Sunday, January 30

Videos of the Weekend

After a brief hiatus we're back, with a few entertaining videos that have just come out over the last week or so.

"The Creep"

The boys from The Lonely Island have a new dance that's taking over the club. And like everyone else seemed to do in 2010, they feature Nicki Minaj. This is hardly as amusing or catchy as some of TLI's other works, but since that's exactly how many guys dance at clubs and bars, it rings true.

"Eddie the Fan"

The Washington Wizards haven't been very good this year. So to keep fans interested during timeouts, they let them jump on a trampoline and try to dunk a basketball. One guy is on his phone--he's talking to his date, who is somewhere in the stands. This video seems staged, but it's still impressive. The fact that the other attempts are so abysmal makes it even better. Kudos to my boy Bandwagon for finding it.

"Boy Gets Dunked"

Continuing with the "jumping-off-a-trampoline-and-dunking" theme, at a Phoenix Suns game, a boy jumps off a trampoline and dunks. It's the landing he has some trouble with. I don't think Kenny Smith would give that a 10.

"Tracy Morgan on TNT's 'Inside the NBA'"

Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley are having a discussion over who's more attractive--Sarah Palin or Tina Fey. I don't know what's funnier--that Barkley asks "You can't get fired, right?" Morgan's answer, Barkley's and Smith's nervous laughter, or Ernie Johnson's concerned look offscreen and segue into the next segment.

"Brian Wilson on 'The George Lopez Show'"

I personally think Wilson is getting close to crossing the line from being funny and random to just trying too hard. But he does have a good beard, so he'll get the nod here. Also, George Lopez is still not funny.

"Boy Calls 9-1-1 to Save Father"

Nice little heroism going on here. A man slices the main artery of his hand and his three-year old son dials 9-1-1. The kid is pretty hilarious and everything worked out okay in the end. All together now: "Awwwww."

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Wednesday, January 26

The Black Mamba Trailer

What do Kobe Bryant, Danny Trejo, Bruce Willis and Robert Rodriguez all have in common? Well, besides generally kicking rear end, they were recently involved in a trailer for a soon-to-be-released movie starring Bryant and Trejo. Whether this will turn into a real movie (or even a 10-minute mini feature) remains to be seen, but either way, the trailer looks like the second coming of Space Jam.

Tuesday, January 25

Top 5 ESPN RV Commercials

For no other reason than I enjoy ranking things, here are the top NBA on ESPN commercials that revolve around life on the RV. Maestro, cue the awards music!

5. "Steve Nash Parks the RV"- Only because he's awesome. And because his pass his behind the back.

4. "Kevin Love Wants to Ride with the Cool Kids"- Kevin Love was involved in a rookie hazing video last year, but the one where he's a victim is a lot funnier.

3. "Carlos Boozer and Danilo Gallinari Love Hot Sauce"- I love overreacting to minor things. Boozer does me proud here.

2. "Trophy"- I never actually saw this one on TV, and although it came out a couple years ago I guess it's still topical since the Lakers are the defending champs. I just like it mainly because it's hilarious and practical.

1. "Shaq Plays Scrabble by His Own Rules"- Shaq is easily one of the top 10 funniest athletes in professional sports right now (possibly ever). So it's fitting that his commercial still makes me laugh, even after multiple years of being on-air. Pause the video when they show the board to step up your vocab.

Carlton--I Just Wanna Dance!

Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, was at the Magic game over the weekend. Going into a commerical break, Ribeiro, Terry Crews and Anthony Anderson all felt like gettin' jiggy wit it, reprising the "Carlton dance." The announcers clearly did not grow up in the 1990s. Enjoy the dancing below.

This Day In History
1905- At the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa, a 3,106-carat diamond is discovered during a routine inspection by the mine's superintendent. Weighing 1.33 pounds, and christened the "Cullinan," it was the largest diamond ever found.

1924- The first Winter Olympics take place in Chaminox, France.

1949- The inaugural Emmy Awards ceremony is held.

Monday, January 24

Super Bowl Goes Into Overtime and We Get Pizza!

