Friday, October 01, 2004

Despair. The A's season is over. Already down 4-0, Amezaga hits a grand slam in the top of the 6th to make it 8-0. Theoretically, the A's could win on Saturday and Sunday and win the division, but I wouldn't bet on it.
Interesting tie. The ChiTrib has this item:

Among Kerry's rivals were campus conservatives George E. Pataki, now New
York's governor, and J. Harvie Wilkinson III, now chief judge of the U.S. 4th
Circuit Court of Appeals in Charlottesville, Va. Kerry became president in his
junior year by lobbying Wilkinson to support him in return for his backing the
next year.

"John got him in a corner somewhere and wore him down," recalled Lanny
J. Davis, who reported on the union's activities for the Yale Daily News and
later was an aide to President Clinton. "He was a powerfully persuasive
guy."

I wonder what happens if Wilkinson is nominated for a position on the Supreme Court?


Thursday, September 30, 2004

Debates. I thought jfk did much better than I expected -- Bush worse. The big loser, in my opinion, was Jim Leher. His questions alternated between "Let's talk about your mistakes, Mr. President." and "Senator, would you like to talk about the President's mistakes."

Glad to see Sudan get some notice - not happy about either response.

The Dylan Chronicles. In honor of Bob's soon to be released autobiography (and the Newsweek cover story), here are my top ten Bob Dylan Bootlegs, a few of which have been released.

10. All Hallows Eve &
More
which has been released by Dylan as Live 1964.

9. Contract With The Lord
I
and II. This one
might be more highly rated if it had been a soundboard boot, instead of an
audience recording. Nevertheless, for an audience recording, the sound is good
and the performance of his gospel tunes is excellent.

8. Eating Caviar In A
King-Sized Bed
-- this 1998 recording shows Bob ain't dead yet.

7. Genuine
N.E.T. Covers
- a nine or ten disc set of all of Dylan's covers of other
(non-Dylan) songs from the Never Ending Tour.

6. A Tree
With Roots
- also known as the Genuine Basement Tapes revisited. This is it,
the whole shebang.

5. From Newport to the
Ancient Empty Streets in LA
Several tracks from the Newport Festival in 64
and 65 flowing into the 1965 Hollywood Bowl show -- excellent. (see also, We Had Known A Lion.)

4. Folksinger's Choice
The Cynthia Gooding Show, March 11 1962 -- this sweet radio
interview/performance showcases Bob before he became Bob.

3. Blood on the Tapes (aka Blood on the Tracks New York
Sessions
) - this is the original version of Blood on the Tracks that was
pulled just before release.

2. Complete Waterbury 11-11-75 -- the full version of a Rolling Thunder Revue
concert, from T-Bone Burnett covering Werewolves of London to the closing
ensemble singing This Land Is Your Land with Baez, McGuinn, et al in
between.

1. "Royal Albert Hall
1966
" which, famously, came from Free Trade Hall in Manchester. This May 17,
1966 concert sizzles, opening with a traditional Dylan accoustic set before
unleashing an electric performance with the Band. When listening to this, turn
it up to hear the exhange between Dylan and the audience. "Judas!" cries out
someone in the audience, to which Dylan replies: "I don't believe you; you're a
liar." He then tells The Band to "Play it f***ing loud." The good news about
this boot is that it has been released by Dylan and Co. See Live 1966

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Klaatu Barada Nikto. Driving in to work this morning, before 6 a.m as usual, I saw a huge silver craft, all lit up hovering over DC (perhaps the Foggy Bottom area). I quickly saw it was a blimp, but it was kind of unnerving, it had no markings (MetLife, Goodyear, etc.).
Good News/Bad News. Béisbol may be coming back to DC.

On the other hand, my beloved A's have lost 14 of their last 22 games and are now tied for first with the Angels.

More. I agree with this -- let's call the new DC team the Grays.