Archive for July, 2011

Blonde Redhead at Millennium Park

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 – Day 3

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

FreshandOnlys

The Fresh & Onlys

Superchunk

Superchunk

Deerhunter

Deerhunter

TvontheRadio

TV on the Radio

Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 – Day 2

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Woods

Woods

Destroyer

Destroyer

DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 – Day 1

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Battles

Battles

ThurstonMoore

Thurston Moore

GBV

Guided By Voices with special guest Neko Case

AnimalCollective

Animal Collective

Sparty and I

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Working for the Big Ten Network.

Happy 4th! (aka Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day)

Monday, July 4th, 2011

On this date, 72 years years ago, Lou “The Iron Horse” Gehrig delivered his famous “luckiest man on the face of the Earth” speech at Yankees Stadium:

Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.

Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky.

When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift — that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies — that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter — that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body — it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed — that’s the finest I know.

So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for. Thank you.

– Lou Gehrig (July 4, 1939)