Tondar's Daily Rant

Prepare yourself for the writings of Tondar the Destroyer, Baron of Atlanta, Rightful Heir to the Throne of Spain, from whom all babies come. As his will be blogged, so let it be done.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

ALBUM REVIEW OF THE DAY

Elton John: Songs From The West Coast--2001

With this album, Elton John returns to his classic 1970s style sound and feel. This trend was hinted at with "Road to Eldorado's" "Someday Out Of The Blue," as Elton got back together with his great song writing partner Bernie Taupin. "Songs From the West Coast" is certainly an older mellower collection of British style honkey-tonk/country songs, but Elton still knows what works. You may remember the albums' singles, "I Want Love," "Original Sin," and "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore," (featuring Justin Timberlake starring as a young Elton in the video). However, it is on other tracks such as "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Look Ma, No Hands," and "Love Her Like Me," that Elton recalls his rockin' glory days of songs like "Madman Across The Water ," Take Me To The Pilot," or "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." He even throws in a "Candle In the Wind" style memorial song to Matthew Shepard, "American Triangle," that is actually much better for its music than its lyrical message. Overall this is a great mellow album that really grows on you the more you hear it. Sure it will never be as great as those first few albums made by a young angst filled Elton trying to come to terms with failed marriages and homosexuality. But for an old, comfortable, legend he certainly can stick to the formula without sounding bored.

All Music rating: ****
Tondar's rating: ****
CONFRONTING THE BOOGEYMAN

Check out this must read story about a man that was raped when he was 7, as he seeks to kill the attacker that scarred him for life.

Money quote: "'I WAS GOING TO WATCH HIM WRITHE LIKE A POISONED COCKROACH FOR A FEW SECONDS, THEN KICK HIM ONTO HIS STOMACH AND PUT THREE BULLETS IN THE BACK OF HIS HEAD."
DECONSTRUCTING THE LAKERS

The Lakers advanced Monday night to the NBA Finals after beating Minnesota 4 games to 2. They now await the winner of the Indiana/Detroit series. Now, the Lakers are certainly good but they are far from the greatest team ever assembled. They only seem to turn it on when they are pissed off, or about to lose in the last few minutes of the 4th quarter. One New Yorker I spoke with the other night put it best with this analogy. It's easy to hail a cab in Manhattan, you just stand by the side of the street and wave at the passing cars. However, if it's raining during rush hour suddenly you see grown adults in business suits sprinting several blocks at a time, knocking eachother out of the way, and diving into traffic. This was the Lakers as they tried to win game 5 in the last few moments. But it is very easy to see the laxed attitude of this Laker team. They thinks they deserves the NBA title because they are Shaq, Kobe, The Mailman, GP, and Phil Jackson. However, if you read Ralph Wiley's latest column he breaks down the Lakers, and puts them in their place with a few amusing tangents thrown in. It's worth the read if you have time.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

CONSPIRACY CORNER

It was just a matter of time before some leftist nut tried to blame the Nick Berg murder on America. Check out the strange coincidences that link Abu Ghraib with Al Qaeda. I have to admit it is a bit curious, but NostraBOBus seems to have made a few factual and logical jumps that I can't follow.
TRUE AND FALSE WITH THE SPORTS GUY

Check out the Sports Guy's latest column as he tackles KG, the boring Lakers, and Detroit vs. Indiana game 2, and asks the hard questions, such as...

"More importantly, why hasn't anyone made a bigger deal of Artest and 'Sheed being in the same series? Who's going to have a full-scale flip-out first? What happens if they ever cross one another? Would they fight to the death? Would their teammates break it up or be too scared to enter the fray?"
M. I. A.

Well Ole Tondar has been outta the blogging game for a few days. Since I'm coming home from NY next week I have decided to cram as much sightseeing as possible into a week. Thus in the last few days I have been to the statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the UN, the MET (a couple of times), Beauty and the Beast (the musical), crossed the Brooklyn Bridge on foot, and have been keeping an eye on the Pistons. So bare with me if posts are a bit scarce these days.
A CLASSIC

Even the girls have to agree that this one is a good laugh.