Friday, July 16, 2010

This is a stream of consciousness review on the fly:

Your Truly:
Knocked it out of the park. Tight jams. Funky time signatures. Remind me of Rush meets the Jam but better. If I were an A&R man, I would sign these guys an have them open for Mars Volta. Watch them go platinum. I'm dead serious. See them. Now.

Chalk Dinosaur:

Rocky beginning and end but when they click it's on. They should drop the Weezer 2.0 songs and stick to hot licks like instrumental "Mahi-Mahi." Concert goer says, "If they were cuter, they'd be bigger."


Indie rock, you have brought the work so far. I never thought I'd see drunk hipster dance to a band that sounds like Boston meets Supertramp meets Phoenix. Tight songs and rhythms. If you like Phoenix, you must check these guys out. Three bands to watch for.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

July 14th Trivia Answers

Current Events:

1. What former vice president had a new heart pump recently installed?
Dick Cheney

2. On what Leonardo Da Vinci painting was its restoration recently completed?
Virgin of the Rocks

3. What hit MTV reality show recently aired its last episode?
The Hills

4. The National League on the MLB All-Star Game for the first time since what year?

5. A billboard for the Northern Iowa Tea Party was removed this week because it compared President Obama to which two European leaders?
Hitler and Lenin

6. George Steinbrenner, infamous owner of the New York Yankees, dies this week at age 80. How many World Series titles did the Yankees win while he was the owner?
7 (1977. 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009)

7. A ship was recently diverted to Egypt by Israel despite being an attempt to bring aid to the Gaza Strip. What country was that ship from?

8. What type of blunt has recently been discovered to have cause 400 deaths in China?
A mushroom

9. PennDOT demolished the Allegheny River Bridge this week which since 1951 brought which roadway across the rive?
Pennsylvania Turnpike

10. Which major college sporting event was announced it will be hosted at the Consol Energy Center in 2013?
The Frozen Four


1. True or False, Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River in terms of land area.

2. Who is Georgia named after?
King George the 2nd

3. What is the state song of Georgia?
Georgia on My Mind

4. What US General destroyed much of Georgia, including Atlanta and Savannah, during his March to the Sea during the Civil War?
William Tecumseh Sherman

5. What fruit appears on the Georgia state quarter?

6. True or False: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest passenger airport in the world

7. Dalton, GA is famous for the production of 90% of the world's what?

8. What Georgia resident is famous for igniting the cable television revolution?
Ted Turner

9. What hip-hop duo is famous for bring Atlanta and the Dirty South to the forefront?

10. What soft drink was created in Atlanta on May 6, 1886?

Name That Tune:
200-191 Pitchfork 60s

200. Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
199. Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair - Nina Simone
198. Walk on By - Dionne Warwick
197. Solo Dancer - Charles Mingus
196. Time Is On My Side - Irma Thomas
195. Night Train - James Brown
194. Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
193. Jackson - Johnny Cash and June Carter
192. I'm Still In Love With You - Alton Ellis
191. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Cannonball Adderly Quartet

Mystery Category:
Bastille Day/July 14th

1. In France, what does Bastille Day celebrate?
The Storming of the Bastille

2. What year was the Bastille stormed?

3. What was the Bastille?
A Prison

4. Where does the key to the Bastille reside now?
Mount Vernon in George Washington's home.

5. On this day in 2002, what French leader escaped assassination?
President Jacques Chirac

6. Article 17 of France's constitution allows the President to do what on Bastille Day?
Pardon criminals

7. Paris' annual Bastille Day parade is a major event in France. What made the 2004 edition special?
It maked the first time the parade was led by British troops

8. Philadelphia's Bastille Day celebrations has what famous queen throwing pastries at soldiers?
Marie Antoinette

9. On this day in 1881, what famous American outlaw was shot and killed by Pat Garrett?
Billy the Kid

10. On this day in 1912, what American folk singer was born?
Woody Guthrie

Genius Round:

1. Ed Reulbach in 1908 pitched two shutouts on the same day, the only player to do so. What team did he play for? (5 points)
Chicago Cubs

2. The first use of the term boycott was used by the Irish Land League against who? (5 points)
Captain Charles C. Boycott

3. Who is the only female director to win the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival? (4 points)
Jane Campion

4. A person who is ecclesiophobic is afraid of what? (6 points)

5. Philadelphia-born Alicia Moore is better known as what music artist? (5 points)

Sorry for the delay.

Answers from the past few weeks:

June 23rd

Current Events:

1. General Stanley McChrystal is in hot water this week over comments given in an interview with which magazine?
Rolling Stone

2. The College World Series gotta under way for the last time at Rosenblatt Stadium in which US city?
Omaha, Nebraska

3. After becoming unruly at a Yankees-Mets game at Citi Field, Lady Gaga was ut in the private box of what comedian?
Jerry Seinfield

4. Jack Abramoff, disgraced Washington lobbyist is now working in Baltimore at what type of business?
A kosher pizzeria

5. A group of villagers recently took matters into their own hands, capturing members of the Taliban. What is the US media's name of this vigilante group?
Gizab Good Guys

6. Fans began gathering in front of the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday for the premiere of which movie sequel which won't happen until Thursday.