Looks like Papa John's is at it again. They're offering a free pizza if the Super Bowl goes into overtime. Considering the last time the Steelers and Packers played each other, the final score was 37-36 and the starting QBs combined for nearly 900 passing yards, I feel pretty comfortable that I might be chowing down on a free pizza in a few weeks. They even come in cool boxes! Well done, Papa John's. Well done, indeed.

Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin will be the spokesman for the promotion, so that makes one Cowboy involved with the Super Bowl.

Friday, January 21

DeMar DeRozan To Get Second Place In Dunk Contest Again

The NBA announced that DeMar DeRozan will take the spot of Brandon Jennings in February's Slam Dunk contest. DeRozan finished second last year to Nate Robinson in one of the worst dunk contests in history, and it's very likely the USC product will finish second again this year to Blake Griffin.

DeRozan lends some credibility to the contest, as he certainly has hops, and has also dunked more than twice this season, which was the number of times Jennings had slammed a ball in-game. Here are some of DeRozan's finest dunks.


Thursday, January 20

NBA All-Star Jerseys Revealed

The NBA unveiled their adidas uniforms for the 2011 All-Star Game. Take a look below (image courtesy of, via CBS Sports):

Personally, I'm a fan of them. For whatever reason, I like the "The West" and "The East," and they're not too over-the-top gaudy. Although, knowing me, I love gaudy. Remember those unis with the cactus on them?

Wednesday, January 19

Patrick Stump Sings All the Grammy Nominees...A Capella

You may know Patrick Stump as the lead vocalist of the band Fall Out Boy. Representing Chicago is always a plus, but Stump offers new reason to listen to them. Or at least to him. He's created a mash-up of the five Grammy nominees for "Record of the Year," and it's a wide variety of genres that he's condensed into a delightfully catchy romp. The songs and video are below. Enjoy!

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys - "Empire State Of Mind"
Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love the Way You Lie"
Lady Antebellum - "Need You Now"
B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars - "Nothin' On You"
Cee Lo Green - "F**k You"

This Day in History
1809- Edgar Allan Poe is born.

1861- Georgia secedes.

1974- The UCLA men's basketball team has their 88-game winning-streak snapped by Notre Dame. Up until a few weeks ago, when the UConn Huskies women's team reached 90 games, the streak had been a record.

1993- Production begins on Toy Story, still the greatest Pixar movie, in my opinion.

Tuesday, January 18

Steve Nash--"Where Amazing Happens"

Anyone who follows the NBA knows a slogan they often use is "Where Amazing Happens." Lately they've done some cool ads involving players during their high-school and college years, including Kevin Durant and Amar'e Stoudemire.

The latest involves Steve Nash at Santa Clara. Who knew the Suns point guard had such good hops?

Rudy Gay--The Most Interesting Man in the NBA?

To answer this question briefly, no, he's not. But he does have a pretty funny commercial to try and garner All-Star votes. Too bad he's in the already muddled Western Conference forward position logjam, but hey, you can't fault his effort.

Monday, January 17

Dunk Contest Bloopers

As the NBA All-Star game is about a month away, I figured it's a good time to start a series of posts about my favorite part of the whole weekend--the Slam Dunk Contest. In this case, we have the Top 10 dunk contest bloopers. My personal favorite is Allan Houston's header, but they're all chuckle-worthy. Enjoy!

Making Math Class Fun

A YouTube user by the name of Vihart loves math. I used to love math too until it got into more stuff that seemed to be generally inapplicable in real life. Addition and subtraction are fine, but after that...well...this might be the best use of your time in math.

Saturday, January 15

Chicago Bears Bagging Groceries

On Wednesday, we mentioned an ad where members of the Chicago Bears bagged groceries at a Chicagoland area Jewel store. Here's that footage below:

This Day in History
1870- The Democratic donkey makes its first appearance.

1929- Martin Luther King, Jr. is born.

1967- The Packers beat the Chiefs in the very first Super Bowl.

1972- Don McLean's "American Pie" reaches #1 on the Billboard charts.

Semi-Interesting Links of the Day

Adrian Peterson gets unprecedented access into a McDonald's. All I know is if I tried this, I'd get laughed at and would have to find some bushes or something.

