Friday, October 15, 2010

Song of the Day: "Switchblade"

I'm taking off for a 4-day trip to Louisiana, so no songs or other bitching until Tuesday, probably. I'll be tweeting, but that's about it.

I leave you with another track from Jenny and Johnny (Jenny Watson sometimes of Rilo Kiley, and Jonathon Rice), off I'm Having Fun Now.

Song: "Switchblade"
Artist: "Jenny and Johnny"

Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde

My favorite quote: "To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."

More quotes here.

Happy birthday dude! Rest in peace!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

"It gets better"

(h/t The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell)

Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns takes time at a city council meeting to reach out to gay and lesbian teens who face the trauma (and drama) of bullies.

"It gets better." It does.
"It is never acceptable to be the cause of any child to feel unloved or worthless."

"But I ain't losing sleep and I ain't counting sheep"

Sir Cliff Richard (no, really) also has a birthday today. If I said I used to love his 1979 song "We Don't Talk Any More" then you might think I'm old enough to know the song. But I am not. Someone much older than me used to play this song a lot, back when I was 12 and it was, um, 1994. That's right.

By the way, dude has had #1 singles in 5 consecutive decades (although it would be more impressive if they weren't consecutive, know what I mean). And only he and Elvis have charted in all 6 decades of the UK chart. Take that Madonna.

And he doesn't look a day over, holy shit...
So lifelike.

Happy birthday dude! Lay off the plastic surgery.

Happy Birthday Thomas Dolby

After he became a 1-hit wonder, Thomas Dolby released The Flat Earth, with 3 moody tracks on side A, and 4 more electronic/rock tracks on side B. Dolby has a lot of great music that isn't "She Blinded Me With Science" (yawn), and side A of The Flat Earth is a great place to start.

"Like tiny insects in the palm of history, A domino effect in a cloud of mystery"
The first of the 3 is "Dissidents"--the regular video (here) has a whole story line, very cold war. I think there's a bit of Prokofiev in the music, not sure. In retrospect it may be all about that bass for me--I may have, once again, fallen in love with a song subconsciously because of a bass line. I am such a cliche.

"Any shape at all, Dark and cold or bright and warm"
"The Flat Earth" is the second track. Can I tell you how much I love this fan-made video? Someone pointed a camera at a little toy night light of fish. I can tell you exactly why I love this song: the way it builds, slowly and methodically (SEE ALSO: Death Cab "I Will Possess Your Heart"). And the black-up singers (yes, black-up).

"The moon is bright in the haze above old Hollywood"
"Screen Kiss" closes out the side--it sounds optimistic at first, but really is the bleakest of the three. Tim McGraw, make her from Mississippi and here's a great song for you to cover. You're welcome.

And so concludes Side A of The Flat Earth. Next year? Side B.
Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Happy Birthday Chris Wilson

Shit, it's probably Kris at this point. He's still the only friend who has his own posting label (click here to see all the posts that reference him).

Here's a mash-up for him.

I'm really tired this morning, so this is my easy out: Tammy Wynette and the KLF. Love the comment about Maslow's Heirarchy being modified with a new peak, directly related to this video. Thank you world!

And happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "I Didn't See It Coming"

This track opens the new Belle & Sebastian album, Write About Love, which I purchased yesterday but haven't fully listened through. Still, great track. Get your twee on!

Song: "I Didn't See It Coming"
Artist: Belle & Sebastian

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Notes on The Social Network

Pretty good shot at Adapted Screenplay and Editing. I need to think more if anything else is better than a darkhorse (even with 97% fresh--it feels like a great HBO original movie).

Here's what I noticed about Trent Reznor's score: when I started to notice the music, it's because they were playing Peer Gynt/"In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Grieg. So I only noticed music when it was the music from Dig/Dug! Take that for all its worth.

"Everybody sees the wind blow"

Carrie Fisher says the song "Graceland" is about her. That this is her:
She comes back to tell me she's gone
As if I didn't know that
As if I didn't know my own bed
As if I'd never noticed
The way she brushed her hair from her forehead
I don't know if it is or it isn't, but that's got to be some heavy shit, to be revealed like that. Not just publicly, but artistically, and, um, considerably.

I don't know--I'm coming off The Social Network, and feeling obligated to post more about Sir Paul Simon (I have knighted him for America), but am gonna feel challenged to give him his due before I need to go to bed.

