In the third match of round 2, The Samples edge The Apples in Stereo and advance to the quarterfinals. Our next match features Tommy Bolin, who beat Rose Hill Drive in round 1, squaring off with sparkly glam Shoegazers Space Team Electra.
Hey Denver folks – tomorrow is First Friday. Time for some shameless self-promotion (although others are being promoted, too).
Denver FFs are typically about the Santa Fe district, and perhaps the growing RiNo district. Continue reading
In the first match of round 2, Big Head Todd & the Monsters nipped 16 Horsepower and advance to the quarterfinals. Our next match features The Samples, who beat Sugarloaf in round 1, trading licks with critically acclaimed Power Pop innovators The Apples in Stereo.
In the first match of round 2, The Denver Sound collides with one of the most successful bands in Colorado history.
Referee Roger East fucked it in today’s Manchester United/Sunderland match, clearly sending off the wrong player after a foul in the box on United Striker Radamel Falcao. Fine. It’s a fast game and mistakes get made, even by the best of officials.
But no, that’s not good enough.
Two hours after the match, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) issued a statement which explained East’s actions.
“From his position Roger East, the match referee, believed he saw contact from John O’Shea and Wes Brown on Radamel Falcao,” the statement read.
Rose will never be the same, but even healthy he’s never going to win an NBA title.
My friend Otherwise is a Chicago Bulls fan. I’m a Denver Nuggets fan. So we commiserate sometimes.
Back in 2009, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose won the Rookie of the Year award. The next year he was an all-star. And in 2011 he become the youngest player in history to be named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.
The following year he was fantastic again, right up until he blew his ACL. As he was rehabbing, I suggested to Otherwise that Chicago should trade him, then and there. Yes, he was hurt, but there was no reason to think he wouldn’t bounce back and at that moment in time I’m guessing league GMs would have lined up around the block to offer the sun, moon and stars for him. Heck, who could have known that he was going to rip up his knees every 15 minutes, right?
I had two reasons for proposing that the Bulls ship Rose out. Continue reading
In Match #7, Wovenhand trounced Winger and advances to the second round.
Our final preliminary round match features an up-and-coming indie rock band from Boulder vs one of the noisiest, darkest acts in 5280 history. Continue reading
In Match #6, The Lumineers defeated Velvet Acid Christ and advance to the second round.
Our seventh showdown features another contrast in styles. Boy howdy, is this a contrast in styles. Continue reading
In the online world, bad behavior can be the best behavior. How is this possible?
In “real life,” when someone approaches and asks you out, you’re obliged by social custom to reply. You may not be interested, but you can’t just pretend that the person isn’t standing there talking to you. That would be unspeakably rude. So we have developed all manner of ways of saying no thanks, in what is hopefully the kindest way possible. None of us likes to be rejected, and if we have any empathy about us at all we’re uncomfortable inflicting pain and/or embarrassment on someone – especially since that person’s only crime is thinking we’re kinda neat.
The problem with this argument, writ large, is that it fundamentally sidesteps a critical question – perhaps the question. We argue about whether religion X advocates Y or Z, and we frequently hear proponents of one side or another contend that proponents of the other view aren’t “real” members of the religion. The Sacred Text says thing A unambiguously, and the other faction contravenes A at every turn. The apostates then do the same thing, using thing B as evidence. Lather, rinse, repeat, and the bloodbath goes on for centuries. Continue reading
In Match #5, The Samples nipped Sugarloaf and advance to the second round.
Our sixth showdown features a profound contrast in styles. Continue reading
Pick a football site, any football site. Right now the raging topic of discussion is the abominably racist behavior of some Chelsea fans on a Paris subway platform in advance of the club’s Champions League Round of 16 match vs. Paris St. Germaine yesterday. What the heck, try The Guardian.
Many of you know that I’m a Chelsea supporter. And if you know football, you know that the Blues have a history. Their legendary hooligans, the Headhunters, rated their own chapter in How Soccer Explains the World, and if you go back a few decades you’ll learn that once upon a time the racism infesting the club’s fan culture was so vile that they abused their own black player. Continue reading
In Match #4, 16 Horsepower defeated The Czars and advance to the second round.
Our fifth showdown match dips into Denver’s moodier side. Continue reading
In Match #3, Firefall defeated The Fray and advances to the second round.
Our third match dips into Denver’s moodier side. Continue reading
In Match #2, Tennis defeated All and advances to the second round.
Our third match features two of Colorado’s most commercially successful bands ever. Continue reading
In Match #1, Tommy Bolin defeated Rose Hill Drive and advances to the second round.
Our second face-off starts … now! Continue reading
And away we go. First, the ground rules. There are 24 bands in ToR5280, with the top 8 (in the editor’s estimation) receiving a first-round bye. They were selected along a range of criteria, including artistic merit, critical acclaim and influence. (If they achieved some popular success that doesn’t hurt anything.) Instead of trying to seed, as I have in the past, we’re going to use the FA Cup method: blind random draw at every stage, with no brackets involved at all.
I’ll post some information, including whatever links I can pointing you to their music. You listen and vote. Winner advances. Simple enough?
Let the games begin. Up first: Continue reading