Saturday, January 8, 2011

"Don't retreat, reload"

(Click to embiggen.)
Sarah Palin wanted to target Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), and today someone did. She was shot, along with more than a dozen others, at a town hall meeting in Tucson. She is in critical condition following surgery, but 6 others are not so lucky.

Among the dead is a 9-year old girl.

Which is the same age as Piper Palin. I'm sure pointing this out will be characterized as a threat when in fact, I'm merely pointing out the sad irony that Sarah Palin made careless comments that were acted on and led to the death of a girl her daughter's age.

Sarah Palin is also a liar and a fame whore and I really don't see her running for President because I'm pretty sure she won't like the pay cut, but you never know. I think she thinks she's needed. But she's such a bad liar that I really don't see her putting up with all the "gotcha journalism" (you know, people asking her questions, some times about shit she's said) to take a pay cut. Cause at more than $10 million a year in personal income now, she's an elite. She totally is.

Elite.

Sarah Palin probably drinks lattes.

At least her 9-year old daughter is still alive.

My condolences to the family and friends of those who died, and all my best to the injured and those who will suffer emotionally from being there.

"I keep on talking trash but I never say anything"

It's also Jenny Lewis's birthday. She's done a bunch of stuff, including Jenny & Johnny, and stuff with the Watson Twins, and child acting. But she's also the voice of Rilo Kiley and sang this ass-kicking 2004 song of brilliant retro new wave brilliance (officially titled "Portions for Foxes" but you can go ahead and call it "Bad News" cause I will know what you mean).

Happy Birthday Sir David Bowie

He has been knighted, not by the Brits, but by me, with power bestowed to me, directly, by God (it was pretty cool, you should have been there). Sir David might be construed as nepotism (born David Jones, he is, I'm sure, a cousin somehow [as is James Earl and Rickie Lee]). But one only need listen to, I don't know, the first 8 songs from any of his hits collections, to agree with his knighting.

Seriously, I'm not trying to knight Liza here. You got a problem with Bowie and his 4 decades of music? Or is it the movies? Or is it the genius of the Bowie bonds? The man came to his own after party (where I backed in to him)... people don't just DO that.

They don't.

But he did.

And, AND, fucking 'Hours' kicks my ass. Big up to Eric for bringing it in to work (and to Venture Bros. for mentioning it specifically). He's the Sovereign you know (oh, now I've said too much?)...
"You're still breathing but you just can't tell
Don't hold your breath but the pretty things are going to hell"


"Though nothing will drive them away
We can be heroes just for one day"


"Oh man, look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show"


"But if you pray, all your sins are hooked upon the sky
Pray and the heathen lie will disappear"


"When I needed soul revival I called your name
When I was falling to pieces I screamed in pain"


Bowie on Broadway!!! It makes sense. Make it so.

Happy birthday sir dude! Rock on!

2010 Singles... don't judge me

You people, and your judgment, you're like Judge Judy. All of you. Move along, this is not the post you're looking for.


Song: "Only Girl in the World"
Artist: that one girl


Song: "Alejandro" (or "Susan Collins")
Artist: can we tone it down, like 60%?


Song: "Baby"
Artist: wait, this is a typo


Song: "California Gurls"
Artist: I know what they're playing at the gay bar


Song: "Teenage Dream"
Artist: I know what ELSE they're playing at the gay bar


Song: "Love the Way You Life"
Artist: You realize that I consider this more embarrassing than the last 2, don't you?

Okay, enough of this... (or is it?0

2010 Singles: "Radioactive"

Kings of Leon. They need to come hot-tubing with me a Clark. Real soon.
"It's in the water
It's in the story
It's where you came from
The sons and daughters"


Song: "Radioactive"
Artist: Kings of Leon

2010 Singles: "What a Drag"

Bear Hands, there's that.
"You've got them long nails, I'm dreaming of your god damn long nails.
You have your finger so deep."


