Saturday, November 26, 2011

Suddenly a new challenger

Goldman Sachs announces its Presidential run at Salon (here).

GOP consultant Mark McKinnon, who is not involved in the campaign but is familiar with its strategy, said the decision to hire Mr. Nugent to speak for Goldman Sachs was based on thousands of focus groups and polls that were conducted over the last several months. “The focus groups loved Ted because he’s seen as a guy who doesn’t read books and who likes to shoot things,” said Mr. McKinnon. “And they felt he was their best proof that evolution, an unpopular concept among Tea Party voters, is total bullshit.” According to Mr. McKinnon, Goldman Sachs paid for its $1 billion in market research with profits made by betting against the capacity of homeowners to pay back the subprime mortgages it sold to them between 2004 and 2008.

Happy Birthday Marian Mercer

Before this morning I only knew Marian from It's a Living, a show with a fabulous theme song.

Okay, technically that's still all I actually know her from (well, that and she's Dabney Coleman's wife in Nine to Five), but she did win a Tony for Promises, Promises (the exact same role and award that Katie Finneran won a Tony for the other day). Here's Marian with Jerry Orbach (also a Tony winner for that production):

And here she is on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman:

Mercer passed away earlier this year, at 75.

Happy birthday dude. Rest in peace.

Morrissey health and fashion watch: George Michael edition

(h/t Towleroad)
George Michael is in the hospital!!! That's why he didn't show up for Thanksgiving dinner, despite repeatedly assuring me he would be there. He has pneumonia.


OMG, George Michael is copying Clark. Community acquired pneumonia (which is a shame since I like that show).
‘His condition has stabilised and he is responding to treatment.

‘From the current point of view, the time until recovery cannot be estimated, but he will not be able to perform the rest of the tour. Besides medical treatment, complete rest and peace and quiet are mandatory.’
Recovery does take a while. It's a shame his concert tour was canceled -- I was going to see if David could cover for him on the remaining dates*.

Get well soon, dude!

* As David covered for Clark [as dog nanny, houseboy] during Clark's hospitalization and recovery, and George is copying Clark, it makes sense.

Song of the Day: "Our Day Will Come"

Another posthumous track from Amy Winehouse, a cover of the Ruby & the Romantics hit (although with versions by dozens of artists including Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Cher, The Supremes, The Carpenters, k.d. lang and Dionne Warwick, you may know it as someone else's song).

Lioness: Hidden Treasures, a collection of some of Amy's unreleased music (well, unreleased until next Tuesday) will be released next Tuesday. As if that wasn't obvious. Only 1 of the 12 tracks was produced by Mark Ronson, for what it's worth.

Song: "Our Day Will Come"
Artist: Amy Winehouse

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mister Superman no home

The delightful Bill in Exile, once again:

Song of the Day: "Welcome to the Jungle"

I told Clark that Etta James covered Guns 'n' Roses, and Clark wondered if Axl was as excited about that as Etta was about this.

Since Etta doesn't make money from Beyonce's cover, but Axl does from Etta's, I'm sure he's just fine with it. Especially around the holidays.

Total tangent: you know, reading about Appetite for Destruction, I see that "November Rain" was written before 1988, which means it's probably really unlikely that Pet Shop Boys' "October Symphony" inspired it. And I really liked that idea. Carry on.

Song: "Welcome to the Jungle"
Artist: Etta James

Thursday, November 24, 2011

It's funny 'cause he assaulted all them kids

(h/t Clark, from @MarthaPlimpton)

Of course the officer has been placed on administrative leave which is far more accountability than the UC Davis Chancellor that requested the police clear the tents from the campus grounds (dude, tents... tents kill! unless, you know, they're in a Best Buy parking lot for 3 days so white people can get flat screens for like $200, in which case tents are fine, hippie) or any member of the George W. Bush administration have been held to (to which they have been held?).

Well, they did catch that Bradley Manning dude. I mean, he's being held indefinitely with no actual charges against him, in violation of both the US Constitution and the Military Code of Justice, but whatev, he did really awful stuff (by which I mean he exposed some really awful stuff that others did). [OMG, he gets a day in court! Details here.]

America, fuck yeah!

Song of the Day: "Love After War"

Next up in the handsome singer list, Robin Thicke, heir to the musical genius that is Alan Thicke (you take the good, you take the bad, and the end result is handsome, talented and looks good shirtless). I didn't know Paula Patton before seeing her in Precious (Based on the Novel Push, by Sapphire dot com), but was impressed. Turns out she's married to RT. And she's in the video here.

