Saturday, December 30, 2017

Music Friday: "All American Made"

As I was compiling my annual top twentysomething albums of 2017, I realized that I hadn't featured the fine tune "All American Made" by Margo Price. 

What a shame. 

So I'm delivering it now. 

Enjoy. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Top Twentysomething Albums of 2017

It's that time of the year again.

Like I did in 20102011201220132014, 2015, and 2016, I'm providing my top choices of albums that came out this year. 

If there are other albums you would recommend that came out in 2017, please let me know in the comments section.

1. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound


Not a big surprise here. Isbell put out another fine album this year. Unlike the previous album, this one showcased more rockers, which I thoroughly enjoy. Isbell and his comrades need to plug in the electric guitars more often and turn it up to eleven. "Hope the High Road" is one of my favorite songs of this year, and it effectively sums up my sentiments about the shit show that was the election and this past year. "White Man's World" is provocative exploration of white privilege. 

I am a bit flummoxed by the title of the album, however. Perhaps it was a juke move to get on the ballot of the CMT awards? I doubt it. Regardless, he has the poetic license to name the album whatever he wants, but I have these candidates for a better album title: Fire in Her Eyes, One Great Burden, One Fate, or Hope the High Road.

Favorite Songs: "Hope the High Road," "White Man's World," "Something to Love," and "Anxiety"


2. Benjamin Booker, Witness



This year I discovered Benjamin Booker. I'm late to the party. I like his mix of rock, R&B, and punk sensibilities. I need to get his debut album. 

Favorite Songs: "Motivation," "Truth is Heavy," "Overtime," and "All Was Well"


3. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy



I really got into this dude's music this year. The video of "Pure Comedy" has to be one of the highlights of the musical year. It reminds me of Twain's Letters from the Earth, and that's a huge compliment from me. That's one of my favorite Twain books. At times the album seems like Mr. Misty pontificating to musical tracks, but I like his pontificating. It's an album that when you sit down to or have on in the car on a road trip, it gets you trippy. In a good way. 

"Where did they find these goons elected to rule them? What makes these clowns they idolize so remarkable? These mammals are hell-bent on fashioning new Gods."

"I hate to say it, but each other's all we got." 

Favorite Songs: "Pure Comedy," "Total Entertainment Forever," "When the God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell to Pay," and "In Twenty Years or So"


4. Queens of the Stone Age, Villains



Man, Sirius XM's The Spectrum played the Hell out of "The Way You Used to Do" this year. I know it's a good song and all, but there are many other solid songs on the new Queens... album. If you like guitar-driven rock, this is worth your time. 

Favorite Songs: "The Evil Has Landed," "Feet Don't Fail Me Now," "Head Like a Haunted House," and "Domesticated Animals"


5. The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding



I had read critical praise for this band here and there over the years, but I didn't pay much attention to it. Then I took the dive and bought the band's new album. I got hooked. There's a hypnotic quality to the band's songs. They just suck you in.  

Favorite Songs: "Nothing to Find," "Holding On, "Up All Night," and "In Chains" 


6. JD McPherson, Undivided Heart and Soul



Now that's a great album cover if anyone cares about album art anymore. McPherson has a old-time rock-n-roll vibe to his work. What a great voice. What was missing from this album were the horns. His previous album featured horns in a good way. Regardless, this is a strong album that I happily listen to. 

Favorite Songs: "Let's Get Out of Here While We're Young," "Under the Spell of City Lights," "Style (Is a Losing Game)," and "Desperate Love"


7. Deer Tick, Vol. 2


Deer Tick came out with two albums this year. Vol. 2 is the more rock-oriented offering, the mustard of the two. This band is one of the more underrated groups playing right now. You need to buy their albums. Depending on the day, I could easily flip Vol. 1 for Vol. 2 in the rankings. 

Favorite Songs: "Jumpstarting," "Sloppy," "Tiny Fortunes," and "S.M.F."


8. North Mississippi Allstars, Prayer for Peace


After World Boogie is Coming, I didn't know what to expect from NMAS. This is another solid offering from the guys who provide healthy doses of rock/blues. Like Benjamin Booker's "Witness," "Prayer for Peace" weighs in on race relations. 

Favorite Songs: "Red Rooster," "Prayer for Peace," "You Got to Move," and "long Haired Doney"


9. Deer Tick, Vol. 1



Vol. 2 is the more folk-oriented offering of the two albums. 

