08.03.17

Stokely Hathaway : A “30 For 30” Subject More Explosive Than 100 Mike & The Mad Dogs….

Posted in Professional Wrestling at 8:40 pm by

….provided you strap dynamite to Hathaway’s size S vest. Video courtesy WWN and Evolve.

08.02.17

Jabbar : Where’s Kaepernick’s Superstar Support?

Posted in Gridiron, politics at 7:45 pm by

A day prior to not-a-distraction-at-all-during-his-playing-career Hall Of Famer Ray Lewis suggesting that jobless QB/activist Colin Kaepernick oughta, y’know, keep a lower profile, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (above, middle) took to the pages of The Hollywood Reporter with an op/ed that considered Kaepernick’s right to work, if not his right to speak.

As I look around the NFL at backup quarterbacks, it seems that his talent is superior to a lot of people who are on teams already. And nothing in his words or actions is groundbreaking, nothing that activist athletes haven’t said before. Yet the backlash against him seems more intense than with other outspoken athletes, like Serena Williams and LeBron James.

Americans have a favorite quote to demonstrate their dedication to free speech: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” For this to be more than lip service, NFL superstars must defend athletes like Colin through boycotts or other means of persuasion. Some players already have joined him, including Eric Reid, Kenny Britt, Robert Quinn, Brandon Marshall, Antoine Betha and Eli Harold. But they add up to less than two dozen out of about 1,700 players. Where is the support from the other players, especially the white players who make up most of the top ten highest-paid players in the league?

07.07.17

Tonight At Barracuda : The Frogs’ Jimmy Flemion

Posted in Austin at 10:53 am by

A little more than 5 years ago, The Frogs‘ Dennis Flemion exited this stupid planet and music — not to mention the lives of his family and friends — has been the poorer for it. Teamed with brother Jimmy, Milwaukee’s Frogs created (multiple) absurdist worlds that erased the boundaries between satire, social commentary, stunt-y provocation and nightmare vision. Paying homage to their musical inspirations (while often demolishing them in the process), there was so much, much more to The Frogs’ body of work than their notorious 2nd album, 1989’s ‘It’s Only Right & Natural’, and one of these days a dedicated archivist, perhaps one laid off when the Grateful Dead’s assets are acquired by Amazon, will lay all of it out for you in exhaustive, coffee table / Black Friday RSD approved fashion. Or maybe not. Maybe you’ll still have to do some digging for one of the final times in your life.

Until said day arrives, Jimmy — an Austin, TX resident for well over a decade now — will strap on the wings (can someone confirm this?) and treat a Barracuda audience to a selection of Frogs material as a memorial tribute to Dennis. There’s been a handful of Jimmy Flemion solo shows in this region (though none for a very long time) and I can testify that if you willingly miss this one, you deserve all the fucking UnBarlievables and Kung Fu Saloons this town can throw at you.

05.28.17

I’VE GOT A LICENSE TO DEATH WISH AND I’M GONNA USE IT

Posted in Austin, Professional Wrestling at 1:39 pm by

Your entertainment choices this Memorial Day Sunday in the repository of STUPID otherwise known as South Austin, USA could not be more stark. You can either grill carcinogens in the stifling heat (and risk burning down the entire neighborhood), adjourn to a non-descript bar “patio” to consume overpriced drinks and suffer the conversation of your fellow going-nowheres….or you can head to an air-conditioned, indoor volleyball emporium to witness two of the world’s best, the limitless Keith Lee and no-longer-a-secret-agent provocateur Sammy Guevara do battle for the Inspire Pro Wrestling Pure Prestige Championship. In the unlikely event you make the right choice, don’t bother saying hello. WHO NEEDS FRIENDS WHEN YOU’VE GOT SPIRIT BOMBS?

05.14.17

Happy Mother’s Day (Nails Dept.)

Posted in Baseball, Sports TV at 9:48 am by

(from CSTB, May 14, 2008)

Sorry to rip off almost an entire post from Newsday’s Neil Best, but I think you have to file this under “too good to be true”. To wit, it contains the following elements of blogging gold : Kiner’s Korner, the dude-riffic Lenny Dykstra, and the all-important MILF factor. No mention of Ralph’s date with Liz Taylor, sadly.

Rich and John Philips for their responses to a post about Len Dykstra’s post-career business success.

Wrote Rich: “I seem to remember he was on Kiner’s Korner with his mother (for some reason) and it seemed Ralph was trying to hit on her. Anyone else remember something like that or is it an urban myth or macabre nightmare?”

Wrote John: “Rich, I have that edition of Kiner’s Korner on videotape and you are correct. I was at the game that day, taped it, watched it, and decided it was a keeper. Ralph was being Mr. Smooth. He ended the interview by saying something like, ‘Well, congratulations on a great game Lenny, and for having a great-looking mom.”

05.05.17

Yet Another Important Announcement From The Entertainment Division Of Cumbucket Media : USA/Mexico’s ‘Laredo’, Coming June 30

Posted in 12XU, Austin, record collector disease, Rock Und Roll at 9:23 am by

The long-awaited/rumored/feared debut recordings from Austin, TX trio USA/MEXICO are finally upon us. Guitarist Craig Clouse (Shit & Shine, Todd), drummer King Coffey (Butthole Surfers, Rubble, Hugh Beaumont Experience) and bassist Nate Cross (Marriage, When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, Expensive Shit) have somehow created a musical landscape that exceeds present day reality for absurdity and nightmarishness. There’s faint (oh ok, try “loud”) echoes of their past works but their combined forces have resulted in an album as bludgeoning and all-encompassing as any that’s occupied shelf space in my home or yours.

First 100 on translucent green vinyl – includes download card. Preorder here.
(UK/EU customers — please take your business to Riot Season they can get you the album faster and for cheaper shipping)

04.26.17

Having A Cup Of Coffee With Hal McRae

Posted in Baseball, History's Not Happening at 8:37 pm by

Today, let’s celebrate the 24th anniversary of Royals skipper Hal McRae going nuclear on knucklehead reporters. Should I have let this video inform and instruct how I deal with most of you on a daily basis? Probably not, but at least the clothing’s comfortable.