It’s an off-day, your Redlegs are still in first place, and we’re all in a good mood. Seems like a good time for an open thread and some not-so-random thoughts.

–One of our devoted Loyal Citizens (thanks, Elliot!) sent the following thoughts along, and I thought I’d submit it for your discussion:

Although Jocketty has not pulled the trigger on a big mid-season deal, it seems he has pre-empted many moves; the under-treated low risk-high reward signings of Springer and Isringhausen seem quite prescient. Also, I remember that during the winter the pick up of Chapman was not received with universal approval, but now looks like a stroke of brilliance (like you bring up constantly, he could be like our version of David Price). Lastly, the moves he didn’t make (betting the farm on Scott Downs, Matt Capps, et al) also seem to make great sense.

–If I were sitting next to Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, I would make a fool of myself like this guy:

http://ktla.vid.trb.com/player/PaperVideoTest.swf

–I saw Dinner for Schmucks recently. Very, very funny. You can never go wrong with Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis (I spelled that correctly on the first try; yes, I’m good).

Smarter people go to bed later. I’m writing this at 1:00 AM (though I will set it to publish later this morning). Draw your own conclusions.

–These color photos of the Depression in rural America are stunning.

–With no Reds on television last night, I finished reading “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. A unique and absorbing read starting at page one. Highly recommended. Next up, based on your suggestions in a previous open thread: A Confederacy of Dunces.

–I asked for new music recommendations on Twitter yesterday, and I got a ton of great responses. Now I have a lot of new stuff to check out, but I wanted to open up the discussion here, too.

Give me your recommendations. I listen to all kinds of music, so don’t let genre stop you from naming a particular band. One restriction, though: I already love Justin Bieber, so you don’t need to mention him.

71 Responses

  1. adam

    Arcade Fire’s new album is sweet. Sleigh Bells are still kind of flying under the radar. But my biggest recommendation? Fun. Listen now, thank me later.

  2. Bill Lack

    Steve Carrell and Will Ferrell, Chad…you wouldn’t know a good movie if hit smacked you in the face.

    Funny moment on “Rizzoli and Isles” (yeah, I know it’s not great, but I like Angie Harmon) the other night..investigating a murder on a college campus, Detective Korsak said, “I’ve seen Animal House a few times”. Korsak is played by Bruce McGill, who played D-Day in the classic “Animal House”.

    Was almost as funny as when, in an NCIS episode, Mark Harmon was asked what Ducky was like when he was younger, he replied, “Illya Kuryakan”.

    • Chad Dotson

      Steve Carrell and Will Ferrell, Chad…you wouldn’t know a good movie if hit smacked you in the face.

      I’m really starting to think you are a grumpy old man, Bill.

  3. lukeukcrazy

    Anyone heard anything about Russ Springer and his injury?

  4. Jason

    I mentioned a few yesterday via twitter (Bon Iver. David Gray. Fleet Foxes. Arcade Fire. Blitzen Trapper. The National. Pete Yorn. Andrew Bird.) but I failed to mention Avett Bros. Spoon. Beach House. Black Keyes. If you like to feel like your having a stroke while drinking your morning coffee I recommend Sleigh Bells, and I mean that in a good way.

  5. nick in va

    I’ve been going to bed later. Staying up and working out. Not sure if that’s smart or not, but my wife let me convert our dining room into a workout room. Sorry guys, no more dinner parties.

    I’m a sucker for old pictures, especially like the construction ones. Saw this on Twitter the other day and thought it was an interesting concept – The Ghosts of World War II’s Past.

  6. Matt WI

    “I mean, you’re a beautiful woman, and you mentioned taking a bath…” Good heavans, man. Filter, get a filter!

  7. Matt WI

    @lukeukcrazy: As in “It was the heeeaaat of the moment?” 80’s band. (Fact, not a commentary).

  8. cstrand

    Daniel Ray introduced to me “Mumford and Sons” — Sigh No More is the album I love.

  9. Jason

    @cstrand: Good call. Mumford is a solid blend of Fleet Foxes and Avett Bros w/ a splash of Frightened Rabbit.

