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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Bump In The Road

If you think Mike Pelfrey got hit hard yesterday, I got hit even harder.

you guys disgust me.
~anonymous

Your arguments are so lame it's pathetic.
~anonymous

I did think that statement was kind of redundant by using lame and pathetic, but he could have been using the literary device of repetition to really drive the point of my lameness home.

This blog is a joke.
~anonymous

This one cut much deeper than the others.

you know i love your blog/writing/general attitude like we all love chuck norris, but dude you are fixating.
~jake

Et tu brute? Moose Knuckles is on borrowed time my man and we'll work this out on the virtual playing field.

Compare the whining on other Mets blogs and add the absence of idiocy for the most part on this one, I just don't see the crit.
~DG

Thanks...I think.

DG hit the nail on the head.
This blog owns.
~kenny

Kenny, I always thought you were one of the good ones. Now that all of that is out of the way, I'll go back to the issues at hand a bit battered and bruised, but still trudging along.

I was unable to watch the game, but Mike Pelfrey sure had his problems yesterday. I do not think many excuses could be made up like it was cold out or he was getting squeezed. I think he just flat out had a horrible game. This is three frustrating starts in a row now and though I do not think he should be pulled from the rotation, I'm sure the front office is thinking about it. If he fails to show any progress in another two starts, it would be hard to justify sending your top prospect out there game after game to get killed when he really needs to be working on stuff.

Jake, is this you?

Jake (VA Beach): I will NOT spoil 24 for you...this season has been disappointing so far though. Speaking of DISAPPOINTING...evidenced by his start this season and ESPECIALLY today...what's wrong with Mike Pelfrey. I thought he was a possible #1 and the Mets best pitching prospect??

SportsNation Jim Callis: (2:12 PM ET ) Just had an IM from an irate Mets fan. The problem right now is that Pelfrey needs better secondary pitches. His curve was his third pitch in college, and his new slider doesn't seem to be making much of a difference. The Mets fan was lamenting a John Mabry homer off his change, so I guess that's not working either.


Though I am no scout, it certainly looked like his slider was pretty good at times, but it is clear things are not clicking. He simply is not getting enough swings and misses and is throwing entirely too many pitches. With Jorge Sosa having some major success at the AAA level and being one start off Pelfrey's spot, it makes sense to start thinking long and hard about seeing what he can offer this team. That by no means Pelfrey is done seeing Queens in 2007, but it certainly will not hurt to let him get some confidence and work on some stuff for a bit at this point for New Orleans. Pelfrey definitely has the ability to over match big league hitters, but he is getting over matched at this point and now might not be his time.

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  • Jose Valentin is first in range factor out of all National League 2nd basemen. Hell, he's the only 2nd baseman in the big leagues with a range factor over 6.00.

  • Reyes the best lead off hitter in the league? Awww schucks. The best all around player in the universe? Swellicious.

    "He's the best player in baseball," a National League front-office man said of Reyes. "Every tool is [rated] plus, and he can change a game in so many ways."

    Based on his performance in 2006, quick start in April and the people hitting around him, a healthy Reyes appears to be a lock for 20 homers, 15 triples, 120 runs, 80 RBIs and 60 stolen bases. His on-base percentage, which spiked from .300 to .354 last season, continues to trend upward as his discipline and pitch recognition also improve.


    It really never gets old reading things like that.

  • Fernando went 1 for 5 with a run scored in Binghamton's loss.

  • Chad Bradford is an excellent reliever, but I'll take Smith for $10,000,000 less.

  • Ramon Castro hopes to start next year for the Mets, but some people don't see that as happening.

    One AL team executive, though, believes the Mets would pass on Castro as their starter. Also, an NL team executive said he believes Castro - who hit .238 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 126 at-bats last season - is not a starter.

    He sure can rake in limited action though. If LoDuca would come back next year on a one year deal, which I'm sure he won't be satisfied with, I am all for a reduced roll for him with Castro getting more at-bats. Shit, that may be the way to go this year too.

  • Pedro Martinez is still in high spirits.

    "I am super excited with how things are progressing. I feel as good as I did in 1996 and 1997," the 35-year-old ace told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

    That is good to hear, but no one knows the extent to which he will return. However, he is one of the greatest of all time like Greg Maddux and can work with a reduced repertoire at a high level and adapt to whatever skills he has left. Of course there is always the chance he gains a few more MPHs on his fastball which is scary to think about. Either way, if he can just make it back, it will provide a huge boost to this team emotionally.

