Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Mele Kalikimaka” — Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters (1950)

 Well that magical feel-good time of the year is upon us, my friends! A bit of frost in the air, a touch of snow on the ground, burning leaves and hot apple cider and molassess cookies and… no wait, I live in South Florida. It’s hot, muggy, rainy, and even our ginormous flying cockroaches are … Read more


Book Review: “Leviathan Wakes” — James S. A. Corey (2011)

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey My rating: 4 of 5 stars Leviathan Wakes heralds the opening salvo of the “Expanse” series, a massive space opera epic that pretty much eschews technogeekery and gee-whiz skiffy’ism to present a compelling pre-interstellar vision of humanity. Mankind has colonized the solar system, but even with that achievement, they still remain sadly bogged down … Read more


Race Review: 2015 Michelob Ultra Fort Lauderdale 13.1 (11/15/2015), or: “Moving eight miles a minute for months at a time…”

I’ve been doing a lot of races “for fun” lately. Yes yes, I know every race is “fun” on some level, but for the hardcore racing devotees reading this words, you know exactly to that which I am referring: stiffening your mental reserve, tensing your body like a coiled metal spring at the Start Line, … Read more


Race Review: 2015 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon (11/7/2015), or: “All of the creatures in the swampland had woke up to feed for the night…”

Well this was one for the record books… The 2015 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon held special promise to those runners who, like your humble narrator, ran the 2014 Wine & Dine Half to something of a disappointment. You can go check out my review, but in a nutshell it was like this: everything … Read more

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “After Dark” — Tito & Tarantula (1996)

Is it already over? Well here we are, Halloween. It’s roughly about 5:45 PM on October 31st, and Boots and I are slowly lounging around in preparation for heading out later tonight, for drinks and dinner and costumes and karaoke and Halloween fun.  And here I am, lamenting that I won’t be able to showcase … Read more

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Heavy Metal (Takin’ A Ride)” — Don Felder (1981)

It’s not a big surprise to feel your temperature rise You’ve got a touch of redline fever ‘Cause there is just one cure that we know for sure You just become a heavy metal believer… This is a song about a freakin’ car, and it rules. And I can’t stand The Eagles anymore, but hot … Read more

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Race Review: 2015 Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon (10/24/2015), or: “I think I ought to walk with you for a ways…”

The month of October here at Hokeyblog generally means two things: my annual presentation of Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs and a review of the Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon held every year in the heart of South Beach. And why not? Miami is such a strange, bizarre, “beautiful to look at but with a definitely creepy … Read more

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “St. John’s Eve on Bald Mountain” — Modest Mussorgsky (1867)

  Saint John’s Eve on Bare Mountain. Or “Night On Bald Mountain” as it is most commonly known in English. Already it sounds creepifying, but this orchestral fantasy/musical picture by Modest Mossorgsky (and Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov) vividly details a terrifying picture of witches and demonic hordes racing through the Slavic night, terrorizing villages in the shadow of … Read more


Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Forbidden Zone” — Oingo Boingo (1979)

Moving in the wrong direction brings bad luck Living without protection really sucks It’s so hard when you’re on your own You might fall into The Forbidden Zone Ye gods… It had to be a good 25, maybe closer to 30 years ago, when I first saw the whackadoo independent underground art/wtf musical film Forbidden Zone, … Read more


Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “A Desolation Song” — Agalloch (2003)

Here’s to love, the sickness The great martyr of the soul Here’s to life, the vice The great herald of misery… Nothing like a sweet love song to get the heart a-tittering, right? Metal band Agalloch created a most chilling neo-folk tune with their 2003 track A Desolation Song. And could any song title be … Read more

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