January 31, 2015

January 29, 2015

Ranking John Cusack's films

Man, John Cusack has been in A LOT of films. I mean, he's no Christopher Plummer or anything, but he's been a bunch of films.

Let's break them down.

His films that are excellent...(best at the top, worst at the bottom)
  • Grosse Pointe Black (1997) - This is phenomenally rewatchable. It's funny and creative and nostalgic. Minnie Driver is great. Dan Aykroyd might've had his last enjoyable performance here. Excellent
  • High Fidelity (2000) - JC's last great film and one I would put in the running for his finest. The speech patter fits him perfectly. The part is brilliant. The lead couple have great chemistry. Wonderful film. 
  • Better Off Dead (1985) - It's not perfect. It's badly dated. It's loads and loads of fun from start to finish. From the awesome claymation to his best friend appraising the street value of the mountain of snow to apologizing for blowing up Ricky's mom to the Franch dinner...hilarious.
  • Eight Men Out (1988) - Cusack plays one of the disgraced Black Sox in an excellent film. It's certainly not my favorite of his, but it's pretty excellent.
  • Being John Malkovich (1999) - It hasn't aged well, but it was absolutely stunning at the time. There aren't a lot of films this weird, original, and creative. Had I rated it when I first saw it, I probably would've had it a couple of spots higher.
  • Say Anything (1989) - This one feels so very much older than the late 1980's. It feels like early 80's to me. Hard to believe this was the end of early JC. By the time he got here and played high school Lloyd Dobler, he was already 23 (at least as of the date of the movie's release).
  • The Sure Thing (1985) - I thought this would've come along a little later in his oeuvre. Cute, workable romantic comedy with the ever-cute Daphne Zuniga in the other lead role.
His films that I acknowledge aren't perfect but that I enjoy...(best at the top, worst at the bottom)
  • Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) - I was shocked to find hoe much I enjoyed this one. And I give JC credit for not putting himself into the sequel. In act, I wonder if Cusack has put himself into a single sequel. Off hand, I can't think of any. Let's put a pin in that and come back to it.
  • The Ice Harvest (2005) - Saw this one in the theater and enjoyed the dark tone for a movie centered around the Christmas season. Plus it has Oliver Platt who is pretty much always hilarious. Lots of double crosses and distrust...
  • Bob Roberts (1992)If you check this one out, you might want to hit up Don't Look Back first because it is rife with Bob Dylan references. If you get them, it's hilarious. If not, it might just come off as a bit foolish.
  • Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) - Highly fictionalized account of the Manhattan Project. Shoehorn in a love story, a little bare-handed handling of two uranium core halves. Interesting stuff, at least.
  • Pushing Tin (1999) - Interesting film about a romantic rivalry between two air traffic controllers (JC and Billy Bob Thornton). Decent enough flick.
  • Serendipity (2001) - The initiator of this post...it's not a good film, but it's an enjoyable film - mostly because of JC and Jeremy Piven. The writing - dozens of 'almost got together' rolling throughout the film - isn't awful, either. In the end, it's a confection - sweet but ultimately not entirely satisfying.
  • Tapeheads (1988) - Not a good film but very much a fun one of an era. Tim Robbins and JC star as a couple of music video producers who are all set to become big men in the nascent video industry. It impressively dated but kinda fun.
His films that are passable, at best...(best at the top to worst at the bottom)
  • The Grifters (1990) - Well, here's a dark one. Conman gets conned and double conned by pretty girl and creepy mother.
