“Gorilla” – Bruno Mars – “Unorthodox Jukebox” (2012)

Feb 1
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I’m too nervous to provide a whole bunch of cohesive words tonight. My Seahawks are playing for all the marbles tomorrow. I want them to win so bad. I also want a really good game though. Besides the fact that I really want my team to win, the only other thing that I have to say right now is that I really hate all of the shit talk that a lot of fans do. Yup, Hawk fans there are a lot of you out there runnin’ your mouth, acting like you’re going to take the field tomorrow. I know that it’s part of the fan creed but still, I get really sick of it. I’m not going to just point the finger at my own though because I have a few good friend who are big Broncos fans and they talk as much crap as anybody that I know. Not only now, during Super Bowl week, but all of the time. My biggest problem with them is that they don’t even holler for their own team, they just sling a bunch of poo at the Hawks. Whatever haters. Haters gonna hate!

Where better to turn than Mr. Hawaii Boy/Grammy Winner/Halftime Main Attraction.

– DAVE

“Home”

Jan 16
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When you leave “Home” sometimes all you want to do is go back. To the warm fuzzy place, where mom, home cooked food and all your fondest memories lie. Sometimes you can leave home and return without ever moving your feet. Last week my brother and his wife visited my family and I at our home, for the last 8 years, on Hawai’i Island, aka The Big Island. Over about 10 days we jammed in a college graduatiion party, Christmas, 6 rugby games, 2 Seahawk games and a birthday; along with all the usual sightseeing. My kids caught up with Auntie & Uncle and were spoiled, just a bit, with shave ice, Christams presents and other random fun stuff. It was as close to going home as we can get, sans airplane.

Since moving to Hawai’i we have occassionally thought about moving “Home”, because we feel we are missing things that a big city can provide, but are non or practically non-existent on this island. We have since realized that we are home, and that all we need to return “Home” is to see the family that we miss so much.

I’m the new guy. In Seattle I’m known as Jeff, here in Hawai’i I go by Kala (the sun). My bro let me in his house of music, and I don’t plan on getting kicked out. I like it here and I will do my best to live up to his blogging standards. More on my style and tastes later.

Yes, our first concert was David Cassidy/Keith Partridge, our Grandma took us to the show and all I remember are the girls that sat behind us screaming as loud as possible for 2 hours, without taking a breath.

“Beat It” – Michael Jackson – “Thriller” (1982)

Dec 1
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On November 30th, 29 years ago to the day, “Thriller” was released. We had the “What year was “Thriller” released” question last week at trivia, and although we kind of had to reason ourselves into the correct answer, we got it right. I was pretty much certain that it was 1982 because I can vividly see that 17 year old version of me in health class when I was a high school senior, jamming to “Beat It” via my prized Walkman. I can also hear one of my buddies dubbing me “Willi Walkman.” I wonder what grade I got in that class. I’m counting myself lucky that my teacher didn’t yank me up by the scruff of my neck and pitch me out into the courtyard. That guy wasn’t really one to be messed with or ignored. I think I got a “B.”

– DAVE

“Goodnight Saigon” – Billy Joel – “The Nylon Curtan” (1982)

Nov 11
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Just a little something for all of those who’ve answered the call of duty.

– DAVE

“Latin Girls” – Black Eyed Peas – “Elephunk” (2003)

Sep 30
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I heard “Shut Up” off of this album before 6 AM this morning at the gym. I got a little mini boost – we’ll call it a Five Second Energy beause in late 2003, and healthy chunks of the next couple of years, I probably listened to this album more than any other. The Peas were yet to fully burst out of their pod, and like a lot of artists, I think that those semi-formative years provided some of their best stuff. I admit, I dig on some of the black eyed cheese that the foursome has been serving up in recent years but “Elephunk” was good stuff. It was a super popped out album. It was meant to build the brand, mix a little bit of rap, a few samples, a nice cross section represented by the four Peas, and a smidge of off color bad boy/girl edge (It was “Retarded” before it got “Started”) but you know what,there are 15 solid songs on this record, and I probably listened to the thing front to back 500 times.

While I’m at it admitting stuff, I always liked the one that got all of the radio play featuring Timberlake (I need a JT post, I like that dude… pure entertainer) but “Latin Girls” is just flat out cool. I cranked that thing in my car so many times. Good times!!!

– DAVE

Super Bowl Halftime Show

Nov 26
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So, The Black Eyed Peas are playing the Super Bowl halftime show. Good enough, I guess. They’ve got a pretty wide fan base from the left to the right edge of the musically affiliated centrists. “I Gotta Feeling” that by the end of the four or five song set, that Cowboys Stadium will be going “Boom Boom Pow.” But, let’s think for a second about what will be in the body of the four or five song montage.

