Reversing the Numbness

Friday, May 30, 2008

Friday Music

It's Friday. I need music.

I know, I know ... I still haven't finished my comments from last week, and I do believe this is the first time this has ever happened. I will, as always, but I need an extra day or two this week.

But it's not going to stop me from putting up this week's FM post, because I still need music today! Today's topic is music that is somehow related to animals.

Links, please!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest

This week's cartoon-caption contest at is a good one -- lots of possibilities here. Feel free to leave caption ideas as comments, as I will.

Friday, May 23, 2008

The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest

This week's cartoon is pretty cool. Check it out here, and feel free to post your captions as comments, as I'll do.

Friday Music

It's Friday. I need music.

The DM and I are 1 for 3 on concerts so far this spring. We had tickets to see Radiohead a few weeks ago, but we had to cancel a few days prior due to a number of things that conspired against us. 0 for 1. Then last weekend, us being jackasses and all, we realized at 5:30 pm that the Swell Season show we had tickets to see in Baltimore on Sunday was actually taking place on Saturday night, in just two and a half hours, and we were still at least five hours away from possibly being able to make it to Baltimore. 0 for 2.

But two nights ago, Clutch came to Morgantown, and we didn't miss that one. Our friend Olives stayed home with the kids, and we were treated to one of the most kick-ass shows we've ever seen in Morgantown. 1 for 3.

So this week's theme is: Music by the musicians who played the best shows you've ever seen.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Video Post: The Day Has Come

For context, see this post.

This clip was 100 percent inspired by Erin O'Brien.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday Music

It's Friday. I need music.

What a day already. It's just after 8 a.m. and I'm already all fired up, thanks to miserable weather and terrible report I heard on NPR this morning, where I got to listen to a bunch of ignorant fellow West Virginians make asinine remarks about Barrack Obama, embarrassing themselves and our state in the process. The recent spotlight on our state has revealed some pretty ugly things.

So I think I'm going to try to reverse the day's negative momentum with a live concert by one of the most well-known WV bands ever, Rasta Rafiki. If their infectious brand of positive reggae can't turn me around, I suppose nothing can. Want to check them out? Go here to hear a great recording from '95, and if you only listen to one song, check out "Cousins." There's a little mini-player embedded in the top right, so you don't have to download anything. Just click play.

Which brings us to today's topic: Positivity. It's what the doctor has ordered for this day that started out in the shitter.

Monday, May 12, 2008

The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest

Dang, I haven't done one of these in a long time. This week's New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest toon is here.

Take a look at the toon, and if you feel compelled, post your caption idea as a comment. I'll be submitting the best one I can come up with, and I encourage you to submit yours too. I'd love to see a RtN regular make the final three.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Friday Music

It's Friday. I need music.

I'm going to try something really different this week: a Friday Music chain.

I'll start by posting some music, and hopefully the next person up will comment on it before posting stuff of their own. Then the next person comments on the second batch of music before posting his or her music. And so on.

I fully realize that this may be a disaster, and that even if you guys play along, there could be some confusion along the way, with multiple people playing off of one person's suggestions. That's okay, though. If it starts getting weird, feel free to just bend the rules to your liking.

I will say, however, that whoever follows me will probably be the luckiest person of the day, because they get to comment on the most exciting find I've made in a while: Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves. Wow. Just plan on listening to every song on that MySpace page, and if you're like me, plan on listening to them a whole bunch of times.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Friday Music

It's Friday. I need music.

Let's do European music this week, covering as many countries as possible. That's a bit of a twist.

I'll start off by notching Ireland off the list with a little Pogues.