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) - This one hasn't stuck with me all that well, but I do remember that I saw it once. Kevin Spacey chews scenery here like he is spectacular at doing.
  • Road to Wellville (1994) - Apparently JC got away without putting out a film in 1995. That's his third such year working backwards. Interesting take on the Battle Creek enema crowd and the birth of Corn Flakes.
  • Must Love Dogs (2005) - I'd entirely forgotten that I'd even seen this one. Then I looked up JC on my blog and found that I'd even reviewed it. Not a boon there, but apparently it was enjoyable enough fluff.
  • War, Inc (2008) - There are a few neat scenes, but this isn't a good film. Hillary Duff's part, in particular is impressively trashy with an hilarious Eastern European accent.
  • Bullets Over Broadway (1994) - I remember falling asleep a few times while I watched this. That's about all I've got here.
His films I haven't seen...(chronological order here, reverse-style)...I'm curious as to which of these I should check out. Any advice?
  • Reclaim (2014)
  • Love & Mercy (2014)
  • The Prince (2014)
  • Drive Hard (2014)
  • Maps to the Stars (2014)
  • The Bag Man (2014) - seriously? six movies released in 2014?
  • No Somos Animales (2013)
  • Grand Piano (2013)
  • The Frozen Ground (2013)
  • Adult World (2013)
  • The Numbers Station (2013) - The dude is not afraid to work. I'll give him that much.
  • The Factory (2012)
  • The Raven (2012)
  • Shanghai (2010) - How did he go a full year (2011) without putting out a single film?
  • 2012 (2009)
  • Igor (2008) - Working backwards, this is JC's first animated flick.
  • Martian Child (2007)
  • 1408 (2007) - This is the first one working backwards that actually interests me.
  • Grace is Gone (2007)
  • The Contract (2006) - JC's only 2006 release
  • Runaway Jury (2003) - Again, a year off for 2004 for JC. This Grisham-penned flick actually sounds like it might be worth checking out.
  • Identity (2003) - IMDB users give it an aggregate 7.3/10 which is a fair bit higher than most of the films that I've listed above. I remember seeing previews of this one and understanding that it's got a big reveal at the end, but I never got around to seeing it.
  • Max (2002) 
  • America's Sweethearts (2001)
  • Cradle Will Rock (1999)
  • This is My Father (1998)
  • Anastasia (1997) - another animated flick
  • Con Air (1997)
  • City Hall (1996)
  • Floundering (1994) - Finally JC plays a part called JC.
  • Money for Nothing (1993)
  • Map of the Human Heart (1992) - Another with good (7.1/10) ratings from IMDB users.
  • True Colors (1991) - Spader and Cusack together? I definitely should check this one out.
  • Hot Pursuit (1987)
  • One Crazy Summer (1986) - I'm really surprised I haven't seen this one. I know I passed by the videotape box dozens and dozens of times back in New Albany at the video store.
  • Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
Films that aren't really his but in which he had a smaller part...
  • The Butler (2013)
  • The Paperboy (2012)
  • Summerhood (2008)
  • The Thin Red Line (1998) - It's not much of a JC film (he's barely in it, in fact), but it might be the finest film on the list. Great, great film from Terrence Malick. Beautiful, slow, moving, absolutely perfect war movie that plays against type at every turn.
  • Chicago Cab/Hellcab (1997)
  • Roadside Prophets (1992) 
  • Shadows and Fog (1992) - another Woody Allen flick, meh...
  • Broadcast News (1987) - Good film but not enough JC to make it into the ratings
  • Stand By Me (1986) - Great film but not one that has enough JC to make the list. Really spectacular and even a good performance from JC in the bully role.
  • Grandview USA (1984)
  • Sixteen Candles (1984) - I've reviewed it before, and it has aspects that I do enjoy. Early, early JC as a minor character's friend even.
  • Class (1983)

