Friday, March 29, 2013

Breakfast Pizza

Just saw an amazing recipe for a breakfast pizza that I must try. If all goes well it turns out like this:


Follow this link for the entire recipe and more deliciousness. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

House of Cards


I know I've talked about House of Cards a lot on here in the last week well... its because I watched the entire series in about 4 days. If you haven't yet, take a look at the trailer above, sign up for your netflix account and catch up with the rest of the world already. 

(Plus lets be honest I need more people to talk about it with)

Words to Live By


Hello New Followers


Don't know what happened yesterday but I posted one little blog about Hunter S. Thompson and that post alone had over 200 views. So to anyone who is just visiting this blog for the first time. Welcome. My name is Katie and I write about ridiculous things that have to do mostly with music but other times they are just plain crazy. 

Hope you enjoy yourself while you are here and be sure to come back. 

Here is a little treat for your visit. Its a rare video of Dave Matthews ft. Bella Fleck performing "Lie in our Graves" back in 1998. It continues to be my absolute favorite version of the song and if you have the chance today give it a listen, especially past the 8 minute mark when Bella becomes super human.

History of Rap Part 4

I can't believe I'm such a slacker that I forgot to post that Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake did Part 4 of The History of Rap a few weeks ago on his show. It was amazing... like always.


Also here is a bonus JT video just because its that kind of day. Here he is performing "Mirrors" at the Brit Awards last month.

The Voice, Day Two

Well I'm hooked. I again last night sat in front of my tv and watched another episode of The Voice. I really do enjoy the audition process of this show, I think its a fresh idea and well lets face it with the amount of singing competitions out there you need to be fresh. Last night was only an hour long so there weren't too many performances but what they gave us was some pretty good talent. (Again, nothing tops my predicted winner from night one... but one got pretty close).

First was some comedy. This girl named Cathia came up and sang a beautiful song in Spanish. I had no idea what any of it meant but it was pretty great and had most of the judges turn their chairs around. Now I will not post the video of her singing but her reaction after. It may be the best reaction on this show in years. I mean think about it, you are 19 and people like Usher and Shakira have turned their chairs around and said they want to mentor you. Her reaction was what I think anyone in that position should be... "Usher Baby..."

(poor video quality but worth it)

Now onto the performances. Meet Midas Whale, who probably has the best band name I've heard in a while. They are men from Idaho singing what they call folk rock. They are different and a duo and I loved them, especially since they sang "Folsom Prison". They are on Team Adam.


The final was my favorite from last night. A girl named Sarah Simmons came up and blew the judges away with her cover of "One of Us" by Joan Osborne. Nothing really to say but she killed it. Another one for Team Adam. So far Usher and Adam have the best talent in my opinion.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Great Man

Hunter S. Thompson and Bill Murray. Two legends of their own right. 

I watched a documentary about Hunter the other night and it just reminded me how much I love him and the way he used to write. Nobody else can even come close to his style. Not even close....

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming..."Wow! What a Ride!"

"Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men's reality. Weird heroes and mold-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final."

"If I'd written the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people -- including me -- would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism"

"The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others-the living- are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later."

"My concept of death for a long time was to come down that mountain road at 120 and just keep going straight right there, burst out through the barrier and hang out above all that... and there I'd be, sitting in the front seat, stark naked, with a case of whiskey next to me and a case of dynamite in the trunk...honking the horn, and the lights on, and just sit there in space for an instant, a human bomb, and fall down to that mess of steel mills. It'd be a tremendous goddamn explosion. No pain. No one would get hurt. I'm pretty sure, unless they've changed the highway, that launching pad is still there. As soon as I get home, I ought to take the drive just to check it out."

"There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die."

RIP to one of my favorite authors of all time.... the one the only Gonzo. 

Epic Tambourine Perfomance

The title says it all. Just take a second and have a laugh. You deserve it. Yes you.

Poor Form Geico

Well it looks like Geico and the major Richmond advertising company The Martin Agency who makes up their ads is in a bit of deep water today with their very poor form commercial.

