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Great Broadcasting Names: Ducis Rodgers

June 26, 2013 Adam Thomas

Without cable, if I want to watch TV in the morning or in the afternoon after work, I am usually forced to watch the local news. Which sucks. And is depressing. EXCEPT for the fact that Philly’s ABC sports anchor is named Ducis (pronounced ‘Deuces’) Rodgers. That is a great name. And I felt it was appropriate to start off with that in light of Randy posting the Anchorman 2 trailer (which looks awesome).

Moving on.

I wanted to do a track by track iTunes review for Kanye’s new album, but I couldn’t do it. Listening to Kanye just fills me with an unexplained rage. The guy is the world’s biggest D-Bag, and I just can’t take him. So screw it.

Speaking of music, the early favorite for my summer album of 2013 is….wait for it….RUBBER SOUL by the Beatles!

Now, I know what you’re thinking. That album came out YEARS ago, which is true, but I have never been able to appreciate the Beatles and so for me, listening to them is a brand new experience.

I’ve got to say though, for being some lover boy types, the Beatles do sure write a lot of disturbing songs about women. That song ‘Run for your Life’ is psychotic. “You better run for you life if you can, little girl. Hide your head in the sand, little girl. Catch you with another man, that’s the end…little girl.” Alrighty then.

The first 6 tracks on Rubber Soul are great. In fact, the only two tracks that I don’t really like are ‘Michelle’ which is almost unbearable and ‘Girl’ which IS unbearable–I think the song would be OK if it weren’t for the sighing.

Good for the Heat winning the title (as was predicted here), and even better for the Blackhawks–who I think have the sweetest jerseys around.

And all this news about the Phillies possibly blowing up their team and trading their stars would make me happy if it weren’t for one small detail: Ruben Amaro Jr. is going to be making the trades! I bet all the other GM’s are just lining up to fleece that sucker. He is the worst.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out ‘This is the End.’ It’s good stuff (especially Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. Holy crap, they steal the show).

That’s all I got. Until next time….


Humble as I Mumble to Spaghetti Junction

August 12, 2011 Adam Thomas

1.) Did you know that the Outkast classic Stankonia is 11 years old?  Can you believe that?  Do you feel old?  I do.

Stankonia was one of my favorite albums in high school, but I hadn’t listened to it in years.  In fact, as time passed, I started to feel like it was a tad bit overrated. Rolling Stone ranked it as the 359th greatest album of all time. Pitchfork had it at 13 of the greatest albums of the 2000s.

Well, I listened to it yesterday.  I am listening to it now.  Is it overrated?  Hell NO!  If anything, it may be a tad bit underrated.

Listen to the album from start to finish, skits and everything. It is incredible.  Special shout outs to “Humble Mumble,” “Spaghetti Junction” and “Red Velvet” and the skits “Drinkin’ Again” and “Cruisin’ in the ATL.”

I cannot believe that this album is 11 years old.  I feel like if it was released 11 years from now, it’d still sound ahead of its time. It combines fun, tragic, upbeat, emotional and unsettling tracks all into one great album, and it’s hard to find an album that fuses so many musical elements together as successfully and seamlessly as this one.

“B.O.B.” is the lynchpin to the whole album. The song is just flat out incredible.  It is no surprise that Pitchfork ranked it as the best song from the 2000’s. As they so eloquently put it, “”B.O.B.” is not just the song of the decade– it is the decade.”

I couldn’t have said it any better.

2.) Speaking of Outkast, has any artist ever had a more impressive 3 album run than them?  ATLiens, Aquemini and Stankonia.  What artist can match up with that?  The only one I can think of is Radiohead with The Bends, O.K. Computer and Kid A, but they aren’t as great as the three Outkast albums (too depressing).

If anyone says anything about the Beatles in the comments, they automatically get disqualified. I’ve never listened to a Beatles album start to finish.  Blasphemy?  Nope, just the product of being one of Big Neil’s progeny.

Listening to the Beatles for me is like watching tapes of basketball from the 1960’s.  I’m told how great a player was (just like folks try to sell me on the Beatles), but then when I see them in action (or hear them play), it just doesn’t do it for me.  They look slow.  They sound boring.

3.) Michael Lombardi’s “Blue Chip” player thing is quite possibly the stupidest ranking system I have ever heard.  Really, Mike, the best NFL teams are the ones with the most “Blue Chip” or “good” football players?  You don’t say.  My mind is freaking blown.

4.) Can we have a moment to recognize the awfulness that is Vince’s dad in Season 5 of Friday Night Lights? If I hear that man talk about how much he likes pie in one more episode, I am going to scream!

5.) The Phillies are pretty good, eh?  I may have been juuuust a bit off when I predicted that they wouldn’t make the playoffs…just a little bit.

Until next time…