Archive for August, 2006

Football Season

August 30th, 2006

So Squirrel’s last post reminded me that College Football is starting up. Do I have to try and keep up with another season already? Fuck me. Time to sit down and watch my two favorite teams, the Spartans, and the Buckeyes. Hopefully one of them will do well this year. Two gueses as to which one will do well.

I could post about it here, but there is no point when you can find out who won on in only twenty clicks. God I really need to post a full blown rant don’t I? Perhaps later this week I will have the time to let you have it.

gooseneck Dave

R.I.P. Maynard Ferguson

August 24th, 2006

Maynard Ferguson passed away yesterday. A great musician. You might be sitting there saying you don’t know who it is. Remember the Rocky movies? Remember that kick ass trumpet?

Below is his management’s statement.

Grammy Nominated Trumpeter Known for “Gonna Fly Now”
Theme To Movie “ROCKY” was 78

Ojai, CA (August 24, 2006) – Walter “Maynard” Ferguson, one of the most influential musicians and band leaders in the history of Jazz, passed away August 23rd at 8:00 pm Pacific Time at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California. He was 78 years old. His death was the result of kidney and liver failure brought on by an abdominal infection. Mr. Ferguson’s four daughters, Kim, Lisa, Corby, Wilder and other family members were at his side when he passed away after this brief illness. He spoke by phone with his friend and manager Steve Schankman from St. Louis, longtime tour manager Ed Sargent, and friend, and fellow trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

Mr. Ferguson had recently returned home to California from New York after several sold out performances in July at the famed Blue Note Club. During this time, Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau band also recorded a new album at Bennett Studios in Englewood, New Jersey.

Maynard Ferguson, born May 4th 1928 in Montreal, started his career at the age of 13 when he performed as a featured soloist with the Canadian Broadcasting Company Orchestra. He played with some of the great Big Band Leaders of the 1940’s including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Barnett, Jimmy Dorsey and Stan Kenton. In 1945, at age 17, Ferguson became the leader of his own Big Band. The 78-year old musical phenomenon went on to record more than 60 albums, receiving numerous honors and awards including the GRAMMY® nomination for “Gonna Fly Now.” In 2005, Ferguson was awarded Canada’s highest civilian honor, the “Order of Canada” from the Right Honorable Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. In addition to those accolades, Ferguson has been the recipient of DownBeat Magazine’s prestigious “DownBeat” Award.

“The Boss,” as Ferguson is known, has been performing for packed houses for decades. His recent DVD release, “Live at The Top,” captures one of his most memorable performances, a concert held at the Plaza Hotel in Rochester New York in 1975, with Ferguson performing alongside fellow music pioneers Stan Mark, Ernie Garside and Bruce Johnston. Most recently, Ferguson and Big Bop Nouveau Band had been touring the United States. He was preparing for a Fall Tour beginning mid-September in Tokyo, Japan. He had also been invited to play for the King of Thailand’s 80th birthday in January.

Mr. Ferguson’s body will be cremated in his hometown of Ojai, California. Memorial contributions can be made to the Maynard Ferguson Music Scholarship Fund at University of Missouri – St. Louis, which was established by Steve Schankman at Maynard’s 75th birthday celebration. Mr. Schankman and the Ferguson family are planning a memorial concert to take place in St. Louis which will feature many of the band’s alumni and friends who Mr. Ferguson performed with during his more than 60-year musical career.

Mr. Ferguson’s latest, and last, recording will be released later this year as a legacy to the life of Maynard Ferguson.

Steven F. Schankman will be available for interview August 24th. Please contact Cindy Tangaro at (314) 721-9090 ext. 203 to book a time.

For more information or to request images of Maynard Ferguson, please contact the same number or email Also visit

Pluto Gets the Boot

August 24th, 2006

That’s right Pluto, you’re no longer a planet. Fuck you Pluto! All the way out there in space acting like your all the shit and stuff. No one invited you to the planet party.

But in all seriousness, this is a BAD thing. This is gonna put Uranus up on the chopping block. That wouldn’t be any good. It is so fucking hilarious. Your Anus. HA!

Time for Stupid People

August 24th, 2006

So here is todays news in stupid. A man was arrested in an airport because officials found a suspicious object in his bag. When asked what it was, instead of saying it was a penis pump(Instead of your), he said it was a bomb. It hurts.

Second up we have a 14-year old suing her ex-best friend claiming she stole her Ipod. You want to take her to court….over an ipod….you let her borrow…..14 year olds don’t need Ipods, they need to turn down that dammed MTV and get a boot up their ass.

On a completely unrelated subject, it is welcome week here, and I drove through the student ghetto. My sperm bank is now full. Time to kill a kitten.

Saw 3

August 24th, 2006

So I’m a little slow on the uptake for this one. This movie series is become one of my favorite collection of movies. The ideology behind it is fantastic and intriguing, and I just really dig it. Usually these thriller movies are a little slow and dull for my liking. Anyways, Saw 3 is coming out this Haloween, and you should check out the trailer. Anyone interested in going with me, should let me know.

gooseneck Dave

MP3 of the Week

August 23rd, 2006

So here is the first single off of Weird Al Yankovic‘s new album Straight Outta Lynwood. It says not too, but he has it up on his Myspace(Boo!) anyways. It is damn catchy and funny like all his stuff. P.S. Sorry if I have overloaded on the Weird Al lately. I think the title of this one explains itself.

Download Don’t Download This…. by Weird Al Yankovic

Guns are Bad Mmmkay?

August 22nd, 2006

This is why you don’t let stupid people have guns.  They shoot themselves.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

August 22nd, 2006

I would just like to say that it is my favorite time of year here in East Lansing.  The foliage is just beautiful.  Time for me to kill a kitten tonight when I get home from work.

Man of the Year

August 22nd, 2006

So there is a new movie coming out where a fake news guy(Think Jon Stewart) runs for president and wins. Check out the trailer for Man of the Year

I think I’ll go see it.

Super Friends Office Space Spoof

August 22nd, 2006

This is fantasticly hilarious!

It is great.