Saturday, January 15, 2011

Happy Birthday John

It's also John's birthday, and while he's managed to get himself a month off, here's another Ivor Novello award-winning song, just for John (who looks just like the guy on the poster, only John is thinner and prettier)...

He was upset with my use of "Maniac" for his health update. Of course, it took him like 3 weeks to notice, so I don't feel quite so bad. And it wasn't Superchunk or Ted Leo, so there's that.

So for the record, John is not a steel town girl on a Saturday night. Maybe, MAYBE, Tuesday afternoon, at best.

Happy birthday dude! See you soon.

Happy Birthday Ivor Novello

Dude was a singer, actor and composer. Dude was Welsh (I was once told I was built like a Welshman, so I will assume all Welshmen are stout, handsome, and remarkably well hung, so far as you know). And dude begat something called the Ivor Novello Award for songwriting.

The Ivors, as they are apparently known, have been awarded to musicians as diverse as Sting and Phil Collins (a little something for my co-workers).

And Beyonce.

And Madonna.

So here are some Ivor Novello-winning songs...

NOTE: The Ivor Novello Awards are poorly explicated at Wikipedia (here). I want to play Roger Whittaker, but not the wrong Roger Whittaker.

Happy birthday dude! Rest in peace.

Song of the Day: "It's Ok"

Cee-Le minus "fuck you" = okay. It's fine. It's, literally, okay.

Song: "It's Ok"
Artist: Cee-Lo Green

Thursday, January 13, 2011

"What else was I supposed to do?"

Snowy Conditions Proving Hazardous For Nation's Idiots

Sarah Palin used a teleprompter in her "blood libel" video

That's all I need to say about that.

Was it fucking stupid of her to attack Obama for using a teleprompter? Yes it was.

Does using a teleprompter make HER a communist? (Wait, didn't she attack Obama for being a celebrity? The star of Sarah Palin's Alaska and mother of the second place Dancing with the Stars contestant?!)

Does this underscore the fucking idiocy that IS Sarah Palin? No more than faking a pregnancy with Trig, but sure. Hey, maybe it wasn't all I needed to say. Oh well.

Song of the Day: "Fixin' to Die"

Philly local G. Love teamed with the Avett Bros. for this. Throw in his dog Rocco and possibly Chase Utley (he's a power-hitting second baseman, do you know how rare that is?) and J-rod might be in heaven. He gets the hat tip for passing this along. Thx dude!

Song: "Fixin' to Die"
Artist: G. Love/The Avett Bros.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"Get on board, or get out of the way"

The Flaming C (secret identity: Conan O'Brien) comes to Young Justice.

The definition of "blood libel"

From Wikipedia (here):
Blood libel (also blood accusation[1][2]) refers to a false accusation or claim[3][4][5] that religious minorities, almost always Jews, murder children to use their blood in certain aspects of their religious rituals and holidays.[1][2][6] Historically, these claims have–alongside those of well poisoning and host desecration–been a major theme in European persecution of Jews.[4]

The libels typically allege that Jews require human blood for the baking of matzos for Passover. The accusations often assert that the blood of Christian children is especially coveted, and historically blood libel claims have often been made to account for otherwise unexplained deaths of children. In some cases, the alleged victim of human sacrifice has become venerated as a martyr, a holy figure around whom a martyr cult might arise. A few of these have been even canonized as saints.

In Jewish lore, blood libels were the impetus for the creation in the 16th century of the Golem of Prague by Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel. Many popes have either directly or indirectly condemned the blood accusation, and no pope has ever sanctioned it.[7] These libels have persisted among some segments of Christians to the present time, and recently Muslims as well.

Just so you know what you're dealing with when you hear Sarah Palin invoke this term when reacting to criticisms of her blatant use of violent rhetoric.

Blood libel. Rock on, dumb fuck. What next?

Crappy Birthday Rush Limbaugh

More than anyone, ever, Rush CARES.

He cares about the poor, black, Muslim teenagers.

He does.

Remember how upset, practically crippled with emotion, he was when 3 of them were mercilessly executed all to, what was the phrase, "protect US interests at sea." Pff. Rush stood up and said, "no, I will NOT stand by idly as poor, black, Muslim teenagers are murdered for no good reason (other than they hijacked a ship flying a US flag), I will NOT."

And he didn't.

His fat ass sat in his very comfortable chair collecting his very large checks. I know how that works, although my checks are considerably smaller (my ass is probably just as big if not bigger, since I can't afford all the Rx joy various hired prescription pads can point at me).

All the outrage is here.

