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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Death Cab For Cutie



Although the song has been out for ages I still keep on playing it.
I will possess your heart. Totally awesome.
This is the best version with the 5 minute intro!

Black Hole?



What would you do if you found a Black Hole?
Would you exploit it? Would you avoid it?
Check out this short film from futureshorts.

Phil and Olly / UK / 2008
A sleep-deprived office worker accidentally discovers a black hole - and then greed gets the better of him...




They have so much good stuff at the World Short Film Label

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Guitar Trio - Mediterranean Sundance




Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucia and John Mclaughlin playing Mediterranean Sundance.
This is the peak of guitar virtuosity!
Truly amazing.

Geckofabulous



Dunno who put this to music, but it was pure inspiration.
The grooves fit the action so well.
I believe it is 50 cent "In da club", but I could be wrong.
I wonder if I ever have to call my insurance company would this be the on-hold sounds?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The return of Mickey Rourke




Whatever happened to Mickey Rourke used to be one of those questions that leaped out from your sub-conscious in the hours between sleeping and waking. He used to be so good back in his younger days. Remember Diner, Rumble Fish, Pope of Greenwich Village, 9 1/2 weeks, Angel Heart? Then there were the years he disappeared, I know he was around but with some strange vehicles. And of course there was the boxing career. Then in 2005 there was Sin City, he was back! Then he disappeared again until now. Mickey is back in a big way with The Wrestler. Some folks are talking Oscar. Well let's hope it is as half as good as the trailer. Good to see you back Mickey. Oh, did I mention Marissa Tomei is in it too?

Back in the late 80s, Randy The Ram Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life. [WatchMovieTailers2]

Wild and crazy jump




An Englishman and a Frenchman went up the Burj Dubai tower (650 meters), the tallest building in the world, back in May of this year [2008].
Both were arrested shortly afterward.

This is not a joke, although the lead in seemed like it.

You sure as hell wouldn't get me up the 164 floors on foot, or even in an elevator.
And then to jump off!! Why?
But these two did it, check them out.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Yee Haw Catfish!



No fishing rod, no net, no shotgun, no dynamite, how do you expect to catch you some catfish? Easy, check it out.
These are some big old catfish.

Gender Analyzer



This is just for fun. There is a website that will analyze your blog, it uses Artificial Intelligence to determine if the site is written by a man or woman.
I tried both of my blogs on there, and thankfully they both came out Male.
But I wonder why the difference between them?

Bearly Rambling (This one) was 93% sure it was male.


Bearly Rambling II (The political wing) came out at 96%.



Just Curious.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Can't stand the rain



As we are entering our "rainy" season in Northern California, where if you are lucky you get to turn on your windshield washers to their slowest intermittent speed, I saw this video. A rain like this would probably wash California away. The storm drains would never be able to cope with it.
This is just amazing.
Standing on the back deck using the house for wind protection, a severe storm was captured on video from The Gap, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. [indoorlightening].

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Two men and a guitar



Sonate Opus KV 331 - Rondo Alla Turca by W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)

Written for the piano, frequently performed by string quartets here it is performed on one guitar by two great Polish Musicians.

Awesome! The duo are Los Desperados.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Paul Dateh and inka one




Paul Dateh and inka one they go together like beer and a chaser.
Really talented. They should see if they could hook up and tour with Nuttin' But Stringz. Love the "Crazy" section.



Hip hop violin with Paul Dateh & DJ inka one performing for Playboy's Rock the Rabbit 2008 @ Passion in Cabo San Lucas. Make sure you check out the back and forth battle they have at 3:30.

Hip Hop goes main stream



Or is it mainstream going Hip Hop. Now this I liked, it's refreshing, it's different.
With so much negativity today, much coming from the church and older people it is a pleasure to see something like this.
A reach across the ages.


This was the opening video for their Student Fall Retreat called "You've Got Talent."
Everyone is asking what inspired this.
Here goes...
1) We needed a great opening video that caught everyone off guard, and set the the tone for the weekend.
2) With this idea in mind, we thought we could use this video as a great object lesson about media choices (kinda creepy hearing your grandparents sing some of this)
3) This has been a GREAT transgenerational culture experiment. It has totally bridged a gap with our Senior adults and our students. Hope you enjoy!

Say's FSM803


Put up by http://www.youtube.com/user/FSM803

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sensation White 2008 BiKiNi




A friend sent me a link to this, asking if I knew what the music track was.
I'm not sure, but it is a totally irresistible video with a great sound.

I think it may be ..... Eric Prydz - Pjanoo, but I'm not sure.

The occasion was Sensation White 2008 Water Fountain BiKiNi at Amsterdam Arena, Netherlands.

This is House Music with DJ Fedde le Grand.


Friday, November 14, 2008

You Love Me





Time for some more DeVotchKa, you can never get enough.
Tonight here is "You Love Me", a couple of different live versions, with guests.


With JT Nolan At Red Rocks 2008 Monolith Festival


With Basia Bulat at Terminal 5 New York


Of course they have been featured not once, not twice, not thrice but four times before.

