January 2008

The B List: Big Game Edition

With Sunday’s Super Bowl rapidly approaching, we thought we’d share a piece we ran about our favorite halftime shows just in case you missed it back in December. Stay tuned after the post for our predictions for the big game.

Nothing encapsulates the questionable marriage of sports and entertainment quite like the Super Bowl. The halftime show of the NFL’s signature event has been transformed over the past 42 years from an afterthought to a main focus of the Big Game. What was once a time for a piss break and a follow-up beer has turned into a big-time production thanks to the major television networks.

Originally the shows were filled with brief performances by a number of different artists celebrating a unifying theme. More recently the NFL decided to hand over the keys to the halftime show to just one legendary artist. What a difference a nipple makes, eh? This year Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been tabbed to perform at Super Bowl XLII on Sunday.

The Gainesville-bred band should look at the past for an idea of what works and what doesn’t work at the big game. Let’s use this week’s B List to take a look at our 10 favorite Super Bowl halftime shows. Read on for the videos…

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Story of the Ghosts: Whose Bastard Is It?

Rupert and Stan from the Ghosts of Wayne Fontes blog do everything for the keeeedz. So let’s turn our attention to their regular Thursday nonsense…

While kids like you and me were busy tasting dog food and puking at church, a rare breed of kids prefer composing sonatas and jamming with blues legends. Mozart allegedly learned to play the harpsichord at age three, Ricky Scaggs performed with Flatt & Scruggs at the tender age of seven, and Herbie Hancock played piano with the Chicago Symphony at age 11. Were talking about the Doogie Howsers of music. These are the rugrats who quite miraculously develop virtuoso mastery of an instrument at a freakishly early age. So today, we’ve scoured the interwebs to take a look at some of today’s rising geniuses.


Since we believe musical talent is hereditary, we’ll also take the opportunity to speculate which musical masterminds may have tapped some groupie ass and unknowingly produced these small wonders. Read on for the five best…

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HT Giveaway: Freaks Ball VIII Tickets

The 8th Freaks Ball — El Ocho Loco — is coming. There’s no sense waiting around for Zeppelin to get back together, so get involved with the real deal in

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MP3 Boot Camp: We All Miss RANA

If there was one band we could resurrect from the jamband and rock graveyards, the proprietors of this here blog would choose God Street Wine. But RANA would be a

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Eels Map North American Tour

Eels have announced a tour of the US and Canada, beginning with a warm-up show on Valentine’s Day in Santa Ana, CA. The band then head to Europe before returning

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