Archive for February, 2014

Good day to be a Hoosier fan

Posted: February 28, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

Tomorrow is March and barring a huge turn around it will probably not be the type of March most Indiana fans were hopping for.  Well it’s not March yet so go nuts and enjoy last nights win today.

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Some New Music for Your Listening Pleasure

Posted: February 25, 2014 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

We are quickly heading into March and new music is starting to come out fast and furiously.  This is a good time of year for new music as artists start to release music ahead of their summer touring schedule.  There are some really cool things coming out right now so I figured I would let you know what I have been checking out.

1. Lydia Loveless

I stumbled up on this girl last week.  I bought her album one morning and by the time I went to bed that night I had listened to “Somewhere Else” three times all the way through.  I am infatuated with this album and am listening to it as loud as my computer speakers can handle as I type this story.  If you ever wondered what Stevie Nicks would sound like fronting early Uncle Tupelo this album will answer that question.  It is an album of great story telling and singing over the sound of big, loud, jangly guitars.  This 23 year old from Columbus, Ohio is my new musical crush and she should be yours too.

Check out “Wine Lips” from her new album.

2. Beck 

I have been hot and cold on Beck over the years.  I have always thought his album “Sea Change” was his best album but I am a sucker for slow, sad, breakup records.  With that being said Beck released his new record “Morning Phase” today and it looks like we have another slow, sad, breakup record on our hands.  I was able to preview it on NPR last week and it really could be called “Sea Change 2.0” which is a good thing.  If you are a Beck fan I am pretty sure you are going to want this record.  Rolling Stone gave it 4.5 out 5 stars in their latest issue if that influences you at all.

Give “Country Down” from the new record a listen

3. Ray Lamontagne

So what if I told you Ray Lamontagne headed to Nashville, teamed up with Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys, put together a band of crack musicians, and busted out an album in about 3 weeks?  Well that is exactly what happened and if the first single “Supernova” is an indication of what we can expect from the rest of the album I am all in.  The new album also titled “Supernova” comes out May 6th.  The lead single is quite a departure from what you are used to hearing from Lamontagne but I think it is great.  I should let you know that I am also a sucker for songs that have hand claps (“Take The Money and Run” from Steve Miller is the best hand clapping song of all time).

Here is the new song

4. Eric Church

I bought Eric Church’s 3rd album “Chief” last year and thought it was great so I went ahead and bought all 4 of his albums including the new one “The Outsiders”.  I have decided I am a huge Eric Church fan.  He makes records that get played on country radio that are not an embarrassment to listen to. I would say he is at the top of his game right now and is making the country music that is the kind that more artists should be making.  If you are a fan of country music you should be listening to this guy.

Here is a pretty cool acoustic version of “Wrecking Ball” off of his new record

5. Rich Robinson

You might know that I am a huge Black Crowes fan.  You might not know that my favorite Crowe is Rich Robinson.  He is one of my favorite guitar players of all time and pretty much the driving force behind the sound of the Black Crowes.  Robinson is releasing his 3rd solo album, “The Ceaseless Sight”, this April.  He has released the first single off of the album, “One Road Hill”, and it is a beauty (it has hand claps).  Robinson will be touring later this summer and you should check him out.  He plays really small clubs, has a fantastic band, and plays some tasty cover tunes.

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Winners and Losers

Posted: February 23, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

Winners

Louisville Cardinals

Louisville went on the road and beat a very hot Cincinnati team.  Since UofL’s schedule is so brutal it is very important for them to win these games on the road against good teams.  It took Russ being Russ but they got it done.

 

Kentucky Wildcats

The young group in Lexington have not had that moment yet where they looked like they were having fun yet.  The team looks like they are thinking about what they should do instead of just having fun and playing.  Looks like they were having a good time yesterday.

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Rednecks

Nascar is back today and the good old boys will race every weekend until December I think.  Get ready for the following.

1,342,530 left turns

513 Danica sucks

513 Danica is good for the circuit

Tony Stewart gets bigger

and Jr. still is not his daddy

Sorry if I spoiled anything for you.

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Losers

Syracuse

Not only is the season of luck catching up to them but Jim Boeheim did him bet Mike Davis impression yesterday.

 

USA Hockey

It didn’t matter if it was the women thinking the game was over with 3 minutes left in the 3rd period or the men just not showing up for there last two games.  USA Hockey got punched right in the gut.

