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Monday, June 30, 2008

Leonard Cohen - Glastonbury 2008



Man, I was at one of the first Glastonbury Festival, but I missed this one. As I recall David Bowie, Traffic and Melanie were there, very early seventies.
Still it's quite a trip to go back for a festival. My days of tramping through mud are over I think.
Here's a few reviews I found around the net. Sounds like it was the event of the year.
Hopefully the USA tour will be announced soon.
The Guardian says: A crowd-wooing selection of favourites from the master. He's your man.
The New Musical Express says: The star started the song just as the sun was setting, and further delighted the massive crowd when he changed the lyric "I told the truth, I didn't come here to fool ya" to "I told the truth, I didn't come to Glastonbury to fool ya". The crowd sang every chorus with Cohen, and gave him a massive ovation at the end, when he took a bow.
Gigwise.com says: Veteran performer Leonard Cohen praised the “angels born of the mud” during his performance a the Glastonbury Festival yesterday (June 29th). Cohen's set on the Pyramid Stage was one of the highlights of the final day of the festival and comprised of a majority of his classic hits, including 'So Long, Marianne' and 'Suzanne'.

And of course a big ups to routeoz, without who's perseverance none of this would be appearing here.
Thanks man!     He disappeared.

Suzanne


Tower of Song


So Long Marianne


Hallelujah - with special adapted lyrics for Glastonbury


Updated all videos 2.15.2012 because the originals shuffled off to wherever You Tube shuffles it's dead videos.

Genesis - Dancing with the Moonlit Knight



Live at Shepperton 1973 Genesis with Peter Gabriel.
I didn't remember Phil Collins with that much hair, and I also didn't know that Peter Gabriel knew David Bowie's dresser.
A very interesting video, from a great time in the world of music. When Prog Rock really was.



26% Popularity gets you zip



From Keith Olbermann Countdown: George Bush arrives in Raleigh, N.C. waves at spectators, they don't wave back. Waves again, still no wave back.
The public has it right at last.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Anna Ternheim



I just got this CD by Anna Ternheim called Halfway to Fivepoints. I've been enjoying listening to it and thought I would share a couple of tracks with you for the weekend. She has a nice melodic voice.
Anna is a Swedish singer-songwriter who performs in English. She released her debut album Somebody Outside in 2004. The Swedish Grammyjury awarded her as Best Newcomer of the year, and was nominated for Best Female Artist, Best Lyricist and Best Songwriter of 2005. She also won the P3 Guld award for Best Newcomer 2004. For her second album, Separation Road released on September 27, 2006, she was awarded Best Female Artist and Best Lyricist of the Swedish Grammyjury, again she was nominated for Best Songwriter and Best Album. P3 Gold awarded her Best Female Artist the same year. April 22, 2008 was released her US debut album Halfway to Fivepoints.
To Be Gone, My Secret, Girl Laying Down, Today is A Good Day and Shoreline (a Broder Daniel cover) remain her most popular songs.
[Wikipedia]

To be Gone


Lovers Dream - with Fyfe Dangerfield

Leonard Cohen in Ireland




Leonard Cohen at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, on Saturday 14th June 2008.

He continues on the European stage of his 2008 World Tour, and we are still avidly waiting news on the USA tour dates.

So here's a little something something to keeps us going until that time.



If It Be Your Will - with the Webb Sisters


Hallelujah


Tower of Song

Leonard admits that what he has been waitin' for all these years is the "Dee Doo Da Dom Dom, Dee Doo Da Dom".
Here are some more songs from the Canadian section of the tour.

Rolling Stones - Sympathy for The Devil





One of Rock's seminal moments.
The Rolling Stones performing one of their greatest songs at Altmont Speedway in 1969.

This is the best video I have seen of this, it has certainly been cleaned up somehow.
Pity they were unable to go back in time and clean up the damage that was done that night.


Sympathy for The Devi
l


The Altamont Speedway Free Festival was an infamous rock concert held on December 6, 1969, at the then-disused Altamont Speedway in Northern California, between Tracy and Livermore. Headlined and organized by the The Rolling Stones, it also featured, in order of performance: Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, with the Stones taking the stage as the final act. The Grateful Dead were also scheduled to perform between CSNY and the Stones, but canceled shortly before their scheduled appearance owing to the increasingly disorganized developments at the venue. Approximately 300,000 people attended the concert, and some speculated it would be "Woodstock West." Filmmakers Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin shot footage of the concert and incorporated it into a subsequent documentary film entitled Gimme Shelter.
The event is best known for having been marred by violence, including one homicide and three accidental deaths: two caused by a hit-and-run car accident and one by drowning in an "irrigation canal".

