A Dozen Great Songs. Part 1

Posted: November 28, 2014 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

We are nearing the end of 2014 which it means it is time for me to share my some of my favorite songs from this year.  2014 was a great year for music in all kinds of genres.  I found it hard to keep up with all of the great music coming out over the past 12 months.  With that being said I was able to narrow it down to my favorite 12 songs of the year.  Today I will give you the first half of my 12 favorite songs of 2014.  You can also look forward to my highly anticipated top albums of 2014 in the next couple of weeks, just in time for you to load up on good albums for Christmas.

 

12.  Benjamin Booker – Have You Seen My Son?  

Booker put out his self titled debut album earlier this year and in the words of Dave Grohl it is a “barn burner”.  This guy was a barista in a coffee shop in 2013 and then he opened up for Jack White on tour and the rest is history.  The song “Violent Shiver” was the song that got most of the attention from this album but I think this song is the strongest cut from the album.  Check him out doing the song live on the Conan O’Brien show.  You are going to need to turn this one up to get the full effect.

 

 

11. Jack White – Just One Drink

When Jack White was not discovering Benjamin Booker, or running one of the coolest record stores in Nashville he was putting out some pretty great music on his own.  If you do not own his latest album “Lazaretto”, you really should pick up the album. If you are into vinyl the album is one of the coolest vinyl releases ever.  This album is full of great songs but if you made me pick one it would be this nasty cut.  Here he is doing a great live version of the song from the Glastonbury Festival earlier this year.

 

 

10. Foo Fighters – Congregation

If you do not like the Foo Fighters that is cool but if you do not like Dave Grohl you are most likely an asshole.  He is probably the coolest guy in rock music right now.  Hopefully you are watching the 8 part documentary “Sonic Highways” on HBO because it is the best show on TV.  It documents the Foos recording their latest album also named “Sonic Highways” in 8 different cities across the country.  The Nashville episode was pretty unbelievable and the song that came from that episode is my favorite song from the album.  Give it a listen.

 

 

9. Lee Ann Womack- The Way That I’m Livin’

I think Lee Ann Womack has one of the best voices in Nashville and I like her even more since she has removed herself from the Nashville country music machine.  She has been releasing music that will never get played on country radio for awhile now.  Typically if you are releasing country music and country radio will not play it that means you are doing something right.  That is the case with her latest album.  You can get a taste of what I am taking about below.

 

 

8. Drive By Truckers – Shit Shots Count

I have dabbled in this band’s music for about a decade but over the past couple of months I have been obsessing over them. I am pretty sure if I play one of their albums in front of my wife again she is leaving me.  I think they are one of the best American rock bands of the bast 20 years and will probably never get the recognition they deserve.  The lead song from their latest album “English Oceans” sounds like it could have been included on The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street” record.  Check out a live version of “Shit Shots Count” recorded at the world famous 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia earlier this year.

 

 

7. Shovels & Rope – The Devil is all Around

This husband wife duo is probably one of the coolest bands out there right now.  They have exploded in popularity over the past couple of years.  They are on my list of bands I need to see live as soon as possible.  “The Devil is all Around” was the first song I heard from their latest album and I loved it the minute I heard it.  You can see what I am talking about below.  The fact that they are getting to do this song on the Grand Ole Opry is pretty cool.

 

 

 

Not everyone thinks I’m funny, the wife and daughters for sure, but at least the ladies at KSR enjoy them some BDS.

First the Top 10 Tweets.

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and then We Ask You Wednesdays asks what we are thankful for.

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Twice in one day?  Someone pinch me!  Even Matt and the boys even enjoyed themselves some BackdoorSlider the past couple of days on the KSR show.  Take a listen.

All kidding aside, Matt Jones and the crew at KSR is why BackdoorSlider started.  My wife got tired of seeing me on their website and said that I should start my own.  Getting some some love from them is pretty cool.   They are not the largest college website for nothing.  Thanks to Courtney Sealey, Ally Tucker and Matt Jones.  Keep up the great work and Go Cats!

BDS’s favorite Thanksgiving moments

Posted: November 26, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

Thanksgiving kicks off the most wonderful time of years and has always been one of my favorite days of the year. I have great memories of Thanksgiving and here are some of my favorites.

As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly

Eat me I’m a turkey!

Football

Growing up we all watched the Cowboys every Thanksgiving and what is more memorable than this Cowboy’s moment.

Dressing up like Pilgrims and Indians

Every year my brother and I would make Pilgrim hats and Indian headgear.  This year Luci carries on the family tradition.

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Here is a look back at the 1984 parade intro.  The list of names is something else.

