Friday, September 28, 2007

Led Lucia Tull

Here's some music to tide you over for the weekend. I started out searching for a live version of Kashmir, the best song ever from Led Zeppelin. I found this one.

Led Zeppelin - Kashmir - Live

Then some more searching found me this.
Lucia Micarelli with Jethro Tull - "Kashmir"

And then I found this.
Ian Anderson and Lucia Micarelli; Thick As A Brick

And my final stop a new appreciation of a talented young lady on the violin. Lucia Micarelli. Here she is introduced by Josh Grogan.
Lucia Micarelli hits her solo spot

Kate Bush

The recent promos for CSI Las Vegas featured this first song. I won't be watching CSI, too many variations on the same story for me. I think it lost it's way four or five years ago. But thanks for reminding me of how great Kate Bush is.

Kate Bush - This Womans Work
Awesome and somewhat sad clip. Tim McInnerny (Lord Percy & Capt. Darling of 'BlackAdder' fame) guest stars as Kates greiving husband.

Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights

If artist X had painted celebrity Y

Check out the Gallery of the Absurd. It has current pop personalities "painted" by famous artists. I really liked the Andy Warhol section but my favorite is of course the Dali. I have always loved his art, and even these fake ones are interesting and very well done. The artist Fourteen 14 is cruel to many of her subjects, that's what I like about her. Check out also the Paris section. I'm thinking you could spend a month looking around this site, I probably will. Wow! Tears of Bush, so apt.

Fun on Four Wheels

We've all seen those car commercials where they perform amazing tricks and sweet moves. They always say Professional Driver on a closed course, do not attempt! Well here Renault bumps that a bit, because they are not afraid of what happens when they crash.
If you are still not convinced check out the second video where someone organizes a head on crash between a small Renault and a big ass old Volvo. Guess who wins?

Renault Ballett

Fifth Gear Crash-test Volvo 940 estate vs Renault Modus

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ninjas with bad habits

Being possibly women, it would appear they were dressed like ninjas. Warning, keep a look out for two females dressed in black, coughing a lot and trying to do their scratch-off with a huge Japanese Sword!

Blackwater gets a slide

No, this is not a video of a comedian mimicking a President, is is a so-called President ducking yet another important question. Could it be because he has shares?
Not Funny! Answer the question Mr Bush. Tell us about Blackwater.

Babelfish movie script

A Wicked Deception
From Blame Society Productions.
So you write a movie in English then you take Babelfish and translate it to French...then to German, then French again, and then back into English. I think all it really needed was Japanese actors and we would have the total package.

127 - Blues over Tehran

In our ever increasing search for something different in music let's check out some tunes from the Iranian (or is it Persian) band 127.
Perfect Esfehan blues video is a trip from Tehran to Esfehan.made by Reza Haeri one of the band. This blues song has a real jazz groove and would be excellent driving music even from London to Glasgow, or San Francisco to Seattle. The second song is much lighter and way more plaintive. Then in the third song "Power" they really break out, gotta love that piano it gave me chills. All in all a great band. Thanks my friend Pendar for the tip.
127 is an Iranian music band with roots in Iranian music melodies and jazz with alternative sound.
127 - Perfect Esfehan Blues

127 - To My World

127 - Power

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Climbing the worlds tallest tree

The best way to measure a tree is to climb it and drop a tape measure down.
The following quote is from USA Tourist News Magazine.
Since the year 2000, the Stratosphere Giant, located in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, held the "tallest tree" title. That was, until 2006 when the redwood tree, named Hyperion, was confirmed to be the world's tallest living tree. Hyperion is located on a hillside in Northern California and has a height of 379.1 feet (115.55 meters).
I haven't actually seen Hyperion myself, but the redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains are plenty enough to give me a stiff neck.