See what The Rolling Stone has to say about the "Worst day in Rock N Roll".

Joe Cocker - misheard



I don't know who did this, but they did a great job on it. So what we have is some great music from the real Woodstock concert. With some good humor thrown in. Sit back, relax and enjoy.



Don't know who April is, but hope she enjoyed it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Subtle




As one scours around the internet certain things jump out at you, some slap you in the face and others you miss completely. Once in a while you come across something so subtle you have to double check it. I missed this the first time, but after I paused and re-examined it, wow! I'm still laughing.


Courtesy Halbot Mail, I don't know anything else about it. Halbot is in Czech or a similar language I am not familiar with. But they get some really cool photos there.

Curved Air



Curved Air the groundbreaking British progressive rock band featuring original members Sonja Kristina on vocals, Francis Monkman on keyboards and guitar, Darryl Way on electric violin and vocals, Florian Pilkington-Miksa on drums, and Rob Martin on bass. The band was a unique and powerful combination of a remarkable female vocalist and virtuoso musicians. Each member was an innovative artist who inspired a generation with their renowned live performances....
And boy were they ever awesome, I don't remember how many of their concerts I attended. But it was more than a few.
I was first introduced to them, as were so many by the hype that came from Warner Brothers over their first release which was released on a painted vinyl album. A lot of folks thought they were a hyped band and dismissed them, that was their loss. They were so much better than the hype of the album. The album was in fact brilliant, but the decorated versions were terrible in that they popped, jumped and skipped. I ended up buying another copy where the art work was on the cover and not the album, played much better. But the art version did look good on the old Thorens deck.

Lovely ballad sung by the beautiful Sonja Kristina. From a Belgian music program sometime in 1972.
Melinda (More or less)


Sonja Kristina on lead again, as always.
Marie Antoinette

Live at belgian TV, 1972 - updated 12.28.2011 for the usual reasons.

Daryl Way very much up front for his piece de resistance.
Vivaldi


In addition the following musicians were part of Curved Air at various times.
Ian Eyre played bass on the second album
Mike Wedgwood played bass on the third and fourth albums (later in Caravan)
Eddie Jobson (later Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull and UK) played keyboards and violin on Aircut
John G. Perry (ex-Caravan) played bass on Midnight Wire
Stewart Copeland (later of The Police) played drums on Midnight Wire and Airborne. He was a full member of the band between 1975 and 1977.
Tony Reeves (ex-Greenslade, Colosseum, John Mayall) played bass on Airborne.

Five years, Thirty Six Years Later



David Bowie, Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC2, 1972 what more do you need to know?
You know it is going to be great whatever he sings. Then he does Five years.
Awesome, awesome.





Pushing thru the market square, so many mothers crying
News had just come over, we had five years left to sigh in
News guy wept and told us, earth was really dying
Cried so much his face was wet, then I knew he was not lying
I heard telephones, opera house, favourite melodies
I saw boys, toys electric irons and t.v.s
My brain hurt like a warehouse, it had no room to spare
I had to cram so many things to store everything in there
And all the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people
And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people
I never thought Id need so many people

A girl my age went off her head, hit some tiny children
If the black hadnt a-pulled her off, I think she would have killed them
A soldier with a broken arm, fixed his stare to the wheels of a cadillac
A cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest, and a queer threw up at the sight of that

I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlour, drinking milk shakes cold and long
Smiling and waving and looking so fine, dont think
You knew you were in this song
And it was cold and it rained so I felt like an actor
And I thought of ma and I wanted to get back there
Your face, your race, the way that you talk
I kiss you, youre beautiful, I want you to walk

Weve got five years, stuck on my eyes
Five years, what a surprise
Weve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, thats all weve got
Weve got five years, what a surprise
Five years, stuck on my eyes
Weve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, thats all weve got
Weve got five years, stuck on my eyes
Five years, what a surprise
Weve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, thats all weve got
Weve got five years, what a surprise
Weve got five years, stuck on my eyes
Weve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, thats all weve got
Five years
Five years
Five years
Five years

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

21st Century Schizoid Man


21st Century Schizoid Man was a song by the progressive rock band King Crimson from their debut album In the Court of the Crimson King. One of my favorite albums of the era. I'm sure I wore out at least one vinyl copy.
This version by a group of Asian female string players is awesome.
But I have no idea who they are.
At one point it was thought they were "Vanilla Mood".
But I don't think that is true anymore.
If anybody has any idea who they are I would be grateful to hear.





