Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Admirals Hockey 2011 Season Just Weeks Away

Admirals Hockey tickets

We're just a few weeks away from the start of the Milwaukee Admirals hockey season. On October 8, Milwaukee will travel to Peoria to take on the Rivermen. From there, the team has a few days off before playing the Chicago Wolves at the Bradley Center.

Admirals Hockey Homestand in December

Milwaukee has a long homestand starting in mid December. They will play the Rockford Icehogs on 12/11, and a number of other teams through January 7, when they face the Charlotte Checkers. The entire season goes well into April of 2012.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Milwaukee Bucks in Holding Pattern During NBA Lockout

NBA Strike The Milwaukee Bucks sit idle while the NBA and the players seem to be far apart. One quick scan of Google news on the strike shows that very little progress has been made in the way of a settlement. With the NFL season in full swing, minds are further distracted from basketball.

Star Bucks players like Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings find other work to keep themselves busy, but what about the low profile players in the NBA? Are they finding ways to make ends meet? Should we feel sorry for them at all? Nobody likes to be out of work. Is anyone thinking about employees of all the basketball venues across the United States? There is little mention of that, but rest assured, they are hurting too. Word is that preseason games are in jeopardy of being cancelled if the players and teams don't come to an agreement soon. That would certainly have an economic impact on downtown Milwaukee businesses.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Third Album by St. Vincent and Pabst Theater Show

St Vincent

Those of us who have followed St. Vincent from the start are very excited to get their hands on the third disk from this talented artist, also known as Annie Clark. Thanks to NPR, we can all get a first listen now, as the album has not dropped just yet. The album is titled Strange Mercy, and you are all invited to love it as much as I already do.

When St. Vincent was making the songs for their second disk titled The Actor, Ms. Clark was living in a New York apartment. She couldn't turn the amps up to ten, and she freely admits that her sound was somewhat affected by that restriction. This time, she headed to Seattle, a real studio, and with that the opportunity to be as loud or soft as she liked. After giving Strange Mercy a second go round, I can say that Annie's third album fits nicely with the other two. Her guitar has a "signature sound" and she was wise to keep it close at hand in songs like Northern Lights. On the other hand, I love the guitar sound she created for Dilettante. Do I hear a more open sound coming from the strings? Yes, I think that I do.

St. Vincent will be performing at the Pabst Theater on October 3rd. The show is just $15, and it's general admission. After Strange Mercy comes out, gets the good reviews, and brings more fans to the band I can't see St. Vincent playing a small venue like the Pabst for much longer. At least I got on the bus early.