Monday, May 15, 2006

She Hold The Shotgun While You Do-Si-Do

Normally I hesitate to break out the trusty ol' "Only in New York" adage, usually for fear of the inevitable collective eyeroll from the anti-East Coast contingent. But this time, this particular episode might qualify as one of those moments.

A few of us strolled casually around Washington Square Park on Saturday, soaking in the weatherman's sunny mistake. Ominous forecasts be damned, 'twas a gorgeous day in Manhattan, and the five of us made the rounds from musical act to street performance (excluding the comedic n' acrobatic black twins, who were on break). We eventually traded in the bluegrassy Powder Kegs for a two-set gratis show from Buzz Universe on the east side of the concrete park.

Kicking off its second set with The Band's Up on Cripple Creek, the band served as our unofficial pie cooling on the window sill, and we wandered aimlessly over to trade nods of approval at the decent cover tune. Upon finishing, the band introduced Chris Barron to the stage, and the name rang strangely familiar, like I should've known who that was. He looked familiar, too, only a little older and cleaner, a bit like Peter Sarsgaard in a blazer and a bruised ego.

Just one note into the second song I remembered Chris Barron. "Ohhh, shit, that is fucking awesome!" I remarked aloud.

Maybe 50 people crowded around the free show at that time, cherishing the unexpected warmth of a spring Saturday with a decent band taking on some covers and laying down some funk. Little did they know, the lead singer of the Spin Doctors would be stopping by for a nostalgic run at Little Miss Can't Be Wrong.

And what can be better than a warm Saturday in the park with a free outdoor show from a seven-piece band playing Up on Cripple Creek > Little Miss Can't Be Wrong with a fantastic sit-in from the dude from the fucking Spin Doctors?

Only in New York, I tells ya. And sometimes in Iowa. Maybe once in Oklahoma. Eh, in Milwaukee too. Whatever. Whatevs.

Visual: Here's a video from the Buzz Universe folks of Saturday's collaboration with Chris Barron. And if that don't work, try this one.

Slack Song of the Day: I mean, really, did you expect anything other than a kickass versions of Little Miss Can't Be Wrong (this one's from 6/13/94)? Okay, a bonus, here's Two Princes.

Slack Video of the Day: Starbux shocked me on Saturday night when he asked me what I thought of the Rick Sutcliffe controversy. Which Sut controversy? Apparently the ESPN analyst dropped by the Padres game after some golf with Bill Murray for a cameo with the local crew and made a complate drunken ass out of himself. Having just watched this video, I can verify the man acts like that short-lived Drunk Girl character on Saturday Night Live a few years ago. Man, seriously, this is comedy. See for yourself. [For more, consult this Deadspin post]


At 7:30 AM, Blogger MDS said...

Actually, the exact same thing happened to me in Boise once.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Jacob Eli said...

that sufcliffe clip is amazing.

"i'm ron burgundy?"

At 3:55 PM, Blogger ScuffyMcgee said...


Wow Chris Barron in WSP huh? I guess Westbury Music Fair (see: North Fork Center) actually can say no. What's next, John Stamos's younger brother playing Tompkins Square.

Non Topic Related Yankee Mention of the day:

You can get cupcakes at the Yankee Stadium bakery on the Main Level with player's faces on them. I actually ate Chien-Ming Wang's face the other day...and I'm not embarassed to say it either.


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