I've missed a couple of Cavs games due to Holiday Festivities. Got a lot of friends back in town, so I've been kinda busy. I'm working on getting a schedule down for recaps, so I'll be more consistent.
I don't have time for a full blown 'Music 2008' post, but here's some shit I enjoyed:
Dirty Pretty Things - Romance at Short Notice (listen to 'Come Closer,' 'Truth Begins' and 'Best Face')
The Fratellis - Here We Stand ('Look out Sunshine', 'Acid Jazz Singer' and 'Lupe Brown')
The Kooks - Konk ('Always Where I Need to Be', 'Love it All' and 'Shine On')
The Hold Steady - Stay Positive ('One for the Cutters', 'Yeah Sapphire' and 'Magazines')
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges ('Highly Suspicious', 'I'm Amazed' and 'Librarian')
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend ('One (Blake's got a new face)' 'M79' and 'Wolcott')
The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely ('Consoler Of The Lonely', 'Many Shades of Black' and 'Rich Kids Blues')
Also, I haven't listened to the new Okkervil River, Kings of Leon or O.A.R. albums to have real opinions on them.
There is now a Chipotle less than 2 minutes from my house. I haven't decided if this is the best or worst thing to ever happen to me.
You have no idea how much I absolutely hate iTunes. No idea. The store and everything is fine. I'd just like to be able to use my media player to, you know, play music. If it could freeze my computer even more, that'd be awesome. I enjoy spending 20 minutes to change the song.
On the flip side, I love my iPod.
Recently saw Alien for the first time (loved it) and I got to thinking: what was the last Great Sci-Fi Movie? It can't be the original Matrix, can it? If you're counting Children of Men as sci-fi, I'd go with that, but I'm open to suggestions.
We now own a Wii. Super Mario Galaxy is waaaay fun. If you beat the game, you can play as Luigi... and he runs faster and jumpers higher than Mario (just like in Super Mario Bros. 2!!). It's the little things people.
RE: the Browns. I'm not shocked at all by the firings of Savage and Romeo. I'd be shocked (and pissed!) if Crennel stayed with the franchise. I'm OK with going after New England's Scott Pioli, but part of me feels like it's Savage Redux.
Also, they just took Romeo off of the Patriots with disastrous results, they're gonna go back to the well a second time? I can see why, but at the same time, I dunno. The last fruit we picked off the Belichik tree was rotten, we're going back for seconds?
Randy Lerner is a pussy. I'm glad Joe Thomas and Brady Quinn got to face the media. Classy. You gotta do better than that Randy. The team will never do well unless the owner does well (*waves to Arizona fans*) and Lerner will have to step it up.
I'm really glad Cowher isn't coming here. I really don't think his heart would be in it and I'd believe we'd have a Ditka in New Orleans or Johnson in Miami type situation on our hands.
I felt bad for WKNR yesterday. They went all local and by about 10:30, they were just dragging.
Really enjoyed The Browns Fan's Tailgating Guide. I actually received a free copy from the publisher (because of this blog, weird, right?) and I honestly haven't been sure how to handle it. I'm really grateful for the book and I do really enjoy it, but I've never done any ads or promotions or anything, so I'm entering new ground here.
Hopefully, it'll come in handy next season. You can read a sample chapter here(pdf).
The Cavs should have multiple All-Stars. Both Z and Mo are highly deserving, though I think Z is more likely to make it. I'd LOVE for them to get all three and then have Boobie in the 3pt shootout again. And hell, if they stay the 1st or 2nd seed, Mike Brown will be coaching the team.
That being said, the Cavs have poor representation in the ballot box. Go vote people!
The Cavs-Heat game tonight should be ridiculous. Don't miss this game.
I've gotten some feed back on the podcasts thus far and the general consensus seems to be positive and centered around the theme "stupid, but really funny." Hey, as long as you're laughing, I'm OK.
Our latest effort can be found here. Hopefully we'll record a new one this week and, like our other podcasts, we'll post it once it's out of date and irrelevant. Enjoy.
Happy New Year everyone! 2008 was a big year for me personally (Master Degree, Europe trip) if not blog-wise. If all goes well, you'll be hearing more from me. If things don't go well, it'll probably stay about the same.