January 27, 2015

Collectible Minifigure Series 14 rumors

Series 13 just came out three weeks ago. (I sort of went 16 for 16. I'll put a PS at the bottom if you're curious.) The next series, scheduled for May, looks to be the second series from The Simpsons (check the full, rumored list here.)

And, already, we get a teaser list of September's Series 14. Looks like we'll be getting a thematic series: Halloween-themed this time.
  • vampire
  • tiger girl (seen above)
  • zombie accountant
  • zombie cheerleader
  • zombie pirate captain
  • venus flytrap (pic at the link below)
  • werewolf (pic at the link below)
  • witch
  • Frankenstein's rock monster (rock like music?)
  • mad scientist
  • skeleton boy (pic at the link below)
  • five more as yet unnamed
I'm starting to get really curious as to how these Asian folks keep getting the pre-release info on the minifigs and how Lego doesn't smack them down when they leak all the info.

Rumors from here...four pics from here...

January 26, 2015

My concert history

I'm trying to come up with a comprehensive list of every concert I've seen. Let's see...
  • Bob Dylan - Cincy Gardens, Bogart's, Louisville Palace, Kentucky Center for the Arts
  • Richard Thompson - Southgate House (multiple), 21st Century Theater, Aberdeen, Middletown, Madison Theater
  • Yonder Mountain String Band - Southgate House, Madison Theater
  • Dougie McClean - Southgate House
  • Beastie Boys - Rock the Vote
  • Sheryl Crow - Rock the Vote
  • Ben Harper - Rock the Vote
  • Wilco - Aronoff Theater, Taft Theater, Tall Stacks
  • Old Crow Medicine Show - Tall Stacks
  • Freddy Jones Band - Wabash College
  • Prince - 5/3 Arena
  • DaVinci's Notebook - Louisville Zoo
  • Mick Moloney - Wabash College
  • Dave Matthews Band - Riverbend, Cardinal Stadium
  • Willie Nelson - Cardinal Stadium
  • John Mellencamp - Deer Creek, Cardinal Stadium, Freedom Hall
  • Crash Test Dummies - Aberdeen
  • Jimmy Dale Gilmore - Kentucky Center for the Arts (opening for Bob Dylan)
  • Low - Aronoff (opening for Wilco)
  • Jeff Tweedy/Tweedy - Brown Theater
  • Bruce Spingsteen - Rupp Arena
  • Billy Joel - Market Square Arena
  • U2 - Rupp Arena
  • Ryan Adams - Taft Theater
  • Lyle Lovett - Taft Theater, Kentucky Center for the Arts
  • Leon Redbone - Jim Dandy's Good Time Emporium
  • Chris Isaak - Kentucky Center for the Arts
  • John Prine - Palace Theater, Butler's campus
  • Neil Young - Deer Creek, Riverbend
  • Peter Mulvey - Southgate House (opening for Richard Thompson)
  • Jewel Kilcher -Deer Creek (opening for Neil Young)
  • Flogging Molly - Bogart's
  • The Chieftans - Louisville Gardens, Aronoff
  • Warren Zevon - Phoenix Hill Tavern
  • They Might Be Giants - DePauw University
  • Brian Dewan - DePauw University (opening for They Might Be Giants)
  • Tannahill Weavers - Aberdeen, Bellarmine Celtic Festival
  • Ashley MacIsaac - Louisville Gardens (opening for The Chieftans)
  • Amanda Shires - Middletown (opening for Richard Thompson)
Not necessarily concerts I've seen...
  • Bobby Knight - Fraze Pavillion
  • Einstein on the Beach - Ann Arbor
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Aronoff
  • Cinderella Jr - Hamilton Freshman School
  • Guys & Dolls Jr - Hamilton Freshman School
  • some opera - Indiana University
  • Wicked - Aronoff
  • Spamalot - Aronoff
  • Alton Brown - Aronoff
  • A Chorus Line - Aronoff
  • A Chorus Line - New York City
  • Broadway Bound - New York City
  • Grand Hotel - New York City
  • Rosencrantz & Guidenstern Are Dead - Cincy Shakespeare Festival
  • The Tempest - Shakespeare in the Park
  • As You Like It - Shakespeare in the Park
  • Ira Glass - Aronoff
  • Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me - Music Hall
  • Hairspray - Princeton High School
  • My Fair Lady - Princeton High School
  • Twelfth Night - Princeton High School
  • Seussical - Princeton High School
  • Medea - Princeton High School
  • Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Princeton High School
  • Shipwrecked - Princeton High School
  • Aladdin - Princeton High School
  • Coffee House (x3, I think) - Princeton High School
  • Servant of Two Masters - Princeton High School
  • Zombie Prom - Princeton High School
  • Les Miserables - Princeton High School
  • Wonderful Town - Princeton High School
  • Sound of Music - Princeton High School
  • lots of other plays and musicals and PHS
As other things come to me, I'll update this list.

January 23, 2015

Whither Prince?

How can the best music of 1999 not include the tiny, purple one?

January 22, 2015

In 1998, I was teachng in Mt Healthy.

Mount Healthy was an interesting place, and I made a bunch of good friends there. The music of 1998 had very little to do with it, though.

January 21, 2015

Hey there, 1997, how you doin'?

I have no idea who those people are, but they're happy to play 1997's best music for you.

January 20, 2015

The Olympics were in Atlanta...in case you didn't remember.

The cock-up that was the bombing investigation - including the rush to judgement of a doughy security guard - wasn't a good thing, though we did have some good music to listen to.