Last year at this time (here) we discussed One Trick Pony. I'm reluctant to focus only on Graceland the album, but having read Carrie Fisher's fun Wishful Drinking, I wanted to point out her stake in the song.

Graceland won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1986, and "Graceland" won Record of the Year in 1987. It was the lowest charting song to win Record of the Year until Robert Plant and Allison Krauss decided to make a fool of my Grammy prediction skills with "Please Read the Letter" (seriously NARAS, WTF?)...

Oh, and the Everly Brothers sing on the original.

And, AND Simon considers this the best song he's ever written.

Here's Sir Paul with Sir Willie Nelson.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

It's not parasitic when I do it, duh

Matt Taibbi is always a good read. His recent "More Tea Party Hilarity" (here) looks at the amusing number of Tea Party candidates who have enjoyed some aspect of Socialism in its various (insidious) incarnations throughout their lives. Folks like Alaska's Republican candidate for Senate, Joe Miller (Palin's pick) who, um, used state medical aid (Socialism!), farm subsidies (Socialism!), unemployment (dirty filthy Socialism!), and even subsidized (Socialized) fishing licenses. Why does Sarah Palin hate Alaska and America?
David Jungerman, recipient of over $1 million in farm subsidies.
He touches on a variety of Tea Party types, both candidates and supporters, and their gymnastics of justifications:
This whole concept of “good welfare” and “bad welfare” is at the heart of the Tea Party ideology, and it’s something that is believed implicitly across the line. It’s why so many of their political champions, like Miller, and sniveling Kentucky rich kid Rand Paul (a doctor whose patient base is 50% state insured), and Nevada “crazy juice” Senate candidate Sharron Angle (who’s covered by husband Ted’s Federal Employee Health Plan insurance), are so completely unapologetic about taking state aid with one hand and jacking off angry pseudo-libertarian mobs with the other.
Go, read. Just keep your blood pressure meds handy.

I kinda think "parties" belongs under Con

(h/t I Love Charts)

At least "family" is appropriately placed. And Pro is missing "dogs."

Midge rolling in something smelly.

"Maybe I'm a dog who's lost his bite"

It's Paul Simon's birthday, and for now, let this 1990 song, "The Obvious Child" tide you over. Why isn't this a bigger marching band song?

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

"That WASN'T a compliment"

(h/t Tom and Lorenzo via Twittah)

Kids reenact Project Runway. Maybe this explains Ivy's behavior last week!

Song of the Day: "I Walked"

Sufjan Stevens's long-awaited collaboration with Kanye West feels a little safe, at first. But Rihanna and Stevie Nicks really open the song up in ways one can never have expected. Or none of that is true, but it's from Sufjan's new The Age of Adz. Something like that.

Song: "I Walked"
Artist: Sufjan Stevens

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ryan Stiles in a role that will surprise you

Ryan Stiles/Steve Doocey
Coming in December to TBS, the world premiere television event: Dumbest Man Alive, the Steve Doocey Story. Watch the heart-warming story of a man with an IQ of 44 as he makes it to the top of the broadcasting world at FOX News.

Here's a Republican candidate to vote for

Her name is Jaime Herrera and she's running for Congress in Washington state's 3rd Congressional district--this district includes Vancouver, WA, so I see the television ads in this race. Here's what the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says that Herrera's done in the state legislature that make her unfit for the House of Representatives.
  • She spent blew "thousands of dollars" on glass tops for furniture, business cards, and formal note cards.
  • She took over $22,000 in per diem payments on top of her salary.
So she's not qualified because she spent budgeted money on legitimate office supplies like office stationary and glass, which, I'm sure ran into the tens of dollars. The innuendo in the ad is that she spent thousands for each item individually, but in fact when you listen to the ad (it's here, but I'm not gonna embed that shit) it's clear that she probably spent between $1,000.01 and $9,999.99 on all of these things combined.

And because she, who lives in southern Washington state, a good hour plus drive from the state capitol in Olympia, took a per diem, which I assume is an existing benefit for which  many (if not all) state legislators are eligible. I doubt this is some scam she's invented.

So wow, that's the best they have against her? Then she sounds totally fucking qualified, all things considered.

And, AND, she's not a witch. I'm guessing.