Favorite Songs: "Doomed from the Start," "Hope Is Big," "Cocktail," and "Sea of Clouds" 


10. Son Volt, Notes of Blue


I think I have unrealistic expectations for Son Volt, aka Jay Farrar and other dudes he plays with. I found Honky Tonk disappointing, and considering the greatness of the band's earlier albums such as Trace and Swing Wide Tremelo, I cast a hypercritical eye on the new releases. 

I bought this album when it came out, listened to it a few times, and then didn't revisit until I drove up to Iowa to visit my dad. I decided to give it a second chance and realized it's a good album.

Favorite Songs: "Back Against the Wall," "Sinking Down," "Lost Souls," and "Cherokee St." 


11. Eric Bibb, Migration Blues


In a time in which a narcissistic, fact-challenged, pathological liar claims that he's going to build a wall to stop the illegal immigration that has actually declined, Migration Blues was a needed tonic. This is traditional blues fare we should be thankful for. 

Favorite Songs: "Delta Getaway," "Diego's Blues," "Masters of War," and "Postcard from Booker"


12. Matthew Ryan, Hustle Up Starlings


I dig this artist's scratchy voice and singer-songwriter bent. I had never heard of this guy before I read on some blog post that he had a new album out. The album is a mix of acoustic numbers and straightforward rock-n-roll. 

Favorite Songs: "It's a Delicate Waltz," "Battle-Born," "Close Your Eyes," and "Summer Never Ends" 


13. Trombone Shorty, Parking Lot Symphony


You know the deal. Trombone Shorty melds jazz, R&B, and rock to please your ears. I don't think it's the strongest of his albums, but it's enjoyable. 

Favorite Songs: "Tripped Out Slim," "Where It At?," "Laveau Dirge No. 1," and "Here Come the Girls" 


14. Turnpike Troubadours, A Long Way from Your Heart


This band keeps putting out strong after strong albums. I don't know if top 40 country stations play this band's songs because, in general, top 40 country sucks. The current "Nashville sound" is crap. Feces. Fertilizer. Merde. Unimaginative Shit.

Favorite Songs: "Oklahoma Stars," "The Housefire," "The Hard Way," and "Something to Hold on To"


15. Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears, Backlash


I like this guy's work. His songs often get selected when my iPod is doing its shuffle. He and his mates mix rock with horns. This album seems to be more guitar-oriented. 

Favorite Songs: "Global," "PTP," "Shadow People," and "Prison"


16. Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold


I really enjoyed the band's previous album and the HBO series that corresponded with it. If you like hard rock, check out this new offering. 

Favorite Songs: "La Dee Da," "Run," "The Sky is Neighborhood," and "Make It Right"


17. Blitzen Trapper, Wild and Reckless



The band billed this as a dystopian album of sorts. I need to listen to the lyrics more carefully to suss that out. From what I recall, darkness lurks. 

Favorite Songs: "When I'm Dying," "Dance with Me," "Joanna," and "Baby Won't You Turn Me 
On" 


18. Margo Price, All American Made



This Illinois native is one of the few country musicians to speak out against MoscowDon. Good for her. 

Even better is that she has crafted a strong album that is worth your time. 

The title song and "Pay Gap" are great. 

Favorite Songs: "All American Made," "Pay Gap," "A Little Pain," and "Wild Women"


19. Prophets of Rage, self-titled


It's good to hear Chuck D doing his thing again. 

These songs could be political. 

Favorite Songs: "Living on the 110," "Hands Up," "Unfuck the World," and "Radical Eyes"


20. Weezer, Pacific Daydream


That was quick. This band that made its name in the 90s just had an album out last year. How productive. If you like Weezer, you'll like this album. 

I like Weezer. 

Favorite Songs: "Feels Like Summer," "Weekend Woman," "Any Friend of Diane's," and "Happy Hour"


Honorable Mentions

Bash & Pop, Anything Could Happen



Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice



Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up



Josh Ritter, Gathering



Justin Townes Earle, Kids in the Street



The Secret Sisters, You Don't Own Me Anymore



Supersonic Blues Machine, Californiasoul


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Fumbling Toward Culinary Talent: Makeshift Lablabi

I got this base recipe from the January-February issue of Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Magazine, but I had to improvise because my grocery store doesn't carry harissa or dry chickpeas. Walmart might have those items, but I hate going to Walmart. 