Give the Devil his due

Finally a show on The CW that is worth seeking out the channel for. I know it's been in my cable lineup since day one (when it used to be WB or whatever) but I have never felt the need to seek it out. So when I read the Tim Goodman review in the Chronicle I just had to find out which channel it was on. Watched it last night, wow, finally an hour long comedy worth watching. Reaper, is about a guy who's parents sold his sold to the Devil before he was born, and now the debt comes due on his 21st birthday. Happy Birthday fella! And if it keeps up this standard it could a have at least one loyal fan for life. And there is not too much on network TV I would say that about.

300 The Movie - No Project 300

300 the movie See some of the real art of Persia in this mixed up world. Many art styles are shown here from modern style beautiful people to fantasy paintings. See something different for a change. Broaden your mind. There is even some cool music by Farzam Rahimi and Meera. All in all interesting stuff.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

56 Lines about 13 Psychos

This coming Sunday (23, September 2007) sees the return of Dexter. That plus the Brotherhood means we finally have something to watch again on a Sunday night. Showtime picks up the ball after HBO dropped it, badly. If you have never seen Dexter, sad. He is the epitome of the best serial killers, but with a heart of gold (a little bit corroded). Here we have 56 lines (not 88 but then we're not singing about girls) about his thirteen victims from season one, enjoy. Michael C Hall has triumphed in his crossover from gay undertaker to ambiguous killer.

Monday, September 24, 2007

David Bowie

David Bowie the original chameleon. How he changes over the years, and generally gets better over time. Maturing like a fine wine or cigar. Enjoy.

David Bowie- Space Oddity Original Video (1969)

David Bowie - China Girl

David Bowie - Heroes

Friday, September 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Leonard

Happy birthday to Leonard Cohen, Canada's greatest singer/songwriter/poet. Today he is 73. So because there is nobody better, we will let him sing for his own birthday.


The Future

Take This Waltz

50 Years Ago

Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On (1957)
This is back in the day when Jerry Lee would kick over his piano stool and frequently jump onto the piano. Music was so damn good back then. I saw Jerry Lee at the Trocadero, Elephant and Castle, London back in the late 50's. Sadly this was the tour where the British tabloids found out about his 13 year old wife/cousin. So he only got to sing about four or five songs before he was booed of stage. I hated that at the time, all I wanted was to hear the music, I could care less who he married. Some countries have different customs to your own.

Rallying vs Demolition

This is either video of some good and bad rally drivers, or a new form of building demolition. All the way from Poland.

This is BS

Impeach Cheney and Bush, prosecute Rice, Rumsfield and Rove. Are we really going to let them get away with it. The 21st Century equivalent of Carpetbaggers. Here he is attempting to pardon himself, not even Nixon did that. Maybe it is time to make your voice heard. The Canadians are.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Feeling Crabby Today?

How do you like your crabs?
Walking or cooked?
Well here's some of the options.
We've got crab legs.
Epic 1980's Sea Galley TV commercial. This is a cult classic for people living in the Northwest.

The Coconut Crab aka Huge Crab

Invasion of the Christmas Crabs

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Lewis Black's two minutes of truth

Lewis Black talks about the incredibly annoying TV show ads during shows, also about the stupid crawl annoyances that are on every program nowadays. This was absolutely the best two minutes of the whole Emmy Awards show. It was worth sitting through the rest of it just to hear Lewis Black lay some truth down.

Prius: The best car for a drive by

This makes a great commercial, not that it could be shown on TV in the USA. U-Turns great take on the best gangsta car. Hilarious.

Darwin Runner Up Contender

Having snakes for pets, dumb
Having diamondback rattlesnake for a pet, dumber
Putting aforesaid diamondback rattlesnake in your own mouth priceless
A strong contender for Darwin award runner up (he lived)

Fifty most influential Bloggers

This site (North x East) has a list of the fifty most influential Blogs. If they had the top one million I doubt I would make the list. But it is interesting to see who is on there.
I'm sure you will find some of your favorites, and if not they may be some day.

