Saturday, March 19, 2011

Super Mario Brothers as indie flick

Fucking awesome, and for reals.

Okay 3 things

Speaking of Motown (which we just were, see the Levi Stubbs thing), did you know that Bruce Willis was, at least for a while, the biggest selling white artist on Motown? I know.

And it's Bruce's birthday. So here's 3 quick things, including his hit single, a cover of "Respect Yourself"

1. That's NOT Mavis Staples singing with him. It's a Pointer Sister. Let's say it's Ruth until someone corrects me. I think that's a Pointer Sister's name. Ruth sounds more credible than Jenny or Denise.
2. His name was Bruno. Why?
3. Willis has 2 Emmys, 1 for Moonlighting, and 1 for Friends. Do you think Courtney Cox-Arquette is bitter about being the only cast member of Friends never nominated for an Emmy? How about the black dude from Six Feet Under? Does that count as a fourth thing?

The things you learn as a result of a 6 a.m. trip for donuts

(Or doughnuts, if you're all into spelling.)

Gracie decided 5:30 was "we've slept late enough" time. Which was followed by coffee and a trek to Heavenly Donuts (hey, 14 donuts in a dozen, it's an addiction)--this was actually planned in advance since I had to fill up the car (Clark and Midge are taking it to the coast this weekend; he's earned it by wainscoting the bathroom and wants a front row seat for the super moon tsunami tide, also Comet Elenin and Planet X/Nibiru, nuclear winds, and, I don't know, mesothelioma or sickle cell or something). And I heard this classic Four Tops song.

Marvin and Smokey had sultry, passionate voices, but Levi Stubbs, his voice had a gravitas, a sense of importance.  And then I found this at Wikipedia (here):
Although Stubbs was a natural baritone, most Four Tops' hits were written in a tenor range to give the lead vocals a sense of urgency.
As Cee-lo Green would say, ain't that some shit?

Here's another Four Tops classic.

"When the world falls apart, some things stay in place"
And I can't think Four Tops without thinking about this from Billy Bragg.

We're all stupid bitches

Song of the Day: "Never Let Me Go"

The name on the box says Human League, but I'm not sure what type of auto-tune software they're using, and apparently that's important these days. I feel like "Don't You Want Me" was like 30 years ago, so it must have come out when I was 2 and not, say, a sophomore in high school.

Song: "Never Let Me Go"
Artist: Human League

Friday, March 18, 2011

Song of the Day: "Morning Thought"

New music from Detroit band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., from their first full length album, It's a Corporate World.

Song: "Morning Thought"
Artist: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Jayhawks all the way!

It's that time of the year. The time when I give more than a meager acknowledgment to the existence of college basketball.

This year I'm rooting for Kansas and Kansas State, along with Ohio State and Duke, to go to the final four. Supposedly the upset of Louisville by Richmond helps Kansas in this regard.

And yes, I'm taking K State over Pitt, Florida and BYU. And no, I don't actually have a reason why.

Anyway, go Jayhawks.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Song of the Day: "Velcro"

New music from Irish band Bell X1. With a new release coming soon, I will be 2 albums behind.

Song: "Velcro"
Artist: Bell X1

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Can I get an AMEN?!

Right now only a sitting Democrat in the House is happier than me as we welcome Sharron Angle (R, NV) into the race for the House of Representatives.

"Bloop bleep bleep bloop"

Happy Birthday Lauren Graham

She's also the voice of Mother Maggie on Family Guy. And she was on that hit show Townies that introduced the world to the lovable Jenna Elfman.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

"Rows and rows of big dark clouds"

In the cross pollination of the angelic voice of Emmylou Harris and the sharp songwriting of Dar Williams comes birthday girl Patty Griffin.

Song of the Day: "Hell to the No"

It was between this and "Loser Like Me" and I'm picking this one because they've been woefully under-utilizing Amber Riley this season. And they rhyme "diabetes" with "Wheaties" which is also a plus.

Song: "Hell to the No"
Artist: Amber Riley/Cast of Glee

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Song of the Day: "Guns and Horses"

Ellie Goulding plus zombie marching band?

Song: "Guns and Horses"
Artist: Ellie Goulding

Monday, March 14, 2011

Song of the Day: "Contact High"

New music from Architecture in Helsinki.

Song: "Contact High"
Artist: Architecture in Helsinki

Sunday, March 13, 2011

"Wanna runaway and hide..."

Birthday boy Neil Sedaka has written like a gazillion hit songs over the past 50+ years, so maybe it's unfair of me to pick out their weirdness of him singing a break-up song with his daughter from 1980 for a post. I guess it's no different from Frank Sinatra and his daughter on "Something Stupid" but still...

Anyway, the song has a classic 70s schmaltz factor of 97, so listen to the clean audio in the second, but do celebrate the father/daughter love from the first.

Happy Birthday William H. Macy

First, let me clarify, because there are 2 William H. Macys (Williams H. Macy?).
L: William H. Macy, actor/R: William H. Macy, not yet actor
Only 1 of the 2 has successfully launched an acting career. The other is simply a drain on my finances and occasionally pees on my bed. It's entirely possible that either of those situations may blur and the 4-legged one could become the next TV sensation, while the 2-legged one could end up in my home (although how we get to him peeing on the bed is still a mystery to me, I'm sure there are 4 or 5 different scenarios).

Speaking of acting, did you know I have enough credits to qualify for a college minor in Theater? I do. Here's what that taught me: I am a bad actor. I am. I'm too self-conscious, too affected. You do realize that the phrase "act naturally" is an oxymoron, right? I learned that, and this joke:
A bum asks a business man to lend him a dollar. The business man says, "neither a borrower, nor a lender be,'--William Shakespeare." The bum replies, "'fuck you,'--David Mamet."
For the record, my minor in college is Biology.

I first saw Macy in David Mamet's movie Homicide. I mean, I saw movies with him in them, but didn't notice him, nor realize until just now that he was in Somewhere in Time and Kate & Allie (wait a minute, is The Kids Are All Right are blatant rip off of Kate & Allie? [no, but still... Lesbians parenting]).

How about some clips?

2 Emmy wins (like 9 nominations) and an Oscar nomination. And (this far) no peeing on my bed.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "Oh My Heart"

Another new track from R.E.M. This one fits, in mood and key, with "Discoverer" from December.

With R.E.M., PJ Harvey, and Destroyer, Eric's really falling behind on the "stuff he's expected to get so I don't have to" front.

Song: "Oh My Heart"
Artist: R.E.M.