Monday, June 26, 2006

It's Too Good To Waste

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2006 at 10:36 AM

For the Poem for the Week, one of Joni Mitchell's best.

Blonde in the Bleachers

The blonde in the bleachers
She flips her hair for you
Above the loudspeakers
You start to fall
She follows you home
But you miss living alone
You can still hear sweet mysteries
Calling you

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Sugar Magnolia

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2006 at 9:20 AM

Ann Coulter--Deadhead. Make up your own pun to go along with her interview. Where's the Coulter-Hitler Music Quiz?

The best National Anthem ever sung at a baseball game. Vince Welnick, RIP

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Jazz Record Convention This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2006 at 4:21 PM

Jazz freaks from around the world will be converging on the Renaissance Hotel downtown this weekend for the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors Convention, which runs through June 24. Highlights include symposiums, the Record Mart and live performances by the David Hungate & April Barrows All Stars, David Jellame and more. Friday night at 9 p.m., check out a program of rare jazz movies presented by Californian Mark Cantor, the world's foremost jazz film collector and historian. For more information, visit their website or contact Andy "Jazzman" Smith at or 615-797-9048. Registration is $115, but most of the panels, live music and movies are open to the public for just $5 each.

Props to Boston Seafood House

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2006 at 3:32 PM

Okay, so technically, the name is Batter'd and Fried Boston Seafood House, but that name's just too damn long if you ask me (ASIDE: My all-time favorite restaurant name: Blackbeard's Chinese Seafood All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. It has a certain ring to it, reminiscent of Eeny Meeny Miny Mo).

Anyway, we ate at this fine East Nashville establishment on Monday night, when all their beers were two-for-one. The server made it very clear that we could take a token for our second beer and bring it back on any night to claim the drink if we didn't want to down two beers with our dinner.

I don't know if any other restaurants in town are doing this, but man, what a great idea. The tokens promote responsible drinking and getting the most for your money, two things that make me very happy. Batter'd & Fried Dudes: You rule.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2006 at 9:02 AM

Last night was Midsummer Night, and I woke up this morning thinking of Titania's jewel-like lines about her pregnant lady-in-waiting in A Midsummer Night's Dream:

And in the spiced Indian air, by night,
Full often hath she gossiped at my side,
And sat with me on Neptune's yellowed sands,
Marking the embarked traders on the flood;
When we have laughed to see the sails conceive
And grow big-bellied with the wanton wind;
Which she, with pretty and with swimming gait
Following (her womb then rich with my young squire),
Would imitate, and sail upon the land
To fetch me trifles, and return again,
As from a voyage, rich with merchandise.

II, i

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Quoth Hitler or Quoth Coulter?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 11:51 PM

I don't know what it says about me, but I got 10 out of 14 correct in the Hitler vs. Coulter Quiz.

The Collin Silverman Ordeal

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 3:37 PM

Granted, this so Effin' incestuous, but I just had to direct folks to host Collin Wade Monk's weekly Scenecast, which is always my first stop on our site every Wednesday. He's brilliant. Anyway, it's a joy to hear, as usual, but it also features one of our own: the inimitable Jack Silverman and his assemblage of degenerate musical talents. You know, Silverman. Accomplished food scavenger and author of that kickass cover story on Bonnaroo last week. Give the Scenecast a listen, people. (Oh, and this is Liz, but I couldn't figure out how to sign on as myself today. Gives you some idea of what you're dealing with.)


Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 10:22 AM


This morning's two-hour "electronic town hall" meeting (on Steve Gill's radio show) with the three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate was a predictable "I'm more conservative than you are" festival, with a healthy dose of "Bob Corker is a radical leftist" thrown in for good measure.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Born to be Loud

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2006 at 7:31 PM

What is it with motorcycles-- especially Harleys? They travel in long pointless convoys and descend in swarms on unsuspecting country stores, gas stations, and restaurants. Encountering them on the road is like finding yourself behind a roaring centipede: They're loud! For God's sake, if I drove around without a muffler I'd get arrested, yet Harleys are deliberately designed with straight pipes to create a din so unmistakable that Harley-Davidson even tried to patent it a few years ago. H-D didn't win the patent, but it continues to disturb the peace in virtually every community. I mean, do we really have to listen to you? The riders seem to like attracting attention to themselves-- maybe they think that the noise is an expression of their sexual powers. Harley riders are quick to tell you what a great bunch of people they are, that they come from all walks of life (though they certainly all look alike), and that they do a lot of charity work with their rides. They seem to feel that they need to justify themselves, so maybe they do.

Mixed Signals

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2006 at 5:21 PM

The World Health Organization estimates that "[m]ore than 100 million curable sexually transmitted infections occur each year," yet some folks here in Nashville, and elsewhere, still want to use the argument that the vaccination against a virus that causes cervical cancer leads girls to "shun abstinence."

While Viagra is being passed around like candy, and the realities of teen sexual activity go unacknowledged beyond the rosy-glassed windows of many churches, we have to keep listening the abstinence-only song and dance. In the Tennessean article cited above, one pastor says, "I don't want to send mixed signals." Your chastity is more important than your life—talk about mixed signals, alright.

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