Monday, May 01, 2006

Super Mario Frat Brothers

We've got a lot to discuss today, not the least of which concerns the Yanks and Red Sawx kicking off their 19-game series tonight.

It's all happening or it all happened this weekend: Stephen Colbert flawlessly lampooned the shit out of the president at White House Correspondents' Dinner (video), Mexicans & Friends are boycotting the country they supposedly want to be a part of in the name of immigrants' rights, The West Wing and The Sopranos sucked more dong than a mobster hiding in New Hampshire, Kobe drilled two tough buzzer-beaters in a surprisingly entertaining NBA playoff game, the Rangers officially got swept out of the NHL playoffs, and Don Fielder's Chelsea squad won the Premiership title (and Steven Gerrard suuurely scored two sick goals for surging Liverpool).

Oh, and someone unearthed this fantastic link to an Earl Weaver clip that couldn't possibly be funnier. But none of that compares with the following YouTube video. I'm not sure if these are the same clever dudes from the real-life Punch Out video from a few months back, but this is a genre I can fully get behind. Brilliant.



Man, that is as good as it gets. I hope these kids get fellated for this.

Slack Link of the Day: Anyone interested in watching some videos from this year's dry JazzFest, click on this link here.

Slack Song of the Day: I'd seen the Benevento/Russo Duo often enough last year that I wasn't sure they could "wow" me any more. Stale isn't quite the correct word here, but if you see a band featuring only two dudes five times in half a year, you're bound to fall into a little bit of a rut. Friday night's show, however, not only renewed my faith in the Duo, but it got me incredibly excited for the upcoming tour with Cactus, Trey and Phil & Friends.

The Duo debuted some new tunes -- Echo Park, Something for Rockets, Memphis and Soba -- and mixed in the old standbys to absolute perfection. But there was a 20-minute stretch when the Duo just nailed it, one of those "price of admission" scenes. First they played an incredible Becky with the cool, stripped down Marco-led intro (video download here, sound a bit muddied), then confirmed and seemed genuinely excited about the aforementioned mini-tour, before busting into a fantastic Best Reason to Buy the Sun.

I've posted Becky and BRTBS a few times, so for today's SSOTD, here are a few of the Duo's new tunes from the 4/13/06 show in Coulder: Echo Park, Something for Rockets, and Soba. And just for good luck, here's a cover of Paranoid Android.

14 Comments:

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

Speaking of the Sox/Yanks series........THE MAN IS BACK!!!

Now you're all in big, big trouble. Josh Bard was a douche anyway, and responsible for at leaast 2 of Wake's losses this season.

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Fuckin' lame.

 
At 12:19 PM, Blogger Momentary Academic said...

Earl Weaver? I was just talking about him with a friend yesterday. Talk about rockin' it old school, Ace.

 
At 1:36 PM, Blogger Trix said...

I'm all for immigrant's rights and everything...but do they have to have the rally so close to my goddamned office? The noise from the FIVE freaking helicopters hovering out my window for the last two hours is driving me batty.

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger MDS said...

And the red line home tonight is going to be horrible. There's going to be an anti-immigrant backlash, and it's going to start with all the people who are inconvenienced by the huge mobs throughout downtown Chicago today.

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Backlashes are awesome.

 
At 8:10 PM, Blogger Seyeko said...

Anyone who does a cover of Radiohead is cool in my book. And my book is pretty damn cool if I may say so myself.

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger John Howard said...

Fucking awesome. Now I know what art is.

 
At 12:10 AM, Anonymous Greg said...

Trading something of some value and a PTBNL just to upgrade your backup catcher to someone the manager and team is more familiar with seemed more like a Torre's Yankees kind of move to me...

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

Apparently it worked, so I am gonna go with it. Dougie should have never been traded in the first place, although I love Loretta. If he would only get out of the little slump he's in at the plate.......

 
At 9:22 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

There's no doubt though that the Sawx got the best end of this deal...essentially they traded Josh Bard and some unknown scrub for Mark Loretta. That's a steal.

Mirabelli, by the way, might have the best job in the country. Catch every five games, don't get blamed for passed balls, collect millions, be loved by fans. Awesome.

 
At 9:27 AM, Anonymous jtnt said...

Good little review of the Bowery show. One small note, they didn't really "debut" those songs. They've all been played before.

Thanks for the video download. Always good to relive the show like that. You can see some pix I took at the Duo Fan Community forums.

 
At 9:33 AM, Anonymous jtnt said...

Oh, one other thing. It's funny that you have this Duo post under that Super Mario Brothers video, because before the show Marco was playing with his new organ (insert Beavis and Butthead joke here), and he was playing all sorts of video game music - Super Mario Bros, ExciteBike... It was great.

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

JTNT, great pics man! Thanks for sharing here...

Obviously I meant they debuted them on this tour, not at this show. Otherwise, it'd be really weird that I posted tracks from the 4/13/06 show that they debuted two weeks later...

I saw Deep Banana Blackout (I think it was them) play the Mario Brothers theme once, and it was out of this world.

 

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