Greasy Pole 2007

It's was that time again, Gloucester Massachusetts. Get a big greasy pole and extend it out over the Atlantic Ocean. Find a bunch of willing saps, er', gentlemen to walk said pole in strange garb. Watch them fail and visit the aforementioned Ocean. Maybe a tad of alcohol may have been involved. Throw in an AC/DC soundtrack and what do you have? Instant hilarity.

Maybe the soundtrack should have been The Nutcracker Suite!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

John Otway and Wild Willy Barratt

The craziest pair. But John really is an awesome songwriter and performer.
John Otway and Wild Willy Barratt - Really Free

Video Promo for the Otway World tour

A live version of Headbutts from Wild Willy Barrett and John Otway.

Otway's homage to Bob Dylan via that old Gloria Gaynor favourite 'I Will Survive'

John Otway at The Half Moon in Putney with The House of the Rising Sun.
otway half moon putney

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Not the over protective days

Back in the day we roller skated with four metal wheels on a platform that clipped on to your shoes or sandals, we had no helmets or kneepads or any other padding, we melted down lead to make toy soldiers, rode bicycles without helmets, didn't have cell phones or computers and certainly never complained to our mothers. For evidence check out these two kids, no complaining here.

Hell, frequently we would fight each other. With no padding or protective head gear.

Even the babies had to crawl across hot concrete to get fed.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Global Warming - redux again

Robin Williams on Earth to America talks about Global Warming, or the sad state of what we are doing to the world.

Blue Man Group on Global Warming
Also from Earth to America.
Your attention please. Thank you for choosing earth as your planetary vehicle. We hope you enjoy the many wonderful features of this planet, as you hurtle through the cosmos. Please note, that in the event of continued inaction in the face of global warming - your seat cushion can be used as a flotation device. Please take a moment to locate this planet's emergency exits. As you can see, there aren't any!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Leonard Cohen 1970

Here is a clip from my lost weekend of 1970. I went to the Isle of Wight festival and was stuck there for a few days after the festival unable to get on a ferry. It was England's Woodstock, or at least that's how we thought of it. The Who, Jimi Hendrix and many others were there as was Leonard Cohen. This is a wonderful, albeit short, clip from his performance.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela are two awesome guitar masters, check out their appearance on Letterman.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan was always one of my favorite comedians, so here for no special reason other than it is Friday is some fun stuff from Spike.

Spike Milligan - Life On Earth
Back in the day the BBC (or Auntie Beeb) was renowned for being very cheap, since they had no money from commercials. But as they were a Government body and raked in a license fee from every house in the UK with a TV I always found that concept a bit strange. Anyway here Spike Milligan has some fun at the BBC's expense.
Spike Milligan as David Attenborough, with the help of BBC expense accounts, asks the question "is their life on Earth?"

Spike Milligan interviewed by Russel Harty 1974
Russel Harty was prone to cracking up with virtually anybody who went on his show. I remember seeing Grace Jones on the show once and she scared the crap out of Russel. But here Spike cracks him up with stories from his war memoirs, which were a great read.

Spike Milligan - The Tribal High (The Cock A Knees)
Another of his spoof jobs on ancient civilizations, this time the cockneys.

Spike Milligan - Tiswas Clip - Master Dunce
This was one of his very funny appearances on Tiswas.

His greatest period had to be with The Goon Show, which was a radio show and as such there are no videos around of it, except for some clips from the final show. I think. But if anybody has any others please let me know.

Extreme Baseball Pinball Game

Those crazy Japanese TV shows are at it again. Here we have a combination Baseball, Pinball, sadism and cruelty. It is cruely funny.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Deep Purple

If you want to listen to some real heavy metal band, then you cannot do any better than Deep Purple. Especially when they were at their classic best with Ian Gillan (singer), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboard), Roger Glover (bass guitar) and Ian Paice (drums).
Deep Purple - Highway Star

And then since he provided the lead in to it here is .......
Deep Purple - Strange Kind Of Woman

This is one of my favorites, especially the Live in Japan version for the great vocal vs guitar section.

