Saturday, March 5, 2011

No, and no

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Maybe you will fall in love wither from the first sight.

"Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham Suite"

I've never seen Chess, so I can't tell you the extent to which "One Night in Bangkok" represents to work as a whole (it's composed by Benny and Bjorn of ABBA, with lyrics by Tim Rice), but it's certainly quite the 1-hit wonder from the 80s. And it's Murray Head's birthday, so here we are.

According to Wikipedia, Chess is one of the 10 essential British musicals, but its Broadway run was about 2 months total. Wikipedia also said Kirstie Alley is an Academy Award winning actress... how about the song:

Song of the Day: "Dark Fantasy"

This is the actual SOTD for Saturday. We should be back on schedule beginning now.

I've been listening to Kanye a lot back and forth between mom's and dad's. "Dark Fantasy" is the album's overture and West manage to reference Roald Dahl, Kings of Leon and Steve Urkel. I stand by my acclaim for this one (meanwhile I couldn't get too deep in Radiohead, so I need to focus on that next).

Song: "Dark Fantasy"
Artist: Kanye West/Nikki Minaj

My ass got kicked

My older sister and I played our first Words with Friends (which I will sometimes call Words with Friends with Benefits but that's way inappropriate in this situation and also, eew, girls). I was trounced.
Christina kicks my ass

Song of the Day: "Love Letter"

Delayed a day, in part due to my inability to tether this netbook to my Evo, even though that is a capability that helped me select the phone. I will have words with Sprint later today. But meanwhile, here's Friday's song of the day...

Song: "Love Letter"
Artist: R. Kelly

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Song of the Day: "History of Modern (part 1)"

I am successfully blogging from my Nana's living room (hooray) and about to drag my mother to walk on the beach in my awesome green minivan (we will drive TO the beach in the minivan, we will walk on the beach with our feet, but since this is Daytona, we could also drive on the beach, but I wouldn't call that "walking"). At some point we will discuss the fact that I had to call Dollar Rental's roadside assistance number to explain how to start the vehicle, but not right now.

Today we get another new OMD song. I might need to check out there recent stuff and give it a comprehensive review.

Song: "History of Modern (part 1)"
Artist: OMD

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Song of the Day: "When Love is Dying"

From the recent collaboration between Elton John and Leon Russell. They will appear on SNL soon, with John as host and Russell as musical guest... what a coincidence! I wonder if they'll sing together at all...

Song: "When Love is Dying"
Artist: Elton John/Leon Russell

"Corpus Christi seems so far away, and I'm not talking 'bout the miles"

I'm enjoying my layover in George Bush International Airport by testing out the new netbook. As we approached Houston, I heard Nanci Griffith singing "Lonestar State of Mind" (metaphorically heard it), so I thought I'd post. The sprawl of the city and the FOX News store in the airport reaffirm Portland as home. But I do feel like I should take a big stinky dump here, in honor of the Bush family legacy.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spring break/family visit

I'm procrastinating packing for a trip to visit my parents tonight. Tomorrow is my mother's birthday and I haven't visited my grandmothers in a couple years.

In addition to spending time with the family, there are forest fires, Daytona Bike Week, and the general joy of Orlando to discuss, so I will be blogging. Oh yes I will. And it should be in the 70s.

Soccer cousins

A mostly funny (a rarity) sketch from Portlandia (aka Brooklynia)

"Oooh, get her!"

A favorite scene from Jeffrey (Patrick Stewart is brilliant in every one of his scenes)--here he is with birthday boy Bryan Batt (who was also brilliant on Ugly Betty).

Happy Birthday Chris Eigeman

Back before Patrick Warburton became my official inner voice, I identified a lot with an inner voice that sounds like Chris Eigeman. He's great in Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco and Mr. Jealousy; delighted me by appearing in Gilmore Girls; but Kicking and Screaming (1995) and Barcelona are absolute favorites. Oh, and I liked the off-beat It's Like, You Know... Here are some clips:

1990's Metropolitan

1995's hysterical Kicking and Screaming

1996's magnificent Barcelona

1997 Mr. Jealousy
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1998 The Last Days of Disco

1999-2000 It's Like, You Know... (this clip doesn't do the show justice, Jennifer Grey appears as herself, openly frustrated by her nose job; every episode includes an explanation with the phrase "it's like, you know..." as in "it's like, you know when you have to go to the bathroom but you can't FIND a bathroom..." or something similar which, I know, doesn't exactly sound hysterical, but it was amusing in another-blatant-knock-off-of-Seinfeld way)

The eternal Gilmore Girls

As a writer/director Eigeman may or may not be working with Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg and Kate Bosworth for a movie later this year. We shall see...

