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CD Review: Sports [2010]

Release: 11/2010
Label: Slumberland

1. “Coma Summer” – B
2. “Youth Haunts” – C+
3. “Monday Morning” – C
4. “Monongah” – A-
5. “Landscape” – B-
6. “Age Class” – B
7. “Veil” – C
8. “End Times” – B+
9. “Afterimage” – C-
10. “Untitled” – B

Comments: Slumberland is a hot bed for noise pop these days. Pains of Being Pure at Heart released a structured self-titled debut that definitely was more pop slime than anything else.  Weekend’s music on this album, conversely, is more of a reflection of the kind of extended shoe-gaze that we just don’t to see much of anymore. The drumming, across the board, is really awesome. The bass lines are typically catchy, as well. The guitars — well, what do you expect? — are loaded with feedback and other sorts of effects that aren’t atypical of this style of music. “Monongah” is my favorite tune on here. For one, it is one of the shortest; we get more “song” than anything else. You’ve got to be a real noise-phile to love Sports ’cause I sure don’t! I like tennis. No, not that Tennis.

Grade: B- (80)

House Wastes Time On…NCAA Football?

Northeastern's 2010 Football Team

Associated Press
A House subcommittee approved legislation Wednesday aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine its national champion, over the objections of some lawmakers who said Congress has meatier targets to tackle.

A House subcommittee approved legislation Wednesday aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine its national champion, over the objections of some lawmakers who said Congress has meatier targets to tackle.

The bill, which faces steep odds, would ban the promotion of a postseason NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision game as a national championship unless it results from a playoff. The measure passed by voice vote in a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee, with one audible “no,” from Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga.

Ron Paul is on that subcommittee.


Texans Making Playoffs For First Time?

The Houston Texans are my favorite band!

The second half of the season could be historic for the Houston Texans. They have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time, with their best record ever (5-3) at the midway point of the season.

After a 1-2 start, the Texans have momentum. Matt Schaub is playing superbly at quarterback, teaming with Andre Johnson to become one of the NFL’s most prolific quarterback-receiver combinations.

Phillies Myers, Hamel Exchange Harsh Words

Lo-fi indie rock Black Lips punk. Now that I have your attention…

Philadelphia Phillies pitchers Brett Myers and Cole Hamels had words after Game 5 of the World Series on Monday, one witness told Yahoo! Sports.

The incident was related to Hamels’ statement after Game 3 that he was looking forward to his frustrating season being over. As Myers walked past Hamels in the locker room Monday he reportedly said sarcastically, “What are you doing here? I thought you quit?”

Celtics Win Game One Against Cavaliers

CLEVELAND – Oh, sure, it looks simple and obvious now. One team was fully ready for an NBA opener, and one team wasn’t.

Doc Rivers would have junked the final two exhibition games if he could. His guys were ready to go. Mike Brown would like another month of training camp.

And so the newly fortified Celtics are off and running in pursuit of championship No. 18. They got one thing out of the way early: with last night’s 95-89 conquest of the Cavaliers they already have won a big game on the road.

I don’t really care about basketball, but I know enough to be impressed that we beat LeBron and Shaq.

Public Funding To Corporate Enterprises

Our tax money…wait for it…goes to private corporations!

You may or may not be aware that approximately 54% of our income tax money has gone/goes toward military efforts; the military has long been thought of as a public service that protects U.S citizens with national security. Private contracts, at least since the Iraq War began, have been outrageously ubiquitous. The military is no longer as it once was.

A good chunk of our income tax money also goes toward Social Security and health care. Compared to the military, these entitlements are great uses of income tax money! But…let’s not forget that your tax money, dispersed through government funds, is going to the mammoth major league sports industry. I’d surely support a system that was 100% private funding and 0% public funding, since tax payers wouldn’t have to pay for something that does not benefit them or interest them. This hasn’t been the case for the most part. Recall the George Bush, Texas Rangers affair. Only five teams in the MLB receive 0% government funding. Below are  corporations who own the naming rights to stadiums AND are funded by the government.

J.P Morgan Chase – Arizona Diamondbacks – 76% public funding
U.S Cellular – Chicago White Sox – 100% funding
American Financial Group – Cincinnati Reds – 17% funding
Progressive Corporation – Cleveland Indians – 87% funding
Coors Brewing Company – Colorado Rockies – 75% funding
Comerica Bank – Detroit Tigers – 50% funding
Anheuser Busch – Florida Marlins – 3% funding
The Coca-Cola Company – Houston Astros – 67% funding
Miller Brewing Company – Milwaukee Brewers – 64% funding
Citigroup – New York Mets – 31% funding
Citizens Bank – Philadelphia Phillies – 50% funding
PNC Financial Services – Pittsburgh Pirates – 71% funding
Petco – San Diego Padres – 70% funding
AT&T Inc. – San Francisco Giants – 5% funding
Liberty Mutual – Seattle Mariners – 76% funding
Pepsi Co – Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 100% funding
Rogers Communications – Toronto Blue Jays – 63% funding

Thank God there are a few teams out there like the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers that have resisted a corporate name change and have come up with stadium funds entirely on their own.