Friday, July 03, 2015

Thoughta. I Have Them.

The only thing we all seem to agree on is that Connie Britton is wonderful.

Xmastime True Confessions

As a man for whom it was only a few years ago that my best sport coat was from the Johnny Bench collection, it's hard for me to make fun of the Trump Collection from Macy's.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Worlds Colliding

The fun cartoon below was apparently found in a “Guide to the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s Factory” published by the French magazine, Les Inrockuptibles in 1990. It came around the same time the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (located in Paris) held an exhibition dedicated to Andy Warhol. Of course, Warhol famously took a break from painting in the mid-1960s and, among other things, threw his influence behind the up-and-coming NYC band, The Velvet Underground. Serving as the band’s manager, he “produced” VU’s first album, which meant designing the album cover and giving the band members — Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker and Nico — the freedom to make whatever album they pleased. Above, you can see these same musicians reimagined as Peanuts characters.

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Things I Know For Sure

If in a movie or tv show there are 2 dudes in wheelchairs, the odds of them getting into a fight and looking foolish spilling onto the floor are exactly 100%.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


I mentioned it the other day, but here's a nice encapsulation of the long history of musicians asking politicians to please stop playing their music:
It’s occurred essentially every cycle at least since Ronald Reagan used “Born in the U.S.A.,” much to Bruce Springsteen’s dissatisfaction, in 1984.
  1. Springsteen objected to Reagan’s use of the song “Born in the U.S.A.” during the 1984 election.
  2. Reagan also got dinged in 1984 by John Cougar Mellencamp for “Pink Houses.”
  3. Bobby McFerrin objected to George H.W. Bush using the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” in 1988.
  4. Sam & Dave objected to Bob Dole using the song “Soul Man” in 1996.
  5. Springsteen objected to Dole using “Born in the U.S.A.” in 1996.
  6. Mellencamp didn’t grant any more leeway to George W. Bush than to Reagan. Mellencamp complained when Bush used “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” in 2000.
  7. Tom Petty objected to Bush using the song “I Won’t Back Down” in 2000.
  8. That same election, Sting objected to Bush using “Brand New Day.”
  9. In a rare bit of bipartisanship in 2000, Sting also objected to Al Gore using “Brand New Day.”
  10. John Hall of the band Orleans objected to Bush using the song “Still the One” during his re-election campaign in 2004.
  11. Boston objected to Mike Huckabee using “More Than a Feeling” in 2008.
  12. Van Halen objected to John McCain using “Right Now” in 2008.
  13. Mellencamp is back! He complained about McCain using “Our Country” in 2008.
  14. In the same election, Mellencamp had a problem with McCain using the song “Pink Houses.”
  15. Heart objected to McCain using “Barracuda.”
  16. Jackson Browne objected to McCain using “Running on Empty.”
  17. Bon Jovi objected to McCain using “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”
  18. The Foo Fighters stopped McCain from playing “My Hero.”
  19. Tom Petty objected to McCain using “I Won’t Back Down.”
  20. ABBA complained about McCain using “Take a Chance on Me.”
  21. Sam Moore of Sam & Dave objected to Barack Obama using “Hold On, I’m Coming” during the 2008 election.
  22. Survivor objected to Newt Gingrich using the song “Eye of the Tiger” in 2012.
  23. Gingrich also was dinged by The Heavy for “How You Like Me Now.”
  24. Also in 2012, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister objected to Mitt Romney using “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
  25. Silversun Pickups stopped Romney from playing “Panic Switch.”
  26. K’Naan objected to Romney using the song “Wavin’ Flag.”
  27. Survivor objected to Romney using “Eye of the Tiger.”
  28. Tom Petty complained about Michele Bachmann using “American Girl” in 2012.
  29. Katrina and the Waves objected to Bachmann playing “Walking on Sunshine.”
  30. And finally, now we have Young’s complaint about Trump’s use of “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

Monday, June 29, 2015

My Old Neighborhood

All the way back in 1993, Bill Maher mentioned Williamsburg before it was Williamsburg (scroll to the 5:20 mark)

TV Show Idea

Friday Night Lights sequel chronicling the season of the Dillon Panthers basketball team.

Clear eyes.
Full hearts.
Who gives a shit?

I'm Right du Jour

I'll say this: pretty sure nobody ever has been disappointed with the words "tonight is taco night".

Question du Jour

Are Vince Vaughn characters ever not from Chicago? #truedetective

Dear Dtupid Website

It's not:
The set, from Rhino, includes Sorry Ma, I Forgot to Take Out the Garbage
Oh, for fuck's sake.

Thoughts. I Have Them.

I've been re-watching Friday Night Lights for the first time in a while, and I think:

1. Buddy Garrity is even more likeable than I remembered.
2. The actor who played Smash hopefully won an award for his last season work. Unreal.
3. Coach lies to Mrs. Coach way more than I remembered.

Clear eyes.
Full hearts.
Oh look, Riggins is wasted.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Thoughts. I Have Them.

