Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I just saw him on a PBS broadcast of "David Broza At Masada: The Sunrise Concert" and had to put some of his music on my blog.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
David Broza (born September 4, 1955 in Haifa) is a Multi-platinum Israeli singer-songwriter. He has written several Israeli pop standards, including Yihiyeh Tov (It will be alright) and Mitachat La'Shamayim (Under the Skies).
Broza is a Sephardi Jew. His grandfather Wellsley Aron was a founder of an Arab-Israeli settlement Neve Shalom (translates to The Oasis of Peace)  and of the Habonim youth movement. The son of an Israeli/British businessman and a folk singer, David Broza was born in Haifa, Israel. He was raised and educated in England and Spain. Broza originally planned to become a graphic artist, and by age 17, was selling his paintings in the Rastro, Madrid’s famous Sunday flea market. However, after high school graduation, he was drafted into a three-year term in the Israeli military. Stationed away from family and friends, he began playing guitar in cafes to earn extra money, and was eventually offered a record deal. Since he still hoped to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, he declined. He later recorded a tape to promote his live shows. "Somehow, one of the songs became a #1 hit in Israel", he explains. At age 21, he became a superstar, and by age 27 he was being mobbed by fans in the street as his recordings were sold quickly.
Critics have labelled him as “a post-modern Leonard Cohen,” and the “Stevie Ray Vaughan” of folk rock.
If you haven't seen it keep an eye open for the "David Broza At Masada: The Sunrise Concert" that is currently in rotation on some PBS stations. Excellent concert, awesome background.
Here's a couple of tasters to get you interested.
Broza 5 Featuring David Broza with Cyro Baptista, Jay Beckenstein, Julio Fernandez and Francisco Centeno
This song features an extended percussion solo by Cyro Baptista.
Homecoming - from Massada Live Concert
Mideast Peace Song - "In My Heart"
Thursday, December 27, 2007
It's that time of year when people start making lists. And here is one I greatly enjoyed. The BEAST 50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2007.
Our picture shows 1, 2 and 6 no surprises there. But check out the rest of the 50.
Then if you are still in the mood for another list, try Wired and their The Top 10 Heartbreaking Gadgets of 2007.
I know this one well..........
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
As always awesome!!!
The guys from JibJab are on the ball with this review of 2007 done to the tune of "We didn't start the fire".
Gotta love it.
Anytime you need a laugh go visit JibJab.
The fog got real in London on Christmas Eve. This shot here is of the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf poking up through it. My little sister lives quite close to there, normally she can see these towers from outside her house, but she told me yesterday that she couldn't see them at all. Seems the Sun didn't shine through too much that day. And chaos abounded.
So in keeping with our quest for music, here's a new take on a classic song.
Top Gear's Richard Hammond was involved in a very serious accident last year when the jet-powered drag car he was driving blew a front tire and sent him tumbling end over end at 300 mph! No one was sure if he would live, and if so, if the brain damage that occurred would be permanent and what kind of quality of life he would be left with. The video is amazing!
Now, you can buy that very same car, what's left of it, on e-bay.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
A redneck Christmas "Wizards in Winter". One of the finest men I ever knew, Chuck, used to live in a Silverstream down on Anna Marie Island. I'm sure he would have loved this.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Here's a hard way to build a Christmas Tree, I think I'll stick to pulling mine out of the box, slot the two pieces together and plug in. But the preparation would be fun, emptying the bottles.
Christmas tree built from 1050 stubbies (250ml bottles), equivalent to 462 pints. Tied together with 300 meters of wire and decorated with 200 lights, with a bubble lamp in the centre. Tree stands 2 meters high and 1 meter wide at the base.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
I'm sure you, like me, have read many many variations on the "Night before Christmas" ode. Well here is Christopher Walkens take on it, very good.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even this mouse.
For I bit off its head, and shaved off its hair,
Stuck it in Timmy’s stocking, hung from the chimney with care.
But now you have to visit his blog to read the remainder.
If you have been here before you know I am a fan of Christopher Walken, as in when he cooked a chicken, appeared in Hawaii 5.0 and singing and dancing a striptease.
So I encourage you to go check out the rest of his ode.
Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer and astrochemist and a highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics, and other natural sciences. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
He is world-famous for writing popular science books and for co-writing and presenting the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which has been seen by more than 600 million people in over 60 countries, making it the most widely watched PBS program in history.
It occurred to me that many people may never have seen Cosmos since they were born after 1980 and I highly recommend they rent or buy the DVD. But for me the truly mindbending piece, which really brought the whole thing into prospective was the Cosmic Calendar. Here you will really get an insight into where your place in the Cosmos is. Ultra miniscule.
Then there is his explanation of where we are physically in the Cosmos, awesome.
What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off?
Wall-E, spends every day doing what he was made for.