  • As Bookied pointed out, the Phillies are on fire. They are now four games out of first and are riding a five game winning streak. I think this is the type of team that will have stretches of really great and really bad ball. I do not think they are constructed all that great with the bottom of the lineup and back of the bullpen owning plenty of holes, but they may just be dumb enough to not recognize they are not the best team. This Philly team is not lacking in heart and just might give everyone fits afterall.
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    36 Comments:

    Anonymous Brian B said...

    If you don't like this blog you are a tool. Generally more informative than the local newspapers and better writing to boot. I also enjoy the fact that you don't feel the need to be PC.

    -Brian B

    12:08 AM

     
    Blogger oSSyCoCoTaSo said...

    i dont see why guys are complaining about the blog. its a long season and with willy doing dumb shit all the time, stuff like this will pop up over and over again. i think willie may be anonymous. check the times on those comments...

    philly is like swiss cheese. too many holes. the lineup isnt great. u cant expect howard to hit 57 hr again. victorino, rowand, ruiz and helms doesnt scare me at all. the rotation isnt good considering their ace is in the pen. and their pens sucks balls like chuck norris kicks ass.

    pedro was sick with an 86 mph fast ball. if he picks up 4 after the surgery, his cooperstown speech will be delayed by 3 years.

    valentin is a suprise. dude could always hit but the defense is frosting.

    chavez is the shit too.

    reyes. the mets chuck norris

    3:25 AM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Your taste in music leaves much to be desired.

    That having been said, there's not a day goes that I don't read your blog. Ignore the beknighted imbeciles and twist any way you want to.

    Emad

    3:55 AM

     
    Anonymous dang G said...

    Exactly, Mike, words being the vehicules that they are, take what seems fair and let arbitrary anonymous shit go where it belongs. What you're doing here won't effect world peace, solve the looming/some say present energy crisis or anything like that, but it's a great place to read & vent from places near and far. I've read a lot of Met-related blogs, you have nothing - nothing! - to feel injured about. This place does good stuff. (And everything I wrote yesterday was meant to be 100% laudatory!)

    6:32 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Brian b, I just had to wipe tears from my face.

    Ossy, I don’t mind people complaining. It’s their god given right.

    The thing about Howard is ALL the experts were expecting a regression. Not to say he would be bad, but let’s say 40 homers instead of 57? I just don’t see their lineup stacking up…Beltran is greater than Howard…Reyes is greater than Rollins (thought I give Rollins credit for killing it so far and Wright = Utley at worst this year. Meyers helps their bullpen, but hurts their rotation, but their rotation is quite decent 1 through 5 at this point and very much like the Mets in ’06. Deep if not unspectacular. Meyers improves the pen, but they still are not that deep. Throw on top of that the Mets defense is the best in the NL East. Like I said, the Phils will give fits, but ultimately I think they will hit their highs and lows.

    Valentin…Chavez…Smith…the legends are growing. I remember when I vehemently disliked Jose V. He looked so lost, but the dude is smooth with the glove. Really smooth and he doesn’t look 37. He doesn’t run 37….he looks rejuvenated.

    Emad, my taste in music is vast. I know I’ve just mentioned that I went to a Bloc Party concert, but not much else. Just out of curiosity, what five bands are you listening to most now?

    What you're doing here won't effect world peace, solve the looming/some say present energy crisis or anything like that,

    Well that was actually my goal.

    I’m quite joking about the injury due to the nasty posts. I care not if people want to call me names like poo-pee pants and kid toucher. It’s like water of a ducks back my man.

    Except when Jake did it, that one hurt bad…not sure how someone comes back from that one.

    8:52 AM

     
    Anonymous Kenny said...

    I will answer the question posed to Emad...
    Albert Hammond Jr.
    Arcade Fire
    Kings of Leon
    Oasis
    White Stripes

    Who else enjoyed seeing Kazmir plunk Jeter and put him out of the game? That brought joy to my life.

    9:19 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Albert Hammond Jr. = very good

    Arcade Fire = good, but overrated in my opinion just like Entourage.

    Kings of Leon = don't listen
    Oasis = old school
    White Stripes = ALWAYS a good choice. They are dependable like old faithful...

    Jeter getting plunked never gets old, though it was always better when Pedro smacked him on the hand.