    • MLH

      @MLH: You’re only missing one of those? And I thought I bought too many records…

      Only missing one of the LP releases, although I’ve heard most of the CD releases at the store I work at. The Dara Puspita is real cool, for example. But yeah, there’s no disputing that there are too many records in my house.

    • MLH

      Album of the year Daniel Higgs’ “Say God.”

      Beard of the year.

  10. renbutler

    @Travis G.: The one with the girl and the boy with the model plane is fantastic.

    RE: sleep.

    I’ve always been a night person. I rarely go to bed before midnight.

  11. Ethan D

    The Hold Steady has become one of my favorite bands. They’re awesome

  12. Reds03

    The Reds have asked MLB to review the Rolen play on Tuesday night. Rolen was not charged with an error, but he should have made the play. If it is ruled an error, all 6 runs will be unearned for Leake.

  13. Travis G.

    @MLH: I’ve filled an old library card catalog with CDs at my house, and now that my work there is done I’ve set about filling up some Ikea shelves with LPs. Do you work at a record shop, I guess? I worked at one here in northern Kentucky about 10 years ago, which is where I acquired a lot of my stuff.

    @renbutler: That’s probably my favorite, too, but I especially like the photos that give a real sense of place, so it kind of feels like stepping back in time. It’s even better since they’re so large and in color. This blog has a lot of neat old photos, but smaller and less colorful.

  14. Sultan of Swaff

    Truly amazing photos. Just seeing how chiseled everyone’s faces are tells you how tough times were back then. My dad grew up around Corbin, KY and tells a story about getting an orange for Christmas….and nothing else. And yeah, he played that card every year on me.

    I drum for this band. It’s in a similar vein to the bands Jason named. Try ‘Side Effect’.
    http://www.ubiquerecords.com/tgc.html

    • MLH

      @MLH: I’ve filled an old library card catalog with CDs at my house, and now that my work there is done I’ve set about filling up some Ikea shelves with LPs. Do you work at a record shop, I guess? I worked at one here in northern Kentucky about 10 years ago, which is where I acquired a lot of my stuff.

      Yeah, I work at a store in Toledo, but I’m always digging. Gonna swing by a coffee shop here in a few that has some (usually disappointing) vinyl.

      @MLH:
      That’s been true for years.

      True, but as he’s aged the gray adds a certain panache!

  15. Chad Dotson

    @Travis G.: Thanks for mentioning Shorpy.com. It’s one of my favorite sites. If you click on “Full Size” beside each picture, those photos pop up in a huge size with surprising quality. Great stuff over there every day.

  16. RedusMilner

    Drive-By Truckers and My Morning Jacket.

  17. Sultan of Swaff

    @Scott: Holy crap, that’s getting deeeeeep. My friends like to play a similar game, as in, if you could cut off one branch of the musical tree to prevent other off-shoot bands from ever happening, who would it be?
    I’ll start the proceedings by nominating Rush.

    • Scott

      @Scott: Holy crap, that’s getting deeeeeep. My friends like to play a similar game, as in, if you could cut off one branch of the musical tree to prevent other off-shoot bands from ever happening, who would it be?
      I’ll start the proceedings by nominating Rush.

      Rush would be at the the top of the list. Another candidate would be DMB (sorry Chad.)

      If you can figure out a way to link your band into our tree, email me @ the site, and we’ll make it happen.

      • Matt WI

        Another candidate would be DMB

        I think you’d have to kill of the Grateful Dead before you get to DMB. I wouldn’t recommend dropping either. I’ll second anybody else who wants to kill of Rush though.

  18. Matt WI

    Gripe: I love Cincy’s alternate red home jersey. I’d really like a Votto one, but you can’t get one unless you buy an “authentic” one, running you $220. You can get a replica Jay Bruce one for $99. You never know how long term anything is anymore anyway… probably better off with a Votto t-shirt and blank jersey.

  19. Jared

    I’l be in Chicago for Lollapalooza this weekend. There are bands I want to see at 4:00 each day but I’m going to have to make it to the game on Sunday. Anyone else planning on being there?

    Maybe I’ll check out Arcade Fire.

