Saturday, June 25, 2011

Song of the Day: "Us in the Sense of Forever"

Adult Swim, which brought me favorites like The Venture Bros., Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, also brings me music.

The resemblance to Bon Iver only helps cap a week of Bon and Bon-like music. But the song's title inspired its selection, after New York state recognized marriage equality for same sex couples. Expect the cats and dogs to being raining any minute now, if they haven't yet.

Song: "Us in the Sense of Forever"
Artist: How to Dress Well

Friday, June 24, 2011

For John McCain

Los Lobos, Shakira, other brown ones (hey, that was George H.W. Bush, not me) should re-record this and dedicate it to grumpy, grandpa McCain.

Build the dang fence!
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R.I.P. Peter Falk

5 Emmys, 2 Oscar nominations, The In-Laws and Wings of Desire. Truly a memorable career.

Rest in peace dude.

Happy Birthday Nancy Allen, Peter Weller


Allen appears to have made the same mistake hundreds of actresses make every day: she turned 40. Nancy Allen is age-appropriate to play Liam Neeson's wife!

Meanwhile, 3 years older Peter Weller works steadily to this very day. A coworker once told me he couldn't imagine seeing the band From the Jam without Peter Weller singing. I'm not sure why his fixates on Robocop like that, but whatev.

Happy birthday dudes! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "Staircase"

Newer than new Radiohead.

Song: "Staircase"
Artist: Radiohead

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Damn right

The view from my morning commute.

Song of the Day: "Skinny Love"

UK artist Birdy breathes new life into Bon Iver's "Skinny Love" making this the third Bon Iver song I've posted since baby Emma's birthday post last Saturday. Take that Katy Perry (wait, who's super popular right now then? Adele? Adele!) Take that Adele!

Song: "Skinny Love"
Artist: Birdy

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Song of the Day: "Calgary"

Bon Iver's second full length album, Bon Iver, is out this week. He/they were on Colbert Monday night, and it was something of a mess, in my never-humble opinion: it was as though the baritone saxophone player was experiencing that instrument for the first time right that minute.

I'm sure I'll get the new album--it's supposed to be a little happier, so it will be interesting to see how the sound holds up to a better attitude.

Song: "Calgary"
Artist: Bon Iver

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Willy loves me

I'll make it a double dog afternoon--here's Willy waiting on me this afternoon. Another Clark photo.

Midge enjoying Summer

I've been really worried about Midge's health lately, but apparently the girl's got some life still in her. Watch her rolling in what I'm sure is something stinky at the dog park.

Thanks to Clark for the video. Maybe we can work on not blocking the lens with his thumb...

Happy Solstice/Happy Summer

In the interest of full disclosure, it's only made it above 80 degrees like 2 or 3 times so far this year here in lovely Portland. Maybe above 70 today.

Happy Birthday Leland

It definitely felt like the shortest night of the year--found myself waking up to check on Midge (she's hobbling lately, and now prone to panting [it may be fireworks]), so I don't feel like I slept much, so I'm not writing much. And now here are some songs!

Happy birthday dude! Brunch soon/rock on!

Song of the Day: "Lorelai"

Another track from the new Fleet Foxes album. It's Leland's birthday, he'll appreciate this one.

With its bright blissful sound, everyone should, really.

Song: "Lorelai"
Artist: Fleet Foxes

Monday, June 20, 2011

For Your Consideration: Melanie Lynskey

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Two and a Half Men
If they're not going to let her play Charlie Sheen's character next season, they should at least get her a long-overdue nomination. She and the half-man are the only 2 show regulars who haven't been nominated. The show makes me laugh more than I care to admit, but Lynskey is its bright star. And I'm pretty sure she's been on too many episodes to be a Guest Actress (this season).

I know guys like this

Star Trek in the Park 2011

Begins July 9th.

Missing it would be illogical.

Or at the very least a bummer.

Hi Cher

It's also John Mahoney's birthday, and JM was in Suspect with Cher (hi Cher!). The movie is a little too contrived, but that's probably 99% of thrillers when you put them up to any scrutiny (really, she was frightened by straightened hand towels?). It was part of Cher's trifecta of hit movies from that year (along with The Witches of Eastwick and Moonstruck) and while it's not quite as bad as Nuts, the finale is seriously silly. And at some point, when Cher and Dennis Quaid are walking outside, someone walks by and says something that sounds a hell of a lot like "hi Cher" to which Cher says "hi" and they keep going. And so a joke amongst my friends was born, and lives on 24 years (at least).

The 25th Anniversary of 9-1/2 Weeks!!!

Yawn, me neither. Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger... shit. I want to force them to remake it, with their current faces, just out of camp curiosity.  It's John Taylor's birthday. As a member of Duran Duran he has 2 Grammys. As an occasional solo artist he has this obscurity from 25 years ago (it's not a bad track, all things considered--better than "Don't Worry Be Happy" or "The Living Years").

According to his Wikipedia entry he "dated fashion models, such as Bond girl Janine Andrews" [NOTE: she is listed in the IMDB credits as "Octopussy girl" and is one of 15 women with that same credit--"Bond girl" typically references the primary love interest of Bond, like Ursula Andress in Dr. No or Jane Seymour in Live and Let Die or even Maud Adams in Octopussy; NOT an extra in a Bond movie] ... "and 'Face of the '80s' Renee Simonsen, and was welcome at parties all over the world."

