Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Do Not Miss: Andre Ethier and Destroyer at Record Bar TONIGHT

Posted by on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 4:30 PM

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Andre Ethier is the most badass singer-songwriter you've never heard of. The Toronto musician (not to be confused with the LA Dodgers ballplayer of the same name*) used to front the grievously underrated garage-soul-folk-ruckus band the Deadly Snakes, which called it quits after releasing the Polaris-nominated album Porcella in 2006. Ethier continued on, and tonight at the Record Bar, he opens for lyrical genius Dan Bejar, aka Destroyer.

These two nuggets are off Andre's 2006 album Secondathallam (Paper Bag Records).

MP3: Andre Ethier, "The Best We Ever Had"

MP3: Andre Ethier, "Now I Wanna Be Your Dad"

*Fun fact!: Ethier was invited to sing "Oh Canada!" at a Blue Jays vs. Dodgers game.

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Sigur Ros presale password is...

Posted by on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 2:27 PM

... thepitch

Enter it hither: place to buy tickets

And then say the magic word:

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Local Muxtapes?

Posted by on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Local jazz blogger Plastic Sax recently made a muxtape of KC artists. Listen here.

Has anyone else out there made a local muxtape?

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I'll get to work on one featuing shitty local gangsta rap and holler when it's done.

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Junkie Jukebox: New Bonnie "Prince" Billy MP3

Posted by on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 1:37 PM

New Joy

By ANDY VIHSTADT

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Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, returns next month with Lie down in the Light. According to the press release, “[He] decided to go back to where he recorded Master and Everyone and the results couldn’t be better. The album arrives with a faster pace than usual Bonnie releases and then settles into a low key groove.”

MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy: “So Everyone (demo)”

Original version appears on Lie Down in the Light out May 13 on Drag City

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Free Angel Berroa

Posted by on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 11:21 AM

By CHRIS RASMUSSEN

In the American League, teams have nine players paid to hit major league pitching. The Royals, by starting Tony Peña Jr., neglect this by using eight. Before this appears as hyperbole, consider:

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Peña in '08:

.141 batting average

.162 on base percentage

.183 slugging percentage

NL Pitchers in '08:

.141 batting average

.177 on base percentage

.180 slugging percentage

It’s clear Peña can't hit. Even if he hit for a high average, his plate discipline is awful and he has minimal power. For every astonishing defensive play, like the one Saturday, there have been errors at critical times -- one Sunday, one in Oakland the previous weekend. P.S., he is a god-awful bunter.

So what's the solution? The obvious one is Alberto Callaspo, who is an above average hitter and can hold his own at defense. But here's how bad Peña is: If Callaspo injured himself, the Royals would achieve greater production from Ángel Berroa. Berroa is hitting .291 with power in Omaha after a good 2007 season there. He averaged a .263 average with a .384 slugging percentage in his unhappy tenure in KC, which far exceeds how Peña is performing now or how Peña could ever manage.

So it has actually come to this: longing for Ángel Berroa. I even have an informal slogan if this occurs:

Indifference, Not Incompetence. Berroa for Shortstop.

Free Angel Berroa

Posted by on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 11:21 AM

By CHRIS RASMUSSEN

In the American League, teams have nine players paid to hit major league pitching. The Royals, by starting Tony Peña Jr., neglect this by using eight. Before this appears as hyperbole, consider:

berroa2.jpg

Peña in '08:

.141 batting average

.162 on base percentage

.183 slugging percentage

NL Pitchers in '08:

.141 batting average

.177 on base percentage

.180 slugging percentage

It’s clear Peña can't hit. Even if he hit for a high average, his plate discipline is awful and he has minimal power. For every astonishing defensive play, like the one Saturday, there have been errors at critical times -- one Sunday, one in Oakland the previous weekend. P.S., he is a god-awful bunter.

So what's the solution? The obvious one is Alberto Callaspo, who is an above average hitter and can hold his own at defense. But here's how bad Peña is: If Callaspo injured himself, the Royals would achieve greater production from Ángel Berroa. Berroa is hitting .291 with power in Omaha after a good 2007 season there. He averaged a .263 average with a .384 slugging percentage in his unhappy tenure in KC, which far exceeds how Peña is performing now or how Peña could ever manage.