Office Olympics


It's that season again when the world gears up for the office Olympics.
First up we have the Russian almost synchronized swimming team.
I don't know what is funnier, the concept or the fact that they missed by just this much.
Офисные олимпийские игры



Monday, June 23, 2008

Insurance Jive


Do you speak Insurance Jive?
Their television ad is not what you might expect. It's not traditional. Or typical.
It's called "Insurance Jive" and it features a nurse (actor Beth Broderick of "Lost")
who -- reminiscent of the Barbara Billingsley character in the 1980 movie "Airplane" -- translates insurance jargon for a hospital patient and her husband.
Sounds funny, right? Well, "Insurance Jive" actually packs a punch. State Senator Sheila Kuehl and our friends at the California Nurses Association liked the ad so much, they decided to put up money to air it in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
As Beth Broderick says in "Insurance Jive"... it doesn't have to be this way.

Go see what you can do to help at the Courage Campaign.



Why?


Things that make you go hmmmmmm (or maybe make you scream).

1) Oil companies and many lawmakers are pressing to open up more U.S. areas for drilling. But the industry is drilling on just a fraction of areas it already has access to.

2) The war in Iraq had nothing to do with oil

3) Kristol: Bush Might Bomb Iran If He 'Thinks Obama's Going To Win'
In other words if they can't re-take the country in a fair vote, they are gonna frighten you into it.

Matt McIntosh - What It Means To Bleed


What It Means To Bleed: Matt McIntosh's second video from 2007's The Basement Demos.

Matt McIntosh
(born January 13, 1971 in southwestern Connecticut) is a singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for his longtime involvement in the American hardcore-punk community since the mid-late 1980s, touring and recording with bands like Hatebreed, Deathkiller and The Eventide.
In early 2007 McIntosh began recording and performing using his proper name, producing a dynamic more akin to traditional American singer-songwriters than the genre he is known for. During the summer of 2007 a handful of what were believed to be McIntosh's home recordings turned up on file sharing music sites under the heading The Basement Demos. As of November 2007, McIntosh has officially released The Basement Demos via free download, exclusively through the popular music scrobbling site Last.fm.






Previously featured New England Rain

Burger King $200 Burger


Only in London! If they did it in the States it would have to be a Fuddruckers Burger. They have the best burgers outside of home made.
Anyway Wagu Beef, Truffles, Spanish Cured Ham, Champagne Onions are in this burger. You would have thought they could have got it in a decent bun. That looks just like the everyday bun that Burger King always sell. Maybe even just a decent crusty bun would have improved the taste. Anyway the proceeds went to charity so I can't really understand what the complainers are complaining about.



The Best of TV News Lip Slips


Those impeccable, unflappable news readers once in a while they drop the ball.
And when they do, you betcha someone is there to show us the pieces.

Check out this video of some of the best (or worst depending on your point of view) lip slips in recent news.




Sunday, June 22, 2008

Odd Pairings


Today I present for you some odd couplings in singing duets.

I know the old TV shows used to pair some strange pairings, but these are some that worked.

Others that come to mind are David Bowie and Bing Crosby, and of course Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

The first is from just such a TV show.

Tom Jones and Janis Joplin performing 'Raise Your Hand' together on 'This Is Tom Jones' from 1969.


History Repeating with Shirley Bassey and Propellerheads from 1998


Tom Jones and Art of Noise sing a Prince song ... Kiss (1991 maybe)




Friday, June 20, 2008

James Hunter


James Hunter is a modern singer who unapologetically embraces the R&B sounds of the 50s and early 60s. Hes developed a sizeable following in the UK for his brand of authentic soul music, which he is now bringing to the US. He found a fan in legendary singer Van Morrison, and ended up touring with him on both sides of the Atlantic. At a time when radio is spewing a fair amount of anti-music, there's a lot of appeal to his work that basks in engaging tunes, soulful vocals and the simple arrangements of guitar, bass, saxophone and drums.



