Lou Pickney's Online Commentary
May 5, 2006
"And suddenly I become a part of your past
I'm becoming the part that don't last
I'm losing you and it's effortless
Without a sound we lose sight of the ground"
-The Fray "Over My Head (Cable Car)"
Songs, such as the one dropquoted above, are just part of the reason why I love my Sirius Satellite Radio subscription so much. It's a great song, one that has been in steady rotation for weeks on Alt Nation (and that has now made it over to The Pulse, Sirius' "90s & now" Modern ACish station.) I've discovered so much great music that I otherwise would have never heard, had so many options for so many different moods, and all commercial free. Between that, and the Howard Stern/Bubba The Love Sponge shows, I've been listening to Sirius more than I've watched TV as of late. No joke.
Even at home, I'll catch the end of Bubba's show, then listen to the replay of the Stern show from that morning. Usually the second hour of the show I've heard, since it falls during my wake-up, breakfast, etc. time, so I can forego it if there's something in the 7 PM Central time that I want to see on TV (i.e. Survivor, The Amazing Race, etc.) Plus, with things like sports, I can have the TV on and Sirius in the background... and be on the computer, all at the same time. Granted, my multitasking might begin to give the appearance of borderline insanity, but when every minute counts, you do what you have to do.
Some bands I've discovered this year on there include Blue October, Band of Horses... and quite possibly my favorite (at least from what I've heard) of the bunch, Panic! At The Disco. I wondered if Panic! was going to suffer from Manic Street Preachers syndrome with its long song title names (that was blamed, in part, for causing MSP to have trouble gaining traction with the U.S. music audience, despite being extraordinarily popular in England.) But so far, it doesn't seem to be the case, and Panic! seems to be making strides into the mainstream music world. Good luck to them.
The San Antonio Spurs beat the Sacramento Kings tonight to wrap up that first-round series. With Ron Artest on a gimpy ankle, San Antonio won rather easily, and now they move on to what should be a very exciting series with Dallas. The turnaround is a bitch, though: game one of that story begins on Sunday.
|I enjoy my Sirius Starmate Replay.|
All I know is: thank goodness the Spurs didn't give into temptation when the possibility to land Jason Kidd came up following the 2003 season (which would have ruined the team's salary cap long-term; the Nets bogged themselves down with a six-year deal with Kidd in June 2003.) Parker had 31 points in tonight's clinching win -- and he hasn't even turned 24 yet (his birthday is later this month.) Meanwhile, Kidd has hit the tail-end of his career. Advantage: Spurs. That's why San Antonio is going for its third championship in four years. The team's management knows what it is doing, a trait that is all too uncommon in the NBA these days. It's nice to be a Spurs fan.