508 #59: Overwhelming and substantial

posted by Mike on October 31st, 2008

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel includes Bruce Russell and Brendan Melican.


FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING – Request City Manager and the Economic Development Office provide City Council with OVERWHELMING evidence that provides the Standing Committee on Traffic and Parking SUBSTANTIAL facts that economic development would be a net gain and public safety would be held in balance in making Millbury Street a two-way street

Back in May, we sort of joked about the City banning knives; now the City is actually trying it.

Bruce, author of the Snow Ghost Book of Scary Jokes (pdf), comments on this week’s Womag “People in the Street”.

Brendan predicts Question 1 (eliminate the income tax) will barely fail, Question 2 (marijuana decriminalization) will pass handily, and Question 3 (ban dog racing) will narrowly pass.

The InCity Times came out against Question 2:

Marijuana decriminalization would embolden the punks and pukes of the neighborhood.

Brendan sees Spellane and Fresolo holding onto their state rep seats, and Moore winning state senate.

The show finishes with a conversation with Scott Schaeffer-Duffy about an upcoming hearing to determine the penalty he’ll pay for his “rosary arrest.”

But first Mike talks more about Mystery Band. Below, his band I Am Sexy Russian Girl ;) performs “Glenn Gould Goes to Leningrad”:

Typically quirky Glenn Gould video:

As it happens, this week’s “Open Source” is a wonderful conversation about Bach with Andrew Rangell, and features a major digression about Gould.

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4 Comments Leave a comment.

  1. On November 1, 2008 at 13:06 Adam Villani said:

    Wait a second— does the existence of a band named “Three Buck Schmuck” indicate that Massachusetts is one of those states where Two Buck Chuck costs three bucks? I’d previously only seen this in Indiana.

  2. On November 1, 2008 at 13:07 Adam Villani said:

    By “this” I mean the Two Buck Chuck costing an extra buck. In California it’s two bucks.

  3. On November 1, 2008 at 23:17 Mike said:

    I’ve never seen it for $2 except in California.

    “My rhymes rain on the roof
    My rhymes rain on the wall
    My flow’s two bucks a bottle
    Just like Charles Shaw.”
    –“Hallelujah, I’m a Bum,” as performed by Stale Urine

  4. On November 8, 2008 at 14:40 Adam Villani said:

    I guess Indiana is the only other state where I’ve been to a Trader Joe’s.

    Come to California, land of drinkable $2 wine.

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