Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thoughts. I Have Them

I'm never gonna become the best self-checker of my generation at Giant until I nail fruits/vegetables.

Girls and Uzis

I asked my Tea Party gun-loving friends on Facebook why they're scrambling to defend a 9 year-old's right to shoot an Uzi but don't mind she's not allowed to drive a car. Crickets.

Because you know, guns don't kill people, people do...with guns.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Yes, He Goes Through EVERY FUCKING ALBUM.

Here's your chance to watch some guy unbox The Beatles' new vinyl mono box set.
The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary.

While The Beatles In Mono CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.
They do look amazing. Hell, the accompanying book itself looks worth it. (NOTE: has there been a band called "Emitex"?)

Hey, or do it yourself for only $374.

Because Baseball Makes No Goddam Sense

All season long, the Yankees offense has been beyond anemic, while its pitching, despite losing 80% of its starting rotation, has been fantastic and by far the only reason they're within sniffing distance of even dreaming about returning to the playoffs. And now that it looks like the offense is ready to make a bit of a surge lately and come to life, the pitching will completely fall aprt. I guarantee it.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy 39th Birthday...

...Born to Run:
I've always said the title track is THE greatest single of the last 30 years - shambolic Phil Spector sounds falling down the stairwell, with words that should mean everything to a small town boy like me. Why every band in the world hasn't tried to reproduce this sound is a mystery to me, but fuck em. The piano echo on Backstreets, the anguished singing taking me back home, and Jungleland unfolding piece by piece until you're in the middle of the street in the middle of the night in the middle of who the fuck knows what. Overblown? Yes. Dramatic? Certainly. Over the top? Isn't fucking everything when you're young, when you're running free, when you've found something to believe in? And really, shouldn't it be? You got your whole fucking life to be bored to death; anyone can be boring at any moment. It'd sure be nice to reach for something so great and unattainable these days; its all we can seem to do to get thru the day while hoping we "get" the White Stripes coolness, or Modest Mouse's emo-ness, or Wilco's...well, whatever it is that makes people like Wilco. On Born to Run, Bruce threw it all the table - love, youth, hope, at least HOPING for excitement if nothing else. You can almost picture Bruce picking you up in a '70 Chevelle and hitting the Dairy Queen, trying to to talk to chicks, getting ignored, driving up and down the only road in town, no money, no friends, but fuck, there's gotta be something else out there better than this. I felt the same way back in high school, standing round in French's parking lot, sipping a Big Gulp while dudes 10 years older tried to get girls to take them to the prom. Yeesh. Christ, look at me blathering about Bruce. I don’t want no lovefest here, but hey, sit in your room tonight, turn all the lights off, and put on Born to Run. Born to Run will never, ever let you down.

Speaking of The Kinks

Re: 2 years ago:
Whats lost in the usual Beatles vs. Stones argument is the fact that The Kinks were a better band than the Stones anyway, so at what point can we start doing a Beatles vs. Kinks thing?

The Kinks.

I've long said that The Kinks are the most "English" band of all time (partly due to their being banned from touring in America during their peak), and here's an article to celebrate their hidden (?) masterpiece, The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society:
...Dave's brother Ray Davies, the band's principal songwriter and frontman, turned inward, seeking inspiration more than ever before from the people and places around him, and the not-so-distant British music hall past, delivering The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, a masterpiece that was completely out of step with Swinging London, while at the same time being utterly timeless...But in 1968, released the same day as the Beatles' self-titled White Album, Village Green disappeared without a trace..."It was obscure the week it came out," Dave Davies jokes of the album. "Something Else is probably my favorite Kinks album, but Village Green was just so good. We put those songs together in our front room, and we drew really heavily on our environment and our family, who had supported us, and I think that's why it has such a distinctive English flavor and why the songs are so intimate in a way. Ray has such a great way of drawing characters. The song 'Picture Book' is like sitting in the front room looking at old photographs with your mum."
It's an amazing album, and inexplicably its best song was removed after the original UK version was released. Wtf?


As Opposed to What?

Yes, this is "breaking news."

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Peep Show

This guy nails it:
Let’s face it, a person’s inner thoughts are usually far more interesting than any they are willing to put on display for the public eye.

How many times has your mind said ‘oh God, it’s him again, please don’t approach me’, yet what comes out of your mouth is more along the lines of “Hey! Great to see you!” Well, Peep Show perfectly plays on that notion by allowing the viewers to hear both the repressed, more honest subconscious of a character as well as their filtered spoken words.
The only question is it took so long for a show to do this.

I for one am able to relate to both characters, something I could never do with George/Jerry as I could only really relate to George, not Jerry. I spent years and years like Jeremy, completely useless and draining those around me, and I've always spoken in my head like Mark, shredding the patheticness (which isn't even a real word) of myself 24/7 while saying the opposite to anyone in front of me.

Peep Show Quote du Jour


Mark Corrigan: [voiceover] This is a fantastic evening. I've become a military historian and Jeremy's future happiness rests in my hands.
[a waiter serves him his dessert]
Mark Corrigan: [voiceover] And I've got a tiramisu! This is fucking amazing!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Thoughts. I Have Them.

Just realized that at least in American lexicon, this contradicts itself.

Hmm.

Without commenting on the case itself, I find it fascinating that it would even occur to somebody to send money to support Darren Wilson. Obviously its in the best interest of the police to throw ungodly sums of money to his defense in order to protect themselves, so I don't really know why we need to be passing the hat here.

You're Welcome.

