Quip: Magic Lamp

Our youngest Padawan, like many only weeks old kids, poops all the time. Before feeding. In their sleep. While awake. Before feeding. After feeding. Right before a diaper change. Immediately following a diaper change. And, of course during a diaper change.

To try and reduce the possibility of being shit on during a diaper change we’ve taken to certain rituals such taking them down to the diaper and let them acclimate to the the environment, tickling them and of course massaging the youngling’s belly.

When my wife got shit on while in the process of changing a diaper recently it ws after doing the belly rub to which I noted, “It was like the magic lamp and your wish of poop coming true.”

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10 “all-time” “favorite” “albums” Day Nine: Queensryche

10 “All time” “favorite” “albums” Day Nine: Queensryche

10 days because Tom Novak probably forgot he’d nominated me as slow as I’ve been completing this

“all time” “favorite” and “albums” a define as all time is actually originates from my formative years, favorite is stuff that I liked then and still listen to now and albums meaning full length efforts, they kind of shit that used to be packaged together because it was recorded at the same time

I hope they inspire conversation because I love talking about music. I hope they inspire you to listen too, and if you want more beyond the 10 tune into MPH noise radio. I totally know half the people I nominate won’t participate but that’s part of the game so I’ll do it anyhow.

Today, I nominate : Avery Salamon because he’s liked previous posts and has solid taste in music so when he tags me back it’ll be fun

Day 9: Queensryche — Empire — Just asking, for a friend, Anybody listening? this was my bridge into and out of, or out of and back into prog

Look, my all time favorite Queensryche album is Mindcrime like both many Qryche and prog fans because it’s a nearly flawless opus. However, despite a passing knowledge of the record’s “singles” upon its release it took the commercial shattering success of 1990’s Empire to really produce an interest in them as a band. The string of singles from the title track “Empire,” to “Silent Lucidity,” “Best I Can,” “Jet City Woman,” “Another Rainy Night (Without You),” through “Anybody Listening?” and non-single FM-AOR staples “the Thin Line” and “One and Only” pretty much cemented my love of the band during my exploration of their back catalog as well as follow them devotedly for the two subsequent efforts. Looking back, this album remains as flawless now as it was them and it really makes the band’s inability to reprise the creativity and execution accomplished from Rage for Order through Promised Land. Then again a double disc greatest hits that is essentially every seminal track from that short era is a rare accomplishment in-and-of itself and that’s pretty much every non-fans catalog, soooooooo.

Day 8: Metallica — …And Justice For All… — The Harvester of sorrow draws the shortest straw to be blackened, in the eye of the beholder you see the frayed ends of sanity so that and justice for all is to live is to die on dyers eve.
Day 7: Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill – Now, here’s a little story I’d like to tell about a record my parents didn’t like so well.
Day 6: Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet – I’m from fuckin’ Jersey bitch, what else did you expect was going to be here for an 80s kid?
Day 5: Faith No More – the Real Thing – it did so much, including confuse people, even me, at the time.
Day 4: Primus – Sailing the Seas of Cheese – because as a nerdy music dork this is like the soundtrack of adolescence, both real and revised
Day 3: Run DMC – Raising Hell – Peter piper picked a pepper but my parents picked this as being a passing phase, it wasn’t.
Day 2: Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger – the band and album that guided me into the 90s
Day 1: Iron Maiden – Somewhere in time – the band that “made me metal” (and the song “Wasted Years” even more specifically)

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10 “All time” “favorite” “albums” Day Eight: Metallica

10 days because Tom Novak likes to headbang and this is for that

“all time” “favorite” and “albums” could mean anything, so I’ll give it specific meaning here — there were albums that came out growing up, that I found back then and still listen to now.

I hope they inspire conversation because I love talking about music. I hope they inspire you to listen too, and if you want more beyond the 10 tune into MPH noise radio. I totally know half the people I nominate won’t participate but that’s part of the game so I’ll do it anyhow.

Today, I nominate : Dave Ehrlich because today is metallica and metallica make me think of Dave

Day 8: Metallica — …And Justice For All… — The Harvester of sorrow draws the shortest straw to be blackened, in the eye of the beholder you see the frayed ends of sanity so that and justice for all is to live is to die on dyers eve.

