Wednesday, December 28, 2005


Best Music of 2005

Merry Christmas All! Every year rather than sending out a Christmas card, I send out a 'Best of' Christmas CD to some friends. I started this annual tradition in 2003, my list has grown to about 70 friends of Melanie and I. Perhaps next year I expand the tradition to family, and make an alternative CD that is more kid-friendly for distribution to the parents, brother/sister, nieces/nephews and the like.

But for 2005 here is my list of Best Songs and Albums:

1. E-Pro - Beck
2. D-Town – 500 Miles to Memphis
3. Let it Ride – Ryan Adams
4. Queen City Christmas – Jake Speed
5. They Stuck Me in a Box in the Ground, Pt. 7 – Deathray Davies
6. You Left Me a Long, Long Time Ago – Willie Nelson
7. My Doorbell – The White Stripes
8. Arc of Time – Bright Eyes
9. Pattern Skies – The Greenhornes
10. The Hardest Part – Ryan Adams
11. Twin Cinema – The New Pornographers
12. Throw A Boogie – Scott H. Biram
13. Ven Bailalo – In Honor of Habitat Ecuador
14. Hell Yes - Beck
15. Afterglow 61 – Son Volt
16. Swamp Song – Heartless Bastards
17. Another Travelin’ Song – Bright Eyes
18. Blue Orchid – The White Stripes
19. Shine A Light – Wolf Parade
20. Crooked - Wussy
21. Que Onda Guero - Beck
23. As Day is Long - Chris Whitley
24. Fear Da Tiger - Bootsie Collins

And the Albums:

Heartless Bastards – Stairs and Elevators
500 Miles to Memphis – 500 Miles to Memphis
Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary
Jake Speed – Losantaville
Ryan Adams – Jacksonville City Nights
Beck – Guero
Son Volt – Okemah and the Melody of Riot
Ryan Adams – Cold Roses
Deathray Davies – The Kick and the Snare
Wussy – Funeral Dress
Scott H. Biram – The Dirty Old One Man Band
Chris Whitley – Soft Dangerous Shores
The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan
Bright Eyes – Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awakre It’s Morning
The Greenhornes – East Grand Blues
New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
Willie Nelson – Countryman

Sunday, December 25, 2005


Arnie's on the Levee

Went to New Arnie's sports bar across from the Levee on Friday. If you've ever been to Upstar Crow before it closed, it's pretty much exactly the same.

Article in the post indicates that an official grand opening will happen in Mid-January. Here's what I suggest before they do that:

- Sports 'stuff' - there isn't so much as a Bengals flag, a UC jersey, or a Reds banner in the place. I don't know how you can be a sports bar and not have any.

- Recognize 'Arnie' - The post article lets people in on the fact that the place is named after co-owner and Bob Arnzen, former St. X, Notre Dame and Cincinnati Royals (pre-NBA team) star. Put something on the walls, in the menu, somewhere that clues people in to who Arnie is.

- Figure out what Arnie's is - Again Post makes reference to the fact that Upstar failed because they didn't know there customer. There was no market for a jazz/blues club that was smoke free in Cincinnati. That is followed up by this comment from the 'Arnie'

"We're kind of a sports bar by day, and then at night we become a club where people can dance. We'll have some live music, a couple of acoustic players, and a band on New Year's Eve,"

Maybe I'm wrong, but the idea of 'sports bar by day', seems strange to me. Most sporting events are at night or on the weekend day. Maybe I'm wrong again, but those that enjoy going to see live music and or to a dance club, usually aren't looking up 'sports bars' in CityBeat to find a place to go. I just think you either need to be a dance club or a sports bar, not both.

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