And, AND, the video was directed by Hype Williams. HYPE WILLIAMS (I know!). Much to my disappointment it's not all fish-eye lens and shiny balloon-type outfits against a black backdrop, but the cinematography is wonderfully French. Which makes me cynically wonder if that's just a pre-configured setting that cameras have these days. Anyway, good to see Hype's name again. Especially after Flavor Flav released that song about him...

Song: "Love After War"
Artist: Robin Thicke

I feel doubly validated

(h/t Glenn Greenwald at Salon)
It's funny cause they're BOTH war criminals!
According to Tuesday's Ottawa Citizen (what, you didn't get your copy?) some rich white dudes did something bad, per the article "Bush, Blair guilty in Malaysia 'war crimes trial'" (here). Oh, um, SPOILER ALERT.

My first validation is the reference to "crimes against peace" -- I feel better about using that phrase (which is technically what the unwarranted invasion is, a crime against peace; the torture of prisoners, that's a war crime). I wish they'd actually called them criminals against peace, but I guess I need to keep working on that one.
Former US president George W Bush and British ex-prime minister Tony Blair were Tuesday found guilty at a mock tribunal in Malaysia for committing "crimes against peace" during the Iraq war.
Does the fact that my reference is from a small town in the remote wilderness of Canada where English isn't even the official language make me needy? No, it means you're judgmental and stupid as 1) Ottawa is the capital of Canadia [or whatever it's called], and B) English is the co-official language [they're all bi-sexuallingual there].

My second validation is that George W. Bush was found guilty, but then, duh, obvs. Shit.
"The evidence showed that the drums of wars were being beaten long before the invasion. The accused in their own memoirs have admitted their own intention to invade Iraq regardless of international law"--The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal
Sure, the tribunal and its verdict are symbolic, but Bush's lawyers really ought to be treating these opportunities as pre-season games instead of treating them as byes. Because after George W. Bush 3 (which is to say Barack HUSSEIN Obama [it kills me that all the people who send you the "Obama is a socialist" emails have no fucking clue how exactly like W. Obama has been -- except for not being elitist and white, I guess THAT'S their objection... SPOILER ALERT, I guess]) retires in 2016, Bush might not be shielded from prosecution.

I guess Bush should suck up to Chris Christie just in case.

Oh, and war profiteer Dick Cheney will face charges of torture and war crimes, along with Donald Rumsfeld. I wonder if tickets are still available...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Song of the Day: "You Don't Know Her Like I Do"

Kenny who?
Brantley Gilbert is, a, um, musician type person who, um, makes... hey, here's a song.

Song: "You Don't Know Her Like I Do"
Artist: Brantley Gilbert

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Song of the Day: "Around the Lake"

New Weller, coming in 2012
Paul Weller's Sonik Kicks, his 11th solo album, will be released in March of 2012. If this track is an indication, he's taking to some new musical roads (I love the driving bass line, and there's a sleekness to the dark sound -- the things I like about Interpol are on display here, but I'm not comparing the actual sounds).

According to the email I received promoting this song: "On his eleventh solo album Weller continues to the push the boundaries, looking forward rather than back unlike so many of his contemporaries."

Or, in the words of Kodos: "As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball, but tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom." Clearly Weller and Kodos both speak from the same place. Rock on, both of you!

Song: "Around the Lake"
Artist: (Peter,) Paul (and) Weller

Monday, November 21, 2011

Worth 1,000 words

(h/t Bill in Exile -- also check out his collection of pepper spray and rubber bullet use documentation here)
From Scott at Bill in Exile via Joseph's FB

Song of the Day: "Mein Land"

"New German hardness" German metal band Rammstein meet Frankie and Annette in this fantastic video. While I'm not totally in to their style, musically, when you consider this video along with a special packaging they did 2 years ago (details here), I do appreciate their spirit.

Song: "Mein Land"
Artist: Rammstein

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Song of the Day: "Adios to California"

John Hiatt's 20th-ish album (not including live albums or compilations), Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns, came out back in August. I don't think I've gotten anything new from him in at least a decade (curse you, Ryan Adams, for ruining that perfectly good relationship), so I was delighted to hear this song ON THE RADIO last week. Seems like a mere 17 years ago I heard "Buffalo River Home" driving through the gorge and thought "maybe I really need to live here."

Song: "Adios to California"
Artist: John Hiatt