If I were to rank Metallica albums in-and-of themselves, this would probably rank around third behind Puppets and Lightening but in a close three-way race with Kill ’em All and the Black Album. It is here because its release in 1988 coincides with my newfound love of them and the broader world of thrash and speed metal, in part through the video for “One” which was a visceral experience. I would quickly go back and ingest their older works along with that of Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament and Slayer among others from the American lineage. It is also here because among the early concerts I went to with my dad, Metallica’s Justice is on the list and to my surprise at the show he probably knew as many of the words as I knew.

Looking back, the production is flat and boring (and yet, not the epitome of shit for the era or even for their catalog), the composition is, at times, extremely redundant (they really set the boring bar pretty high) and it really speaks to how actually weak of a follow up to Puppets that it could be pushed out of the top five ‘Tallica records of all time after a good drunken argument with one’s self. Nonetheless, despite all this, contextually, it easily makes this list because adolescent me and modern me still crave certain songs with unabashed love.

Day 7: Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill – Now, here’s a little story I’d like to tell about a record my parents didn’t like so well.
Day 6: Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet – I’m from fuckin’ Jersey bitch, what else did you expect was going to be here for an 80s kid?
Day 5: Faith No More – the Real Thing – it did so much, including confuse people, even me, at the time.
Day 4: Primus – Sailing the Seas of Cheese – because as a nerdy music dork this is like the soundtrack of adolescence, both real and revised
Day 3: Run DMC – Raising Hell – Peter piper picked a pepper but my parents picked this as being a passing phase, it wasn’t.
Day 2: Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger – the band and album that guided me into the 90s
Day 1: Iron Maiden – Somewhere in time – the band that “made me metal” (and the song “Wasted Years” even more specifically)

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MPHnoise radio: My Padawan Headbangs 2018

Recently, my second Padawan was born and my first moved securely into the terrible twos. This week’s show is a reminder to how much they influence me musically as much as I try and influence them.

This week on KAOS Radio Austin we visit for the third time #MyPadawanHeadbangs as a musical tribute to my younglings, my learners, my offspring’s musical journey as it relates to metal, punk & hardcore.

Personally, I am especially happy that at such a young age there’s at least some tolerance to the extreme nature of many of the heavy genres. The distortion, the screaming, the pounding rhythms could be a turn off — and yet, they are not so far. I’m sure there are people at the ready to call CPS on me for playing Slayer for my padawan as there are probably parents whispering to themselves, “wait, you haven’t played the first Impaled Nazarene for them yet?” I don’t much care about either. We listen to metal, punk and hardcore next to folk, country, jazz, “classical,” opera, hip hop, art-noise and pop in this house. Not good enough for you? oh, too fuckin’ bad 😉

For the show, it’s the first year I could actually really use cues from Padawan to program and for at least part of the broadcast they’ll be involved with headphones to listen in too. The criteria are pretty simple a) Pensive listening b) physical excitement, such as “dancing” c) singing along or parroting back lyrics / melodies after the fact or d) asked for “again” when listening. It turns out the little fucker has some pretty diverse and intriguing taste in music. I mean, apart from BeatBo. Our NFP for the week is Little Kids Rock, but more on that later.

Show kicks off with the very first heavy band Padawan did something resembling headbaning to – AC/DC. The title track from the Razors Edge makes it here because it is, no joke, one of the most fun things to watch the full body bang that goes along with it. From there we also hit up classics from Irons Maiden, Queensryche, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Skid Row as well as a brand new Judas Priest track we’ve been enjoying in the car to and from day care.

We go to one of my fave “genres” next with a trip down the MeloDeath memory land and the likes of Soilwork, In Flames, Dark Tranquility that are topped off with brand new The Crown. If there was ever a definition of pensive listening it is the new record.

From there we move into a mishmosh of punk and hardcore. While classic Killswitch Engage wraps up the last set… a blistering new new Of Mice and Men track kicks things off to bridge the aggressively melodic end of things . A few favorites shared from my wife’s listening with Padawan include A Whilhelm Scream, Rise Against and AFI while the set also includes more woah woah woahs with Misfits, plus Therapy? and of course, the Bouncing Souls…

Wrapping things up we have a weird amalgamation of harder edged rock that includes the more progressive end of Soundgarden, Faith No More and Primus balanced with the more rockable approach of Sevendust, Fireflight and In This Moment. That is before we close out with the immortal, Clutch. Gone Cold was the first song Padawan consistently parroted the lyrics to, because why not, it’s an easy chorus and in the dead of winter and easy one probably to relate to.