It seems as if they have a new commercial for their motorcycle insurance featuring the Allman Brothers song "Midnight Rider". To many they may not notice why this is in really poor form but if you know anything about the Allman brothers but Duane Allman and another founding member Oakley both died in motorcycle accidents in Macon, Georgia, three blocks from each other. 

Do your research next time guys....

Here is the ad:

18 Years Ago Today

18 Years ago today the world lost a great rapper named Easy E also known as "The Godfather of Gansta Rap". He was also one of the members of NWA until a fued with Dr. Dre ended the group. He died from complications from "AIDS" just about a month after he was diagnosed with it. He was 31 years old.


The Voice Day One Reaction

Yup this happened last night. I watched the entire first episode of the NBC show called The Voice and I have a few reactions.

-First off I'm team Shakira all the way. Hands down. She is a lot of fun to watch, I can't understand half the things she says but she is hilarious.

-If Usher mentions one more time that he "discovered" Justin Beiber as a ploy to get people on his team I'm going to turn the entire thing off

-Adam Levine is still absolutely adorable. I'm pretty sure he is a douchebag in real life but he does make the show enjoyable to watch.

-Who is Blake Shelton? And why do people care about him? Did you know that he has won multiple awards in country music like artist of the year and male voice of the year? Seriously? Ugh. He is obviously my least favorite.

-Now to the contestants. Some of the people this year can SING. And not American Idol type talent, talent that numerous people who were on night one could leave the stage right now record and album and get a grammy within the first year. 

-I loved this cover of "Sexy and I Know It". Original and Brillant. 

-Next was a man singing "Knocking on Heaven's Door" was just great.

-This one threw down on a Whitney Houston song to the point where most of the judges had no clue he was a man. The reaction was priceless (doesn't show it on the video but none of the guys turned their chairs but when they did they were on their feet!)

-And finally may I introduce to you the winner of this years Voice 2013. Yes that is right. I have watched the first episode and I'm already declaring a winner. Hands down. Easily the best contestant any reality show has ever had besides Kelly Clarkson. Yes I just said that. Introducing to you Judith Hill. Remember that name. Watch this video. And get ready to be on your feet applauding at your desk. (FYI: The video cuts off right before she picks Team Adam). Lucky bastard.

A Certain Light by Josh Ritter

I have been listening to the new Josh Ritter album called "Beast in its Tracks" and it is the most wonderful breakup/build yourself back together album I've heard since Bon Ivers. Seriously, its haunting, heartbreaking, uplifting and absolutely amazing. And furthermore if nobody is going to go with me to see him here in Richmond I will happily be there by myself in the front row with bells on.

This album comes right after his divorce and its written all over the album like this lyric in a song called "New Lover":

"I hope you've got a new lover now, hope you've got somebody who
Can give you what you need like I couldn't seem to do
But if you're sad and you are lonesome and you've got nobody true
I'd be lying if I said that didn't make me happy too"

He also did an amazing interview with Paste Magazine where he talks about the process and emotion that goes into songwriting:

"I feel like there's only certain times in our lives that we get a clear enough stream of emotion and power that we can kind of see the rest of ourselves by the light that it gives off. The rest of the time I feel like we don't need that. It can be more gray or the light can be a little less bright. But in those moments when you can actually see everything, you don't need inspiration-- you have it. You just need to be willing to stick with writing it down in a way that has a little clarity to it. Describe what you are seeing in there, don't describe all things that have been done. Describe the feelings that you have an let them stand. You go into a cave and you hold up the lantern and you look around, you want to describe that--not anything else, I think. You want to have that clarity."

But its the song called "Certain Kind Of Light" that literally had me listening to it on repeat for 20 minutes last night. It just struck a chord with me and I just can't get enough. Press play on the video then read the lyrics below. After its done do yourself a favor and spend the best $10 you will this week by downloading the entire album off of Itunes. You are welcome.


