FMD: New Music

I didn't see anything queued up for today, so I thought I'd put up my first ever FMD post. Exciting stuff!

I've been using Google Play on a free trial (I use the free version of it to store my songs since you get up to 20 some thousand songs for free and I'll never have that much) for the past two weeks. While I've been pretty impressed with their metal selection. I've been able to find just about whatever I've been looking for (except for Doomsword, which is disappointing). That said, I won't be continuing with a paid subscription when my two months is up. Doing random lists from "genre radio" stations is completely terrible for me. It might work great for others with different tastes, but the "metal" it randomizes is... not good. I pretty much have to know exactly what I want to listen to, then search for it and make my own playlists. I'm quite content buying albums and listening to my own personal collection.

That all said, I have been able to give a listen to some bands that I hadn't before. My favorite that I've discovered so far is Slough Feg. I could see them as having some appeal to some citizens here. They have a dirty, hard-rock sort of groove going while still falling on the heavier side. The vocals are clean, by the way, in case that is a general hang-up for anyone.

01. Metalium - "Rasputin", Hero Nation - Chapter Three
02. Eluveitie - "Thousandfold", Everything Remains as it Never Was
03. Korpiklaani - "Keep on Galloping", Korven Kuningas
04. Bruce Dickinson - "Freak", Accident of Birth
05. Skyclad - "Great Blow for a Day Job", Oui Avant-Garde á Chance
06. Arch Enemy - "Demoniality", Black Earth
07. Hammerfall - "Born to Rule", Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken
08. King Diamond - "By, Bye, Missy", Them
09. Control Denied - "What If...?", The Fragile Art of Existence
10. Candlemass - "Solitude", Epicus Dommicus Metallicus

Happy Birthday–May 22

Al Simmons (1902)
Terris McDuffie (1910)
Jose Valdivielso (1934)
Ron Piche (1935)
Rich Garcia (1942)
Walt Hriniak (1943)
Tommy John (1943)
Jim Colborn (1946)
Jose Mesa (1966)
Al Levine (1968)
Julian Tavarez (1973)

Terris McDuffie pitched from 1930-1954, playing in the Negro Leagues, the Cuban Winter League, the Mexican League, the Puerto Rican League, the Dominican League, the Venezuelan League, the California Winter League, and the minor leagues.  His biography at b-r.com is worth reading.

Rich Garcia was an American League umpire from 1975-1999.

Tommy John was one of the Twins’ television broadcasters from 1994-1996.

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La Luz – Brainwash

It's Friday, so let's let our hair down. (Literally for me, maybe metaphorically for most of you.)

I rely heavily on the WGOM to introduce me to new and interesting music, and this strategy definitely serves me well these days. Every once in a while I try to seek out music from other sources. I came across Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles at NPR's First Listen this week and was intrigued. However, they have no recent videos on YouTube. Fortunately, Cleveland is also guitarist in singer in La Luz. So here you go!

2015

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Truck Time with Twayn…with Mags! Fuel Filter Edition

Following hot on the heels of the "wildly" "popular" sway bar replacement post, here's my much quicker, much less sweary fuel filter replacement.

My car had been starting pretty rough. My BiL suggested that a clogged fuel filter could be impeding the fuel pump from creating the initial flow of gasoline from the tank to the engine until a sufficient siphon could be created to help the pump by pulling the fuel into the engine. Seeing that a replacement filter was $8, I figured it was worth a shot. Continue reading Truck Time with Twayn…with Mags! Fuel Filter Edition

Happy Birthday–May 21

Fred Dunlap (1859)
Eddie Grant (1883)
Earl Averill (1902)
Hank Johnson (1906)
Mace Brown (1909)
Monty Stratton (1912)
Larry Napp (1919)
Ed Fitz Gerald (1924)
El Tappe (1927)
Moe Thacker (1934)
Barry Latman (1936)
Bobby Cox (1941)
Kent Hrbek (1960)
Bryce Florie (1970)
Tom Martin (1970)
Chris Widger (1971)
Mark Quinn (1974)
Josh Hamilton (1981)
Andrew Miller (1985)
Matt Wieters (1986)

Larry Napp was an American League umpire from 1951-1974.

El Tappe had a twin brother, Mel Tappe, who played in the minors.

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to zooomx.2

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Baaba Maal – Ca et La

Following up on yesterday, I did also listen to West African music while in Senegal. I also took a dance class with live drumming, which was fantastic.