I am really enjoying playing his new album "The Hard Way".
Sounds very much like Sam Cooke.
Here is a live version of the title track from his tremendous new album.
The Hard Way


Another track from that same new album album,live in concert in Holland.
Jacqueline


As always you can listen to some tracks for free at Last.FM.

Aaradhana


Aaradhana (Aaradhna) Patel (born: December 1983), is a New Zealand hip-hop artist under the music label Dawn Raid. Aaradhna is of Indian and Samoan descent.

Known as the First Lady of Dawn Raid, Aaradhna got a lucky break when Brotha D, co founder of Dawn Raid Entertainment was on tour in Wellington and was getting his hair-braided at her grandmother’s house.
Her family made her sing to him and he instantly signed her up in 2003.

Her recently released album "Sweet Soul Music" contains a complete smorgasbord of classic soul tunes.
Didn’t I Blow Your Mind
I Want You Back
Betcha By Golly Wow
Sunshine Of My Life
Wish It Would Rain
Bring It On Home
Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing Feat. Adeaze
Let’s Get It On
Let’s Stay Together
Natural Woman
Ain’t To Proud To Beg
Heatwave
Just My Imagination
Warrior

Give her a listen.


Betcha By Golly Wow



I'm Voting Republican


Not. But in case you are, enjoy the irony of this movie.
This would be really funny if it was not so scary, but that is the Republican way.
Scare the populace into submission.







I'm Voting Republican
is a satirical look at the likely outcome of another four years of Republican government. The not-so-subtle message behind the film is the importance of a united bloc of citizens willing to take the time and effort to vote Democrat in order to improve America's domestic and foreign policy.
[Thanks Suzan]

Thursday, June 19, 2008

PlanX - Monday Freakin Mornin


A tense subject, but a cool laid back song.
I really like this.

On their You Tube page they say ..........
We are a collective based in London and Bucks. We mostly have normal jobs and are not full time musicians.
We have been together for the past couple of years...
As individuals most of us have worked in different genres, which means when we get together as Plan X anything goes.
No single genre defines us! We are influenced by music from everything and everywhere.
Some of our songs, like 'Monday Freakin Mornin', lean towards R&B and Hip Hop,
while others may have a more Rock or Reggae vibe.
We are currently recording the rest of the songs for our debut album.


Their site at PlanX.cd appears to be currently off-line, but I bet it will be back.



Can you please let me out


So here you are on the way to the airport after dropping off your rental, or maybe on the way from the airport to pick up your rental. And you get on the bus of the driver who can't tell left from right. Ooops!!

Is this Hertz? Not exactly.


Dumb Woman Bus Driver - Watch more free videos

Windows 2 - Crooks 0


Windows finally win something. This is a hilarious video about dumb criminals.
Funniest surveillance tape I've seen in a long time. Thanks Sarah.

Every month, LawyerShop TV brings you a clip of a stupid criminal in action. This month, we bring you not one, but TWO stupid crooks. A surveillance camera caught two men breaking into an establishment by throwing boulders through glass. But the plan doesn't work, and both would-be burglars end up getting knocked out by the boulders -- one at a time.




Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Anti-American Non Energy Bill


Here Representative Ted Poe, Republican for Texas, explains the stupidity of the new bill the requires all Americans to install Energy Saver Light bulbs before 2012.
The good news is they are ONLY made in China.
No conflict there.
Don't worry about the Mercury.
Edison is turning in his grave.



Grace Potter and the Nocturnals


Vermont based band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals create a funky blues, soul and rock sound. Lead singer Grace Potter is only 24 years old and a multi-talented individual who plays the Hammond B3, piano and guitar. She's been compared to Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt, who called the band "one of the most soulful new bands around."

Sun Studio Sessions "Sugar" where GPTN's visit to the studio included many great moments and seeing them put together this new song is right near the top. I believe they started writing it before coming to Sun, but definitely finished it here and then started playing it out fairly consistently on the road since they were here.
Sugar


Grace Potter and the Nocturnals work out some parts and perform "Outta My Tree" as part of the Sun Studio Sessions series. A great night with seven total cuts, including a brand new song to be aired soon!
Outta My Tree


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Rugburns - Dick's Automotive


When eventually a live in concert version appears, or someone does a better video I will feature it. Meanwhile I just cannot continue this blog without the best rock narrative song of all time. Dick's Automotive!!
Thanks to channel933 for putting it out there.
Where did the Rugburns go?
They were great songwriters. This song just has it all, neat hooks, falsetto voices, good instrumentation, a compelling story line and a tremendous beat.
Ain't nature bitchin'. You can sing-a-long with the lyrics below the video.





