Gimme Five

Posted: April 25, 2015 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

I realize in this day and age that people buy fewer albums than ever.  These are the days of using Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, as well as just buying singles straight from iTunes, Google, or Amazon.  I do not like it but I guess I need to accept it.  So since none of you buy albums anymore I thought I would introduce you to 5 different songs I am listening to right now.  You can stream these songs, download them straight to your phone, or just watch them below.  I do not really care how you consume the songs but I do think you need to give them all a listen and add them to your listening rotation immediately.   The first person to comment on one of these songs will receive a 2015 University of Kentucky 40-0 shirt from Jason.  But you need to hurry before it gets shipped to some poor kid in Kenya.

The Temperance Movement – Only Friend

Loyal BDS reader Josh Garland turned me onto this band after he saw them live. ¬†These guys sound like a throwback to a 60’s British Invasion type band. ¬†This song has huge guitar riffs and the singer sounds like Steve Marriott from the Small Faces/Humble Pie. ¬†As Josh said, he has some “pipes”. ¬†Check this nasty jam out.

My Morning Jacket – Big Decisions

I have tried to like this band for a long time. ¬†I never seem to get into them as much as most people do. ¬†I own a couple of their records and they are just OK to me. ¬†Each time they put out an album I hope it is the one that makes me turn the corner with them. ¬†Well they have another album coming out and the only song I have heard so far, “Big Decisions”, is great. ¬†It will take more than just this song to get me to pull the trigger on the record but this song is a real good start.

Rhiannon Giddens – Don’t Let it Trouble Your Mind

I just saw Rhiannon Giddens live and she was sensational to say the least. ¬†I already liked her when she was with the Carolina Chocolate Drops but her new album is even better than anything I have heard from CCD. ¬†This is my favorite song from her new album and it was my favorite song she did live. ¬†Check out her version of the Dolly Parton song, “Don’t Let it Trouble Your Mind”.

Leon Bridges – Coming Home

This guy does not even have an album out yet and I love him.  This has been one of my favorite songs for a couple months.  I am not sure how the rest of the album will sound when it comes out this summer but if it has this same vintage vibe it will be a real treat.  If you like classic soul music you need to check him out.  Write it down, this guy is about to blow the f&*k up.

Rival Sons – Electric Man

I heard this song on the Sirius/XM station, Little Steven’s Underground Garage and it is nasty. ¬†Big drums, great singer, huge guitar riffs, and that dude playing guitar is the coolest guy in any room he walks into. ¬†I do not know anything about this band other than this song is incredible and makes me want to see them live as ASAP. ¬†Songs like this are why everyone should have Satellite Radio. ¬†Turn this song up as loud as you possibly can.

Hey MLB! Remember Brittanie Cecil?

Posted: April 20, 2015 by jmklee in Uncategorized

There are a lot of things I would love to change about Major League Baseball like getting rid of instant replay and having every team play by the same rules. (DH or no DH, make up your mind) But all of these are just personal preferences that at the end of the day doesn’t really matter. ¬†You know what really matters? ¬†Protecting the paying customers.

This happened tonight in Pittsburgh.

How in the hell isn’t there not netting behind home plate? ¬†In reality why the hell isn’t there netting completely down the lines also in MLB parks? ¬†What are you waiting for MLB? ¬†For someone to seriously get hurt or worse, die? ¬†What’s that? ¬†That would never happen? ¬†Let’s ask Brittanie Cecil.

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In today’s ball parks they try every way to create an environment that is constantly entertaining. ¬†The distractions are everywhere. ¬†Even if you are paying attention of every pitch (good luck with that) then is your 8 year old? ¬†They are worried more about the ice cream that just dripped down their shirt than the foul ball that is racing at them at speeds over 100 mph.

This is a simple fix to protect the paying customer that keeps this game afloat. ¬†Why doesn’t MLB get it and if they do then why don’t they fix it?

Live Albums

Posted: April 17, 2015 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

Live albums can be tricky.  The live album leaves out some things that makes seeing a band live great.  Things like actually being able to see them, hearing the band while standing in the same room with them, the atmosphere of the venue, and experiencing the event with a few hundred or few thousand other people.  A great concert can really create a sense of community among strangers, even if it is only for a couple of hours.