"'Cause at this moment in time there's nothing certain in these days of mine"

How have I failed to post the various covers of The Style Council's "Shout to the Top"? Cause I am totally suck (that's how Sam the Iraqi would say it).

So here's Yumicorn:

How about Fire Island featuring Leoletta Hathaway. Gay? Way. Which reminds me, I'm pretty fucking sure I danced to this song at Silverado with Mrs. Stephanie MacPherson who I haven't seen or heard from in a gazillion years. I am totally suck.

There is a bossa nova version of the song that I'm not finding, but I did find this, which is a football thing, or some shit. Enjoy!

And the original. Holy crap this song is awesome!

Song of the Day: "Hands"

The Ting Tings are back, and if you liked them before you ought to like them still. And if  you didn't, well, I'm sure tomorrow's song of the day will be a whole other band.

Song: "Hands"
Artist: The Ting Tings

Monday, October 11, 2010

"I have to shout 'I am coming out'"

Today is National Coming Out Day, and while it might seem a little lot "no shit" for me to say I'm gay, I'm gay.

Am I fabulous because I'm gay? Am I gay because I'm fabulous? Chicken and egg--we could talk about that all night, really, but let's not dwell.

National Coming Out Day seemed quaint to me, in a post-Will & Grace, post-Elton, post-k.d., post-Ellen era (yes, you too Melissa Etheridge, now get Tammy some groceries), but recently a lot of gay teens have been committing suicide. So in the seriously remote chance that the powerful music of Ms. Diana Ross (backed by the exceptional Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards) will help them, this song is for all y'all--stay strong, it gets better. Just look at me (wait, always fabulous, always gay, damn this chicken & egg situation).

But as a quick post script, I will also include the powerful music of Big Fun (secretly my super-beloved Don Dixon) with "Teenage Suicide (Don't Do It)" from the hit movie Heathers.

Happy Birthday Daryl Hall

I'm pleased that I did John Oates's birthday post first (here) only because I'm sure it must be frustrating for him, being perceived as a sidekick (I'm assuming he's perceived as a sidekick, let's not dwell). But Daryl Hall is also a person in the band Hall & Oates and he is also kinda underappreciated, and it's his birthday. Sometimes these posts don't exactly flow.

Back in August 2009, a coworker shared his Hall & Oates greatest hits-type collection with some of us. Which prompted a lot of discussion of their relative merits vis-a-vis "hipper" artists of the era (you know, your Totos, your REO Speedwagons, your Lionel Richies and Phil Collinses). Young Nick proclaimed Hall & Oates the owners of the 80s (here). How we ever get work done is beyond me sometimes.
"After the show, when the room was empty, No, he wouldn't go"
I asked my peeps for song ideas and I got song ideas and here they are (duh). "Camellia" opens the H&O album with the picture of Hall looking like a very young Jocelyn Wildenstein and Oates looking like an exceedingly gay Freddie Mercury. You know the one.

"It's you and me forever"
I've lamented that Hall & Oates got no respect awards-wise. And I don't feel super strongly about any of this stuff except to say, in retrospect, this is really good pop music. I mean, sure, it's not "Monkey Gone to Heaven" but then, thank fucking god for that, am I right?

"Now wicked things can happen you see 'em goin' down in war, But when you play in a quiet way that bites it even more"
So the funny part of soliciting songs was that I got to pick first and I picked a really pop, less cool song that I thought was this one. Turns out it wasn't.

"I`m waking up to fantasy, The shades all around aren't the colors we used to see"
Turns out this was the song I called (as one calls "shotgun").

"And I'll do almost anything, That you want me to"
Young Nick upped the hipster ante by submitting Hall performing with Canadian soul combo Chromeo.

"I saw your light on the horizon, And I knew that I was blown away again"
But I get the last word, and that word is Ms. Ross! (Yes, technically that's 2 words, but really it's a salutation and a name.) Diane Diana Ross, bitches. Daryl co-wrote the song (Diana wrote the spoken word intro the song, thank you Chris Wilson for that piece of trivia that I've cherished for 25 years) and produced the song. And OMFG it is one of my all-time favorite gay bar dance songs. Yours too, I'm sure.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Demystifying the objection to Sharia law

First, Sharia Law = excellent drag name, although I'm sure it's been taken.

