Phil Collins Retires; World Rejoices

Posted in misc.blurbs, music with tags , , on Wednesday, 2011 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Following the “thank god!” public reaction to his retirement from music, Phil Collins released a statement clarifying the reason he’s quitting is to “be a full-time father on a daily basis” and NOT because of “dodgy reviews” or not feeling loved.

Funny, all of us manage to hold down full-time real jobs and still raise our kids on a daily basis. Music is not something that you quit. If you want to quit “the music business,” fine, just go. Why the announcement? Plenty of bands go years between albums or find themselves on unannounced, indefinite hiatus.

Nothing reeks of “desperate for attention” like first unnecessarily announcing retirement and then releasing another statement about it that essentially screams "I’M STILL LOVED! I’M STILL RELEVANT!!"

I’m not a mathematician, but I’m pretty sure if you’ve sold 100 million records and don’t have the trappings of having to do actual work for a living you could probably manage to juggle the demands of fatherhood without “retiring from music.” But good riddance.

Sarah Palin Won’t Run for President in 2012

Posted in misc.blurbs, politics with tags , , on Wednesday, 2011 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Even the people who aren’t fooled by Sarah Palin are still fooled by Sarah Palin. We, er, they are going to talk and speculate and talk some more about will-she or won’t-she run for President. This will go on ad nausea for most of 2011. All while she’ll soak up way too much attention from the “lame-stream media,” cuz all press is good press, and whatever moves the ratings needle and whatever keeps her in, near, or around political news and pop culture will help her sell more books and land new TV gigs and make her more money on the speech circuit.

She’ll make TV appearances, and ridiculous comments, and her stupid talking points will continue to drive the national conversation despite the fact that even leading conservatives and republicans know she’s unqualified and unelectable. But that stuff is easy. Running for (let alone being) President is not. So she won’t do it. She’s lazy.

So she’ll ride the wave of speculation all the way to her eventual destiny as the White Trash Oprah. And she’ll stroke her ego by holding out her eventual endorsement of one of the Republican candidates as long as possible, as if she’s some sort of kingmaker. But she won’t run for President.

The Best Albums of 2010

Posted in music with tags , , , , , on Thursday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Ah yes, another no-name blogger weighing in on the best albums of the year. I know: you care. My Top Ten Albums of 2010 list contains 27 titles and includes live albums. It doesn’t contain a couple albums I probably loved and somehow forgot. Feel free to post your Top 10 of 2010 in the comments below.

THE BEST
The Roots – How I Got Over

Black Keys – Brothers

White Stripes – Under Great Northern Lights (live)

THE REST
Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone

Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions

John Mellencamp – No Better Than This

Eminem – Recovery

Josh Ritter – So Runs the World Away

Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives

Tom Petty – Mojo

Spoon – Transference

The Roots & John Legend – Wake Up

Robert Plant – Band of Joy

Peter Wolf – Midnight Souvenirs

Neil Young – Le Noise

Frightened Rabbit – Winter of Mixed Drinks

Avett Brothers – Live Vol. 3 (live)

Jakob Dylan – Women and Country

Ryan Bingham – Junky Star

Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards

Ray Lamontagne – God Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise

Big Boi – Sir Luscious Leftfoot

Drive-By Truckers – The Big To-Do

Eels – End Times

Black Crowes – Croweology

Derek Trucks Band – Roadsongs (live)

Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues

MOONTOWER: free download of new song

Posted in music with tags , , , , on Thursday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

So my longtime musical partner in crime Steve and I have a new little rock’n’roll project going called Moontower. After spending a day at my house jamming on some preliminary riffs, we holed up in the basement of Vanishing Point Studios in Alexandria, VA, to mold one of those jams into a song. Our friend Rob joined us to throw down the lead vocals, and our other friend Pam added some sweet harmonies to the outro.

The result is “Just Want To Make It Known.” Listen and/or download the song for free by clicking this sentence.

Feel free to share this on facebook, twitter, and anywhere else you share webthings, and pass this link along to anyone you know who likes to rock and/or roll.

Party at the Moontower….

The Circle Six Archives

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Once upon a time in another life that was part of this one, I played drums in a band called The Circle Six. It was the best of the worst times and we made less money than we spent. From 1992 to 2001, the music evolved and migrated and meandered and always meant the most to us during each moment it was made.

We were born and raised in the eclectic Morgantown music scene along side Rasta Rafiki, Joint Chiefs, Karma to Burn, the Recipe, and countless other bands that may or may not have thought we were assholes. In addition to playing most of our home games at the legendary Nyabinghi Dance Hall at 123 Pleasant St, we also graced the stages at CBGB’s, 930 Club, and many holes in walls inbetween. Over the years we shared the bill with New Riders of the Purple Sage, Rusted Root, Ras Fairmont, The Roots, G.Love & Special Sauce, Verve Pipe, 3LG, Linkin Park, Sampson, Thrift Unit, the Crownsayers, Papa Roach, Fried Moose, 2 Skinny J’s, and some other bands that didn’t want to play before us and a few that regretting going on after us.

We slept on a lot of couches and even more floors. We went through two different vans and laughed to the point of hyperventilation about stuff that wouldn’t seem that funny if I tried to explain it to you now.

Along the way we made several recordings of varying styles and quality. Now you can wander through all of it or sample just some of it. Download any or all of it for free or just listen to it online by clicking on this sentence.

And we’re not reuniting unless it’s for the opening slot on the Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour, so don’t ask.

Another Writing Endeavor: Sports Crab

Posted in misc.blurbs, sports with tags , , , , , on Thursday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

So I’m part of a team launching a new Baltimore-based sports parody site called Sports Crab. Please visit the site and share the link on Facebook, etc. So far I’ve written spoof stories about Brett Favre, Bono Saving the Orioles, Vinny Cerrato wanting JaMarcus Russell, and Pacman Jones being himself. But if you poke around you’ll find my stuff. Make sure to click the DIGG and/or HypeItUp buttons at the bottom of each story to help the site attract more readers.

Please Support My NFL Column

Posted in misc.blurbs, sports with tags , , , on Wednesday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

I’ve been sporadically slowblogging here the last few months. I have some other writing endeavors elsewhere online, but I hope to revive this blog a bit as well.

In the mean time, please support my NFL column over at RealFootball365 by going HERE and then clicking ARTICLES. Check back often, as I usually write about 2 columns per week.

If you dig it, please pass along the above link, or a link to this page. Post/share on Facebook, Twitter and wherever else you share webthings.

Thanks!

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