Another challenge with a live album is the sad but true fact that some people only prefer to hear the studio version of a band’s songs ( I am talking to you Jamie Lee Perkins Gilley Dalton). ¬†With all of the challenges live albums present, there have still been some incredible live albums put out over the years. ¬†There have also been a lot of turds and that is why you will not see any mention of “Frampton Comes Alive” or “Alive!” by Kiss. ¬†Those records suck. ¬†We will be talking about some of the live albums I have grown to love over the last 20 years or so.

5. The Black Crowes – Live from the 9:30 Club 10/03/05

Let me start by saying I was at this show. ¬†This was one of the top 2 or 3 concerts of my life. ¬†I got to see my favorite band at the world famous 9:30 Club and I was about 20 feet from the stage. ¬†Not only did I get to see the show but the band taped the show and immediately sold it to the fans afterwards. ¬†I actually walked out of the venue with the concert in my hand. ¬†Only a band that is confident in their skills has the balls to do that. ¬†Anyway they played two 90 minute sets that night. They played a ton of their hits but also did all kinds of great covers including “Don’t Do It” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” from The Band. They did covers from Little Feat, Ron Wood, Joe Cocker, and the single greatest live song I have ever witnessed. ¬†The Bob Dylan classic “Girl From the North Country” ¬†they turned it into an 8 minute masterpiece unlike anything I have ever heard in my life. ¬†I do not even know if you can buy this record but if you can you should buy it.

4. Nirvana – Live in New York

This is my favorite Nirvana record. ¬†I feel like it does not get enough props but I could be wrong. ¬†Hearing this band in this setting is pretty incredible. ¬†This album made me really like Nirvana and it is the record I almost always go to when I want to hear this band. ¬† This set is obviously taken from Nirvana’s appearance on the famous MTV show “Unplugged”. ¬†MTV wanted Nirvana to roll out the hits for the appearance but the band had other ideas. ¬†As always the talent was right. ¬†Even though the set was filled with cover songs and lesser known Nirvana songs it is pretty powerful. ¬†Especially the final song on the album. ¬†The haunting “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” which was a cover originally done by Leadbelly. ¬†Incredible way to end the album.

3. The Band – The Last Waltz

The Band was breaking up in 1976 so they decided to have one final concert on Thanksgiving Day of that year. ¬†It was not just your typical concert. ¬†They decided to film it and have Martin Scorsese direct it. ¬†They also decided to invite a few friends to help them out. ¬†Nobody special just a few musicians you may or may not have heard of. ¬†People like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Ron Wood, Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, and Eric Clapton to name a few. ¬†This night produced one of the greatest concert films and live albums of all time. ¬†If you have never sat down to watch “The Last Waltz” you are really missing out. ¬†I suggest watching the DVD in all of it’s glory and then follow it up by listening to the 4 disc box set of the show. ¬†Check out “Don’t Do It” from the concert and learn all of the band member’s names while you are at it.

2. The Allman Brothers – At Fillmore East

A lot of people consider this the greatest live album of all time.  I would not disagree with them.  I just really started getting into his album about a year ago.  I then got the 6 CD box set for my birthday a few months later and I started listening to this album all of the time.  After wearing this album out, I have decided a few things.  Duane Allman is one of the 5 greatest guitar players of all time, Duane Allman and Dickey Betts are one of the greatest guitar tandems of all time, and finally, I am a real dumb ass for never seeing this band live.  Sit back and listen to this album when you get a chance.

1. The Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out

This album is a mother f&*ker!!! ¬†If you want to hear the greatest rock band in the world at the height of their powers then go get this record, turn your stereo up as loud as wit will go, and give it a listen. ¬†This album was recorded in 1969. ¬†It was their first tour with new guitar player Mick Taylor and the band never sounded better. ¬†The album opens up with 3 ass kickers in a row. ¬†“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, the Chuck Berry cover “Carol”, and the best song on the record “Stray Cat Blues”. ¬†If that is not enough maybe “Midnight Rambler”, “Honky Tonk Woman”, and “Street Fighting Man” will get your attention. ¬†If you like live records this is the one to start with. ¬†Check out “Stray Cat Blues” from the album.