January 19, 2015

We continue with the 8tracks trail through time in today's 1995 music playlist.

January 18, 2015

You cry because you're human, but you weren't always.

January 13, 2015

Lovelorn crab

This webcomic feels very familiar, but I can't find that I've posted it before, so I'm posting it as though it's new.

Here's part one from Gunshow's cartoon about a lovelorn crab.

You'll have to head to his/her/its website to see part two. I warn you that it's very much worth seeing part two.

Thanks, by the way, to Tastefully Offensive for sharing the comic. Me, I'd rather not be accused of being a freebooter, so I'll send you back to the originator's to get the finale.

January 12, 2015

A touching moment

This song came on the radio on Saturday as The Girl and I were in the car. She mentioned that this was a song that she played in the car for our foster dogs each time she was taking them to be adopted.

Her cassette player is broken. There isn't a cd player. So she calls the video up on her phone on YouTube before she takes them to their new family.

I didn't know that.

I was - and am - incredibly touched by that. Heck, I'm welling up a little just typing it.

Their adoption day is going to be the best day of their lives.

There's a little dust in here. I'm gonna go now...

But, does anybody wanna meet a giant (90-lb), sweet, easy going, not terribly active dog that's available for adoption right now? Mordecai is incredibly sweet...

January 11, 2015

Listen, North Korea, you can mess with a lot of things...

Ignition Sequences from Richie Johnstonline on Vimeo.

January 9, 2015

The comics I've put into my brain

Here's what I've been reading...

  • Hawkeye: L.A. Woman - Matt Fraction, Annie Wu, and Javier Pulido are rocking Hawkeye. The artwork is brilliant, the stories are quickly engaging. The book is outstanding. Here we don't even see Clint Barton after the first couple of pages in which Kate Bishop (a kind of Hawkeye Jr, Lady Hawkeye) tells Clint off and bugs off for the left coast where she resolutely refuses to take her father's financial support, hangs up her shingle for private detective work, and finds herself investigating a series of (not shockingly) interwoven cases, all of which were set into motion by Kate's past with Madame Masque. Definitely a series to start reading if you aren't already. Apparently these issues were interwoven in the regular series with Barton-specific issues. So said Matt Fraction, himself.
  • What If by Randall Munroe - I firmly pledge myself to the cult of Randall. I've been reading his What If column online for a while now (not quite since the beginning but for a fair while) and dig his 'serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions' as illustrated by xkcd-style stick figure drawings. Randall's particular style delves into the ridiculously and well educatedly scientific answers to the absurd questions asked by his readers. This book reprints the majority of columns he's published online and adds in a few new ones (particularly the outstanding-for-my-class 'What if you tried to build a periodic table made of brick-sized chunks of each corresponding element?' which doesn't seem to be available online, sadly) and a smattering of questions that he entertainingly rejects from the realm of the answered. Yes, most of the questions are available for free online, but there's enough new content and updates here and there (barely noticeable if Randall didn't necessarily point them out in the always entertaining footnotes) that the book is worth a buy. I will at least be copying/scanning the periodic table answer for future reading in chem class.
  • Ms Marvel vol 1 -  The artwork's outstanding - and refreshing, reminiscent of Triplets of Belleville. The story's a blast and brilliantly representative of a a teenager trying to find her way. I can't speak to the teenager trying to find her way in a foreign land, but if Marvel can keep publishing this line - and we (not me, honestly) can keep buying enough of these issues to keep them being published - then we'll be doing some good. And it helps that the writers are telling a hell of a story along the way.
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol 5 - The cover of this volume is an homage to Amazing Spider-Man #50 in which Peter Parker hung up the Spider-Man costume in the first of many crises of conscience. Here Mile Morales goes through a similar crisis after his mother dies because of the actions that come to him because his Spider-Man identity. In the course of this volume, Gwen Stacey, Mary Jane Watson, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Miles's friends, and even the Ultimates convince him to pick up the mantle again because he, of course, has great power so he must have great responsibilities. It could be a very hokey arc, but it works well in Bendis's hands, something that doesn't surprise me at this point. After Miles puts the costume back on, he helps Spider-Woman and the newly-introduced Cloak and Dagger to take down Roxxon, a facelessly-evil corporation that helped create the various heroes. Good stuff...don't
Pretty Good
  • Uncanny X-Men: Vol 1 Revolution - Holy crap! The X-Men have split into different teams with different philosophies and missions! And each team has taken on a different visual identity with new costumes for everybody! It's moderately interesting, but it's ground that has been tread so many times that it's not remotely new - nor does it promise any sort of lasting change. Volume 2: Broken is decently better, and the artwork is really coming into its own and starting to impress me, particularly in the very first issue of the second collection, in which the team heads to Limbo to take on the dread Dormammu. Go, Chris Bachalo!
  • Morning Glories (vol 1 -7) - Seriously, I read all seven so-far-published collected volumes of Morning Glories. I'd heard some good things about the series, and all seven were sitting right there on the shelf at the Sharonville PLCH branch. The story certainly begins interestingly enough with the soon-to-be-known-as Glories arriving to the exclusive, private, boarding school and finding that things there are a little more cut-throat and deadly than they would have been at any previous schools. From there we delve into time travel, Spy-vs-Spy crosses and double-crosses, deaths and resurrections, cyclical dealings that themselves lead into their own initiating events, and unexplained motives and origins.

