May 2007 Archives

May 29, 2007

May 25, 2007

May 24, 2007

Sweet new tune from New York’s new buzz band, the Battles. Posting the video because the mirrored room and, as Pitchfork points out, the band’s physical closeness gives even more ominous snarl to this track.

It’s kinda like a really evil Postal Service. My theory is that so many of the bands that come to glitch rock get there by experimenting with traditional pop songs. In previous incarnations, Battles was a fringe experimental post-rock band. Darkness and downbeats thrive in that world, so when they add vocals and dance beats, it’s not surprising the result is a lot less sunny than “Such Great Heights.”

Give it a listen. It’s pretty rad.

On another note, the video above is posted from imeem, a YouTube competitor that handles music well and focuses on letting you make playlists. The quality is obviously superior to the YouTube clip below, but I think the imeem site is pretty dreadful.

So, BTP readers, now it’s time for you to decide! Which do you like better? Imeem? YouTube? Or Tin Cans with String!?

May 23, 2007

The comeback falls just short. Curses.

May 22, 2007

Late, 3rd Period: Datsuyk scores on the power play. For the past 5 minutes, I’ve been saying “Just get it to 1. Just get it to 1.”

It’s at 1. Anything can happen. Especially when the Ducks take ANOTHER penalty.

Let’s Go Wings!!!

9:52, 3rd Period: Bad news is that the Ducks score one too. Still, 2 goal deficit. 10 minutes to go.

Let’s Go Wings! It’s not over yet!

16:45, 3rd Period: Zetterberg scores the first one. Need two more in the next 15 minutes. 3-1, Ducks.

Let’s go Wings!!!

The Wings are down 3-0, headed into the third. Obviously, I’m not excited about that.

But it takes 60 minutes to win. We still have 20 more.

Let’s go Red Wings!

Five years ago, in the Western Conference Finals, the Wings suffered a brutal 2-1 loss to a bruising and physical rival. In Game 5. At home. In overtime.

Then, they flew halfway across the country for a do-or-die Game 6.

The result was historic. The result was Dead Roy Day. Dominik Hasek didn’t give up another goal.

We’ll need all that and more tonight in another do-or-die Game 6 against a bruising and physical rival. It follows another tough 2-1 overtime loss at home in a pivotal Game 5.

Hasek, Lidstrom, Holmstrom, Draper, Chelios, and Maltby have all been here before. Even Pavel Datsuyk was the rookie hotshot on that 2002 Cup-winning team.

We’ll need every second of experience and every ounce of heart to overcome these odds.

10 down. 6 to go. But the next two are bigger than the rest.

On your feet, Wings fans. Your team needs you.

May 21, 2007

May 20, 2007

I’m having a heart attack.

Ducks score in the final minute to force overtime. Sometimes 60 minutes isn’t enough. So we will continue to bring it. Let’s go Wings!

Wings take a 1 goal lead into the 3rd period. This is the most important period of the series. The Wings are, again, playing right now for a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Sixty full minutes. We have to close this down.

Game 5. The most important game in any series. Only one thing to say:


May 18, 2007

May 16, 2007

May 14, 2007

May 13, 2007

Beginning of the first overtime: My tasty dinner of hamburgers and veggies has prevented commentary. But it’s now in overtime. Let’s get this over quick, Wings.

18:19, OT1: Two great chances in the first two minutes. Looks like Pavel Datsuyk agrees with me.

8:20, 2nd Period: Fluky Ducks goal upheld on video review. That’s OK, just makes the comeback more exciting!

On your feet, Wings fans!

9:15, 2nd Period: A nifty shorthanded goal by Kirk Maltby ties the score and wakes the JLA crowd. Bad news for the Ducks. Now we’re excited.

LET’S GO RED WINGS!!! No more letdowns by the fans. Sixty full minutes. They need a home-ice advantage for all 60.