Sanna Nielsen



Sanna Nielsen (born 27 November 1984) is a Swedish singer. She comes from Bromölla in Skåne, Southern Sweden.
At the age of eleven she reached the number one spot on the Svensktoppen Charts with the song Till en fågel. She participated in Melodifestivalen 2001 singing Igår, idag, which finished 3rd. Nielsen returned to Melodifestivalen again in 2003 with Hela världen för mig which finished 5th, and again in 2005 with Du och jag mot världen, a duet with Fredrik Kempe, which finished 8th.
On the 3rd of March in 2007, she participated in Melodifestivalen again with Vågar du, vågar jag. During the Second Chance round, the song qualified for the final in Stockholm Globen Arena on the 10th of March 2007, where the song ended up in 7th place after the final of Melodifestivalen 2007.
Nielsen participated in Melodifestivalen 2008, singing "Empty Room", written and composed by Bobby Ljunggren and Aleena Gibson. She reached the final from the Västerås semifinal on 16 February 2008. Although she won the public televote in the final at the Stockholm Globe Arena on 15 March, beating second-placed Charlotte Perrelli by more than 50,000 votes, she was denied the chance to represent Sweden at the Eurovision song-contest after she lost out to Perrelli in the overall points-based scoring system once a jury vote had been factored into the results, thus finishing only second in the final official standings.


Seems to be so much talent coming from Scandinavia in recent times.
Enjoy two of her songs here, and check out her last album "Stronger".

Empty Room


Surrender

Thursday, November 13, 2008

CSI School of Acting, Miami Division




Roman Danylo (star of "Comedy Inc." on CTV and the Comedy Network) in the David Caruso School of Acting sketch. Check out his web site for more info.




[Inspired by The Presurfer]

Dirty Deeds Done With Sheep




Bob Rivers re-mix of the AC DC classic.
Bob Rivers is a well known American rock and roll radio on air personality in the Pacific Northwest as well as a prolific producer of parody songs, most famous for his Christmas song parodies.
Rivers' radio program, The Bob Rivers Show, is broadcast on Seattle rock station KZOK-FM.
The Bob Rivers Show cast includes: Spike O'Neill; "Downtown" Joe Bryant; Kaci Aitchison; director Arik Korman; and executive producer Mike Jones.
Previously, between late 1989 and August 2000, the show aired on Seattle, Washington Active Rock radio station KISW-FM under the title Bob Rivers Twisted Radio. The Bob Rivers Show was also simulcast on Portland, Oregon "1980s Rock Hits" radio station KVMX (now KXJM) "Mix 107.5" from 20 March 2006 until 5 October 2006, when the station dropped the morning show and switched to a Rhythmic Adult Contemporary format under the new branding "Movin' 107.5".



Monday, November 10, 2008

Grace Jones is back




Grace Jones performs on BBC2's Later... with Jools Holland.

Hint to BBC America, we need more Later... with Jools Holland on BBC America.

The first song is from her new CD "Hurricane".

I have been listening to the CD recently and I have not noticed a bad track on it.
If you like Grace Jones then you will not be disappointed with this new CD.




Love You To Life


Then she did one of her classics from 1985..........

Slave To The Rhythm


Also from 1985 from the Album "Island Life".

Pull Up To The Bumper


The Times Online said
Grace Jones and the mother of all comebacks
Grace Jones is pushing 60, but that's not stopping her

Friday, November 7, 2008

46 Shopping days to Christmas




Showtime has many terrific series currently running or just finished or starting soon.

So what better way to remember them than to buy some art or furniture or other household item.
Better yet, Christmas is coming and you need a gift for that someone special.

I mean what says Christmas better than a blood spatter pillow from Dexter.

Lucille - New Orleans Street Entertainer




A friend sent me this via e-mail today.
I just had to find it on You Tube.
I mean if you are going to be a street entertainer,be the best.
This guy should have tried out for Americas Got Talent.
I know the skeleton is only lip syncing,but he does it so well.

Hilarious!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Compaq in the eighties



Check out these 80's commercials by John Cleese for the Compaq computer.

Weighs 21 lbs
memory of 4.1 mb
Compaq Portable 2
Now that's impressive.





One of many wonderful commercials John Cleese did for Compaq Computer Corporation in the mid to late '80s. This one is so completely British in its approach that some Americans may be left scratching their heads.
A very rare find and a treasure for any John Cleese fan, these classic ads were shown only in England.
How to spell Compaq


And of course who can forget "Forget all our earlier commercials".


Back in those days the expression for corporate computer buyers was "No one ever got fired for buying IBM".
Hence "Trust The Well Known Name"

Hattie Jacques



For some reason the name Hattie Jacques popped in to my mind today! I have no idea why, but it gave me something to search for. So here we go.

Josephine Edwina Jaques (7 February 1922 – 6 October 1980) was a well-known English comedy actress, known by the stage name Hattie Jacques.