Song: "What a Drag"
Artist: Bear Hands

2010 Singles: "Barricades"

I really do dig Interpol.
"I did not take to analysis
So I had to make up my mind and hold it for a while"


Song: "Barricades"
Artist: Interpol

2010 Singles: "Airplanes"

Local Natives who are not local to me here in Portland, OR.
"I bet when I leave my body for the sky the wait will be worth it"


Song: "Airplanes"
Artist: Local Natives

2010 Singles: "Boy"

Ra Riot? No, Ra RA Riot!
"When it's gone and you hope
That your mind's made up
Oh I wake up twenty thousand years
With every ghost of what I knew"


Song: "Boy"
Artist: Ra Ra Riot

2010 Singles: "Modern Man"

Have I mentioned how much I like The Suburbs, like in the last 10 minutes? I feel like it's been at least 10 minutes. I have no idea why there are like 18 people in the band--I think it's a metric conversion thing.
"So I wait in line, I'm a modern man
And the people behind me, they can't understand
Makes me feel like
Something don't feel right"


Song: "Modern Man"
Artist: Arcade Fire

2010 Singles: "One Touch"

I have apparently no functioning memory thingies. The next several posts will have little associated text, and you're welcome.
"One touch is never enough
People need to move to the back of the bus
One touch is never enough
Complicated people never do what you're told to"


Song: "One Touch"
Artist: LCD Soundsystem

2010 Singles: "Swim"

Surfer Blood, duh.
"But I am steady not to offend,
On whom can you depend?
Swim to reach the end"


Song: "Swim"
Artist: Surfer Blood

Song of the Day: "Older Brother"

Pepper Rabbit is a band, not a recipe (I believe that might be peppered rabbit), possibly from New Orleans, possibly led by a dude named Xander. This is the first track I've heard from them, so I'll investigate further and report back. I'll let you know ASAP if they turn out to be Scottish.


Song: "Older Brother"
Artist: Pepper Rabbit

Friday, January 7, 2011

2010 Singles: "Let's Go Surfing"

Can't believe I haven't posted this as a reminder yet. The Drums made song of the day 3 times (at least) in 2010.
"Down, down baby
Down by the rollercoaster
Sweet, sweet baby
I'll never let you go"


Song: "Let's Go Surfing"
Artist: The Drums

2010 Singles: "If You Let Me"

I had this vague notion that I left this out of my reminders (and I had). Chrissie Hynde says this is the best stuff she's ever recorded... maybe.
"If you don't want me to come in
You better lock this door"


Song: "If You Let Me"
Artist: JP/Chrissie Hynde/Fairground Boys

Happy Birthday Kenny Loggins

No, seriously, Kenny Loggins. I've been lax on birthdays, so I need to ease myself back into things.

I've always admired Kenny's beard/chest hair. If he were gay, he'd be an otter. And he'd be called Kenneth.

Among Kenny's accolades is a 1989 ASCAP  Award for Most Performed Songs From Motion Pictures (the award went to 5 different songs, just 1 to Loggins) for this song from Caddyshack II. I have never heard this song before today, and the 1989 songs from movies that didn't make the list includes that Bobby Brown song from Ghostbusters 2, that Cher/Peter Cetera song from that movie with those people (you know the one), and "Batdance" from Batman (also, fuck Prince). This is an award-winning song for its ubiquity. (I don't begrudge Kenny any of his soundtrack success, but this?!)


Kenny has 2 Grammy wins, and I'm starting to recall an album of his was a popular "sing-along when cleaning" album of my mother's. I get some of my musical talent from my mother. (At least the dogs don't complain.) In addition to sharing Song of the Year with Michael McDonald for writing "What a Fool Believes," Loggins picked up Best Pop Male Vocals for "This is It"... this was on that album my mother loved. And this IS it, if it is Michael McDonald singing back-up vocals. Favorite comment from this video: "Micheal Mc Donald soups up any song." What a polite way of saying that.