"My new lover, sweet and kind
The kind of lover that one rarely finds
And I'm happy for the first time, in a long time

Came along and opened up the door 
And though I know I've been in love before
Oh I feel it, so much more, than the last time

And she only looks like you
In a certain kind of light
When she holds her head just right

Its been winter, for a while
The north winds wail cut like a baby child
It was hard to think or smile
That brings springtime

But it did and now it is
The green green grass
Is come up green and its
Feeling just the way it did
The very first time

And she only looks like you 
In a certain kind of light 
When she holds her head just right

And anymore, it'd stretch the rhyme
So let me leave this where I started, I'm
Just happy for the first time
In a long time

In a long time"

Thank You Paste Magazine

I am getting ready to write a post about Josh as you read this.

Thoughts on Today

They better overturn the ban on gay marriage today... that or I have little to no hope in our country what so ever. 

Seriously. 

"We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others." - Will Rogers

Phish - Light in Colorado

In case you forgot why its so important for me to go to these shows in Colorado take a look a these videos.... they are always on FIRE when they play out thre

"Light"

"The Lizards"

Next Stop Colorado

Well I don't know what I did....but I must have done something right in this world lately. I woke up to the best news ever this morning when I checked my bank account and saw the a huge amount holding under the description "Phish Tickets". Thats right... the lottery actually worked for me again and I have myself tickets to all three nights of their run out in Colorado during Labor Day. I can not be more excited about this news.

In other news to anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely hate Jeopardy. I could go on for about an hour why...but I just do. I'm not smart enough for 90% of the answers and I don't understand why people know some of this obscure stuff. Anyways for some ridiculous reason I had it on while I was cooking dinner last night (which bombed fyi) and I couldn't believe myself when I saw the question that ended one of the rounds.

Its about the only time I confidently knew an answer on this show.


Phish for the Win!!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

JMU Duuuukes

Even though we got our butts kicked by Indiana this weekend.... it was still great to see my school James Madison University in the big dance. 

Happy Anniversary Pink Floyd!

Happy 40th Anniversary to one of my favorite albums of all time. Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon". There is not much I can say about this album that hasn't already been said. More than 50 million copies sold. Fifteen straight years on Billboard's album chart. Consistently ranked in the Top 10 of many best-albums-ever-made polls. But more than that in a way this 1973 epic album changed the way people made and listened to albums. Forty years after its release, many think there is no better complete album available. It also was the album that set Pink Floyd up for the rest of their career. It made headphone listening a required luxury. And many regard it blowing minds much like the audio equivalent to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Also on another note if I had to pick one last song on this earth to listen to this would be in the top 3.

Prince Wins Again

This is a letter that Prince wrote to one of his young fans after "Purple Rain" came out. Pretty neat. I'd love to own it.

"Dearest Analisa,

It is so nice of 2 write me. I don't always have time 2 reply but your letters surely brighten my day. You are so sweet. I'm glad you're my friend. If u dig the video, wait until u see the movie. I'm very proud of it. I hope u are 2. 

Congratulations on making it thru jr. high. I'm sure u did better than I. I wasn't much on school. I was 2 busy listening 2 the grass grow.

Thank u again for writing me.

Until I hear from u,

Prince"

The Waiting Game...

Submitted a Phish ticket request last night for their Labor Day Colorado shows.... please everyone keep their fingers crossed and hope that $200 disappears from my bank account sometime this week...

Random Thought

Is it just me or does Beyonces kid (who was spotted in NYC yesterday) have some HUGE feet for a one year old??

Just a thought. 

Radiohead in the 1980's

Here is the earliest known photograph of Radiohead. 

What dorks. Ha!! 

Dear Will Smith

Save your kids now while they still have a chance! Do not let them go out in public looking like this.... especially to a place where photographers will be. 

Thank you. 
Signed, concerned citizens of America. 


Timberlake Downs Tequila

Who wants to see Justin Timberlake get drunk on live tv?? (I do! I do!) Here he is taking 5 shots on tequilla in under 10 minutes. I will say he holds himself together better then I would...

Best Post Game Interview?

Sorry this blog is all over the place today I'm sure I'll get to the music... but for now I can't stop posting things like this. Like I mentioned the NCAA tournament was fun to watch over the weekend especially all the upsets. When LaSalle won the game yesterday one of their players gave an amazing post game interview. I laughed then and I laugh now watching it again...

Click here for video. 