One, two, one, two, three, quattro

John was living in Ocean Beach, California with his girlfriend, Julie, when he decided one day, Hey, Jule, let's move up north. To northern California where the air is clear and the skies are blue and they have more traditional family values. What do say Jule? So they loaded up their car and they moved up north to the Santa Cruz mountains near the Byantine Winery into a one bedroom trailer behind the bowling alley. Two blocks from the supermarket. One more block to the south

Of Dick's Automotive
Dick's Automotive
Dick's Automotive
Dick's Automotive

John applied for a job at Dick's Automotive and Dick came to the door and he said, Tell me Johnny boy. Can you rotate the tires on a '72 Subaru? He said, No. Well then, can you change the oil in a '76 Pinto? He said, No. Well can you rebuild a holly four-barrelled carburetor on a '69 Camaro with a big 'ol hearse shift rod? And he said, Um, no. Do you have a girlfriend with long, red, curly hair. Creamy, milk-white thighs. Big full lips. Biceps like Henry Rollings? And can she just scream like a hyena in the summer? And he said, Yes. And Dick said, Boy, then you're hired.

At Dick's Automotive
At Dick's Automotive
At Dick's Automotive
At Dick's Automotive

John studied real, real hard. He learned how to rotate the tires on a '72 Subaru. He learned how to change the oil in all the Pinto's. And he learned how to rebuild that holly four-barrelled carburetor on a '69 Camaro. And much, much more than that. He learned how to make love with his girlfriend, Julie like a real man oughta. And Dick gave him his service stripes and he said, There's a little old lady and her car's broken down up near the Byantine Winery. You gotta help her man. Go Sheba, Go. Rrraah, Rrraah. So he sent him on his way and about that time Dick glued back in his dentures, glued back on his toupee, stood in front of the mirror and said, I feel sexy! I wonder what Julie's doin' all alone in that trailer. I bet she's having trouble opening up a can of peaches right now. I'll bring along my blowtorch just to see if she needs help. So he hiked a block down the road to the one bedroom trailer behind the bowling alley and he knocked on the door. And Julie answered the door and she said, Oh, hello
Dick. I was just having trouble opening up a can of peaches. C'mon in. So he started up the blowtorch (bwooh) and all the peach juice ran down his veins. And he poured it in the Tupperware that Julie used to sell in Ocean Beach. And he said:

We're goin' on a picnic
We're goin' on a picnic
We're goin' on a picnic
We're goin' on a picnic
We're goin' on a picnic
We're goin' on a picnic
We're goin' on a picnic
We're goin' on a picnic

So he loaded Julie into his '57 Chevy and he drove her up right near the winery. Into the middle of the forest he took her. And he tied her up to a tree. And cut half of her top down. And he said, Stick out your tongue. Then he put on forty-two and a half tabs of brown acid that he still had from his Woodstock days. Sprickled a little paote on her tongue just for good measure. She saw all kinds of colors. Lemon yellow, orange orange, cherry red, kaleidoscope eyes. The world was on fire. And about that time there was a mommy deer walking through the forest with a baby deer. And Dick cut down Julie's arm and he poured in some granola and he mixed it up with stricnine poison and he said, Oh, c'mere little deer. I have some food for you. Look at Julie. And the mommy deer said, Oh, I better eat it first because it could be poisonous and my heart is much stronger than yours, child. But really the mommy deer was just a glutton and wanted all the food. And the mommy deer stuck her little mommy snout into Julie'
s palm and it licked it. Mmmm. Mmmm. And it said, oh, go ahead, eat some. But the mommy's heart was much stronger and when the baby deer stuck her tongue into the palm of Julie's hand and licked, it died. Flat shooby doo wop down. And the mommy deer died shortly thereafter. Zippity doo wah out on the ground. And Dick cut Julie down from the tree and he looked at the dead deer at his feet. And he grabbed her around the neck and pushed his tongue right down her mouth. And he said, Wow, nature's so bitchin'!

At Dick's Automotive
At Dick's Automotive
At Dick's Automotive
At Dick's Automotive (play it you silly freak!)

