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sopranos f-word update

Steve Hammond gets 'em in before going to bed:
Episode 72 - "Luxury Lounge"

Said the F-word 50 times
First utterance - Phil, speaking of Vito: 1:50

Celebrity F-words! [click on me to find out who] said it twice (!!) and [and here] once

Total for the season 286
Average per episode 40.8

Total for all episodes - 3751
Average per episode - 52.09

Most ever in a single episode - 105 - Episode #19 "The Happy Wanderer"
Least ever in a single episode - 13 - Episode #27 "Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood"

Most in season 6 episode - 54 - Episode #68 "Mayham"
Least in season 6 episode - 17 - Episode #67 "Join the Club"

seeger sessions for real

My real copy arrived today, so I can dispense with the "if I had it" trope of my earlier post and just talk about the album. I actually don't have a whole lot more to add. It's a DualDisc, with one side being a DVD with PCM audio, a couple of bonus tracks (including "Buffalo Gals"), and a half-hour documentary about the making of the album that is mostly just music (the video for "Oh Mary Don't You Weep" that I linked to earlier is in this film, for instance). Everybody seems to be having a grand old time, which is a good sign for the upcoming tour. If I had to add anything to be original thoughts, I'd say that the gospel tunes are better than the more folky ones. If nothing else, this album has more zip than Devils and Dust or The Ghost of Tom Joad.

friday random ten: capitola edition

My brother Geoff and I lived in Capitola from the late summer of 1970 through the beginning of the summer of 1971. Today's random ten comes from the music we listened to in those days. It's not much different from the music of the "underground" radio of the 60s ... just add another year to the mix. The station we mostly listened to was KOME out of San Jose, although there was another station whose call letters I forget that was more local to Capitola and which went off the air at 6:00 PM, after playing "Loan Me a Dime" by Boz Scaggs. We also had an early version of the random ten, whereby one of us would put on the headphones and the other would play selections from our LPs.

1. Joe Cocker, "Cry Me a River." The entire Mad Dogs and Englishmen experience was a big deal to us in those days. Leon Russell gets off a great "1 2 3 4" in this version.

2. Tim Buckley, "Hallucinations." Goodbye and Hello was another album we wore out.

3. Sly and the Family Stone, "Everyday People." They were still one of greatest bands on the planet in those days.

4. The Doors, "Five to One." We took the Doors seriously back then.

5. Bob Dylan, "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." We took Dylan even more seriously.

6. The Beatles, "Back in the U.S.S.R." The Beatles, too.

7. Van Morrison, "Astral Weeks." We knew even then that this was one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

8. The Velvet Underground, "Venus in Furs." "I am tired, I am weary. I could sleep for a thousand years."

9. Big Brother and the Holding Company, "Ball and Chain." As this list will attest, we didn't listen to a whole lot of women in those days. Janis was one of the few.

10. Boz Scaggs, "Loan Me a Dime." OK, I cheated here. This didn't come up in the shuffle play, so I stuck it here myself, in honor of that radio station. Thing was, we could easily listen to this song every single day. I probably still could. Duane Allman, R.I.P.


pink's not dead yet

It's been almost four years since I saw Pink live and raved about her. She was touring behind her smash M!ssundaztood, which marked a stylistic shift away from her popular debut, Can't Take Me Home. Unwilling to stay too long at any one artistic trough, she then released Try This, which wasn't exactly a bomb but which sold far fewer units than her first albums. In each of her albums, she'd called on influential co-creators: Babyface and L.A. Reid, then Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, and then Tim Armstrong of Rancid (!). Not everything worked, but her desire to try anything was admirable, and she hit more often than she missed, often to great success.

I'm Not Dead
takes her in yet another direction. This time, it's closer to power pop than it is to Rancidpunk, when it's rock and roll, anyway ... there's plenty of time for dance and balladry. Pink contains multitudes, it would appear. She still wears her heart on her sleeve ... one doubts she'll ever quit singing autobiographical songs that expose her true feelings ... but for the most part, I'm Not Dead is another exhilarating album from the one artist who, as Barry Walters noted in Rolling Stone, "is ambitious the way Madonna used to be: a mess of contradictions and complications with a knack for making those inner conflicts bolster her art."

watching soccer in america

The time is long past when American soccer fans could complain that there was nothing for them to watch on television. Just as an example, here's what I have available to me between now and the end of next weekend (only including live or same-day-delay):

One UEFA Champions League semi-final match
One UEFA Cup semi-final match
Seven Copa Libertadores matches
One CONCACAF Copa de Campeones final match
One league match from Argentina
Two league matches from Brazil
Two league matches from Colombia
Five English Premier League matches and an FA Cup semi-final match
One German Bundesliga match
Two Italian Serie A matches
Seven Mexican League matches and one second-division Mexican match
Two Spanish La Liga matches
Two MLS matches

This doesn't count pay-per-view matches, or matches on channels I don't get.

So these days, American soccer fans have plenty to watch. Except ... today was a crucial match between AC Milan and Barcelona, and guess what? The only channels it was on are unavailable through our Comcast.

Ah, but it's 2006. Enter the Internet. Which explains why I spent the last couple of hours watching television on my computer monitor. I watched the first half of the match on a Korean station, then at half time I switched to a Chinese station that was rumored to have a better picture. Outside of the players' names (and the team names), I didn't understand a word the announcers said (although a couple of half-time commercials had English in them), but I saw the entire match.

In 1976 I wouldn't have known the match was taking place. In 2006, I can watch it from stations halfway around the world.