Thursday, June 30, 2016

Happy du Jour

Netflix is showing some serious Albert Brooks love starting tomorrow!
  • “Defending Your Life” (1991): Brooks plays a man who dies and arrives in the afterlife only to find that he must stand trial and justify his lifelong fears in order to advance to the next phase of existence; or be sent back to earth to do it again; co-starring Meryl Streep and Rip Torn.
  • “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World” (2006): To improve its relations with Muslim countries, the U.S. government sends Brooks to South Asia to write a report on what makes followers of Islam laugh; co-starring Sheetal Sheth and John Carroll Lynch.
  • “Lost in America” (1985): A 30-something married couple, played by Brooks and Julie Hagerty, are inspired by the film “Easy Rider” to quit their jobs, sell their home and travel across America in a Winnebago.
  • “Modern Romance” (1981): Brooks plays a successful film editor with far too many issues affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend (Kathryn Harrold). Also stars Bruno Kirby and George Kennedy.
  • “Mother” (1996): A neurotic, successful sci-fi writer who is finalizing his second divorce (Brooks), decides to initiate a project that will help him understand what went wrong in his relationships: He moves back in with his mother (Debbie Reynolds).
  • “The Muse” (1999): A Hollywood screenwriter (Brooks) has hit an artistic slump, he turns to the services of a woman (Sharon Stone) touted as a veritable muse — but he soon gets more than he bargained for. Also starring Jeff Bridges and Andie MacDowell.
  • “Real Life” (1979): Brooks, in a parody of 1973 reality TV program “An American Family,” portrays a documentary filmmaker who attempts to live with and film a dysfunctional family for one full year. Also starring Charles Grodin, Frances Lee McCain, J.A. Preston and Matthew Tobin.
Defending Your Life, Lost in America and Real Life are in the pantheon, Mother is awesome and The Muse is really, really good. The other two I haven't seen but will.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Gabba Gabba Hey

Some great candid pics from Ramones manager Danny Fields:
“The Ramones and some very happy fans, after their first appearance in San Francisco. The Ramones would not leave a gig until every person standing outside the dressing room got an autograph. They always knew how important their fans were, and they were very respectful.”

And yes that's the Danny from one of the greatest Ramones songs of all time, Danny Says.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


And you know this!

Only Fools du Jour

Top 10 Trigger moments. All classics!

Facebook du Jour

Wtf du Jour

Interesting that the single greatest song ever made turned 50 last month without us knowing.

State du Moi

If these idiots who voted for Britain to leave the EU fuck up my BBC shows I'm gonna be pretty pissed.

Ah yes, The Wilson Boys!

Running hard, and running long...and lost in the woods. ‪#‎harpersferry‬

Xmastime Memories!

"Hey, we can do this the easy way, or the hard way - buy a box of Thin Mints or I will maul you in your own home. Your choice." ‪#‎grizzlygoddaughter‬

Brexit Thoughts, Since You Didn't Act

If with ‪#‎brexit‬ England thinks they can compete with America on stupidity they are fooling themselves; as stupid as Trump is we have Sarah Palin waiting in the wings, ready to officially be unleashed at any moment. So Britains please, a little respect.

BREAKING NEWS: 9% of things Trump says is apparently true.

Questions. I Have Them.

Is the "receives applause" really necessary here?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Trump: "Hey, I'm trying!"

Dem Sit-In

Pretty savvy of the GOP to cut the C-SPAN cameras off so the 4 people watching won't know what's going on.

(Side note: John Lewis' Walking With the Wind is my favorite Civil Rights book not written by Taylor Branch.)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Happy Birfday!

To Ray Davies who, besides being the only songwriter I'd put up against The Beatles, fucking OWNED England. Previous Xmastime:
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."

Lovely Jubbly!

5 reasons Only Fools and Horses was the best sitcom ever.


It’s no secret that John Sullivan was a fan of the work of the great English writer; Charles Dickens, who’s work includes such notable masterpieces such as OLIVER TWIST and A CHRISTMAS CAROL both of which have never been out of print. Charles dickens also observed the complex English mannerisms of the public then portrayed elegantly through his creations.
John Sullivan proved to be a maestro of making his character believable to the viewer, no matter how ludicrous the situation they often found themselves in, this alarming level of talent is mirrored through the work of Dickens, an author that inspired John Sullivan to create the incredibly intangible comedy of OFAH.