Time to get your Star Wars Nerd On

Posted: April 17, 2015 by jmklee in Uncategorized

So, is it just me or did everyone stay home from school back in the day just so you could watch all three Star Wars movies back to back to back?¬† Oh, so I’m the only one.¬† I don’t buy it.¬† Enjoy fellow nerds!

Being a Kentucky basketball fan is fun.  It is interesting and for the most part the Cats have been a relevant part of the college basketball landscape for most my life.  Kentucky football????  Well, not so much.

I’m sure everyone has seen the video of UK quarterback, Drew Barker, getting knocked the F out by former wildcat and about to be former EKU football player, Colton Scurry. ¬†If not here you go.

OK, I have a three issues here as a Kentucky football fan.

#1 – Drew Barker’s decision making.

Let me fill everyone in who doesn’t follow UK football, OK almost everyone then, Barker is an in state kid many have thought to be the next Tim Couch that picked UK over South Carolina and the OBC, bad decision #1. ¬†Then once he got to campus he was in trouble for playing commandos on campus one night with airsoft guns, bad decision #2. ¬†Why are you at EKU to begin with? Bad decision #3. ¬†Can’t you pull enough wool in Lexington to not have to go on a road trip? ¬†Then this, bad decision #4…

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When a large man enters a room and immediately starts removing clothing and dropping it without a care you should probably not turn your back to him.

#2 So does no one like this kid?

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Are you kidding me? ¬†No one reacted and went after Scurry? ¬†He threw the sucker punch and started back peddling knowing he was about to get his but nothing. ¬†Sweet Jesus, even little 5’5” LPE jumped on a football players back that tried to bust up one of the famous Ball St. toga parties. ¬†I’m not saying that you need to start an all out riot, but nothing?

#3 I hope to God Drew Barker never has to take a snap under center for the cats.

Why you ask?  Because it is obvious that we know the answer to question #2.

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His teammates care more about a hat than their QB.  That is supposed to be your quarterback, your leader and they literally push him out of the way to pick up a hat???  WTH?

This is year three for Coach Stoops and the cats and it is supposed to be the year they get back to a bowl game but I just don’t know. ¬†I guess if there is anything positive to take from this is knowing that Barker can get up ON HIS OWN after a huge hit.

My List of Most Underrated albums

Posted: April 15, 2015 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

While sitting at work I started doing what I do most days at work and that was thinking about music. ¬†I was listening to a particular album and started thinking how underrated and under appreciated it had become over the years. ¬†That got me to thinking about other albums that I really like that I thought did not get their “props” as the kids say. ¬†These are albums by bands or solo artists that you probably really like. ¬†Bands that have large bodies of quality work so it is totally possible they just slipped through the cracks to a non hardcore fan. ¬†Luckily I am here to bring these albums to your attention and hopefully help them get the recognition they deserve.

John Mellencamp – Big Daddy

Mellencamp released 4 straight albums in the 1980s that were absolute monsters. ¬†The songs off of “American Fool”, “Uh-Huh”, “Scarecrow”, and “The Lonesome Jubilee” still can be heard every single day on classic rock radio stations throughout the country. ¬†Songs like “Pink Houses”, “Jack & Diane”, “Check it Out”, “Hurt So Good”, “Paper and Fire”, and about 20 more I do not feel like typing. ¬†These albums made Mellencamp a superstar who sold out arenas every single night. ¬†You probably own a couple of these albums. ¬†Well in 1989 Mellencamp released “Big Daddy”. This album featured the radio hit “Pop Singer” but other than that most of the songs would only be familiar to most hardcore Mellencamp fans which is unfortunate. ¬†This album contains some of his best lyrics and the band sounds as good as they did on any of the albums I mentioned above. ¬†When listening to the album it is basically an extension of “The Lonesome Jubilee” where Mellencamp and his band brought out the fiddle, Dobro, mandolin, and acoustic guitars. ¬†So if you are a fan of Lonesome Jubilee Mellencamp you need to own this album as well.

