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Bynomite (Price Check on Maxipads)

Posted in Art, hoops, Music, Photos, Pistons on December 5, 2009 by trapperKeeper

I enjoyed a Piston victory, old friends’ company, and a slippery walk home.  After getting home,  I went through a few photos, played on the boxes for a little, and gave Stella some attention.  I’m feeling more and more comfortable on the boxes.  Slowly, I am getting there.  My soundcard isn’t performing terribly well, so I apologize for the sound being off.  This is only a jam, but one with ripe fruit for plucking.

The above image is from the great Detroit Pistons’ blog

There’s Gonna Be a Party For Days (Bootsy, Tigers, & Spartans, Oh My!)

Posted in Detroit Tigers, Funk, hoops, humor, Music, politics on April 6, 2009 by trapperKeeper


Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday!  I present some more Bootsy today, but first a ramble.

I spend a lot of time sitting in front of my computer screen.  I have an addiction to knowledge and the internet has put a whole world of information at your fingertips, in a way that the antiquated .  No doubt, I am big proponent of physical reading material.  It can be read without electricity; reading a book is romantic, reading a kindle is efficient and efficiency is overrated.  If you free up more time, you just have more time to kill.

Anyways, I intake a lot of information about the world.  I can’t help but look big picture, it is just the way my brain is wired.  If I wasn’t able to laugh at the absurdity and stupidity of humankind, I couldn’t bear to stick around this earthly realm unless I wasn’t able to afford to travel around the world and experience as much of the world as I could handle.  Thankfully, I am still able to laugh and for my salvation from a very bitter, cynical  to a cynical, pessimistic optimist.  I think it has to do with the fact I don’t fear death because I don’t fear the unexpected after body death.

I want the world to become more just; for people in America to realize that our way of life is not sustainable environmentally, economically, or spiritually; .  I just doubt the capability of America to change.  I wonder if citizens are educated enough to see the oligarchy running things and have the courage to work to overthrow it, which will require people to overcome their fear of scary news, which the ruling classes dispense through their mainstream media.  I ultimately figure worst case, my body perishes; best case, my body perishes.  For now, my guiding idea is we can’t let them who surround us defeat us because we really surround them.  Now if I can just figure out who them is.


Excuse the above typing, for I my bigger reason for posting on the warmest day I have experienced in many months is to give up the Funk.  As I stated above,  I am going to follow last week’s Bootsy post with another.  This time, it is a live show, recorded in Louisville, from 1978.  The only thing better than Bootsy is live Bootsy, where hardcore bass orgies occurred on the regular.  Just lend Bootsy your ear and soak in his cheer.

Bootsy knew how to work a crowd and his Rubber Band knew how to play the Funk.  This recording captures the Rubber Band in their funky ripeness.  I like this album better than the studio recordings, which are still outstanding but seemed to bring a little too much polish.  Live, the space bass is unrestrained and Funk electricity oozes out of the band.  Funky flute and heavy bass get equal attention on ” Bootsy? (What Is the Name of This Town).”  Space bass is all up in your face on “Psychoticbumpschool.”  Extending the “party for days” chorus, Bootsy gets the crowd worked into a frenzy on “Hollywood Squares.”


Catfish and Bootsy goes off on “Very Yes.”  Maceo and the horns add a whole new element to “Can’t Stay Away.”  Next up is the monstrous “Stretchin’ Out,” a hair-raising, spine-tingling jam with a pulse that builds and builds getting the audience on the verge of climax and teasingly holds it there for as an almost unbearably long time before providing release.  This one is sonic speed.  If I were asleep and someone started bumping this one, I would up like a cat hearing the rattle of a laser pointer.

The relief doesn’t last long, as Bootsy busts into “‘I’d Rather Be With You,” which was one of his premier bass orgy songs.  Bootzilla requests a floating vibe before going into foreplay.  You risk permanent damage if you’re not properly lubricated before hearing his poppin’, fuzzed space bass solo.  Bootsy is one of the best at making the bass talk, this version of “I’d Rather Be With You” is a marvelous demonstration of his skill and Bootsy doing a Jimi-Hendrix thing on bass.  “Bootzilla” includes some Motor Booty riffs among the classical theme and “America the Beautiful” and “Star Spangled Banner.”

The recording quality isn’t the best, you can hear a buzzing sound throughout, but it doesn’t matter for the Funk overwhelms.  Bootsy and the crew make it sound so easy, but it isn’t easy to be that funky.  And don’t mistake his levity for shallowness, as Andre 3000 said “I might look kinda funny, but I ain’t no fool.”

