Friday, December 31, 2004

KEXP TOP 90.3

How many were on your list?

27
The Black Keys
Rubber Factory
26
The Walkmen
Bows And Arrows
25
Keane
Hopes And Fears
24
Drive-By Truckers
The Dirty South
23
The Fiery Furnaces
Blueberry Boat
22
Scissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters
21
Delays
Faded Seaside Glamour
20
U2How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
19
Rilo Kiley
More Adventurous
18
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
Shake The Sheets
17
Brian Wilson
Smile
16
The Streets
A Grand Don't Come For Free
15
TV On The Radio
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
14
Loretta Lynn
Van Lear Rose
13
Air
Talkie Walkie
12
Ray Lamontagne
Trouble
11
Iron & Wine
Our Endless Numbered Days
10
Tom Waits
Real Gone
9
The Killers
Hot Fuss
8
Wilco
A Ghost Is Born
7
Elliott Smith
From A Basement On The Hill
6
Citizen Cope
The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
5
Snow Patrol
Final Straw
4
Interpol
Antics
3
Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand
2
Modest Mouse
Good News For People Who Love Bad News
1
The Arcade Fire
Funeral


The rest will be listed in the comments section...

Netflix News

Seems like we could take advantage of this new feature. Does anyone already have it?

Thursday, December 30, 2004

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SUCKS!

I am boycotting the bowls this year, well, that is I'm not doing my usual pool, and trying not to care or watch as much as possible. So, instead of watching it, I'm going to write my proposal for a playoff system which would elevate college football above everything else in this country sports-wise. Think of how crazy we go for college basketball. It even has the name "March Madness". You could say March Madness to any common American and I guarantee they know what you are talking about. And all I hear about college football is debating who should be playing in what bowl, and who got screwed. So, here's my proposal for those who care:
16 teams, based on conference champs and at-large bids selected by a committee similar to basketball. Each team is only allowed to play a maximum of 11 games in a season.
The 16 teams all play two weeks before New Years in some of the lower tiered bowls, based on location of higher seeded teams.
The winners will then play in a rotation of the 7 better bowls (Rose, Orange, Fiesta, Sugar, Holliday, Cotton, and Gator) on or around Christmas Day. The National semifinal will held on New Years Day, at one of the four major bowls (Rose, Orange, Fiesta, Sugar) according to the rotation.
The National Championship game, according to rotation again, will be held the week after New Years on a Saturday night after the NFL playoff games.
You can keep the rest of the bowls for the other teams, whenever you want them.
Somebody please tell me if you honestly think that something like this wouldn't make more money for the schools, and TV stations.
The students aren't going to miss that much school, as there is usually at least a 2 and a half week break anyway during this time at all schools. Only 2 teams will play 15 games, 4 teams will play 14 games, and 8 teams will play 13 games.
I wish the BCS would get their heads out of their asses and figure this out. How exciting would this be????????

From Julie's World

Two great new CD's that I am hooked on are the latest from Dido and Alanis; great to rock out to and sing along if you have two X chromosomes:) And for everyone--we just saw Sideways and it is HIGHLY recommended. Great writing, dialogue, and delivery. For those of you who prefer bigger blockbuster scary movies get ready for the latest with Natalie Compagno

http://www.abominablethemovie.com/index.htm

Sure to be a winner:)

Year in Review

(Updated)
Good morning everyone,
I thought I would take a moment to write the longest post of the year barely before the year disappears. It's hard to believe that 2004 is almost over and 2005 and the year of the Demon looms next. What a ride it has been.

First of all, this is my favorite week of the year to listen to KEXP. The whole week they basically run through the best songs of 2004 and tomorrow starting at 10 am they do their official countdown. This is a great opportunity to hear some music you missed out on because you were either creating IPOD playlists or busy trying to understand the state voting recounts. I would like to fully endorse THE ARCADE FIRE album as well as the new NEKO CASE record. The former is now in my top five of the year and the latter is an amazing display of vocal power that would make any other female singer in the country jealous. Also, The JUNIOR BOYS have a decent electronic record out (think Postal Service meets break beats) and about half of the new MUSIC record is great. I have not yet purchased the FUTUREHEADS or TV ON THE RADIO but I have liked what I have heard. Tune in tomorrow at 10:00 am at www.kexp.org or click here to see what the individual KEXP DJ's top ten albums were for 2004.

Also, for those of you who are Garden State Soundtrack fans you might be interested to know that KEXP was instrumental in getting Zero 7, The Shins, Postal Service, Coldplay, and Iron and Wine radio airplay. In fact, most of these artists songs on the sound track came out between two and three years ago. I remember discovering Zero 7 on the New Years countdown 2001-2002. Rachelle and I heard Waiting Line and we both agreed it was a "must purchase".

Also, to expand a bit on The Arcade Fire think Talking Heads meets the multi-instrumentation from the latest Modest Mouse record with some Interpol guitar and occassional INXS bits. We have not stopped playing this CD for over a week straight. KEXP has been playing them for a few months now and according to Snyder the END has jumped on the bandwagon as well. Listen for them on the countdown today.

