HAPPY TRAILS AWARD
(tie) Gov. David Paterson & State Sen. Pedro Espada
First, the man who may go down as the worst Governor in our lifetime. Look, not every problem in the State was his fault, but he also didn’t do much to make it better. Despite coming in with the hopes of New York behind him, Paterson bungled every opportunity to foster good will and lived high on the hog on the State dime, all while surrounding himself with woefully inept advisors. Paterson wasn’t just a victim of circumstance; he was also afflicted with an insurmountable case of hubris, which we self-medicated with a rock star lifestyle he’s openly said he’ll miss.
The other man, Pedro Espada? What more needs to be said. He’s like a cartoon caricature of a corrupt politician, with all the earnestness of Boss Tweed except without the charisma.
BEST TU STAFF BLOG
Informative, yes. Thorough…well, most of the time. What really makes this blog, though, is when contributors Jimmy Vielkind and Casey Seiler play straight man to the bumbling, buffoonish, and insecure man-children that run roughshod through Albany politics. It’s like old Vaudeville, except the men on the stage don’t always know they’re producing great comedy.
Some of the rants and insults that come off the keyboards of these readers almost overshadows the crimes and tragedies reported on in the blog. Seriously, what the Hell is wrong with you people?
BIGGEST MUSIC NEWS
Sean Rowe signed to Anti-
Honestly, I think people wanted the Sirsy signing to Funzalo Records (a label out of Tuczon, Arizona that doesn’t even have its own Wikipedia entry) to be bigger news than it was. Rowe’s labelmates are Tom Waits, Neko Case, Billy Bragg, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Eddie Izzard, Michael Franti, Nick Cave, Galactic, the late Elliott Smith…the list goes on. Comparatively, Funzalo only has a handful of bands signed, none of which seem to have any meaningful notoriety yet. From what I hear, Sirsy are good people. But Sean Rowe’s signing is much, much bigger news in the grand scheme of things and will bring him much more notoriety in both mainstream exposure and creative legitimacy. The fact that people are still talking about Sirsy and naming it as the biggest signing in 2010 says that people covering the local music scene are either out of touch or there’s a bit of nepotism going on.
THE “I WANT YOUR PROBLEMS” AWARD
Listen, Delmar. I know a couple of your residents, and some of you are good people. But God damnit, you get worked up over the most mundane crap. Your outrage drives hits and traffic, but do you realize what residents of Albany, Schenectady and Troy – who deal with real municipal and criminal problems – think of your phony outrage and anonymous name-calling on the internet? For shame.
BEST NEW PHRASE
“Gay Sex Agenda”
CLICK HERE and read the second comment. I wish I could say that this is somebody trying to be funny, but sadly no. He’s very, very real.
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