Thursday Random 9*: Pax Absentia bonus edition

Perry Ellis

As the Paxman and the splendiferous and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mrs. Pax are across the pond, sampling the varied pleasures of the Continent (weird animal parts cooked in their own fat and liter-sized steins of unfiltered beer), we present this week’s super-double-bonus edition of the Random 10.**

This installment is dedicated to the good people of Cincinnati, Ohio, and their crazy-ass taste in mayors.

Until 1998, The Queen of the West (note: this is not Dan Savage) chose as its leader one of its nine city councilors. After that what’s sometimes called the first truly American city (for its refreshing lack of European influence – hear that, Beacon Hill?) started electing mayors through a popular vote.

The old system, un-democratic though it may seem to our more modern sensibilities, yielded such cheif executive luminaries as Murray Seasongood (1926-1930) (Hobby: “Good government”) and hateful hypocrite and walking conflict of interest Ken Blackwell (1979-1980) (Motto: “I never met a gay Democrat I couldn’t disenfranchise.”)

But Cincinnati’s most famous native son (actually, he’s not – he’s a British-born emigre of German stock) is one Jerry Springer (1977-1978).

Long before he became synonymous with the public antics of very stupid people (but not long after a prostitution arrest stemming from paying a hooker with a check – true story! What a country!), Springer sprang from his council seat to the corner office.

            “Will you take a check?”

We’d have to flip a coin to decide who wins for most unlikely political resurrection, Springer or Boston’s John Michael Curley, who won re-election to his alderman’s seat in 1904 from a jail cell and later seved four tems as mayor of the Hub of the Solar System.

But we’re sure that, given the chance, Cincinnatians would have voted for Curley, too.

   …and a prison record!

Now, on to the Top 10:

Evelyn Is Not Real – My Morning Jacket
Driver 8 – R.E.M.
Pena de Amor – Son de Azucar
Versace – Bettie Serveert
Reasons to Lie – Whiskeytown
Blues at Midnight – Sun Ra
Lover I Don’t Have to Love – Bettie Serveert
Human Thing – The Be Good Tanyas
Stand Together – The Beastie Boys

Bonus Video:

Berlin (live) – Lou Reed & John Cale

* The Rules: The Thursday Random 9 is exactly like the Friday Random 10, except for the one song. The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.



Filed under bands, Boston, food, Friday random 10, music

4 responses to “Thursday Random 9*: Pax Absentia bonus edition

  1. 2008 Hold Steady Tour:
    May 16 2008 10:15P The Great Escape @ The Old Market Brighton, UK
    Jun 8 2008 8:00P Devore Stadium Field – Southwestern College Chula Vista, California
    Jun 27 2008 8:00P Rams Head Live Baltimore, Maryland
    Jun 28 2008 12:00P Festival Pier – The Paul Green School of Rock Music Festival w/Devo Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Jun 29 2008 8:00P McCarren Pool – JELLYNYC’s Pool Parties (FREE) Brooklyn, New York
    Jul 6 2008 8:00P O2 Wireless Festival – Hyde Park London, UK
    Jul 8 2008 8:00P Liverpool Summer Pops – Echo Area Liverpool, UK
    Jul 10 2008 7:00P The Irish Centre Leeds
    Jul 11 2008 7:00P Carling Academy 2 Newcastle
    Jul 12 2008 8:00P T In The Park Kinross, Scotland
    Jul 17 2008 8:00P Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, Ohio
    Jul 18 2008 8:00P Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac, Michigan
    Jul 19 2008 5:00P Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park Chicago, Illinois
    Jul 21 2008 8:00P Majestic Theatre Madison, Wisconsin
    Jul 22 2008 8:00P First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Jul 23 2008 8:00P Fargo Theatre Fargo, North Dakota
    Jul 26 2008 8:00P Capitol Hill Block Party Seattle, Washington
    Jul 27 2008 8:00P Crystal Ballroom Portland, Oregon
    Jul 29 2008 8:00P Mezzanine San Francisco, California
    Jul 30 2008 8:00P Avalon Los Angeles, California
    Aug 2 2008 8:00P Rialto Theatre Tucson, Arizona
    Aug 3 2008 8:00P Club 101 El Paso, Texas
    Aug 5 2008 8:00P Palladium Ballroom Dallas, Texas
    Aug 6 2008 8:00P La Zona Rosa Austin, Texas
    Aug 8 2008 8:00P Proud Larry’s Oxford, Mississippi
    Aug 9 2008 8:00P 40 Watt Athens, Georgia
    Aug 10 2008 8:00P The Pourhouse Charleston, South Carolina
    Aug 12 2008 8:00P Cat’s Cradle Carrborro, North Carolina
    Aug 13 2008 8:00P The Norva Norfolk, Virginia

  2. Perry Ellis

    Saw that, Spacks. Wish they were coming this way, but I bet they will later in the tour. Can’t wait for the new album.

  3. Yeah, I get another Austin show in August, sweet. Supposedly the Album has been mailed out, so it might leak in the next week or so.

    Hey I’ve got a Part 1 of SXSW recap, more there than I remembered. Should I just email it to Pax or to you as well?


  4. Perry Ellis

    Hit me with an email – check your Hotmail for the address.


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