Shot Of Rhythm

[ Friday, July 01, 2005 ]


Rest in peace

Just heard that Luther Vandross has died. Really sad news. While I can't admit being Vandross' biggest fan (mainly due to the synth-heavy production that marrs his and all other 1980s R&B records), there's no denying either the gospel-based power of his voice, nor the impact he had on a sizable generation of (black) R&B listeners. He was as good as the genre got during his heyday, and some of his stuff ("A House Is Not A Home," "Power Of Love," last year's "Dance With My Father") is quite wonderful indeed. Also, anybody who heard him interviewed knows that Vandross had a deep, thoughtful love for soul music of all kinds. It's too bad that, after a period of ill health, he's left us too young (at only 54). A lot of good ones gone, they say...

On the box right now: Tom Petty, WILDFLOWERS.


Dove With Claws [6:15 PM]

[ Thursday, June 30, 2005 ]


Uhh, uhh, uhh...what? Part 3

Another professor quote, this one gloriously out-of-context: " it it comes...oh! Oh! OHH!"

We do have fun down here at U-Dub...

On the box right now: Ying Yang Twins, UNITED STATE OF ATLANTA.


Dove With Claws [10:54 PM]

[ Wednesday, June 29, 2005 ]


Uhh...what? Part II

Quote from class today, by the professor: "So, the manifesto authored by O'Brien...O'Brien? Is it O'Brien...O'Brien? Does anybody know if I'm right? Does anybody know what I mean?"

On the box right now: Sade, BEST.


Dove With Claws [3:30 PM]

[ Tuesday, June 28, 2005 ]



Quote from class today:

"South Carolina has nothing on Wisconsin know...a city."

(Don't ask me. I don't know.)

On the box right now: George Jones, ANTHOLOGY, Disc 2. You know why country and soul are the best musics ever made? Because nothing in life is simple, and nothing in life makes sense. Sad songs say so much. Sing it, George...


Dove With Claws [4:34 PM]

[ Monday, June 27, 2005 ]


Classic quote from a professor in lecture today: "It is a great misfortune to you, but I happen to know far too much about the history of the Irish dairy industry."

By the way, I almost got in an argument with him over the contradictory significance he gave to the quantifier "much" in two questions on his quiz last Friday. If that makes no sense to you, I understand, but it makes more than perfect sense to me.

On the box right now: Arthur Alexander, LONELY JUST LIKE ME. Mr. Alexander's 1993 comeback album, unfortunately released only a few months before his death. Arthur Alexander is one of America's most underappreciated songwriters, and this album - some new songs and some new versions, recorded with the crew from Muscle Shoals - is a beautiful testament to his talent. Anyone who likes country or soul music needs to know this guy's music.


Dove With Claws [9:37 PM]

[ Sunday, June 26, 2005 ]


More somethings

Something I heard today that I never expected to: the Ying Yang Twins' "Wait" - quite possibly the filthiest song ever written - as Milwaukee Brewer Carlos Lee's theme music, played every time he walked into the batter's box. It was a nice surprise, with the emphasis on "surprise"...

Something I saw today that I never needed to: some guy's big, flabby ass, in the bathroom after the Brewers game

Something I wondered yesterday: Who the hell wants to see DEUCE BIGALOW: EUROPEAN GIGOLO?

Something I loved as much now as I did last week: John Hiatt's "Master of Disaster," a song that stands with his best stuff.

Something I don't love as much now as I did last week: this fucking heat.

Something I said: "Why is it that, no matter where you go or who you are, life just ends up being exactly like high school?"

Something I didn't say: Oh, never mind...

On the box right now: Alvin Youngblood Hart, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER. Still rocking with Mr. Hart's fireball of a new record, but after he's done I'm putting on Leela James' A CHANGE IS GONNA COME, a neo-soul record that's spotty, but the high points are really wonderful. Her collaboration with Wyclef, "Ghetto," oughta get the club knockin'.


Dove With Claws [4:32 PM]