But here's what's important: the poor tax.
The Poor Tax
All Muslims who live above the subsistence level must pay an annual poor tax, known as zakat. This is not charity, but rather an obligation owed by the Muslim to the poor of the community. The amount is calculated based on the wealth of the Muslim paying the tax, not their income. The base rate of taxation is 2.5 percent, but it varies depending on the type of wealth being assessed. Wealth includes savings, jewelry and land. Classic Islamic law details the tax, how it is assessed, its collection, and its distribution.
I'm pretty sure conservative Americans don't give a shit about how Sharia law treats women, but holy fuck they care if they have to pay another tax. Let the billionaire-manipulated Tea Party protests continue, but now you know why.

When you don't care, but have $2.99 to spend

(h/t to Eric)
Kitty Kourtney Love Greeting Cards
Nothing says "fuck I'm out of money AND drugs" like licensing your image to a greeting card company.

[Yes, technically this card has nothing to do with Courtney Love, but pretending it does gives me a chance to post it, and to make fun of Courtney... I know she's an easy target, but c'mon, at least I'm writing about her. She fucking lives for that shit. She does. She totally does. Courtney Love is totally going to Google herself and find this blog, and I will tell you when she does.]

Fame whores and loser bloggers, we were made for each other.

Song of the Day: "The New Improved Hypocrisy"

If I were paying closer attention, I'd say something about all the Swedish music I've featured as songs of the day this year. But I'm not.

This is the second SOTD for The Radio Dept. (the first back in April of this year). They are from Sweden (see what I mean) and were featured on the Marie Antoinette soundtrack--Sofia Coppola has a great ear for moody pop music (or her music handlers do, I don't mean to diminish the contributions a non-Coppola might make to film, but even as I type this I realize that even that person is a relation). This song will be perfect for the scene in her next movie when the girl realizes something, and has to rush to get to the guy before he gets on the plane. Because it's a Sofia movie, she'll be too late. Also she should have called his cell phone.

Back to the band. They're from Sweden. This track is newer than their April 2010 album Clinging to a Scheme. But it will probably be on that Sofia movie soundtrack (I'm totally making that soundtrack shit up--it's how I amuse myself at 7 in the morning).

Song: "The New Improved Hypocrisy"
Artist: The Radio Dept.

Cunt du Jour Carl Paladino

Cunt du Jour Carl Paladino 10/11/10
"I just think my children and your children would be better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family. And I don't want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option. It isn't."--Carl Paladino in his speech to Orthodox Jewish leaders
Mr. Paladino has 3 children with his wife, and 1 (that we know of) with a mistress, so obviously Mr. Paladino knows family values. He also knows about diplomacy, race relations and animal husbandry.

But what he doesn't understand is that ALL brainwashing is bad, not just the brainwashing that homosexually is equally valid and/or potentially successful. ALL of it is bad.

Carl Paladino, for supporting most brainwashing, I'm gonna say you're a cunt.

But if you're saying teh gayz are evil, you're a super mega cunt. The best part is that Paladino opposes marriage equality for gay couples as if to say "I'm so sure you guys can't do what I SO CLEARLY CAN'T DO that I'm going to oppose your right to do it."

Oh, yeah, and another teen killed himself this past weekend, the 8th victim of gay bullying who's done so in the past month or so. If you're a teen and don't realize what an utterly fucked up joke Carl Paladino actually is, words like this actually hurt.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Helen Hayes

It was this or vacuum my bedroom...

In the original edition of Trivial Pursuit* there is a question about the first performer to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony (EGOT! or the Grand Slam), and the answer that's given is Rita Moreno. If you use "performer" to disqualify composer Richard Rodgers (the first EGOT winner, by 14 years), Helen Hayes still beat Rita Moreno by a year.

Take that anyone still paying attention.

There are still only 10 true winners (sorry Liza, sorry Babs) but, crossed fingers, Liza can pick up a Grammy in some category this year. I would just feel so much better about everything if she did.

Meanwhile, here's Helen's second Oscar-winning performance, in Airport. It's really kinda quaint. Even the most mundane episode of 24 makes this look like a kids story.

Happy birthday dude! Rest in peace.

* I'm pretty sure--if not that, then definitely some early 80s trivia thing. Whatever it was, it pissed me off, and I still haven't let it go.