Dog pile on the rabbit, dog pile on the rabbit

Posted: November 25, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

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It seems that everyone these days are piling on Tom Crean. Not wanting to be left out is Linda Bryant, mother of Indiana recruit Thomas Bryant. She had this to say to Chris Carlson of Syracuse.com.

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The thing that every Crean backer hangs their hat on is Tommy’s recruiting ability. If that starts to suffer more than it already has then Crean’s days have to be numbered. Right?

The folks down in Bloomington heard how opposing teams felt mistreated when they came to town and wanted to change that image. Rumors have it the past two weekends Fred Glass and crew traveled to South Bend to see why so many teams and fan bases love making the trip to Norte Dame.
It seems that Fred took real good notes.

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I knew that the movie Rudy was based on a true story and was not exactly a documentary.  I knew some of the movie screens were fictional and put in to make the story better.  I guess I just didn’t think it was this one.


Remember when that rang true in Notre Dame Stadium?  Remember when Notre Dame had a football team that at times would come up short on talent but never come up short on heart?  Remember when Notre Dame had a team that was willing to get into a back alley brawl if need be?

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Remember when Notre Dame had a football program that made you proud to be a Notre Dame fan?

I watched every bit of last nights game (I have no idea why) and never once did I think the Irish were going to or deserved to win.  You had a coaching staff that seemed perplexed how to stop a one dimensional offense with a quarterback making his first start.  I never understood why Notre Dame didn’t load up the box and blitz the living daylights out of the young QB.  Stop the run, dare them to pass.  Yes, Louisville has one of the best receivers in the country in DeVante Parker but if the quarterback is on his back or running for his life I’ll take my chances.

The leader of this team looks like he has quit and wants to go sit in the corner and have a good cry.  I almost feel sorry for Everett Golson for some reason.  I usually want to strangle a player that has more turnovers than a French bakery but for some reason I don’t.  I just want to give Everett a hug and tell him it is going to be OK.

I mentioned it in a previous post but doesn’t it seem that Notre Dame has become like Walt Disney World for football fans?  I know it is great.  I wanted to take my brother, Louisville fan, to the game just so he could see what the Notre Dame Saturday experience was all about.  From the great tailgate scene to the band and the campus.  It is all great and should be shared with all that come.  I am proud that the ND fan base is so welcoming to the visiting crowd and make sure they have a good time but can’t we leave it at that?  I wanted to show my bother the campus and all the festivities but then watch his face when his team got kicked in the teeth.  The past few years these teams and fan bases roll in with smiles on their face and leave looking like my daughters leaving the Magic Kingdom.

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So what is the answer?  As much as I don’t want Brian Kelly to be the coach of Notre Dame right now do you disrupt an off season that should be leading into a season where the Irish should compete for the national championship.  Injuries have really handcuffed this coaching staff and next year one would think the team will be healthier.  Notre will not lose much talent off of this years team and the 2015 schedule looks to be challenging enough to put the Irish in the mix but still very manageable.

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Didn’t Kelly take the Irish to the title game just two seasons ago?  Wow, that seems like it was years ago.

The thing is I just keep coming back to the fact that this football team looks to have quit.  I know they came back against Louisville but they should have beaten that team by 20.  If they go to the west coast and get ran by USC I think you have to seriously think about making a change.  I have never given much thought to the rumors circulating about Kelly wanting to take the Florida job but maybe this team knows something you and I don’t.  Maybe he already has one foot out the door like he did at Cincinnati when he made the move to South Bend.  We will see this weekend.

 

 

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Backdoor Slider was able to sit down with ACC Commissioner, John Swofford, to discuss the above play.

BDS:   Were you able to review the Winston play where he clearly shoves an official not one but twice and what was your conclusion?

Swofford:  We saw it and felt the no call on the field was the correct call.

BDS:  So you feel like the contact between Winston and the official was proper?

Swofford:  We contacted the official in question and he confirmed the contact was consensual.

BDS:  Consensual?  That is an odd word to use.  So if it was “consensual” then why does the official push back?

Swofford:  We asked and he said it was foreplay.  Plus, what was he expecting being dressed like that while standing behind the center.

BDS:  Isn’t he just wearing the ACC issued uniform and wait, what?  Did you really just say that?  The official clearly pushes back on Winston’s advances.  Doesn’t NO mean NO?

Swofford:  We have a playoff to make and at least Winston didn’t let his friends have a turn like last time.  I’m sure he meant yes and even if he didn’t we will have a booster make it right. 

BDS:  So are you confirming there was a last time?

Swofford:  This interview is over!