Ok. The last 48 hours have sucked.

Yesterday, after 10 hours without internet and messing around with new routers/modems, which is exactly how I wanted to spend my day off, I managed to get the web back in full effect at about 12:13 AM. I make a sweet post (this one) and was going to post it when I got off work at 3 PM today. Thanks to sucky management, I was stuck at the restaurant until just now. So, trust me when I say I am sorry and would much rather be posting than serving tables.

A day late and a dollar short? Never! June 1st marked (my home state) Kentucky becoming the 15th state some 214 years ago.

Kentucky is home to many things. Bourbon, thoroughbred racing, crazy basketball fans, Abraham Lincoln, bluegrass, fried chicken, Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Hunter S. Thompson, and (most importantly) half of iGIF. Ok, just kidding about that last part.. But the state of Kentucky is a great state. I know what you’re thinking, “What’s so great about tobacco and hillbillies?” We’re not all hillbillies, but we do have our fair share. One of only four Commonwealth States, Kentucky’s top three cashcrops are: bourbon/whiskey, tobacco, and marijuana. Nestled between the three cash crops of a typical Friday night are cities like Lexington, Louisville, and Northern Kentucky (home to the Cincinnati Airport and yours truly). As previously mentioned, Kentucky is well known for thoroughbred horses, horse racing, local bourbon whisky distilleries, bluegrass music, and college basketball. While Kentucky’s pastimes are distinctly those of the South, our Northern flare makes Kentucky a gem amongst the trite Midwest.

Sit back, have a few glasses of Maker’s Mark and enjoy these songs.

[MP3] Brendan BensonGold Into Straw
[MP3] Bob DylanMan Of Constant Sorrow
[MP3] Chris WhitleyBig Sky Country
[MP3] Iron and WineJason Loves Kentucky
[MP3] Tom WaitsKentucky Avenue
[MP3] Sufjan StevensAbraham
[MP3] The Chinese StarsThe Fastest Horse Yet
[MP3] PavementKentucky Cocktail
[MP3] The BeatlesBlue Moon Of Kentucky
[MP3] KDMy Kentucky Home
[MP3] Modest MouseSo Much Beauty In Dirt
[MP3] My Morning JacketNashville to Kentucky (KY Natives!)
[MP3] The ShinsMine’s Not A High Horse
[MP3] Tom WaitsJockey Full Of Bourbon
[MP3] The KinksKentucky Moon
[MP3] Ray LaMontagneAll The Wild Horses

I was talking to Joel and Greg from Oh No! Oh My! while constructing this post and we did some online musical bartering, of sorts. Long story short, they are now contributing their genius/hilarious song about Kentucky and yours truly that they personally crafted for all you loyal iGIF readers. Pay close attention to the lyrics! This song shall get another post, no worries. Enjoy!

Bonus [MP3] Oh No! Oh My!I Guess I’m Floating (To Kentucky) (NEW!)

Be sure to pay homage to the other bloggers that live(d) in Kentucky: YANP and MOKB. Also, for Christ’s sake, check out Tree’s Lounge awesome 50 States project! He already covered The Bluegrass State and has a lot of the same songs I’ve got plus A TON more. He runs a helluva blog.

Here’s one from a band that took the liberty to reach out and e-troduce themselves to us through that nifty “if you’re a band and would like to submit yada yada” shpiel to your right. They call themselves Flying (like that totally badass, totally underrated Beatles instrumental on Magical Mystery Tour) and they play music of a genre that’s hard to put one’s finger on. It’s DIY, it’s no-holds-barred, and it’s freshy-fresh good times complete with knee slapping and toe tapping. That whole cray-zee thing.

[MP3] FlyingMinors

Purchase their album Just-one-second-ago-broken Eggshell (it’s totally worth every penny)

Gina agrees with me (and Gina knows 34 ways to kill a man using just three fingers, so you oughta listen to every word she says)

Bonus MP3s (because I love you):

[MP3] The BeatlesFlying
[MP3] The BeatlesFlying (Alternate Mix)
[MP3] The BeatlesFlying (Extended Mix)

[MP3] Chris WhitleyDirt Floor

There’s a dirt floor underneath here
To receive us when changes fail.
May this shovel loose your trouble;
Let them fall away.