“Where Is The Love?” charted very well in 2003 and reached # 1 on the Billboard’s US Pop Songs list. It’s a great pop song with a nice message. But, there was a guest vocalist on that song. 2004 was the year that Super Bowl halftime shows changed forever. Justin Timberlake was the guest featured vocalist on “Where Is The Love?” Does JT have a seven year itch and the credentials or disguise to get himself on stage. I’m guessing that there will be a few folks watching Bud Light and Doritos commercials on February 6th who would really enjoy seeing a couple of Fergie’s buttons fail a stress test.

“Where Is The Love?” – The Black Eyed Peas (featuring Justin Timbelake) – “Elephunk” (2003)

“Lying Around” – Magic Bullets – “Magic Bullets” (2010)

Aug 6
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So, we now have a Roomba. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching one of these over sized hockey puck shaped vacuum cleaners whisk dirt, dust, dog and cat hair (lots of pet debris at the Play On Mansion) off of your floors, it’s kind of fun. The kit comes with these little monitors that you set around the boundaries of the area that you want cleaned – kind of like a wireless fence (yes, we’ve come to this point, wireless fences for our household appliance). You then press a button or two and Roomba begins it’s aimless wandering within its kennel, bumps into walls, terrorizes the pets that I bought from the same store that I bought Roomba from, and eventually goes to its home (docking station), or gets stuck in the dog door.

The best and worst thing about Roomba is that I don’t have to do anything. Not like I ever did any vacuuming pre-Roomba. I mean I know as much about turning on, operating, and emptying a vacuum as I know about how to maintain the reactor core of a nuclear power plant, so Roomba, I thank you for your 3+ weeks of service. But that was the best part of Roomba.

The worst part of Roomba is that I don’t have to do anything, but I still don’t do anything. Roomba vacuums at about 1/3 of the speed that I would if I actually knew how to use a vacuum. So what do I do? Of course, I crack a beer, or two, or three and watch Roomba do the singular thing that it was born to do. This thing is supposed to save me time but since I was already investing zero hours into cleaning my floors, and I am fascinated by Roomba’s dedication to its task, I now spend an hour watching Roomba go all hither and yon across my house. Roomba has sucked up about six hours (and counting) of my free time.

Thanks a lot technology. I curse you!!!

Oh yeah, and this song and whole album by Magic Bullets is excellent. It’s not just a soundtrack for my Roomba watching, it’s a good record, check it out.

– DAVE

Suggestions?

Aug 2
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I’m involuntarily susceptible to the power of suggestive thinking to the point that a co-worker mumbled the words “baloney sandwich” a few years back, and I shiznit you not but I went home that night and ate about six baloney sams on white bread. I am 99% sure that I haven’t eaten any bologna since then. Suggestive thinking, and now humming has the power to take hold and make me do things against my better judgment.

So today, when I heard someone sing the simple words, “I think I love you”, actually more like “I THINK, I love youuuu” I was done for the day. I listened to KEXP for an hour or two this evening. The Constantines, and The Head and The Heart could do nothing to remove “I think I love you” from my brain. I listened to a little Brad Paisley, Al Green, and PJ, still “I think I love you.”

I’ve got no shame in posting that song to this blog today. If anyone has been bored enough to read my bio, they would know that my first concert (I think I was nine) was a David Cassidy show. And, this song was the soundtrack for an awesome Levi’s commercial in the early 90’s.

“I Think I Love You” – The Partridge Family – “The Partridge Family Album” (1970)

Wide Legs…. you know you want some:

A Partridge Family marathon…. it is useless to resist!!!

– DAVE

“Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” – Meat Loaf – “Bat Out of Hell” (1977)

Aug 1
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I’ve had a text message saved on my phone for a few months that my brother sent me that has a list of the saddest songs of all time. After watching part of a Meat Loaf concert today on HDNet, I had to check the list on my phone to see if today’s song is on the list. Nope, not there, but man it sure seems like it should be.

I want you (I want you)
I need you (I need you)
But there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you
Now don’t be sad (Don’t be sad)
‘Cause two out of three ain’t bad

Those are some sad lyrics. Think about when if ever you’ve ever heard or felt those words being said to you. Does anything hurt more? The numbers seem to make sense, but seriously if you’re not going three for three here, you might as well just take the zero.

Okay, today was a little grumpy for me, but not in a sad, tragic epic Loafesque kind of way. I have one of those excruciatingly, out of place, and annoying summer head colds, and had to skip golfing today in exchange for a three hour sicky nap. Grrrr!!!

– DAVE