'Bout that time John was driving back down the road feeling really good about helping that little old lady out. And he saw Dick's '57 Chevy parked on the side of the road he said, Wow, he could be in trouble. I'd better bring along a chainsaw, a blowtorch and an icepick just to see if he needs help. Then he said, Whoa, that looks like the afghan sweater that Julie's grandma knitted us last summer in Ocean Beach. What's Julie doing here? And he hiked through the forest. And he saw the love of his life on a dirty brown piece of Berber carpet. Dick's dentures on the ground chattering. His toupee being carried off by the squirrels and cockroaches. And he saw red and he started up a blowtorch (bwooh). Then he welded their bodies together, took an icepick out of a secret manilla envelope, stabbed them fifty-seven times. Started up a chainsaw (br-r-r-r-r), cut off Dick's ankle. Put his foot right in his mouth and says, Look's like you put your foot in your mouth one last time, Dickie Boy! Then he looked at the
dead deer at their feet and he picked them up. And he gave the mommy deer mouth to mouth resucitation, but to no avail. The mommy deer was dead. And he gave the baby deer mouth to mouth resucitation and the baby deer came back to life. Charles Bronsan had tears in his eyes, I guess 'cause nature had been vindicated. David Coresh was selling barbequed ribs on the side. The mommy deer still was dead. And he said:


Mommy deer dead, baby deer alive
Mommy deer dead, baby deer alive
Mommy deer dead, baby deer alive
Mommy deer dead, baby deer alive

At Dick's Automotive
At Dick's Automotive
At Dick's Automotive
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Hey Andy are you goofin' on Elvis?


In case you were too and young and ever wondered where R.E.M. came up with the chorus for "Man on the moon"
Now Andy did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
Andy are you goofin' on Elvis (hey, baby)
Are we losing touch?
here is the answer.
Back in 1979 Andy was on Johnny Cash's Christmas Special and this was what he came up with. Pretty amazing really. But Andy Kaufman was an amazing talent.




Dancing with the Dark Side


Or it could also be dancing with the Wookie.
Sometimes I'm thinking that having kids around gives you a good excuse to visit places like this. But then the other times the peace and quiet is much more worth while.

Anyhow, this excellent video is from MookieMovies who says:
Vader steals the show in this years' dance off. This is part of the Hyperspace Hoopla show at Disney Hollywood Studios' Star Wars Weekends.

6/17/08 Update:
I had no idea this video would be so popular. It was featured on G4's Attack of the Show but they credited another website! This video has been "lifted" and edited to show only Vader's performance and posted on youtube and other sites. I don't mind if people do this as long as they are courteous enough to mention my website as the source. Also, there is nothing stopping anybody from going to Disney and recording this themselves so I don't know why they have to steal mine.

Having said all this, all the credit goes to the people at Disney for putting such a great show together every year for Star Wars Weekends. It takes place for 4 weekends in June; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly known as Disney/MGM Studios). All I can take credit for is being able to hold a camera steady!


A good job well done MookieMovies!




Seems everybody like to dance to Thriller, check out also the London Underground and the Philippine Prisoners.

The kitten that got laid


Its well known that a broody Hen will sit on just about anything. You can hatch Ducks, etc without the need of a broody Duck. But today I found our Farm Cat had organized a Broody hen to watch over her kittens! [daetabit]



Monday, June 16, 2008

3 Spins and you are out


It's the old 3 spins and out game from Japanese TV.
So very very funny. [link via Japanprobe]
ABC is gonna have a try at this kind of game, starting June 24. It's called Wipeout.
Gotta be worth at least a look.
If it is half as funny as all the strange Japanese clips we see it will be worthwhile.





Friday, June 13, 2008

Hayley Westenra


Another new name to me, so very young and such a talent.
Hayley Dee Westenra (born 10 April 1987 in Christchurch, New Zealand)is a New Zealand soprano of Irish heritage. Her first internationally released album, Pure, reached #1 on the UK classical charts in 2003 and has sold more than two million copies worldwide. Westenra has received awards for her contribution to music, both in New Zealand and elsewhere.
Pure is the fastest-selling international début classical album to date, and Westenra became an international star, aged 16, when the first of her international albums were released. In August 2006, Westenra joined the Irish group Celtic Woman and toured with them on their 2007 Spring Tour.


