So You Think You Have Taste. An Overview of a 38 Artist, Nine Participant Music Listening Party – Part 2

Drew Dernavich
New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich inexplicably drew some jam band hippie.

I posted Part 1 of the music listening party. Part 2 concludes here. The theme for the second half of the evening was anything old/vintage. I put a rule of pre-2000. The night continued on after a few people left. Here’s how it transpired.

Again, the participants were Kevin MooreSteve DayDrew DernavichmyselfJason Evans, Eric Bedillion and Brian Horne.

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So You Think You Have Taste.
An Overview of a 38 Artist, Nine Participant Music Listening Party – Part 1

I participated in a music listening  with former Universal Records employee Eric Funderburke, über indie music nerd Kevin Moore, and about seven other people in 2007. Each participant brought three bands—two new ones and one oldie.

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My Top Eight Memories as a New Jersey Nets Fan

The last game in NJ on April 23rd 2012 vs. Philly was was surprisingly full and lively.

It wasn’t easy being a Nets fan in Knick country. Despite two Finals appearances by the Nets that coincided with the Eddy Curry/Stephon Marbury/Isaiah Thomas years, the New Jersey Nets never got any respect. I’d actually get jealous going to Knick games—because despite the fact that the team was a joke, the fans were always a hundred times more enthusiastic than Nets fans. The Jason Kidd years had a better showing in the Continental Arena but their best days paled in comparison to the Knicks’ worst at the Garden.

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A Cure for Linsanity

It was Tuesday, July 17th. The Daily News tabbed tonight’s choice by the New York Knicks on whether or not to match the Houston Rockets backloaded contract offer sheet to restricted free agent point guard Jeremy Lin as, “The Most Important Decision Since ‘The Decision'”, in reference to LeBron James’ July snubbing of the Knicks and hometown Cleveland Cavaliers two years earlier. The Knicks whiffed on this season’s MVP and Finals MVP then, and rumor had it, would be letting their sensational point guard from out of nowhere walk all the way to Houston for nothing in return. Continue reading “A Cure for Linsanity”

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Jeremy Lin is Gone

I’m so pissed at the Knicks. How could they allow Jeremy Lin to leave? The only thing that makes me angrier than watching my favorite player leave my favorite team is to listen to all the “experts” tell me it was the “right decision” for the Knicks. I had to hear this crap on my ride home from work on Tuesday night (1050 ESPN) then again on SportsCenter when I got home then again on WFAN this morning. Here are the nuggets of knowledge dropped by ESPN’s “NBA Insiders”:

1. “If the Knicks matched the offer, Lin would cost them $50 Million in the 3rd year of his contract [because of the Luxury Tax].  He’s not worth it!”

2. “Jeremy Lin was only good for two weeks.”
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Jeremy Lin is Our Barack Obama—But Way Better

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(Editor’s note: This was written during the heyday of Linsanity in February.)

And I don’t mean in a political way (this blog is politics-free) – but in a sense of expectations.

Before Obama became the leader of the free world, there were at least fictional depictions of black presidents in pop-culture.

Dennis Haysbert’s portrayal of President David Palmer provided the backbone to Jack Bauer. Morgan Freeman attempted to keep the country calm when a runaway comet was ready to obliterate earth. Chris Rock even played a president in Head of State. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin is Our Barack Obama—But Way Better”

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