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Nats bloopers to Stars & Stripes Forever, I Fought the Law and um, Da Butt

MAY 21 UPDATE: The video and soundtrack are back! Get Valerie Camillo a fainting couch, there here is go-go in it!

I’d replace “I Fought the Law” with Danny Gatton’s “Fingers on Fire” though.

UPDATE: YouTube turned off the sound due to a copyright infringement in the 18 hours since I discovered this video that had been up for almost 2 months. You’ll just have to listen your vinyl copy or well, go here.

Yesterday, I stumbled on some Washington Nationals-related bloopers on youtube, part of a series for all MLB teams. It starts off with John Popper playing “God Bless America” on his harmonica (remember that?) while somebody tries to add eye drops while wearing sunglasses and is followed by President Obama’s eephus pitch to native Washingtonian John Phillip Sousa‘s “Stars & Stripes Forever,” so that gives you a pretty good idea of what we’re in for with this thing.

Later in the video, Experience Unlimited takes over with “Da Butt” because reasons. The last is The Clash with “I Fought the Law” the only non-DC music in the whole video. You have to respect the local flavor of the video creator.

Wacky plays, broken/flaming stadium equipment, Pierogi destruction, John Wall and an insurrection against the President’s Race are all included. Bryce Harper is well often represented. One really, glaring omission though:

But hey, it’s got had “Da Butt.”

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About the VMAs and being “old”

Looking back over Sunday night Twitter feed, one of the themes that emerged was “we’re old!” That’s because the MTV Video Music Awards was on. But not getting the 2014 VMAs is a feature, not a bug, right?

On the other hand, after a bike ride on Sunday morning, I turned on the car and I heard this song:

It wasn’t until the song was over that I realized it was on BIG 100.3, the classic rock station.

Welp.

It may have been amusing to get Kurt Cobain’s take on that, but he’s been gone for 20 years. I wonder what greatest Arlandrian alive, Dave Grohl thinks. Of course, Foo Fighters was CLASSIC from the moment the album dropped on July 4, 1995.

Now that the bandage has been ripped off, I’m sure we can look forward to hearing “The Sweater Song,” “Corduroy” and dread hearing anything by Bush or Live. Man those two bands were terrible and ubiquitous.

Though if they throw this in every now and then, I might be worth it:

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The Washington Senators had an accordionist, Merv Conn

During yesterday’s Washington Nationals broadcast, Dave Jageler was lamenting that the strike zone was going back and forth like an accordion. A discussion about accordions with Charlie Slowes ensued. I don’t think they know that in the 1960s, the Senators hired Merv Conn to play the accordion during games (I mentioned it a couple of years ago). A brief demonstration and explanation from Conn himself:

That was from local filmmaker Jeff Krulik‘s The Legend of Merv Conn which is available here:

Conn was more than just a musician at RFK Stadium, he was a beloved music instructor and performer, even though “The Beatles killed the accordion.” Here’s a 2007 profile from John Kelly before the documentary came out – A Legend With Oomph — and Oompah

Conn died in 2011, his obituary is here.

As for Krulik, he has made many films but is best remembered for Heavy Metal Parking Lot. We talked about that several years ago during the 25th anniversary of HMPL. While all his work is enjoyable, I suspect that Charlie and Dave would enjoy this award-winning documentary.

MEANWHILE IN THIRD PLACE

So, don’t look at the standings until Memorial Day?

NL-standings-20140527

Maybe it’s supposed to be the actual Memorial Day, rather than Memorial Day Observed.

Between injuries and Matt Williams over-managing and love of bunts and sacrifices, the Nats are struggling. Thankfully, Chicken Man on the case:


After Memorial Day loss, fans plan chicken sacrifice Tuesday at Nationals Park
Let Teddy Win

What took so long?

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Weezer’s Blue Album is 20 years old

Welp, that was fast.

I remember when “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was 20 years old and it being a big deal. I think it came out on CD concurrent with that anniversary which might be the part of it. Physical media!

Weezer’s “Blue Album” isn’t that big a deal and Weezer’s aren’t the Beatles.

Not even close.

But it was a fun album of its time and a nice contrast to grunge which had peaked and was only going to get worse — I’m looking at you BUSH. “Buddy Holly” is still the great turn-it-up and roll-down-the-windows-on-a-warm-day classic it’ll always be.

Gee, it’s so quaint to look back on Rivers Cuomo’s lyrics and think about how much he’s grown as a songwriter, singer and man since…okay I can’t say that with a straight face.

Weezer t-shirt, front

Apparently, the social contract mandates going through the album and saying something about the songs.

My Name is Jonas – annoying, awful, almost killed album before it began

No One Else – catchy sounds like every other song

The World Has Turned and Left Me Here – beginning to think that high school never ended for this dude

Buddy Holly – Windows 95 (not so good Al)

Undone – The Sweater Song – proto shoe-gaze

Surfwax America – Catchy, kind of different than the other songs. A little at least.

Say it Ain’t So – always seemed to hear it going over Blue Mountain on I-81

In the Garage – He talks about KISS who were best described as “they suck, but they have sucked longer than anybody else.” That was over 20 years ago.

Holiday – just a set up for Island in the Sun years later

Only in Dreams – more proto shoegaze that never ends

Oh and good job by producer Ric Ocasek for this album.

Some people who took this assignment more seriously than me:

Now, people who took the assignment more seriously than I did:

‘The Blue Album’ at 20: Looking Back at Weezer’s Debut, Track by Track «.

Remembering Weezer’s ‘The Blue Album,’ A Garage Rock Classic, on Its 20th Anniversary – The Daily Beast.

Weezer's 'Blue Album' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review | Billboard.

Weezer t-shirt (back)

DEATH TO FALSE NERD ROCK!

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