Billy here!!! My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.
I'm not the new guy on 95.1 The Brew's "Wease Show" anymore. In fact in terms of senority I'm second only to Wease.
I'm no longer single, living alone with my cat Geraldine (a tribute to one of my comedy idols, Flip Wilson). Geraldine and I have been joined in my house by my girlfriend Susan (#BestGirlfriendEver) and the cats she brought with her when she moved to Rochester from Akron Ohio, Dora and Precious. One of the great things about Susan is she's as silly as me, and we've made up voices for the cats, and speak to each other in those voices. At least we don't have voices in our heads.
Susan has also helped me rediscover my love for comic books, superheroes, and other nerdy things I enjoy. I've started rebuilding my collection of books, toys, statues, figures, etc... and actually display them in our house.
Before I was asked to come back to The Wease Show I spent ten years working at a sheet metal factory called Barthelmes Manufacturing as a shipping clerk and machine operator. It was a good job, and worked with lots of great people, but I can't tell you how happy I am to be here instead. One day I was getting dirty and sore lifting heavy, sharp steel... the next day I'm getting paid to do something I love.. To quote Yakoff Smirnoff (when was the last time his name was mentioned)... "WHAT A COUNTRY!"
In my spare time I enjoy listening to music (obviously), going to concerts (obviously, again), movies, reading, writing, tv channel surfing to see if I'm missing something more entertaining than what I'm already watching, and am especially good at taking naps... To quote the great Ralph Wiggum "When it comes to sleep I'm a Viking".
I'm also a huge fan of baseball and football. I try to go to 5-10 Rochester Red Wing games a year, and am an insane fan of the NY Mets... during the season while normal people are out enjoying warm weather there is a good chance I'm sitting in front of a television watching my favorite team break my heart. During the fall and winter I spend lots of time on the weekends watching football, and managing my fantasy teams.
Favorite musical acts include.... Elvis (both Presley and Costello), The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Steven Kellogg and the Sixers, Eddie From Ohio, U2, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many, many more. Motown music from the 60's is the best.
Favorite movies... I once wrote a whole blog about my ten favorite movies. I just looked at it, and it still holds up. Check it out. Scroll about half way down the page to see the list.
Favorite TV shows... Comic Book Men, The Simpsons, The Office, Rescue Me, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Freaks and Geeks, MASH, and 24 are all among my favorite shows in TV history. Netflix will help me someday catch up with stuff like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, and maybe even some shows that aren't on AMC.
You're still reading this? Wow. Even I'm not that interested in me. Thanks for checking out my page, and for listening to The Wease Show.
This was sent to me by one of the prep services The Wease Show subscribes to, and I agree with most of the choices. I'll add a couple to this list at the end...
Releasing a double album in the ’60s and ’70s was a rite of passage. Even if an artist had no reason, let alone the material, to put out a two-record album, it was something that just needed to be done sometime during a career. The best double albums don’t leave you picking out half of the songs you’d think would work better on a single LP. For the most part, there’s nothing disposable on the records that made our list of the Top 10 Double Albums. Every single one of them belongs in your collection.
Pete Townshend called the Who's fourth album a rock opera, and it opened the gates to a whole bunch of messy, pretentious records over the next several decades. But the Who's sprawling, ambitious story about a kid's awakening (sexual and otherwise) is told through a battering of guitars, drums and rock-god vocals. No one else even came close.
Hendrix's third album is his most aurally rich experience, an overload of musical ideas from the outer spaces of his mind. The patterns and textures layered throughout the album remain among rock's most visionary. 'Electric Ladyland' is a blend of rock, blues, jazz, soul, funk and folk that filters the '60s through a futuristic fever dream.
More than any other record on our list of the Top 10 Double Albums, the Beatles' 'White Album' is the one that still reveals new insights with each listen. The Fab Four basically played backing band to each other's solo recordings on the record, and the songs unfurl like their past and present histories. It's the Beatles at their most splintered, personal and ambitious.
Dylan capped 12 months of tremendous output -- starting with 'Bringing It All Back Home,' quickly followed by 'Highway 61 Revisited' -- with the two-record 'Blonde on Blonde,' recorded in New York and Nashville with members of the Band and session musicians. From sweet pop to bluesy rockers to 11-minute epics, 'Blonde on Blonde' is Dylan's most sprawling record. Song for song, it could be his best.
From the muddy production to the grimy guitars to the snapped-together songs, 'Exile on Main St.' is the sound of drugs, fatigue and egos sinking in. And it wouldn't work any other way. Nobody could touch the Stones at this point, and this audacious work -- bluesy, doped-up tracks that barely hide the hedonism that fuels them -- stands as their life's masterpiece. No wonder it took them more than five years, and almost as many albums, to recover from the high. Double albums don't get better than this.