Re-watching Friday Night Lights for the first time in a while, I'm struck by the realization "heeeeey wait a minute - where's my Riggins Boys spin-off?!?!!?"

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Unfortunate Sons

Anyone else getting the sneaking suspicion that we're still hanging around with these wars in Afghanistan and Iraq cause we're waiting for a good soundtrack to accompany them? I mean, look at any movie about Vietnam. Great soundtrack, right? Every one, you got CCR, you got Gimme Some Loving, you got the Stones, you got Motown and on and on and on. Not only is this music of it's time, and INCREDIBLE music, but it's what people were actually listening to on a grand scale at the time. Meanwhile, what music will be in Iraq movies? 50 Cent? Avril Lavigne? Weezer? Pop music is so splintered there's no big music to attach to such large events as a war. Ironically, pop culture in general is no longer popular enough to define our culture.

So if Obama is waiting for these wars' CCR, I got news for him: give it up.- XMASTIME
Here's 5 SONGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW WERE ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR. I'll be honest: I had no idea Last Train to Clarksville would be on this list.

The Supreme Court Hates America, When Jesus and His Scrappy, Loveable Sidekick Baby Jesus Come Back They're Gonna Be PISSED.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Been Stuck In My Head for Over 20 Years


Found it on some random cassette I picked up in San Antonio, TX, in 1992...claimed to be the Pistols but if I recall correctly, it's only Paul Cook and Steve Jones. No idea who's singing. Superslice.

Blackout, Blackin, Let Me Begin

 The NYC blackout of 2003 was 10 years ago today. It's one of the events I'll always remember re: the uniqueness of the place and how it seemed to bring everybody together - still does, really.

I've decided that the people from the 1977 blackout could pretty much beat the shit out of us from the 2003 one. I mean, those dudes were looting and raping and burnt down Bushwick while having to worry about the Son of Sam capping them. In 2003 we all got drunk off free beer from the bars ("it'll go bad in the taps; drink! no ice, drink!") and free food from the bodegas ("the food will spoil! eat! eat!") I'm surprised Bloomberg didn't pass out free kittens to all of us for being such great, orderly citizens. What a bunch of pussies. Maybe we are heading back towards a more 1950's NYC. A time, as The Barber once said, "When Whites Ruled Brooklyn."- XMASTIME
Looking forward to the upcoming PBS documentary on the 1977 blackout.

Exclusive Clip of 1977 Blackout Documentary... by Gothamist

Thoughts. I Have Them.

Listening to Elon Musk talk is intoxicating; his speaking voice is suspiciously like Richard Thompson's.

(NOTE: wtf are the other two losers onstage doing?)

It's Always Seinfeld in Philadelphia

With everyone going nuts over Seinfeld now streaming on Hulu, Time points out that it's natural successor has been around for 10 years now:
Regardless of the hardware discrepancy, the two shows share an uncommon lack of reliance on premise. Of course there’s always a premise of some sort in each episode, but for both shows, it’s really just an excuse to have the main characters interact with one another and the boundless collection of weirdos that have a habit of wandering in and out of their lives. And despite a 294 combined episodes for the two series, nothing ever really changed in either one. Other sitcoms have marriages and children and at least some small semblance of growth, but Seinfeld and Sunny instead turned those tropes on their heads, creating long build-ups to nothing. Sure, George got engaged, but Susan was dead before they could tie the knot because she licked too many toxic envelopes. Sweet Dee (Olson Olson) spent an entire season pregnant but the baby disappeared, never too be heard from again, as soon as Olson had the child that compelled the on-screen pregnancy in the first place. Both shows relished an opportunity to paint themselves into an inescapable corner and then wriggle their way out of it in the most absurd way possible.
Also, both shows had a singular character who stands in the pantheon of great sitcom characters, both of whom you can't wait to come onscreen every episode.

"Hey Look, Buddy...

...we can do this the hard way or the easy way - buy some Thin Mints or I'll maul you in your home. Your choice." #grizzlygoddaughter

A Few Thoughts on the Confederate Flag Issue Today

1. It's too bad it took something like the Charleston shootings to make people think you know, maybe we shouldn't put these symbols of hatred & evil anywhere we can find a flagpole/shot glass.

2. It's easy to forget that besides its racial implications, the flag symbolizes a side who fought against the United States; in other words, committed treason.

3. And yet these are among the most vociferous of all people who claim to "love America!"

4. Why is it so hard for these people to give up this symbol? It was a 150 years ago - it's not as if anybody alive today fought under it. You can't fly the Nazi flag in Germany, and that happened within many people's lifetimes who are still alive. It just seems to be something people grow up hearing over and over that it stands for Southern pride, when it actually stands for racism, treason and, yes, losing. Is there any other instance in human history in which the losers cling so tightly to their loss?

"But this imaginary hoagie tastes sooooooooo good!!"

In Case You Were Worried About Me...

... yes, I'm finally watching Poldark.