It says he was welcome, not that he was invited. Also these weren't necessarily A-list, fun, or even remotely desirable-to-attend parties, but I digress.

Happy birthday dude! I'm having a sock sorting party Tuesday night. You're not invited, but if you show up, you'll be welcome.

Stewart on Chris Wallace

(h/t Salon)

It's amazing that FOX News can't imagine someone without an ideological motivation. And yet not.

Song of the Day: "Sleep Forever"

New music from Portland's (recent) own Portugal. The Man. I read the word "Lennon-esque" in reference to this song, and I can't think of a better badge of honor to apply. Any band that can pull off the efficient pop brilliance of "People Say" then craft something considerably more epic and more elegant is a band worth paying attention to. Their new album, In the Mountain In the Cloud, is out July 19.

Option A--song only, a little over 6 minutes

Option B--song plus initially-incredible nature video that devolves into man-as-wolf/man-as-hunter first person indie film thingy, over 13 minutes (at least watch the first 5 minutes at some point--there are LOLz cats!!! [there are no LOLz cats, but I know what works with some of you])

Song: "Sleep Forever"
Artist: Portugal. The Man

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

I thought it was last Sunday, and late Saturday night I sent my dad an ecard... literally the least I could do. I realized on Sunday that I had another week and, lo and behold, ended up sending another ecard. It's been that kind of month with work. I did talk to him today, so there's that. Hopefully he can get up here this summer--get a respite from Florida's heat and hang with the dogs at the park when it's nice here.

Meanwhile, here are some holiday-themed songs, not really for him per se (hey, dude got 2 whole ecards from me), just a smörgåsbord of music, so sample a little of everything.

Adrian Belew "Oh Daddy"

Violent Femmes "Gone Daddy Gone"

Barbra Streisand "Papa Can You Hear Me?"

The Temptations "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"

Syd Straw and David Cale "Papa Was a Rodeo"

Baby Jane Hudson "I've Written a Letter to Daddy"

Happy Birthday Paula Abdul

What? She has a Grammy. She has an Emmy. That's the first 2 letters in EGOT.

Yes, they are the easy 2, but whatev. I think it's well within the realm of possibilities that she picks up a Tony for choreography. As for an Oscar, well, there's only so much I can do. And it's time for dinner. Here's my favorite song from her.

Happy birthday dude! World the all time song of music when the tomorrow begin sings! (She'll understand what it means.)

R.I.P. Clarence Clemons

He is far more iconic than this, his only hit under his own name (along with Jackson Browne).

I don't know that I knew it was him playing on "Freeway of Love," but it's so clearly him, or someone instructed to sound like him, as to seem obvious.

He appears on several songs on the new Lady Gaga album. And his imprint graces several pieces of truly great rock and roll. Which is better than winning a Grammy, right? (Bruce has 20, but none of those include the E Street Band.)

Rest in peace dude.

Song of the Day: "Birth of Serpents"

I had a boys' night out last night--a friend from Atlanta, one of his from SF, and Clark for his belated birthday hi-jinks. Went to see The Mountain Goats with Midtown Dickens at the Aladdin. A great show, a great time, and I got home around 2:00 a.m. reeking of cigarettes and ennui (too much talk about work). I didn't expect to smell of smoke in this decade--for a night at a rock show it helps the nostalgia.

I've written about how impressed I am with John Darnielle's songwriting. In a live setting he comes off as someone cross-bred from Charles Bukowski and Buddy Holly. The songs tend to the same 4 chords while the lyrics can be brutally frank. Occasionally they tend to abstraction as with this song, so hearing the context for his writing it was fascinating and odd. It includes Darnielle's life in Portland as a "wreck" of a teen, his return as a survivor, and the quick roller coaster of emotions from the anticipation of seeing someone from a past time to the confusion and sadness in discovering they passed away awhile ago once you get there--he wrote this song on 2 hours of sleep after the walk back from the pizza place in Northwest Portland to his hotel downtown. Lyrics below, if you're curious (I'm not sure I understand the symbolism, but love that the song has its genesis in Portland).

Song: "Birth of Serpents"
Artist: Mountain Goats

Let the camera pull back 'til the fullness of the frame is clear and plain
Peer into the screen until you see it all like a vision in a crystal ball
Let it all fill with smoke
Is this somebody's idea of a joke
Let the fixer work until the silver's washed away and take the picture from the tray
Look hard at what you see and then remember you and me and let the truth spring free

Like a jack-in-the-box
Like a hundred-thousand cuckoo clocks
From the Oregon corners
To the Iowa corn
To the rooms with the heat lamps where the snakes get born

Crawl through the tunnel and follow, follow the light northwest
See that young man who dwells inside his body like an uninvited guest
See the tunnel twist
Clutch your birthright in your fist
Let the camera do its dirty work down there in the dark
Sit low, rise high, and bring back some blurry pictures to remember all your darker moments by

Permanent bruises on our knees
Never forget what it felt like to live in rooms like these
From the California coastline
To the Iowa corn
To the rooms with the heat lamps where the snakes get born