8:20, 2nd Period: BREAKING! Budd Lynch has just announced that a potential Ducks goal is under review. Sure don’t look like a goal to me…

11:55, 1st Period: Game 2 is underway and so far it’s more of the same up-and-down play, bruising hits, and amazing goaltending as Game 1. Not sure my heart can take this!

Everyone keeps saying the Ducks need to get more physical, which maybe would have thrown previous Wings teams off their game. Not this team. This team is relentless. Determined. We’ve got Nick Lidstrom, who’s afraid of no one. We’ve got Dan Cleary, who’s also afraid of no one, mostly because he’ll clobber you before you clobber him.

So, Ducks, get physical. We’ll pay the price.


May 11, 2007

9 down. 7 to go.

I really don’t have a whole lot to say about this game. We just found a way to win after a great defensive effort. Plus, we had the god of goaltending.

One bit of analysis: I was surprised to see how little success the Ducks had in front of the net. After hearing how they were even bigger and even stronger than the Sharks, I expected even more shots from point blank range. By and large we avoided that tonight.

You can bet it won’t be so easy the rest of the way.

9 down. 7 to go.

5:03, 2nd Period: So far this game is looking a lot like the last one against San Jose. Get a lead and then put up the plywood. I’ll take it.

Let’s keep it up.

12:28, 1st Period: Oh come on, you knew I couldn’t resist staying home and watching.

A goal by Zetterberg, an outstanding 5-on-3 penalty kill, brilliance by Hasek, and a lucky lucky post job. 1-0, Wings.

Sixty full minutes, Wings fans. Let’s do this!

Tracy might be dragging me to the bar to watch tonight’s Wings game and “socialize” with so-called “people.” The only problem is that since I’ve started live-blogging the games, the Wings haven’t lost.

So, in a relatively transparent effort to please the hockey gods, here goes my “All Purpose Wings-Ducks Game 1 Live Blog.” It should see us through us through anything that comes up tonight.

LET’S GO RED WINGS! 8 down. 8 to go. Sixty full minutes!

Nice save by the Dominator. Now, it’s up to the defense to kill off this penalty.

Look at that! An octopus on the ice!

Gotta get something going on the power play. Want to set the tone for the rest of the series.

Wow! Hit of the game by Dan Cleary! (Yes, I feel confident writing that in advance.)

OK, Wings fans, we have to power them through this rough spot! ON YOUR FEET! (Notice that I didn’t imply there the Ducks would actually score tonight.)

Lessee… Am I forgetting anything? Sixty full minutes? Check. On your feet, Wings fans? Check.

Oh, I’ll close with one story. I remember in 2002, when Steve Yzerman won the Cup on one good leg, Chris Pronger tried to clobberfy The Captain. The odds say that the bruising Pronger should have leveled Yzerman. Instead, Stevie bounced right off and Pronger was out of the series with a knee injury.

Now, Pronger got us back last year with Edmonton. So now we’re even.

But still, how scared of the guy should I really be? He couldn’t even check a one-legged goal-scorer without getting hurt.


FYI, my friend Crazy Lisa has started blogging over at Average Jane. I always try to give a little linkity love to my blogging friends.

I dig Lisa’s blog because she really tries to give her readers a look-see around her head. If she’s happy, her zip and exuberance bounce off the page. If she’s down, you can really feel her struggle just to sort out the thought swirling in her head. Powerful stuff.

Plus, you know, she writes about rock star crushes. For serious.

May 10, 2007

May 8, 2007

Greatest. Video. Ever.

Final Score: Wings 2, Sharks 0

What a terrific defensive game. In my dad’s words: “We just came into your barn and beat the crap out of you.” Perfect.

May 7, 2007

1:49, 3rd Period: With 2 minutes to go, a Red Wings fan has infiltrated the Shark Tank and thrown an octopus on the ice! We have defiled their home. Victory is nigh!

Sixty full minutes! Don’t celebrate yet!

