Archive for February, 2015

Tomorrow Kentucky tries to take their next step closer to history when the Arkansas Razorbacks come to Lexington.  This was once one of the best rivalries the SEC has ever seen and lately it is starting to regain some of that old magic.  To get everyone ready for the game take a look at this classic from the 1995 SEC Tournament Final, on the Deuce.

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While Louisville fans argues whether or not they have a culture problem and Indiana fans argue whether they have a coaching problem this is going on down the road.  Let’s enjoy something fun for a change.

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The man in the picture is Jalen Tilford.  He is one of the two men that was arrested along with recently removed Louisville Cardinal point guard Chris Jones in the rape and sodomy of two separate women in Louisville that allegedly took place last Saturday.  Nice shirt.

If there is one thing I have learned the past couple years is Hitler watches a lot of college basketball and is very passionate about it.

There are a lot of these out there but I thought this one was pretty well done and worth the post.

Updated – If the Big10 Tournament started today

Posted: February 26, 2015 by jmklee in Uncategorized

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Word around the Indiana basketball team is that Collin Hartman will not play tonight at Northwestern, out with a lower leg bruise.  BDS reporters were able to reach Herb Brooks for comment.

My Favorite First Albums

Posted: February 25, 2015 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

Prince recently made a statement concerning albums at the Grammy Awards.  He said  “Albums — remember those?” Albums still matter. Albums, like books and black lives, still matter.”  Take what you want from that statement.

I am going to focus on the album part of the statement.  I still think albums matter too.  I am disappointed that buying albums is becoming a thing of the past.  I think sitting down and listening to an album from start to finish is one of the best things you can do.  I try to listen to one complete album every single day.  When you listen to albums you discover great songs that are never played on the radio and you develop an even greater appreciation for the band.  There is no playlist or streaming service that can replace the joy of listening to and owning a great album.

The reason I am talking about albums is because I want to focus on some great albums that have become essential to my collection over the years.    A friend of mine who will remain nameless but has the nickname of Trapper once told me that it is common knowledge that a band’s 1st album is always their best.  That is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard but there are some great 1st albums out there.  Today I am going to share some of my favorites.

The Black Keys – The Big Come Up 

I vividly remember the first time I heard this record.  My brother was playing it in my parents garage.  I got out of my car and heard this album playing.  I could not believe how great it sounded.  It was loud with huge guitar riffs and catchy hooks.  I was shocked to find out this band was 2 white guys from Akron, Ohio.  First of all they did not sound white and they did not sound like they were just 2 guys.  If you claim to be a Black Keys fan, and pretty much everyone does these days,and you do not own this album you need to fix that real quick.  Check out “Busted” from back when they used to still play clubs. Turn the volume up to get the full effect.

Wilco – A.M.

There once was a great band called Uncle Tupelo.  This band had 2 guys that could not get along. Their names were Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar.  So Uncle Tupelo was no more.  From the ashes of that band came Wilco(Jeff Tweedy) and Son Volt (Jay Farrar).  In 1995 both bands would release incredible albums.  We will start with “A.M.”.  If you only listen to the first three songs on this album you will love it.  One of the best starts to any album in a long time.  Don’t stop with those 3 songs, listen to the entire album.  It is a great mix of Stones like rockers and alt country acoustic gems.  The Wilco of today is nothing like the Wilco that made this record.  I love both versions of this band but “A.M.” will probably always be my favorite Wilco record.  Give the nasty “Casino Queen” a listen.

Son Volt – Trace

As much as I love “A.M.” I love “Trace” even more.  I would consider this album a modern day classic.  For all intents and purposes this is a straight up country record, that rocks at certain points, but it would never get played on main stream radio. I think in the world of “Alt-Country” this is a top 5 record of all time.  Jay Farrar’s distinctive voice mixed with the sound of acoustic guitars, pedal steel guitar, fiddle, huge guitar riffs, and great lyrics make for the perfect album.  Not one weak song on this record.  As one record critic once said, “When in doubt, Trace”.  This album has been a go to album for me since it came out and it always will be.  Here is “Drown” from Austin City Limits.

Counting Crows – August & Everything After

In the fall of 1993 I was living in Cincinnati, Ohio.  I was reading Rolling Stone magazine one night and  I read the review of this album.  I immediately went to the record store in the mall and purchased this album.  I had never heard one song from the band or even heard of the band.  After buying this album I wore it out for at least the next year.  This is one of my favorite albums of the 1990s.  I love a lot of the albums that came out of Seattle but at the time I did not connect with those records.  I immediately connected with this one.  “Mr. Jones” was probably the biggest hit from this record but the album is much deeper than just that song.  If you are my age it is pretty much a guarantee you bought this record in 1993-1994. You should bust it out and give it a listen.  It holds up after all these years.  My favorite song from this record is “Omaha”.  Check it out.

Patty Griffin – Living With Ghosts

I did not discover this album until it had been out about  5 years.  It came out in 1996 and I stumbled up on it in 2001.  I found it during a pretty interesting time in my life and basically listened to it every single day for months on end.  The album is pretty much just Patty and her guitar.  It is, for the most part, the demos she made for the album and the demos became the album.  Her voice is incredible, and her songwriting is as good as anyone making music today.  I encourage you to check out this album and every other one she has ever made.

These are just a few “1st albums” that I love.  Some others that I did not mention.

Ray Lamontagne – Trouble

John Prine – John Prine

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin I

Steve Earle – Guitar Town

Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker

Whiskeytown – Faithless Street

Dwight Yoakam – Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc.,Etc.

Sturgill Simpson – High Top Mountain