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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack. Joey Bishop was the last surviving member of the group. From The New York Times:

Joey Bishop, the long-faced comedian and the last surviving member of the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra’s celebrated retinue of the 1960’s, died Wednesday night at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 89.

His death was of multiple causes, said his longtime publicist, Warren Cowan.

Mr. Bishop was the least flamboyant of the Rat Pack and no match for the others — Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Sinatra himself — in their dedication to hell-raising.

But he shared in their phenomenal success in the early 1960s, when they headlined music and comedy shows in Las Vegas, appearing at the Sands, and made movies like “Ocean’s 11” and “Sergeants 3.” When John F. Kennedy, a friend of Sinatra’s and a brother-in-law of Lawford’s, was elected president in 1960, Mr. Bishop was master of ceremonies at the inaugural ball.

speaker Recently h0bbel turned me on to a live acoustic album by former lead singer for Audioslave and Soundgarden, Chris Cornell. Audioslave is one of my favorite rock bands so I was really excited to learn about this live album that was recorded in Sweden. Chris Cornell has such a great voice. So my song this week is one of my favorite songs of Audioslave’s album Out of Exile. The song is called “Doesn’t Remind Me.” Enjoy.

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Dirty Acres pre-order
If you love good hip hop, swing on over to CunninLynguists’ website and pre-order their new album Dirty Acres. The pre-order edition is different from the one you will find in stores. Here is what you get:

EXCLUSIVE PRE-ORDER 2-CD EDITION:

* – Autographed ‘Dirty Acres’ CD
* – ‘Dirty Acres’ Instrumental CD
* – ‘Dirty Acres’ Vinyl Sticker
* – Only Available Via Pre-Order – Only 1,000 Pressed
* – SHIPPING INCLUDED IN PRICE

You get all this for $17 ($20 for international orders). A great deal for some great music. But hurry! Supplies are limited.

This is going to be a really long day, I can tell. It’s not because I have a lot of students, because I only have four. It’s because I’m tired, which I wasn’t until I got into the classroom. Why am I tired? Well, I got my usual amount of sleep last night and had my Monster this morning, so I think the reason must be because it’s hot in my classroom. Like really hot. The AC isn’t coming on for some reason. Many may think I don’t need it because the temperature is only supposed to be 75 today, but I do need it because I have no windows in this classroom and can’t open the door because this is ISS. So it’s hot and stuffy in here with no air coming through at all. I can feel myself get more tired as the day goes on and I’m burning up. I picked the wrong day to wear a tie I think.

In other news, I had a great weekend. I didn’t do anything at all really. Didn’t go anywhere or do anything exciting. I did, however, get to talk to an old friend I don’t get to talk to often. We spent hours catching up. That was a great surprise. Anyway, that’s it for updates.

Edit: Since the post my ac kicked on and the day flew by. I only have about 1 hour left of students.

speaker I’ve not posted a song of the week for a while now. Mostly because there really hasn’t been anything too new that has caught my ear. I have been listening to CunninLynguists’ Dirty Acres almost nonstop for a week or so now. Recently they added the song “Mexico” ft. Club Dub to their MySpace. Many of you might remember Club Dub on A Piece of Strange album last year. They are a very talented band and they fit so well with CL. It is in honor of that and the November release of their album that I now invite you on a trip to “Mexico.”

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