Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tuesday Bluesday

One thing that I enjoy doing is comparing blues remakes to the original recordings. For those who believe that the blues is essentially the same song repeated over in the same style, I present “Traveling Riverside Blues.” First we have … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

We hope you and yours are having a nice Memorial Day weekend.

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Beatles Trivia Quiz – Question 1

What was the biggest selling single that Paul McCartney ever wrote or co-wrote (solo or with The Beatles)? Answer below the fold.

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Huntsman to skip Granite State Debate

Jon Huntsman has decided not to participate in a televised June 13 debate in New Hampshire.   Jon Huntsman won’t participate in a presidential debate scheduled for June 13 in New Hampshire — and he won’t announce his decision about … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

This week’s song of the week takes us back to the summer of 1971.  It had been a little over a year since the public learned that The Beatles had broken up.  That August John was preparing to move to … Continue reading

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Book of the Fortnight: What Jesus Meant

A friend of William F. Buckley, Garry Wills is one of the more respected authors on Catholicism and religion. I first read a book by him concerning the Rosary, which I found very informative, insightful and thought provoking. So when … Continue reading

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America’s most overexposed civilian makes…a movie about herself

This should really help her with those negatives. From RCP: Shortly after Republicans swept last November to a historic victory in which Sarah Palin was credited with playing a central role, the former Alaska governor pulled aside her close aide, … Continue reading

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Too close to home: Minneapolis tornado damage photos

When I posted on Monday that my neighborhood was “very lucky” I must admit I did not know how right I was.  I trekked about a mile from my house to discover the tornado struck much closer than I had … Continue reading

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Tuesday Bluesday – Bob Dylan Birthday Edition

I have had the pleasure of seeing Bob Dylan perform live twice.  The first concert was a more impromptu date (possibly a tour rehearsal performance) for the Love and Theft tour in  a small venue in 2001 or 2002. The other … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!

He’s only the most famous son of Minnesota and one of the more important song writers of the last century. He became the voice of a generation but never wanted the title – much like those who would later have … Continue reading

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Minneapolis Twister & Other News

I knew it was bad yesterday when my ears suddenly popped while I was standing in the kitchen. When I looked out a west facing window, I saw some debris flying in the air but the worst that happened in … Continue reading

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Huntsman calls for civility

In his commencement address at Southern New Hampshire University this afternoon Jon Huntsman continued to display the rationality that will distinguish him from the rest of the GOP field and endear him to independents. He made an appeal for civility … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“So I like it to be known that, yes, I looked after the baby and I made bread and I was a househusband and I am proud of it. It’s the wave of the future and I’m glad to be … Continue reading

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The Sound of Minnesota

When people think of Minnesota they usually think about the winter weather or perhaps one of our sports teams or zany politicians, but only slightly less well-known is our vibrant and diverse music scene. Sure – people will think of … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

Gripweed here. I am reminded of a joke from the amazingly funny British sitcom, I’m Alan Partridge. Alan:  I’ve got a broad taste. From the Britpop bands like UB40 and Def Leppard, right back to classic rock, like Wings. Bellboy: … Continue reading

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Can’t Get Enough

One of the things I love about The Current is they keep turning me on to artists I would never have found otherwise – like Lily Allen. Every time I hear one of her songs, I’m just enthralled. The video … Continue reading

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Tuesday Bluesday – New Highway No. 51 – Tommy McClennan

Delta blues at its finest. From 1940, it’s Tommy McClennan.

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RIP – Harmon Killebrew

Baseball lost one of the all time greatest hitters, the 11th greatest home run hitter (7th if you factor out the suspected steroid users), and one of the all time great guys in the game’s history. Hall of Famer Harmon … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“If I had said television is more popular than Jesus, I might have got away with it.” -John Lennon

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Huntsman picks up a big Huckabee supporter in South Carolina

Ever since Mike Huckabee announced his decision not to enter the race the prospect of winning over his supporters (evidently out there in droves, though I’ve never met one) has tantalized the remaining candidates and would-be candidates in the GOP … Continue reading

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Huckabee is not running

Mike Huckabee has put an end to speculation that he might enter the race for the GOP nomination for President in 2012 by announcing he will not run. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won several Republican primaries in the 2008 … Continue reading

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Can’t Get Enough Live

It’s not often I can find a concert I attended on youtube, much less a quality video, but props to rcsskier for this great clip of Sims at the Triple Rock doing my favorite song, “Bad Time Zoo.” I’m standing … Continue reading

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When Harry Potter meets The Beatles

Here is a short clip I’ve only just found from a 1968 film called “Hot Millions.” It is notable for two reasons.  First, the setting. This is among the only known footage of the Apple boutique. Opened in December 1967 by … Continue reading

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Time Magazine Digs Huntsman: The Cool Kid

Time magazine’s current issue features a profile of Jon Huntsman, Jr. entitled “The Cool Kid.”  It seems that writer, Melinda Henneberger, has caught on to what we’ve been saying here for the past five months. Read the whole thing! But … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week – If You’ve Got Trouble

Ringo is back! Here he is singing “If You’ve Got Trouble.” Written by Lennon/McCartney as a Ringo vehicle and recorded in the early sessions for Help! it was left off the final album in favor of “Act Naturally.” Enjoy!

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