Cleveland Rocks

Before Lebron the best thing about Cleveland was definitely the Dead Boys  :)

Only Fools du Jour

Monday, June 20, 2016

Today du Jour

VERY pleased with my small talk efforts in my Uber today.

(5 minutes of silence)
Driver: (shattering 5 minutes of silence) Have a good weekend?
Me: I did. How about you?
Driver: It was good.
Me: (bravely deciding to push it) Well, it's over now.
Driver: Working for the next one!
Me: You got that right.

(Spent final 4 minutes of silence replaying the above in my head, finally patted self on the back for a job well done.)

New BBC Slice du Jour

Happy to announce that with Count Arthur Strong, Graham Linehan's winning touch (Father Ted, Black Books, The IT Crowd) strongly continues.

Memory Lane: 10 Years Ago Today On Xmastime

Since Xmastime has been around for a decade now, meaning I'm old, I'll be posting from time to time re: posts 10 Years Ago Today, since why the hell not.

I just missed this from June 15, 2006, but it's always been one of my favorites. Enjoy!

My brother’s 4th birthday, I’m 2 ½ years old. This is the debut of one of my all-time moves: “Hey, look over there!” as my little mitts work their way to the big fat cake. Even at 4, my brother’s “smile” face is apparently the same as his “I’m gonna beat the fuck out of Xmastime” face. Interesting.

….as this little photo shoot has passed the 90-second mark I am now about to eat my plate. And I have no idea who the fuck these people are behind us, or how that little kid popped in since the first one was taken. Asshole.

This is where our gang would hang out, the stairs. We’d smoke Camels and make fun of Puerto Ricans passing by. Every once in a while I’d take my girl Marlo in the red jumper up to “the top of the stairs,” if you know what I mean. Then I’d come down and let the other fellas smell my arm. We were a tough gang. But then, you’d hafta be with those fucking outfits, even in 1974. Fore!

Here’s me on the kitchen counter. Apprently I’ve stumbled upon a jar that has a human brain in it. Nice. You people freakin out over something in this one? Maybe something in this photo that seems a bit familiar to you? Anything? … are correct, that is the very same jacket I wear to this day. Guess they made clothes tuffer in the 70s.

Ps – before you get too far into how cute I look in this one, you should know that inside the jacket is a Playboy my dad stole from Safeway and jammed in there. My first ever job: porn mule. Great.

Here’s my brother about to stab me in the chest because he hated how the breeze sailed through my golden, curly locks on a windy day. This was a game my mother would have us play, called “Go Stand in the Dirt Field in the Baking Heat with No Shoes on for 8 Hours Until Your Father and I Come Home from Work.” Ahhhhh….great times. Also, if you zoom in you can see my fly is open; must’ve been the early stages of me developing my “Elephant” skit (pull out pants pockets for the ears, let the mouse outta the house for the trunk, hilarity ensues.) I’m choking up!!!!

“Boy! Get that shirt off, this strange old man wants to take a picture with you boys!!! Smile!”

I have no idea who this person is. I hope it at least seemed normal at the time. Having a strange old man come over and be your kids’ “boyfriend”, I mean. Hmm.

“Alllllllright boys, party’s over….into the woods now. Camon, let’s go.”

Ah yes. Kindergarten!!!! Fresh-faced!! Whole world ahead of me!!!!

29 years later. Wow. Is this even human? Good lord. My belated apologies to Anna on the right for what Im sure was a less than spectacular lovemaking session that followed. Well, I'm assumed that's what we did afterwards. After being baked to a crisp in the broiling sun and pounding about 8 containers of Bud I'm usually "frisky." Ugh.

Rivahfest 2016


After hearing about it for years, looks like the Ron Howard movie about The Beatles is actually happening! :)

From The Beatles' facebook page:
Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about The Beatles’ phenomenal early career The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years is set for a global theatrical release date for September 16th.
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim.
The film will explore the band’s inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, exploring The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities.
It will focus on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.
Following an all-star world premiere in London on September 15th the film will be shown theatrically around the world and will stream exclusively in the US on Hulu.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

To all you dads out there kickin' ass...and if you're not kickin' ass, you're sure fooling the hell outta me.