Water powered flying car

Here you have a car flying by water power (supplied by Fire fighters). Not very practical but impressive. Obviously no water shortage and not too many fires where this was taken.

Fire Fighters lift car with water!!! - Watch more free videos

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Scratching Post upgrade

My cousin is really into it. Me, I'd rather take a cat nap.

Metro's Greatest Hits

How does one obtain a drivers license in Houston, TX? I'm guessing, based on this video, as long as they don't see your white cane and your dog keeps quiet then you are in. I just hope no-one comes baxk to me to tell me it was the same Metro driver all in one night!

Maybe they need this guy to direct traffic for them. - Watch more free videos

Marissa Nadler - an old soul

This young lady reminds me of the younger days of Joan Baez and Leonard Cohen, such a voice. I find it strange that she has a following around the world, yet is virtually unknown in New England.
Quoted from The Boston Herald
She grew up in Needham, attended Rhode Island School of Design and broke into the music industry via open-mike nights. Yet Marissa Nadler is a virtual unknown in New England, though she is being hailed in Old England as a musical treasure. Raves in the British press (“uncommonly lovely . . . hard to get out of your head” - the London Guardian; “a bright talent . . . can’t wait to hear more” - BBC’s Radio One) paved the way for extensive European touring during the past two years.
Here you can catch a little of her wonderful voice from various places, including a local spot here.
Marissa Nadler "Diamond Hearts" - Live at Lou's

Chelsea Hotel # 2 by Leonard Cohen
Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco

Paris, France at La Maroquinerie for the Festival Les Femmes S'en Melent

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Greatest Rabbit from a hat trick

This is the greatest version of pulling a rabbit from a hat you will ever see, and of course you will never see it performed on American TV. Check out illusionists Barry and Stewart as they put a new/old spin on the famous trick. And if you don't LOL then you are not really breathing.

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Walnuts

So the Soprano's are finished on HBO. So to is nearly every other decent recent series they have produced, Deadwood, Sex and The City, John From Cincinnati, Six Feet Under, Rome, Carnivàle, Extras and Lucky Louie. Finished for the season Big Love and Entourage. And all we have left is Tell me that you love me (a truly depressing piece). But coming soon will be the next season of The Wire and to keep you going until that arrives look out for a new show with some old favorites, The Walnuts.

Anti Piracy Ads

Don't you just love those Anti Piracy ads that they put at the front of every DVD you buy or rent nowadays? I wonder if the ads get downloaded when the pirates are downloading the illegal version? The IT Crowd provides their take on them.

It's Every Cuss Word We Know

You gotta love the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. If you've never been, it is well worth a visit some year. Just make sure to book early. This year, Stuckey and Murray sum up the Fringe Festival the only way they can - with a filthy parody featuring some of the performers and friends they met in Edinburgh. I'm sure they already made their apologies to R.E.M. It is probably not something you would want to play at full blast in the office.

This video contains all known cuss words. Adult discretion is advised.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

The Amero - Truth or Falacy

What is the truth? Is King George trying to disband the United States to produce a North American Super Power (USA/Canada/Mexico) with himself as the titular leader?
The Canadians are worried, the Americans are complacent and who knows what the Mexicans feel.
Hal Turner shows proof that it is real.
Human Events seems to have an insight into it.
Amerocurrency seems to be investing in it.
Wikapedia throws in on it.
Michael Vail's blog seems to think it will cause problems.
The Canadian Free Press weighs in on it.
Now the reality is that only bloggers are finding this, except for a small mention on CNBC and Lou Dobbs on CNN. The network news and the mainstream newspapers are remarkably tight lipped. As is the government, but knowing King George would we expect anything other? What do you think, is it time to write your congressman?

