Saturday, August 17, 2013

Song of the Day: "Make This Leap"

Work beat the shit out of me this week but I made it to vacation. 2+ weeks off. Not going back until after Labor Day (if then, c'mon lottery).

These are The Hunts, 7 brothers and sisters. I can't possibly imagine spending that much time with my siblings.

Song: "Make This Leap"
Artist: The Hunts

Friday, August 16, 2013

Song of the Day: "Love Reign Supreme"

Another track from Alison Moyet's The Minutes. She's playing San Francisco in November...

I might have to go.

It's not as big a trek as Glasgow for Roddy Frame but she's worthy of a flight south.

Song: "Love Reign Supreme"
Artist: Alison Moyet

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Happy 90th Birthday Rose Marie

I reach into the Wayback Machine for this Rebel Agenda classic post to celebrate the national treasure that is Rose Marie (where it says 6 years ago it's actually 9 years ago).

I saw her 6 years ago, at Bea Arthur's one-woman show in North Hollywood, back during my 6 months in LA. She used a scooter to get around, and was on oxygen, but I could tell, watching her talk to the various people who approached her, that she still has a lot of life in her.

If you know Rose Marie, it's most likely for her work on The Dick Van Dyke Show. But she had a few careers before that. Her first as Baby Rose Marie. She was a regular on the Vaudeville circuit, and had her own radio show. Her "talking" short film that showed before The Jazz Singer is historic (the first "all sound" film, albeit a short).
[UPDATE: My original video link no longer works. This clip is of Baby Rose Marie but not necessarily from the short mentioned above.]

Then she worked in the original Vegas nightclubs, literally hired by Bugsy Siegel. She performed at the opening night of the Flamingo Hotel. You've got to love that little footnote.

And THEN she got work in television. She costarred in My Sister Eileen (I've never heard of it either, but Elaine Strich was in the cast).

The next year she was cast as Sally Rogers and became part of television history. She's one of the first female roles in television that isn't defined by being a wife or mother (or similarly maternal relative). The character is the epitome of the word "brassy" or possibly "sassy" but either way, she's someone I'd want as a coworker.

Click here to watch the un-embed-able episode where Laura sets Sally up with her pharmacist cousin. At least I can embed bloopers:

Sally was part of the writing staff for The Alan Brady Show, which makes her something of an early career woman on television. She had to be as funny as Morey Amsterdam, but she also had to type 45 WPM, since she was the typist for the writing staff (it brings to mind the quote about Ginger Rogers doing everything Fred Astaire did, just backward and in heels). Rose Marie picked up 3 Emmy nominations but didn't win.

She did a lot of television after that, but the most notable was her appearances on Hollywood Squares. She was a regular for 15 years, in the top center square.

So there you go, the brassy, sassy, and quite fascinating Rose Marie.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "Hold On, We're Going Home"

Apparently I'm going to extend my complicated relationship with Drake.

I promise not to bother you with lots of annoying "why won't he love me" calls.

But I may want your help disposing of his body.

So head's up.

Song: "Hold On, We're Going Home"
Artist: Drake

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Song of the Day: "I Was a Fool"

Finally got the recent Sara and Tegan (every other album they switch up the order) from the library. I like this song because it's both retro and current, a little Cyndi, a little Alicia Keys, and a lot them.

Your mileage may vary.

Song: "I Was a Fool"
Artist: Sara and Tegan

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Song of the Day: "Copy of A"

Oscar and Grammy winner Trent Reznor returns to the Nine Inch Nails scene with a new album (Hesitation Marks, due September 3) and tour (they'll be in Portland in November).

The track is available as a free download from Amazon (for now anyway). It's described as Bowie meets Kraftwerk which is not the worst possible thing.

Song: "Copy of A"
Artist: Nine Inch Nails

Monday, August 12, 2013

Song of the Day: "Reach Out Richard"

Mayer Hawthorne recorded this one for his dad, I think.

Or me.

Song: "Reach Out Richard"
Artist: Mayer Hawthorne

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Song of the Day: "Lovers' Revolution"

Newish stuff from Iron and Wine's Ghost on Ghost.

Ghost on ghost crime is destroying the undead community.

Song: "Lovers' Revolution"
Artist: Iron and Wine