So instead of using harissa, which I'm going to order by the way, I used Sambal Oelek. That chili pepper paste is not Tunisian (it's Asian), but it's the closest thing I had. I also didn't have capers, and I forgot to chop green olives, so I need to get my @#$% together when I have leftovers tomorrow. 

Anyway, here's the recipe. I also used a lime for serving just because I like limes better than lemons 

Ingredients
Olive oil
1 onion, chopped finely
2 shallots, chopped finely
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
4-6 tablespoons of harissa or Sambal Oelek
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons of ground cumin
2 quarts of chicken stock
2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

For serving
Croutons, homemade or store-bought
Wedge of lime
Wedge of lemon
Small handful of cilantro, chopped
Small handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
Hard-boiled eggs, halved or quartered
Chopped green olives
Capers to suit

Process
Coat a Dutch oven with olive oil, heat the oven to medium, and sweat down the onions and shallots. Once they are soft, dump in the garlic and cook it for less than a minute. Put in the tomato paste and cook for approximately five minutes. Add in the chili paste and cumin and cook for a few minutes. 

Add the chicken stock and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add the chickpeas and simmer for 5-10 minutes. 

When serving, put the croutons in the bottom of the bowl, ladle the soup over the bread, and top with a couple of hard-boiled eggs. Sprinkle capers, olives, cilantro, and parsley atop the soup and then squeeze the lime and lemon on top of the soup.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Random Notes from a Crank

This entire holiday season I did not once say, "Merry Christmas." Fuck you, FoxNews. 

On my way back from Iowa yesterday, I listened to the "E Street Shuffle" on E Street Radio. Springsteen fans voted on the top 100 Springsteen songs. I'm a fan of the "Boss," but it's always bothered me how in some of his songs he adopts a Southern drawl. He's from New Jersey for God's sake. 

If there were any American songwriter to win the Nobel, it should be Springsteen, not Bob Dylan. 

If you need a good piece of nonfiction to read, I highly recommend Sherman Alexie's You Don't Have to Say You Love Me. It's a fantastic book, people. 

Speaking of the Nobel Prize for Literature, why not Sherman Alexie? 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Stay Positive: Transitioning to Clean Energy

In a world in which a narcissistic, climate-change denying, corrupt, sexual harassing, pathological liar is President of the United States, it's hard to stay positive. 

But these articles from Yes! Magazine should provide a bit of solace. 

Mash "Fairness in Renewables" to read "The Transition to Renewables Is Hard -- And Easy" by Stephen Miller, "Why Not Even Trump Can Stop the Renewables Revolution," and "Why Climate Change Is a Civil Rights Issue" 

Music Friday: "Christmas in Hollis"

I'm sure I've featured this video before, but this is one of my favorite Xmas songs. 

Happy Holidays. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Music Friday: "Battle Born" & "It's a Delicate Waltz"

In my upcoming "Top Ten/Twenty Albums of 2017," Hustle Up Starlings by Matthew Ryan is likely to be featured in some fashion. 

From what I understand, he's been making music for a good while, but his work is new to me. 

Here are two tunes from this year's album. 



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Random Notes from a Crank

I watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on a regular basis. I watch it so much that when I have the displeasure of hearing MoscowDon's voice, I tend to hear Colbert's funny impression of his voice when he imitates him. 

The Senate race in Alabama was a pleasant surprise. Doug Jones is the guy who put away the KKK members who bombed the church in Birmingham that killed four African American little girls. 

I find it good that Alabama, one of the reddest states on map, voted in a Democrat. When I went to school there from '98-'02, the Governor of the state was a Democrat. And I always thought that if African American voters were mobilized and they combined with the liberals in the state, young voters, and college-educated reasonable people, that more Progressives would get elected to office in the state. 

That happened, but it was way too close. 

Jones barely won by just over 10K votes. What does it say about conservatives that Roy Moore got that many votes? Even conservatives in the state recognize he's simply using religion to dupe people to vote for him. He was twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court because of his bullshit. And of course, it seems clear he had/has a thing for young girls. What a creep. 

Fumbling Toward Culinary Talent: Slow Cooker Cubed Steak with Mushroom Gravy

I based this recipe after one I saw online. I went to my local market, and that grocery store didn't have French onion soup, or at least I didn't find it. So I substituted golden mushroom soup instead of using French onion. 

Cubed steak is a cheap cut of meat. I like how this recipe is for the thrifty. And it's easy. 