If I had access to a time machine for just one trip, I would pick a vintage P-Funk show, perhaps one of the funk festival performances so I could see a bunch of great bands.  For all of the moments to pick from, I would go with P-Funk .  I have felt multiple times the transcendental power of a great show.  I can’t think of anything that would make me happier than seeing the Parliament-Funkadelic empire throwing down a classic performance.  Eddie Hazel would have to be present and up front.  Huzzah for transcendental moments.  Go Spartans!  Go Tigers!  It truly is spring for regular season baseball is upon us.  Only several months before it becomes a real grind.

Track Listing

1    Intro-Maceo        :20
2    Bootsy? (What Is the Name of This Town)    Parker, Clinton, Collins    3:12
3    Rubber Duckie    Clinton, Cooper, Collins    :53
4    Psychoticbumpschool    Worrell, Clinton, Collins, Collins    3:14
5    Pinnochio Theory    Clinton, Collins    6:26
6    Hollywood Squares    Clinton, Collins    5:39
7    Roto-Rooter    Clinton, Collins, Collins    3:44
8    Very Yes    Clinton, Collins, Collins    5:28
9    Can’t Stay Away    Clinton, Collins    6:07
10    Stretchin’ Out (In a Rubber Band)    Clinton, Collins    11:23
11    I’d Rather Be With You    Collins, Clinton, Cooper    10:18
12    Aah the Name Is Bootsy, Baby    Parker, Clinton, Collins    4:25
13    Bootzilla    Collins, Clinton    6:21

March Madness (With a Kiss)

Posted in hoops on March 20, 2009 by trapperKeeper

I love March Madness.  After missing some games due to the mountain outing, I returned home in time to catch the second half of the late games.  What fine basketball entertainment I was treated to.  Ohio St-Siena went into double OT.  More importantly, Bill Raftery was announcing.  Bill is one of my favorite basketball announcers.  You can tell he truly loves basketball.  He is very loquacious while being able to explode with the moment.  My brother and I first noticed him because he would start off every game with a fervent “[insert team losing tip] is going MANtoMAN!”  A basketball poet in his best moment, Bill approaches every game with joy.  Partnered with the aging, but not dying, Verne Lundquist (who looks more like a troll the older he gets), Bill is the rare color commentator who actually adds to the game he’s announcing.


I remember an NBA Live version from the late ’90s that featured Verne as a bonus player.  He was a bowling ball of a baller at 5’3 or whatever.  I would intentionally turbo into him w/ a huge player to send him flying.  His attributes were pretty strong, so he was actually a ridiculous player.  Oh the memories.  Verne getting trucked and flying through the air.  The fouls were worth it.

Anyways, I wonder and worry about the future of announcing.  Most announcers have been in the game for a long time while many of the newer ones blow (Joe Buck).  Many of the older ones aren’t good either, but at least they have this old-time quality to them that is lacking in the new ESPN generation of announcing.  I hope technological advances will allow us to keep the old announcers around through robot AI.  Or they could live like Krang from TMNT.  I’d even take a robot Musburger provided it liked to drink.  Bender perhaps?


Don’t Funk with my Meta-Funk (The Heat Goes On)

Posted in Funk, hoops, Music on March 20, 2009 by trapperKeeper


Remain in the Light is a brilliant album full of tight, clean, funky grooves and excellent production.  This was the last Talking Heads’, one of my all-time favorite bands, album to be produced by Brian Eno.  “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)” is one of the best opening songs on any album and one of the funkiest Talking Heads song.  I was out walking around the mountains today.  Disregarding logic, I figured there wouldn’t be that much snow on the trail.  I was wrong, but still had a fun time tramping around.  Yesterdays, UM hoops victory was awesome.  Who knows what Blake Griffin and Oklahoma will bring?  A big dance victory is a beg step for a program still suffering from the legacy of the Fab 5.  Go Blue!


Track Listing:

1. “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)” – 5:46
2. “Crosseyed and Painless” – 4:45
3. “The Great Curve” – 6:26
4. “Once in a Lifetime” – 4:19
5. “Houses in Motion” – 4:30
6. “Seen and Not Seen” – 3:20
7. “Listening Wind” – 4:42
8. “The Overload” – 6:00

My Third Eye is Color-Blind (Huzzah for March Madness!)

Posted in hoops, life, Music on March 19, 2009 by trapperKeeper


Some of my favorite sporting days of the year are upon us.  It is the best time of year to be underemployed.  While others are toiling away, I am enjoying basketball and a homemade pizza topped with farm fresh bacon and handpicked rosemary.  I generally don’t watch television during the day, or at night for that matter; however, I have been enjoying the action so far today.  I have been busy running around a bit the past few days on a variety of tasks.  I caught Coraline 3D, which was a very well-done film.  Combining a creepy, interesting story with top of the line visuals, Coraline 3D is a movie you should see in theatre.  The solid frame 3D glasses were much more effective than past flimsy paper 3D glasses I have used.

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