America”. Chet Atkins said “Singer? You ought to hear that girl play guitar; she gives me a run for my money!” Reviewers have called her live performances “overwhelming to the spirit and soul”, and “drenched with such passion, the audience feels they’ve been swept up in a hurricane.” Not to mention her short stories, her songs for film and television… and oh, yes. She also runs a foundation, named for her mother, that works with various universities and colleges to supply scholarships for returning students; they’ve raised over $300,000 to date! The glowing reviews come as no surprise to Ian’s loyal fan base, who give her website a stunning quarter million hits per year – even though she hasn’t had a top twenty record here in three decades. Nor to the computer community, who adopted her article “The Internet Debacle” as their Bible against the RIAA’s fight to stop downloaded music. Nor her international fan base, who flock to her concerts and allow her to play sold-out concert halls in Holland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and others too numerous to mention. Nor the science fiction community, who embraced her anthology “Stars” with glowing reviews like the one from Publisher’s Weekly that begins “This dazzling, highly original anthology….” Quite a broad spectrum of interests and communities, for a woman who started her life on a New Jersey chicken farm in 1951."  Here she is doing "At Seventeen" on the old "Midnight Special" show:

If you ever wondered what the 10 most disliked videos on YouTube are, check this out:  Unsurprisingly, most are Justin Bieber videos.  I tried to watch the Rebecca Black, "Friday" video just to see what all the fuss was about and I only made it a minute before I wanted to shove hot needles into my ears, though that will never erase the memories.   The horror, the horror.  You'll have to follow the link above to the videos if you want to try for yourself.  I refuse to let that video and song besmirch my blog.

This week's Best Music Scene in Movies is from "Reality Bites".  I don't believe I have ever danced around a convenience store while stoned.  Usually I just want to get my Slim Jim, Butterfinger and Snapple and get the hell out.  But, whatever (see that's me adopting my Gen X ennui).

I just saw that Snooki was going to be on the next Wrestlemania.  You knew that was coming.  It was destiny.

In our Paste Magazine 25 Best Music Videos of 2010 countdown, here is Hollarado doing "Americanarama" with the help of 24 of their friends.  This is a pretty clever video and the song reminds me of something Cracker or Camper Van Beethoven would have done in the late 80s. 

Ok, nighty night.  Have a great weekend.  GO VCU!

Tony Jordan