  20. Matt WI

    @Matt WI: … I’d hate to end up as a pic on Redleg Nation one day wearing an out of date uniform :mrgreen:

    • Jello

      @Matt WI: … I’d hate to end up as a pic on Redleg Nation one day wearing an out of date uniform

      You should get a Janish jersey. When he does leave nobody will even notice that he is gone, so you’ll just be a guy with a jersey of a backup IF/ batboy/ towelboy/ toothpick caddy

      • Matt WI

        You should get a Janish jersey. When he does leave nobody will even notice that he is gone, so you’ll just be a guy with a jersey of a backup IF/ batboy/ towelboy/ toothpick caddy

        Seeing Janish is like Ray and Terrance Mann seeing Moonlight Grahm’s stats on the scoreboard in Fenway. Only the true believers can acknowledge him.

      • Chad Dotson

        Seeing Janish is like Ray and Terrance Mann seeing Moonlight Grahm’s stats on the scoreboard in Fenway. Only the true believers can acknowledge him.

        Simply brilliant.

  21. nick in va

    @Sultan of Swaff: My grandpa was from Corbin. Never got a chance to ask him what Christmas was like back then though. I’m going to make an effort this year to ask the rest of my grandparents.

    My favorite story that my uncle always tells is that when he and my dad were kids my grandma would tell them they were lucky because when she was a kid her dad would get the meat and they’d get the leftover fat. I don’t think it’s true, but my uncle loves telling it.

  22. preach

    @Matt WI:

    I still wear my Pokey Reese jersey.

    As for all the music: Geez, you guys make me feel old.

    I’ve been listening to a lot of Jeremy Camp and Casting Crowns lately.

  23. Mark in cc.

    Jose Guillen got DFA ed by KC. Could be a nice platoon partner for Jay Bruce the rest of the way.

  24. Travis G.

    @Scott: I might nominate the Beastie Boys. They begat many musical atrocities.

    @Jared: That’s a really weird lineup for this year. I’d probably be pretty happy just hanging around the Budweiser stage all day Saturday, except I’d want to pop over to see my favorite newish band, the xx, between Stars and Grizzly Bear. I’d also be real curious to hear F–k Buttons, although I have no idea how their stuff would translate to an outdoor music festival. Maybe good, maybe not. Hot Chip is really good live, though. I saw them on a side stage at the ’06 Lollapalooza.

  25. preach

    “Seeing Janish is like Ray and Terrance Mann seeing Moonlight Grahm’s stats on the scoreboard in Fenway. Only the true believers can acknowledge him.”

    Nice. Very nice indeed.

  26. lukeukcrazy

    Unknown team claims Adam Dunn and the Marlins sign Chad Tracy.

  27. Matt WI

    @lukeukcrazy: I hate this time of year for that. Teams always claim big names, then the team that owns them just pulls them back. Just a big tease more often than not… teams playing chicken for trades, blocking other teams from doing the same.

  28. lukeukcrazy

    Are the Reds even close to signing Yasmani Grandal because I haven’t heard anything about him.

    • David

      Are the Reds even close to signing Yasmani Grandal because I haven’t heard anything about him.

      I’ve not heard. Signability was a problem with Grandal. The Reds have some time, but I’m sure it’s going to come down to the wire. I imagine the issues are his college eligibility and his position.

  29. Jason

    @Sultan of Swaff: I only have “trials of van occupanther”. Ive yet to pick up their recent release. Worth checking out?

  30. Pete Snow

    “Live at the Fillmore” from the Allman Brothers will probably always be my fave. Of course I’m bias I guess since I’m in an Allman Brothers Tribute band. A little shameless plug: We are headlining the Lebanon Blues Festival Saturday night. Sonny Moorman is the other lead guitarist and Bob Nave, founder of the Lemon Pipers (Green Tambourine) and Starstruck (Black Betty), plays a hammond organ (which he bought from John Mayall while Clapton was in has band in 1966) The Black Crowes recent CD, “Before the Frost” is, in my opionion, far and away their best CD. Luther Dickinson from The Mississippi Allstars joined them on lead guitar and took them to the next level.