Ultimate "Pete & Pete" Insult Guide

I think I've mentioned on this blog before that my brothers and I watched a little show called "Pete & Pete" on Nickelodeon as a kid and then when I grew up and went to college I met Little Pete (real name Danny) and we became friends. It was a weird life moment. Well I'm happy to say that Danny has been making a comeback lately and has been appearing on TV shows, commericials, reddit interviews, radio shows, internet sketches and now a complete Buzzfeed article. I love it all. 

One Point Ke$ha

I don't give many points to Ke$ha but today I will. Her and her little brother showed up to the Kids Choice Awards dressed as the characters in Dumb and Dumber. 

#Winning.

Golf Post

I usually never post about golf unless it is crazy or out of the ordinary. This is both. Check out this amazing video of Sergio Garcia climbing a tree and hitting a shot one handed out of a tree in a crazy wind storm. Yes everything in that sentence is a true statement!

It's A New Week

I again apologize for my lack of posting last week. It was a rough week and I just didn't have time to get on here. Hopefully that is all corrected and we are in for a good week. One thing I am looking forward to is a visit from my mom this weekend for Easter. Only a work week between now and then... lets do this.

Here are a few thoughts for Monday morning:

-My NCAA bracket is completely busted. There is little to no hope for me left. That being said the games this weekend were a lot of fun to watch and reminded me why watching college basketball is so much fun. If you missed it google Florida Gulf Coast University. They are fun to watch.

-It snowed again here in Richmond yesterday. It would have been nice if this actually came in January but it is now March and I want my springtime.

-A collection of rare photos from the Beatles Shea Stadium concert just sold for over $45,000 at an auction. Please hold while I call my mom and scold her for not bringing her camera that night.

-A $300 million dollar powerball ticket was sold in Passiac, NJ. I knew I should have never left the state.

-I finished the series House of Cards last night. If you have a netflix account or access to the internet. Sign up for a free trail and watch this show immediately. Amazing.

-Stevie Nicks (one of my favorites) was on Oprah's Life Class last night. It was super interesting. Especially the story she told about before she was famous, she used to dress exactly like how she dresses now and would walk through an airport and wonder to herself "why aren't people looking at me.. why aren't they noticing me... don't they know who I am" because the lesson you must learn from Stevie is rock stars are born and not made. They believe in themselves way before you hold them in high regard. Like Stevie... she always knew and will always know that she is a bad ass rock star.

"I think that... my life is a testament to believing that if you want something you can make it happen"

"Time waits for no one and things can end tomorrow. If there is stuff you want to know.... find out!"

Here is her cover of Free Fallin':

Friday, March 22, 2013

No Blog Today

Nothing today either.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

McCartney to Play Poland

Paul McCartney announced yesterday that he will kick off his 2013 tour titled "Out There!" in Warsaw, Poland. Paul promised that he would visit places he has never seen before and kept that promise with this being his first show in Poland. 

Trust me on this when I say that every music fan in their lifetime should see Paul at least once live. Its life changing.

Chasing Cinderella 2013

Congraulations to JMU Basketball for winning their first NCAA tournament game since 1983 last night with a convincing win over LIU-Brooklyn. Next up Indiana... no big deal right? Well anything can happen...

Take a look at the inspiring story of this years Duke Dogs. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

No Time

Hi my name is Katie and I'm a slacker.

I'm sorry for the lack of posts over the last two days but work has been extremely busy. I promise as soon as I get everything done I will be back. 

For now just go out buy the new Justin Timberlake album and enjoy because that will be the first order of business upon my return.

~

Friday, March 15, 2013

Timberlake & Fallon Sing Toto

I can not get enough of "Timberweek" over on the Jimmy Fallon show. Last night skit included the two dueting on Toto's Africa... and tonight well its Friday its got to be "The History of Rap Part 4" right guys.... RIGHT???

Dave Grohl's SXSW 2013 Keynote Address

Great pick by SXSW having Dave do the annual Keynote Address. I have yet to find the full video to post directly onto the blog I have found the link to the NPR website that shows it. Trust me it is worth the watch especially for the line:

"Paging Pitchfork, come in Pitchfork, we need you to help us determine the value of a song....Who fucking cares!" 