9:45, 3rd Period: They’re just playing so tight defensively. And the Dominator has been up to every task. Just 10 more minutes Wings fans. Let’s do this.

5:20, 2nd Period: GREAT shift by Todd Bertuzzi. Crashed the net for a scoring chance twice plus a couple of big hits. It would be amzing to get him back closer to full strength ad the playoffs go on.

Plus, the shift was followed by Datsuyk and Zetterberg peppering Nabakov. Excellent.

Sixty full minutes, Wings fans. Let’s keep it up.

16:49, 2nd Period: The Wings have taken the San Jose crowd right out of it. The Shark Tank is just dead right now. Now, let’s kill this penalty.

1st Intermission: Basically the perfect period. Physical play. Killed an early power play. Didn’t score on Thornton’s double minor, but broke up the Sharks’ momentum and got a chance to roll their lines. Two fantastic goals by Mikael Samuelsson. Nick Lidstrom covers a Hasek mistake.

2-0 lead for now, but it’s not done. Sixty full minutes, Wings fans. Let’s keep it up.

Gretzky tells a story about when he scored 2 gaols, Messier would grab his ear on the bench and admonish him to “keep sniffing” for that hat trick marker. Never satisfied, always hungry. Worked pretty well for Gretzky.

What can we learn from this? Keep sniffing, Samuelsson. Keep sniffing.

18:24, 1st Period: Game 6 and the Sharks have come out hitting. Not surprising. Completely expected. Don’t get angry. Stay solid on defense. The Sharks will get more and more frustrated and start taking bad penalties. That’s the way to win Game 6.


May 6, 2007

May 5, 2007

Tomorrow, you'll read about how the Wings' top line of Datsuyk, Zetterberg, and Holmstrom combined for 3 goals and 5 assists to power the Detroit victory.

What you won't read about is how the Dominator gave up a soft goal in the first, then got really, really angry. And San Jose won't like Dominik Hasek when he's angry.

Once the Wings built a lead, the game got pretty wide open. But Hasek stood up to every Sharks challenge, keeping the score 4-1 and denying any chance for San Jose to get back into the game.

I love watching Hasek play goal, because he's so emotional about it. When he gives up a bad goal, he blames no one but himself and comes out ready to put the plywood up the rest of the night.

It was a huge bonus today, and it's a big reason why the Wings can close this series out Monday night.

7 down. 9 to go.

:28.2, 3rd Period: Here it comes... Here it comes... AN OCTOPUS ON THE ICE!

4-1 Wings. 30 seconds to go. BTP has called this game for Detroit.

7 down. 9 to go.

13:12, 3rd Period: His response - "Goal 4, bitches!"

We're in control now. 60 full minutes!

16:06, 3rd Period: ...Because I always call him after the Wings score. 3-1. Let's finish this off!

1:40, 2nd Period: Earlier this week, I complained that the Wings seemed timid about hitting Joe Thornton, the Sharks best player. Kyle Quincy just walloped him in the corner. The Wings fans raised a hearty cheer.

Let's go Wings!

3:42, 2nd Period: Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Thanks for the softie, Nabakov.

Now, 23 minutes to victory. We cannot let up. Not for one second.

7:58, 2nd Period: That's a hell of a penalty kill, Wings. Let's score and take the lead!


The Wings celebrate Matthieu Schneider's Game 4 overtime winner.

I am so excited for today's game. It is undoubtedly the biggest game of the Wings' playoff year.

Frankly, we don't have any business being even in this series. Twice, we've spotted the Sharks a two goal lead. Twice, we've comeback with grit, determination, and desperation.

It's that desperation that makes me love this team. Dan Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, and Johan Franzen have set the tone of speed, strength and grit. They're never out of a game, because they never give up.

With a win today, the Wings would take a 3-2 lead with the knowledge that Game 7 will be back at the JLA. It would put them in the driver's seat to win the series and likely face Anaheim in the Conference Finals. I think we match-up a lot better with the Ducks than the Sharks. And everyone knows the West is better than the East.

