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    "Interstate Love Song" is the last great American rock and r

    Aw, c'mon. The whole song sounds like something the Rolling Stones left on the cutting room floor - even the delivery of the chorus treads a little too closely to "Jumpin' Jack Flash." I can't see it eclipsing "Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart" or even "Lady Picture Show", as far as Tiny Music... is concerned.
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    "Interstate Love Song" is the last great American rock and r

    "Big Bang Baby" isn't even the best song on its own album. What's crazy is that this isn't really so far fetched of a question. Consider the songs with ten weeks or more on the Billboard mainstream rock charts:
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    In Rainbows

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    NFL WEEK NINE!! All my exes live in Texas.

    Not sure I agree with that. The Colts only got field goals out of both drives where the sketchy PI calls came down and both calls came inside of New England territory in the first place. It's not unlikely that the results (two FGs) would have remained the same, even in the event that those calls didn't happen. It was a great game where New England made one more play than the Colts. (Specifically, the forced fumble late in the 4th that iced the game.) It's not much consolation, but the Colts probably outplayed the Patriots for the first three quarters, despite losing Harrison and (more importantly) Tony Ugoh. The rematch should be very interesting.
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    Your first favorite band

    The Beatles. My parents had the big blue double LP, and I remember jamming out to "I Am The Walrus", "Strawberry Fields Forever", and "Revolution" as a five year old. Those three are still my favorite Beatles songs today, in fact, give or take "A Day in the Life" and maybe "Come Together."
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    MLB Off-season Thread

    The rumor floating around is that Shapiro may be stepping into a role as president of baseball operations, leaving the Cleveland GM chair to Antonetti. Though the fact that he would be walking into a situation where the manager and the player development lead were set in stone probably didn't help matters either. Since Joe Strauss had reported that Antonetti was touring some of the St. Louis neighborhoods, I started to get my hopes up that the Cardinals were headed in a new direction. Instead, we get John Mozeliak, who served as the Assistant GM under Jocketty for the last five seasons. He gets points for engineering the Pineiro acquisition on the cheap last year, but he parlayed that bargain into a ludicrous extension, resigned Russ Springer way over his retail price, and has already expressed a desire to re-sign David Eckstein to leap towards line drives up the middle like some punkass jackrabbit. To me, he seems like a Jocketty clone and, given how well Walt fared in his last two offseasons in the new baseball economy, I'm not exactly thrilled. EDIT: I can't type today, so fixes up above.
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    ESPN sucks, so do thread closers

    Roger Wehrli comes to mind, but I'm struggling to think of another one. Are there even any white cornerbacks in the league this year?
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    2007 World Series

    I'll take the Rockies in six, with Boston winning both of the Beckett starts.
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    Pat Metheny

    Listened through The Pat Matheny Group LP on this morning's commute. Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 65F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. That being said, Song X seems promising so far as I go through it this morning. I still hate the sound of Matheny's guitar and, at times, it seems more like he's trying (and failing) to catch up to Coleman on licks rather than deferring, but the music is much closer to Coleman's harmolodic exploits and has some legitimately good moments.
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    Embedding YouTube videos directly

    Cool. I couldn't get Inc's video to play for me at first, but I finally got it rolling after I pressed Alt-F4. Stupid Firefox.
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    Pat Metheny

    In all seriousness, I've heard good things about his collab with Ornette Coleman, Song X. I went ahead and double dipped with it and The Pat Metheny Group LP, so I'll be reporting my findings soon. Consider it an olive branch for gheypegging your thread. (Though he's still ridiculous for playing that thing. It looks like something that would make the producers of This is Spinal Tap blush.)
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    Pat Metheny

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    2007 World Series Thread 2: No Retards Allowed!

    We can even have a secret handshake.
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    2007 World Series

    Can we just delete this thread and try again?
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    Man, there was this clown.