A woman has recreated the "Last Supper" painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Using lint.

I always knew Alaska was cool, but this is pretty awesome!

90 people at one Memphis high school are pregnant. The average teen pregnancy rate (15-20%) in Memphis is about twice that of the national average.

Friday, January 14

New Jon LaJoie Video

Canadian comedian and actor Jon LaJoie is at it again! While I'm still more a fan of his "Hands Commercial," and while the internet in general might be more familiar with his tongue-in-cheek songs, the complete randomness of this spot is worth a few laughs.

This Day in History
1741- American traitor Benedict Arnold is born.

1954- Marilyn Monroe marries Joe DiMaggio.

1970- Diana Ross and the Supremes perform their final concert.

Semi-Interesting Links of the Day

The latest buzz has been about the "new" astrological signs. Well, there's only one actual new one, and it's only if you believe some crazy astrologer. The new zodiac sign is known as Ophiuchus, which sounds like someone sneezing or some other bodily function. And according to this I've personally switched from a Virgo to a Leo. I guess lions are cooler than virgins, anyway. You know, if I believed or cared in any of that stuff.

Have you ever been watching an advertisement and scoffed at the claims of the "real" people who have used the product? Sure you have, who hasn't? Well, now you can deride those people from the comfort of your computer chair (or sofa, or floor, or whatever you plop on whilst reading this blog).

Kudos to Putzi for pointing this one out. Most college basketball fans know broadcaster Gus Johnson, as well as his great calls, such as "That's Big Time!" or "Batista with the caaaaatch!" Those same fans probably played around with the Gus Johnson soundboard that was out for awhile and has disappeared into the abyss. Fret not, fans, because Chicago Bulls color commentator Stacey King has stepped into that void and provides a soundboard of hilarity.

New Braunfels Canyon High in Texas has a new field that might literally make your eyes bleed.

Tiananmen Square in China is a really amazing place to visit. Too bad this "guest" wasn't around when I was there back in 2009.

Wednesday, January 12

Semi-Interesting Links of the Day

We all remember Paul the Octopus, right? The tentacled friend who accurately predicted the winners of various World Cup matches? Well, it turns out he may have some competition. The Canadian Press reports a Baltimore-area dolphin will try to correctly pick the first selection of the MLS SuperDraft. Not nearly as exciting, is it?

ESPN talks to Vince Vaughn about his newest movie, Dilemma, among other wacky subjects.

The Chicago Bears will run an ad today where Devin Hester, Johnny Knox and Charles Tillman bag groceries in a Chicagoland area Jewel store. No word yet if singer Jewel will also make an appearance.

Ken Griffey, Jr. was quite the slugger in his day, so maybe we shouldn't be surprised his rookie card his helping catch criminals.

Love You Forever

This is from a book by Robert Munsch, published in 1986. I don't know why I suddenly thought of it today, but if you don't at least get a little sentimental while reading it I'm pretty sure you don't have a soul. Obviously it would help to have the pictures too, but for now the words will have to do. Make sure you tell your mom you love her!

A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held him, she sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

The baby grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was two years old, and he ran all around the house. He pulled all the books off the shelves. He pulled all the food out of the refrigerator and he took his mother's watch and flushed it down the toilet. Sometimes his mother would say, "this kid is driving me CRAZY!"

But at night time, when that two-year-old was quiet, she opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor, looked up over the side of his bed; and if he was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. While she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

The little boy grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was nine years old. And he never wanted to come in for dinner, he never wanted to take a bath, and when grandma visited he always said bad words. Sometimes his mother wanted to sell him to the zoo!

But at night time, when he was asleep, the mother quietly opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep, she picked up that nine-year-old boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

The boy grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a teenager. He had strange friends and he wore strange clothes and he listened to strange music. Sometimes the mother felt like she was in a zoo!