Youssou N'Dour and Baaba Maal were the Senegalese musicians I probably heard the most while I was there, so here's something from Maal. This one starts off pretty quiet, but give it until about the 2:30 mark when it picks up.

1998

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Game 40: Twins at Pirates

Mike Pelfrey v Jeff Locke

This squad has been pretty fun to watch over the last couple of weeks, so here's hoping that trend continues.

Go Twins!

Lineups:

Twins:
1. Santana SS
2. Dozier 2B
3. Mauer 1B
4. Plouffe! 3B
5. Hunter RF
6. Suzuki C
7. Hicks CF
8. Robinson LF
9. Pelfrey P

Pirates:
1. Harrison RF
2. Walker 2B
3. McCutchen CF
4. Marte LF
5. Kang 3B
6. Alvarez 1B
7. Cervelli C
8. Mercer SS
9. Locke P

Happy Birthday–May 20

Walt Burnham (1860)
Joe Harris (1891)
George Grantham (1900)
Pete Appleton (1904)
Hal Newhouser (1921)
Herman Wedemeyer (1924)
Tom Morgan (1930)
Ken Boyer (1931)
Sadaharu Oh (1940)
Bobby Murcer (1946)
Ralph Bryant (1961)
David Wells (1963)
Todd Stottlemyre (1965)
Ramon Hernandez (1976)
Jayson Werth (1979)
Austin Kearns (1980)

Walt Burham was a minor league manager from 1885-1907, winning 1,164 games.

Outfielder Herman Wedemeyer played for Class C Salt Lake City in 1950.  He was a star running back in the All-America Football Conference and later appeared in over 300 episodes of the original Hawaii Five-O, playing Sergeant Edward “Duke” Lukela.

Right-hander Tom Morgan was with Washington at the end of 1960, appearing in fourteen games with them.  On January 31, 1961, before the franchise played a game in Minnesota, he was sold to the Los Angeles Angels.

Sadaharu Oh hit 868 home runs in Japan.

Outfielder Ralph Bryant was drafted by Minnesota in the thirteenth round of the January draft in 1981, but he did not sign.

There do not appear to be any other major league players with connections to the Minnesota Twins born on this day.

We would like to wish a very happy birthday to hungry joe.

The Jayhawks – Blue

Remember mix tapes? I was introduced to more than a few musicians over the years thanks to mix tapes from friends. In the spring of 1998, I headed off to Senegal for a 3-month adventure. I had to pack light, and a friend made me a mix tape that may well have been the only cassette I brought along. While I can't recall everything that was on the tape, this one was definitely on it.

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Game 39: Twins 8, Pirates 5

The Twins posted a nice albeit oddly uncomfortable win in their first inter-league game of the season, carpet bombing the F-Bomb by scoring early and often on Pirate's starter and former Twin Francisco Liriano. Brian Dozier led off the Twins offensive attack with a solo homer in the first. In a wild six-run second inning, Suzuki started things off by scoring on a wild pitch. Trevor Plouffe capped the inning with a two-run blast that in between saw Joe Mauer drive in three runs with a bases-clearing single. The Twins ended their scoring in the third when Suzuki crossed home on a ground-ball double play off the bat of Robinson. With eight on the board and a seven run lead after three, it seemed like the game was in the bag, but this is baseball and there would be cause for concern before this one ended.

The Pirates got on the board in the bottom of the second when Jose Tabata sort of singled on a two-out ground ball that Dozier should have handled to end the inning but didn't, allowing Jung Ho Kang to score from third base. The Bucs added another run in the fourth inning when Pedro Alvarez literally boated a blast off Nolasco over the right-field wall and into a docked runabout. With two runners in scoring position and one out in the bottom of the fifth, the Pirates chalked another run on a 6-3 putout off the bat of Kang, driving in Neil Walker. Nolaco gave up another run in the sixth inning when Walkers double to right field with runners on the corners scored Josh Harrison. With Aaron Thompson relieving in the seventh, Marte scored the last Pirate run on a Harrison single.

Damn near a quarter of the way through the season, the Twins find themselves in fairly unfamiliar territory, holding third place a half game behind the Tigers and just three games the behind division-leading Royals. I have to admit that I'm enjoying the ride so far, even as I wonder how long the engine will hold up when it's sort of low on oil and coolant, and the gas gauge is broken so I'm not sure if we're going to run out of fuel next week or next month, and at least a couple of the tires are nearly bald and could blow out any time now. There are problems with this team's pitching and defense (Danny Santana has ten of the Twins' 25 errors this year, contribution greatly to his team-low -0.7 WAR) but so far the offense has been good enough to get us where we are - five games above .500 and averaging 4.5 runs per game with a +2 differential. It ain't exactly championship caliber, but it's good enough to make things interesting and keep the puppy photographers in business for the time being.