...and BINGO!

(h/t Scott at Bill in Exile)

There's an old saying to the effect, you can bake one cake and no one calls you a chef, but suck one dick and you're a cocksucker for the rest of your life.

Let's say, hypothetically, that I, hmm, gambled in the past but am not currently gambling. Do I count that? Also I have definitely been drunk but I am not a drunkard. So how would that work?

And psychics but not those who avail themselves of psychics? At least they had the decency to include whoremongers (also, word of the day!).

Are there bonus points for the blue italicized sins? Cause I might win.

The power of 20 ponies!

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The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret airs on IFC, Friday nights at 11, and again through the week. So even though you've missed the first 2 episodes, you can still catch up easily.


Hell, it's on Hulu (here). Unless you don't like David Cross and Will Arnett, in which case we are done here.

Okay wait, Texas is on American soil? Since when?!

(h/t Roger Ebert who included a photo essay of Frankford TX in his blog posting on this, here)

Sharron Angle, the Rep. (breathe)... the Repub (breathe, breathe)... the, sorry, bwahahahahaha. Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for Senate in Nevada. She has been endorsed by Joe the Plumber Sam the former plumber's assistant turned "reporter" and motivational speaker --that may be all you need to know about this, ever. Oh, and he wrote a book, just like Sarah Palin, The Situation, and Tori Spelling.

But back to Angle, at a recent Town Hall meeting she responded to this non-question:
I keep hearing about Muslims wanting to take over the United States. And I want to know your thoughts about that. They are building mosques all over the place. They want to build one near [ground zero]. And they seem to be getting their way. On a TV program just last night I saw that they are taking over a city in Michigan. And the residents, they want them out. They want them out. I wanted your thoughts.
Angle cuts right through the bullshit, with an amazing clarity:

We're talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe isn't a widespread thing. But it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it. My thoughts are these. First of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas are on American soil, and under Constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don't know how that happened in the United States.

It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States.
To which I can only channel the late, great Gary Coleman:

  • "We're talking about a militant terrorist situation..." = OH NOES!
  • "...which I believe isn't a widespread thing." = HOORAY!
  • "But it is enough that we need to address,..." = OH NOES!
  • "...and we have been addressing it." = Um, hooray?
  • "My thoughts are these. " = Thoughts?
  • "First of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas are on American soil, and under Constitutional law." = OMG she's right! She's actually totally right! Also, Frankford TX? Seriously, where did she grab that?
  • "Not Sharia law." = Actually again she's totally right. Neither Dearborn MI, nor Frankford TX are under Sharia law. I am starting to see why Joe the Plumber Sam the former plumber's assistant loves her so much. She is totally rocking teh smartz.
  • "And I don't know how that happened in the United States." = Sharron Angle speaks the truth. If you read through the words she's actually said, Angle is saying she doesn't know how Dearborn MI and Frankford TX came to be on American soil, under Constitutional law, and not under Sharia law, and I totally believe her. I totally believe that she genuinely doesn't know how all 3 of those things came to happen, in the US or anywhere. She's being open and honest with her limited intellect, people of Nevada--take it or leave it. Harry Reid was gonna get you that magnetic levitation train from the Moonlight Bunny Ranch to Disneyland, but feel free to ruin it for everyone.
  • "It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States." = Oh snap! Sharron Angle is not taking any prisoners, so look out concepts of democracy (predates the US), the republican form of government (also foreign), and the Ten Commandments (not American, sorry).

Sharron Angle, she may be bat-shit crazy, but she's honest. She really doesn't know how a municipality in Michigan came to be on American soil.

PS, "our" United States means it's everyone's, not just Sarah Palin's "patriots." Gotta love the code words.

[UPDATE: Here's how I would have replied to that non-question: Nigger please Thanks for coming and for sharing your concerns.]

"Dishing out love for a hungry world"

I told you we'd get 3 birthdays in today (here) and Saint Midge Ure's is the last of them. Why is he a saint? Go read that post (this post). "If I Was" went to #1 in the UK in 1985. It's a perfect contrast to my little sister and me: this is my music from 1985, and Bon Jovi is hers.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on.

Happy Birthday Kirsty MacColl

We lost Kirsty 10 years ago--the details of her untimely passing are sad and frustrating. For details please visit the Justice for Kirsty site (here). And be careful in Mexico.