No, KEXP is not paying me for this commercial.


Looking forward to the new HAD record in February...frow what I am told there will be a large CD release party that you will all be invited to.

So I have finally decided what my favorite two movies were for the year. The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was my favorite followed by Before Sunset. I am hoping Jim Carrey finally gets his OSCAR nod for ESOTSM. This movie is more amazing with each additional viewing because you will notice something new each and every time.
Also, Rachelle and I both loved The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. If you enjoyed Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, and the Royal Tenembaums you will surely enjoy Wes Anderson's latest flick. I had a goofy grin on my goofy face for two hours.

Having fun watching the Supes? Me too. However, I really prefer to see Antonio Daniels and Luke run the point. Murray is NOT a point guard and makes terrible shot decisions too. I know he is rusty but I liked our other previous rotation assuming Daniels comes back healthy. Go Supes. (This has now been addressed here)

Congratulations to Scott and Megan and Jeremy and Carrie on their engagements. We are very excited for the weddings next year and we wish you the best of luck in married life.

God, how could I forget this. Everyone is obviously aware of the recent Tsunami in Asia and you have seen the destruction and suffering on TV. You can make a donation to the American Red Cross here. So far the Red Cross has raised 18 million to help out the victims of this unbelievable disaster.

Thanks again to everyone for making Cabin Fever 2004 a big success. Look for the Fever to continue next summer near the end of July or early August. Currently a biking portion of the relay race is already on the agenda and I am open to more suggestions as well. Perhaps we will actually make this one an event where strength or fitness training is a good idea. Or we can always drink more beer. Or both.

Finally I would like to create a goal for this website. I am hoping with your help that we can make this page a vital bookmark or home page for not only us but our immediate friends as well. I would like to double or triple the number of contributors and increase the readership ten fold. I know this seems like a lot, however, with a traditional pyramid scheme in place we can attract many more visitors.
Starting next week I would like everyone to try and post one item per day. Sports, movies, politics, urban planning, local news, music, businees, and techonology items are all wonderful. Then please forward this link to ten friends and encourage them to comment. Also, if you know anyone that can contribute every day (I am looking for 8-10 more) please let me know and I will send them a password. It would be great to see many new posts each day that will keep everyone interseted in KICKED IT IN THE SUN.
Thanks everyone for your help with this. I really appreciate it!!!!


(if you are a new reader and would like to contribute please let me know)

P.S. My sister Shelby gives amazing Christmas gifts each year and this year we were fortunate to receive a Passport Unlimited card. This card gives you unlimted 2-1 at dozens or restaraunts around the Seattle area. We have already used it twice and we are excited to visit many spots we have never been to. Find out more info here. Thanks again Shelby!

Anyone have any year-end comments or wishes? Post them below. Cheers!

Thursday, December 23, 2004

What a difference a month makes...the recount will continue...

Then:
Christine Gregoire should "do the decent thing, the honorable thing and concede, instead of dragging this into the Christmas season with the state not knowing who the governor is."
-State Republican Chairman Chris Vance, Nov. 23.

"If you count and recount and recount and keep on counting until you finally win, what do you really have in the end? An illegitimate governorship, that's what you have in the end. It's time to move forward, that's the message."
-Republican Dino Rossi, Dec. 1.

NOW:
"We're going to be going across the state demanding they make every vote count."
-Rossi spokeswoman Mary Lane, Dec. 23.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Stupid Election Moves FWD

I love how last week the Rossi camp was saying everyone should just accept the results and move on. Now that they are trailing all of a sudden "It's not over". If my vote was in question I sure as hell would want it counted.
Could we please get a national voting standards initiative passed that alleviates differences between states, districts, and counties etc. so we don't have to deal with this again? It's embarrassing number one, and number two it would be really cool to have a governor by the time spring training starts. Or at least by spring break.
Any ideas anyone?

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

NBA ALL STARS - Sonics

I just thought we should all vote for Rashard and Ray Ray as much as they will allow us. Do our part to get some representation in the NBA All-Star Game. Click on the title to go to the voting page at NBA.com. You can vote once a day.

Monday, December 20, 2004

More Anna Benson news

Remember my last post on Anna Benson?

Well she's in the news again:

Former model and stripper, Anna Benson, has gone off the deep end. Benson, who is married to current New York Mets pitcher Kris Benson, went on the Howard Stern radio show and vowed that if her husband ever cheated on her she would retaliate by sleeping with the entire Mets organization-not even the groundskeeper is off limits, according to Benson.

Benson, who was recently named by FHM magazine as baseball's hottest wife, pulled no punches while talking to Stern. She said that she told her husband if she ever catches him cheating on her, she will "have sex with all his teammates." "I told Kris because that's the biggest thing in athletics, they cheat all the time. I told him, cheat on me all you want. If you get caught, I'm going to screw everybody on your entire team-coaches, trainers, players. I would do everybody on his whole team," Benson said.

Benson even went as far as to say that she will even circle into other teams. "Whatever team he is playing, I will screw all them, too."

Atta boy Probst!