Anyway, since that time, Rush has pledged $8 million to start a career training program for disadvantaged black teenagers across the world, to help keep them out of the world of piracy. Bwahahahahahaha, you know I'm just kidding. No, he moved on to criticizing whatever else Obama did, and then married his fourth wife who is WAY too fucking young for him, but I'm sure the fourth wife is the "true love always" wife and I hope hope hope there's no pre-nup. Pff, why would there be a pre-nup, it's his fourth wife, he's got to be serious about this one.

Rush Limbaugh, fighting for the poor black Muslim teenagers from April 14, 2009 to several minutes later on April 14, 2009.

Crappy birthday dude! Try not to choke on Oxycontin and/or have a massive coronary while attempting to fuck your far-too-young-for-you fourth wife... or do, whatever. I'm sure your endowment to help the poor black Muslim teenagers will keep your memory living on... wait, Obama used a salad fork?! ELITIST!!!!

Song of the Day: "You Wouldn't Have to Ask"

Bad Books with a sweet, harmonious, and ultimately rocking song at under 2 minutes... Christmas so soon?

Song: "You Wouldn't Have to Ask"
Artist: Bad Books

My reluctantly open reply to Amy

Months ago, June 2010, I wrote an open letter to a morning drive DJ. This DJ, who on the weekends is a judgmental Christian, criticized the White House's proclamation of June as Gay Pride Month. He made remarks about the gay lifestyle (you know, super awesome 24/7/365) as not being biblically justified. I said some things in response, many of which included the word "fuck" (shocking, I know).

And Amy replied to me in comments. And she generously left her Blogger ID so I could reply directly, which I tried to do. Except I couldn't. Details here including a weird case of mistaken identity.

I tried, but couldn't. So I'm reluctantly posting this here, just so I can fixate on something new.

In my letter to Burgess, I made the point that Jesus said nothing about homosexuality but an awful lot about loving everyone, and that if Burgess was using Leviticus, I wondered how he dealt with shellfish and tattoos down there in Alabama (here).

Her comments started by calling my words heartbreaking (really, I thought the spelling was okay) and then correcting me:
"Rick's statement was directed at someone who does attempt to Biblically justify their homosexual lifestyle."

No, Amy, it wasn't. I was responding to this article (here) where Burgess was reacting to the White House proclamation. And he was doing it on public airwaves.

I think you actually agreed with a point I tried to make in my letter:
"The entire Bible is God's Word, not only those verses spoken by His Son, Jesus Christ, therefore you must look at more than just the New Testament to know God's instructions for our lives."
Yes, totally! Which brings me back to the shellfish, Amy. The shellfish. The abomination that is eating shellfish.
Leviticus 11:9-12:
9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.
12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

Do you know who eats shellfish, Amy? Customers of Red Lobster. Customers of Olive Garden. Customers of Long John Silvers.

Do you know what Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Long John Silvers have in common? They all advertise on radio stations that play Rick & Bubba, and therefore the abomination of eating shellfish pays Rick's salary.

Can you imagine the betrayal of God's word that represents? After all, the entire bible represents God's word. And if you want to focus on a few passages in Leviticus, why NOT start with the shellfish, Amy?

The shellfish.

What kind of monster would cash that paycheck? What kind? Surely you keep your kids free of the shellfish.

As I said before, "Bible-based hatred, you don't get to cherry pick."

And I stand by that.

Because, the shellfish, Amy. Abomination, Amy.

PS, you might want to do a search on "Christian Jewish conflict" because "Jesus was Jewish, therefore 'real' Christians have the utmost respect for the Jewish people and their religion" strikes me as a little naive. Sweet, but naive.

Anyway, Amy, you know where to find me.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Song of the Day: "Tree by the River"

Lovely new music from Iron & Wine. Kiss Each Other Clean is out, um, soon.

[UPDATE: I really have fallen in love with this song--I think I've just clicked replay like 5 times. There's a 70s folky quality, and a nice low-fi ambiance as well. And "time isn't kind or unkind, you used to say" is just perseverating through my head.]

Song: "Tree by the River"
Artist: Iron & Wine

Monday, January 10, 2011

2010 Singles... don't you have a football game to watch?

Or something. Something else?

Song: "King of Anything"
Artist: could have been way worse, right?

Song: "Bad Romance"
Artist: wait, really, this was a 2010 singles? Am I drunk?

Song: "Solider of Love"
Artist: wait, this isn't even embarrassing, am I that ashamed of Gaga? Holy crap, I am. I'm a freak bitch, baby (sigh).

