My greatest concert experience, and my band Grendel Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Dallas – Oct 20, 1977 I saw ELP on their Brain Salad Surgery tour. Entered Dallas Memorial Auditorium with anticipation. As I topped the balcony steps the audio geek in me fixated on the P.A. system, reportedly (pre-internet info age) quite a big deal. I looked at the stacks on either side of the stage (nobody was flying PA systems at that time) and saw a PA that was the equal if not better than any I had ever seen. – impressive, but not THAT big … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with random Ruminations – I ELPeed myself edition
I hope you’re ready to rock: Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: REM Glastonbury 1999
Today is supposed to be the Krewe du Vieux parade. It was cancelled because of the pandemic. The timing was good for me: last year was the worst Carnival season I’ve had since coming to New Orleans in 1987. I wrote about some aspects it in a piece called The Cursed Carnival?
Shorter Adrastos: I needed a year off from Carnival so I’m not as unhappy with the situation as most people are. Some of the Krewe du Vieux sub-krewes including Spank are presenting art installations instead of marching. Since I wasn’t feeling it, I did not participate. So it goes.
John Hiatt wrote this week’s theme song for his 2003 album Beneath This Gruff Exterior. It’s one of his fatherhood songs as it describes taking his daughter to college. It also rocks much harder than the cradle ever should.
We have two versions of Circle Back for your listening pleasure: the studio original and a live version. Both feature Sonny Landreth and the Goners.
I mentioned Hiatt’s fatherhood songs. Here are two more:
Now that we’ve rocked the cradle, let’s jump to the break before we get too dizzy.
Cheers to Irving Berlin. Continue reading Let’s Face The Music and Dance
More tales of useful idiocy. Continue reading The Return Of The Son Of Kremlingate
House Republicans are playing a dangerous game. Continue reading The Enemy Within
Meet Alex Padilla. Continue reading Shapiro: A Latino Senator On Every Corner
After a generation’s worth of Cletus Safaris, the NY Times finally took a look beyond the rural diners of central Pennsylvania and/or Southern New Jersey. As President Biden’s inauguration ticked closer, some of Donald Trump’s supporters were feeling gleeful. Mr. Trump was on the cusp of declaring martial law, they believed. Military tribunals would follow, then televised executions, then Democrats and other deep state operatives would finally be brought to justice. Just ordinary, “real” Americans…armed to the teeth. Despite the economic anxiety, they’ve amassed quite the arsenals. Meanwhile, the Republican leadership or wannabees — thinking of McConnell, Cruz, Hawley, et … Continue reading GOP…Q…Anon
This book is not about the second senate trial of the Kaiser of Chaos. Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Case Against Satan
It’s Pat Leahy’s time. Continue reading The Senator Is a Deadhead
Josh Hawley meets Timothy McVeigh. Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Josh Hawley Edition
Galactic is one of the most interesting and eclectic bands to have come out of New Orleans. The critics all called Carnivale Electricos a concept album, who am I to argue? I don’t feel like it. I tried to find … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Carnivale Electricos
Excuses, excuses, excuses. Continue reading The Dog Ate The Constitution
Cassandra on Joe Manchin. Continue reading Cassandra: Just A Soul Whose Intentions Are Good
All right, good people – as promised yesterday, the wrap-up of the GOP’s Very Bad Week.
Let’s start with “Thank god and Greyhound he’s gone”!
Posted on 1/20/2021, 7:10:30 AM by CedarDave
Fox Business and Fox News covering the President’s leaving the White House and he will remarks to the nation as he leaves and at Joint Base Andrews. Place comments and links here.
Trump Issues Alternate Inaugural Poem
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I won the election by a landslide
And everybody knows it
There were a lot of horrible things going on
That should never be allowed to happen
In our country
I’ve been treated
To: DAVEY CROCKETT
To: Peter W. Kessler
I am so mad and sad at the same time. This should not be happening. Furthermore they are counting votes STILL in Arizona for one. This is just sickening.
And I’m tired of hearing about Jan 6th as if there was something more there than what was. The hyperbole is despicable. And the turncoats in Congress. I hope we do have a patriot party that I think we should call the Constitution party.
Sick of it.
The return of Huck’s Horrible Spawn. Continue reading Poor Arkansas
Adrastos has the jab jitters. Continue reading Jab Jabber
I have to admit – I’m a 50s horror movie buff. I used to sneak out of bed at midnight, tune in to the distant (distant from Waco, anyway) DFW channel 11, adjust the rabbit ears, and sit in front of the TV for movies like “The Giant Claw” and “The Crawling Eye”.
