It’s getting hot outside, but it’s getting even hotter on the dance floor at CLUB INDUSTRY! Tonight DJ Johnny Goodtimes will be spinning all of your favorite jams, including: the Speed Round and The Wild Card Round. And don’t act like you’re not going to get your grind on to the Impossible Round! Action starts at 6:30 p.m.
On to Bards at 9:15, and tonight DJ JGT is going to be slowing things down a bit. He’ll be playing all of your favorite slow jams, including: the Easy Round and The Music Round. Oh yeah. Get your freak on. Let’s go!
As for today’s video, a very funny look at immigration from the brilliant mind of Steve Gerben. This is a brief one…if you want to watch a really smart, funny, and more detailed look at immigration, check out Steve’s full presentation on it. Just fascinating stuff, and well worth your time. You’ll be a lot smarter when you talk about immigration when you’re done with it.
A new quiz added to the empire! Brawhahahahaha! Lo Spiedo at the Navy Yard will start a quiz tonight at 5:30 p.m. Plenty of parking, an outdoor quiz, and happy hour specials running until 6:30. Hosted by Carl B Sure. Hope you can make it out!
And plenty of fun at our regular quizzes tonight as well. Action starts at Locust Rendezvous at 6:15. On to Founding Fathers at 8:30. See ya tonight!
One quiz tonight: Sidecar at 9:30. One of my favorite places to do the quiz. Hope to see ya there. We’ve also got a new quiz starting this week at Lo Spiedo on Wednesday. Just a heads up. I’ll have a lot more details soon.
This week, I’m gonna be featuring videos made by my buddy Steve Gerben. This guy is just terrific. Check out his amazing book review of Why Nations Fail above and you’ll see why.
Action starts at Industry at 6:30 p.m. Interesting quiz that led to a major upset at Founding Fathers last night, as Duane’s World fell to Ukraine in the Membrane. On to Bards at 9:15. Hope to see you tonight.
As for today’s song, it’s The Truth by Handsome Boy Modeling School. HBMS was a collaboration of one of my favorite producers of all time, Prince Paul, who gave us the amazing De la Soul album Three Feet High and Rising, and Dan the Automator, a classically trained violinist turned hip-hop producer who did the insane Dr Octagon album. The two albums the duo released (So…How’s Your Girl and White People) were both wonderfully strange and unlike anything else, and featured artists of all genres performing on them. Jack Johnson, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Cat Power, RZA, and Mike Patton of Faith No More were among the artists featured on the two albums. Just really cool stuff. Today’s song is performed by Roisin Murphy, an Irish singer I had never heard of before hearing her here, and J-Live, a highly critically acclaimed if not particularly commercially successful high school English teacher at the time the song was released. For this particular song, the Handsome Boy Modeling School did little more than bring the unlikely duo together: the beat was already done, a catchy jazz tune called Coffee Cold by Canadian composer Galt McDermot. You may have heard the name before: he composed the music for Hair.
None of the regular twice a week quizzers showed up earlier this week, and I like the early week quiz and think it might stump some of our perennial champions, so only gonna do one quiz this week.
Action starts at Locust Rendezvous at 6:15 p.m. On to Founding Fathers at 8:30 p.m.
As for today’s music pick, it’s Philly’s own Vinnie Paz, formerly of the Jedi Mind Tricks. This is one of the most heartbreaking songs I’ve ever heard in my life. Just a beautiful, heartfelt ode to a man who was obviously incredibly important in Vinnie’s life. Well worth a listen.
You know the dilly. We start it off at O’Neals at 8 p.m. $50 gift cert for the winners. $100 if you can top 120 points. Will be damn impressive if you do. This proved to be a tough (but fun) quiz last night.
Carl will be back at Alla Spina tonight as well. Action starts at 8 p.m.
And we wrap it up tonight at City Tap House. Probably gonna be quiet now that the kids have blown town. Could be a good chance to get a win and a $100 gift cert.
As for today’s music, it’s Arthur Big Boy Crudup, probably the most famous person to ever live in my hometown of Nassawadox, VA. A renowned blues singer, he most certainly had the blues for real: he bounced between Mississippi and Virginia, working on the farm when he wasn’t recording. In his later years, he worked quite a bit on my grandad’s farm.
He was robbed of his rightful royalties by numerous record companies, and never received either the money or acclaim he deserved.
You may never have heard of him, but you’ve definitely heard some of his songs: That’s Alright Mama was covered by Elvis and became the first single ever recorded. Elvis was a huge fan, once saying, “If I had any ambition, it was to be as good as Arthru Crudup.” Crudup also wrote and recorded My Baby Left Me, which Elvis and CCR covered, and So Glad You’re Mine, also covered by Elvis. If you’re a fan of the blues, check out this album he did with Jimmy Dawkins and Willie Big Eyes Smith. (And no, Crudup won’t be on tonight’s quiz. Just wanted to start throwing in some good music to give these posts a bit more life)
First of all, a shoutout to CGA who won a thriller last night at the Invitational. More details on that soon. In the meantime, I will be at Sidecar tonight at 9:30 p.m. You know how we do it. All new quiz.
I also wanna get into the habit of posting some underrated tunes I dig when I write these nightly promos. I really enjoy the music portion of the gig, and I wanna share some of the tunes I enjoy on the site as well, just to give some life to these posts. These songs won’t usually be a part of that week’s quiz, just trying to introduce you guys to some new tunes.
Today’s song is What’s Up Fatlip? I love songs that are so damn honest they will break your heart. This is one of those songs. Fatlip was part of the Pharcyde, a group that completely blew the world away in the early 90s with the song “Passing Me By”and the groundbreaking album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde. But the group fell apart in the late 90s and Fatlip tried to go solo. In 2000, he released this song, and followed up with a solo album in 2005. Neither the song nor the album got the attention they deserved. The video is great too, directed by Spike Jones. Pretty much the opposite of every rap video that came out at the time. Just great stuff all around.
I’m going to send out a message to all the teams to make sure everyone knows, but in the meantime I’m posting it here. There has been a venue change for the JGTSpI on Sunday. Sadly, the weather is not cooperating. With 59 degrees I thought we’d be OK, but 59 degrees with 20 mile an hour winds on the water sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. A tough situation, but fortunately, our friends at the Field House were able to fit us in. So the event will be at the Field House, same time, 5:30 p.m. Same prizes, same band, and the best news is that we can now fit more people. So a couple of bubble teams will get in as well. They always take good care of us so I’m sure there will be some food and drink specials. Hope to see you there!
Last shot to earn an invite to the Invitational is tonight. Great chance to do so at the Industry. Action starts at 6:30 p.m. We took last week so tonight’s goal is to have DOUBLE THE FUN. On to Bards at 9:15. See you tonight!
Action starts at the Markets at Comcast at 5:30 pm. I will be taking the controls at Alla Spina at 8 p.m., while Chip Chantry will be filling in for me at O’Neals at 8. I will be wrapping up at City Tap at 10:15. Hope to see ya tonight!
Here they are. If you’re in the yellow, congrats, your team made the cut! If you’re in blue, you’re on the bubble and might get an invite if anyone else cancels. And if you didn’t make the cut, there’s still hope: this is wild card week, so any team that wins this week gets an automatic invite.
All invites will be sent out tomorrow. The event takes place this Sunday at Lo Spiedo at 5:30 p.m.
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