    9:29 AM

     
    Anonymous Pavan said...

    Mike, I visit your blog more than any other (including metsgeek). Screw all of the anonymous comments.

    That said, I miss the random awesome links you used to post up. Oh, and Bloc party owns. I'm seeing them in Barcelona in mid may..fuck yeah!

    My fantasy team is inching closer to getting out of last in ERA. Watch it Mike, I'm aiming to take your ass down. Once my pitching comes together, everybody better be worried.

    10:55 AM

     
    Blogger Count Choculitis said...

    Willie is an idiot. Yes, the players play for him, which is more than we can say for Art Howe, and probably more than we can say for most managers, but it does not mean he is not an idiot. I will take the heat for this statement: I've been pining for Ray Knight or Keith Hernandez for about 8 years now. It is never happening, but I will still pine.

    I still can't find the Al Hammond CD anywhere to (illegally) download, but I've heard good things. Arcade Fire are brutally overrated. I can't stand the voice on the guy from Kings of Leon, but "On Call" off the new disc is a great song. Oasis sucks. Agreed on The White Stripes, you really can't go wrong.

    I would also suggest Modest Mouse, Margot & The Nuclear So and So's and Nada Surf. LCD Soundsystem is cool. They all pale in comparison to Bruce.

    11:04 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Pavan, I’m going to try and get back into the linkage, but I only post at night making it old news. I’m going to try and be better….I swear.

    As for taking me down, I’m as well rounded as the Mets and just waiting to strike. A few of my big hitters have done nothing and will start to tear it up soon. Once my offense gets going to even slightly average, everyone is done. It almost feels unfair.

    Count, it seems you have broken out of your vow of silence in a big way. Keith would be great, but he will never coach. However, I do think his personality would grate on the players over 8 months or of the year. He can be taken as a condescending know it all and that is all well and find on a broadcast….

    Oberkfell and Carter are two of the best managerial prospects in the game. I certainly hope the Mets find a way to keep one in-house on the big league level.

    I can send you the Albert Hammond Jr. album….just email me and I’ll get it to you this weekend.

    I’m not a Modest Mouse fan so much. Nada Surf is old school. Never heard of the Margot people.

    Bruce? He is good for some drunken tunes, but I cannot say I enjoy listening to his musical stylings.

    11:16 AM

     
    Anonymous Kenny said...

    Margot is insanely good live. The album is decent, but they'll blow your mind in concert. (much like the arcade fire you've all come to loathe)


    Glad to see The Count is back, but Oasis does not suck. I saw flew to NYC and saw them in The Garden in 2005. It was soldout and fucking epic. People love to slag them, but they write great tunes.

    Keith would be hilarious as a manager. He'd be in the corner smoking and wearing a fur coat and it would make for great television.

    And while we're making requests for this blog, I'm always a fan of a clip from youtube. One can never go wrong with youtube.

    11:32 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I definitely don’t loathe them. I just said they are overrated…I think Blender called them the greatest band nobody has ever heard of? I like Phoenix better.

    Oasis is great. I still love champagne super nova after a long night that ends with me squinting with one eye so I can see straight. And I’ve also seen them do an acoustic show. They are very egotistical, but very good. Anyone here Ryan Adams cover of Wonderwall? Swellicious. Pay the $1 to download it from somewhere.

    Imagine Keith wearing a fur coat out to the mound? Straight Pimpin’

    Good call on the youtube linkage. I’m going to take note and try and work in as much as I can with my limited schedule. But the youtube.com forwards have subsided a bit as it’s star has fallen a tad in the past few months.

    11:53 AM

     
    Anonymous Dang G said...

    God, five bands is like way too difficult. I am super eclectic (I can make the bridge between Big Black or Rapeman to John Cage's Sonatas for Prepared Piano to the Partridge Family with ease) and have way too much music, one of those record collections where that's all people talk about at your funeral if you don't fucking do anything with your life! So, five is incomplete, Anyway:

    - Bill Callahan (aka Smog) - Woke on a Whaleheart
    - Grinderman (NIck Cave's new sideproject)
    - Lily Allen - Alright, Still
    - Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band (yes, that is their real name and they are religiously good) - Horses in the Sky
    - Dave Douglas - Keystone

    Last is a great jazz trumpeter my wife & I saw here in Paris on Monday night. We're going to see Electrelane on Friday.

    Arthur Hammond was in the Strokes, right?