Now here's some music. First up, her most famous song even if you don't know she wrote it. "They Don't Know" became a hit for Tracey Ullman, and then became the theme song for The Tracey Ullman Show, and was used as the theme for the last 3 seasons of Tracey Takes On as well. From 1979, here's Kirsty's version:

She regularly recorded with Billy Bragg and The Smiths. Her update of Billy's "A New England" went to #7 in 1985, while her cover of The Smiths' "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby" was on the soundtrack to She's Having a Baby.

As a singer, Kirsty's biggest success is her Christmas duet with The Pogues, "A Fairytale of New York." I'm gonna skip that song to focus on her fantastic solo stuff that came after. But around this time she also sang on albums by Talking Heads, Big Country, The Wonderstuff and The Smiths (oh wait, I already said them).
"Did they think that you were better? They were wrong"
Picture it, Sicily, 1989. No wait, the radio station, 1989. I was guest hosting Best of Britain and the single for "Free World" had just come in, with guitar by Johnny Marr Peter Glenister [UPDATE: I stand corrected: see comments]. I got to play it first, and I was floored with how good it was. Loved it then, love it still. This song kicks some fucking ass!

"She went through such a lot and never even learned, That even pretty girls can get their fingers burned"
The rest of her 1989 album, Kite, is solid, including 2 more collaborations with Johnny Marr and a Kinks cover that was the albums biggest UK single. I always liked "What Do Pretty Girls Do" but there are easily 5 other songs I could pick and be just as happy with (I'm limiting myself to 2 tracks from Kite).

"From an uptown apartment to a knife on the a train, It's not that far"
"Walking Down Madison," another collaboration with Johnny Marr, was the biggest single from Electric Landlady, her 1991 release. It's a little amusing to see the video now, with the very 90s dancing--the whole thing sounds very mainstream, but coming from Kirsty, somehow it wasn't. Also the lyrics are pretty fucking dark.

"You nearly had me in your hands but now I'm gone, But not complaining 'bout my life again"
Other collaborators on EL included Marshall Crenshaw, her brother writer/actor Hamish MacColl, Jem Finer of The Pogues, and Pete Glenister who cowrote 2 tracks with her, including "My Way Home."

"Your name froze on the winter air, An empty bench in Soho Square"
She is memorialized with a bench right in Soho Square, just like she sang on 1993's Titanic Days. Fans celebrate her life at the bench on her birthday with Kirstyfest (and yes, that's today). I know Billy Bragg's performing this year (he tweeted about it--figure your own post modern commentary for that one)

"'Let's make love on a mountain top, Under the stars on a big hard rock', I said 'In these shoes? I don't think so'"
Her 2000 album Tropical Brainstorm embraced the Latin music craze that brought us Ricky Martin and Shakira (not really, but the timing kinda works)--she was influenced by trips to Cuba and Brazil. "In These Shoes" was used in an episode of Sex and the City and the movie Kinky Boots, and was covered by Bette Midler (here).

I'm going to wrap this with her cover of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" with Evan Dando.

Happy birthday dude! Rest in peace.

"Your daddy is who?"

My little sister insists on having birthdays every year which isn't really working for me, since she's now like 12 years older than me. Go figure.

Bon Jovi are nominated for induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame based on this 1985 album.


And Jackie has been with them the whole entire time. I kid you not.

To be perfectly honest, Bon Jovi was one of her bands that didn't drive me crazy. Credit to Jon Bon Jovi for, well, not being Brett Michaels or Vince Neil or Tommy Lee. Also for being able to reboot the band in 2000 (shifting to more of a Matchbox 20/Third Eye Blind sound didn't seem to hurt).

You do realize that Jon has an Oscar nomination, a Grammy award, and a member of his band won a Tony. Of course this is Jackie's birthday, and she has none of those things, just the most awesomest brother in the whole world. Hell, I managed to be born 3 years before her but am now 12 years younger. Don't try that at home!

Happy birthday dude! Rock on.

Song of the Day: "Sex with an X"

Scots band The Vaselines recorded pretty steadily between 1987 and 1992, then took a break until 2009. Sex with an X is their second album in this century. That's about all I've got.

Song: "Sex with an X"
Artist: The Vaselines