    In all honesty, I found the first few volumes of the series absolutely fascinating and read them voraciously. Then the plot kept not explaining things - how people came back from the dead, the origins/identify/motives of the unseen Headmaster, where the heck things were going, how the titular Morning Glories Academy continued to exist as they picked off their students one by one - and I'm officially giving up now. My guess is that it's pretty interesting, but the writers are taking far too long to get to wherever they're going.
  • Batman: Detective Comics vol 3 Mad - I'm of two minds here on one side, there's the interesting story arc of the Mad Hatter trying to recreate his one, perfect day as a young man and kidnapping half of Gotham to make it happen. It works. It's interesting. It gives Jervis Tech a much more interesting backstory than he's had before. It also works to give Jervis some 'super powers' via the various teas that he ingests/drinks/blows into Batman's face.

    The problem with this volume is that Batman falls in love, considers giving up being Batman, reveals his identify to another woman. She, of course, dies and ends up being bait to draw Batman into Tech's trap. And in the next issue, it's back to Batman of old with no romantic entanglements. Seriously, to how many women has Batman revealed his secret identity through the years?
  • Batman And Robin vol 1-4 - This is the first time I can remember a Batman & Robin series actually being about Batman & Robin. Yeah, there have been series with that title before, and they've told stories that involved Batman & Robin, but they weren't about the relationship between Batman and - in this case, his son - Robin. It's an interesting turn to see Batman trying to be a father to Damien - both in his role as Batman and as Bruce Wayne, leading Damien to be a better man and a better Robin. Then Damien dies (in a different series, admittedly), and the series shifts with Batman trying to deal with his loss. It's actually really interesting and well written.
  • Batman '66 -  meh...there's nothing particularly wrong with this volume - in fact, the artwork's pretty good and stylish and colorful, entirely truthful to the spirit of the original 1966 television show. There's also nothing particularly right about the series, either. The set pieces are far more elaborate than anything that the television show could ever manage, but that doesn't necessarily make for magically great stories. They're fine. They just don't interest me too much.
  • Batman/Judge Dredd Collection - This is a collection of four stories, the first three of which see Judge Dredd crossing over into Gotham and dealing with Batman. (Weirdly, the last issue sees Dredd crossing over with Lobo, the most 90s of DC characters - no Batman to be found anywhere in that one.) The art style is interesting, very much unlike things seen in typical comic books and much more Vertigo, dark, sketchy. Kinda fun for a while, but the stories didn't interest me.
  • Batman: Detective Comics vol 2: Scare Tactics -  This is crap. Horribly violent, ridiculously and almost comedically angry Batman. Blech...
  • Hulk: Dark Son - I could not be more tired of the entire Hulk family (Red Hulk, She-Hulk, Abomination, Skaar, Hiro-Kala, Lyra). Actually, it's the utterly inconsistent and whimful characterization of all of the characters that I'm tired of. Every character switches from angry to helpful to sad to rational to badonkers crazy and back again in the space of seemingly every couple of panels. I miss the Hulk that only wanted to be alone.