Tell them Dave!

Life of Pi

I watched Life of Pi last night and I was blown away. What a fantastic movie. I literally could sit here for the next hour to convince you to go tonight and rent it on DVD but that will do no good. I'll just give you some quotes from the movie, that should motivate you enough. GO SEE IT!!

"I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye." 

"Religion is obscurity."

"No one has seen that island since, and you'd never read about those trees in any book. And yet, if I hadn't found those shores I would have died, if I hadn't discovered that tooth I would have been lost alone forever. Even when God seemed to have abandoned me, he was watching. Even when He seemed indifferent to my suffering, He was watching and when I was beyond all hope of saving... He gave me rest and gave me a sign to continue my journey.."

"It's important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse."

"If every unfolding we experience takes us further along in life, then, we are truly experiencing what life is offering..."

"Above all don't lose hope"

Well At Least They Heard Me

It is beyond frustrating to be a Jets fan right now. I literally could go on for hours. Yet on the eve of us trading the best player we have had in 15 years I finally let my frustrations be known. 

At least they heard me.


Burying My Goldfish

Ha! A co-worker just sent me this and it made me literally laugh out loud at my desk.

Friday. Think Big.

Big Dreams

I'm not sure if I have ever let this blog know of my big dream. I know that you know my biggest wish in life is to sing back up for Gladys Knight during "Midnight Train To Georgia". That is not a joke.

The second would be to own an airstream trailer. Seriously. 

Just thought I should put that out into the universe. 

26 Best Cult TV Shows

Well here is a list that I can get behind. Entertainment Weekly has listed the "Top 26 Cult TV Shows" and I would like to see how I stack up. (Just an FYI: I am the queen of watching and getting really into a TV show before they are unjustly canceled which is why I've seen so many of these). Here we go!

26. Pushing Daisies - Seen It
25. Archer - Seen It
24. Better Off Ted - Nope
23. Farscape - Nope
22. Party Down - Seen It
21. Popular - Seen It
20. Supernatural - Nope
19. Wonder Showzen - Nope
18. Fringe - Nope
17. Undeclared - Seen It
16. Community - Saw first two seasons gave up this season
15. Battlestar Galactica - Nope
14. Veronica Mars - Yes
13. Twin Peaks - Nope
12. Firefly - Nope
11. Lost - Hell Yes. Should be Number 1
10. My So-Called Life - Yup
9. The Comeback - Saw a few episodes before I canceled my HBO
8. Star Trek - No
7. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Yup. Two Words. Kitten Mittens.
6. The Wire - No but should have
5. The X Files - Nope
4. Mystery Science Theater - Wait what? Nope.
3. Arrested Development - YES
2. Buffy The Vampire Slayer - NO
1. Doctor Who - Nope

I would say I've done pretty well with this list...

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Tiny Desk Concert


Take a moment and enjoy the video I just posted above. I know I gave this dude a lot of crap when I first saw him perform on Ellen (lets be honest he looked ridiculous). But since then I have came around to him and his music and well I kinda love his album. And by kinda I mean its been in my car for one week plus, which is an eternity for me. 

Here they visited the NPR studio for a Tiny Desk Concert featuring the songs Same Love>Thrift Shop>Can't Hold Us.

Worth the watch.

Go VCU

With the meltdown of the University of Richmond basketball team yesterday in Brooklyn there is one team from Richmond left and we are ready to make a run for it! VCU Basketball has made Richmond, VA one exciting city to live in over the last few years. Shaka and his Havoc have completely taken over billboards, street signs, everyone has VCU gear and well this morning they represented big time on the Today Show. 

Take a look at this picture!

Yup thats the marching band on a float through the streets of NYC.
Way to represent RVA VCU!!!

UPDATE: Here is the amazing video of them!!

Veronica Mars Movie!


By now if you have seen the news you will see that this little show called Veronica Mars staring Kristen Bell has raised over 3 million dollars in the last 48 hours to finance a movie based on the tv show. I for one could not be more excited about this. I got into this silly little show when I first moved to Richmond and couldn't afford cable so I was watching tv on dvds for almost a year. I watched all three seasons of this show in about a week and a half. Its very addicting and kinda genius. Kristen Bell was unbelievable and this is the reason I have been able to watch all of her terrible movies since then. (Seriously I've seen them all).