Well the mist shall be your blanket
While the moss shall ease your head.
As the future is soon forgotten;
As the dirt shall be your bed.

There’s a dirt floor underneath here
To receive us when changes fail.
May this shovel loose your trouble;
Let them fall away

Whitley, who passed away late last year, was quite possibly one of his generation’s most gifted songwriters. His lyricism, particularly about death and passing, is some of the most honest, earnest, and poetic prose I’ve ever come across in song. There may not seem to be a lot to this piece, but the boldness of the images, particularly the first two lines, is undeniable.

First, here’s the new contest:

I’ve never blogged about these guys, so consider this what would have been a normal post, only there’s a surprise at the end! End Of Fashion are some rockers of the typical swank residing in good ol’ Australia. You may have caught them at SXSW 2004 (or maybe not, pick your poison). Their self titled debut was released in 2005 but will see release in the states in the coming weeks. If you’re a fan of The Pixies, then I’m sure you’ll either love the band for completely ripping off “Where Is My Mind?” or you’ll hate them for the same reason. Regardless, it seems, the band doesn’t care. They’re sole interest, according to lead singer, is “[to] want to break down the walls – within that context, that image, we can do anything we want no matter whether it’s super cheesy or punk, I want to kill fashion, see the end of it.” Not exactly the noblest of causes, but who am I to judge?

[MP3] End Of FashionO Yeah
[MP3] End Of FashionLove Comes In

Up for grabs in this contest is a copy of their debut album. In the spirit of the band’s name and mission, if you want to enter, link [in the comments] to a picture of a person in attire that would suggest him/her to also be supporting the same “End Of Fashion” cause…i.e., a picture of someone with the most dreadfully hilarious fashion sense. The worst/funniest picture wins. Again, just link to the photo, and remember to leave your email address with your entry!

Now what about those other contests? I’m happy to report the winners of both the Submarines and La Rocca contests as follows:

For an advanced copy of The Submarines‘ album Declare A New State!, we actually had two winners:

[MP3] PAS/CALThe Bronzed Beach Boys (winner: Christian)
[MP3] DeVotchKaHow It Ends (winner: Aaron)

For his deliciously hilarious and pertinent word “phoner,” described as “an auditory boner,” Ian has won the signed copy of La Rocca‘s Sing Song Sung EP.

Thanks for playing everyone! If you didn’t win, don’t pass up the chance to win this one or future contests…we’ll have plenty over the summer, that’s a guarantee!

Quoted from Engadget:

Dear Robots,

We’re very sorry. It appears we missed your 85th birthday two days ago — the anniversary of which is marked by the date Czech writer Karel Capek debuted his play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) to its first audience in Prague. Yes, we know the concept of the automaton dates back much further, but we think it’s well agreed upon that Capek’s play marks the robot’s entry into mass consciousness (as well as marking the first use of the word “robot”). No matter, we’re just saying happy birthday, robots — not because we fear you’ll one day you’ll subsume us in some dystopian nightmare of artificial intelligence gone terribly wrong, but because from Asimov to AIBO, from Roomba to Ri-Man, from QRIO to ASIMO, we just love ya. So happy birthday, happy birthday, happy birthday, robots, and when the day of reckoning comes, please remember: Engadget and its readers are your friends.

All our love,

P.S. -And we, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

Ahh, I love nerds. Anyway, to celebrate, IGIF has put together yet another history mixery for you all to groove to. Ch-ch-check it out:

[MP3] The Flaming LipsYoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1
[MP3] The FutureheadsRobot
[MP3] The Robot Ate MeCrispy Christian Tea Time
[MP3] Final FantasyRobot Ponies (w/ Laura Barrett) (Live)
[MP3] RadioheadParanoid Android
[MP3] StyxxMr. Roboto
[MP3] Sufjan StevensA Conjuction Of Drones
[MP3] Panda BearWe Built A Robot
[MP3] The Televangelist & The ArchitectThe Artificial Intelligentsia
[MP3] MogwaiRobot Chant
[MP3] Daft PunkRobot Rock