But soon, he will discover what he was meant for, as he adventures across the galaxy chasing his dream.
Release Date: June 27th, 2008 (wide)
Distributors: Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation
Lookout for Wall-E World in Disneyland soon!!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Queen Elizabeth II becomes oldest British monarch
London: Today Queen Elizabeth II became Britain's oldest-ever monarch, surpassing the record of Queen Victoria.
Born on May 24, 1819, Victoria lived for 81 years and 243 days. Queen Elizabeth II moved past that record today, Buckingham Palace said. There was, however, no fanfare about the historic event.
The queen is also within eight years of breaking Victoria's record for the longest reign. She would pass that milestone on September 9, 2015.
The Queen is now the fourth longest-reigning monarch. She would overtake King Henry III on March 5, and King George III in 2012. King George III is better known in the States as mad King George, the King that lost America.
The Queen continues to carry out about 250 engagements each year and spends up to four nights a week at Buckingham Palace, which is known by the royals as the office, and three at Windsor castle, her favorite home.
The Queen is the second longest serving head of state in the world after King Bhumibol of Thailand. Her reign has seen 11 prime ministers, starting with Sir Winston Churchill. Her reign is littered with milestones.
Last month, she became the first monarch to celebrate her diamond wedding anniversary. She is also the first to have a prime minister born during her reign.
As Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest reigning monarch in British history, we take a look at some of her most significant waving moments.
As an aside the only time I ever actually saw the wave in reality (not on TV) was in the drive by of June 3rd, 1953 down Bow Road in the east end of London.
Queen Elizabeth II Will Leave Behind Long Legacy Of Waving
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Music for the holiday season, but never just straight forward.
The original members of Straight No Chaser perform their comedic version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" at the Musical Arts Center, Bloomington, Indiana. December 7th, 1998. Nearly 10 years and still fresh as ever. Get the DVD.
This is hilarious. They must have some twisted minds in Japanese TV.
Playing soccer in Binoculars!
Think about it, every player has binoculars strapped on.
Very very funny.
How many politicians does it take to change a light bulb?
If you think about the number of steps above, I wonder how many it really takes?
And of course if you think this is just a joke, check this link.
If you think about the number of steps above, I wonder how many it really takes?
And of course if you think this is just a joke, check this link.
Where are we going? How much truthyness is in this movie from BlimpTV?
Enjoy it, but give some thought to the reality. Who is making the most money from this Presidency?
Monday, December 17, 2007
Bill Bailey is a very talented musician/comedian from the UK. He pokes fun at various musical genres. His skewering of Cockney music is so dead on, it's hilarious.
Bailey is a talented pianist and guitarist and has absolute pitch. His stand-up routines often feature music from genres such as jazz, rock (most notably prog rock from the early seventies) and classical, usually for comedic value. Favourite instruments include the keyboard, guitar, theremin, kazoo and bongos. He was also part of punk band Beergut 100,which he founded in 1995 with comedy writer Jim Miller, and which also featured Martin Trenaman and Phil Welans, with Kevin Eldon as lead singer.The band performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006. Trenaman and Welans had previously appeared in Cosmic Jam under the name "The Stan Ellis Experiment", and Trenaman and Eldon later featured with John Moloney in the Kraftwerk homage "Das Hokey Kokey" on the Part Troll tour. Bill claims that himself and the 3 other performers are a Kraftwerk tribute band called Augenblick. To mark the final gig of the Part Troll tour on 1 January 2005 the band reappeared on stage after the "Das Hokey Kokey" joke to play an hour-long encore of music. [via]
Taken from Bill Bailey's "Part Troll", Bill plays Stairway to heaven and Woman in Red HillBilly style! As well as his Scott Walker / Slayer Love Ballad.
Bill Bailey outlines the standards of Cockney music, and uses examples where classical composers have been influenced by the cockney genre.
Jeremy Clarkson as always having fun road testing a vehicle.
But this time he does it without any control over it.
If you never watch car enthusiast programs watch Top Gear, it will convert you.
As an addendum, here are some alleged Jeremy Clarkson quotes.
"I'm sorry, but having a DB9 on the drive and not driving it is a bit like having Keira Knightley in your bed and sleeping on the couch. If you've got even half a scrotum it's not going to happen."
Illustrating the lack of power of a Boxster - 'It couldn't pull a greased stick out of a pig's bottom'
On the Vauxhall Vectra VXR: Clarkson: "There is a word to describe this car: it begins with "s" and ends with "t" and its not "soot".
Hammond: "So its fairly terrible then?"
Clarkson: "Oh no...losing your leg is fairly terrible: this is another league of badness!"
"the Suzuki Wagon R should be avoided like unprotected sex with an Ethiopian transvestite"
"Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... That's what gets you."
