Anna Calvi – Desire

ms. calvi's been generating some heat across the pond through most of 2011. throaty, lustful, and proficiently wields an axe to boot (though those skills aren't so much on display in this video). compared favourably to siouxsie and PJ harvey, here she is on later... getting a good amount of sound out of three people.


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EEE Special – Transfer Deadline Review

I went ahead and collated all the transfers for our teams that took place at the close of the transfer window yesterday.  For a full listing, the BBC has this available for you to peruse.




  • Zdenek Grygera - Unattached, free transfer
  • Bryan Ruiz - Twente (Eredivise), £10.6m
  • Orlando Sa - Unattached, free transfer


Classic Album Review: Johnny Cash — American Recordings (1994)


Johnny Cash has been one of my musical influences since I was a wee lad, basically because my dad was a big fan of Johnny Cash and the first albums I was exposed to were Johnny Cash recordings. My favorite was Live at San Quentin and I would listen to that album over and over. As a smartass teenager, my friends and I would goof on the fact that Johnny played the song San Quentin two times in a row on that album and how much it would suck if a band like Kiss would play a song like Beth two times in a row at a concert.  With his TV show and old hits, Johhny Cash was a big star in the 1970s.

However by the time American Recordings came out in 1994, Johnny’s career was pretty much tapped out. Of course he could’ve always just played the casino circuit, singing his hits and Cashing in on the nostalgia but a bearded rap producer named Ric Rubin would have none of that.  Rubin convinced Johnny to just play songs in his living room, accompanied by nothing but his own acoustic guitar. The result was not only stunning but resurrected Johnny’s career and brought a whole new legion of fans to his music.

On the surface, American Recordings was surprising more for its sparseness and “folky” tenor than for its subject matter. It was Johnny Cash stripped down to the bare necessities: that clear, deep voice and an acoustic guitar. Peeking underneath that surface, however, brought about another image – that of a man acknowledging his own mortality; worried about sins both past and present with the understanding that those sins have called into question his standing in the afterlife. Songs like Delia’s Gone, The Beast in Me, 13, and Down There by the Train tell the tale of a man who has grievously sinned. Cash is not proud of these sins – he doesn’t boast or shrug them off. Instead there is the sad recognition that sin is the price man pays for its humanity.

American Recordings kicked of a certain format that we would see throughout the American Recordings sessions. A few originals, one or two old standards, and a couple of offbeat covers that Johnny makes his own. The latter in American Recordings is a cover of the Danzig song 13. In the end the album is about sin and redemption. Johnny is telling us that we are all sinners but that there is a way out, we can seek redemption. Cash ends the album with The Man Who Wouldn’t Cry, a song that addresses the need for humility as it describes a hard-scrabbled man who lives a life of unsentimentalized failures and only finally through his tears is able to enter into heaven and gain all he lost on earth. Johnny would mine these fields even deeper in his next American Recordings Albums.

One can listen to American Recordings and dwell on the themes of sin and redemption or one can just listen to Johnny sing a bunch of old timey songs in a way that only Johnny Cash could do. It’s why these albums are so popular and why, when Johnny Cash dies nearly 10 years later, hipsters and old folks alike lament his passing and his preacher-like image graces the cover of Time Magazine.

Minor Details: Games of 8/31

Rochester 4, Pawtucket 2 in Rochester.  The Red Wings took a 3-0 lead after two and never trailed.  Jeff Bailey had two doubles.  Dustin Martin had two hits.  Liam Hendriks went eight innings, giving up just one run on three hits and no walks.  Kyle Waldrop allowed a run on a hit in one inning to get the save.

Richmond 8, New Britain 4 in Richmond.  The Flying Squirrels led 3-1 after five, then scored two in the sixth and three in the seventh to put it away.  Joe Benson and Chris Parmelee each had two hits.  Spencer Steedley took the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings.  Reading lost in thirteen innings to Akron, so the Rock Cats remain a half game up in the race for the last playoff spot.

Ft. Myers 11, St. Lucie 7 in St. Lucie.  The Miracle led 6-1 after four, fell behind 7-6 after six, but then scored three in the seventh and two in the eighth.  Angel Morales had four hits and scored three times.  Aaron Hicks singled, doubled, and tripled.  Oswaldo Arcia singled and homered, driving in three.  Starter Ricky Bowen gave up a run on four hits and no walks, striking out four in four innings.  Caleb Thielbar got his first professional win, working 3.1 scoreless innings while allowing only two walks.

Beloit 8, Peoria 3 in Beloit.  The Snappers scored in each of the first three innings, taking a 6-0 lead.  Michael Gonzales doubled and homered, his fifteenth.  Jairo Perez had two doubles, raising his average to .342, and scored three times.  Lance Ray hit a home run, his sixteenth, and drove in three.  Blayne Weller pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks.

Bluefield 11, Elizabethton 3 in Elizabethton.  The Blue Jays led 4-1 after two, then scored four in the sixth to take command.  The Twins made four errors, leading to six unearned runs.  Adam Pettersen and Eddie Rosario each singled and doubled.  Tim Shibuya allowed eight runs (four earned) on ten hits and a walk in 5.2 innings.  The best-of-three series now moves to Bluefield, where the Twins will need to win both tonight and tomorrow night to advance in the playoffs.  David Hurlbut (3-6, 4.50) is scheduled to pitch for the Twins.

Game 136 Recap: Twins Win!

Twins 7, Sux 6
WP: Diamonds are a girls best friend LP: Peavy
SAVE! Joe Nathan
Twins record 57-79, 18 games out of first, 1.5 games ahead of the cellar

I'd look at the king of the savers race, but I really don't care.

The Twins scored a whopping 7 runs in this game. Whopping. One of the runs scored was driven in by Joe Mauer which brings his career total to 500 rsbi. If he'd play like a man he'd have more than a mazillionty by now, but he's really a puss. Not. The only other thing to know about this game is that SBG fired the Tweet heard round the strib. Rational folks cheered.

Culture Club: I've always enjoyed touring Chicago's art venues, and when in town I always make a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art. There is always something happening at the MCA including great installations, weird contemporary art, performances, theater, working artist projects, and a good gift shop to boot. Heads up, hj, Tuesday admission is FREE for IL residents.

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.