So be sure to tune in this Sunday on KAOS Radio Austin
7pm USCDT http://kaosradioaustin.org/author/thedoormouse / https://tunein.com/radio/MPH-NoiseDoormouse-p957654/

Pick up past episodes of #MyPadawanHeadbangs at mphnoiseradio.podomatic.com and mixcloud.com/mphnoise and don’t forget to like and follow @mphnoise and @kaosradioaustin to keep up with the great music and don’t forget to tune in Sunday night!

AC/DC “the Razor’s Edge” RTE

Judas Priest “Rising from the Ruins” Firepower (2018)
Iron Maiden “Aces High” Powerslave
Def Leppard “Sattelite” On Through the Night
Bon Jovi “Let it Rock” Slippery When Wet (cue :57)
Skid Row “Youth Gone Wild” SR

the Crown “We Avenge” Cobra Speed Venom (2018)
Soilwork “Follow the Hollow” NBC (cue :07)
Dark Tranquility “Monochromatic Stains” Damage Done
In Flames “Pinball Map” Clayman
Killswitch Engage “he End of Heartache” TEOH

Of Mice & Men “Instincts” Defy (2018)
A Wilhelm Scream “Less Bright Eyes, More Diecide” Ruiner
Rise Against “Voices off Camera” Revolutions Per Minute
Therapy? “Screamanger” Hats off to the Insane
AFI “Girls Not Grey” Sing the Sorrow
Misfits “Hatebreeders” Walk Among Us
the Bouncing Souls “Here We Go” Maniacal Laughter

Soundgarden “My Wave” Superunknown
Sevendust “Headtrip” Home
Volbeat “Fallen” Beyond Heaven, Above Heaven
Faith No More “A Small Victory” Angel Dust
Primus “My Name is Mud” Pork Soda

Clutch “Gone Cold” Earth Rocker

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Ovechkin watch: 49

Washington Capitals winger and Captain Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin secured his 7th Rocket Richard award as the league’s leading scorer with 49 Goals this regular season. The Russian Machine scored two last night but couldn’t quite muster the hat trick to hit 50 despite something like 17 shot attempts.

This ties the Great 8 with Bobby Hull for number of times a player has led the league in goals for a season, while becoming the first to lead in goals outright seven times: Bobby Hull and Esposito did it six times with Hull’s seventh being split as a tie.

How elite is the company Ovi finds himself in? As a reminder, this season:

Entered the top 10 for shots on goal with a league leading 355 shots this season to reach 4896, 8th All Time, passing Andreychuk, Esposito, Yzerman, Sakic, Iginla, and Brett Hull. This was the 54th player season with 335 or more shots goals, Ovi has reach this mark 10 times to lead the league historically (doubling the next closet player). He has led the league in a single season more than any other player in history.

Entered the top 20 for Goals, with a League Leading 49 goals this season to reach 609, 19th All Time, Lafleur, Modano, Nieuwendyk, Sundin, Bossy, Recchi and Kurri. Become the fourth player to score 600 goals in less than 1000 games. This was the 207th player season with 49 or more goals, Ovi has reach this mark 8 times, 2nd to only Gretzky and Bossy have done 9 each. 49 is 11.4% more than Patrik Laine’s second-place 44. This marks the sixth time he has finished with more than a 10% margin, which leads the NHL historically. And, as noted above he’s led the league 8 times which is tied for the most all time. 0.605 Goals Per Game maintains #6 all time.

Entered the top 20 for Even Strength Goals, with 32 goals this season to reach 374, 20th All Time, passing Trottier, Hosssa, Francis, McDonald, Marleau, Goulet, Andreychuk, Recchi, Perault and Sundin. This was the 237th player season with 32 or more even strength goals, Ovi has reach this mark 4 times, tied for 15th all time.

Entered the top 10 for power play goals, with 17 goals this season to reach 229, 10th All time, passing Tkachuk, Nieuwendyk, Gartner and Jagr. This was the 281th player season with 17 or more power play goals, Ovi has reach this mark 8 times to lead the league historically.

Entered the top 10 for game winning goals, with 7 goals this season to reach 102, 7th All Time passing Sundin, Lafleur, Bobby Hull and Iginla. This was the 401th player season with 7 or more game winning goals, Ovi has reach this mark 8 times, tying the lead league with Bossy and Esposito.

