Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Emma Rose Shellaway

Sorry Paul McCartney, better luck next year.

Contractions started last Wednesday, so someone needs to get Allison a drink. And by drink I mean a big honkin' drink. That girl's a champ.

"For every life, forgo the parable/Seek the light, my knees are cold"

And just in time for Father's Day.

Happy birthday little dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "Always Spring"

From the newish I'm From Barcelona album Forever Today. This song was a perfect accompaniment to yesterday's sunny and 70s weather. And today's is gray and rainy and cool again (which is good napping weather!). If it's sunny where you are, enjoy. Me, I'm going to lay back down and sleep through reruns of The Nanny.

Song: "Always Spring"
Artist: I'm From Barcelona

Friday, June 17, 2011

Song of the Day: "Party Rock Anthem"

Big, unabashedly silly, dance/hip hop music from LMFAO with Lauren Bennett (I know!).

Now get up, get up, get up, get up, get up, get up, get up.

Song: "Party Rock Anthem"
Artist: LMFAO/Lauren Bennett

Thursday, June 16, 2011

"I know you and you cannot sing"

I said "that's nothing, you should hear me play piano."

Today is the 25th anniversary of the release of The Smiths' The Queen is Dead. A favorite. A classic.

Not in Swedish (they promise)

Another Green Lantern trailer... (or not).

The Weiner Dialogues

(h/t Johnny K.)

This is hysterical, but I've been too busy to post. It's unfortunate for Anthony Weiner that he didn't torture the girl when he sent the picture of his dick--because torture is never investigated, and torturers aren't expected to face consequences. America, fuck yeah!

Song of the Day: "Delay"

The band is Intergalactic Lovers and I encountered them via radio from the Netherlands (online, I don't get out much). If you're old enough to get the reference, they would have been played at Weekends. And if you're not, keep it to yourself.

Song: "Delay"
Artist: Intergalactic Lovers

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Waylon Jennings

Okay, this is weird. Jennings won a Grammy for a version of "MacArthur Park" (Richard Harris and Donna Summer had notable versions--this is the "someone left my cake out in the rain" song).

I'm tempted to stop here.

I'll give the outlaw one more, here's one of his biggest solo hits (his biggest, I think, is a duet with Willie).

Happy birthday dude. Rest in peace.

Song of the Day: "Love Love"

Who remembers the band Until December? Me neither. I have no idea why this new track from Take That made me think of UD. Take that, random memories.

Song: "Love Love"
Artist: Take That

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Song of the Day: "Helena Beat"

If Foster the People (or as I call them, "F the Peeps") end up more than a one-hit wonder ("Pumped Up Kicks" is a great song and is getting good airplay), this can be your drag name! The band's debut album, Torches, was released last month. Eric and I are grabbing it via Freegal, and this song is a stand out from the first 6 we downloaded (it's 3 free tracks per week, 3 of his, 3 of mine).

Song: "Helena Beat"
Artist: Foster the People

Monday, June 13, 2011


David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger wrote the opening number for the Tonys last night. It's fucking brilliant. And eligible the NEXT year's Emmys. Enjoy!

EGOT standings update

I missed the first part of the Tonys (dog food is one of a few items I'd really rather not run out of--I recorded it) but that's okay as I already knew the winners because I have the inter-webz and delays are stupid (I didn't notice ABC delaying the NBA finals). The inter-webz: it's good for more than just penis photos (although that is still the preferred application).

Here's a recap of anyone who added the "T" to their quest to spell EGOT:
  • Trey Parker-Stone and Matt Stone-Parker (I started to confuse their last names and this seems easier from a long-term perspective), already Emmy winners (one is an Oscar nominee, but I expect an original song in the movie version, so look for another shot in 2-3 years)
  • Frances McDormand, already an Oscar winner (and Emmy nominee)
  • John Larroquette, with 5 Emmys, will possibly appreciate how easy this award is to dust
  • Ellen Barkin has an Emmy? I mean, Emmy winner Ellen Barkin
  • Oscar winners Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner pick up a Tony for the exact same thing! (costumes for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert)... remember when she wore the dress made of AmEx Gold Cards!
Sutton Foster, Mark Rylance, Norbert Leo Butz, and Robert Lopez all went from Tony winners to multiple Tony winners, but EGOT only needs one T. Just saying. (It's possible a couple of other winners, like for lighting or sound design, also already had a Tony, but really, is that important?)

And while Neil Patrick Harris might only get another Emmy for his work, his closing was great (haven't seen the big opener). Hugh Jackman, take that!

Song of the Day: "I Spit Roses"

The Goth-father is back  with his eighth solo album, Ninth (there's also a live solo album, which would make this his ninth album, I guess, but otherwise, weird... like he's trying to trick his record label or something). It's a great track and the album's being met with favorable reviews, so dude's definitely still in the game.

Fun fact: Back in 1980 his business manager put some of Murphy's assets into a small restaurant concept, where you buy custom made uncooked pizzas that you take home and cook in your own oven. He is the Murphy in Papa Murphy's Take & Bake! Peter Murphy's Take & Bake didn't test as well in focus groups.

Funner fact: Bela Lugosi is still dead.

Song: "I Spit Roses"
Artist: "Papa" Peter Murphy

Phew, that was close

Good morning sports fans, let's talk hoops (as if I ever stop, am I right?). Who's happier this morning, Mark Cuban or Dan Gilbert? I'm thinking Gilbert. While Cuban continues to roll in money and seems to have a constant excess supply of serotonin, it's Gilbert who doesn't have to actually live up to his guarantee from last July.

What guarantee? Why this guarantee:
If LeBron and the Miami Heat actually won the NBA championship--as they were IN the finals, it was much more likely than an unprecedented write-in campaign giving the title to the Cavaliers--Gilbert was going to gift ownership of the Cavaliers to the city of Cleveland, donate all his personal possessions to help the homeless, and move to Toldeo (hey, it's worse than Cleveland). I mean, he didn't actually specify what the guarantee covered, but if it was all just talk than the dude's a jackass. And there's no room in the NBA for a jackass, am I right?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pretty flowers during errands

Happy Birthday Irwin Allen

Before he was the Master of Disasters, before he created some iconic television series, he won an Oscar as a documentary film maker. Nothing exploded. Yawn.

The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Land of the Giants, and his biggest show (although not longest running): Lost in Space. Here's the robot talking about working with Allen.

His movies embody a certain 70s all-star extravaganza feeling. The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure are both like extra long A-list filled episodes of Love Boat where things go really wrong.

Both movies won the Oscar for original song, and both songs were sung by Maureen McGovern, and if that doesn't mean something I don't know what does (or something). "The Morning After" I remember, but "We May Never Love Like This Again" (I guess "on fire") I don't think I've ever heard. Hearing it now, I understand... this won an Oscar.

Now I feel like I need to post "The Morning After" as it's a much better song (so inspirational).

Any so concludes the Irwin Allen birthday post. Yes, he did more that just that, but really you have to close with "The Morning After."

Happy birthday dude. Rest in peace.

Song of the Day: "The Roller"

Oasis - Noel Gallagher = Beady Eye

Beady Eye's debut, Different Gear, Still Speeding, was released in February, and if it sounds to you like they're doubling down on "Beatlesque" to compensate, well, who am I to argue? But I've said before and, no doubt, I'll say again, there are far worse things to be than "Beatlesque."

Song: "The Roller"
Artist: Beady Eye