Today at THT

Things to read as you realize that, in optimizing and synchronizing the iPod, your wife has somehow managed to delete 11 Bob Dylan albums yet somehow kept “Street Legal” on there:

  • As you know, THT lost one of our own in John Brattain last week. Over the past few days the THT authors have been reflecting and then writing down their thoughts about John. The results are here.
  • Victor Wang has part 3 of his farm system rankings. This is kind of opposite of how the bar exam results work. Here, if you don’t see your favorite team, it’s a good thing.
  • Every year THT releases its own player projections. No, I don’t participate in that, so you can be assured that they’re reliable. Well, mostly reliable, as David Gassko, in a pique of troubling intellectual honesty, lists 29 players whose projections he believes we got wrong.
  • Finally, Steve Treder has five questions for the San Francisco Giants. Question number six: Will Brian Sabean cut off that mullet after the season is over? Because really, if you’re going to be out there in the job market like he should be come this fall, neatness matters.
  • Don’t get me wrong: “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar” is a fine damn song. I’m just saying that it’s cold comfort when you realize that you’re going to have to re-rip “Bringing it All Back Home” and everything else this evening.

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    1. Harry Pavlidis said...

      Why did you only have a dozen Dylan albums on your iPod?

      BTW, Old Zim is giving away a free download of a cut from his upcoming record at – today only.

    2. Craig Calcaterra said...


      Thanks for the head’s up!  Maybe it’s wrong to say this, but I wish he was teasing upcoming passages from volume 2 of his autobiography.  That needs to come out soon.

      As for Dylan, there are more than a dozen. SL was just one of the ones that is still on there. Not that anynone cares, but here’s what I have Dylan wise (or will have once it’s fixed) on the iPod:

      Bob Dylan
      Times they are a-changin’
      Another Side
      Highway 61
      Blonde on Blonde
      John Wesley Harding
      Nashville Skyline
      Before the Flood
      Basement Tapes
      Blood on the Tracks
      Street Legal
      Oh Mercy
      Good as I Been to You
      World Gone Wrong
      Time out of Mind
      Love and Theft
      Modern Times
      Bootlegs 1-3
      Bootlegs Royal Albert Hall
      Greatest Hits Volume 3
      Biograph (I know this and GH3 are somewhat redundant, but who cares?)

      I guess that makes 25 or so, though Bootlegs 1-3 and Biograph are multiple discs.  The only serious omission as far as I’m concerned is New Morning, which I have no idea how I haven’t managed to buy either on CD or MP3 over the years.  My mom has a beat up LP of it that has been in my basement for a long time.

    3. Jacob said...

      FYI, they are releasing a remastered version of New Morning tomorrow.  If that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is.
      Do you have the 1964 Philharmonic Hall concert (Bootleg Series, Vol. 6)?  That’s a really good one, if you like that era.

    4. Craig Calcaterra said...

      A sign it is.  I’m all over it.

      I did miss one: I have tha Gaslight CD that Starbucks put out a couple of years ago too.

      I don’t have the Philharmonic, and I’ll admit, I’ve lost track of the bootleg releases. There’s a Rolling Thunder-era one too, right?  And maybe one that covers 1997-Modern Times?

    5. Jacob said...

      I highly recommend the Rolling Thunder set, although some of the bootlegs from that tour are better performance wise.

    6. Harry Pavlidis said...

      There’s nothing wrong with redundancy.  Or with repeating yourself.

      Blonde on Blonde
      Blood on the Tracks
      Bringing It All Back Home
      Empire Burlesque
      Knocked Out Loaded
      Rolling Thunder Review
      Modern Times
      New Morning
      Oh Mercy
      Planet Waves

      I shouldn’t talk smack – I’m loaded with those 13 albums, various singles, 10 boots, plus the Cash sessions and Dylan and the Dead and those rehearsals (talk about rough)

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