Saturday, January 5, 2013

Song of the Day: "Suddenly"

Who doesn't love a musical?

Becky and Chris, for 2.

But I can think of no better way to wrench every ounce of angst out of a story than to sing exactly what you're feeling. Why act when you can act while singing? Or act while singing and dancing (take that Richard Burton)?!

Actually I love a good musical, and I really love a bad musical. But I've never seen Les Miz. I probably will, in the not-too-distant future. And when I do, I will hear this song because, and I want to point this out, this song is real and not a parody song written by the South Park dudes. And it will probably get an Oscar nomination.

Where it will lose to some piece of shit from Randy Newman.

Oh, I should probably point out that the very thing that makes seeing bands live sooo much better than listening to albums or CDs or whatever also makes seeing musicals live a superior experience to movies or other video media. I got to see Hugh Jackman in the wonderfully awful The Boy from Oz and he is an amazing performer and I don't just say that because he's hot as fuck, but also he is hot as fuck.

This song is still a bit much though.

Song: "Suddenly"
Artist: Hugh Jackman

Quotes of the Day

(h/t Joe.My.God.)
"I am stuck in a pair of handcuffs." and "I am going to need some help getting out."-Father Tom Donovan of St. Aloysius in Springfield, Illinois calling 911... from work... his work being a church if that wasn't clear
When police arrived they found "some sort of gag" on Donovan (details here).

The church has granted Donovan a leave from that specific church so I'm sure that means everything's okay. Hopefully he'll be more careful when playing with handcuffs next time (his actual excuse, not that lying is a sin or anything [oh wait...]).

Friday, January 4, 2013

The funny part is the shipping cost of $47,000

Apologies if this is old news, but someone sold (and someone else bought) a single lot of 1,950 Star Wars action figures. Not mint in package (dumbass, they would have been worth as much as Delaware then!!!) but still a nice collection. $11,500 (not including the shipping or factoring in listing fees, etc.) which is roughly $5.90 per figure.

That's all, no particular point on this one (which is sooo unlike the other blog posts, amiright?)

What doesn't kill can still take a big fucking toll on you

The Norwhal Virus
Sonya thinks my starting 2013 with explosive discharge from both my mouth and my ass (I'd call it the Reverse Dawson Virus but then I'd have no idea what I was even babbling about) is a sign that it will be a good year. "The worse the wedding the better the marriage" or some aphorism (shit).

I'm a little more Dogbert on this one.

Of course what the fuck does he know, according to his page-a-day calendar it's Apruary 33rd.

Song of the Day: "Let Her Go"

Passenger was a band, now it's a dude. It's like Aztec Camera except not in that way things are only slightly like other things. Just like that in fact.

The older and more famous I get, the more I understand the need to craft a public persona as a magnet for the attention, the questions, the hounding of the paparazzi. They're like animals, let me get my coffee in private, please. Some people think I'm insane and those are just customers waiting on coffee, but I know better. They're insidious.

Which has nothing at all to do with this lovely little song. Yes, it's a bit twee, overly earnest and oh so wanting to be used in a very somber break-up scene in some CW show. That's why it's so fucking awesome. Listen to it and imagine the diary-keeping vampires locked in a final embrace right before she (who?) leaves one last time... it caps seasons of torturous angst. Or something, I don't watch.

Like I said, it's a lovely little song.

Song: "Let Her Go"
Artist: Passenger

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy Birthday Dan Harmon

Not Dan Harmon
Today's birthday boy is the creator of Community, a show I've praised as clever (here) despite Chevy Chase; only he's (Harmon) been fired from the show just as Chevy Chase left. Why can't I have a Community with Harmon but without Chase?! Also Ken Jeong is totally played out while Oscar winner Jim Rash is on the verge of annoying as well (but not yet, in no small part from his Angelina Jolie's leg stance).

His Emmy isn't for Community though, it's for "Hugh Jackman Opening Number" from the 2009 Oscars, Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. This is fun, but I was I rooting for the Colbert song.

Okay, here's some Community stuff and I'm going to sleep.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "The Woodpile"

2012 wasn't going away that easily. Around 8:00 p.m. I started to feel nauseated. The first time I vomited was roughly 2 hours later. The third time I vomited there was also surprise diarrhea. The fourth time I vomited there was only stomach acid; the diarrhea no longer a surprise.

I spent all day Tuesday in bed. I spent nearly all day Wednesday in bed. I did go to the doctor. "Wash your hands" he suggested.

Maybe it was food poisoning, the double stuffed baked potato being the only thing I had that David didn't, a possible culprit. But there had also been a new bin of organic produce delivered earlier--that kind of shit's always got... shit... on it. Apparently it doesn't rinse itself. Or just now on the news they say there's an outbreak of norovirus in the area (details).

Symptoms of norovirus include severe nausea, cramping, diarrhea and fever. People who have it may remain sick for one to three days. Some mistake it for the flu, but a flu shot will not prevent the norovirus.
So the answer to the question how was your New Year's Eve is...  it fucking sucked. Again. Fuck you 2012. I'd proclaim triumph over you but I'm not that dumb. Some audit or overdue book from 2012 could easily be the death of me, there's still time.

I didn't even get a chance to kick of the year with something anthem-ic or even survival-y. Not that I had anything like that handy. Instead I'll go with a band that makes me happier the more time I spend with them: Frightened Rabbit. The subject to the email letting me know about this video "I'm definitely not going to fuck about..."

Do you see what I mean? It's like they were developed in a lab just for me.

Pedestrian Verse is out next month and they'll be in Portland March 9th. Look for me and Clark there, unless 2012's tendrils have gotten one (or both) of us.

Song: "The Woodpile"
Artist: Frightened Rabbit

Monday, December 31, 2012

Song of the Day: "Nowhere, Massachusetts"

Black Prairie are from Portland, ergo they're all my neighbors. They may or may not (probably not, although vaguely I think maybe...) have something to do with 90s indie faves The Spinanes (indie fave=Wharton Rob liked them and introduced them to me, possibly in time for our 1994 virgin visit to Portland... when we were both 8 years old). I'm sure reading my confused ramblings from first thing in the morning are a highlight to your day. You're welcome.

The band definitely has something to do with my other neighbors' band, The Decemberists. 3 of the dudes in BP are also 3 of the Ds. Their second album, A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart, features this track and coincidentally (or was it planned) their first official music video.

I like it a lot so you should too. More importantly, it will make you look super hip when you're buying khakis and this song comes on, you'll totes impress the sales clerk. Associate, the sales associate.

Just because he's folding slacks doesn't mean he's not a person.

I guess.

Song: "Nowhere, Massachusetts"
Artist: Black Prairie

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Song of the Day: "Champagne Coast"

Blood Orange, not to be confused with Mock Orange or Deertick.

You're welcome for that.

Song: "Champagne Coast"
Artist: Blood Orange