Friday, September 7, 2007

John Lee Hooker, Warren Zevon and Marty Robbins

Just to get you through the weekend some music from some dearly missed souls. we'll mix the genres, with some Blues, Rock and Country.
First up John Lee Hooker, . My kind of recipe.

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

Next Warren Zevon's last live performance ,playing my all time favorite song of his
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner.

On October 30, 2002, after Zevon's terminal mesothelioma diagnosis, he was featured on The Late Show with David Letterman as the only guest for the entire hour. The band played "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" as his introduction. Zevon performed several songs and spoke at length about his illness. Zevon was a frequent guest and occasional substitute bandleader on Letterman's television shows since Late Night first aired in 1982. He noted, "I may have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years". It was during this broadcast that Zevon first offered his oft-quoted insight on facing death: "Enjoy every sandwich". He also took time to thank Letterman for his years of support, calling him "the best friend my music's ever had". For his final song of the evening, and his final public performance, Zevon performed "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" at Letterman's request. In the green room after the show, Zevon presented Letterman with the guitar that he always used on the show, with a single request: "Here, I want you to have this, take good care of it".

And finally for this round. one of Marty Robbins finest songs from a great Grand Ole Opry appearance.
El Paso.

Updated 5.18.2014 for the usual reasons, thanks Indy for leading me to the missing vids.

Kalinka - The Red Russian Army Choir

Friday afternoon musical interlude. Back in the day this band was one of the few Soviet attempts to reduce the cold war. They are still singing and playing as well as ever, here they are joined by the Leningrad Cowboys. For your enjoyment here is Kalinka.

Also check them out doing Delilah, move over Tom Jones.
Here are the Leningrad Cowboys out in front with Stairway to Heaven.

Lies, More Lies, and Damn Lies

Keith Olbermann on good form as usual. Why isn't the rest of the country listening to him? Why is the rest of the media ignoring Bush's lies? The only attack we are going to see on 911 is Bush attacking the truth again.

I stole the headline from Lew Rockwell, because he says it so well. I think the Aussies have the right view of Bush. Could this be because he doesn't know his APEC from his OPEC, and he wasn't even sure which country he was in confusing Austria with Australia.

The Miracle of Water

I came across Jeff Woodall via last-fm and really enjoyed this video of The Miracle of Water. When you just want to chill out this kind of music is really cool. Reminds me a bit of Enigma, one of my favorite ambient groups. Give it a listen while you are chilling over the weekend.

While My Ukulele Gently Weeps

So I was driving in to work this morning, listening to the KFOG Morning Show as always and they had Jake Shimabukuro on. I don't know if you have seen or heard him but he is one cool ukulele player. He is appearing tonight at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco (Sold Out) and will be back in November to play Yoshi's. His version of George Harrisons "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" has to be seen to be believed. He also performed Going to California the Led Zeppelin classic, which is on a new EP he is bring out soon. I for one will be looking out for it.

Check out also In my Life by the Beatles and Orange World.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Damn It - the substitute curse

Jack Bauer in 24 has a catchall curse phrase, because the FCC wouldn't like it if he used real world language. So I'm guessing we will have a new generation of "Damn It" explosions, or a bunch of drunks.

Star Wars - The one man show

This is the one man Star Wars theatrical performance written and performed by Charles Ross and directed by TJ Dawe. I missed it when he was in San Francisco, but he was interviewed on KFOG and performed part of it there. It was soooooo funny.

Daft Hands - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

I couldn't come up with a better tag line than the original. But I found this to be intriguing, whoever is doing the hands certainly is very talented. Not sure where that talent will take you, but have fun on the way.

Daydreamer - Adele

Adele is another new female talent from England, sounds a bit like Amy Winehouse which is not a bad thing, just hope she stays away from the drugs, etc. This is her singing live on the Jools Holland show.

And here is a brief clip really showing how great her voice is.

I understand there may be an album coming out soon, can't wait.
Big thanks to Popbitch for directing me to this wonderful new talent.