Friday, September 19, 2014

The Replacements - Who Thought They'd Live Long Enough to See This?

I don't even mean in some sort of fan-emotional way (and I am a fan of course)...but because of what these two guys started over 30 years ago, and now they're set for life...they were born to be losers, and now here they are: The fucking Replacements.

A Tale of Two Becky's

9) THE TWO BECKY CONNORS - Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke. Both, of course played Becky on "Roseanne." I mean, how amazing would it be to fuck 2 chicks that played the same character on tv? You can have your Darrens from "Bewitched", I'll take these two...although technically, didn't the Olsen twins play the same character in 'Full House'? Tagging the two of them would be great, but I dunno...just occurred to me...what if you're hitting on one of the Olsens, and flatter her a bit with her great work on 'Full House', and you go home with her. Could you really be involved with someone who's okay with you being a "man" and a fan of "Full House"? I dunno. Just like when my last girlfriend stayed with me even after finding my Bert & Ernie fuck-doll set, there's a certain amount of respect lost, no? Meanwhile, I think the Becky I v. Becky II argument is worthy of its own post, so stay tuned for that one. - XMASTIME
Now this is a great cast photo.

So Come On, Darkness

Sully's been yammering for a few days bout seeing the stars when it's dark enough. That's one thing I miss about down home, how fucking dark it gets without all the artificial lighting like we have here in NYC. The kind of dark where it's possible to have no idea someone is standing five feet in front of you. Seeing taillights across the river slowly move along a bridge a few miles away. Such darkness has always been comforting to me, and I think I get depressed sometimes being in the big city where there's never absolute darkness - that omnipresent pink hue of light drives me fucking bananas. It's like that awful feeling as a kid of going to bed when it's still light outside.- XMASTIME
While light pollution has become an epidemic and it's getting harder and harder to see the same night sky the ancient Greeks did, over at VOX there's hope that we can get our night skies back:
Still, as light pollution becomes a bigger issue, some towns are starting to cut back on excessive lighting.

The best known example to date is in Los Angeles, which is replacing its old bulbous streetlamps that scattered light in every direction with newer, more efficient LEDs that only send light downward. As Ucilia Wang recently illustrated in Forbes, the reduction in glare has been dramatic, and the skies overhead are now noticeably darker. (That said, cities interested in reducing light pollution need to be careful about color selection. Many LEDs largely emit blue light, which brightens the night sky more than any other color.)

There are other lighting technologies cities could adopt, too. "We now have the ability to dim lights in ways that we couldn't before," says Scott Kardel of the International Dark-Sky Association. "And we can even equip streetlights with sensors so that they only turn on when traffic or people are nearby."
Kardel notes that more and more cities are taking a closer look at these technologies — although it's usually done to save money, and not necessarily to bring back the night sky.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Guys On Film, WTF!??!

I'm watching "Brother Outsider: Life of Bayard Rustin", and one of the first things they show is some film of him playing high school football. What? He was born in 1912 - meaning that AT THE LATEST, his senior season woulda been 1929. And there's footage of him playing!!!! I played 60 years later, and I promise there's no fucking footage of me floating around there. 1929. Good lord. Who was filming this shit? Who could've had that equipment - was Elia Kazaan hanging around black high school football games?
But this always drives me crazy. There's always some bio about a dude or a family, and the first thing they always talk about is how poor they were. "We had to eat the cat for lunch and then throw him up to eat him again for dinner, boy we were poor." And then they cut away to home movies. How did this happen? Hey, maybe if Pops hadn't dropped $34,000 to buy the camera from NASA, you could leave the cat alone. There are no such films of me growing up; hell I didn't know ANYbody who had any sort of movie camera back then. Any biopic of me will hafta start in like 2008, now that digital video cameras come free with two boxtops of Tide. The previous years will hafta be claymation dhiaramas I guess. - XMASTIME
I'm thinking the exact same thing as I'm re-watching The Roosevelts on PBS - I mean, wtf?!??!! Who in 1898 was filming Teddy Roosevelt?

The Twee Revolution

Is happening, people:
“the most powerful youth movement since Punk and Hip-Hop.” He doesn’t even put an arguably in there, bless him. You’re Twee if you like artisanal hot sauce. You’re Twee if you hate bullies. Indeed, it’s Spitz’s contention that we’re all a bit Twee: the culture has turned. Twee’s core values include “a healthy suspicion of adulthood”; “a steadfast focus on our essential goodness”; “the cultivation of a passion project” (T-shirt company, organic food truck); and “the utter dispensing with of ‘cool’ as it’s conventionally known, often in favor of a kind of fetishization of the nerd, the geek, the dork, the virgin.”
I guess the next generation of the hipster has formally arrived.

Here Come the Waterworks

Jeter's final home stand starts tonight:
“I think there’s going to be (a focus on Jeter) no matter what,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s meant just so much to this organization in the way he’s represented it: what he’s been on the field, and that way he’s represented it off the field. … Twenty years in the big leagues. Played hard every day. Never got in trouble. He just did things the right way. That’s what you want, and that’s what he’s done. And I think fans are really appreciative of that. They haven’t read things where he’s been in trouble or accused of things. He just hasn’t done it.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014



Hilarious du Jour

Reasons given to break up with someone. Dying.

