Saturday, April 2, 2011

"They say you got a broken heart"

It's Keren Woodward's birthday.

"Who?" you might be asking; why she's a member of Bananarama, and if that's not enough 80s culture for you, she also lives with Andrew Ridgley. And Gunther and I saw Wham [UPDATE: Eric corrected me, it's "Wham!"] in concert!

"I Heard a Rumor" was a Billboard Top 5 singles--it has Stock/Aiken/Waterman production oozing from it, but I'm okay with that. In fact, I think Wow! (which has S/A/W oozing for pretty much every song) is a really fun album. And it was in the movie Disorderlies, starring The Fat Boys, but I never saw it.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Happy Birthday Marvin Gaye

He has at least 4 distinct eras: duets, old school Motown, soul, and the later sexy stuff. The early 60s saw Marvin recording as a traditional Motown artist--his duets with Tammi Terrell spawned several hits, and "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" is iconic.

Terrell's untimely death at 24 years old shook Gaye considerably. He stopped performing live, refused to record any more duets, and tried out for the Detroit Lions. I said considerably, although it's possible that the Lions circa 1970 were less, um, crappy.

When he returned to Motown, he recorded the seminal What's Going On? and launched soul music: a fusion of R&B, latin, jazz and funk. The album dealt with poverty, drugs, war and pollution, and represented a shift from the Motown sound, and the label's first hit album that eschewed the staff producers and songwriters. Gaye became the first solo artist to chart 3 top-10 singles from 1 album.

The 70s also brought Gaye continued emotional problems, plus divorce, money woes, and drug problems. Which makes the success of his comeback all the sweeter.

Then his dad killed him. And he won 2 Grammys.

Probably not my most elegant birthday post. Sorry.

Happy birthday dude! Rest in peace.

Song of the Day: "Set Fire to the Rain"

Newish Adele, from her sophomore album 21. It's getting pretty good reviews, so maybe she's avoiding the curse of the Best New Artist Grammy.

Song: "Set Fire to the Rain"
Artist: Adele

Friday, April 1, 2011

OMG 2 weeks!!!

Song of the Day: "Secret Love"

New music from Steve Nicks. I'm not thrilled with the production on this--I feel like they've washed out the charms of her voice and music, but I'm happy she's back for another run. And I can't wait for the Rumors episode of Glee!!!!

Song: "Secret Love"
Artist: Stevie Nicks

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy Birthday Richard Kiley

"The voice you're now hearing is Richard Kiley. We've spared no expense."--Jurassic Park

By my estimation, the reference of Richard Kiley in Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park was thoughtful yet quasi-random. That Kiley provided the narration in the movie and in amusement park rides is, I've decided, a testament to him as a good sport. Or possibly that he liked being paid, but let's say he's a good sport.

2 Tonys, 3 Emmys including an un-embeddable, but quite memorable guest spot at Kathy Baker's father on Picket Fences (actually 2 nominations, 1 of them he won).

He's best known as "the man" in The Man of La Mancha. Here a later man of La Mancha, Brian Stokes Mithcell, introduces Kiley singing one of the signature songs. By the way, I sound just like him when I'm singing to my dogs. Totally just like this.

I won't embed it, but there's a TV movie starring Kiley with my beloved Bea Arthur here. And for no good reason, here's Kiley introducing Patti Lupone singing disco. Seriously? Seriously!

Happy birthday dude! Rest in peace.

Song of the Day: "Not Enough"

New music from Dino Jr's J Mascis. Love it! As soon as my 3-disk Grace Jones shows up at the library (it's en route) and I free up a slot in my queue I can add his new album!

Song: "Not Enough"
Artist: J Mascis

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Clarifying the selective nature of American military involvement

As always, Sir Jon Stewart.
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Song of the Day: "Doncamatic"

Gorillaz, but newer than Plastic Beach. I discovered this by listening to radio from the Netherlands yesterday (take that R. Kelly, the last musician I consider ubiquitous from the Netherlands, although that was 1998).

Song: "Doncamatic"
Artist: Gorillaz/Daley

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The 10-year rule meets Agatha Christie

(h/t John)

Ladies and gentlemen, meet your new Miss Marple.
39 year old Jennifer Garner
I guess Dakota Fanning was too busy.

Not that anyone's asked but here are some people who might have been fun in that role: Holland Taylor, Phylicia Rashād, Miranda Richardson, Frances de la Tour, Jane Seymour, Kate Jackson, and Lindsay Wagner.

Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Helen FUCKING Mirren are all too obvious.

Hell, Kevin Spacey in drag is a better option.

"The things that we had, the good and the bad, now it's parking lots"

Pere Ubu from like 1989.

Song of the Day: "Jubilation Day"

Steve Martin's on his way to another Grammy, and the Steep County Rangers are along for the ride.  J-Rod brought the album in yesterday and it's really well done, so if you like "a-pickin' and a-grinnin'," check it out.

Song: "Jubilation Day"
Artist: Steve Martin & The Steep Country Rangers

Monday, March 28, 2011

Technically that should be "fuck I'm fat"

(h/t Smith)
Someone email this to me--I'm not sure who originally created, sorry

Happy Birthday Stefani Germanotta

One of these days maybe you'll leave the meat dress at home, and just do another night of would-be Norah Jones songs. And the middle-aged monsters can leave Club Couch and we'll come see you at Wilf's or some place like that with a big piano.

As Lady Gaga, Germanotta has 4 Grammys and seems bound to conquer 2-3 continents before 2017.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

A geographic display of the correlation of penis size and IQ

(h/t Eric)


(Click map to embiggen.)

Song of the Day: "Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)"

The Wombats, of "Let's Dance to Joy Division" fame, attempt to establish themselves as more than a novelty song band. Not a lot more, mind you, but still, they're here as SotD for a reason.

Song: "Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)"
Artist: The Wombats

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The state of air safety videos in the southern hemisphere

Richard Simmons for Air New Zealand

Qantas has John Travolta

Happy Birthday Nathan Fillion

First, last and always he's Capt. Hammer. And the hammer is his penis.

It's his penis.

Here he is auctioning a t-shirt of his back.

Fillion is well position to assume the pinnacle of cool in a post-Patrick Warburton age (Warburton will be granted emeritus status). Speaking of Warburton, here's Fillion doing a guest voice role on The Venture Bros.

Remember back when he was the THIRD guy on Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (I think the pizza place went to Mandyville)?

Here he is on his gender bending remake of Murder, She Wrote (now called Castle), paying homage to Firefly because we all love inside jokes (OMG you should totally watch The Venture Bros.).

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "The Great Pan is Dead"

If you ever wanted to know what my failed industrial music (band name: angstMACHINE) sounded like, in my head, Cold Cave comes pretty close. Actually theirs is a fuller sound, but that might come from actually playing instruments and singing songs aloud. I like the urgency of the music--I'm not sure what they need, but they seem to need it pretty badly.

Song: "The Great Pan is Dead"
Artist: Cold Cave

Wait... there are rules about when you can pull your penis out?

(h/t Clark)

This Portland indie movie, Little Blue Pill, looks funny. Sorry, FUCKING funny (fuck you, Andrews McMeel Publishing). Unfortunately we missed the premiere last night (the good side to that is I am EXTREMELY BILLABLE this week), but it looks like the movie's coming to iTunes very soon.