Ingredients
2-3 lbs. of cubed steak, tenderized
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of golden mushroom soup
1/2 cup of water
1 yellow onion, chopped finely
3 shallots, chopped finely
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 packages of baby bella mushrooms, sliced
3 tablespoons of corn starch
3 tablespoons of cold water
Pepper to taste

Process
Mix the soup, water, onion, shallots, and garlic together in the slow cooker. Place the cubed steak in the crock. Add freshly cracked black pepper. Cook for 6-8 hours on low. 

With an hour or two prior to the end of slow cooking, drop in the mushrooms. 

Right before you're ready to serve, mix the corn starch and water together and pour into the mixture. Mix so the gravy thickens. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Random Notes from a Crank

I've been a college professor for a good while now, and I will be happy to see this semester end. I want to plunge a wooden stake in the semester's soul-sucking heart. I had some good students who did very fine work. But I had a number of students who still think they're in high school, are unmotivated, and are unwilling to put in the work necessary, or a combo of all three. It's not like I'm doing anything significantly different in my classes. It was just bad luck of the scheduling draw. 

I've been watching the AMC series Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics. It's a worthwhile series for fans of comic books and graphic novels. The episode about Wonder Woman was really good, the one on the start of Marvel was interesting, and the recent episode about Image Comics was excellent. 


Next year AMC will feature another series in a similar vein: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction. I hope there is an episode about Phillip K. Dick. I don't read a lot of science fiction, but I'm interested to learn more about it. 


With all the men getting canned or stepping aside from elected office, it's not surprising this is the first sentence of the article "Three Women Reassert Allegations of Sexual Harassment against President Trump": "The #MeToo sexual harassment movement roiling the nation reached the doors of the White House on Monday, when three women who last year accused President Trump of sexual misconduct began a renewed public push to gain attention for their allegations." 

The Mueller investigation is likely to continue to unearth more dirt on MoscowDon and his associates, but I like that he's getting hit on these charges again. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Music Friday: "Doomed from the Start" & "Jumpstarting"

Deer Tick came out with two albums this year. They are appropriately titled Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. 

Here's a song from each album. 





Friday, December 1, 2017

Music Friday: "Make It Right"

I've always enjoyed the music of the Foo Fighters, but when they came into prominence in the rock world, that was a time in my life that I wasn't listening to a lot of new music. I was listening to old stuff and jazz primarily. 

I've purchased the last two albums from the band, and I have no idea how they stack up against their previous work. I really enjoyed Sonic Highways because I watched the HBO series that went along with the album. 

The new album is called Concrete and Gold

Here's one of my favorite tunes from the new album. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sunday Hangover: Auburn

What an awful, awful game. 

The Tide played poorly and made stupid mistakes. 

The main statistic that was the harbinger of doom is third-down conversions. Auburn was exceptional on third-down conversions. Alabama didn't get its first one until maybe the third quarter. 

Horrible. 

So it's likely the Crimson Tide is out of the playoffs unless the committee goes by what they say from time to time about how they want to "have the four best teams" in the playoff. 

Alabama is one of the four best college football teams in the country.

However, I doubt they get to participate in the college football national championship playoff. 

#$%@

Friday, November 24, 2017

Music Friday: "Love Is Alive"

Over Thanksgiving week, I did a lot of driving. One of the stations I listen to from time to time on SiriusXM radio is "The Bridge," which is mainly a collection of pop hits and folk-like music from the 70s. 

The channel reminds me of the radio station my mom would tune into when we ate breakfast when I was a kid. That station in Waterloo, Iowa, whatever channel it was it was certainly on the am dial, offered similar songs as to what you hear on The Bridge. Well, to be more accurate, the offerings were more like a mix of The Bridge and Soul Town because that station occasionally mixed in some funk and older R&B. 

Anyway, when listening to The Bridge on the trip to and from Philadelphia from central Illinois, I heard this song a couple of times. I dig it. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Random Notes from a Crank

Traveling through Pennsylvania was a scenic drive. Even though we were on an interstate (I-76), the Alleghany Mountains are a pretty sight. 

Our hotel is right beside the Delaware River, so even though I've never been to New Jersey, I can see it. There's a battleship docked on that side of the river. 

Hilton hotels tend to have good shower heads. 