She appeared in numerous Carry on movies and I even remember her from her radio appearances on ITMA (1948 - 1949), Educating Archie (1951 - 1952) and Hancock's Half Hour (1956 - 1959). I used to listen to a lot of radio when I was a kid.

In 1960 she joined Eric Sykes on his long-running BBC comedy series Sykes, in which they played a brother and sister who got into all sorts of comic scrapes. The joke was that they were meant to be twins, but were physically very unalike, Jacques being short and plump, while Sykes was thin and gangly. The show ran from 1960 to 1965 and was revived from 1972 to 1979. [Wikipedia]


Here are a couple of clips from the Sykes show.



Get Down Again - Malibu Sneakers




The Malibu Sneakers have a re-make/re-mix of the Gilbert O'Sullivan classic.

Time for some retro 70's sounds.

I believe it is self released so you may have to search for it a bit.

All good fun and the video is easy on the eye.


Get down again

1973: Richard Nixon was re-elected in a
Republican landslide. The one good thing
in an otherwise desolate world: Gilbert
O'Sullivan released Get Down.

2009: Barack Obama's inauguration will be
celebrated by an updated version of this
classic. O'Sullivan is BACK! And videos
don't get any better than this.

[source = Popbitch]

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

P.J. Proby



Happy Birthday to P.J. Proby (on November 6) he will be 70. Wow! Time flies.

P. J. Proby (born James Marcus Smith, 6 November 1938, Houston, Texas, United States) is a singer, songwriter, and actor noted for his theatrical portrayals of Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison, plus interpretations of old standards in the vein of Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett. The stage name P. J. Proby was suggested to him by a friend named Sharon Sheeley (Eddie Cochran's one time girlfriend) who remembered an old high school boyfriend. In 2008, Proby celebrates his 70th birthday and his original record label EMI release the Best Of The EMI Years 1961-1972.

I saw him on tour in 1966 or 1967 in West Ham, when he again split his pants, and I think within the next two or three days he was replaced on the tour with a new talent by the name of Tom Jones. And the rest is history.
But I thought then, and still do that PJ has a unique voice. A tremendous sound.
A cross between Elvis Presley, Billy Eckstine and Nat king Cole.

Hold Me


I Believe


Somewhere - from West Side Story


Back in June 2008, EMI Records released "The Best Of The EMI Years: 1961-72" to celebrate P.J. Proby's 70th birthday. Lots of hits and rarities feature.
For more information, visit ukwebwonders.

Hey bruv, what do you think?

Feel - W odpowiedzi na Twój list



The band is from Poland, they are called Feel. I don't understand even one word, but the singer has a good sound. I can really dig this. It does sound similar to something I have heard before, but I just cannot put my finger one it.
Feel was formed in Katowice (Upper Silesia) in 2005. Originally called 'Q2', the band later adopted 'Kupicha Band' as its name and then finally 'Feel'.
The group released its debut album 'Feel' on November 26, 2007. Up to now their biggest success is winning the Bursztynowy Słowik (main award) as well as the People's Choice award at the 2007 Sopot International Song Festival with pop stars like Emmanuel Moire, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Monrose, The Cloud Room, Thierry Amiel and September also in contention. The group enjoys great popularity in Poland, with both singles released so far achieving tremendous success, to the bewilderment of many independent music critics.

Check out the video. And also listen at LastFM.



[Fark]

"Star Wars" - a capella tribute to John Williams




Could this be a trend, the second a capella music video this week.
Anyway, this is a remarkable tribute to the talent of John Williams.

Williams has composed many famous film scores, Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, E.T., Born on the Fourth of July, Harry Potter, and more. Some of which are featured here. Great work by ApprenticeA - aka Corey Vidal.




Truly enjoyable.




It would appear Star Wars is one of my most frequently posted.
There was the Thriller version, the farce be with you, gangsta rap version, emperors new clones, the one man version, the Star Wars bar and of course who could forget the Star Wars theme on bagpipes.

Monday, November 3, 2008

François Macré - Thriller



Considering I am probably the last person who would buy a Wacko Jacko CD, DVD or watch him on TV I was surprised to realize I had featured "Thriller" not once, not twice but three times previously on this blog. Of course none of the versions were by Michael Jackson. And then today I stumbled across another version.
François Macré made his very special Thriller cover, by using his own voice, and just his own voice. Mixed on 64 tracks. This is what he had to say about the process: - Here is a remake of the "Thriller" song that I've entirely recorded with my own voice, using 64 a’cappella tracks. There is therefore no instrument, synthétizer, beatbox, or even to sampler, but only the sound of my voice livened up with Reverb and slight Chorus on certain tracks. I’ve accomplished this non-commercial project at home in nearly 350 hours. It’s just an artistic challenge, accomplished during my hours of free time, whose purpose is to make smile my close circle and the internauts. I hope you'll have as much pleasure to hear and watch this project as I had to accomplish. For more details, I invite you to visit my MySpace profile.

François Macré - Thriller (reprise A'cappella 64 pistes)