Entered the top 15 for most hat-tricks, with 4 this season reached 20, 14th All Time, passing Ciccarelli, Bondra, Howe, Messier, while tying Bure and Sittler.

Become the all-time leader for overtime game winning goals, passing Jagr.

Entered the top 150 for Assists, with 38 this season to reach 515, 137th All time passing Stumpel, Hamerlik, Amonte, Pit Martin, Mahovlich, Ray Ferraro, James Patrick, Kinden, Craven, Lindros, Lozlov, Carlyle, Marc Savard, Boldirev, McDonald, Proposal, Tonelli, Tocchet, Tomas and Goring. 0.513 Assist Per Game is tied for 142nd all time (tied with Saku Koivu)

Entered the Top 60 for Points, with 87 this season to reach 1122, 59th All Time, passing Bobby Smith, Henri Richard, Potvin, Mullen, Verbeek, Whitney, Tkachuk, Taylor, Fleury, Anderson, Mahovlich, Sittler and maintaining a lead over Crosby and the Sendin twins. 1.119 Points per game is tied for 19th all time (with Denis Savard)

Only 7 players have won the same individual award * at least 7-times
Wayne Gretzky : 10 Art Ross and 9 Hart
Bobby Orr : 8 Norris
Doug Harvey : 7 Norris
Nicklas Lidstrom : 7 Norris
Jacques Plante : 7 Vezina
Alex Ovechkin : 7 Rocket Richard *
(if the award existed, obviously, this would be a tie with Hull and the total would be 8 players)

(source Hockey-Reference)

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Padawan Music Chronicles: LL Cool J

On the way home listening to old school hip hop with my two year old Padawan. LL Cool J’s “Rhyme Ain’t Done” came on.

First, the passage with the cartoon reference had them practically out of their car seat with excitement on hearing the references. Must’ve said Mickey Mouse a half dozen times.

Then, you know that scratch technique that sounds like a horn pop? They were imitating them every time they come on at the end, eventually guessing correctly where they’d be rather than just mimicking them.

Finally, song ended, Run DMC came on next and all I heard from the back not even three beats in was, “No. No. Again. Play Again. Daddy not this one. No. Play Again peeees.”

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10 “all-time” “favorite” “albums” Day Seven: Beastie Boys

10 days because Tom Novak needs a wall full of music to keep his hair from falling out 😉

“all time” “favorite” and “albums” could mean anything, so I’ll give it specific meaning here — the most influential albums released during my most influential musical time that remain influential to me today

I hope they inspire conversation because I love talking about music. I hope they inspire you to listen too, and if you want more beyond the 10 tune into MPH noise radio. I totally know half the people I nominate won’t participate but that’s part of the game so I’ll do it anyhow.

Today, I nominate : Mickey Jupiter because they post a tonne of interesting stuff already and liked most of these posts.

Day 7: Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill – Now, here’s a little story I’d like to tell about a record my parents didn’t like so well.

Hip Hop was still in its relative youth and as a genre it borrowed as much from rock’s sense of rebellion, metal’s sense of musical disruption and punk’s sense of social frustration as much as it’s roots in more traditional black music and in that sense of breaking norms there was Beastie Boys doing whatever it was they were doing at the time as a bastard hybridization of genres.

One of the first logos I drew on my three ring binders and inside covers of my marbled notebooks. Some of the first songs I’d memorized the lyrics to. The 1996 release was fundamentally groundbreaking for a number of reasons socially and personally. It was literally like turning a corner in my musical identity (along with Run DMC spoken about earlier on this list). I realize there’s a sense of appropriation, of misogyny, of era induced cliched teenage angst and so on associated with looking back but to this day there’s still anthems to be had despite it’s youthful shortcomings. Honestly, it’s a solid third in my BBoys catalog but the only one that makes it to this list because of it’s timeliness in coming out.

Day 6: Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet – I’m from fuckin’ Jersey bitch, what else did you expect was going to be here for an 80s kid?
Day 5: Faith No More – the Real Thing – it did so much, including confuse people, even me, at the time.
Day 4: Primus – Sailing the Seas of Cheese – because as a nerdy music dork this is like the soundtrack of adolescence, both real and revised
Day 3: Run DMC – Raising Hell – Peter piper picked a pepper but my parents picked this as being a passing phase, it wasn’t.
Day 2: Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger – the band and album that guided me into the 90s
Day 1: Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time – the album that “made me metal”

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