What a wonderful voice, she really does the old Kate Bush classic well.
I give you Hayley Westenra.

Wuthering Heights


Across the Universe of Time


Who Painted the Moon Black?



Scarborough Fair - With Celtic Woman at Slane Castle, Ireland



David Ford - more Songs for the Road





I can't stop raving about the David Ford CD - Songs for the Road.

So because you can never have too much of a good thing, here's another track from that album.




I'm Alright Now



And while we are at it, one more.
Decimate


And if you want some more try these:
Requiem
Go to hell
State of the union (not on the album but it should have been)

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds



One of my favorite recent albums has to be Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Dig Lazarus Dig.
I don't think there is a bad track on it, still trying to work out which is my favorite.

You can listen to some more of them on their MySpace page.

Then of course there is Bad-Seed.org.
And of course as always you can hear some tracks for free at Last.FM.

But before you run of here's a few videos for you to try over the weekend.

First a couple from The Plug Awards - 06 March 2008, New York City

Dig Lazarus Dig


We Call Upon The Author To Explain



And finally one from "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" 2008.
More News From Nowhere


I'm thinking maybe More News from Nowhere is maybe my current favorite.

Fight the smears


It is a sad state of the nation when you are running for the highest office in the land and you have to create a site such as this to fight the smears, lies and downright hypocrisy that is a political campaign.
Will the mudslinging ever end?
What happened to decency?
I applaud Barack for doing it, it is so much better to refute the distortions and lies than to retaliate with more mud.

I have received dozens of e-mails from narrow minded or plain ignorant folk claiming that Barack Obama is a Muslim for instance. Why is it in these days of Google that people are so quick to hit the forward button without thinking about the reality of what they are sending?

But my main question for today is how will this new site of Baracks fight the absolute racism of organizations such as Faux News?
This is one of the recent examples. Check out the news ticker where they refer to Michelle Obama as a "Baby Mama".



Keith Olbermann has a few words about it also.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Lewis Black - The Old Testament


Lewis Black, very funny guy. Here is his take on the Old Testament, the New Testament, Bush, evolution, solar energy, gay marriage and the whole damn thing. Check out earlier pieces on Homeland Security and annoying TV ads for TV shows.

I'm thinking this is from an HBO show, definitely too raw for the Networks.



John Otway and Viagra


It does not matter where he is appearing, John Otway is always John Otway.
And we all love him for it.

Peter Cook - author of 'Sex, Leadership and Rock'n'Roll' performs with John Otway at Pfizer as the 'aftershow' at a Conference where they discussed career development from the alternative perspectives of business, science and rock music.

BUY their book 'Sex, Leadership and Rock'n'Roll - Business and personal development 'tamed' with rock and pop culture at academy-of-rock.




And of course no John Otway appearance would be complete without
Beware of the Flowers


Everybody is going Green


A hot tub full of women, or not bathing for seven days - which would you pick?
Tommy Lee and Ludacris, stars of Planet Green's Battleground Earth, have it out over who is 'doing it right' being green.

Do your part, Recycle.



The Perfect Woman


The perfect woman, and she's a robot. Does it all.
You can order one here at the Robotics store.
Way beyond the Real Doll, since this one can also do the shopping!
[Warning: Real Doll link includes plastic nudity]
I know it's not April but I have a strange feeling.



The Democratic Primaries



The Democratic Primaries in eight minutes.
Amazingly well done video that covers every important, and a few not so important moments from the recent Democratic Primaries.





Courtesy: [Brightcove] [Popbitch]

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Night Time Is the Right Time


Throughout their eight seasons this has to be the ultimate all time best clip from the Cosby Show - Ray Charles' version of the Nappy Brown Song, lip synced by the Huxtable clan. Of course it didn't hurt that it was a great recording of a great song by a great singer.



The Duchess


The Duchess is a forthcoming film based on Amanda Foreman's biography of the scandalous, 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. It is scheduled for release in 2008. Originally to be directed by Susanne Bier, The Duchess was directed by Saul Dibb. The film stars Keira Knightley as Georgiana and Ralph Fiennes as her husband. The film is financed by BBC Films and Pathé.
Make-up and hair design, both significant in a Georgian-set period piece, are by Daniel Phillips.
The Duchess was filmed at Twickenham Film Studios and on-location at Chatsworth, Bath, Holkham Hall, Norfolk, Clandon Park and Kedleston Hall. It will be released on September 12, 2008.