Another fave was “The Beginning Of The End”, which featured giant grasshoppers (harvested, coincidentally, from the farmland around my Dad’s farm) attacking Chicago as a finale’.
Apparently, hundreds of thousands of the Qberts tuned into GAB to watch The Darnold swoop down upon the Inauguration ceremony, arrest/execute all of the libtards, and save the day just like “Q” promised he would.
Nope. Not even one giant grasshopper.
My beat, of course, is Free Republic, and I’m here to document what was the beginning of the end of all their shit-stupid LARPing fantasies.
Let’s get started, shall we?
How stupid do I/We feel about what happened today??
Nascar Dad ^ | 01/20/2021 | Nascar Dad
Posted on 1/20/2021, 6:29:44 PM by Nascar Dad
So I have been duped by Conservatives and Q Followers alike. Trump was supposed to be soooooo close to dropping info to prove Biden stole the election. What happened? Biden is now our president. Nothing on Horowitz. Nothing on Durham. Nothing on Declass. Nothing on stolen elections. Trump packed it up, split town and left us with Biden. Brilliant! It feels like I’ve been punched in the gut. I’m sure there are others out there that feel the same way. I listened, and bought into, the BS about saving the world… Yadda Yadda Yadda. I am done. I believed the hype and have nobody to blame but myself. That is all. It was fun while it lasted.
To: Nascar Dad
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Only the Q morons are surprised by what happened today.
The rest of us knew Trump was leaving weeks ago.
Only the tik tok crowd was surprised that the latest declass was a bust.
I think it will be a while before we can really see what worked and what didn’t for the Trump administation.
But one thing I can see:
epic “owns” on twitter are no substitute for getting loyal and competent appointees confirmed.
and insulting the media is not adequate compensation for not passing significant legislation and changes to laws.
Pardons, pardons, pardons. Continue reading Shapiro: Pardon Me, Do You Have Any Get Out Of Jail Free Cards?
On playin’ da blooz… For a bassist, it’s not much fun. I grew up in Texas, where playin’ da blooz is a rite of musical passage. “Nobody gets out of here without playing the blues!” isn’t just a line from a movie, it’s a way of life. It’s why Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lightnin’ Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and Johnny Winter existed. Having said that, it’s one of the most boring and soul-crushing things a bass guitarist can do on stage. You’re basically (see what I did there?) playing I-IV-V-IV over and over and over, and every 16 … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with random Ruminations – Adventures in Babysitting edition
John Hiatt month continues on First Draft with this 1997 performance on German teevee. I decided to give Edward Hopper the day off. Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: John Hiatt & The Nashville Queens Live
It’s been a long week at Adrastos World HQ. I’ve been tidying up my study/home office to make it easier for an AT&T tech to upgrade my internet service. It’s a daunting task. I’m a notoriously bad housekeeper so I’ve discovered dust bunnies the size of the late, great Paul Drake as well as the odd desicated peanut and Cheerio under the desk and book stacks. Clutter thy name is Adrastos.
Because of my clean-up attempt and hours spent watching the inauguration, I’m keeping this short by ditching our second act altogether. Who has time to write about longread-type articles when you’re at war with dust and clutter?
This week’s theme song is a lesser-known John Hiatt rocker. It’s a particular favorite of mine. It’s a road song that was written in 1997 for the Little Head album.
We have two versions of Pirate Radio for your listening pleasure: the studio original and a 1997 live version with Hiatt’s then crack band, the Nashville Queens:
While we’re being all piratical and shit, here’s ELP with a prog pirate song:
It’s time to shiver me timbers and jump to the break.
Cheers to Don Henley & Glenn Frey. Continue reading Lyin’ Eyes
With apologies to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Continue reading The Seven Stages Of Post-Trump Relief & Trumper Grief
Cassandra returns. Continue reading Cassandra: For There is Always Light
No retreat, baby, no surrender. Continue reading Tweet Of The Day: White Flag Edition
There was the Square Deal, the New Deal, the Fair Deal…why not the Big F***ing Deal? OK, Biden’s demanding decency, so effing is out, and I dunno, with the obscenity of the last four years, maybe a little decency is a refreshing alternative for now. But I’d still argue The Big (Effing) Deal is something to consider. And anyone who spent the last four plus years enabling Orange Narcissus that takes to clutching pearls or lurching to the fainting couch can fuck off. If nothing else, there’s no longer an official imprimatur of, name it, xenophobia, overt racism, white supremacy, … Continue reading BFD
Hoofs? Isn’t it hooves? Apparently, both are correct. Who knew? It behooves me to end this discussion. Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Hell On Hoofs