May 2, 2014


Randball's Stu is writing under the silly, made up-looking pen name Steve Neuman now and did an excellent piece for MinnPost.

Maggie LaMaack interviewed one of my all-time favorite people, Dana Wessel, who showed exactly why he's the best online and in person.

• As someone who thinks closers are tremendously overrated Joe Posnanski's piece on the timelessness of ninth-inning leads was an interesting one.

• Evil genius Dave DeWit made an R&B version of the "Gleeman and The Geek" theme song.

• Old friend Mike Redmond might be up to some interesting tricks in Miami.

This week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode will be our last time on KFAN for a while because of the Wild's playoff run.

• My first and probably last appearance on a red carpet was captured by the photographer at the City Pages party, although he lied to me about my shoes not being featured in the picture:

city pages red carpet

Shockingly, they didn't choose me as one of the best-dressed people at the party.

• Sure, plenty of professional athletes live crazy lifestyles, but Denard Span is out of control.

• Having had a major crush on Jhene Aiko for a while now I'm happy to see her receive some much-deserved national attention.

• I'm thinking about asking Glen Perkins if he wants to help me get dates this same way.

• Speaking of which, friend of Lindsay Guentzel has a show called "Beyond Baseball" and the latest episode features an interview with Perkins. You should watch it. Twice, maybe.

• People say I write and tweet about a lot of dumb stuff lately, but this is from three years ago.

Kevin Frandsen made an incredible/weird/lucky non-catch and then referenced Smalls from "The Sandlot."

• Thrillist ranked the top eight macaroni and cheese dishes in Minneapolis and I've eaten five of them within the past month.

• Astros right-hander Jerome Williams playing catch and goofing around with a young fan before a game in Seattle made me smile:

Five minutes of Williams' time becomes a lifetime of telling that story for the kid.

• Blurred name Gchat is back, with big plans for my ACL surgery rehab.

Amanda Brooke Perrin was a great guest on "Stop Podcasting Yourself" with Dave Shumka and Graham Clark, which continues to be my favorite podcast.

• New restaurant recommendation: Heyday on 27th and Lyndale. Great, interesting food with a fun vibe and extremely nice people, plus a quality bar too. Definitely worth checking out.

• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:

- "Kate Upton in Minnesota"
- "Odds of having Twins after 36"
- "Anthony LaPanta salary"
- "Paul Allen dance video KFAN"
- "Old programs on TLC with Parker Hageman"
- "Marc Gasol shirtless"
- "First base in baseball"
- "What can you buy with 150 pounds?"
- "Aaron Gleeman walk-up song"

• Finally, this week's music video is "Regulate" by Warren G and Nate Dogg, which blew my 11-year-old mind when it came out 20 years ago this week and still holds up:

December 20, 2013

My favorite songs of 2013

For some reason I went through Pitchfork's top 100 songs of 2013 and predictably found myself either disliking or never even hearing all but around a dozen songs, so I decided to put together my own top 30 37. It turns out that most of the songs I thought came out in 2013 actually came out in 2012 or maybe 2005, so this is hardly a definitive ranking. But whatever. Here are a bunch of songs I liked this year:

1. "Backseat Freestyle" by Kendrick Lamar

2. "Bad" by Wale and Rihanna

3. "Dear Marie" by John Mayer

4. "Power Trip" by J. Cole and Miguel

5. "Wake Me Up" by Avicii and Aloe Blacc

6. "Elephant" by Jason Isbell

7. "Bed Peace" by Jhene Aiko and Childish Gambino

8. "Hit Me" by Mystikal

9. "The Monster" by Eminem and Rihanna

10. "Wild Child" by Brett Dennen

11. "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake and Majid Jordan

12. "Crooked Smile" by J. Cole and TLC

13. "Gun" by Chvrches

14. "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" by Kendrick Lamar

15. "Cover Me Up" by Jason Isbell

16. "Who You Love" by John Mayer and Katy Perry

17. "Poetic Justice" by Kendrick Lamar and Drake

18. "Love Is The Answer" by Aloe Blacc and Pharrell Williams

19. "Don't Wait" by Mapei

20. "She Knows" by J. Cole

21. "When We Were Young" by Brett Dennen

22. "Wildfire" by John Mayer

23. "Rich As Fuck" by Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz

24. "Royals" by Lorde

25. "Different Days" by Jason Isbell

26. "Do I Wanna Know" by Arctic Monkeys

27. "Tired Of Dreaming" by Wale, Ne-Yo, and Rick Ross

28. "Sweet Persuasion" by Brett Dennen

29. "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams

30. "Beautiful Day" by Joshua Radin

31. "Love Me" by Lil Wayne, Drake, and Future

32. "The Man" by Aloe Blacc

33. "My My Love" by Joshua Radin

34. "Body Party" by Ciara

35. "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" by Arctic Monkeys

36. "Fuckin' Problem" by A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and Drake

37. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Possum Plows

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