"Koenigsegg are saying that the CCX is more comfortable. More comfortable than what... BEING STABBED?"
Tonight, the new Viper, which is the American equivalent of a sports car... in the same way, I guess, that George Bush is the equivalent of a President.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Here is a very interesting animation.
Baginski has been behind other projects such as "The Cathedral", and is regarded as one of the greatest independent CG artists that this world has to offer. Honestly, this is stuff you would not normally find on any given day, as his work is some of the greatest I have ever seen. This plot involves a volunteer soldier that plummets to his death. A photograph is taken and sent by courier to a huge man, who adds it to his macabre collection.
If you are convinced your poop don't stink, then here's a way to improve it even more.
If you've got so much money that you're just looking for new ways to waste it, Tobias Wong and Ju$t Another Rich Kid created the Gold Pill for you. It's a pill dipped in gold and filled with 24-karat gold leaf. You're supposed to eat it "to increase your self-worth." That would be funny if it didn't cost $425 for the joke. Supposedly an added benefit is that it will make your poop sparkle, but no one seems to have proven that part yet (and if you do, please don't send us the pictures). This is either genius social commentary or a brilliant way to bilk rich people out of their money. If Wong's name sounds familiar, it's probably because he also created the $2,000 ccPhone.
Friday, December 14, 2007
About time, aren't they about 15 years overdue? Anyway hopefully we will get to see him at induction time.
So you mark the date we have a couple of songs from Leonard.
Leonard Cohen performs his classic song with a mind-blowing assist from saxophone giant Sonny Rollins.
Who By Fire
Shot Saturday, May 12th on Bay Street in Toronto, Canada (it was hard to keep the camera steady as people were trying to get closer to the stage...). Leonard Cohen performs "So Long Marianne" accompanied by Ron Sexsmith, Stephen Page, Terence Gowan and Tim Bovaconti. Shot and edited by Anthony Tooton. Thanks to tootough.
So Long Marianne
Judy Collins & Leonard Cohen
Judy and Leonard, taped for Judy Collin's show on PBS TV's "Soundstage" in 1976. For a stellar solo performance of "Suzanne" and of "Famous Blue Raincoat", listen to Judy's 1973 concert from San Francisco that you can find on the wolfgang's Vault web site. It is at www.wolfgangsvault.com.
Spike Jones and his City slickers, I used to listen to them when I was a kid (before TV) and have very fond memories of his antics, and his British substitute the Billy Cotton Band. Had he hung around he would have been 96 today. Happy Birthday Spike anyway. Here is some of his great music.
Cocktails for two - 1945
The Blacksmith Song - 1942
The Blacksmith Song (1942), another Spike Jones novelty tune, deals with World War II-era shortages, as a village blacksmith returns to prosperity, thanks to wartime tire rationing. (Note that the patriotic and ration-conscious "horse" accepts only one lump of sugar instead of two.)
The Fuhrer' Face
I Went To Your Wedding
No original video, but the original hilarious sound with slides added.
Trust Phillips to come up with yet another new conceptual product. Won't be long before it is available, maybe. Should be really cool.
To quote them from YouTube.
Tattoos and physical mutilation are amongst the oldest forms of personal expression and identity. Subcultures have used tattoos as a form of self representation; a visual language communicating personality and status. Philips Design examined the growing trend of extreme body adornment like tattoos, piercing, implants and scarring .
The Electronics Tattoo film expresses the visual power of sensitive technology applied to the human body. The film subtly leads the viewer through the simultaneous emotional and aesthetic transformations between two lovers.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Whether you do it before or after the holidays, you know you have to work out.
Either to get rid of the excess after the holiday, or make space to add stuff during the holiday.
Either way don't overdo it.
OK, in case anyone is considering it, I've found what I am really needing for Christmas. This has to be the ultimate gift for the techno wine connoisseur. I really really want one of these.
Still in a holiday mood, I received the following this morning, it made I larf.
“Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practised within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.” And then included was a link to this article in the Sun. Jon Gledstone who created the card is very funny and right on the nail.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I'm betting everybody and their uncle is blogging about Led Zeppelin today. From the lucky bastards who attended the concert to all us sad sods who weren't there.
So I'll start with some footage from ITN news, which includes a short portion of live footage.
And here to keep you interested until the DVD comes out, and you know it will, here is the best footage I could find on YouTube. I'm just sorry it's not Kashmir my all time favorite Led Zep track.
20 million applied for 20 thousand tickets, you know there has to be a tour. And if you want to read the ultimate review of the concert from Rolling Stone Magazine, check it out here.
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven Parts 1 and 2
Thanks to ClashMusic for this video, there is plenty of cellphone camera stuff on YouTube, but all a bit too frenetic.
Stop the presses: I found Kashmir, someone posted it. Thank you strummer356
This added at 5.37pm Pacific Time.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Check out Melo-M, a cello trio from Latvia. Talented and cool.