This Might Explain Something

One small memory I've always kept, even if it was only a small moment, was one afternoon after Sunday dinner. I might've been oh, 10 or 11 years old. I was doing the dishes by myself, the kitchen empty except for my mother sitting at the kitchen table behind me. I'm scrubbing dishes etc, just relaxing and looking out the window that was in front of me over the sink, with neither of us saying anything. I quietly start humming something, just kinda bopping my head ba-dum-bum-bum-bum-ba-dum-bum-bum-bum, just kinda bebopping for no reason. This shortly changed from humming to pshaw-ing out loud the same rhythm with my lips - I'd forgotten my mother was sitting behind me and I was getting noisier. Then from outta the water in the sink I happened to pick up a brush, shaped like a paintbrush, made to put a glaze on a country ham, I'm guessing. I'm bebopping out loud, bopping my head, rinsing the brush off and without breaking rhythm all of a sudden I thrust the brush to the window and give it a few slaps, as if I was painting on a large canvas, like I'm Bob Ross; my slaps with the brush accompanied by my  scatting "A BOW-BOW-BOW!" All of a sudden I hear my mother behind me cracking up - I turn around and she's laughing her head off. "Oh god, Greg," she laughed, "you're too funny." Looking back I don't know if it was that funny, and it's a tiny moment in just any ordinary day, but I'll always remember it.  - XMASTIME
And I'm always shooting for it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Faraway You

Great article about longtime Xmastime friends Marah:
Live shows were and still are where Marah truly take a chunk out you and leave their mark, though. The brothers Bielanko and their ever-rotating supporting cast are nothing short of incendiary on the right night. The Hold Steady has often been called "The best bar band in America." As someone who has seen both bands at their relative peaks, Marah had them beat for a few years. Bootleg recordings of their shows from the late '90s and the early aughts still stand-up to scrutiny. When they toured in 2004 with Jon Wurster on drums and Mike Slo-mo Brenner on playing slide guitar, they shook buildings off their foundations. Wurster described his experience as one of the most maddening years he ever spent playing music.

Friday, September 12, 2014

8 Years Ago Today. Hard to Believe.

"What, the last time you saw your own dick, you fat fuck?!?!?!  Hahahahahahaha!!!!!"

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nine Innings from Ground Zero

Scott Brosius: "Life is not fair. I mean, if there was ever a fair time for the Yankees to win the World Series, that was the year." 
Nine Innings from Ground Zero was on when I woke up this morning, and I could watch it around the clock. The best World Series I've ever seen. Can still feel the goddam bar at the Hog Pit shake with Brosius' home run. Paul O'Neill's last game at The Stadium. And a quirky reminder that in the two times the Yankees have "blown it" since their last World Series title in 2000, Mariano Rivera, a first ballot Hall of Famer who is the single greatest player ever at his position, was the one with the ball: a throwing error that led to a blown save against the Diamondbacks, and then blowing what looked like an easy save in the 2004 ALCS that would've swept the Red Sox, therein opening the gates to the greatest comeback in baseball history. How much would history be different if the greatest closer of all time had done what he had done countless times before?

Anyway. Narrated by Liev Schrieber, it's a slice. As I wrote HERE:
I was watching Nine Innings from Ground Zero for the 900th time this morning. And it dawned on me that you know what, yet another piece of evidence that God does not exist is the fact that the Yankees lost that series.

Not just because the Yankees lost, mind you, but HOW they lost. Think about it...America was under attack blah blah blah, and if there ever was a time that was right for the Yankees to win, this was it. And look at what ensued...Tino's home run, Mr. November's home run, Soriano's gw rbi, the you're-not-human-if-theres-no-waterworks scene of the crowd serenading Paul O'Neill in his last ever game at The Stadium, all setting up a Game 7 of Clemens vs Schilling. All these miraculous moments playing out for people that needed miracles. Deserved miracles, even. And in the all gets thrown away because, of all people, the greatest reliever in the history of the planet throws the ball away at second base. What? Are you kidding me? I'm supposed to believe there's a god, and he's that cruel? Setting us up like that?!?!??!
Mostly, it's just depressing to watch, even after ten years.  Not because of the people that died on 9/11, or the lost decade of endless wars and a shattered economny, but because it constantly reminds me "oh my god - I was still in my twenties then!!!!!!"

ps - everybody rightfully lauds it as a great play, but most people, myself included, forget that Jeter's "Flip Play" was the turning point in the Oakland series and spurred them from being down 0-2 to the A's to coming back to win the series and then plowing through a 116-game winning Seattle Mariners and into the World Series.

pps: even Bush was incredible in that Series. Dude threw a fucking strike.

illWill as Conan O'Brien as Casper the Friendly Ghost.

And: Aunt Pat & Aunt Eileen!


Thank you Onion.


Nine Innings From Ground Zero (HBO 2004) from Morrealefilms on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Beatlemania Hasn't Bitten the Dust, It's Coming to Richmond!

A Hard Day's Night at the Byrd Theater? Yes please!
On Sunday, September 21, 2014, the Bijou Film Center will present a classic film followed by some splendid live music to launch its fundraising effort and begin putting the story of its mission before Richmond's movie-loving public.

6:05 p.m.: From the stage in front of the screen at The Byrd Theatre, James Parrish and Terry Rea will introduce the feature attraction, “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The sound and picture have been newly restored. And, perhaps a wee surprise will be served up. 

6:30 p.m.: “A Hard Day’s Night,” starring the Beatles in their first movie, will be screened. Shot in glorious black and white the motion picture runs 87 minutes. 
"Wee surprise". Hmm.


The Replacements play The Tonight Show...fascinating to wonder what they'll play?
Tuesday, the Replacements will perform on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” which is surprising considering that Lorne Michael, producer of “The Tonight Show,” once banned the ’Mats after a shambolic (and profane) performance on “SNL” in 1986. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is also booked on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday, raising the possibility that Richards might join the Replacements for a song.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Xmastime Emergency Radio Announcement!!!

If I'm correct, and I rarely am, at about 8:15 you can tune in live to The Replacements playing Boston HERE.