Song: "Telephone"
Artist: ouch, this can't be good

2010 Singles: "Teenage Lightning (And Lost Highways)"

Dean & Britta, with one of the best VU songs they had nothing to do with.
"I can hypnotize a pancake
I can levitate the Pope"

Teenage Lightning from Serhan Sahin on Vimeo.

Song: "Teenage Lightning (And Lost Highways)"
Artist: Dean & Britta

2010 Singles: "Hypnotize U"

N.E.R.D. muthafuckas.
"I can make your storm feel sky blue
Girl when you lost you know I'll find you"

Song: "Hypnotize U"
Artist: N.E.R.D.

Happy Birthday Ronnie Hawkins

Who? The Hawk. (Me neither, J-rod brought him to my attention.)

Dude begat The Band. THE The Band.

And dude fucking rocks. And for 50+ years. Check this shit:

Rock on rockabilly dude! Rock on! And happy birthday!

2010 Singles: "Ramona"

Beck as Sex Bob-Omb from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
"And if it's all a lie
The truth's not far behind"

Song: "Ramona"
Artist: Beck

2010 Singles: "Meet Me on the Equinox"

"Holy shit," you must be thinking, "how comprehensive is he going to be?"

"And let our bodies intertwine
But always understand
That everything
Everything ends"

Song: "Meet Me on the Equinox"
Artist: Death Cab for Cutie

"The morning sun when it's in your face really shows your age"

Birthday boy Rod Stewart is only 66.

He seems so very much older.

Here he sings to an older woman. Let's call her Meemaw.

Happy birthday dude! Finally won a Grammy (in the traditional pop category, but whatev... American Songbook 3... snore).

"Anywhere else now seems like a million miles away"

Seeing Shawn Colvin live won me over.

See her live.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

"To the doubts that complicate your mind"

Happy birthday to one of my favorite under-rated rockers!

Do I undermine that statement by selecting a decidedly pop song? Or does this just demonstrate that big dopey percussion and a pop of color in your accessories is all it takes to make me love a song/video?

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

2010 Singles: "The Ghost Inside"

Not every Broken Bells song is a total rip-off of another B-grade single. Or I haven't figured out what it does rip-off... either/or.
"Just like a whiskey bottle drained on the floor
She got no future, just a love to endure"

Song: "The Ghost Inside"
Artist: Broken Bells

2010 Singles: "Heathen Child"

Grinderman, man.
"She got a little powder
She got a little gun
She got a little poison"

Song: "Heathen Child"
Artist: Grinderman

2010 Singles: "The High Road"

I just can't shake this feeling that I've heard this song before...

Song: "The High Road"
Artist: Broken Bells

Song of the Day: "Time Machine"

Robyn... that's right.

Song: "Time Machine"
Artist: Robyn

Sunday, January 9, 2011


The National Enquirer, who has been 100% right on all things John Edwards-related, is reporting that Edwards is now engaged to Rielle Hunter (nee Lisa Jo Druck). Which is totally awesome for his bastard child and all. (Oh yeah, Edwards is denying this, which he's done in the past only to change his story, but I'm sure THIS denial is totally legit, honest.)

If you recall (here), Lisa Jo Rielle has a very special dream wedding planned that includes a rooftop ceremony in New York City, and an appearance by birthday boy Dave Matthews. Girl, you deserve your very special day. It took a lot of work to wreck that home, and very few home wreckers would have even attempted, what with Elizabeth being a saint AND having cancer... but not you. Target acquired, home wrecking commenced, bastard delivered, mission accomplished! Now it's Miller time. I mean Matthews time.

And I'm totally sure Johnny will be faithful with you. Unless, you know, you age or get cancer or something. Big dick narcissism can't be tamed.
"Oh my God, wait and see
What will soon become of me?"

Happy birthday Dave Matthews, you're just an innocent bystander except that your music appeals to home wreckers. So watch that.

"I've already paid"

Happy birthday to Joan B!

She said "taint"

Palin aide denies that "bullseye" = target or anything gun related.

"Those weren't targets"
"We were always going to give those clothes back, errr, to charity (especially the boxer shorts)"
"I'm totally qualified"
"I didn't fire my ex-brother-in-law out of spite"
"Trig is my kid"
"Katie Couric said 'up there in Alaska'"
"I'm remotely qualified"
"I was thinking of Alaska when I quit being governor 2 years early"
"I wrote a book"

Song of the Day: "Runaway Runaway"

Duran Duran!

I know.

I know.

Duran Duran – Runaway Runaway found on Pop

Song: "Runaway"
Artist: Duran Duran