So it has actually come to this: longing for Ángel Berroa. I even have an informal slogan if this occurs:

Indifference, Not Incompetence. Berroa for Shortstop.

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Fancy New Republic Tigers Videos

Posted by on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 9:39 AM

I'm about to the point where if I listen to this song one more time my head's going to fall off, but seriously -- good for the Tigers. This is some top-dollar work, probably not seen since, well, the Golden Republic was on Astralwerks and had this one done.

"Buildings & Mountains"

Summary: Tigers singer Kenn Jankowski drags a boat down the sidewalk of some Southwestern town. He passes band members along the way who join his expedition out into the desert, where they sit in the boat and look pensive. Très cinémathique.

Watch the making-of video after the jump.

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Daily Briefs: Two kinds of apology from me to you. Plus: What does Calvin think?

Posted by on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 9:31 AM

By CHRIS PACKHAM

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MyFox doesn't hate you. It just doesn't care that you're alive: If I had to pick a favorite local news channel, Fox 4 would definitely be in the running. Because in this crazy old Good Luck Chuck-making world, you need at least one island of stability, and I know for a fact that no matter how much the world changes, Phil Witt will always look exactly the same as he did in 1979. It's weird. But comforting!

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Pictured: Phil Witt and his Cindy Crawford beauty mark, reporting live from the apocalypse 80 years from now.

Anyway, I occasionally link to stories on the Fox 4 Web site, and I owe you two kinds of apology for that: the regular, retroactive kind of apology, and also the pre-emptive kind, because I know I'll do it again in the future. But I'll do it soberly, the way you amputate a leg in order to save a dying puppy, because the Fox 4 site is the most disastrously bad site of all the local broadcast stations.

That's like being crowned the king of the floating island of human excrement that's choking off aquatic life around the Florida Keys, because all those Web sites are terrible. But in addition to its obvious retina-searing ugliness, the Fox 4 site loads, like, 12 different scripts and hijacks your browser for 20 or 30 seconds, apparently in order to launch a javascript newscrawl — just like the one on the Fox News channel! Whereas the one on Fox News says stuff like, "Cannibal sex parties: New trend for Democrats?" the one at the Fox 4 site says, hilariously: "Make myfoxkc.com Your Homepage." Why does that particular phrase have to crawl across a frame in your browser? I don't know. Science indicates that it actually will fit on your screen in its entirety.

So I hereby apologize for two things: (1) suggesting that there is a floating island of human excrement around the Florida Keys, which would be awesome from a news-gathering perspective, and (2) the following link to Fox 4.

MyFox Fan Fiction: Fox 4 is expressing journalistic outrage on behalf of you, the common man. The problem? A new road-tax system that penalizes the drivers of older cars. Did the treasury slip it through "on the quiet"? According to Fox 4, yes! The station tentatively adds the following piece of speculative, science-fiction-like journalism: "News of the levy is likely to provoke fury among motorists who have already been hit by soaring fuel costs." But how likely? Seventy-five percent? Eighty? If we're dealing in probabilities, the news copy-writing staff should take a page out of meteorologist Mike Thompson's book and switch to the time-tested Pop-O-Matic Bubble method of reporting. Otherwise, you need to cite your sources: "According to my ass, motorists will be furious."

Bumper sticker polemics: Oh! The federal excise tax on gasoline isn't actually used to fund the government department responsible for cataloging all the varieties of indigenous dust mites. What a surprise. The Hillary Clinton-John McCain plan for summer gas-tax relief would actually cut off funding for roadway projects. That's no problem in Kansas City, a town so tough, the streets are actually made out of steel plates, like the skin of a battle robot. But if you get the impression that I think the whole proposal is a whorish, pandering attempt at garnering the approval of blue-collar voters who can barely keep their heads above the payments on their gas-guzzling F-150 pickups, you've obviously seen the sticker in my car's rear window:

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It's not pithy, but framing my arguments in formal "Calvin pissing" dialectic is my Fox 4 way of appealing to you, the common man.

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