But at night time, when that teenager was asleep, the mother opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep she picked up that great big boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. While she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

That teenager grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a grown-up man. He left home and got a house across town. But sometimes on dark nights the mother got into her car and drove across town. If all the lights in her son's house were out, she opened his bedroom window, crawled across the floor, and looked up over the side of his bed. If that great big man was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

Well, that mother, she got older. She got older and older and older. One day she called up her son and said, "You'd better come see me because I'm very old and sick." So her son came to see her. When he came in the door she tried to sing the song. She sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always...

But she couldn't finish because she was too old and sick. The son went to his mother. He picked her up and rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And he sang this song:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my Mommy you'll be.

When the son came home that night, he stood for a long time at the top of the stairs. Then he went into the room where his very new baby daughter was sleeping. He picked her up in his arms and very slowly rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while he rocked her he sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

This Day in History
1926- "Sam 'n' Henry debuts on Chicago's WGN radio station. But maybe you know it better as "Amos 'n' Andy," which it became in 1928. The two main stars were both white, yet they portrayed two black men from the Deep South who moved to Chicago seeking fortune.

1969- Joe Namath, after guaranteeing a win against the heavily favored Baltimore Colts, delivers a 16-7 victory for the Jets in Super Bowl III.

Tuesday, January 11

Dunk of the Night

Any time I can show a nasty dunk AND rep my hometown Chicago Bulls? I have to take it! Last night's NBA action was understandably overshadowed by the BCS Championship game, but there was still one very nice alley-oop by Derrick Rose against the Pistons. Ironically, the pass was thrown by Ronnie Brewer, who we all know is an expert at dishing alley-oops. Enjoy the monstrous dunk below.

And let's not forget this isn't the first time Rose has completed an alley-oop that made Detroit look silly.

This Day in History
1861- Alabama secedes. Little did they know a school from their state would win the football national championship 149 years later.

1908- Theodore Roosevelt names the Grand Canyon as a national monument.

1973- The designated hitter rule is adopted by the American League.

Monday, January 10

Pictures from Wild Card Weekend

After a wild weekend in the NFL playoffs that saw three road teams win and the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks advance, we'll take a look back at some memorable pictures from the past two days. All pictures courtesy of Google Images and Yahoo! Sports.

Marshawn Lynch dives into the endzone after a 67-yard run that included 9 broken tackles and the most ridiculous stiff arm imaginable. In fact, let's just watch that video, since a picture simply doesn't do it justice.

Braylon Edwards shows some hops as he makes a catch during the Jets 17-16 victory over the Colts.

This one pretty much sums up the Ravens 30-7 win over the Chiefs: Baltimore looked poised and confident, while Kansas City looked young, inexperienced, and made mistakes that cost themselves any chance of winning. Here, Ray Rice is running for the Ravens, out of Rutgers, when ruh-roh! He almost gets tackled by Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel, but escapes.

Tramon Williams of the Green Bay Packers intercepts Michael Vick's pass for Riley Cooper, effectively ending the Philadelphia Eagles season.

Amusement Park Rides Gone Wrong

Saturday Night Live can still churn out a good sketch when it needs to. Kenan Thompson does a good job of getting freaked out, and any time Jim Carrey and physical comedy are mixed together, you'll like the taste. Of course, Kristen Wiig lends nothing to this sketch, but since she's really not involved in it, everyone's a winner!

Black Swan Review in 600 Words or Less

I finally got around to seeing Black Swan today, and my oh my, that movie certainly lives up to the hype. Here's my review of the film in roughly 400 words.

The story centers around Nina Sayers, portrayed by Natalie Portman. She is a ballerina who has been in her company for several years and finally earns the lead of Swan Queen in the company's portrayal of Swan Lake. She's a perfect fit for the White Swan--elegant, graceful and rigid in her movements, but can't quite seem to grasp the part of the Black Swan, which is more sensual and uninhibited. Enter Lily, played by Mila Kunis. Lily embodies the Black Swan and does it effortlessly. Nina eventually starts to open herself up to Lily and discovers a dark side of herself she had never seen, as she embarks to be perfect.

