Shot Of Rhythm

[ Saturday, September 24, 2005 ]


I hate college students, Part 3 (Or, Everybody's workin' for the weekend)

(This story begins below, with - appropriately - Part 1.)

I figured that I'd end this little trilogy with a post-modern flourish, namely ending with the beginning. I should have known that last night would turn into some sort of debacle, because I heard the following exchange when I was leaving the Humanities building yesterday after teaching.

BACKWARDS-HAT WHITE GUY #2: Hey, dude! (high-five and shoulder-bump exchanged)
BACKWARDS-HAT WHITE GUY #1: What are you doing?
BACKWARDS-HAT WHITE GUY #2: Goin' to class. How 'bout you?
BACKWARDS-HAT WHITE GUY #1: Aw, man. I just got done with class, so now I'm gonna go get drunk!
BACKWARDS-HAT WHITE GUY #1: Sweet! I wish I could join you!

It was 11 o'clock in the morning. I hate college students.


Dove With Claws [8:14 AM]


I hate college students, Part 2 (Or, God mocks me)

So, after the heat arrived, the party downstairs quieted down. I was almost back asleep (now at around 4 AM), when the phone rang. Noticing that it was my building's front intercom, and thinking it might be the fuzz, I picked it up. Was it the Madison po-po? Oh, of course not. Instead, it was some drunk-ass dude, in full slur mode, wondering if I'd let him and his companion into the building. I made an indignant face and hung up, feeling a certain degree of satisfaction at my ornery reaction.

Part 3 above...

Dove With Claws [8:11 AM]


I hate college students, Part 1 (or, Ben Folds and the Return of the 5-0)

Well, the goofballs downstairs made it almost two weeks before they decided to go nuts at 3 AM again. Last night, or should I say this morning, they once again unleashed a barrage of yelling and music that - as per my promise - prompted another phone call to the cops.

Their music choice was particularly interesting last night (this morning). I must grant that they are an eclectic bunch, since I've heard everything from crunk to country pulsating through my walls in the wee hours. Last night (this morning), though, they must have either been attempting to seduce some indie-rock chicks, or feeling in a particularly reflective mood, since they went for an extended set of Ben Folds favorites. Now, I've got nothing against Mr. Folds (even at 3 AM), but I must admit a certain degree of surprise at hearing such cerebral, horn-rimmed-glasses music from this group of knuckleheads. Not that it affected my decision making; as you may remember from my previous entry on this, we've already crossed the rubicon. I may be a mild-mannered, slightly rumpled grad student by day, but at night I magically turn into a crabby old man.

Anyway, the landlord will hear about this latest sonic intrusion. Hopefully the buffoons downstairs will get the message one way or another. Maybe next time the cops can send over Joe Friday. That'll straighten 'em out.

This entry be a trilogy...see above for the continued saga.



Dove With Claws [8:02 AM]

[ Friday, September 23, 2005 ]


Oh God

Part 1:

Part 2:

Jon Stewart's words on THE DAILY SHOW last night were particularly apt: "Hey, Almighty...what part of God bless America didn't you understand? We didn't say 'God flatten America,' or 'God drown America,' did we?"

On the box right now: Various Artists, KATRINA HIP-HOP. Great collection compiled by my friend Alexander Shashko ( Will "Rita hip-hop" be far behind?


Dove With Claws [9:35 AM]

[ Thursday, September 22, 2005 ]


Here we go again

I'm aghast at the implications of having to say the following words again, so soon...

Keep the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in your thoughts/prayers tonight. From the sound of it, Hurricane Rita didn't come to play. Let's just hope that, if necessary, the federal government is equally serious in the aftermath.

On the box right now: Various Artists, MY GOODNESS, YES!: SOUL TREASURES FROM THE SILVER FOX LABEL. 20 more soul classics from a label I'd never heard of. Worth the price admission for Hank Ballard's "Sunday Morning Coming Down" alone...


Dove With Claws [3:39 PM]

[ Wednesday, September 21, 2005 ]


After an extended absence...'s the return of the Grad School Good'uns! Anticipation's been killing y'all, hasn't it?

-"Screw you, Camus!"
-"That's horseshit."
-"Well, of course, I think the real reason white men are so sexually insecure about black men is because most white women want black men anyway."

Finally, here's something I said today, as usual presented gloriously out-of-context:

"Oh great. I'm glad the entire Afro-American Studies department got a chance to hear my tirade about Das-EFX."

Wiggedy wiggedy.

On the box right now: David Banner, CERTIFIED.


Dove With Claws [8:50 PM]



So, I got this e-mail today from Paul McCartney (me and Macca are good friends, of course), and in it he told me to click on the following link to get a "secret message." Like the curious fool I am, I clicked on it:

Methinks that particular image stretches the definition of "secret message" a bit far. (I was kinda hoping he'd explain that dumb-ass "Freedom" song, or at least PIPES OF PEACE.)

(NOTE: Apparently, this message is so secret that I couldn't even post the address as a functional link. Copy and paste it yerself, you lazy bums.)

By the way, as you may have noticed, I've spiffed up the links section. Added a few, deleted a couple, and added headings, so that you don't get too confused. I know how you get...

On the box right now: Nina Simone, ANTHOLOGY, Disc 2.


Dove With Claws [10:23 AM]

[ Monday, September 19, 2005 ]



I saw a couple walking down State Street today. The man was wearing a T-shirt that said "Drink 'til she's cute!" I couldn't help wondering what his girlfriend thought of this particular sentiment.

By the way, I just added a link to a new blog, Holler If Ya Hear Me, that was put together by several of my very favorite thinkers in the cosmos (Dave Marsh, Sue Martinez, Craig Werner and others). If the blog's anything like their thought-patterns, it should be a nicely provocative blend of music and politics. Check it out:

One more thing, a good quote: "Christians believe in the prophets - peace be upon them. The Bush administration believes in the profits, and how to get a piece of them."-George Galloway

On the box right now: Paul McCartney, CHAOS AND CREATION IN THE BACKYARD. Both this effort and the Stones' new album are interesting examples of how superior creativity can emerge when legends stop trying too hard.


Dove With Claws [3:28 PM]