    Arcade Fire's first album was very good though I know a couple of people who hate it. I guess they sound pretentious to some people. Second album is okay.

    Oh two more things, Grizzly Bear would have been on my list last week, and The Minutemen were the greatest band ever.

    Imagine if Petey came back throwing even just 90 mph? Supposedly, he will go through a dead arm period eventually, but he's super motivated. And the thing about Pedro is that when he's super motivated he's devastating. My Petey confidence meter is up to 6 out of 10 with a bullet.

    I thought we were going to debate Pelfrey today, but I guess we're not quite at the point of really having to debate it.

    And Castro could definitely start though a semi-platoon with a lefty swinging good defensive catcher would do me fine any day!

    11:55 AM

     
    Anonymous dang G said...

    Afraid I find Oasis abhorant; would they have amounted to anything if they hadn't had the hype? (Don't worry, I can agree to disagree!) That said, Wonderwall is and was a fabulous song. I prefer Chan Marshall's version personally.

    I cannot figure out why the Mets don't ask Keith to come down and talk about people's swings when they are off. I mean, he could fix Wright in like two seconds. He'd be a hilarious manager, but he'd be way too bored. I like that image of him coming out to the mound in a fur coat!

    12:03 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    DG,

    You’ve name four bands I’ve never heard of…and I’ve not heard for Grinderman, but I am familiar with Nick Cave.

    How about The Twighlight Singers? The new band from the front man of the Afghan Wigs. Candy Cane Crawl is a song I suggest you give a whirl, but overall very good stuff.

    Albert Hammond Jr. is the rhythm guitarist so the band sounds a lot like the Strokes in many ways.

    I have Grizzly Bear, but have not given them a listen yet….but can you suggest any good jazz or blues? Stuff that is relatively easy to find. I’m not looking for some obscure stuff I’ll never find.

    We can discuss Pelf…I posted this on Coop’s site to Bookied:

    I think the real issue is not worry about what other guys do and worry about what Pelfrey does. The thing that separates him is that his secondary stuff is not even close to everyone else's.

    He needs to be treated differently. We heard his stuff was improved, but it doesn't seem like they are helping him out much.

    I liken the situation to Ryan Madson. I'm not saying Pelfrey cannot be a great starter in this league, but it bears noting that Madson had big time issues starting and had far and away better secondary stuff. I think he gets two more starts and without a significant improvement, he needs to work on things and I'm not 100% sure that doing that on the big league level makes sense.


    A lefty swinging good defensive catcher? And where the hell do we find one of those?

    If you can get by Oasis’ ginormous heads, they have some good songs though I cannot speak to their more recent stuff. I haven’t really listened to them since high school but still enjoy them if/when I hear them. But it’s realllllly hard to get over their ego when they claim stuff like they are better than the Beatles. Their sounds is completely unoriginal and mainstream, but they do it well.

    I don’t know why Keith has never been a special assistant or anything like Henderson or Strawberry. I imagine they did ask him, but he prefers this type of lifestyle more. Less regimented maybe.

    12:18 PM

     
    Blogger Count Choculitis said...

    Great call Mr. Met. I love the Phoenix album. A nice sunny day, with the windows down practically begs for "One Time Too Many" to be played.

    I also have been getting into Ryan Adams recently. My favorite album is probably 29, but it's pretty mellow. I can't keep up with all he puts out. Heh heh. Puts out.

    Can I get a David Wright discussion going? He is a mediocre 7 hitter right now, and together with last year has been so for about a solid 1/2 season.

    12:40 PM

     
    Blogger AE said...

    when he was younger, jose valentin got high marks for his defense at ss. when he moved over to 3rd, he didn't translate as well - sort of like a-rod. it doesn't surprise me that his defense is good at 2nd and it makes me wonder if a-rod opts out of his contract, if the mets can find some room for him at 2nd after the season...

    as for the music, i'm listing my 5 favorite albums/cassettes/cds of all time (in no particular order):

    - velocity girl - simpatico
    - the wu-tang clan - enter the wu-tang (36 chambers)
    - the sundays - reading, writing, and arithmetic
    - jawbreaker - 24 hour revenge therapy
    - green day - 1039...

    if i were ever stranded on a desert island, those would be my picks.

    12:52 PM

     
    Anonymous Kenny said...

    David Wright is struggling. I can't even bring myself to refer to his as Sugar Pants anymore. Its been downhill since the allstar break. I'm confident that he'll find his way and break out of it though.