7. Who won the 2010 US Open in golf at Pebble Beach this weekend?
Graeme McDowell

8. Which famous White House correspondent announced she was retiring this week?
Helen Thomas

9. Paintings of what religious figures from the 4th or 5th century were found in Rome this week.
Christ's Apostles (John, Peter, Paul, Andrew)

10. Since his death one year ago, how much money has Michael Jackson's estate made?
1 billion dollars

Delaware Trivia:

1. On what date in 1787 did Delaware become the first state to ratify the Constitution?
December 7

2. Who is Delaware named after?
Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr

3. What is the University of Delaware's mascot?
The Fighting Blue Hens

4. Caesar Rodney's dramatic midnight ride from Delaware helped seal the vote in favor of which 1776 event?
The Declaration of Independence

5. What percentage of Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware due to its corporation-friendly laws?

6. What corporation, famous for Teflon, Kevlon, and Tyvek, is responsible for most of Delaware's economic success?
Du Pont

7. Where does Delaware rank in population?

8. True or False: Delaware is the only state without commercial air service?

9. The Wilmington Blue Rocks, Delaware's biggest professional sports team, is a high-A affiliate of which Major League Baseball team?
The Kansas City Royals

10. Which musician, famous for his hit Bad to the Bone, tours with his group the Delaware Destroyers?
George Thorogood

Name That Tune: June 23rd, 1975

10. Cut The Cake - Average White Band
9. Listen to What The Man Said - Paul McCartney
8. Get Down, Get Down - Joe Simon
7. The Hustle - Van McCoy
6. Sister Golden Hair - America
5. Love Won't Let Me Wait - Major Harris
4. I'm Not Lisa - Jessi Colter
3. Wildfire - Michael Murphy
2. When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
1. Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain and Tennille

Mystery Category: Minor League Baseball (Name the City or State) Bonus point for Team Affiliate

1. Norfolk Tides
Virginia (Baltimore Orioles)

2. Vermont Lake Monsters
Burlington (Washington Nationals)

3. Greenville Drive
South Carolina (Boston Red Sox)

4. Albuquerque Isotopes
New Mexico (Los Angeles Dodgers)

5. Birmingham Barons
Alabama (Chicago White Sox)

6. Altoona Curve
Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Pirates)

7. Arkansas Travelers
Little Rock (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)

8. Asheville Tourists
North Carolina (Colorado Rockies)

9. Eugene Emeralds
Oregon (San Diego Padres)

10. Clearwater Threshers
Florida (Philadelphia Phillies)

Genius Round:

1. What is the high-end temperature jet engine turbine blades can face? (6 points)
2900 F°

2. The Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars are the only two NFL teams to not draft players from which Big 12 conference college? (5 points)
Texas Tech University

3. Watson, an artificial intelligence software program from IBM, will compete on Jeopardy soon. Who is Watson, named after? (4 points)

4. The 2001 independent film Scotland, PA is a retelling of what Shakespeare play in the 1970s? (5 points)

5. What was the name of the French mansion used by the Rolling Stones during the recording of Exile on Main Street? (5 points)

June 30th

Current Events:

1.What is the name of the hurricane currently off the Mexican coast?

2. Christian Wulff recently won a thread round of voting to become president of which European nation?

3. Famous for its deal of the day, what popular shopping website was acquired by

4. What talk show legend announced his retirement this week after 25 years?
Larry King

5. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut recently played the longest match in tennis history. How many games were played in the now famous fifth set?
138 (70-68)

6. Which company had to recall 233,00 of its popular VAIO laptops due to them running too hot?

7. Which actor, famous for playing the role of Michael Scott on the American Office, said this upcoming season would be his last.
Steve Carell

8. What country knocked the United States out of the World Cup last week?

9. A house fire on St. James Street in this Pittsburgh neighborhood belched black smoke all over.

10. This Pittsburgh landmark, long-time the home of what defunct department store, was put up for sale today?

Pennsylvania (#2)

1. Pennsylvania is not actually a state. What is it?
A Commonwealth

2. What is Pennsylvania's highest point?
Mount Davis (3,213 ft.)

3. How many counties are in Pennsylvania?

4. Which Pennsylvania college was the first established in the United States?
Dickinson College in Carlisle

5. Which was the only US president to be born in Pennsylvania?
James Buchanan

6. Who was the first governor of Pennsylvania?
Thomas Mifflin

7. Which Pennsylvania town was the site of the first oil well?

8. In the Big Four professional sports, how many combined championships does the state of Pennsylvania have?

9. The Zippo lighter was invented in which Pennsylvania town?

10. In what city will you find Yuengling & Sons, America's oldest brewery?

Name That Tune:

10. Ray Parker Jr. - The Other Woman

9. Juice Newton - Love's Been A Little Bit Hard to Me

8. The Dazz Band - Let it Whip

7. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Crimson and Clover

6. John Cougar Mellencamp - Hurts So Good

5. Willie Nelson - Always on My Mind

4. Asia - Heat of the Moment

3. Toto - Rosanna

2. The Human League - Don't You Want Me

1. Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder - Ebony and Ivory

Mystery Category:
Canada Day

1. In what year did Canada truly become a self-governing nation?

2. How many combined territories and provinces does Canada have?

3. True or False. Much like the Four Corners, there is a spot in Canada where you can stand in two provinces and two territories at the same time?