Probst Finds "Survivor" Love

Jeff Probst dating Survivor contestant

My favorite part of the article:
"Probst is 43, Berry just turned 24."

quote of the day

The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin. --Jay Leno

The Mirabeau Room

So last night, Jeff (who owns The Showbox and The Mirabeau Room) invited my brother to a private party at The Mirabeau Room. It was a private party for Eddie Vedder's 40th birthday. Jeff was under the impression that Dave Matthews would be there, so he invited Mark. Turns out, Dave was a no show, along with other rumored celebrities (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin). Mark did get to hang with Mike McCready for awhile. He also said that one time he was in the bathroom with Jeff, Tim Robbins, and Eddie Vedder.

Pretty cool, huh?

Thursday, December 16, 2004

We got Beltre!!!

Great move!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Free Annyong

Very funny if you "get it".

Monday, December 13, 2004

THANKS TO THE DAGG'S!!

Although the above link wasn't taken at the party, I felt this guy was in ALL of us at the party. Not literally of course.

Anyhow, thanks to the DAGG'S for the great time on Saturday night.

ILIKEDITALOT!!

An Arrested Development and The Wire article

I say we start a massive national campaign to have everyone give these shows as Christmas gifts this year. Arrested Development is only $30 for the first season and The Wire isn't much more.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Survivor

Lea aka Sarge---Jeremy-------Voted Out
Brook------------Trent---------Voted out
Leann------------Trent---------Voted Out
Mia-- ------------Carrie--------Voted Out
John K.----------Chris---------Voted Out
Travis aka Bubba--- Tiffany--Voted Out
Ami-------------Brian--The Bitch is Gone
John P-----------Dave---------Voted Out
Dolly-------------Rachelle-----Voted Out
Scout------------Trisha
Rory-------------Brandi--------Voted Out
Chad-------------Open----------Voted Out
Julie-------------Jolee ---------voted out
Eliza-------------Katie
Brady------------Julie------- Voted Out
Chris-------------Open
Twila-------------Jon
Lisa--------------Eric-------Voted Out

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Quote of the day...

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, red wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ~ "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Cool Lost Article

Look in the comments section. Spoiler alert. Another great episode last night.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

I've stopped talking shit

Courtesy of The Stranger:

THURSDAY DEC 9 Deck the Hall Ball (MUSIC) What the hell does 107.7 The End have to do to get respect? Since the station's format change last year they've supported local and new music, stopped playing crap like Limp Bizkit, and produced some pretty stellar concerts showcasing local and national bands. Maybe this year's Deck the Hall Ball will be the clincher to convince people to stop talkin' so much shit. With Modest Mouse, the Killers, Keane, Franz Ferdinand, Snow Patrol, and the Shins, this is one of The End's best lineups ever. (KeyArena, 305 Harrison St, 684


Great Supes Article

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Arrested Development

Pause tonight's episode at the 0:08 minute mark. Make sure you have listened to the music and then look in the background. Very funny.

Top 5 of 2004

Well, it's that time of year again. I always love to get some great ideas on new bands or CD's that I missed out on during the year. So in the spirit of High Fidelity we now present our Third Annual Top Five Music Awards.

Simply hit the comments button below and your top five to the list. You can log in as a guest and just write who you are, or you can create your own user password. Either way it is very easy to do.

I'll start with my favorites from the year and we can go from there.

Trent's Top Five
1. Brian Wilson "Smile"
I've only waited 15 years (or maybe more) for this.

2.Franz Ferdinand "Franz Ferdinand"
The perfect pop record and they are great live.

3.Ambulance LTD "Ambulance LTD"
Every song sounds like you have heard it before somewhere else, but in a good way. I could not stop playing this disc.

4.Loretta Lynn "Van Lear Rose"
"Well Portland Oregon and slow gin fizz, if that aint loving tell me what is...uh huh". Jack White produces the female Johnny Cash's best record in about 25 years.

5. Wilco "A Ghost is Born"
UnlikeYankee Hotel Foxtrot, this disc does not contain one prevailing mood. It does, however, contain 12 good songs. Not their best, but that is still better than most.

The ones that almost made it:
Modest Mouse
Interpol
CHK CHIK CHICK
Scissor Sisters
Secret Machines
Old Crow Medicine Show
Preston School of Industry
Black Keys
Beta Band

Now it's your turn. Just click on "comments" below.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Survivoro Update

Lea aka Sarge---Jeremy-------Voted Out
Brook------------Trent---------Voted out
Leann------------Trent---------Voted Out
Mia-- ------------Carrie--------Voted Out
John K.----------Chris---------Voted Out
Travis aka Bubba--- Tiffany--Voted Out
Ami-------------Brian--The Bitch is Gone
John P-----------Dave---------Voted Out
Dolly-------------Rachelle-----Voted Out
Scout------------Trisha
Rory-------------Brandi--------Voted Out
Chad-------------Open----------Voted Out
Julie-------------Jolee
Eliza-------------Katie
Brady------------Julie------- Voted Out
Chris-------------Open
Twila-------------Jon
Lisa--------------Eric-------Voted Out