Black Swan is directed by Darren Aronofsky, of The Wrestler fame, and you can certainly see some similarities between the two. The most obvious is the "third person point-of-view" whenever the main character is walking to a new location. But what Aronofsky does so well here, as he does in The Wrestler, is really make us feel what Nina's going through. When she does a pirouette, we feel our toes and ankles creaking too. When she clips her nails too close and starts to bleed, our fingers tremble a bit too. Aronofsky nails his casting choices as well.

I saw the movie with my sister and her boyfriend, and when we exited the theater we figured the Oscar would just go to Natalie Portman. There's really no other female lead I can think of that would oust her. I've always thought she was a decent actress (Garden State aside, but that was just painful in general), but this role should propel her into the realms of superstardom. She plays the role of a naive, innocent girl perfectly, and as she slowly descends into a darker place filled with psychotic symptoms, she captures that personality just as flawlessly. Kunis's role reminded me a bit of how she played her character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, mainly in the "wild, carefree spirit" way, but she plays it so well it can be forgiven. Winona Ryder, who plays the aging, retiring (not by choice) former lead dancer, may only be in the movie for about eight minutes or so, but every time she's onscreen she's powerful and intense. Barbara Hersey does a fantastic job as Nina's mom, who tries to help her daughter have the career she was never able to but at the same time can't understand the demons that have burrowed into Nina's mind. All those female performances aside, it's Vincent Cassel who really steals the show. So much so, in fact, that he gets his own paragraph.

Cassel plays ballet director Thomas Leroy, and just simply owns the role. From the first time he steps onscreen, the dancers are trying to impress him, as he controls their collective fates--their part in the performance. Of course, he knows this, so he uses it to take advantage of multiple dancers. But he's so good when he has to at putting on the facade of being a strong instructor who only wants to see his dancers succeed. His dialogue with Nina on how she can embody the Black Swan always has a touch of smugness to it, and he delivers those lines brilliantly.

Much like The Wrestler, the main character both hurts and is hurt by those closest to them. And also like The Wrestler, you'll walk out of the theater glad you saw the movie, because it is a tremendous, haunting tale of a girl that lives and breathes dance. It may not be perfect, but it's pretty damn close.

And what do you know, this movie's doing so well Saturday Night Live decided to parody it. Let's watch!

This Day in History
1493- Christopher Columbus sees what he believes are mermaids, and claims they are not as beautiful as they had been described. Too bad what he actually saw were manatees. Big difference between the two.

1929- Seeing eye-dogs are trained for the first time in Nashville, TN.

Saturday, January 8

Become an Internet Sensation By Riding the Popularity of Someone Else!

A few weeks ago we posted the "I Just Had Sex" video by the Lonely Island. As of this writing it is nearing 30 million views on YouTube after only three weeks of being online. YouTube user WHIREAS made a claim that he would put video of him dancing to the song if his comment got 100 thumbs up. As there are usually about 70 new comments during an average watching of "I Just Had Sex" video, it's impressive that this claim was even seen, let alone voted on enough times to get it to the requisite 100. Just goes to show you that if you jump on the bandwagon of something popular you can quite possibly become popular yourself. Too bad WHIREAS's editing techniques are abysmal, as any half-sane person can figure out how to add a song to a video using ANY editing software. This guy felt he had to play the song from his speakers, complete with the "Volume Down" noise of his MacBook. Embarrassing. Enjoy the not-very-entertaining-yet-people-will-still-eat-it-up video below.

This Day in History
1790- George Washington delivers the first State of the Union Address in American history.

1877- Crazy Horse fights his final battle against the U.S. Cavalry in Montana.

2000- The Music City Miracle.

Friday, January 7

More Bobbleheads!

First off, I need to give some dap to this article from MTV Clutch. It details the Top 25 Gatorade baths of all time. Fantastic.

Anyway, the NBA has again provided us with some silly bobblehead videos. We detailed a the winter wonderland earlier in the season, and here is the latest regular installment below. My personal favorite is the final play involving Jason Kidd, because I saw that play live, so I can legitimately say I was there. I'm also fairly certain that was the most recently Dirk Nowitzki played in a game.

This Day in History
1789- The first presidential election was held. Only white males who owned property could vote, and the Electoral College system that we all know and love today was used way back then. As expected, George Washington won the election, and would be sworn into office on April 30.