The groups three cellists Karlis Auzans, Valters Puce and Antons Trocjuks are professionally educated musicians who continue their studies with acknowledged masters of the cello.
Melo-M and Symphonic Orchestra of Liepaja - Final Countdown
Concert in Kipsala hall with the Symphonic orchestra of Liepaja and melo-m (3 cellos)
Melo-M and Intars Busulis - Ghost Busters
Intars Busulis is, I guess, a famous Latvian singer. You can check out more from him here.
Melo M feat Maizie Williams - Daddy Cool
A real time trip for anyone who remembers Boney-M. Melo-M, Boney-M coincidence? Could it just be that Maizie Williams is the longest surviving member of the original Boney M.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Redband Trailer means you have to be 18 to watch it, so if you are younger than 18, don't watch this.
Harold and Kumar fly to Amsterdam, screw up on the way, get sent to then escape from Guantanamo Bay and still somehow Neil Patrick Harris shows up (that's a good thing). If it is half as good as the first movie, this will be funny.
It's Friday afternoon, and as usual we need some music for the weekend.
'Tis the season etc etc. So if you are looking for some seasonal music you could do far worse than this little ditty from Tom Waits.
Tom Waits - Christmas card from... (live)
Billy Idol & Steve Stevens featuring this acoustic version of Rebel Yell
plus an interesting intro speech by Billy.
Billy Idol born in Edgeware, London November 30 1955.
His breakout came as vocalist of Generation X at their peak.
"Flight of the bumble bee" from Jennifer Batten's first album "Above Below and Beyond" produced by Michael Sembello.
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov would have been proud.
Hot Chips back with a brand new video for their forthcoming single Ready For The Floor!
Not the greatest pop song ever, but the video is pretty interesting. Nice technique.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
KFOG new releases Thursday as ever came up with a gem. Apparently the band was here in the Bay Area last night, missed it. But they sounded really good, kind of like Squeeze with an African beat.
Wikipedia describes them as Vampire Weekend is an indie rock band from New York City signed to XL Recordings. Despite the band members' occasionally preppy style, they are influenced by both African popular music and Western Classical Music. They describe their genre of music as "Upper West Side Soweto", performing such songs as "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," which references Congolese soukous music.
The first ever video for new XL signees, Vampire Weekend from their debut self-titled album available January 29 on XL recordings.
Vampire Weekend - Mansard Roof
And here is another of their songs, this one live from Seattle. Video not so professional, but you can hear the song. KEXP Seattle 9/22/07
Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwasa Kwasa
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Here Comes Another Bubble - The Richter Scales
The Web 2.0 "bubble" had it coming. A Silicon Valley music video by the Richter Scales.
Yes, I'll blog about this song!
Get the MP3 here.
Very smart take on the who Silicone Valley bubble(s). Anybody living here, or thinking about it will appreciate and/or be warned by this song.
Rabbit Outruns Hunting Falcon
Amazing rabbit outruns, out-turns, and outsmarts a falcon trying to hunt it in the Saudi desert, at one point the skillful rabbit actually jumps over the falcon which is swooping down in a heads-on frontal attack!
Monday, December 3, 2007
OK so you are feeling a bit bored, what to do?
Well just ski-jump of a hotel roof in Reno Nevada. What no snow to land on, just concrete. All is fine as long as you pull your rip-cord.
All for a good cause. Awesome.
What a line up
This has to be one of the best edited commercials I have ever seen.
It deservedly won a boat load of awards.
British Television Advertising Awards (BTAA), 2007 (Gold) for Cinema/TV
British Television Advertising Awards (BTAA), 2007 (Gold) for Television & Radio Station Promotion
Advertising Creative Circle Awards, 2007 (Gold) for Best TV Commercial
Advertising Creative Circle Awards, 2007 (Gold) for Best Special Effects or Computer Graphics
Advertising Creative Circle Awards, 2007 (Silver) for Best Cinema Commercial
Advertising Creative Circle Awards, 2007 (Silver) for Best Direction
Advertising Creative Circle Awards, 2007 (Bronze) for Best Editing
Kudos to the BBC
Too much time on their hands
This little toy surely was invented by someone with too much time on their hands.
I'm guessing they might work for this company in Hong Kong.
But who knows, it may make someone on your Christmas list happy.
Waterorgan Zadar, Croatia
Again on our quest for unusual music check the water organ in Zadar, Croatia. Wikipedia has the following to say about it. The Sea organ is an architectural object located in Zadar, Croatia and an experimental musical instrument which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps. The waves create somewhat random but harmonic sounds.
The device was made by the architect Nikola Bašić as part of the project to redesign the old city coast (riva), and the site was opened to the public on April 15, 2005.
So what could be bad about Zadar?