Friday, July 18, 2014

Song of the Day: "Sanctuary"

Jody Watley's follow up to one of my singles of 2013. This has got a great downbeat groove to it.

Me likey!!!

Song: "Sanctuary"
Artist: Jody Watley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Song of the Day: "Red Hand"

Remember a couple years ago when we were all jamming on Peter Hook-esque bass lines all year? Of course you do.

Well here's some more. It's Owl John, the dude from Frightened Rabbit, but you already already know that. And yes I meant to say already twice. That's how much you already know.

Song: "Red Hand"
Artist: Owl John

R.I.P. Elaine Stritch

I first recall Elaine Stritch back in 1987 when she was touted for a likely Academy Award nomination for Woody Allen's September (a movie that weaves together Uncle Vanya and the real-life killing of Johnny Stompanato by Lana Turner's daughter Cheryl Crane). It's one of Allen's bleakest movie (along with Interiors). Stritch is great (I didn't know that Allen made the movie over, clearly disappointed with the original cast--Stritch was one of the new players). It also appears to be Allen's least successful movie at the box office, earning an estimated $985,300, which means that I am personally responsible for 0.0007% of the movie's theatrical take!!!

Unless that was the year I had that free movie pass. Oh, right, it was. I saw it in the theater but I didn't pay (my lovely mother having gotten me a wonderful Christmas gift in 1986: a limited edition charity fundraiser movie pass that got me plus a guest into any movie at nearly all theaters in Atlanta [except for shows Saturdays from 6 p.m. to midnight]... at $400 I think it paid for itself by May).

Regardless, I'm pretty sure I fell asleep and you've probably never seen it, so watch the clip.

The next time I recall Elaine Stritch is in 1996 when she is used as a hysterical punchline in David Dillon's play Party. The play, set at a party (coincidence? I think not!) involves a group of gay men playing a variant on Truth or Dare and  by the end of the play every member of the cast is naked. I've seen it 3 times (in Toronto, San Francisco and Portland) because I love theater!

The game involves everyone putting celebrity names in a hat and has to somehow elicit that celebrity's name without... fuck if I remember. Did I mention that cast was always naked by the end? Viva Toronto!

Oh, and to translate this for any heterosexuals reading this (as if), that's the equivalent of someone entering Dario Franchitti in the hat at a regular party.


That is a great line from her signature song from Company, "Ladies Who Lunch." Company earned her the third of her Tony nominations, way back in 1971. She was already 15 or 20 years into her career by then. Take that 5 year old me.

The best way to find out about Elaine Stritch is from her mouth, in Elaine Stritch Live at Liberty. The one woman show won a Tony for Special Theatrical Event (but she did not win a Tony--all 4 nominations ended in a loss) and earned her the second of her 3 Emmy awards (she also won for an episode of Law & Order and an episode of 30 Rock). Her she recounts her first date with Marlon Brando...

Here's the Emmy speech...

She's always played a mixture of imperious and vulnerable, used to perfection as Colleen in 30 Rock. She was brilliantly crazy and I think we can all appreciate that everyone's mother has a little Colleen in her. Even mine.

No testament to Elaine Stritch would be complete without her saying fuck to Kathie Lee Gifford.

Tonight I'll drink to Elaine.

And one for Mahler.

Rest in peace dude.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Song of the Day: "Double Life"

Suddenly things are busy at the new pie chart bakery... WHEE!!!!

Here's new music from Work Drugs. Their neuvo-yacht rock smoothness is inspiring.

Seems like Mavericks was just out and already Runaways is coming soon.

Song: "Double Life"
Artist: Work Drugs

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Song of the Day: "Southern Sun"

The song's a year old but I only just heard it and deemed it worthy of posting late.

It's got a late 70s/mid-90s vibe (where the latter paid homage to the former) like Gerry Rafferty or something.

Or something.

Song: "Southern Sun"
Artist: Boy & Bear

Monday, July 14, 2014

Song of the Day: "Milwaukee"

The Both is Aimee Mann and Ted Leo (or Ted Leo and Aimee Mann). I have tickets to see them both whenever they are there. Possibly next month.

I'm fans of both separately so hopefully this will be like Reese's Peanut Butter Cup stuff and not some example of a thing I disliked when people I like work together.

The Return of Jezebel James.

That was a total piece of shit.

Song: "Milwaukee"
Artist: Aimee Mann/Ted Leo

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Song of the Day: "Crazy Stupid Love"

Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love
unrelated to this song

Today's song comes via Big Gay John and is by Cheryl Crow Cole, a woman I've written about but never posted a song from, and Tinie Tempah, a dude I have. John says he really likes it except for Tempah's rapping.

Cheryl's life is complicated so I'll let you read it here. Highlight: she has a new fragrance coming out in August!

Song: "Crazy Stupid Love"
Artist: Cheryl Cole/Tinie Tempah