The Brothers Johnson – Get The Funk Out Ma’ Face/Stomp!

In the most recent installment of Your Funky Weekend™, we feature the Brothers Johnson. Perhaps we could have found a more concise clip, but then we would've missed Louis Johnson melting the shit out of his bass.


1980

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FMD: Fixed on Oldham

So, basically all I've listened to in the last week has been my "will Oldham" genre on my iPod.

To spur discussion, let me point you to something Joe Posnanski wrote about Bruce Springsteen. No, not this one.
Rather, this one, about the first "Rock" song he "heard", meaning "felt and related to".
In Pos's case, it was "Born to Run" by the aforementioned Bruce.
I could think harder and deeper, but for me, the answer might be Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike" or "Would?" by Alice in Chains.

Do you have one?
Maybe first "Hip-hop" song? First "Country" song? First "Techno" song? First "Noise" song? First "____" song? (What genre is Coil, anyways?)
Here's a list of mine:
Hip-hop: Naughty By Nature "Ghetto Bastard (Everything's Gonna Be Alright)"
Country: Meat Puppets "Comin' Down" or Metallica "Mama Said"
Techno: Nine Inch Nails "March of the Pigs"
Noise: Ryuichi Sakamoto "Coro" (Maybe)

Minor Details: Games of August 22

I desperately need an office day, not just to catch up on this but to do other stuff, too.  I don't see myself getting one any time soon, though.

Josmil Pinto returns to Rochester.  The Lookouts lose late.  A rare bad start for Mat Batts.  Sam Gibbons shines again.  An E-Twins comeback falls short.  The GCL Twins get overwhelmed in the ninth.  Huascar Ynoa has a fine game.

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Game 127 Recap: Rays 5, Twins 4

Well, shoot.

It hurts to lose a winnable game.  It was all right there for the Twins.  They led 4-2 after four innings and 4-3 through five.  But then Tommy Milone was perhaps left in a bit too long, the score was tied, and then Kurt Suzuki, who we're constantly told is a really good defensive catcher, allowed a passed ball to score what turned out to be the tying run.

It hurts to lose a winnable game.  The Twins, who had been so good with men in scoring position throughout the winning streak, went 1-for-6 in that situation last night.  Had they managed one more hit with men in scoring position, they might have won the game.

It hurts to lose a winnable game.  But on the other hand, during the winning streak, they won some losable games, too.  At some point, it was probably bound to even out.  It might have been easier to take if the winning streak had ended with an 8-2 loss, but the result in the standings would've been the same.

Still, a 6-4 road trip against three fairly good teams is nothing to be ashamed of.  We come home to play another good team, the Houston Astros.  There's a sentence I didn't expect to write this season.  Kyle Gibson, who has been alternating good and bad games, goes for the Twins.  He'll face Scott Kazmir, who's having an excellent year and who handled the Twins pretty easily the last time he faced them.  It won't be easy, but we know how it's going to come out.  Tonight we start our season ending thirty-five game winning streak!  We'll just have to settle for 100-62!

Happy Birthday–August 28

Joe Yeager (1875)
Dode Paskert (1881)
Aaron Ward (1896)
Charlie Grimm (1898)
Paul Bowa (1918)
Tony Gonzalez (1936)
Tom Satriano (1940)
Lou Piniella (1943)
Mike Torrez (1946)
Ron Guidry (1950)
Joel Youngblood (1951)
Darren Lewis (1967)
Jay Witasick (1972)
Tom Shearn (1977)
Ryan Madson (1980)
Carlos Quentin (1982)

Paul Bowa is the father of Larry Bowa and the grandfather of Nick Johnson.  He was a minor league infielder who reached as high as AAA, and later became a minor league manager in the St.  Louis Cardinals’ organization.

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to bhiggum.

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Minor Details: Games of August 21

An excellent game for Jose Berrios.  D. J. Baxendale does okay, too.  A couple of big innings sink the Miracle.  Randy Rosario pitches well in a losing effort.  Dereck Rodriguez has a rare bad outing.  The GCL Twins get ten-runned.  Junior Amarante leads the DSL Twins to victory.

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Game 126 Recap: Twins 5, Rays 3

Okay, everyone who a week ago, when the Yankees wrapped up their sweep of the Twins, thought the Twins would go on to win their next six games on the road, raise your hands.  Okay, now put your hands down, because you know you're lying.

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Minor Details: Games of August 20

We'll get caught up eventually, although it may be after the season is over.

Not enough offense for Chattanooga.  Omar Bencomo shines for the Miracle.  Ethan Mildren and the bullpen carry the Kernels.  LaMonte Wade hits his eighth for the E-Twins.  Lachlan Wells keeps pitching well in the GCL.  Errors carry the DSL Twins to a win.

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Happy Birthday–August 26

Chick Fraser (1873)
Jesse Barnes (1892)
Sparky Adams (1894)
Gene Moore (1909)
Alex Kellner (1924)
Alex Trevino (1957)
Jeff Parrett (1961)
Angel Hernandez (1961)
Chad Kreuter (1964)
Ricky Bottalico (1969)
Brendan Harris (1980)
Eric Fryer (1985)
David Price (1985)
Darin Mastroianni (1987)
Mario Hollands (1988)

It is reported that Angel Hernandez has been a major league umpire since 1993.  We continue to search for evidence of this.

Mario Hollands was drafted by Minnesota in the 24th round in 2009 but did not sign.

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to spookymilk’s sister and to Can of Corn's Kernel.

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Game 125: Twins at Rays

Santana (2-4, 5.53 ERA, 4.99 xFIP) vs. Karns (7-5, 3.44 ERA, 3.81 xFIP)

Interestingly, Santana's ERA and K/9 are the same. He's also not pitched well since starting his season. It'd be nice of him to reverse that tonight.

The Twins face Karns who's having a pretty good year. Hopefully that means he's not a middling Jeremy who will dominate the lineup. That said, I fully expect Sano to punch a couple holes in the roof at the Trop tonight.

Minor Details: Games of August 18

Catching up by going backward.

A good day for Byron Buxton.  A bad day for Greg Peavey.  The Miracle uses only two pitchers in a doubleheader.  Fine pitching by Keaton Steele.  Cody Stashak throws five hitless innings.  A perfect day for Jorge Andrade.  Jorge Parra hits a walkoff for the DSL Twins.

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Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.