Ray Manzarek, R.I.P.
Your opinion of The Doors probably depends on how big a wanker you felt Jim Morrison was. Me, I loved ‘em. And regardless of what you might think of Morrison, there’s no question that Manzarek and Krieger were superb instrumentalists.
In honor of his passing, here’s a ten-minute long live version of a song that was on the set list of every band that played at a bar mitzvah party I attended.
I haven’t had one of these in a while, but when I heard the news that FSU is disinclined to give Matthew Thomas the release he wants, this tune immediately jumped into my head.
That’s my favorite Byrds’ Dylan cover. Great lyrics, but it’s the sublime harmonies that really make the song for me.
And here’s a bonus version, from “Playboy After Dark”. It’s a few months after Sweetheart of the Rodeo was released, and the band had reconfigured when Hillman and Parsons left to start The Flying Burrito Brothers. Make sure you check out Clarence White’s work on the gee-tar. Man was pure genius.
Gotta love those earnest hipsters trying to figure out the best dance moves to proto-country rock.
Good read on the O’Bannon case from the perspective of a gamer here. I particularly like this shot of righteous indignation:
But today, even if you believe that a full-ride scholarship is compensation enough for a major college athlete, it is impossible to fully express the contempt that Adidas and the University of Louisville deserve for monetizing the gruesome injury that Kevin Ware suffered in the regional final of this year’s NCAA Tournament. Those … fuckers … sold a $25 t-shirt off of it. It goes without saying not a dime went to Ware or to his medical bills, because of the NCAA rules being challenged by Keller and O’Bannon.
I hope their attorneys bought one of these shirts. It should be entered into the record alongside EA’s study. Kevin Ware is a reserve, the definition of the 75 percent that are supposedly just anonymous enough to not be identified by number alone. But the existence of this shirt puts the lie to EA’s 25 percent claim.
The shirt read “Ri5e to the occasion.” That is an unmistakable reference to Ware by his uniform numeral. That slogan—and good job, good effort to Adidas’ well compensated, collar-popping marketers, coining a phrase I saw in my high school’s weight room in 1988—covers its shame with the same-sized fig leaf that Electronic Arts has used for two decades. That shirt is bought because people see a Louisville No. 5 and understand it is Kevin Ware. Similarly, no intelligent person who plays these video games can look at NCAA 13‘s roster and say “Well, QB#2 at Texas A&M is not actually Johnny Manziel.”
NCAA, this one from The Knack goes out to you. From 1979, it’s their “Your Number Or Your Name”.
An alert reader sent this clip my way…
Dude’s got his sensitive side.
Sad to hear that Ten Years After guitarist/front man Alvin Lee passed away (“after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure”, yech). He didn’t have the acclaim of a Clapton, Page or Beck, but the man could play some guitar.
Here he is in all his glory at the Marquee, playing “Love Like A Man”.
After seeing this…
During the conversation, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsone, a former Alabama player, told the President, “And I know you’ll be shaking hands with Nick Saban pretty soon, too.”
After some small banter, Obama made a reference to Reuben Foster,“You guys just got another draft pick down there. A guy who already tattooed Auburn on his arm and then decided to go to Alabama instead.”
Newsome responded, “He did the same thing I did. I committed to Auburn and I changed my mind. It happens all the time down there. It only counts on signing day.”
… I think I’ve got just the tuneage for the occasion – Brit hippie guitarist Steve Hillage’s cover of George Harrison’s “It’s All Too Much”.
Not bad, eh?
The incomparable Stevie Ray Vaughan displaying his chops on “Tin Pan Alley”.
If you ain’t sweatin’, you ain’t playin’.
In honor of Michael Adams’ declaration about the weekly calendar (“I think Monday through Friday are for education, and I think Saturday is appropriate for football.”) and the fact that Georgia hasn’t played a regular-season football game on a non Saturday since Adams became president in 1997, I thought a little Allman Brothers at Fillmore East might be in order.
Mmm, so good. Hard to believe that’s over forty years ago now.
UPDATE: By the way, it doesn’t sound like McGarity and Adams are exactly on the same page.
Now a more realistic possibility, for Georgia at least, would be moving the Clemson game to an earlier date, say Thursday, Aug. 29, or Friday the 30th. The Bulldogs would then get the benefit of having the college football world’s undivided attention while also enjoying an extra day or two of preparation for the Gamecocks.
“I think that would make much more sense,” McGarity said.
Meet the title cut from Dwight Yoakam’s first original album in seven years.
Do I detect a slight Springsteen melodic undertone? Maybe. Great tune from a strong album, one of his best.
The first thing that came to mind when I read this Mike Bobo quote about Ken Malcome’s dissatisfaction with his playing time…
“Well, if he wants more playing time he’s gotta prove it on the practice field,” Bobo said. “He’s getting opportunities every day. He’s got a great chance, kind of like what we talked about with the offensive line, to earn some playing time with this bowl practice. The best guys are gonna play, really regardless of age.”
… was this: