I just got this ad in an email from a local concert venue.
It reminded me of the sign I saw someone holding one year at the Austin City Limits music festival:
"All they play in Hell is Rascal Flatts"

I just got this ad in an email from a local concert venue.

It reminded me of the sign I saw someone holding one year at the Austin City Limits music festival:

"All they play in Hell is Rascal Flatts"

# music

Aaaaand that’s why we don’t listen to TMZ.
The kid is, in fact, not his son.
(via Michael Jackson paternity claim for Brandon Howard shown false: report - NY Daily News)
It’s true; there’s something fairly amusing about watching Ted Nugent fly ever farther off the rails.
But the real question is this: Was Nugent ever relevant? I mean, do you or anyone you know anyone listen with serious interest to anything Ted Nugent says or records? Did you or anyone you know ever listen to Nugent? I mean, really, exactly who is Ted Nugent’s core audience?
True story: My band once recorded in the same Detroit-area studio as the Amboy Dukes, Nugent’s first band.
Yes, I was in a band. And, yes, we were positively sublime.

It’s true; there’s something fairly amusing about watching Ted Nugent fly ever farther off the rails.

But the real question is this: Was Nugent ever relevant? I mean, do you or anyone you know anyone listen with serious interest to anything Ted Nugent says or records? Did you or anyone you know ever listen to Nugent? I mean, really, exactly who is Ted Nugent’s core audience?

True story: My band once recorded in the same Detroit-area studio as the Amboy Dukes, Nugent’s first band.

Yes, I was in a band. And, yes, we were positively sublime.

# music # Nugent # Detroit

This guy was really on a roll yesterday; the above is just a little bit of the lengthy “offensivethan” rant to which the Madman (or his .com team) treated his Twitter followers.

He had earlier “apologized" for calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" but only after it was made clear to him that he’d embarrassed some of his high-profile friends in the GOP. Indeed, in his "apology,” he made it clear that he wasn’t really apologizing, but that his friends — like Rick Perry and Greg Abbott — required him to say something because he was making them look like horrible racists for associating with a horrible racist like him.

He then vowed to continue his biting criticism, but in less overtly racist language … like this stuff on Twitter, I guess.

Either way, someone needs to buy him a new keyboard; the space bar seems to be stuck on his.

# Nugent # music # politics # apology # racism # terrible apologies # Obama # Perry # Texas # Twitter # internet

Old Man Alert

I was listening to Sound Opinions earlier today and they were discussing their “end of the year mixtapes” … which got me thinking:

It’s sad that kids today aren’t making mixtapes for their friends and/or crushes.

I’m sure they’re making Spotify playlists or whatever. But, for my money, it’s just not the same. Mixtapes were labor intensive in a way that we’ve probably lost for good. It takes no time at all to put together a playlist; I probably could have made a half dozen in the time it took to write this short blog post.

Now, most of the time, a reduction in the time it takes to complete a task is a good thing. But not when it comes to demonstrating how much you care about something (your friend/your crush) and something (music).

I remember spending hours with all of my tapes, queuing each one up to just the right spot, pressing record on my dual-tape deck, and then carefully filling out the name of the artist and song. A great mixtape was a signal of both the time you put into making something for another person and also of how much you knew about music. They were an expression of self.

Thinking back on all the mixtapes I made in middle school makes me want to dig out the tapes and CDs that are in the basement and listen to the songs that I felt other people needed to hear.

# kids # music

The Top 5 Posts of 2013

As I did yesterday, I’m once again linking to the top blog posts of the year. These are the posts that drew the most unique eyeballs; the list doesn’t include the About page, where several thousand people each year go to find out whose writing they’re reading, the Ask page, where people write in with questions or to say kind and unkind things to me, or the front page, which is always the top draw since it’s the way that people access the site directly (rather than via some referring site).

Perhaps you missed some of these posts. Or maybe you just want to have another look since it’s been a little while. Feel free, of course, to share them with friends and loved ones because each click tells me that you’d like for me to keep writing these sorts of things.