The Wings could very possibly be playing for the Cup today. I'm writing this at the first intermission, and they're down 1-0. But Hasek never gives up two soft goals. He will get it done over the next 40 minutes. Now it's up to the offense.

6 down. 10 to go. Sixty full minutes. Let's go Wings!

On behalf of all of us here at BTP, I'd like to formally declare today "Detroakland Day." Here's why:

"I shed tears of happiness at a sporting event last night. That's never happened before."

- My buddy Adam, BTP's Official NBA Correspondent

Last night, the Golden State Warriors completed the greatest upset in NBA history. Believe me, I know how Adam feels.

He and I used to play video game versions of the NBA Finals - Detroit vs. Golden State. We always said the D and Oaktown were separated by distance, not by attitude.

Today, as the official ambassador from Detroit to Golden State Nation, I am proud to stand with the Warriors on what will surely go down as one of the finest hours in franchise history.

So, to all you readers out there, Happy Detroakland Day!


The National, "Fake Empire" (7.9 MB MP3)

In a year already jam-packed with great music, I think the new National record, "Boxer," might take the cake.

Linked here is the first track, "Fake Empire," a chilled-out, piano-driven number that dances around themes of excess, corruption, and obliviousness in contemporary America.

It will take a listen or two to grasp how powerful a statement the band is making. The lyrics are strong enough poetry that they stand on their own below.

Stay out super late tonight
picking apples, making pies
put a little something in our lemonade and take it with us
we’re half-awake in a fake empire
we’re half-awake in a fake empire

Tiptoe through our shiny city
with our diamond slippers on
do our gay ballet on ice
bluebirds on our shoulders
we’re half-awake in a fake empire
we’re half-awake in a fake empire

Turn the light out say goodnight
no thinking for a little while
lets not try to figure out everything at once
It’s hard to keep track of you falling through the sky
we’re half-awake in a fake empire
we’re half-awake in a fake empire

Added bonus: Stereogum linked today to the cool new video for the second single, "Mistaken for Strangers."

May 4, 2007

Ninjas are soooo sweet...

BC Law's Real Ultimate Power Frisbee Ninjas (and me) blew out some uppity undergrads 15-4 last night, live on the field turf of BC's Alumni Stadium.

Click here for the photographic evidence.

May 3, 2007

That ping you hear?

That's Matthieu Schneider's first goal of the series.

That's the hockey gods FINALLY smiling on the Wings and letting a post shot ricochet in.

That's the sound of an overtime game winner.

That's the sound of a whole new series.

That's the sound of 6 down, 10 to go.

In overtime, your concentration cannot lapse. Not for one second.

Dominik Hasek's concentration has not lapsed. Not for one second.

Go Wings!

Or do the Wings never put any good hits on Thornton? He's been the Sharks best player this series, and we never seem to give him the business?

Maybe it's because he's so big that good hits don't look like anything. But it's almost like we're scared of him!

Pish posh! Level that over-sized softie!

Go Wings!


Robert Lang emerges from invisibility to score the biggest goal of the series so far.

Sixty full minutes isn’t enough! We have to keep fighting. Win this game, and it’s a whole new series!

Let’s go Wings!

May 2, 2007

Tomas Holmstrom comes back from a nearly-scary eye injury to score a power play goal in the last 5 seconds of the 2nd Period. From his office in front of the net, he can see just fine thank you.

Before that goal, the Wings were sunk. Now, we have life.

Sixty full minutes, Wings Fans. Wherever you are, we need you now!

Liveblogging worked last time, so here we go again.

The Wings had the jump in the first period. I was particularly pleased that they stopped wasting time when trying to clear their zone. Instead, they just blasted it outta there, particularly on the penalty kill.

The bad news is that the Sharks lead 1-0. So it's time to amp it up. Keep fighting Wings fans!

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