I caught part of movie The Great Wall last night. It was fantastical but seemed good enough to watch all the way through. Good enough in a "turn-off-your-brain-and-enjoy-the-action" sort of way. I only caught parts of it. I'm trying to figure out what kind of accent Matt Damon was trying to have though. Perhaps Scottish or Welsh? 

In the wake of all these women coming out to accuse men of past sexual harassments, I think it's safe to say that more people, particularly those who had power to do something about Clarence Thomas, should have believed Anita Hill. 

This evening my son and I went to the Trailblazers-76ers game. It was interesting. I had never been to an NBA game before. Even though we were high up in the stands, we could still see quite well. 

Philly fans are notorious for being obnoxious and rude. They followed through on their reputation. As the Trailblazers starting lineup was announced, after each name of the player was read by the announcer, the fans shouted "SUCKS!"

And they even booed kids. There was a dance cam during the fourth quarter, and one chubby kid was dancing in an outstanding fashion to the wobble song. And then the camera people would pan to other people dancing, and the fans liked the chubby kid so much that they booed other kids dancing. Astounding. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Random Notes from a Crank

"How Trump Is Ending the American Era" is a sobering article written by a guy who worked under Condoleezza Rice during Dubya's administration. He has a clear-headed analysis of the trouble we're in. 

On our drive to Philadelphia, I got to be in one state I've never been in, West Virginia. The slogan on the billboard as we entered was "Wild and Wonderful." That sounds more like an advertising phrase for some porn rather than a state's marketing slogan. 

The short amount of time we spent in West Virginia was good. The sliver of the state we passed through was quite pretty. Wheeling is an interesting city tucked in a valley alongside a river. 

Going through Wheeling made me think about the great character Chris Stevens from Northern Exposure, one of my favorite TV shows of all time. 



And that led me to a Northern Exposure wiki page about the character. Mash the link above if you're interested. 

Here are some relevant videos.





Mash HERE to watch the famous "piano fling scene." 

Stay Positive: Public Schools

"The War on Public Schools" by Erika Christakis in The Atlantic is worth a read. It's written by someone who gets it. 

For me, here are some important passages:
  • Few people care more individual students than public-school teachers do, but what's really missing in this dystopian narrative is a hearty helping of reality: 21st-century public schools, with their record numbers of graduates and expanded missions, are nothing close to the cesspools portrayed by political hyperbole. 
  • Not only is the idea that American test scores were once higher a fiction, but in some cases have actually improved over time, especially among African American students. Since the early 1970s, when the Department of Education began collecting long-term data, average reading and math scores of 9- and 13-year-olds have risen significantly.
  • ... [S]chool districts with strong unions actually do a better job of weeding out bad teachers and retaining good ones than do those with weak unions. This makes sense. If you to pay more for something, you are likely to care about its quality; when districts pay higher wages, they have more incentive to employ good teachers (and dispense with bad ones). 
  • Oddly, the idea of addressing our supply-and-demand problem the old-fashioned American way, with a market-based approach, has been largely unappealing to otherwise free-market thinkers. 
  • We ignore public schools' civic and integrative functions at our peril.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Hangover: Mercer

As a lot of folks suspected, this game was a blowout. 

Mercer did play Auburn pretty tough earlier in the year, however. So I felt pretty good with the results yesterday. 

The largest development was the start of true freshman Dylan Moses at the linebacker position. The loss of Shaun Dion Hamilton was glaringly apparent in the game against Mississippi State, so the coaching staff gave the reigns to Moses. He, as they say in the South, "showed out" on Saturday. 

He led the team with 11 total tackles ~ 10 of them were solo, and 4 of them were tackles for loss. 

Both quarterbacks played outstanding with three touchdowns thrown by each fellow. 

Josh Jacobs once again showed his versatility. 

Calvin Ridley was on fire.

Next up is Auburn on the Plains. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Music Friday: "Happy Hour" & "Any Friend of Diane's"

2016 and 2017 have been two straight years of new Weezer albums. 

Here are a couple of tunes from the new one, Pacific Daydream




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Random Notes from a Crank

After watching the Alabama men's basketball game Tuesday night, I'm encouraged. Avery Johnson has been building his program for a couple of years now, and with this crop of freshmen, the Crimson Tide could be a player at the national level. The freshmen backcourt of Sexton and Petty played well along with the fellow (Giddens I think) who transferred from Ohio State. 

