It’s A Big Music Day

I know, most of you are out there crying about the Zona or Purdue loss.  (I’m not sure how you could really be upset about the latter as that outcome was a stone cold lock.  Just ask Kool.  It was a home game for Kansas and they were playing Purdue.  Nuff said.)  But you should forget all that stuff and focus on what’s important, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors just released their latest, Souvenir, and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit just released a song from their upcoming The Nashville Sound.  It may not be your normal taste in music (I’m talking to you Pipes), but it’s good stuff.  Trust me.  SeaDick out.

 

 

SeaDick’s Best Albums of 2016

Alright Monkey fans, I know what you have been saying “SeaDick, where’s the rest of your Best Albums of 2016? For fuck’s sake, it can’t consist of just four albums and it’s almost 2017!”  Mea culpa. No excuses, just an apology and the rest of the list. [Sidenote: I am sure all the smart readers out there have noticed that these posts have been styled as a “Best of” and not a “Top XX.”  So Mr. “Premiere Blogger,” you are just going to have to try to figure out the difference. Only a moran, would insist on ranking everything. It doesn’t always have to be a zero sum game you guys. That’s why we have all those meaningless college bowl games. One last digression as well, Pipes keeps describing himself as a “premier” blogger. I’m going to let my man Inigo Montoya speak out on that:

Alright enough of the digressions. Without any further ado, here are the rest of my best albums of 2016 in alphabetical order (because if you aren’t ranking them, they should be alphabetical so that people don’t think they are out of alphabetical order for a reason.  This is known); Continue reading

SeaDick’s Best Albums of 2016: Nothing But Thieves — Nothing But Thieves

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Why are all the great rock bands from the UK/Ireland?  Now don’t go getting yourself into a tizzy over whether or not the good old US of A can compete, but the UK/Ireland clearly has the upper hand.   Don’t believe me?  Play this game that is a String favorite.  Name the best UK/Irish rock band (band, not individual).  Right, you have undoubtedly immediately thought of the Beatles, the Stones, the Who, Zeppelin, U2 and Pink Floyd.   All great bands.  Which is best?  Who knows ?  (But I do know that Pipes will want to rank them.)  Now do it for the US.  That’s right, not so easy.  I’m sure you came up with the Dead, the Doors, Pearl Jam and you tried to argue that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band should be included — request denied.  The horrible conclusion that we come to is that the greatest American Rock and Roll band is . . . wait for it, . . . Aerosmith.  I know, you are outraged, but think about it.  Longevity, hits, etc, they win.  I’m not particularly happy about it, but its true, so deal.  But, as Angry is found of saying, I digress.

Today’s best of album is Nothing But Thieves.

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A straight up rock and roll act from England (hence the previous digression).  The lead singer, Conor Mason, looks 12, but what a set of pipes (not you Pipes).  Solid from top to bottom, but I am a particular fan of one where they slow it down a bit — “If I Get High”

SeaDick’s Best Albums of 2016: St. Paul and the Broken Bones — Sea of Noise

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First, a note to my friend and fellow degen Pipes.  No I don’t have to rate my albums.  If you want to rate your albums then you know what to do — START YOUR OWN DAMN LIST. Of course it will be filled with 80’s hair metal bands and Bon Jovi greatest hit’s albums, but that’s a story for a different post.  See IJ’s  Keep Going post for a flavor.  End of rant.

Today’s album is a blues, jazz, rock, gospel, pop, coastal/southern beach music melange by St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

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The horns alone will keep you coming back for more and I defy you not to put Sanctify on regular repeat.

The Bones live show is great as well.  Consummate showmen.  They are touring so check them out if you can.

SeaDick out.

Angry Needs to Blog

A recent exchange on the String —

Angry:  “Shot gunned pre pick up to String – Bitches.”

Gramps:  “Anyone care to translate?”

IJ:  “Angry slammed a beer before picking up [his son].”

“Bitches”

“and toasted to the string”

Kool:  “Well done IJ”

Gramps: ” IJ FTW”

IJ:  “I speak Angrish”

Angry:  “How hard is that to conceive? Aside from it being absurdly wrong and backwards.”

IJ:  “like pig latin but sideways”

To paraphrase a famous movie quote:  “You want him on the Blog.  You need him on the Blog.”

  

SeaDick’s Best Albums of 2016: Frank Turner –“Positive Songs for Negative People”

Alright boys and girls, it’s December and you know what that means.  That’s right it’s time for people with opinions to make lists of things.  I fully acknowledge that old canard about opinions and assholes, but if you don’t like my damn list make one of your own.  Without further ado, I’m listing my favorite albums of 2016.  Please note that that doesn’t mean that the album necessarily came out in 2016, just that I discovered it and enjoyed it for the first time in 2016.  Again, if you don’t like it, you know what to do.  I also am not ranking these albums.  They are all great in my view and, while I’m not handing out participation trophies here, I love them all and will continue to listen to them all so ranking them is really meaningless.  You don’t rank your kids do you?  Well IJ does, but he’s the outlier there I’m pretty sure.  Enough pontificating.

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First up is Frank Turner’s “Positive Songs for Negative People.”  Former punk rocker, now touring with the likes of Jason Isbell and the Arkells.  Intelligent lyrics alternating between a classic ballad and a straight up rock anthem.  Frank gets more done with an acoustic guitar than anyone I know.  Start with “Get Better” and then listen to the rest of the album and then check out the rest of his stuff.  There is just a ton of great Frank Turner music out there as he’s one of the hardest working guys in music. 

One Bad Dude

This is a little old and during Army Navy week it may seem a little odd coming from a Navy grad, but this deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.  (Other than 3 hours on the first Saturday of December, there is nothing but respect between Westpoint and Annapolis.)  It’s a little long, but trust me, watch the whole thing.  Thank you for your service Tango Mike Mike (That Mean Mexican).

 

P.J. Fleck is a . . .

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Full disclosure, I’m a graduate of the Cheasapeake University of Naval Technology, also known as Annapolis or the United States Naval Academy, so I fully admit that I am biased here, but take a look at this bullshite.  P.J. Fleck, the coach at Western Michigan, darling of ESPN’s Sportscenter and of “Row the Boat” fame managed to squeak out a victory against that football powerhouse Ohio University, the Bobcats, not the Buckeyes, 29-23.  In so doing, he thought his team made a case to go to the Cotton Bowl.  Let’s roll the tape.

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I guess that’s not terrible, obnoxious and arrogant sure, but his team is undefeated and a coach is supposed to advocate for his team right?  And there is a lot of money at stake.  A Cotton Bowl check is much larger than any of the other bowls that the Broncos could end up in.  So, I know what you are asking, “SeaDick, what’s your beef here?”  Well, I’ll tell you.  What you didn’t see in that clip is Coach Fleck’s response after the game when  asked, after again advocating for his team to go to the Cotton Bowl, whether he would commit to coaching his team in the Cotton Bowl rather than accepting a job at a new school.  I’m sure you will be shocked to hear that he would not give such a commitment.

Verdict:  DBag