Sunday, September 29, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
* Plus hidden track
1. Rasputina - A Quitter*
2. Chic - My Feet Keep Dancing
3. Talk Talk - Today
4. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - No Action
5. R.E.M. - Laughing
6. Beck - Scarecrow
7. Brian Eno - Needles In the Camel's Eye
8. Gogol Bordello - Undestructable
9. Neko Case - Magpie to the Morning
10. Jimmy Smith - While We're Young
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Here's something I just found out about today.
It's Jim Henson's test pilot for a series based on The Wizard of Id. And of course that's his unmistakable voice as the Wizard himself.Now it must be said that most of the jokes here don't really land. For that it's possible to blame the source. While Id could be fitfully amusing, Johnny Hart's best work before his fundamentalist breakdown was in B.C.. Still, while Henson and his compatriots can't make this hilarious, his innate craft shows. The simple, illustrative set, the business with the moving placards. This was a puppet show as it was meant to be presented. He just had to keep looking for his ideal project.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
1. Neko Case - People Got a Lotta Nerve
2. David Bowie - Heat
3. Beck - Missing
4. Roxy Music - Manifesto
5. Gogol Bordello - I Would Never Wanna Be Young Again*
6. Brian Eno - On Some Faraway Beach
7. The White Stripes - St James Infirmary Blues
8. Arcade Fire - The Well and the Lighthouse
9. Sarah Vaughan - Ain't Misbehavin'
10. Metric - Clone
* Sheer awesome
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Well, there's alternative comedy and then there's this. Most of the people who stop in - okay I could be wrong on this - probably haven't played with dolls in a long time, if they ever did. Nonetheless, you can now perform comedy for them.
"The whole point is just kind of to have everybody experience this silly, silly environment and take a break from the intensity of New York City and the intensity of being an adult with responsibilities," Firestone explained. "There's a lot of painful and uncomfortable things in the world, and this is really the stupidest thing you can do with your day."
I actually do see the therapeutic value of this taking childish things back out of the drawer. And I have to hand it to someone who gets an idea like this, which never would have occurred to me.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
This column defends - within the context of the upcoming Boston mayoral race - the association of politicians with union members. Oberal it's a good point, and I'm glad someone is publicly making it. But there's a "but" coming. Abraham stops to castigate the firefighters' and teacher's unions, the kind of unions its fashionable to dislike. In the latter's case, she writes, "Leaders of the Boston Teacher's Union, who are not fans of Walsh and haven'e endorsed anyone yet, do an injustice to dedicated educators by opposing changes that could transform many schools.
There's nothing really more specific here, so it's a little hard to get into. But there's an assumption here that measures opposed by teacher's unions would be a big boon to kids and schools, and that the representatives have only selfish and/or reactionary motives for opposing them. Selfish motives may play a part somewhere - they usually do - but I see on reason to assume the changes would be good. Educational reform needs more debate than it's getting, not less.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
1. Neko Case - The Pharaohs
2. The Bird and the Bee - Lifespan of a Fly
3. Yo La Tengo - I Should Have Known Better
4. Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - I'm Bored
5. Talk Talk - Happiness Is Easy
6. Lou Rawls - On Broadway
7. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - Night Rally
8. R.E.M. - Catapult
9. Metric - Speed the Collapse
10. Nat King Cole - Non Dementicar
Watched Wait Until Dark earlier tonight. It's a clever and creepy little movie, matching Audrey Hepburn who is perfect in that she initially seems too wimpy to even watch this movie, much less star in it; with Alan Arkin, who's not a loveable rebel this time so much as a demon escaped from Hell. Something tells me that if this story were filmed today it would be done a lot more ham-handedly. In fact it's basically already happened. Panic Room, from about ten years ago, is basically the same movie screamed through a megaphone.
Also read Mrs Pargeter's Plot, by Simon Brett, this week. Mrs Pargeter is the widow of a smooth criminal, and thereby an unusual detective story heroine. Rather pleasantlyskewed, in this novel.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
Anyway, I obviously won't have the book read by Tuesday. Time to get on with my life, I guess.
1. The White Stripes - Do
2. Love - Bummer in the Summer
3. Chic - What About Me
4. Rasputina - Thimble Island
5. Edith Piaf - Celine
6. Radiohead - Morning Bell (Amnesiac)
7. The Bird and the Bee - You're a Cad
8. Yo La Tengo - The Story of Yo La Tengo
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze
10. Neko Case - Don't Forget Me