    I'll admit, I had to google it. And not just that, but I had to translate some blog page that was in Spanish to lead it back to Mingus. Of course, he's well worth the trip and everything, but I've never heard this one. Great story.
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    New Virtual Console releases, per Wikipedia: Golden Axe III (Genesis, 800 pts) Lunar Pool (NES, 500 pts) Ninja Jajamaru-kun (NES, 600 pts) I like the idea of unreleased NA content as much as the next guy, but rarity does not equate quality; there might be a reason that Golden Axe III never made it stateside outside of a Sega Channel download. And I'm not even going to ask about the Ninja game, which apparently was launched on the VC to commemorate Ninja Week for the Hanabi festival in Japan. Finally, there's Lunar Pool, which is the only game here that saw an American release - it's a diversion for about 15 minutes, at the most. I can't ever foresee any regular VC release ever trumping Urban Champion Week as the worst ever, but this round of crap makes a strong case for placement as #2 on the list.
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    Comments that don't warrant a thread

    I really liked FFVIII when it came out, but it hasn't aged well and I can't bring myself to ever play it anymore. The junction system is counter-intuitive and completely broken with the GFs, the characters outside of the Squall/Rinoa/Seifer trio that drive the story are virtually useless, and the plot is about as convoluted as they come (Time Compression!). It's the real dog of the PSX releases and, if not for the fantastic graphics and music, it probably would be in the competition for the worst release in the series. Oh, and Triple Triad. How many A-list games come around where the mini-game is infinitely more entertaining than the core gameplay?
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    Crappy parts of good songs

    The faux breakdown/bridge that Arcade Fire flirts with about two minutes into "No Cars Go" always seems to irritate me, even though the instrumental recap that it leads to is kind of nice. It's just that, as great as the song is, it clocks in at almost six minutes and the first part of the song seems to wear down a bit for me; that breakdown seems to be an easy place to trim some fat.
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    Per Wikipedia, here's the new additions to the Virtual Console: Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (NES, 500 pts) Metal Marines (SNES, 800 pts) Gate of Thunder (TG-16, 800 pts) TDSoC is probably the best Ninja Gaiden, from top to bottom. The shadow clones are a great gameplay addition and the stages seem to be a bit tighter overall. I'd say it's probably worth the $5 drop. Metal Marines is a nice little turn-based strategy game, but it's not so outstanding that I'd put $8 down for it. Never played Gate of Thunder, though it's very well reviewed for a shoot 'em up. It's a TurboDuo game (and, in fact, it's the original pack-in for the system), hence the bumped price point.
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    Thom Yorke - The Eraser

    I wasn't really too fond of this one the first time around, but the bump w/download gave me enough reason/excuse to throw it for a second spin for this morning's commute. "Analyse" and "And It Rained All Night" are decent enough but, by and large, all of these songs drag on just a bit too long. I really like parts of "Black Swan" and "The Clock", but not for four or five minutes each. Never heard Spitting Feathers before today, though, and I'm not sure I really missed much. "A Rat's Nest" is a nice little diversion and the beginning of "Drunkk Machine" is nice and Metroid-ey, but that's about it.
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    Let's start talking Best Album of 2007.

    Eh, I've given it a couple of playthroughs and nothing's really hooking me, outside of ""Ljubljana" and maybe "Katydid". There's a lot of Godspeed! in there. Of course, different strokes, etc.
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    In Rainbows

    So, if you nearly associate Radiohead with electronic-tinged post rock dirges, how do you feel about The Bends and OK Computer?
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    Let's start talking Best Album of 2007.

    So I updated my list with the new Radiohead album and the Of Montreal release too, the latter of which I completely shrugged away and forgot about. And I've said it elsewhere, but the Blind Cave Salamander self-titled is all right, but some of the electronic touches make the songs too busy at times, too unnatural. I like post-rock and everything, but this one's more competent than it is memorable.
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    Let's start talking Best Album of 2007.

    Well, you're close.