So yes. There are a few things you can take from this post. First I am a huge dork. Second I am super excited to see this film.

Carry on.

Unsinkable

This is just amazing!!!

Everyone knows the story of the Titanic. It was a high class ship that sank in the middle of the seas and one of the most famous stories was the band that played on the ships deck as the boat sank. Well do I have some news for you. The rosewood violin played by bandmaster Wallace Hartley as the ship sank has been confirmed as authentic by investigators and could soon be brought to auction.

Wait what!!

This violin was truly unsinkable.

The cracked water damaged instrument is easily one of the most significant artifacts from the tragedy. 

"When we first saw the violin we had to keep a lid on our excitement, because it was almost as if it was too good to be true" said a Titanic auctioneer who spent seven years of research to confirm its authenticity.

You can believe I will be following this story!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Quote of the Day

You can't not laugh at this. Good point Tricky.


Jeopardy Hates Taylor Swift

HA. That is pretty funny. Point goes to Jeopardy. 

Sabbath Set Release Date

They aaarrreeee baaaackkk!

The first Black Sabbath album with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years finally has a release date. The album titled "13" is set to be dropped on June 11th according to the band. They also released this cool video of them recording in the studio with famed producer Rick Rubin.


Louis C.K. Silences A Heckler

Note to self... do not heckle Louis C.K. If so this will happen...

Disturbing Video

Now I'm all about pushing limits and taking risks but what this guy did was just dumb. The video below is of a man who climbed all the way to the top of the Chrystler Building in NYC and literally was hanging out on the eagle. Yup. That crazy.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Josh Ritter on Letterman

Here is Josh Ritter playing one of his new songs "Joy to You Baby" on Letterman last night. His new album is equal parts heartbreaking and breathtaking.... aka an amazing album. Get it immediately.

Oh and he is coming to Richmond in a month or so... any takers?

Phish Tour Is Here!!!

Well I waited and waited and waited yesterday and the Phish ticket announcement literally happened during my 3 minute drive home from work. But you know what? Who cares because the announcement came and with it came an excitement only comparable to Christmas morning. 

Phish has announced a crazy summer tour that will take them all over the country starting in Maine, then coming down through NY and MD then over to Chicago out to California and ending with Colorado. My friends and I must have exchanged about 100 text messages in a 15 minute time deciding which shows would be ours and the decision has been made.

I will be seeing Phish July 13th and 14th at Merriweather Post Pavilion in MD and then an early birthday celebration out near Denver Colorado for a three night Labor Day run. Yessssss. This will certainly help keep me motivated this summer. Thank you boys! Now all I need to do is land a cheap flight and five nights of tickets. Shouldn't be a problem... :)

And just like that.... all is right in the world.

Check out the announcement video below:

College Freshman Wows Billy Joel

A college freshman had the guts during a question answer session to ask the legendary singer Billy Joel if he could accompany him on his favorite song "NY State of Mind". Being the good guy Billy is he agreed and the kid came on stage to play the song. I don't know what anyone was expecting but this kid blew the song out of the water. This entire video is amazing and worth 6 minutes of your time today.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Greatest Hits Albums

I love a good greatest hits album especially when the band has so many discs that you can't keep up with it. Although there should be some rules with these types of albums... you have to be a great artist. Nobody wants to see or buy the greatest hits albums from the following artists but somehow they exist. 

I am not lying.

- The Best of Vanilla Ice

- The Best of Nelson: The Millennium Collection

- Aaron Carter: Most Requested Hits

- The Best of Color Me Badd

- Forever More: The Greatest Hits of John Tesh

- The Best of Young MC

- The Best of Shaquille O'Neal

Best Obituary Ever

When Harry Stamps died his daughter Amanda would not let him go without a few final words. She wrote what is being called the "Best Obituary Ever" and well I have to agree. I know it is not music involved but as you can see I am all over the place today and I found this sweet/hilarious and touching. So its going in!