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "Get in Line"

3 years ago I first heard the band I'm From Barcelona, who are from Sweden (not Barcelona, confusing).

Their fourth album, Forever Today, comes out in 2 weeks (not today, confusing).

There are more than 20 members in the band (confusing). Many of their names include umlauts and other diacritical marks (confusing).

At least the kitchen at the end looks like Ikea (i.e., Swedish).

See if this makes any sense to you.

Song: "Get in Line"
Artist: I'm From Barcelona

Monday, February 28, 2011

"Nymphs are dreaming"

It's Cindy Wilson of The B-52s birthday. Here's "Girl From Ipanema Goes to Greenland":

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

"An open smile on a friendly shore"

It's Gavin MacLeod's birthday... here you go.

My Oscar recap

1. Yawn. Maybe having Becky here was distracting (fun distracting, I recommend it) but I found the production to be un-engaging. In fact, I'm pretty sure Bek and I could handle hosting better than Franco and Hathaway. Plus, instead of being played off by the orchestra, winners who go long would be interrupted with me acting like an impatient 9-year old proclaiming "I'm SO bored!!!" and fidgeting with my phone.

2. Randy Newman has entirely too many Oscars. Especially when you factor in that it's the same fucking song.

3. Do you think Danny Elfman watched Trent Reznor win and thought "what the fuck?" Elfman's composed some of the most iconic scores over the last 20+ years and has a meager 4 Oscar nominations and 0 wins. Trent Reznor won an Oscar with his first feature film score. I'm not talking the relative merits of the works of either, just, well, who does Elfman have to fuck and/or kill to win?

How did I do? I have no idea (I started poorly, I know that)... let's look.
Best Picture: The King's Speech YES
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network NO
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech YES
Best Actress: Annette Benning, The Kids Are All Right NO
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter YES
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Fighter NO
Original Screenplay: The King's Speech YES
Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network YES
Animated Feature: Toy Story 3 YES
Art Direction: The King's Speech NO
Cinematography: The King's Speech NO
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland YES
Documentary Feature: Inside Job YES
Documentary Short: Strangers No More YES
Editing: The Social Network YES
Foreign Language Film: In a Better World YES
Make-up: The Wolfman YES
Original Score: The Social Network YES
Original Song: "Coming Home" (Country Strong) NO
Animated Short: The Gruffalo NO
Live Action Short: God of Love YES
Sound Editing: Inception YES
Sound Mixing: Inception YES
Visual Effects: Inception YES

That looks like 17-7 (71%, C-... that sounds right). I played Amy Adams and Annette Benning as spoilers, and that's what killed me.

Also, The Gruffalo? What was I thinking.

  • Trent Reznor adds an Oscar to his 2 Grammys. 
  • Randy Newman already had an Oscar so now he has 2... too many, plus 5 Grammys and 3 Emmys.
  • Aaron Sorkin adds an Oscar to his 6 Emmys.
There might be others but I'm bored with this post.

Song of the Day: "This Time"

Dude's name is Cassidy Haley. The first rule of Cassidy Haley's songs: you don't talk about Cassidy Haley's songs.

Is it time for me to start wearing eye-liner? Or guy-liner as it were.

Song: "This Time"
Artist: Cassidy Haley

Sunday, February 27, 2011

My competitive ballot for the office Oscar pool

I re-watched The Social Network last night. I appreciated it much more on a second viewing and wouldn't begrudge it any number of wins, although I'm still not able to get too excited about it winning Best Picture. Best Cinematography or Best Director though, for sure.

These aren't necessarily the things I'm rooting for, just what I think has the best shot of winning me bragging rights among my pie-charts peeps.