    I see nobody has mentioned Delgado around here either. Dude is friggin' struggling right now.

    As for Pelfrey, two more bad starts out of him and I think we'll all be getting aqainted with Senior Sosa.

    The best thing about Oasis is their ego. Sometimes you just need to tell people how awesome you are.

    1:45 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I don’t have much Ryan Adams…I have one album, but he has TONS of albums my friend was playing me some stuff. He’s talented, but probably not everyone’s cup o’ tea.

    I’m going to lay off Wright for now. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what could possibly be going on with him. The only thing I might suggest at this point is putting him in front of Beltran to start getting better pitchers with more behind him than just Alou. He should be better than needing that, but maybe that sparks him.

    AE….that is practically impossible to name five albums….I was just asked that but you could name five bands and you get their past and future catalog but no derivative bands. I chose Muse, Rise Against, John Legend, Death Cab for Cutie, and Bayside. I tried to get a wide array, but part of the problem with me, I don’t have all-time favorite bands these days. I’m pretty much all over what I’m listening to at this time, but those were my choices.

    I can't even bring myself to refer to his as Sugar Pants anymore.

    Ouch man, that’s low. He’ll always big Big Daddy Sugar Pants to me.

    The best thing about Oasis is their ego. Sometimes you just need to tell people how awesome you are.

    Which is why I like Sheff, but for some reason whey they do it it bothers me.

    1:57 PM

     
    Blogger BookieD said...

    I guess some of us had the (unrealistic) expectation that with Pelfrey pitching in college (on a CWS champion) he would be farther along with his secondary stuff. Guess not.

    Wow, I am clearly getting old, as I recognize about 1/2 the bands in the discussion. I agree that the Arade Fire is overrated. I have made several attempts to get into them, and it has never taken.

    Oasis certainly is a polarizing band. I agree that they are often hated on more for their attitude than for their music. I loved Definitely Maybe and Morning Glory. Since then, Eh.

    I actually downloaded Lilly Allen. I will cop to liking it, though I feel myself growing a vagina every time I listen to it. IMO, the better choice for female Brit music is Amy Winehouse, whose album is proably one of the best I've heard in a while. I also like some of the new Kaiser Chiefs (though I didn't love their "I Predict a Riot", so maybe I'm just missing the point.

    Here are a few from a guy in his near-to-mid 30's who likes mainstream, accessible stuff:

    Franz Ferdinand - you could have it so much better
    Ted Leo/Pharmacists - Shake the Sheets and Tyrany of Distance
    The Strokes (First 2 albums and most of the 3rd--bonus points, because Julian Casablancas is a Mets' Fan)
    Ben Folds (my wife walked down the aisled to him at our wedding)

    I will not apologize for liking the following:

    Panic! at the Disco
    Fallout Boy
    The Killers
    Anything by Beyonce or Christina Aguillera
    Kelly Clarkson
    the latest album from My Chemical Romance
    Phantom Planet

    2:03 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    'Just out of curiosity, what five bands are you listening to most now?'

    1. The Four Tops - Miscellaneous
    2. MC5 - Back in the USA
    3. UFO - Lights Out
    4. Weezer - Blue Album
    5. Thee Michelle Gun Elephant - Casanova Snake

    I've also been on a big Motown, Staxx, Blues kick.

    Recent music fails to inspire, really.

    John Cage's 'Symphony for Metal Ladder' was a major influence
    on Ennio Morricone's work, so that's why i'm familiar. It's very Avant-garde stuff.

    Emad

    2:16 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Never apologize for listening to anything. I cannot say I listen to all those bands at the bottom, but Panic! at the Disco, Fallout Boy, The Killers, and My Chemical Romance are all in my IPOD and MCR and the Killers are uber good. The new Killers album is badical.

    Speaking of growing a pair of female genitalia, I've been listening to The Sounds. My ovaries are growing quite plump right now...

    Oh, Shiny Toy Guns is in the same vain as The Sounds and is a little less ovary growth inducing. They are pretty much sick.

    2:17 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Never apologize for listening to anything. I cannot say I listen to all those bands at the bottom, but Panic! at the Disco, Fallout Boy, The Killers, and My Chemical Romance are all in my IPOD and MCR and the Killers are uber good. The new Killers album is badical.