Enjoy and hope that people will remember you like they will remember Harry. (It is long but totally worth it)

Harry Weathersby Stamps: December 19, 1932 -- March 9, 2013

Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies' man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Harry was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in California starting using cilantro and arugula (both of which he hated). For his signature bacon and tomato sandwich, he procured 100% all white Bunny Bread from Georgia, Blue Plate mayonnaise from New Orleans, Sauer's black pepper from Virginia, home grown tomatoes from outside Oxford, and Tennessee's Benton bacon from his bacon-of-the-month subscription. As a point of pride, he purported to remember every meal he had eaten in his 80 years of life. 

The women in his life were numerous. He particularly fancied smart women. He loved his mom Wilma Hartzog (deceased), who with the help of her sisters and cousins in New Hebron reared Harry after his father Walter's death when Harry was 12. He worshipped his older sister Lynn Stamps Garner (deceased), a character in her own right, and her daughter Lynda Lightsey of Hattiesburg. He married his main squeeze Ann Moore, a home economics teacher, almost 50 years ago, with whom they had two girls Amanda Lewis of Dallas, and Alison of Starkville. He taught them to fish, to select a quality hammer, to love nature, and to just be thankful. He took great pride in stocking their tool boxes. One of his regrets was not seeing his girl, Hillary Clinton, elected President.

He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread. 

He excelled at growing camellias, rebuilding houses after hurricanes, rocking, eradicating mole crickets from his front yard, composting pine needles, living within his means, outsmarting squirrels, never losing a game of competitive sickness, and reading any history book he could get his hands on. He loved to use his oversized "old man" remote control, which thankfully survived Hurricane Katrina, to flip between watching The Barefoot Contessa and anything on The History Channel. He took extreme pride in his two grandchildren Harper Lewis (8) and William Stamps Lewis (6) of Dallas for whom he would crow like a rooster on their phone calls. As a former government and sociology professor for Gulf Coast Community College, Harry was thoroughly interested in politics and religion and enjoyed watching politicians act like preachers and preachers act like politicians. He was fond of saying a phrase he coined "I am not running for political office or trying to get married" when he was "speaking the truth." He also took pride in his service during the Korean conflict, serving the rank of corporal--just like Napolean, as he would say.

Harry took fashion cues from no one. His signature every day look was all his: a plain pocketed T-shirt designed by the fashion house Fruit of the Loom, his black-label elastic waist shorts worn above the navel and sold exclusively at the Sam's on Highway 49, and a pair of old school Wallabees (who can even remember where he got those?) that were always paired with a grass-stained MSU baseball cap. 

Harry traveled extensively. He only stayed in the finest quality AAA-rated campgrounds, his favorite being Indian Creek outside Cherokee, North Carolina. He always spent the extra money to upgrade to a creek view for his tent. Many years later he purchased a used pop-up camper for his family to travel in style, which spoiled his daughters for life. 

He despised phonies, his 1969 Volvo (which he also loved), know-it-all Yankees, Southerners who used the words "veranda" and "porte cochere" to put on airs, eating grape leaves, Law and Order (all franchises), cats, and Martha Stewart. In reverse order. He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil's Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest. 

Because of his irrational fear that his family would throw him a golf-themed funeral despite his hatred for the sport, his family will hold a private, family only service free of any type of "theme." Visitation will be held at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport on Monday, March 11, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Jeff Davis Campus) for their library. Harry retired as Dean there and was very proud of his friends and the faculty. He taught thousands and thousands of Mississippians during his life. The family would also like to thank the Gulfport Railroad Center dialysis staff who took great care of him and his caretaker Jameka Stribling. 

Finally, the family asks that in honor of Harry that you write your Congressman and ask for the repeal of Day Light Saving Time. Harry wanted everyone to get back on the Lord's Time.

Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sunherald/obituary.aspx?pid=163538353#fbLoggedOut#storylink=cpy

Want


If anyone knows how I can get my hands on this fly Michael Jackson record player I would pay top dollar. 

**Childhood Memories**

A Music Snob's Opinion

Want a hilarious take on the Billboard Top 10 Hits? Well follow this link HERE  and read all about them. 

