Thursday, December 30, 2010

Update: The First Annual Platinum Vinyl Awards

After researching the two major awards for CCM (Grammy's and Doves), and finding that none of them do a calendar year eligibility, instead choosing September 1-August 31 and November 1-October 31 respectively, I have decided to join them and split the difference.

Eligibility for consideration for the First Annual Platinum Vinyl Awards is October 1, 2009-September 30, 2010.  I will be researching 4th Quarter 2009 Releases for Inclusion, along with the initial TBSF post and TBSF 3rd Quarter Posts.  All album reviews beginning October 1, 2010 on this site will be eligible for the second annual awards, to happen sometime in 2012. This also answers the question I posed in my review of the Project 86 Release.  It will be considered for Next Year.

Keep following The Night Beat for exclusive coverage for the Platinum Vinyl Awards

Monday, December 27, 2010

Everybody Move Right Now

I have always imagined this phrase, uttered in the first few moments of the CD as something God is going to say to us in eternity.  While some may have visions of floating around on clouds playing harps, or, God Forbid, singing Southern Gospel for eternity, I feel quite secure in my belief that that style of music will be cast into the Lake of Fire along with the Beast and False Prophet.  In eternity, it's Par-Tay Time.

I am also confident that 15.Live, the latest release by Orange County Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Band Project 86 is on the Angel's Permanent Playlist, and I don't mean the baseball team.  From the opening notes of Sincerely Ichabod to the closing tones of The Spy Hunter, it is a don't stop to catch your breath party.  The 12 Song Album, which marks 15 years (That's 1995 for those of you in Rio Linda) is Headbanger Heaven to say the least, and not a thrash growl to be found.

My favorite songs on the album just happen to come from Rival Factions, my pick for project 86's best album, Illuminate and Evil: A Chorus of resistance. As a final verdict, I give it a near perfect 4.75 Emeralds.

 I think all of us wish Project 86 15 more happy years.  Can't Wait for 30.Live!

Friday, December 24, 2010

The True Story of Christmas

And now...the rest of the story.  Now I love Linus Van Pelt, and you can never go wrong with simply reading the Gospel of Luke, but there is more to the story.  When politicians blather on about the Christmas story being about homelessness, you know there is a lot of ignorance out there.

In the Spirit of Joe Friday--Just the facts.  Mary and Joseph were not homeless.  They had a home, it was in Nazareth, not Bethlehem.  They had come to Bethlehem for the Census Bureau and a meeting with the IRS. "That all the world should be taxed". Because Joseph was a procrastinator he didn't consult with Travelocity beforehand, and as a result, when they got there, "there was no room at the inn."  No Vacancy means No Vacancy, it doesn't mean that he didn't have money.  He was there to pay taxes after all. A good hearted innkeeper most likely volunteered use of the stable.  It was probably on the down low and off the books.  I doubt a rental agreement was drawn up.

The best part, which should appeal to all us Tea partiers and fellow conservatives, The three wise men brought gold (money) and Frankincense and Myrrh, both valuable spices/perfumes that could be sold for more gold.  Money answers all things.  And best of all, since Joseph had already seen the IRS agent, this new infusion of Cash was Tax free. There was no being able to go back seven years for an audit back then.  Oh for the good old days.  Plenty of money for a Palace on the Nile.  Hey you didn't think they just brought Jesus one gold coin.  Most likely it was bags upon bags.  Money fit for a king, from a king.  For reference, check out 1 Kings 10:10 for a gift to Solomon.  If not for his whole life, at least for his youth things were most likely very good.   Jesus was most likely from an Upper-Middle Class Business owner family in the Construction business. Now you know the rest of the story.

Merry Christmas to all from The Night Beat.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

No Time To Make The Donuts

Dunkin Donuts appears to have fallen on hard times, at least from the viewpoint of the store nearest my home.  It seems that Evil Outsourcing has infected even the Donut Shop and there is not a Democratic Politician in sight to bloviate about it.

Now Fred the Baker is long dead, so I understand that the chance of getting a hot donut at any Dunkin are about nil, but there should be some ground rules.  The First Commandment should be Never Run Out, especially if you are open 24 hours, which my local one is.  Over the past month I have been aghast at the number of times I have gone in for my afternoon break at 3PM and have been greeted with empty shelves and having to go three deep in Coffee Flavors before I hit one that is in stock.  If this was a 5am-10pm establishment I would cut them some slack, because they bake once a day, and when it's gone, it's gone, but with a 24 hour establishment... But that's not the worse of it.

There is no Bakery on Site.  It seems that in the Infinite Wisdom of Dunkins, ovens were removed from the establishments and central bakeries were established.  Now all your local shop is is an assembly line that fills the raised and heats pre-made sandwiches.  A delivery is made once a day from this central bakery and if they underestimate sales.  Tough.  Fred is turning over in his grave.  Now if they made a delivery every 4 hours, it might work.  Might.

Now all this may be an unforeseen consequence of franchising.  A person may be able to "own" twenty or so establishments, but he cannot personally manage the affairs of more than one.  If such is the case, maybe it's time to re-evaluate the franchise model and go back to owner-operator.  When the owner is there, he can correct problems when they arise, as they happen.  As the Cliche goes  This is no way to Run a Railroad, or a Coffee Shoppe.

Now I may just be super cynical, but when I hear "America Runs On Dunkins", all I can say is 'This explains a lot."  Maybe I should be more optimistic and just think "I sure hope not."