Monday, June 17, 2024

2024 Music So Far: Featuring Vintage Culture

POST HUMAN: NeX GEn by Bring Me the Horizon

Model by Wallows

Lemon Cars by Coi Leray

Explicit Language

Promised Land by Vintage Culture

Vintage Culture is the project of DJ Lukas Ruiz Hespanhol.  It's the second album he's put out and I found this to be a solid listen.  The only real problem with this album is that it is too long at 16 tracks.  Really should have been a 10 to 12 track album and it would have felt much tighter.  No real bad tracks, but when you get to 16 tracks it is hard not to hit some lulls, especially on a DJ based albums that is really just a collection of songs.

That being said there is a vibe that carries through the entire album, so it does feel connected in that sense, but still at some point it starts to feel a bit long.  There isn't anything really original in the sound here and in fact he's borrowing heavily at times from The Weeknd.  

I would say each year I listen to maybe 4 or 5 of these DJ based albums and for the most part I find them to be fairly consistent.  All I'm looking for is a good collection of songs that have a good beat and can be used as part of a dance party, or workout mix, and this album succeeds at that.  

It's also nice in that there isn't explicit language on this album, so you can throw it on in the background and not worry about the language.  This of course means you can play it when you are cleaning the house, and it works for that purpose.  Not one my wife would go for, but if it's just me and the kids it could be a good one.  

Sunday, June 16, 2024

U.S. Open: Back Nine on Sunday

A couple of points to clear up.  First, I was wrong about Ludvig Aberg -- he is currently in a tie for 9th, seven strokes out of the lead.  Second, Pinehurst has done a great job of identifying great players.  Check out this leaderboard:

1.  B. DeChambeau:  -7 (64 holes)

2.  R. McIlroy (NIR):  -6 (65)

3.  P. Cantlay:  -5 (65)

4.  T. Finau:  -3 (67)

One of those golfers will win the National Open, and they are all worthy champions.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Golf, Baseball, and other stuff

Unless you count the Olympics, this is the last big sports weekend until September.  We have the U.S. Open in golf, we have the College World Series starting off in Omaha, and we have what may be the last of the NBA Finals.  We're going to mainly focus on the golf, with some cut-ins regarding the other events.

NBC's coverage of the U.S. Open doesn't start until noon Central, but here is the current leaderboard at Pinehurst No. 2:

1.  P. Cantlay:  -5 (18 holes)

T2.  R. McIlroy (NIR):  -4 (33)
T2.  T. Detry (BEL):  -4 (29)
T2.  L. Aberg (SWE):  -4 (18)

T5.  B. DeChambeau:  -3 (33)
T5.  M. Pavon (FRA):  -3 (18)

T7.  T. Pendrith (CAN):  -2 (30)
T7.  T. Finau:  -2 (18)

And then there's a nine-way tie at 1 under.

Scottie Scheffler is out of it, by the way.  He's 5 over through 33 holes, and at real risk of missing the cut.  It's a very poor performance from Scheffler, who shot an OK 71 yesterday, but who is 4 over through 15 holes today.

Xander Schauffele is 1 under for the day and 1 under for the tournament through 33 holes.

Wyndham Clark is probably out of it.  He's 1 over through 32 holes.  Jordan Spieth is 1 over through 31 holes, and I don't suppose we'll see much of him on the weekend either.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

U.S. Open

The U.S. Open returns to Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday.  Here are the last 10 U.S. Open winners, along with the winning score and the course on which the tournament was played:

2023:  Wyndham Clark:  270 (-10) (Los Angeles C.C.)
2022:  Matt Fitzpatrick (ENG):  274 (-6) (The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.)
2021:  Jon Rahm (ESP):  278 (-6) (Torrey Pines, San Diego)
2020:  Bryson DeChambeau:  274 (-6) (Winged Foot G.C., Mamaroneck, N.Y.)
2019:  Gary Woodland:  271 (-13) (Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.)
2018:  Brooks Koepka:  281 (+1) (Shinnecock Hills G.C., Shinnecock Hills, N.Y.)
2017:  Brooks Koepka:  272 (-16) (Erin Hills, Erin, Wis.)
2016:  Dustin Johnson:  276 (-4) (Oakmont C.C., Oakmont, Pa.)
2015:  Jordan Spieth:  275 (-5) (Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash.)
2014:  Martin Kaymer (GER):  271 (-9) (Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, N.C.)

That's a pretty good list of winners, which shows to me that the U.S.G.A. is doing a pretty good job of setting up the host courses.  Here are the holes for this year's event at Pinehurst No. 2 (sadly, they don't have names):

1:  402 yards (Par 4)
2:  507 yards (Par 4)
3:  387 yards (Par 4)
4:  529 yards (Par 4)
5:  576 yards (Par 5)
6:  242 yards (Par 3)
7:  424 yards (Par 4)
8:  502 yards (Par 4)
9:  191 yards (Par 3)
OUT:  3,760 yards (Par 35)

10:  617 yards (Par 5)
11:  483 yards (Par 4)
12:  484 yards (Par 4)
13:  385 yards (Par 4)
14:  473 yards (Par 4)
15:  202 yards (Par 3)
16:  528 yards (Par 4)
17:  205 yards (Par 3)
18:  451 yards (Par 4)
IN:  3,828 yards (Par 35)

TOTAL:  7,588 yards (Par 70)

Let's hope we get some drama at this tournament.

College Baseball Update

The seeded teams continue to do very well in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.  Only two of the Super Regionals went the full three games, only two were won by the visiting team, and only one unseeded team has reached the College World Series.  That team -- Florida -- reached the title series last year, so it's not exactly a shocker.  Here were the results from the Supers (home teams listed first):

(1) Tennessee 2 - 1 Evansville
(8) Florida St. 2 - 0 Connecticut
(12) Virginia 2 - 0 Kansas St.
(4) N. Carolina 2 - 0 W. Virginia

(2) Kentucky 2 - 0 (15) Oregon St.
(7) Georgia 1 - 2 (10) N. Carolina St.
(6) Clemson 0 - 2 Florida
(3) Texas A & M 2 - 0 Oregon

Classic SEC:  3 (Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida)
Classic ACC:  3 (N. Carolina, N. Carolina St., Virginia)
Classic Southwest:  1 (Texas A & M)
Classic Independent:  1 (Florida St.)

Congratulations to Kentucky, which reached the College World Series for the first time.  The Cats were the only team from the SEC (either the Classic or the Current Versions) that had never reached the CWS. Just a great, great year for the Cats.

So we will now have two double-elimination tournaments to decide who meets for the final.  Here are the first games in Bracket A:

(1) Tennessee v. (8) Florida St.
(4) N. Carolina v. (12) Virginia

And here are the openers in Bracket B:

(2) Kentucky v. (10) N. Carolina St.
(3) Texas A & M v. Florida

With this many strong teams making it to Omaha, the CWS should be very entertaining.  And we still have a chance that the last event featuring teams from the old SEC will come down to a final series between Kentucky and Tennessee.  That would be amazing.