Wednesday, November 30, 2005

the Dave Matthews Band Review Archive

Dave Matthews Band
Under the Table and Dreaming

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Dave Matthews Band
Before These Crowded Streets

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Busted Stuff

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Stand Up

favorite song: "One Sweet World"

MP3's (for SUPER FAST connections only):

an awesome live version of "One Sweet World" from about 10 years ago: "One Sweet World" (live) (MP3) (this one has a long instrumental intro; the actual song starts at the 3:39 mark)

a beautiful version of "One Sweet World," Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds-style: "One Sweet World" (Dave and Tim acoustic) (MP3)

"#41," the #4 all time DMB song: "#41" (MP3)

top 11 Dave Matthews Band songs of all time:

1. "Grey Street"
2. "Two Step"
3. "Ants Marching"

4. "#41"
5. "Warehouse"
6. "You Never Know"
7. "All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan live cover)
8. "Bartender"
9. "Halloween"
10. "Tripping Billies"
11. "Dancing Nancies"

honorable mention: "What You Are," "Grace is Gone" (especially the slower live version), "Rapunzel"

the official Dave Matthews Band website

Monday, November 28, 2005

poker and life: meeting people is easy

to quote the Radiohead film of the same name.

But, I consider 95% of everyone I've ever meet and ever will meet so ordinary and scared of life that I sometimes find myself wanting to vomit out of sheer boredom (isn't that something out of Fight Club or Seven?).

A fellow poker pro, Keith, recently wrote about high school reunions, rather accurately summing up my thoughts on post-educational life, as well as how other "normal" people perceive us.

Keith's blog is called Caught Up in the Craze and can be found under the "Cool Kids" section in the left-hand column.

I'd rather be dead broke and happy than average, somewhat well off, and unhappy. Just speaking for myself here. Obviously, the key to my life is figuring out what happens to me when I'm dead broke and homeless and all my friends abandon me.

You'll find me either dead or a millionaire before I take a job at the local Walmart.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

I might lose my hearing eventually, the Brits finally get it right

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: A Scary Problem and the Possible Ways to Prevent It

This is a cool article, mostly because it manages to mention some of my favorite bands/artists of all time (R.E.M., the Who, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, the Beatles)

the slow, steady decline of hearing in Americans, and what we should do to prevent it (we should listen to our friends Rolling Stone magazine, they're cool dudes)

This article reveals alot about our culture and society in general (in other words, we Americans are a loud bunch of A-holes). Theodore Roosevelt was right on, the symbol of our great nation should have really been the Grizzly Bear (instead of the Bald Eagle).

In addition, it's quite well researched and nicely written; the journalist interviewed a Johns Hopkins physician in order to get a cutting-edge viewpoint.

The really sad thing is that, when I was 18, I had my ears checked out by an audiologist because I was worried about this exact thing happening to me. I was told by the doctor that my hearing was perfect, but I had a feeling that I had been misdiagnosed through no fault of his own.

They Love Their Alcohol in the UK

Courtesy of my friend CausticAndy, apparently the drunkards in London are finally giving in to their inner urges and keeping bars open a little later.

come follow us to the London Gymnasium! (CNN article)

I gotta be honest here: this is a great play by British legislators and bar owners. Drunken fights and deaths will become slightly more commonplace, but more in terms of the hours you'll find Frank the Tanks starting fights (instead of fights happening at 11pm sharp, they'll spread out to later hours of the night).

In the short run, incidents will probably go up, but the long run numbers should subside to pre-party law rates. Expect less trips to the local Home Depot (or whatever it is they have in England) whenever Londoners have a big Saturday afternoon planned.

Thanksgiving "Break" 2005

was a blast. The Local News Team was out in force, beers were shared, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was quoted to sad extremes.

Papa Burgundy, Champ Kind ("WHAMMY!!!") and Brian Fantana pose quickly for promotional shots.