Hockey is really a game of inches and so many times it is the effort put on the ice that gives you those few extra inches.

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Danny Granger

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Have fun in Philly big guy.

 

 

 

Is it Spring Yet?

Posted: February 22, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

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Well good morning and Happy Weekend.  Have I said how ready I am for Spring yet.  Oh, so I have.  Well, there are some signs that it is coming.  (No, the cold ice and rain coupled by the furnace deciding to not work is not one of those signs.)

1.   College coaches are starting to get nervous and positioning their team for seeding.

This is no more evident than the comment made by Michigan State coach, Tom Izzo last night.

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This is a statement made by a coach that is starting to get a tad nervous about March.  Is his team going to be healthy?  Is the selection committee going to take health into consideration?

Izzo is too smart to reply that way and if it was any other time of the year the answer would been much closer to what Crash Davis taught him.

 

2.   College baseball has started!

It’s that time of year that college players finally get out of the gym and indoor cage to travel south and start the baseball season.  I was getting live text reports from the Notre Dame vs Gonzaga game yesterday from San Antonio, TX doing the following tournament.

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3.   High school basketball state tournament is right around the corner.

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I know everyone says that it snows during Sectional week.  I am just hoping it is the last snow of the year.  This Sunday is the drawing with the brackets being released at 3:30 pm with Sectionals starting March 4th.  You can watch the bracket show live on the following channels.

Video Provider FOX Sports Indiana
SD channel
FOX Sports Indiana
HD channel
AT&T U-verse 748 or 749 1748 or 1749
Auburn Essential Services 80 80
Bright House-Indianapolis 47 or 64 747 or 1411
Cinergy-Metronet 28, 29 or 30 828, 829 or 830
Comcast-Fort Wayne 8 1652
Comcast-Indianapolis/Shelbyville 28 or 44 1673
DirecTV 671 671-1
Dish 418 418
Frontier FIOS 1526 1526
Mediacom-Auburn 17 732
New Wave-Greencastle/Vincennes 34 210
NineStar Connect 31 931
Time Warner-Evansville 47 929
Time Warner-Newburgh 37
Time Warner-Terre Haute 36
WOW 31 828

 

Getting ready to kick some Canadian butt

Posted: February 21, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

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OK hockey fans.  I know that most of you are getting ready for the big game between USA and Canada.  I just wanted to take a quick moment and remind everyone how close the difference between Gold and Silver is.

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And Homer’s checkbook is getting larger

Posted: February 19, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

 

Now that I got that out of my system, I feel better.

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Homer Bailey and the Cincinnati reached a 6 year, $105 million deal today.  Many are saying that the Reds are reaching and he is not worth it.  I am not one of those people.  What the Reds are doing are what all teams must do that have the same finical restraints.  Develop talent, extend and milk that talent like Deirdre Jackson milked Peter,

 

then cut bait and let some other team overpay that diminishing player.

The Reds have extended a core that includes Votto, Bruce, Cueto and now Bailey that I think is very key to the future of the ball club.  The last of these extensions that are key is Mat Latos who I think you have to extend if you can.  The only extension that I has felt is a waste of money is the Phillips extension but that is a discussion for another day.

You have to do two things very well to make this plan work.

1.  Draft extremely well

2.  Be able to think with your head and not your heart when it is time to walk away.

First up will be Johnny Cueto in two years.  If Johnny can put together a healthy season he will demand a pretty good paycheck but will be on the downside of an inconsistent career.  If they would be able to trade him to help restock the farm system at that time it would be great and then you can start to look at long term deals with other guys that would be up for new contracts potentially like Cingrani or Billy Hamilton.  I sure would love to see a Reds team that is built around the arms of Bailey, Latos, Cingrani and Stevenson.  Couple that with Votto, Bruce and Hamilton and you have a team that will compete year in and year out.

 

So the sky really is falling in Bloomington

Posted: February 18, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

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So IU fans across the Hoosier State have been crying that the sky was falling.  Well, it looks like they were right.  Here is a like to the IndyStar article about the beam that fell at Assembly Hall that caused the postponement of the game against Iowa. Check out the video.

Very scary stuff and I bet there will be people that will think twice before stepping foot in that building again anytime soon.