Best Picture: The King's Speech
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Best Actress: Annette Benning, The Kids Are All Right
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Fighter
Original Screenplay: The King's Speech
Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network
Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Art Direction: The King's Speech
Cinematography: The King's Speech (although if Roger Deakins wins his long-overdue first Oscar for True Grit, there will be cheers at my house)
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Documentary Feature: Inside Job
Documentary Short: Strangers No More
Editing: The Social Network
Foreign Language Film: In a Better World
Make-up: The Wolfman
Original Score: The Social Network
Original Song: "Coming Home" (from Cunty Strong... I mean Country Strong)
Animated Short: The Gruffalo
Live Action Short: God of Love
Sound Editing: Inception
Sound Mixing: Inception
Visual Effects: Inception

Happy Birthday Chilli

Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas is the "C" in TLC, the 4-time Grammy winning female hip hop act that ruled the 90s (well, they shared ruling the 90s with En Vogue, and I guess, technically Boyz II Men sold a gazillion more albums than them, but it's not any of their birthdays, so far as I know, so shut up).
"I'll never let another get that close to me
You see I've grown a lot smarter now"
It's T-Boz's voice that won me over, her smokey voice in this song specifically. If I could go back in time to that bowling Christmas party, I would totally swap this song for Sarah MacLachlan (CUE BECKY: "Groan!").

"When I need 2 feel love
Why wait 4 so long"
"Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" is fun, and you can hear Chilli on this one, so I'll include it (although it's not really a favorite--is it racist of me to say I never took to Left-Eye's rapping?). Watching this video takes me to back to In Living Color on FOX and Fresh Prince of Bel Air... God I am old.

"The 23rd of loneliness and we don't talk like we used to do"
CrazySexyCool from 1994 is their biggest selling album, certified as Diamond (albums selling more than 10 million copies [10 times Platinum], which is rarefied air in the music industry). "Creep" picked up the Grammy for R&B Duo/Group with Vocals. And it was their first #1 song. And the song went Platinum (possibly through considerable casingle sales... remember them).

"Don't go, Jason Waterfalls"
I think "Waterfalls" is their biggest hit. It picked up several MTV Video Music Awards and was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammys. It takes TLC from the New Jack Swing/hip hop world to a bigger, broader sound with elements of jazz and neo-soul. When I lived in Dallas I remember someone talking to a DJ about how the song was about a guy named Jason Waterfalls who killed himself.

"My outsides are cool/My insides are blue
Every time I think I'm through/It's because of you"
Fanmail (Grammy for Best R&B Album) brought 2 more signature songs. "Unpretty" is probably their most elegant song, and predates Christina Aguilera's thematically similar "Beautiful" by like 3 years.

"Cuz I'm lookin' like class and he's lookin' like trash
Can't get wit' a dead-beat ass"
I leave y'all with a great showcase for Chilli's voice and I song that may not be their best, but is certainly their most fun to sing along with. Here's "No Scrubz":

2011 is the 20th anniversary for the band, and while the death of Lisa Lopez makes it bittersweet, I'm glad they will be celebrating this year, including a big show in Atlanta this summer (details here).

Happy birthday dude! And all y'all, rock on and/or rest in peace!

"You can't afford to waste good liquor, not on YOUR salary!"

It's Elizabeth Taylor's birthday and the Oscar she deserved (of her 2, she deserved to win 1) is from the darkly excessive Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? With 13 Oscar nominations, it is among 3 movies to have its entire credit cast nominated for acting Oscars, and holds the distinction of being the only film (thus far) to be nominated in every possible category for which it was eligible.

I thought I'd read that at some point, playwright Edward Albee had conceptualized George and Martha, the older couple, to be 2 men. But I have nothing to back that up.

Oscar winner Haskell Wexler (we've been over this one, you know him) maintained a sense of claustrophobia by only using mid-range and close-up shots. The viewer constantly has another person RIGHT THERE IN THEIR FACE... until the very end.

For no apparent reason, this clip repeats, so stop when you see Elizabeth singing again.

Oh yeah, should it go without saying that Sir Mike Nichols is a genius? Cause he is. He is a genius... and, AND full EGOT credentials. Liz has 2 Oscar wins with 3 additional nominations, and a Tony nomination.

Happy birthday dude! Please rest comfortably.

"Edible lactose gold"

If you haven't seen Kay-dollar sign-Ha's new video, it's fun. It's a mess, musically, but I will take a video that includes a funnily self-aware James Van Der Beek (he went to the mall, you know [HIMYM reference]) and a rainbow laser fight among unicorns. The dialog is funny, so listen to it on low volume, so you don't get overwhelmed with the auto-tune.

Song of the Day: "Blind Faith"

If you combine Shaggy, Martha Wash, and a typical late-in-the-rave track in a food processor, you might get something like Chase and Status. I mean, a metaphorical food processor... a real food processor and you would not have room, Martha Wash alone would take up a lot of room. It would need to be the size of a walk-in closet and who processes that much food at once? Not me. Not you, surely.

Not even Martha Wash.

Song: "Blind Faith"
Artist: Chase & Status