Here, then, are the Top 5 most viewed posts of 2013:

#5. That time Ari Fleischer explained that he only donates to charity for the tax break and any changes to the tax code would mean he’ll donate less (1/1/13)

#4. “Whither Aristotle?,” a reflection on the decision of my colleagues to eliminate political theory as a subfield of undergraduate study in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska (10/3/13)

#3. That time when Marc Anthony sang “God Bless America” at the MLB All-Star Game and racists went crazy on Twitter because they assumed, wrongly, that Anthony wasn’t American (7/17/13)

#2. “Twitter Assassins,” in which a whole bunch of people went online to reflect on President Obama’s inauguration by calling for someone to assassinate him (1/21/13)

#1. That time when people vented their anger on Twitter and demanded a White History Month since February is Black History Month (2/1/13)

It’s been a fun and fascinating year of writing for me, full of arguments and thoughtful exchanges of ideas. I plan to have a brief reflection tomorrow that looks back at some of the things I learned from blogging this year and looks forward to 2014.

Thanks for reading, for engaging with my ideas, for sharing my blog posts with your friends, and for asking for my thoughts on issues or events as they’ve come up.

Happy New Year!

# Twitter # racism # internet # Obama # politics # MLB # baseball # sports # raison d'être # philosophy # Nebraska # teaching # education # political science # charity # music # holidays

Today’s Comment of the Day is really nothing more than naked not-at-all-humblebragging.
At first I thought this comment came from my grandmother … but then I remembered that my grandmother’s so not into Beyoncé’s new album.
But, anyhow, go watch my 12 minute talk on heroism. This very nice Tumblr blogger — who, I reiterate is not my grandmother — advises you that it’s totally worth it.

Today’s Comment of the Day is really nothing more than naked not-at-all-humblebragging.

At first I thought this comment came from my grandmother … but then I remembered that my grandmother’s so not into Beyoncé’s new album.

But, anyhow, go watch my 12 minute talk on heroism. This very nice Tumblr blogger — who, I reiterate is not my grandmother — advises you that it’s totally worth it.

# heroism # cotd # Tumblr # comedy # music # Beyoncé

So this is what all the fuss has been about? This?
We’re turning to these guys for religious, political, and social commentary?
Honestly, I didn’t know the first thing about “Duck Dynasty” (except that there are tons of t-shirts at Wal*Mart) before yesterday. So, seriously, what manner of foolishness is this?
And are we completely sure it’s not just these guys without their guitars and hot rods?

Has anyone even bothered to ask Dusty Hill what he thinks about gay people?
Also, prepare yourself for a 500 word blog post about how amazing it is that the only guy without a beard in ZZ Top is named Frank Beard.

So this is what all the fuss has been about? This?

We’re turning to these guys for religious, political, and social commentary?

Honestly, I didn’t know the first thing about “Duck Dynasty” (except that there are tons of t-shirts at Wal*Mart) before yesterday. So, seriously, what manner of foolishness is this?

And are we completely sure it’s not just these guys without their guitars and hot rods?

Has anyone even bothered to ask Dusty Hill what he thinks about gay people?

Also, prepare yourself for a 500 word blog post about how amazing it is that the only guy without a beard in ZZ Top is named Frank Beard.

(Source: adweek.com)

# television # music # beards # Duck Dynasty

Taking a break from whatever it is one does when one is an eccentric multi-millionaire who occasionally yells at teen girls on television, Kanye West explained that President Obama was clearly hamstrung by his lack of connections … like the ones all the Jews have:

"Man, let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing. That’s because he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don’t have the same connection as oil people."

If only Obama was Jewish … then he’d be super-popular with all the people who don’t like him!
Oh, Yeezus.

Taking a break from whatever it is one does when one is an eccentric multi-millionaire who occasionally yells at teen girls on television, Kanye West explained that President Obama was clearly hamstrung by his lack of connections … like the ones all the Jews have:

"Man, let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing. That’s because he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don’t have the same connection as oil people."

If only Obama was Jewish … then he’d be super-popular with all the people who don’t like him!

Oh, Yeezus.

# music # Obama # anti-Semitism # Kanye # Judaism

Unpopular Opinion Alert

I want to go on the record as officially, vociferously opposing this horrific neo-disco trend.

I really like James Mercer as the creative force behind the Shins, and I loved his first Broken Bells collaboration with Brian Burton … but I have zero interest in hearing him channel the Bee Gees in the new Broken Bells album that’s coming out in January.

And I’ve been a very vocal Arcade Fire fan since about 2005 — and the two live shows I saw still rank among the best shows I’ve seen ever — but listening to Win and Regine do a late ’70s/early ’80s dance number on “Reflektor” just makes me sad.

Can’t we all just agree that disco music should be resigned to the dustbin of history and that no one should ever attempt to revive it in any way?

# music # Arcade Fire # sadness

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