Kenny has an Oscar nomination. He does. Actually I was surprised he only had 1 since I thought for sure "Danger Zone" was nominated (not). Rather than post Kenny, I thought I'd re-use a video I shot in Covington, Louisiana at "the only bar we could walk to from our hotel" (if it has another name, I don't think I caught it) where I paid the largest cover charge in, um, possibly forever? $7... why back in my day, cover was a nickel...

I would be remiss if I failed to share these comments regarding the song:

emla 01/05/11,14:27
this is the most amazing song ever write, you hove to be def not to like it! the lyrics make so much sence to the movie I love it!!!
Footloose Lover 11/20/10,11:53
I pity anyone who doesn't like this song, they must be mindless robots...
elizaebeth 11/09/10,07:20
i love this song and it is also a good movie
Hannah :) x 11/01/10,02:44
Me and my friend did a dance to this last year , it was so cool . Love this song :)x
Diedre 07/04/10,10:27
I love this song, it's so cool the beat and everything. Who ever don't like this song is realy in a bad mood and totaly uncool. Who would not like this song.
Michelle 06/15/10,15:11
I love this songg sooooo much!! I love this song and the movie!! I've watched the movie loads of times! (:
hayley 05/11/10,20:03
this song is soooo cool we we r doing this song for our talentshow and will win!!!!!!!
becka:) 04/29/10,22:15
if u dont like this song then why are u looking up the lyrics???
Elizabeth 04/18/10,16:44
i loveee this songgg...i love the movie tooo..if you dont like this song your just in a crappy mood...its impossible to not like this songg... i cant get the music to play can yall???taylor johnson:(
AJ KAtzung 03/08/10,13:30
i love this song!!!
You probably don't know that Kenny Loggins's EGOT credentials go even further. An Emmy. A (daytime) Emmy. It's every bit as good as a regular Emmy, or so Whoopi Goldberg insists (until she gets a real Emmy, at which point I'm sure she'll become more selective). "This Island Earth" is from This Island Earth, and should not be confused with the Kander & Ebb song "Sorry I Asked" which won the actual Emmy the same year. I have no idea how many people thought they were voting for "This Is It" because they could only be bothered to read the first 6 letters in the title (hey, a Kenny Loggins song is a Kenny Loggins song).


Hey, did you know Yacht Rock was a genre of music? Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, possibly others. (Toto and Boz Scaggs... this sounds funny.)

I leave you with the shoulda-been Oscar nominee "I'm Alright" from Caddyshack (which would make a MUCH better Broadway musical than Spider-Man, patent pending). Nominated instead? "People Alone" from The Competition (a movie I recall liking but am surprised to discover there was a song... it was clearly a popularity contest with Lalo Schifrin besting Loggins).



Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "Boy Falls From the Sky"

I know you're all up-to-date on the issues surrounding Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the Spider-Man musical (what, you're not? too busy with college football?) and before I post this I want to put forward a disclaimer: I had no influence in the decision to move forward with a musical based on Spider-Man.

Even with the involvement of Julie Taymor and the Edge, I'd pretty much rolled my eyes and moved on when reading about the various injuries, explosions and beheadings (well, not "beheadings" in the traditional sense, I just wanted to see if you were paying attention). It seemed like a bad idea. Seems.

In the grand scheme of things, half the people I know think musicals are stupid, so a musical about anything is a bad idea.  But if you don't hate musicals, why not Spider-Man? (Also, I don't really embrace the hyphen, but Spiderman trips the spell check and Spider-Man is how Marvel Comics spells it, so whatev...)

The decision to go to Bono and the Edge for the music is a whole other Oprah. Which brings us to today's song. I actually wanted to hear what they came up with, and found this track yesterday. The song itself could be a random, non-radio track from No Line on the Horizon (it's possible that it actually IS on the album, that speaks a little to its anonymity). I don't hate the song, but that's largely because dude sounds like Marshall Crenshaw to me, and that's always a good scenario (Marshall in a U2 cover band? not so much). When he hits the Bono-isms after 3:00 it's gone too far, but when you're in Edge cliches between 2:00 and 3:00 I'm okay with it. I found myself thinking "well, if it were a movie I'd watch it on cable." If you convert that to a non-curmudgeon scale, that's like 5 thumbs up.



