Monday, July 26, 2010

Show #37 July 24, 2010

For Lisa and the Fenway Faithful...

Lisa- The Golden Horde The Golden Horde
The Girl I Can't Forget- Fountains Of Wayne Out-Of-State Plates
Cosmos- Jr. Gone Wild Less Art, More Pop
Shipwreck- The Donkeys Television Anarchy
Find Yourself A Way- The Cardiac Kidz Get Out 7"
Hard Habit- Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents Keeping Time
Rosebud- The Stems At First Sight
Keys To Your Heart- The 101'ers Keys To Your Heart
^Ways To Be Wicked- Lone Justice Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The '80s Underground
Annoying All The Neighbours- The Lonely Boys The Lonely Boys
Break Your Heart- Mike Viola & The Candy Butchers Falling Into Place
Who's Your Boyfriend?- Piper Piper
What's In a Name- The Crowd A World Apart
I Want The Angel- The Jim Carroll Band Catholic Boy
*Tonight- The Boys The Boys
*Tonight- Gary Charlson Real Live Gary
*Tonight- Nick Lowe Jesus Of Cool
*Tonight- MC5 Back In The U.S.A.
Smart Accessories- The Cute Lepers Smart Accessories
Get Off My Bike- Dipsomaniacs Undertow
Funnier Than Love- The Mundanes Make It The Same 7"
Feel Like Dirt- Kevin K Band Rule The Heart
Gonna Be Strong- Rubber City Rebels Rubber City Rebels
It's Hot Outside- Jack Lee Jack Lee's Greatest Hits Vol. 1
>Slow Death- The Flamin' Groovies Groovies Greatest Grooves
Yes or No- Nits Shake Some Action Vol. 6
Listenning In- The Keys The Keys Album
Queen Of Eyes- The Soft Boys 1976-1981
Man Of The Crowd- Pointed Sticks Part Of The Noise
Space-Age Rock Queen- Permanent Wave Radar EP
It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This- Eugene Edwards My Favorite Revolution

^Power Pop Peak: #71 Billboard Hot 100 5/11/85

*SacroSet: "Tonight" Songs

>Power Pop Prototype: 1972

Earlier this summer my daughter Veronica got to participate in a Love family ritual that goes back decades- she went to her first Red Sox game at Fenway Park in Boston. The Sox have been struggling in third place most of the year (though even with their record they'd be first in most other lame divisions, but that's life in the AL East). The good news is this means you can actually get tickets without taking out a second mortgage. So with my sister's help, my Mom bought tickets for all of us through Stub Hub. The Sox were playing division rivals the Tampa Bay Rays and Rays pitcher Matt Garza had their number that night but Papi almost put one out and we had a great time anyway. The Sox bullpen blew it leaving them down 9-1 in the 8th inning. The fairweather fans started leaving so we upgraded from the bleachers to box seats about six rows behind the Sox' dugout. The team had a little more life in them and the final was 9-4. Nica loved it and is now part of the Fenway Faithful (Jack had already been indoctrinated in the early 2000's).

The Sox were always big when I was growing up but nowhere near as popular as they've become since John Henry bought the team in 2002. The World Series Wins in '04 and '07 have elevated the team to the point where it is now the common language of New Englanders. Starting the moment I got off the plane I noticed that about every 20th person I saw was wearing some kind of Red Sox gear- that includes men, women, boys and girls of every ethnicity. At the game we saw everyone from indie hipster kids to elderly grandmothers cheering on the team and wherever we went during the week we were back people were talking Red Sox: Pedroia and Ellsbury's rehab, DelCarmen's sore shoulder, whether or not Francona made the right decision the last game and so on. There's nothing like it here in Northern California where the Giants and A's are perennial also-rans, the Warriors and 49'ers suck outright and The Raiders players are more concerned about being straight up gangsta than playing football while their "fans" are just waiting around for a chance to start looting again. (That may sound harsh but I'm still pissed about Jack Tatum- his death doesn't change a thing.)

Jack bought a Youkilis jersey and two cool Red Sox hats while we were in Massachusetts but after we got home told me he was getting funny looks while wearing the hats in the Springs, where a lot of Sonoma's Latino population lives. Turns out some gangbanging douchebags have appropriated the Red Sox "B" because they say it looks like a "13." Here's what Wikipedia had to say about it:

"Trece is the Spanish word for thirteen; the number 13 is used to identify members of 13th SureƱos – chicano gang members in the U.S. that identify themselves with la Eme – the Mexican Mafia."

Because there has been some gang related crime in Sonoma, even though nothing has happened on school grounds, the high school had to adopt a special "Gang Related Dress Code" which reads:

Clothing and accessories of any kind that are deemed by the Principal and/or law enforcement to have any unauthorized group affiliation are not allowed; clothing and accessories of any kind worn in a particular fashion that indicates an unauthorized group affiliation are not allowed.

Examples of prohibited clothing and accessories include but are not limited to:

1.Solid Red and/or Blue Clothing (includes solid shirts worn underneath other clothing, sweatshirts, and hats [even if brim and / or insignia are a different color]).
2.All clothing brands and designs with any unauthorized group symbols or signs on it, including but not limited to: "13" "14" "XIII" "XIV" all area codes, etc.

So, thanks to these gang buttwads my son can't show his support for the team his family has loved for five generations! I double-checked with high school principal when I saw him this week and he confirmed that unfortunately this was the case- no clothes with the Red Sox "B." I don't blame the guy; even though it's a useless bit of show business, he's got to look pro-active on the anti-gang front. Kids can't wear 49'ers jerseys either, so it's not like the Red Sox are being singled out. Still, it sucks and I feel bad that these are some of the "rules" in the world we're leaving our kids.

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