Obviously, I was wrong about the Royals when I said they would get beat up by the Angels. Naturally, they swept the Angels in three games so yay, that means either the Royals or the Orioles are going to be in the World Series. You know what we want from a World Series? Just a little fucking VARIETY, that's all. In the last 10 years, the Cardinals have been in it 4 times, the Red Sox 3 times, and the Rangers and Tigers and Yankees and Phillies twice. Shake it up a little.
Oh, and the Giants twice too, but we don't count that.
FRIDAY I went to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass after/towards the end of the Giants game. It was SO FUCKING HOT. We started out in a spot in the shade but we were behind a group of assholes that:
1. Laid out a huge tarp and chairs and then disappeared for long stretches;
2. Included a guy my age with a soul patch and one of those stupid ugly stylized sun tattoos on his upper arm;
3. Who kept offering a bottle of tequila to the others by screaming "HORNITOS" in a fake Spanish accent;
4. Talked continuously and loudly through each and every song.
After about 20 minutes, I had enough of DJ Fakey Spanish Accent and the Party Patrol and so we moved over to the extreme left edge of the stage where there was plenty of room and people were much quieter. That's where we were for Ryan Adams' set.
He was good! He played a lot of stuff from his new album, which isn't that great, and then made a curious decision to play "New York, New York," one of his more upbeat rockers, in a strangely mellow and muted way, but overall did a good job. You always hear stories about how he's a total dick at concerts and berates the audience for not paying attention and demands complete silence but he was charming and witty and engaging on stage this time, complete with semi-funny banter and the whole nine. So good going with that, Ryan.
Do you like podcasts? I like podcasts. And there is a great new podcast from the producers of the ur-podcast, This American Life, called "Serial" and let me tell you, if you are a Dateline/48 Hours junkie like we are, you will be into this. It's a true crime story spun out one hour at a time and so far (2 episodes in) it is fascinating and gripping and everything else -ing.
That reminds me - I keep meaning to talk about how much we're into Dateline & 48 Hours true crime shows. I'm hoping someday they will discuss these on TV on the Radio, the radio show about TV on BFF.FM every Sunday morning at 10. It's a great show and entertaining and funny and you should all be listening to it. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm probably married to one of the hosts.
Speaking of BFF.FM, I'm going to be on Burrito Justice Radio tomorrow from noon to 2. We're going to talk about music and history and baseball and probably other things too. Tune in.