Must hear songs: Theo and Weird Henry, Country Gentleman, Let it all Hang Out(Hombres Cover)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Echo

Much like Mellencamp, Petty with and without the Heartbreakers filled the 1980s and early 1990s with radio hits. ¬†The songs you still listen to today. ¬†These songs came from classic albums like “Full Moon Fever”, “Damn the Torpedoes”, and “Wildflowers”. ¬†These are all great albums and I am guessing if you are between the ages of 35 and 45 there is a 100% chance you own “Full Moon Fever”. ¬†In 1999 TPATHB released “Echo”. ¬†This album was written as Petty went through a divorce so it is not a real pick me up of an album. ¬†But as I have always said some of the best albums come from people going through the worst times. ¬†This album is no exception. ¬†Some of Petty’s best songs are on this record. ¬†If you like Petty and do not own this album you need to fix that immediately.

Must hear songs: Swingin, Free Girl Now, Accused of Love, Billy the Kid

The Rolling Stones – Some Girls

In 1978 disco was taking over the world and the Stones were fading in popularity. ¬†So the Stones do something I did not think was possible. ¬†They release “Miss You” off of the “Some Girls” album and actually make disco sound cool. ¬†Yes “Miss You” was a monster hit and “Some Girls” went to number 1 on the charts but I still say it is under appreciated in the Stones catalog. ¬†I think most people overlook the other songs on this record and there are some great ones. ¬†This album is a top 5 Stones record in my opinion. ¬†This album is worth buying just for the unbelievable cover of the Temptations song “Just My Imagination” and the ferocious rocker “When the Whip Comes Down”. ¬†Take a listen to “When the Whip Comes Down”.

Must hear songs: When the Whip Comes Down, Just My Imagination, Before They Make Me Run

Steve Earle – I Feel Alright

Steve Earle made 2 classic albums in the 1980s. ¬†“Guitar Town” and “Copperhead Road”. ¬†Those albums made him a star in country music and the song “Copperhead Road” even crossed over to rock radio. These are the records he is most known for. ¬†Earle’s music was authentic and just a little too dangerous for the country establishment. ¬†Earle was a little too wild for his own good and went to prison for a while. When he emerged from prison he released “I Feel Alright”. ¬†I think this is the best and most complete album he has ever made. ¬†I feel qualified to make that statement since I own every album he has ever released. ¬†From the opening notes of the first song “I Feel Alright” to the final song “You’re Still Standin’ There” a duet with Lucinda Williams this album delivers. ¬†This will always be my favorite Steve Earle record. ¬†Check out this nasty version of “The Unrepentant” filmed in a prison. ¬†Fun fact about this video. ¬†The guy playing electric guitar in The Dukes(Earle’s backing band) is David Steele from Bedford, Indiana. He is a bad boy.

Must hear songs: I Feel Alright, Hard Core Troubadour, The Unrepentant, Billy and Bonnie

untitledAs I type this Jordan Spieth¬†is bending the golfing world over his knee for an ass whooping we have not seen since Tiger was getting carry out¬†from Perkins.¬† Jordan Spieth¬†is the new face of golf as one the Master’s favorites coming in¬†is putting on a show for the ages to this point in Augusta.¬† I guess my question is where is all the out rage from the bitter ‘We do it the right way” crew that condemns every college basketball players that leaves early to enter the pros?¬† Why you ask.¬† Because Jordan Spieth¬†is one of those dreaded One and Dones.¬† bom bom¬†bom bom.

Jordan spent one year at the University of Texas before turning pro.¬† So where is the outrage?¬† Why isn’t there any?¬† Is it because we don’t care about college golf? Is it because he is white and think he is “smart enough” to not waste his earnings on hoes and Hennessy?¬† Is it because you are finally coming around to the idea of a kid and his family making a decision that effects only themselves is none of your stinking business?

Whatever the reason I am glad to see that we can finally agree that One and Done players are not the devil.  BTW, I was happy for these guys yesterday.

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Seven kids that are deciding to chase a dream that their bodies will only allow them to chase for a short period of time and oh wait, they will all be paid six-figures even if they don’t get a first round contract.¬† Killing basketball just like Jordan Spieth is killing golf, just horrible.