4. If you win a Juno award in Canada, you are being recognized for excellence in what?

5. What Canadian band has the distinction of following The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Aerosmith with the 4th longest streak of consecutive Gold/Platinum albums sold?

6. Who appears on a $20 Canadian bill?
Queen Elizabeth the 2nd

7. What appears on the Canadian dollar coin?
Loon (aka a Loonie)

8. What province is Sidney Crosby from?
Nova Scotia

9. What Canadian comedy television program launched the careers of Rick Moranis, John Candy, and Eugene Levy?

10. How many NHL teams are currently in Canadian cities?

Genius Round:

1. What animal's penis was on the list of banned substances at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic games? (5 points)

2. Which South Asian country is the second-largest exporter in the world? (5 points)

3. What was the first college sports game for Nintendo 64? (6 points)
Fox Sports College Hoops '99

4. What film did the American Film Institute name as the greatest Western of All-Time? (5 points)
The Searchers

5. After the White House, what is the second most visited residence in the United States? (4 points)

July 7th

Current Events:

1. Name the two teams playing in the World Cup Final
Holland (Netherlands) and either Spain or Germany

2. What is the name of the music boycott operation headed by Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against The Machine which prevents aligned artists from performing in the state of Arizona?
Sound Strike

3. What music artist recently told MTV, "The Internet's Completely Over"?

4. A proposal is currently out to raise the price of stamps to what?
46 cents

5. What female painter's 103rd birthday was celebrated yesterday with a Google doodle?
Frida Kahlo

6. Twitter recently created which username to give users a jump on special shopping deals?

7. What classic science fiction movie celebrated it's 25th anniversary this past weekend?
Back to the Future

8. NASA released a free video game that allows players to do what?
Build a Moon Base

9. Which Academy Award winning actor recently announced a guest spot on the hit show Glee?
Javier Bardem

10. What major sporting event began at Oakmont country club this week?
Women's US Open

New Jersey

1. What is New Jersey's nickname?
The Garden State

2. What number state was New Jersey in ratifying the Constitution?

3. True or False: New Jersey was the last northern state to abolish new slavery?

4. In what city did season 1 of the hit show Jersey Shore take place?
Seaside Heights

5. Who was the Wizard of Menlo Park?
Thomas Edison

6. True or False: New Jersey has the highest percentage of millionaire households?

7. What legendary band got their start in the dive bars of Asbury Park, NJ?
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

8. What New Jersey university was the site of the first collegiate football game?

9. What director, from Red Bank, is known for his Jersey trilogy?
Kevin Smith

10. True or False: The state animal of New Jersey is the Jersey Devil
False: It's the horse.

Name That Tune

91. Sarah McLachlan - "Building a Mystery" (1997, #13 US)
92. Public Enemy - "911 Is a Joke" (1990)
93. Lisa Loeb - "Stay (I Missed You)" (1994, #1 US)
94. Fastball - "The Way" (1998)
95. Montell Jordan - "This Is How We Do It" (1995, #1 US)
96. Nelson - "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection" (1990, #1 US)
97. Prince & The New Power Generation - "Gett Off" (1991, #27 US)
98. EMF - "Unbelievable" (1991, #1 US)
99. Missy Elliott - "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (1997)
100. Gerardo - "Rico Suave" (1991, #7 US)

Mystery Category:
1980s Movie Quotes

1. "There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese."
Teen Wolf

2. "What kind of a host invites you to his house for the weekend and dies on you?"
Weekend at Bernie's

3. "I gave her my heart. She gave me a pen."
Say Anything

4. "I want my two dollars!"
Better Off Dead

5. "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!"
A Christmas Story

6. Holy dog shit. Texas? Only steers and queers come from Texas, Private Cowboy. And you don't look much like a steer to me so that kinda narrows it down.
Full Metal Jacket

7. “He's a very strange young man. He's an idiot. Comes from upbringing. His parents are probably idiots too. Lorraine, if you ever have a kid that acts that way I'll disown you.”
Back to the Future

8. “Tell me something, my friend. You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?”

9. "Don't mess with the bull, young man. You'll get the horns."
The Breakfast Club

10. "I'd buy that for a dollar."

Genius Round:

1. What is the name of the largest intact tropical rainforest in Mexico? (6 points)
Selva Zoque

2. British Insurance insured three sisters for 1 million dollars if one of them gave birth to what? (5 points)
The Second Coming of Christ

3. Kato is the sidekick of what masked superhero? (5 points)
The Green Hornet

4. What does a philographist collect? (5 points)

5. Which Beatle's birthday is today and how old is he? (4 points)
Ringo Starr - 70