Updated 12.28.2011 for the usual reasons

Gas Prices, a Political Illusion


The "rise" in gas prices is just another political illusion. The problem is fake money from the criminals called the Federal Reserve and their partners in crime, the people called the federal government.

Get more information from Marc Stevens website adventuresinlegalland and tune in every Saturday to the No State Project on the We the People Radio Network from 2-4 pm pst.

Or you can continue to believe the BS versions.



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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Stop The Spray


Listening to KFOG this morning I heard Nan Wishner from the City of Alameda Integrated Pest Management Task Force. Wishner is well versed in the proposed apple moth spraying and wanted to make sure Fogheads got more information. There will be a screening of Weapons of Moth Destruction on Thursday at the Roxie. Visit the Stop the Spray website to learn more.


OK Arnie, stop the spray. We don't need it.

Santa Cruz filmmaker, artist and chemically sensitive person Laura Vitale was one of the many citizens who experienced negative health effects from the CDFA's two aerial pesticide sprayings of their neighborhoods last year. The just-released documentary Weapons of Moth Destruction is her response. The first independent, full-length, in depth documentary report on this issue.

This is a 4-minute preview. For more information go to Laura Vitale's webpage.



Then there is the LBAM side of the story


On May 31, 2008, an estimated 1000 people walked from both sides to meet in the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge to raise awareness of the California Department of Food and Agriculture's plans to spray toxic pesticides on Bay Area counties this summer. The event was organized by Frank Egger of StopTheSprayMarin.org. Here are highlights to the tune of Charity Khan's song 'Ain't No Moths on Me.'



Who'd a thunk it?


A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq.

For the first time, the extent to which some private contractors have profited from the conflict and rebuilding has been researched by the BBC's Panorama using US and Iraqi government sources.

A US gagging order is preventing discussion of the allegations.
The order applies to 70 court cases against some of the top US companies.

[Full Story BBC News]

Panorama: Daylight Robbery will be on BBC One at 9pm on Tuesday 10 June 2008.
I doubt it will be shown on ABC, CBS, NBC or FOX anytime soon.
We'll all be checking out the video feeds on the web tomorrow.

Websites graphed



Ran across this cool applet today. It takes your (or anybodies) web site and comes up with a graphical presentation of it. That's mine above. Check it out here. Nice job Sala.



Up the Junction


What do you do when you see the gates coming down at a railroad crossing?
Why if you are smart you stop, don't you?
Well here's today's view which is slightly different.

Take a Railway level crossing in Bangalore India.
People Cars,Taxis,Dogs,Motorbikes and buses are crossing.
The alarm sounds.
The barriers come down.
Then the fun begins.

The junction has now closed by Indian railways on safety grounds.
I wonder how many people got killed before they closed it?

I knew that the Indians probably held the World Record for the number of people they could get on a train, but never realized they also held the record for number of people, dogs, cars, taxis, motorbikes, etc one could get on a level crossing after the gates had descended.



Monday, June 9, 2008

Paul Winter


A friend on Last.FM just recommended Paul Winter to me. I have to admit I had not heard of him. It's not like he's a newcomer, heck he's older than me. But if he's still playing like this I'm thinking he has a bit more puff than me.

Paul Winter (born August 31, 1939 in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is an American saxophonist (alto and soprano saxophone), and is a six-time Grammy Award winner.
In 1961, while Winter was in college at Northwestern University, the Paul Winter Sextet won the Intercollegiate Jazz Festival and was signed by Columbia Records.
The next year, the band toured Latin America as cultural ambassadors for the United States State Department, playing 160 concerts in 23 countries. The Sextet was also the first jazz band to perform at the White House.
Winter returned to Brazil in the mid-1960s and his interest in Brazilian music and the emerging bossa nova led to the 1965 release of the album Rio, with liner notes by Vinicius de Moraes.
After Winter's band changed its name to the Paul Winter Consort in the late 1960s, it contributed to the development of world music and space music. The Consort's 1972 release, Icarus, was produced by George Martin. Most of the musicians who worked on this album went on to form the jazz group Oregon. The Consort has continued over the years with different musicians.


I really liked these two pieces and also his piece you can listen to on Last.FM called Canyon Chaconne.

Sun Singer Theme


Wolf Eyes