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Musical Toilets

On Monday, we went to see the third matchup, or at least the third one we've been to this season, between our favorite minor league team the Portland Seadogs and the New Britain Rock Cats. The third time was the charm because the Seadogs finally won. Maybe it's just me but it seems the Rock Cats have a different number of mascots every game we go to. I think their between inning contests are completely lame as well. In Portland, and I'm pretty sure it's the same in Norwich, the kid races the mascot around all the bases not just second to third. How cheap is that? I was pleased that the two boys they had singing "Take Me Out To the Ballgame" knew the words this time, the previous time they didn't, because now I don't have to rant about how this "God Bless America" crap is ruining America's pasttime.

Recently, I've been really enjoying Garbage's new album, "Bleed Like Me." I think it's hands down the best album they've ever done. In the past, my problem with the band is their reliance too much on techno beats. This album has a lot more rock.

I've also been liking the song "These Words" by newcomer Natasha Bedingfield. It speaks to both the hopeless romantic in me and writer in me as well. However, the other day I listened to clips online and, unfortunately, the rest of the album is crap.

I really should stop reading the album reviews section of Hartford Courant. More often than not, they'll say something that pisses me off. Today, they slammed Liz Phair within a review of a completely different artist. The same vacation that I bought the Garbage album I bought Phair's "Exile in Guyville" to compare it to the "accursed" new album which I really love. Aside from the song "Daisy" off "Exile" and the fact that the production quality is better on the new one, there is not a lot difference in music or lyrics. Do people actually listen to things before they make a big judgment? Of course not.

In this same review section, they also blasted a new album from Hootie and the Blowfish for sounding a lot like their other albums. What is wrong with that? Why mess with a formula that works? Ok, in the case of Hootie they haven't be able to match the success of "Cracked Rear View" but they gave the same complaint to the Wallflowers new album and I have never read that the Wallflowers had that problem. Of course, the reviewers blasted Jewel when she did do something different so you're damned if you do and damned if you don't.

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