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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? When the Jets take the field at a hostile Gillette Stadium this Sunday to face the Patriots, they will have a little bit of home blaring in their locker room, with rookie safety Josh Bush?s ?Jet Life Dreams? being the track of choice.

Bush wrote the rap during training camp, specifically for the talent show that all rookies have to participate in, a rite of passage if you will around NFL circles. Both composer and lyricist of the tune, Bush said he wrote the song about his own life and how he?s fought to get where he?s at right now but in it, he used football as a metaphor. The song is played during pregame warm-ups at MetLife Stadium but rookie linebacker Demario Davis told The Jets Blog that the team often plays it on the road in the locker room to get themselves ready for the game.

?I?ve been playing music for a while; I don?t even really know how or when I first fell in love with music,? Bush told The Jets Blog. ?I guess in high school, it started when someone bet me that I couldn?t learn how to play the guitar and I did. Then one day, I started to teach myself the piano. From there it has only grown.?

Tags: Jet Life Dreams, josh bush, MetLife Stadium, Music, New York Jets, NYJets, Player Profile, Editorial Aside, Pregame, Reports, safety
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This is a sad day.

I grew up with the sounds of the Beasties.

Tags: Music, Toby Hyde
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Most nights when I sit down to write, if I'm not listening to baseball, I listen to music.? Last night, I downloaded some new Massive Attack "Splitting the Atom," which I like a lot and makes for good writing music.

This old collaboration with Mos Def from the Blade 2 soundtrack demands my attention far too much for it to be good to write to, but damn, it's good.

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Feeling weekendy?

This will help.? A-Trak remixes the Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Heads Will Roll."?? Yes.

Or maybe you like your Karen O a little mellower, in which case, you'll like the soundtrack to Where the Wild Things Are done by Karen O and the Kids. I should admit, that when I was a kid, I really didn't like WtWTA, but maybe now I'm old enough.

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I'm going to All Points West in Liberty State Park, NJ tonight.? The Big draw for me initially was Vampire Weekend/Yeah Yeah Yeahs/ with the Beastie Boys headlining.? Now the Beasties have been replaced by Jay-Z.? That will work.

Rumors are that two of the three Beasties will still make it and will hang out with Jay.

Any chance he plays this? It would make my night.

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My ears are still ringing from eight+ hours of music at the Outside Lands Festival Sunday. The atmosphere around Wilco?s performance with a clear sunset in Golden Gate Park was stunning.

Sunday, I reached Golden Gat Park a little after one, to catch the tail end of the Mighty Underdogs featuring Gift of Gab and Lateef. I find it hard to judge lyrically driven hip-hop live if I haven?t heard the album first, but in this case, I?m looking forward to the Underdogs? first album this fall.

After that I caught my first Canadians of the day: Stars. They put on a nice show. Their introduction was great: ?We?re the Stars,? the lead singer said, ?and this is our music.?

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Usually, I write about baseball in this space. However, this time I?m going to write about my Friday night, where I was one of thousands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for the Outside Lands Festival. After fighting East Bay traffic (because I left home hours after I?d planned) I arrived in time to see one of my idols Beck at the second stage. It was a very fun set with standards like ?Loser,? ?Devil?s Haircut? and ?Where it?s At? to close. In between, he played the title track from his most recent, Modern Guilt, which I like a lot. He also dropped a cover of Dylan?s ?Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat? which unlike most Dylan covers didn?t improve much on the original, at least live ? maybe on the album it?ll sound better. Beck?s label insisted he was hurt, which certainly meant less of his famous on-stage dancing.? As good as the set was, I could listen to Beck all day (and sometimes do on my ipod!). ?

Radiohead, in the midst of their summer North American Tour had the honors of playing the first (sanctioned) nighttime set in Golden Gate Park history. They were simply awesome in a diverse set. They played ?Reckoner,? the up-tempo ?Bodysnatchers,? and ?Jigsaw Falling into Place? from their newest, In Rainbows. They reached for the older and familiar, like ?Karma Police,? ?Exit Music for a Film,? ?Paranoid Android? from OK Computer. Karma Police, played with tender care, was very touching. They played the obscure ?Talk Show Host? off the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack. Luckily, I was with friends, among Radiohead?s biggest disciples (who have been to a dozen shows), who explained where that one came from. The band dipped back to Kid A with ?Idioteque? and ?The National Anthem? (a personal favorite) and the perfect closing song ?Everything in its Right Place.? I wondered how radiohead?s music would fit the outdoors atmosphere in the park. Then the SF fog rolled in, reflecting the stunning light show back helping create the perfect feel for the band?s off beat anthems and noises. Great show.

A few bummers: the sound went down twice during radiohead?s set; the Black Keys, who was psyched to see, played at the same time as Beck, so I chose my longtime man crush over the newer band and in doing so missed the Keys; 50,000 concert goers leaving the park at once was a slow, painful process.

I?m fired up for Sunday?s lineup too. What Sunday doesn?t have in the sheer star power of Beck and radiohead, it makes up for with unbelievable depth. I?m hoping to catch all of the following acts beginning at 1PM: The Mighty Underdogs with Gift of Gab and Lateef (brilliant underground Bay Area hip hop), Toots and the Maytals (classic reggae), Drive-By Truckers (Southern Rock), Broken Social Scene (thoughtful Canadian collective), Wilco (alt-country/rock) and finish up with Jack Johnson if I?m still standing.

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During the first round of BP here at NYSEG Stadium Eddie Kunz was hitting grounders to Dan Murphy at second. Murph was working on his flips to second while dancing to Britney Spears' Toxic. Now he's out taking throws to work on his footwork and double-play pivot without dancing.
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I'd planned to catch up on some sleep and maybe get a little writing done on my bus ride out to Binghamton. On the 20-80 scouting scale, when it comes to sleeping ability, I'm at least a 70 if not a 75. I can sleep anywhere at anytime: buses, planes, trains, cars, vans, sitting, laying, slouched, squished. It just doesn't matter. Often on flights for example, I'm out before the plane takes off.

One of my longstanding tricks involves listening to the Greatful Dead's brilliant American Beauty on my ipod. It begins with Box of Rain and I'm usually asleep by the end of the third song, Sugar Magnolia. At one point a few years ago, I remember listening to the album all the way through and rediscovering how good the final four songs (Brokedown Palace, Till the Morning Comes, Attics of My LIfe and Truckin) actually were since I was usually asleep before I got that far.? As a n aside, when I'm alert and in the mood for the Dead, I usually go to a live concert recording rather than the studio albums.

For whatever reason Monday morning, I couldn't get to sleep to American Beauty and listened to the whole thing all the way to Truckin' without drifting off to sleep. Instead, Sigur Ros' ( ) which I put on next, worked brilliantly as a sedative.

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