Song: "Boy Falls From the Sky"
Artist: Um... Spider-Man

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Quote of the day

(h/t Justin Elliott at Salon)

"She is too stupid to deserve an answer."--Gore Vidal
This is Vidal's response to Michelle Bachmann's (R-MN) claim that she switched from being a Democrat to being a Republican after reading Vidal's novel Burr.

Also, Gore Vidal is still alive.

Song of the Day: "Please Don't Go"

Mike Posner, from his debut album 31 Minutes to Takeoff. I'm not really sure why I like this song. Posner was in Sigma Nu at Duke--frat boys always trip me up.


Song: "Please Don't Go"
Artist: Mike Posner

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Disturbing sight

John Mellencamp is NOT supposed to be smoking. Dude had a heart attack and almost died.

Wait, is that Meg Ryan?

Smoke away dude.

"Just try to live each and every precious moment
Don't be discouraged by the future; forget the past"

Happy Birthday Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper=talent.

Talent?

Talent.

Watch him explain his craft with Zach Galifinotashot here.

Happy birthday dude. Rock on (but shirt off).

Today's basic hygiene tips

Dude on local TV news talking about dead birds in Arkansas: birds can carry disease and if you handle a dead bird you should certainly wash your hands.

Amen.

Here are other times you should wash your hands: when you handle live birds, when you handle dead other kinds of animals, when you handle live other kinds of animals, when you handle dead humans, when you handle live humans, when you prepare food, and when you use the restroom unless no one can see you in which case it's totally optional.

Song of the Day: "Don't Carry It All"

I spent a chunk of yesterday morning listening to a preview of the new Decemberists album, The King is Dead. It opens with this grand slice of Americana, complete with harmonica straight from Neil Young's kitchen. Breakfast nook. Whatever.

Actually I'm 90% sure it's not Young himself, because it's too crisp. How does Young manage feedback with his harmonica? Nevermind, this is a fucking great overture to a solid album! All hail the dead king of The King is Dead... whatever that means.


Song: "Don't Carry It All"
Artist: The Decemberists

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2010 Singles: "Why Does the Wind"

Tracey Thorn's third reminder.
"Don't tear your heart wondering why the light starts fading when the day is ending
Embrace the seasons and get to believing that its only something broken that seems worthwhile mending"


Song: "Why Does the Wind"
Artist: Tracey Thorn

"Take a ride, take a shot now"

When we were all fucking tired of grunge, Portishead appeared with this, the antidote. It's dude from Portishead's birthday (girl dude). Enjoy some "Sour Times."

Happy Birthday Michael Stipe

Here's what my coworker peeps suggested for songs.

Greg kicks in "Hairshirt" and "Nightswimming":



In addition to his Indigo Girls suggestion, Darrin gets "World Leader Pretend" and "Everybody Hurts":



Erin kicks in some old skewl, "Don't Got Back to Rockville" (hey Tim McGraw, you could cover the shit out of this song!):


Eric overdid it, so I'll pick from his list with "Begin the Begin" and "Perfect Circle":



And since Eric took care of hipper-than-thou track selection, I'll go as over-the-top pop as I can, "Orange Crush" and "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight" ("a candy bar, a falling star, and a reading from Dr. Suess"):



Thanks to all my co-worky peeps who contributed their suggestions. It's nice having peeps I can talk music with.

And Michael, once again, happy birthday! Rock on!

2010 Singles: "Marlene"

Lightspeed Champion walked a fine line between annoying and addictive. And here they are, being reminded to me.
"And everyone knows you want a baby
Well god knows everybody wants one too"


Song: "Marlene"
Artist: Lightspeed Champion

2010 Singles: "I Walked"

I'm sure dating musical wunderkind Sufjan Stevens is frustrating, especially when it's time to exchange gifts.