The team is young and talented with key freshmen: Sexton, Petty, Reese, Jones, and Smith. Those guys added to the key players of Avery Jr. (sophomore), Hall (junior), Norris (senior), Giddens (sophomore), Ingram (sophomore), and Key (sophomore) create a heck of lot of depth. 

And Tuesday the team played without two of its starters from last year, Riley Norris and Braxton Key. It'll be interesting to how they gel once those guys get healthy. I'm cautiously optimistic about the Tide basketballers (not a word but whatever). 

Some nutty guy shot up a neighborhood and tried to get into an elementary school the other day, and that isn't even a major headline in the papers. America has to do something about gun violence. We've grown immune to these weekly horrors. 

Jeff Sessions testimony about not "recalling" certain meetings or conversations reminds me of Ollie North's testimony. They're both liars. 

As related on both Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert's show last night, since people knew about Roy Moore's penchant for hitting on high school girls, he was apparently banned from the Gadsden Mall. Disgusting. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunday Hangover: Mississippi State

Because we were away for a good part of Sunday since my son was playing travel basketball, I totally whiffed on getting this post out to the mighty Interwebs yesterday. 

So I'm doing it late. 

What a nerve-wracking game that was on Saturday. 

After watching that game, I am really concerned about Alabama's run defense. Not having Shaun Dion Hamilton, who basically served as co-captain of the defense, really exposed the team a bit. 

I know the commentators discussed how good State's OLine is, but so is Auburn's. And that game looms large in roughly two weeks. 

Some of my other takeaways from the game are the following:

  • Calvin Ridley is Alabama's number one receiver, which makes me always question during the game, "Why is he so open? Don't they realize how good he is?" And then I think, "He's open because he's the number one receiver." The guy had 171 yards receiving on 5 catches. 
  • Although it didn't seem like they ran the ball that well, in the end, the Tide amassed a total 202 yards rushing. 
  • I thought Hurts had one of his better games despite a couple of throws that were off. 
  • Our defense needs to get healthy, especially in the linebacking corps. 
  • The touchdown pass to Devonta Smith with 31 seconds left was reminiscent of the screen pass to T.J. Yeldon versus LSU in 2012. Good memories. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Music Friday: "Under the Spell of City Lights" & "Lucky Penny"

There are a bunch of new albums I haven't gotten around to purchasing. 

JD McPherson's Undivided Heart & Soul is one of those albums. 

Here's some good old rock-n-roll. 




Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fumbling Toward Culinary Talent: Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage

I went home for lunch yesterday and decided to do something with a head of cabbage languishing in the fridge. 

What I concocted was some manner of a stew/soup. Warning: It does stink up your house because cabbage releases an odor that Mrs. Nasty described as "smells like broccoli."

Ingredients
1 medium-size head of green cabbage, chopped roughly
1 rope of andouille sausage, halved and cut into bite-size pieces
1 rope of regular smoked sausage, halved and cut into bite-size pieces
1 container of chicken stock
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Healthy smidge of Tastefully Simple's Onion Onion seasoning
Healthy smidge of Penzey's dried garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Smidge of smoked paprika

Process
Chop up the cabbage and put that in the bottom of the slow cooker, dump in the chicken stock, add salt and pepper rigorously, add the seasoning, mix, and then place the sausage pieces on top. Put the slow cooker on high. 

Come back in about two hours and mix it to let the sausage pieces release their juices into the stock to become tasty. Let it go for another two to three hours while mixing every once in a while. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday Hangover: LSU

The Crimson Tide had a good win last night against a difficult opponent, the LSU Tigers. 

It appears to have come at a horrible cost, however. 

From the looks of it, Shaun Dion Hamilton, one of Alabama's best linebackers, is probably out for the season because of knee injury. That stinks. 

The LSU defense played tough against the run last night, and they also had a pretty solid pass rush. 

Despite one big play by LSU, Alabama's defense played satisfactory: 6 sacks, 9 tackles for a loss, and 4 QB hurries. I say satisfactory because they didn't dominate like they usually do. 

The offense's play last night has me concerned. LSU stacked the box, and the running backs didn't bust any long runs that I can recall. 

The passing game was okay. There were a number of long passes, one in particular by Ruggs that was impressive. 

Next up is short trip to Starkville to take on the Bulldogs of Mississippi State. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Music Friday: "Fanfare" & "Tripped Out Slim"

I can't recall if I've featured any tunes from Trombone Shorty's latest album, Parking Lot Symphony

Here are two instrumentals of his I listened to this morning.