Game 39: Twins @ Pirates

Ugh, Nolasco (3-1, 6.38 ERA, 4.85 xFIP) vs. F-Bomb (1-3, 2.96 ERA, 3.19 xFIP)

I am....not so confident in this matchup other than the fact that Nolasco gets to pitch against an NL team. I don't know, maybe it'll help make him less 'ugh' and more 'meh'?

I haven't paid much attention, but it looks like Liriano is generally pitching pretty well this year, striking dudes out all over the place. He does have a .215 BABIP, though, so he might be getting a bit lucky on the balls that make it out into the field. Hopefully that is the case and that average heads north a bit tonight.

In addition to a mid-season interleague matchup, the Wolves have their annual "playoff" tonight (7:30 on ESPN) in which they participate in a selection of ping-pong balls to determine which crappy team gets the good picks in the draft. This event will set off a solid month of speculating just which incorrect pick Flip will make. Should be fun!

Happy Birthday–May 19

Goose Curry (1905)
Gil McDougald (1928)
Curt Simmons (1929)
Larry McCoy (1941)
Dan Ford (1952)
Rick Cerone (1954)
Ed Whitson (1955)
Luis Salazar (1956)
Eric Show (1956)
Turk Wendell (1967)
Brandon Inge (1977)

Outfielder Goose Curry was a star in the Negro Leagues, batting over .300 several times.

This author's first baseball glove was a Gil McDougald model.

Larry McCoy was an American League umpire from 1971-1999.

Eric Show was drafted by Minnesota in the 36th round in 1974, but did not sign.

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Ani Difranco – Both Hands

There's no way I could do this week without any Ani. This is the first song off her first album and also the first album of hers I ever heard. A girl at my high school loaned it to me, and it just about blew my mind. This also marks the moment I when I began moving away from top-40 radio.

2011

I know Bootsy said a while back he never really got into Ani Difranco. Fair enough. As a mainstream-radio-listening wannabe feminist at a suburban high school full of jocks, this was just the right music for me at the right time.

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Third Monday Movie Day: I’m A Revenger!

I accomplished the rare feat of going to a theater to see a movie this weekend. We picked Avengers: Age of Ultron or whatever the subheading/punctuation combo is. I had seen a handful of reviews and "what does this mean for Captain America" etc. stories, and was kind of braced for the worst. I had largely avoided spoilers, so that was nice, but I was still ready to see something worse than the first one.

That was not my assessment. I really enjoyed it. Much more so than the first Avengers movie. Good action, good balance between characters, a really fun villain, a little bit of heart, a good amount of humor... a great popcorn flick.

So... what has everyone else seen this month? Tell me more about why I should go see Mad Max, since I'm hearing lots about that? Etc.

Happy Birthday–May 18

Babe Adams (1882)
Arndt Jorgens (1905)
Gil Coan (1922)
Jack Sanford (1929)
Carroll Hardy (1933)
Brooks Robinson (1937)
Reggie Jackson (1946)
Osamu Higashio (1950)
Dennis Leonard (1951)
Eric Gregg (1951)
Jim Sundberg (1951)
Andre David (1958)
Jim Bowden (1961)
Erik Hanson (1965)
Eric Young (1967)
Rich Garces (1971)
Joakim Soria (1984)

Pitcher Osamu Higashio is in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, winning 251 games.

Eric Gregg was a National League umpire from 1978-1999.

Jim Bowden was the general manager of the Cincinnati Reds from 1992-2003 and of the Washington Nationals from 2005-2009.

Two players who share a name with Minnesota Twins players, Scott Baker (1970) and Roy Smith (1976), were also born on this day.
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Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now

Everyone has to start somewhere, right? Since I've never done a Guest DJ week before, I figured I'd share a few highlights chronicling how my taste in music evolved.

 

I started dance classes at a fairly young age, and my dance studio was a major source of exposure to pop music. One of the benefits of dancing was learning how to follow the beat and to hear the musical phrasing and rhythm changes. This unquestionably has influenced how I listen to all sorts of music. As I recall, I did a routine with pom-poms to this song. The costume had a lot of sequins.
 

1988
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Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.