SS: "Happy anniversary honey, I wrote you a 6-song suite to commemorate our first date."
You: "Oh thanks. I got you a sweater."
SS: "The keys of each song are based on the different things we did that night."
You: "It's a large. You can exchange it if it doesn't fit."
I like to pretend The Age of Adz is inspired by Kanye West.
"I walked, because you walked
But I won't probably get very far"


Song: "I Walked"
Artist: Sufjan Stevens

2010 Singles: "Our Riotous Defects"

This won't make the final list, but it's fun enough to warrant a reminder.
"My god I should have realized, on our second date
When you dragged me into the bathroom at Tanika's house
And screamed at me for like twenty minutes
Cause I had contradicted you in front of your friends,
I was like 'oh'"


Song: "Our Riotous Defects"
Artist: Of Montreal

2010 Singles: "Cold War"

From suburban war with Arcade Fire to Janelle Monae and a track from her highly regarded ArchAndroid album. I like her, but her voice has something, a layer between me and it, it comes off as cold, or distant, or aloof. I don't know. It lacks warmth, but maybe that doesn't mean it's cold.

But girl's got mad skills, and expect more and bigger from her soon.
"All the tribes comes and the mighty will crumble
We must brave this night and have faith in love"


Song: "Cold War"
Artist: Janelle Monae

2010 Singles: "The Suburbs"

The title track from Arcade Fire's Album of the Year nominated album. As a resident of the Reagan era suburbs of Gwinnett county, this one speaks to me in wildly unexpected ways. Hard to believe they're (shudder) Canadian.

I cringe just thinking of the metric system--imagine everyone using a single base-10 system of measurements. How... logical.
"The kids won't be so hard
In my dreams we're still screaming
Running through the yard"


Song: "The Suburbs"
Artist: Arcade Fire

"Replace the anger with the tide"

D at work suggested "Kid Fears" from Indigo Girls' second (if you lived in Atlanta it was their second) album. I can go for that! Inexplicably, video from Lost. Holler atcha boy.

"And weak from strong, that's a lot to learn"

There's something about this classic that suits Natalie Merchant (somewhat flat) voice. Stipe gives it life when he zips in to the rescue. Happy birthday dude!

2010 Singles: "Fuel Up"

Goosebumps. I get goosebumps everytime.

"But now you're the passenger to your own heart
and it takes you travelling, travelling on."



Song: "Fuel Up"
Artist: Stornoway

2010 Singles: "In the Sun"

She & Him is Zooey Deschanel (daughter of cinematography great Caleb) and M. Ward of Portland OR. This is the first song of theirs that I've loved. Just goes to show, you never know, or something. I don't know, the line for coffee was too fucking long.
"It's hard to be ignored
When I look at you
You look so bored"


Song: "In the Sun"
Artist: She & Him

"We thought ahead and look what we got"

It's Michael Stipe's birthday.

He's gay you know. Just pointing that out for those back in college, those women back in college, who would stare, from the side, from afar, with their seductive (cough) glances.

Gay.

Here's a duet with my beloved Syd Straw, to start our day. If you want to do a mash-up, you can start "World Leader Pretend" around 2:55.


You'll get a proper post eventually, but for now, HBDRO!

Song of the Day: "No"

Yesterday Mandy Moore, today Mr. Mandy Moore, aka Ryan Adams.


Song: "No"
Artist: Ryan Adams

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Thelma Schoonmaker

She won 3 Oscars for Best Editing on films directed by Martin Scorcese: Raging Bull, The Aviator, and The Departed; she has 3 additional nominations, including 2 more Scorcese films (Goodfellas and Gangs of New York). Along with Dede Allen (Dog Day Afternoon, The Breakfast Club), Anne V. Coats (Lawrence of Arabia, Out of Sight) and Verna Fields (Jaws, What's Up Doc?), Thelma is the reigning queen among the queens of editing. And this isn't LADY editing, this is balls out, testosterone-laden editing (or not).

