This blog exists because if people are nerds about sports, they’re probably nerds about other things. My love of sports is relatively healthy. My love of pop music might kill me.
One of the best things about Twitter is finding people who share your tastes. My middle school days of being obsessed with Metallica have provided me more than enough information to shake my head at followers who tell me “… And Justice For All” is a great album. Because musical taste is purely subjective, any “take” is tolerated and can be thoroughly dissected.
(Well, mostly any take. “Rap music just isn’t music!” is a not-so-smart way of accidentally declaring you’re kind of racist. Just say you don’t like it.)
Yet of all the different artists one can discuss and argue about on Twitter, there is one that blows them all out of the water on the polarizing scale:
Ween was and is weird. From a musical (and perhaps also drug) standpoint, the duo of Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Gene and Dean Ween, respectively, a.k.a. Gener and Deaner, respectively) did everything.
The average non-Ween-fan has definitely heard Ween before. If they don’t know them from Phish’s cover of “Roses are Free,” they know them from having heard “Voodoo Lady” in “Road Trip” or “Ocean Man” in “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
But of all the things Ween did, they didn’t suck. They were extremely versatile. Listen to “Don’t Laugh (I Love You),” then “Freedom of ’76″ and then “Back to Basom.” In three songs, you’re taken on a journey from drum machine hell to falsetto purgatory and finally to Mellotron and synth heaven.
After starting out in the mid-80s and putting out 11 non-live albums from 1990 through 2007, Ween broke up in 2012 when Freeman announced that was no longer Gener, a move that was linked to both his burgeoning sobriety and his desire for a solo career. Last year, the band began announcing reunion shows, and on Wednesday it was announced that they’ll play Boston’s House of Blues in August. They’ve amassed enough of a catalogue (and a loyal enough cult following) that they can pretty much play whatever they want.
There’s nothing wrong with weird. The world is a better place with Ween in it.
Women’s Wear Daily — Despite her retirement from modeling last year, Gisele Bündchen will help kick off the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Hosted at Maracanã Stadium, the 35-year-old model will strut through the venue’s gateway during the opening ceremony as a part this year’s celebration.
I have to be honest with you, because I want our relationship to be based on trust. I hate this news.
And not just because I have very low tolerance for unretirements. I wrote too many Barstool blogs tooling on Brett Favre for his serial unretirements to change my opinion now. We’ve seen far too many athletes go out at or near the top, only to have second thoughts, come crawling back, embarrass themselves and damage their legacies. (See Michael Jordan with the Wizards.) Not to mention how many bands we’ve seen do a “farewell tour” only to lather, rinse and repeat a few years later when there’s another quick buck to be made. No, I believe you’ve got to make a clean break of it the way Gisele did last year and never look back.
But I not only don’t want her going to Rio, I don’t think anyone should. As I said Tuesday on Dale & Holley with Extra Thornton, I don’t want Nate Ebner there because this thing is going to be a fiasco. Between the Zika virus, massive levels of poop in the water, crime and political chaos, it’s a disaster in the making. And certainly not worth the risk of giving your babies birth defects just so people can win medals in ping pong.
All that said, I understand why Gisele is going. It’s because she is a patriot. A true daughter of Brazil who loves her country more than her retirement, her health and her safety. Because her nation needs her and she’s answering the call.
Gisele will be at Rio in the way Muhammad Ali went to Atlanta in 1996 despite the early stages of Parkinson’s. Because it was the right thing to do. Gisele is to Brazil what George Washington, the Wright Brothers, Babe Ruth, Elvis and Neil Armstrong combined are to us. She represents all that is good about her nation and makes her countrymen proud. They could no sooner have an Olympics Opening Ceremony without her signature “horse walk” runway move than we could have one without the American flag.
And for this selfless act, I applaud her. I just beg that she coat herself in bug spray, keep away from the ocean, and get right back to Brookline where she belongs.
Callahan highlights a recent story from the Boston Police Department of a cop not shooting despite a toy gun being aimed at him. The guys discuss the tough job police officers have in showing restraint.
The guys discuss the Red Sox, who have pulled within a half-game of the first-place Orioles after a 4-0 shutout of the Giants at Fenway behind another Ortiz homer and a Porcello win.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Massachusetts Governor refusing to "take sides" and honor fallen policemen by lighting the Zakim Bridge blue in their honor.
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