    Speaking of growing a pair of female genitalia, I've been listening to The Sounds. My ovaries are growing quite plump right now...

    Oh, Shiny Toy Guns is in the same vain as The Sounds and is a little less ovary growth inducing. They are pretty much sick.

    2:17 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Emad, there is tons of good new stuff out! I have to say I believe there is a music renaissance going on of sorts and so many people are getting into better music as opposed to that 92.3 garbage that the man populous was into in the past. I mean, indie is practically main stream these days!

    Plenty off good bands in this thread that should make you change your mind if you give them the chance.

    Oh, the Dustin Kensrue album (lead singer of Thrice's side project) completely kicks arse. Some really good folky stuff with a great rock sound.

    2:21 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    'Never apologize for listening to anything.'

    Agreed. For all my 'taste', I have ABBA and Britney Spears in the collection. Don't laugh. I'm deadly fucking serious.

    I also have a profound weakness for anything 80s.

    'Emad, there is tons of good new stuff out!'

    Eh, it goes deeper than any intellectual laziness. I'm very much stuck in the past.

    I'm familiar with Thrice. Good band. Might have to check that out.

    'Oh, Shiny Toy Guns is in the same vain as The Sounds and is a little less ovary growth inducing.'

    Pure hilarity.

    Emad

    2:52 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Eh, it goes deeper than any intellectual laziness. I'm very much stuck in the past.

    I can totally respect that. I'm stuck in the now. I don't like old stuff at all...whether it is 2000 or 1960. I just like newer sounding stuff. Of course there are some caveats like if a band is still putting out new albums I listen to their old stuff or I just never heard the album before making it new to me, but I'm pretty much into new music.

    Thrice is punch your mother good. If you like some heavier stuff, Illusion of Safety is one of my most favorite albums. They are really, really, really good live as well. Plus they give a fraction of each album sales to breast cancer, which is really good as well.

    RE: Britney...I should have said, never apologize for anything BUT Britney.

    3:17 PM

     
    Anonymous Kenny said...

    I'm all man and I freaking love The Sounds first record. Have you seen that broad? Yowza.

    No shame here, I still listen to Warrant. That cherry pie brings a tear to my eye.

    I must say that this day with no Mets game and very little baseball talk has been refreshing. We can all be hostile again tomorrow.

    3:20 PM

     
    Blogger BookieD said...

    Agreed. No apologies! If I were ashamed, I certainly wouldn't broadcast it in the internet. Re: Brittany, I actually have "Toxic" in my iPod. The haunting rythms and beats are infectuous!

    I think you need to store this thread somewhere on the site, so we can download some of these recommendations. There are too many to remember. Is that possible?

    4:01 PM

     
    Anonymous Dang G said...

    Wait did your wife walk down the aisle to you or to Ben Folds, Bookied? I know, I get it, just had to josh.

    For me the best moment of "rock/contemporary" music is still those golden post punk years - Gang of Four, the Slits, Public Image Limited, etc. - before the synthesizer killed everything that didn't have slick hair with weird points and much mousse. Simon Reynolds wrote a terrific book about that period (78 - 84) called "Rip It Up & Start Again" and there's actually a great CD compilation of the same name. Punk, Post-Punk, Hardcore: I was lucky to be a teenager/delinquant/prozac-worthy post-grad at the right time - at least it felt lucky until the odometer ticked forty a couple of years ago and that inkling of rear window effect started to kick in.

    I have to say that this has been a pretty average time for music on the whole although I have been finding new stuff the last couple of years that warrants repeat listens and actual purchases. That vaunted period of music lead me into jazz, then experimental jazz and contemporary classical, so lord knows what I'd take to a desert island. I mean, these days you'd have your iPod with you & ain't no way to charge an iPod on no mfing desert island. I'd have plenty of music in my head however.

    Lily Allen is pretty funny and yes, very girl. I bought it for my wife and my daughter (who I trust doesn't get all the lyrics) and ended up listening to it as well. She loves weird stuff, like radio jingles and cheesy pre-Beatles English music along with hip hop and ska; add the acerbic lyrics and it's a fun ride.

    I'm sick of people telling me they're the best thing since Jesus, which is why groups like Oasis thoroughly annoy. It's basically, "put up or shut up" and besides Wonderwall and maybe another tune or two, I just don't get there. But of course modern culture is full of all this boasting whether it's for music, chocolate cereal, happy meals, political campaigns, even mattresses. You gotta be free of that shit! My point is "let me think about it and draw my own conclusions," so when someone tells me what they are, I just pull in tight.