41 Peep Show quotes to live by.

Peep Show. Obsessed Now.

[Jeff has asked Mark to buy him some condoms so he can have sex with Sophie]
Mark Corrigan: [voiceover] This is it. This is my lowest ever. Wish I'd told him to fuck off, except then I'd never be allowed back.
[Looking through the selection of condom packets]
Mark Corrigan: OK, right, Featherlite. Don't want him to enjoy it any more than is strictly necessary. Ultra Strong. Yeah, he won't feel a thing. But then maybe he'll last longer and... Oh Jesus, this is a minefield. Serve him right if I prick them all with pins and then... Sophie got pregnant and therefore he ended up getting married. Got to think through these plans more. I'll just go for these. Coloured. At least that'll make him look faintly ridiculous. I win... in the most minor way possible. 
A few years ago I posted this (before I actually started watching it):
I have never watched this show, but when I read "I like to think of it as being like a more warped version of Seinfeld, if the show was presented from inside George Costanza’s brain." you know for damn sure that I run to put in in my "queue." 

The guy is totally Costanza on steroids which makes it ammmaaaaaaaaaazing.

Peep Show Quote du Jour

"Right now, April's probably getting chatted up by some student who's also worked out she's got the magical combo of beauty and low self-esteem!" - Mark from Peep Show


I've been wondering that for years!
Been watching "Beverly Hills 90210." Seriously, can we get through an episode without a ridiculously hot girl having her self-esteem stripped to zero, seeing only her "trouble spots" in the mirror? And where are these women in real life? I'm always hearing about these women, "oh yeah Lisa, she's model-gorgeous, but has no self esteem and is dating a 5'6" dude who is bald and lives on his parents couch. Poor thing." What? Where's my Lisa? Every woman I've ever met is stridently confidant, brazen and full of esteem. Where can I find a woman who is ridiculously hot yet believes she deserves only the dregs of society; LUCKY I am talking to her?!?? Jeez. These women are like the fucking killer bees, I always hear about 'em but they never show up. Camon! Hot chick with no self esteem? Might be even better than my hot disabled chick dream. I just gotta find her.

Announcement

This guy has officially joined the pantheon of television's great cussers (Kenny Powers & Peter Capaldi). ‪#‎peepshow‬ ‪#‎bbc

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Netflix Quotes du Jour

"Sure, an orgy sounds great, but you're basically just multiplying the number of people you're not going to be able to look in the eye afterwards" 

[Jeremy watches Nancy having sex with Gwyn under a blanket]
Jeremy Usborne: [voiceover] This is good, this is like watching a porno, except I can't see anything, I haven't got a hard on and I want to cry.

Happy Birthday Joe Strummer


“It is fun to be alive. It's a hell of a lot better than being dead.”

James Foley

Post over at NPR re: should we or shouldn't we watch the video of James Foley's beheading:
But others come at the question from a range of angles. There are those who see the video as proof of the militants' barbarity and of the tragedy of Foley's death. Some see the restriction of images as censorship. Others question why the killing of an innocent American should be treated differently from other cases.
Really - we need "proof" of barbarity on this world?

I never watched the Daniel Pearl video. And I cannot for the life of me imagine why anyone would want to watch this video.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Family Ties

Someone needs to explain to me why there wasn't a sitcom with Alex P. Keaton and Carlton Banks as rival political consultants during the campaign - Bush's outrageously liberal spending and anti-intellectualism miraculously having sprung APK over to the other side as Obama's campaign manager, and Carlton Banks desperately fighting for a 90 year-old ghost white guy over the first black nominee. WHO DROPPED THE BALL ON THIS???!?!??!?   - XMASTIME
Look who was on Mallory's wall. I have a feeling Alex P. Keaton was no Bruce fan.

Thoughts. I Have Them.

The thrill I get from saving even one cent thanks to my Giant card is way out of proportion to what it should be.

Interesting Thought du Jour

I find it hard to really believe, but this from Horatio Sanz in the upcoming SNL oral history update is at least interesting to think about:
I always kind of felt bad when Will Ferrell did his Bush impression because he was such a good old boy that you really didn’t think, “Oh, this evil little rich prick whose dad and his friends got him in office.” You thought, “Oh, he’s just a good old guy I’d like to drink beer with.” As funny as Will’s impression was, the audience as a whole, the whole country, would probably see that as, “Oh, I like Bush. Because he’s Will.” You know, if Will hadn’t done that impression, or at least made him likable, it may have tipped it the other way. I honestly think so.
Course, then there's the rest:
We made up for it. I think Tina’s impression basically killed Sarah Palin.

The Churchbells, I Hear Them Ringing

As you fans already know, I've already scripted out my comically-long, overwrought and physically excruciatingly draining funeral.

Dude over at Sully makes a case for falling back on the familiar crutch of religious ritual:
But I also would argue that depersonalizing the grieving process, if that’s the right phrase for it, offers solace of a different sort. To fall back on the patterns of religious liturgy, to feel that it’s not up to you to conjure the right way to honor the dead, to turn to words and rituals handed down for centuries – all this can be powerfully comforting as well. It allows for a sense of participation in the ongoing human drama of life and death, of not being the first to experience the pain of loss. You aren’t grieving from scratch. There’s a relief to knowing your experience is not unique, a consolation from the solidarity doing what so many others have done before you, and will do after you too are dead. Green cites a funeral director who describes ritual as “mindless,” and not in a pejorative way, which is another way of saying that religious ritual allows you to get out of your own head in a way that can be a relief.
Hey look - it's Op at my funeral!