  31. LVW

    I want to see if anyone can answer this question: What streak do the Reds have that’s currently longer than any other team’s.

    • Barnes

      I want to see if anyone can answer this question: What streak do the Reds have that’s currently longer than any other team’s.

      I’m checking out this thread of good times at 11:46 in the pm. I’m gonna take a wild guess here and say this has something to do with Jay Bruce, the Reds Right Fielder for the next several years. Boys gonna figure it all out and end up with 20 rbi in september. Check check.

      • LVW

        @Barnes:

        Boys gonna figure it all out and end up with 20 rbi in september.Check check.

        Hope I don’t have to wait that long.

  32. Chad Dotson

    I had no idea we had such talented musicians here. I’m just struggling to re-learn the guitar after not playing for nine years.

    And I have no idea the answer to LVW’s question, but I’m looking forward to hearing the answer.

    • Mark in cc.

      @Mark in cc.: Really?

      Throws as well, definitely hits as well with more power and much better versus lefties, and Reds would only have to pay the minimum salary. Who else could be picked up to fit the mold any better.

      If you think right field offense doesn’t need to be improved then you haven’t been watching. It might (and it is a scary might) be enough to win the division but not enough to go any farther.

  33. Chad Dotson

    Disappointed that there hasn’t been more discussion of Christina Hendricks in this thread.

  34. David

    @LVW: I know the Dayton Dragons had the longest current sellout streak of any pro US sport. The Reds have the second longest streak since they were last no hit. Cubs are first.

    Other than that my guesses are longest streak without losing a series or lLongest consecutive games covering the point spread.

  35. LVW

    The answer- The Reds have won the last 9 World Series games they’ve played- the longest current streak of any team. 1990, 1976, game 7 1975

    2. Red Sox- 8
    3. White Sox- 4
    4. Cardinals- 3

    • Barnes

      The answer- The Reds have won the last 9 World Series games they’ve played- the longest current streak of any team.1990, 1976, game 7 19752. Red Sox- 8
      3. White Sox- 4
      4. Cardinals- 3

      That is awesome. Reds Rule. Sorry I doubted you for a minute. Seriously, the Reds are gonna rule baseball for some years.

      • Chad Dotson

        That is awesome. Reds Rule. Sorry I doubted you for a minute.Seriously, the Reds are gonna rule baseball for some years.

        Love the optimism. From your mouth to God’s ears.

  36. David

    @Mark in cc.: Here’s the downside. He’d have to go on the 40 which means the Reds would have to lose someone. They already have a few problems with the roster situation as it is. MLBTradeRumors.com quotes a GM who says that Guillen is second only to Milton Bradley as a clubhouse cancer.

  37. lukeukcrazy

    Cardinals are interested in Andy Laroche.

  38. Sultan of Swaff

    @Jason: I’ve read that some fans of the previous album chafe at this one, but for my money it’s more fully realized artistic statement. I love it.

  39. musicjoker319

    I guess I should mention bands that I’ve seen recently.

    1. Gov’t Mule
    2. Jackie Greene
    3. Herbie Hancock
    4. Jonny Lange
    5. JJ Grey and Mofro
    6. Los Lobos
    7. Courtyard Hounds (2of3 Dixie Chicks side project)
    8. Duke Jupitor (80s band “I’ll Drink To You”
    9. Tift Merritt
    10. Ajejandro Escovedo
    11. Rik Emmett (Triump)(Great guitarist)
    12. Blues Traveler
    13. Three Dog Night (still got it)
    14. Gretchen Wilson
    15. Assembly Of Dust (folk rock band that jams)

    Honorable mention:

    Indigenous – native american guitar blues rock band. New album “the acoustic sessions” has them going in the studio and re-doing previous recorded songs acoustically…Mato Nanji is a great guitarist with a soulful voice. (SRV, Clapton, Hendrix all in one but with a better voice)

    Richie Kotzen – rock, funk, blues, acoustic. You name it he does it his way.

    Aynsley Lister – British guitarist who is coming on the music scene. As good as they come. Melodic rock to blues.