January 7, 2015

More Simpson Lego Minifigs

Looks like May's next series of Collectible Minfigs will be another round of the Simpsons, and the list has already (unofficially) been released:
  • Homer in his Sunday Best
  • Marge in her Sunday Best
  • Bartman
  • Lisa with Snowball II
  • Maggie with Santa’s Little Helper
  • Fallout Boy
  • Waylon Smithers
  • Patty Bouvier
  • Selma Bouvier
  • Jeff Albertson a.k.a. the Comic Book Guy
  • William MacDougal III a.k.a. Groundskeeper Willie
  • Edna Krabappel
  • Dr. Julius Hibbert
  • Jonathan “John” I.Q. Neidelbaum Frink, Jr., B.Sc., Ph.D. M.R.S.C., C.Chem a.k.a. Professor Frink
  • Hans Moleman
  • Martin Prince
I'm kinda thrilled to get Willie, the Comic Book guy, and Professor Frink. And these throw my guesses from earlier totally out of the window. I didn't a full repeat of the Simpson family in new costumes. I wonder who'll come with the Kwik-E-Mart set.

And the photo up top came from Whitesnake...I'm three short of managing all those (two Olympians - runner and boxer - and one Mr Gold).

January 6, 2015

It's a pretty outstanding world out there.

Thanks for Chris Hatfield for recording this and to Neatorama for linking to it.

Remember folks, everything is awesome.

January 5, 2015

That's just, like, your opinion, man.

Channel 9's Meal Madness took sixty-four Cincinnati-area restaurants and pitted them against each other to find the most popular restaurant in the area.

And they got it probably right.

But if they were going for the best restaurant, they got it most certainly wrong.

Let's break the restaurants into groups...

Places I've been and love...
  • Senate - getting knocked out by Taste of Belgium in round 2 is a crime.
  • Terry's Turf Club - A 1st-round loser? Tragedy
  • Knotty Pine on the Bayou - At least this one made it to the final four.
  • Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse - Way, way better than Embers which knocked it out.
  • Eli's BBQ - Another crime that it lost in the 1st round.
  • Bakersfield - At least it lost to Knotty Pine. I'm okay with that.
  • Taqueria Mercado - I wonder if this is the one in Fairfield (my preference) or the one downtown.
Places I've been and think were pretty good...
  • Nicola's
  • Brown Dog Cafe
  • Carlo & Johnny's
  • Taste of Belgium
  • Embers
  • Nicholson's
  • Boca
  • Parker's Blue Ash
  • Moerlein Lager House
  • Celestial
  • Mecklenburg Gardens
  • The Precinct
  • The Eagle
Places I've been and thought were just okay...
  • A Tavola
  • York Street Cafe
  • Montgomery Inn (the winner)
  • Anchor OTR 
  • Jag's
  • Zip's
  • Primavista
  • Relish Modern Tapas
  • Jean Robert's Table
  • Lavomatic

Places I haven't been and can't really rank...
  • Meritage
  • Bouquet
  • Jimmy G's
  • Dancing Wasabi
  • Tony's
  • Otto's
  • Marribelle's
  • Orchids at Palms Court
  • Virgil's Cafe
  • Bella Luna
  • Tom + Chee
  • Local 127
  • Melt
  • La Poste
  • Oriental Wok
  • Slung
  • Dee Felice
  • The Palace
  • Andy's Mediterannean
  • Abigail Street
  • Myra's Dionysus
  • Trio
  • Sotto
  • The Rookwood
  • Pho Lang Thang
  • Nada
  • Zula
  • Teller's
  • Bistro Grace
  • Buz
  • Nectar
  • Quarter Bistro...man, I should get out more. That's a far-too-long list.

January 3, 2015

Not dark yet, but it's getting there...

January 2, 2015

I feel like there should be more celtic music in this.

In 1994 I flew to Scotland to live for nine or so months.

January 1, 2015

NPR's 2014 playlist

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I know I'm always looking for new music, and NPR's All Songs Considered blog is a great way to find some new music every week (heck, every day).

They - and the rest of the NPR music folks - have put together a 300+ song mix tape that you can stream for free.

The playlists can be streamed by individual genre (rock, pop, country/americana, \m/ >_< \m/ - even, whatever the heck that is) or by curator as the songs were chosen by a score of NPR folks.

They also have a list of the songs that you can check out to see what you're going to get.

Hey there, 1993. How you doin'?

'Cannonball' came out in 1993.