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***January Thirtieth Two Thousand and Eight***



We took a nice trip to Cambodia, a delayed honeymoon if you will.  See the "Photo Journal" link above for a boatload
of pictures.  I also took a bunch of snaps with my "real" cameras, those photos will follow later. 

Also: It looks like our resident grappler has returned from the dead!  Read below for a new installment of Turnbuckle
Talk.  It seems our boy nearly got himself mauled by a bear...I'm sure those years of boy scout training came in handy.

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Turnbuckle Talk with the American Starship Eagle


Picked up a Leinenkugel and thought that a keyboard would go well with it, so it is time to give all you little mouth
breathers an update on what your pal has been doing.   Communiqués have been sparse due to the recent holiday
season and an obnoxious tour that had me by the eyelashes: Tealeaf Terror 2007.  What the hell you ask – my exact
words to my manager, Lieutenant Leroy St. Clair.   The good Lieutenant put it like this, "My boy, do you like king
cobras and four-armed, horny elephants…if so, we're going on a trip that will milk your prostate."

 

Damn, if he was not right; it was nothing short of 36 weeks of riding God's index finger.  However, there was one blip
on the radar that I have got to share with my friends.   We were finishing up our last night in Darjeeling and the
Lieutenant tells me that the company wants me to help put this new guy over.  To which I answered, "Of course, the
Eagle will trade fisticuffs with any creature…including cripples."

 

Well, that was foolish.  I get in the ring and there it is – Bruce "The Daddy Bear" DeBeau.   Not only did he make me
feel like whiskey breath telling me to keep this "our little secret," but his little crony frightened the pudding out of me as
well.  That bastard was wormy, pasty and decked out in a pair of overalls that would have made Dexy's Midnight
Runners proud.  

 

As I am processing all of this, Bruce sashays over and locks me in an inverted-Russian bear hug, with a French tickler.  
Listen - try having a John Oates mustache standing between you and the belt, while getting squeezed through the
glory
hole of life.  I will stop just short of admitting it, but there was a brief moment when thoughts of a problem danced
around
my head.   However, like Momma said I could, I quickly sacked up, dropped a Ronnie Garvin fist of stone on his
ass and
followed it with the European gutter cutter…the kid holds serve.  



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"Pain or damage don't end the world. Or despair or fucking beatings. The world ends when you're dead. Until then, you
got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man... and give some back."


Not feeling really chatty about the downloads available this go around...just don't miss the Isis or Destroyer, all those
tracks are top tits.  And all the songs are quite good, I wouldn't ass around with uploading them otherwise.

Bobby Bare Jr. - I'll Be Around
Bonus: What Difference Does It Make

Destroyer - Holly Going Lightly
Bonus: Trembling Peacock.

Ezee Tiger - The Tiger Bounce

Frank Black - Fast Man
Bonus: In The Time Of My Ruin

Isis - Celestial (The Tower)
Bonus: Deconstructing Towers

Land Of Talk - BreaxxBaxx
Bonus: Speak To Me Bones





***January Eighth Two Thousand and Eight***




HAPPY NEW YEARS TO ALL SEVEN OF MY READERS!!!
Somehow the month of December didn't happen on this here retarded website.  I have no explanation other than
someone might have slipped me a mickey.  Also, I had to go to Los Angeles over xmas, so the city of Los Angeles
is probably to blame too.


Top Records of 2007!

Honestly, I wasn't too jazzed on most of the new releases I heard this year...the first few releases on the list got a lot of
airplay, but for the most part I was either unmoved or downright irritated with most of the new albums on the year.

1.   The National – Boxer
2.   Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
3.   Kings Of Leon - Because Of The Times
4.   Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends
5.   Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond
6.   The Shout Out Louds - Our Ill Wills
7.   Thee More Shallows - Book of Bad Breaks
8.   Why? - The Hollows EP
9.   The Makes Nice - This Time Tomorrow
10. The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters

Call these the "also rans"...

11. Boris w/ Michio Kurihara - Rainbow
12. Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover
13. The Shins - Wincing the Night Away

14. Patton Oswalt - Werewolves and Lollipops
15. Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus!
16. Calla - Strength in Numbers
17. El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris
19. The Dreadful Yawns - Rest
20. Okkervil River - The Stage Names

21. Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
22. Explosions In The Sky - All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone

23. Steven Wright - I Still Have A Pony
24. Liars - S/T
25. Great Lake Swimmers - Ongiara

I know I normally post MP3s when I write one of these lists, but I'm just too damn lazy plus I've posted tracks by
most of these artists through the year already.  Some of the links might even still be active.



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You've got one religious maniac, one malignant dwarf, two near-idiots... and the rest I don't even wanna think about! "

Blonde Redhead - Misery (Wicked Version).  Their new album was a pretty big disappointment, but this track is
pretty boss.

Death Cab for Cutie - President of What.  Not to sound like one of "those" people, but Death Cab's first record
really was their best.
  Consider this the smoking gun.
Bonus: The Face That Launched 1000 Ships.

Johnny Thunders - (She's So) Untouchable.  I can't stop listening to this song.  I'm not one of those Johnny
Thunders fanatics, but this is one of the catchiest songs ever written.
Bonus: Great Big Kiss

Son Volt - The Picture.  After a number of mediocre sad bastard releases (both as Son Volt and solo), Jay Farrar
finally managed to recapture some of that magic from their first couple of releases. 
Bonus: The Search

The Jam - David Watts.  The two best songs from the best Jam record of all time, "All Mod Cons".  It don't get much
better than that. 
Bonus: Down in the Tube Station at Midnight

Voxtrot - Firecracker.  I have absolutely nothing interesting to say about this band that hasn't already been said by
about a thousand music bloggers.  Catchy songs, interesting band, good times.
Bonus: Kid Gloves






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