    Mike if you've never heard Smog, you've got to at least give a listen on iTunes, or go over to hypemachine and search around there. Listen to some cuts from "Knock Knock" (like "Cold Blooded Old Times"), from "Red Apple Falls", or from "A River Ain't Too Much." Just awesome shit.

    Ryan Adams has 457 albums at last count and all together they would make 3 albums worth of choice cuts. But when I mean, choice cuts, I mean CHOICE CUTS! Lot of talent there.

    And you should check out the Minutemen on iTunes. They were the Grateful Dead of Punk Rock, just totatlly free form. The day D. Boon died was one of the worst days of my life.

    Hey, check out Charlotte Gainsbourg's album that just came out Tuesday in the Statesies. Been out here for a good six months. She's got to be the most beautiful not really beautiful woman in the world. Great actress and great voice!

    And yes I'll provide some Jazz/Blues suggestions, but that's enormous territory, so I will think then email.

    ANYWAY, the nice thing about Metties is that they are 13 - 7 without their #4 & #5 guys doing much. And this is how great teams operate: when Beltran & Reyes & Alou & Green (who thought we'd even think of adding that one this winter!) drop off a bit, we'll have Wright & Delgado heating up. Actually my biggest worry would be Reyes slumping because there is absolutely no player who does more in all of baseball - I mean obviously there are players who do some things better individually, but not all of the things collectively. The sick thing is you still get the impression that he's merely scratching the surface.

    So don't worry about Wright! Or Delgado! We'z fine!

    Oh and I have never heard him rap, but El-P has got one of the best album titles ever. I'll Sleep When You're Dead.

    4:10 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Re: Brittany, I actually have "Toxic" in my iPod. The haunting rythms and beats are infectuous!

    {crickets chirp as mike is rendered speechless}

    I can definitely get this post linked on the sidebar or just list out the bands on the bottom as some musical suggestions. It certainly would be good to share some valuable info. Too many bands to keep an eye on as we get older.

    I must say that this day with no Mets game and very little baseball talk has been refreshing. We can all be hostile again tomorrow.

    Amen.

    Kenny, good to hear I'm not alone on The Sounds. I just can't stop.

    4:15 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    'I don't like old stuff at all...whether it is 2000 or 1960.'

    Did you give it a chance? I didn't really devote myself to music until University.

    It's difficult for me to accept that you can love Thrice but not love The Ramones. IMPOSSIBLE.

    'RE: Britney...I should have said, never apologize for anything BUT Britney.'

    On my Winamp playlist, I have Velvet Underground's 'Heroin' and Slayer's 'Dittohead'... along with Britney's 'I was Born to Make You Happy' and ABBA's 'Dancing Queen'.

    Emad

    5:49 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Emad...you are my hero.

    I think it's more of not giving things a chance admittedly.

    In closing...if you give anyone a listen, try out Muse's 'Absolution' and 'Black Holes and Revelations'. Best stuff I've head in a while and I convert quite a few.

    5:59 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Just got Illusion of Safety off iTunes. I don't know much about the players, but I get the impression they listened to loads of Bay Area Heavy Metal growing up.

    Emad

    6:16 PM

     
    Anonymous brian b said...

    So I was at the mets game on tuesday and I have to say I actually feel much more comfortable with Joe Smith as a pitcher than Billy I'll strikes maybe today Wagner.

    I realize that Billy is by far the more established pitcher and hitters might catch up to joe smith after they've seen him a couple times, but god is his stuff NASTY.

    9:40 PM

     
    Blogger J. Mark English said...

    Yea...11 big bumps in the road.

    Oh well, at least we won two out of three. We just need to continue to beat up on the bad teams, and need not worry about the Braves if we can do that consistently...

    http://www.americanlegends.blogspot.com/

    9:48 PM

     
    Anonymous Pavan said...

    Wow, Lots of music suggestions. I haven't heard of a lot of these bands that I'm definitely going to go check out.

    I'll suggest a few too. Arctic Monkeys
    Interpol (They're awful live though)
    The Decemberists (Live they fucking blow your mind)

    If you stream music at work, check out:

    http://radio-indie-pop.com/radio.php

    I found tons of freaking sweet bands on there, along with having an all Ramones station.

    9:56 PM

     

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