It will include lines like "So this is Rihanna's attempt at a song like "Halo," right?

Ha. I loved it.

Truth


I literally have refreshed Phish.com about 300 times today. Just announce the tour already!!

Favorite thing I've read so far:
"Hoping to see white plumes of smoke wafting from a farm house in Vermont to signal that Phish summer tour dates have been announced"

Jets Update

This perfectly sums up my reaction to the Jets off season moves so far including the signing of a qb who hasn't played in 3 years. Great competition for Sanchez.

Seriously?

The picture above is the custom made wheelchair made for Lady Gaga as she recovers for surgery.

I have no words. 

None.

Music Video/Movie Crossovers

I almost forgot how many old music videos did a crossover with the current movies at the time. Ha. Some of these make me laugh a lot... And yes I'm laughing a lot today. Any problems with that? 

Destiny's Child and Charlies Angels

Will Smith and Men In Black

Britney Spears and Drive Me Crazy

Nickleback and Spiderman

Guns and Roses & Terminator 2

New She & Him Song

You know who She & Him are. Its the band that Zooey Deschanel formed with friend M. Ward. They have already released two regular albums and a pretty fantastic Christmas album. 

Here is the first cut from their new album its called "Never Wanted Your Love" and its pretty adorable.

Laugh of the Day

My favorite Sarah Palin is writing a new book all about Christmas. It is called "A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas". I am not sure why this is making me laugh so hard but it is. Maybe it is because of her press release. 

"Amidst the fragility of this politically correct era, it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs before the element of faith in a glorious and traditional holiday like Christmas is marginalized and ignored. This will be a fun, festive thought provoking book which will encourage all to see what is possible when we unite in defense of our faith and ignored the politically correct Scrooges who would rather take Christ out of Christmas."

Lets all remember that over 45% of this country voted for her to be Vice President. 
Carry on.

Real Ke$ha Quotes

These are actually quite funny and disturbing at the same time. Here are some actual quotes from Ke$ha's Autobiography. 

"I have no idea how we ever get anything done because it seems as if all we do is talk about vintage T-shirts and boners."

"The Galapagos seemed like a place trapped in prehistoric time, and y’all know I love that shit."

"I’ve always felt connected to animals. And, yes, I include dinosaurs in this category. I think I wrote my first song about dinosaurs around age five. I wrote my most recent song about dinosaurs (aka greasy, scummy, old dudes) at age eighteen and it probably won’t be the last either."

"I left the venue to do a photo shoot for an MTV AIDS awareness campaign, and for a moment, as my fans were chasing the car down the cobblestone streets of the beautiful, old city, I felt like a unicorn. If only for a moment." (I mean lets be honest don't we all feel like unicorns at one time or another?)

"Iggy [Pop] was as cool and crazy as I could have imagined, and he was ready to get to work. He had already written a few verses for the song. My favorite included a line about cockroaches having sex in a garbage can."

"Yeah, I broke into Prince’s house to drop off one of my CDs, but I also hunted down dozens of other people I respected such as the Dust Brothers and Beck to try to get them to work with me. One time when I saw P. Diddy at a restaurant, I walked right up to him, handed him a CD, and told him that it was going to be the next new sh$#."

"I asked my fans to send me their teeth. I got so many that I made them into jewelry."

And there you have it. No real need to pick up the book now... you are welcome.

New Bowie Album Review


The good people over at Buzzfeed have taken the time to review David Bowie's new album and have called it "Bitter, Raw and Brilliant". If you have the time today its worth the read.

How I Feel Sometimes


Don't you wish there was a book where you could answer all of lifes questions? That would make things so much easier! :)

Rumors Rumors

There are rumors floating around that Phish will announced their summer tour this afternoon. I certainly welcome that amazing news for this rainy day! :)

Fingers crossed there will be at least one venue that is possible for me to get to without breaking the bank.

Congrats JMU


Big congratulations to my old school James Madison University for winning their conference last night and gaining a berth to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in just about 20 years. 

Will be fun to cheer both them and VCU on this year. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Day Maker.

Imagine passing this on the street. I would have to break it.