I am also late posting tonight, after a tough slog of a basketball game. What a wild set of matches. Tens were being dished out like whoa , the DJ Roomba family dropped another carpet bomb, and a new championship contender was born. Let’s take a look.
#1 Up Around the Bend (CCR) def. #16 Master of Puppets (Metallica), 229-158. Would CCR have won this match-up under any circumstance? Sure. But the Roomba smash, a 39.5-11.5 nod to CCR, definitely didn’t help. DJ Roomba, reporting her family’s scores, noted, in what may be the understatement of the season, “We are not Metallica fans.” Master of Puppets made the Wall of 10s in defeat, thanks to Danno, Adrock and Troch. Canton represent!
#9 Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen) def. #8 (Rufus Wainwright), 227-192. It would have been more fitting if this had been a Bruce song with a nice Clarence solo, but with a healthy 6.9 average, Bruce didn’t need sympathy points here. Guillermo, Astrid and Aiko hoist Atlantic City onto the Wall of 10s.
#13 Sprawl II (Arcade Fire) def. #4 After the Gold Rush (Neil Young), 221-175. I’ve done some sleuthing, and it turns out the voters do not like Neil Young or whiny voices.
#12 You Are the Best Thing (Ray LaMontagne) pops the third highest average of the tournament (7.67) in knocking off Handlebar (Flobots), 253-193. Handlebar makes the Wall of 10s courtesy of Chris and Bex Roomba, but Ray garners FIVE 10s, from Chris and Stace Roomba, AnneS, Lindsay and Progenitor. Quite an eclectic mix.
All of the losing artists are eliminated. Ray recovers from his early loss to become a contender. For the first time this tournament, all four winners averaged better than a 6.50 (also for the first time, I voted for all of the winners). This will be a fun Round of 128 set.