Thursday, January 6

NBA Players Bust Out Their Acting Chops on the Disney Channel

The Orlando Sentinel broke a story about Dwight Howard making a cameo on Disney Channel's The Suite Life on Deck, a show that takes place on a cruise ship. The main characters, Zach and Cody, are focused on a basketball game coming up, when a member of the rival team introduces his "little brother" (Hint: it's Howard). And the writers spared no expense at giving Howard some cheesy lines. It gets even better--Howard's "widdle friends," Deron Williams and Kevin Love, join him for the hypothetical basketball game. It's good to know that D-Will really likes puppies.

This Day in History
1838- Samuel Morse's telegraph is demonstrated for the first time in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph, a device which used electric impulses to transmit encoded messages over a wire, eventually revolutionized long-distance communication.

Wednesday, January 5

NBA Slam Dunk Contest Participants Announced

Well, we might as well just give Blake Griffin the title now. While I'm not of the belief that his out-of-game dunks will be as cool as his in-game ones, when you look at the competition, it's tough to see anyone getting close to the former Oklahoma standout. Well, maybe Serge Ibaka can, but that's only because he plays in Oklahoma City, and Griffin is from Oklahoma City. Anyway, onto the contestants.

Blake Griffin
The odds of BG winning this contest have to be starting at 1:1. Maybe even less, if that’s possible. I mean, the man had a Top 10 of his dunks before we were even a month into the season! In fact, let’s view that video right now.

Serge Ibaka
Ibaka is quietly having a productive season for the Thunder. At 11 points and 7 rebounds a game, the second-year center is the type of guy to pull down a board and put it back up with a soft layup, or better yet, a thunderous jam. Tall players tend to fare poorly in the contest, however, so he will have his work cut out for him. Unless he can get someone to miss a shot, because his putbacks are pretty impressive.

Brandon Jennings
If this were a contest to see who has the best high-top fade (, then Jennings wins in a landslide. Sadly, this is not a contest (at least not yet). I’m also fairly certain the best slam dunk Jennings has done is this ESPN commercial.

Javale McGee
Javale McGee is known by NBA pundits for three things:
1) Being a “does-everything-above-average-but-nothing-spectacular” guy in fantasy basketball (a typical night last year saw him get seven points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block).
2) Being cut from TEAM USA this past summer.
3) This video below.

Good luck, participants!

This Day in History
1920- Babe Ruth is purchased by the New York Yankees.

1933- Construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

1980- "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang becomes hip-hop's first Top 40 hit.

1998- Sonny Bono of Sonny and Cher is killed in a skiing accident.

Monday, January 3

Steve Nash is a Funny Man

Steve Nash's Phoenix Suns may not be having the best year, but he is still plugging along. I've maintained that Steve Nash is one of the funniest players in the NBA, whether it be feuding with someone in his own sport (Baron Davis), another sport (Landon Donovan), or moonlighting as a correspondent on Letterman. Enjoy some of the finest work Nash has put out so far, and hopefully whatever team he lands on in 2011 (even if it's sticking with Phoenix) can give him a chance at a championship.

Saturday, January 1

Lucky Boys Confusion- Songs from a Scene

If you have never heard of Lucky Boys Confusion, then I am truly sorry for you. They're one of those groups that never made it to the big time despite being very talented and writing incredibly catchy music.

For New Year's Eve, I, along with my buddies Putzi and Rubes, got to see Lucky Boys Confusion along with The Dog and Everything, Swizzletree and Saraphin. While they were all decent in their own regard, when Lucky Boys took the stage there was just another energy brought to the table. Or I guess the stage. Either way, it was awesome. But don't take my word for it--below you can find all of the songs they played last night (and I'll even try to do it in order!). Some are studio versions and some are live, but all are excellent. Yessir!

Wow. That was a lot of songs. And obviously there's nothing quite as good as seeing them live, so if you ever get the (extremely rare) chance to do it, don't hesitate!

This Day in History

1863- The Emancipation Proclamation takes effect, ending slavery in the rebelling states.