Here's a little tribute, but SPOILER ALERT, if you haven't see The Departed (which I haven't) you might skip this.


Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "I See the Light"

Another original song in the Oscar hunt (composer Alan Menken only has 8), featuring the vocal stylings of Mandy Moore (her covers album appears to be selected from a middle aged gay man's iPod), and Zach Levi (still don't watch Chuck). It's Disney... yawn.


Song: "I See the Light"
Artist: Mandy Moore/Zach Levy

RIP Pete Postlethwaite

The first time I saw him I thought "Albert Finney looks awful." Since then I've learned who he is, the Oscar nomination for In the Name of the Father helped a lot. And The Usual Suspects. And Inception. Dude had skills.


Rest in peace dude.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Roger Ebert said you should watch this

It's "Man in a Blizzard" but also known as "Idiot with a Tripod" (not my name for it [didn't say "dude"]). The shots are lovely, and all the more impressive considering dude was working in the elements and without any additional lighting beyond what was already there (granted, it's New York City, there's a lot of light everywhere). Dude shot the video in a day and got it to youtube the next day; apparently a key to making your own movies might be actually getting your camera out of the box. Duly noted.

Song of the Day: "Right Thru Me"

If you're anything like me, you're way too old to know who Nicki Minaj is. After reading her name a gazillion times on various year-end music lists, I decided to investigate (you're welcome).

Dude is the first artist to have 7 songs in the Billboard Hot 100 in the same week! These aren't solo singles, mind you, and the whole hip hop world seems to appear on each others' songs (side note: is it just me or does Rihanna's part on "Run This Town" sound just like her part on "Love the Way You Lie"?), and Nicki appears to be popular among other musicians. "Featuring Nicki Minaj" follows names like Mariah Carey, Usher, Kanye West, and Christina Aguilera (and many more) on recent hits (songs I've never heard of nor heard). Now when you talk to your 12-year old niece about what music she likes, you can seem just a bit more hip (note: kids today don't actually use the word "hip" so think it, don't say it).

My musical curiosity brought me to this track, which I believe is all Nicki. It doesn't seem to feature anyone else. This is the clean version, so when you hear "how to you do that" you need to hear "how do you do that shit." For some reason there isn't a dirty version on her Vevo.


Song: "Right Thru Me"
Artist: Nicki Minaj

The John Health Update for 1/2/11

Is it too much to ask that my friends stop having significant health issues? I feel like these things distract from me (it's really self-absorbed of y'all).

John was nice enough to invite me over for New Year's Eve despite knowing me and my inability to tolerate others on holidays (note that I didn't say major holidays, happy Georgia Ratification Day everyone). It turns out John didn't even HAVE the party because he decided to have surgery. Well, he didn't decide, a certain former vestigial organ of his decided it wanted out, and John apparently couldn't (or wouldn't) say no. "If you love something, set it free..." isn't that right?

The good news is that John was so on top of things that everything was caught early. I credit his daily yoga and vegetarian diet which keep him in tune with his body. Nothing exploded, collapsed, or failed (except the New Year's Eve party, but I wasn't really going, so that's fine).

So your John health update is that he's home and resting uncomfortably. Since John and I share the same doctor (along with Becky and Dan and the MacPhersons and Jack and Eric) I know he's in good hands. And he gets quality time with ME! Can you imagine anything better when in pain? (Aside from morphine or Oxycontin.)

He's been craving a lot of beets and okra, so I'm sure we'll be cooking something elaborate with those. And watching sports.

I wanted to post "Good Morning" from Singing in the Rain (either John's favorite musical, or I really don't pay attention and it's someone else's), but it's not embed-able. Instead, Michael Sembello's Oscar-nominated "Maniac" from Flashdance (he saw the new stage musical based on the movie during its incredibly brief West End run). "A steel town girl on a Saturday night" kinda describes John.


Get well soon dude!