Off to my beloved Colorado for ten days. See you in July!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Off to my beloved Colorado for ten days. See you in July!
Monday, June 25, 2007
The soundtrack of the life of many of you reading this. Interesting how this slow version adds a forlorn maturity to it. You don't have to like this song; but if you don't, you aren't of my generation, you didn't grow up on the East Coast, and you're probably dead.
One of my faves from the late 70's. Totally unknown and forgotten. A damn shame.
I would say that our Long National Nightmare Is Over, but knowing how these things work, I'm sure there'll be appeals and more suits, etc., etc., ad infinitum.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Very early live clip - cool!
Ah, happy memories!
Classic 70's Rock...
A nice Summer tune...
This looks cool, but too far for me to attend, (central Indiana)
Saturday, June 23, 2007
As Metro turns into just another entrance to Hell.
Friday, June 22, 2007
I love this movie, and this scene. "That's Our Hitler!"
Classic NY Punk.
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
Falling into holes can hurt. Duh.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
One of my faves. Some might consider it a wonderful musical description of the amorality that drove the European conquest of the Western Hemisphere, but I think there's more to it - the National Anthem for Cynics and Pessimists. Save me from tomorrow...
Criminally under-rated and ignored band. Another of those groups I think you had to work in a record store to know about. I love everything they recorded. Just wonderful...
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Great vocals. Classic Spector production..
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
One of my faves. Great tune from the summer of '67.
Check out the cartoon at the bottom of the page.
The only American that Hitler ever sued!
Monday, June 18, 2007
Cold Norse Goddess of Smack, Ennui and Oblivion...
One of the great rock videos. That's the lovely Karla Devito singing with Mr. Loaf, (the lovely Ellen Foley sang on the album version). The old Key Theater used to show this clip just before their regular midnight Rocky Horror bacchanalia back in the 70's.
A song I will forever associate with summer fun and innocence. In '69, my brother Ed bought this album while we were vacationing out in Colorado, and played it at least once a day on my Uncle Harry's old console stereo. Wonderful memories of hanging out with my cousins in the front yard, eating watermellon, blowing off firecrackers, and watching the most beautiful sunsets....
I hereby most sincerely apologize to any and all of you whom I have shaken or held hands with, hugged, kissed, high-fived, back slapped, or nudged. Only now, thanks to the Fairfax Ween Police, do I realize the great harm, damage, embarrassment, terror and trauma that such behavior inevitably leads to. Please, find it in your hearts to forgive me - from a distance of at least three feet. I hope we can all move beyond this horrendous situation and live productive lives in total isolation from each other, as the Vienna School System intended.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
(Thank goodness the sheep escaped unharmed...)
Saturday, June 16, 2007
I can only say that my father never matched any of those ludicrous descriptions. I hope yours doesn't either. Family relationships can be tricky things; but I hope you can enjoy your father's company tomorrow, (or soon). Happy Father's Day.
Monterey! 40th Anniversary!
Friday, June 15, 2007
Shoot. My parents only took me to Tops Drive-In and Hot Shoppes....
The article misses the point, as usual. Zero tolerance isn't the issue. It's what you have zero tolerance for. And we have become a nation of lil' scaredy pants weens. I think most of these junior commissars would faint if they'd gone through a single day of grade school with me. High school would've killed them...
Great stuff. I suppose it's more proof of a misspent youth to always being slightly amazed to hearing Alabama Song and the rest while sober...
Great New Wave tune.
A very strange and horrible little tale.
This company, and their games, looks pretty fun.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I always loved this tune. Reminds me of summers spent out West in the 70's...
Poor Kirsty, very under-rated and gone all too soon.
One of the prettiest intros for a pop song, ever.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Fun song, wretched video. From one of the first families of R&R.
Seems like a normal day to me...
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
If you didn't need them before you called, you certainly will after you did so.
DC only has #7! Come on people, let's get out there and try harder!
(Actually, this survey seems to only take into account Interstate highways. Seems like a pretty limited definition to me. I also question any results that don't include the Beltway at Wilson Bridge)
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
goin' a thousand miles an hour
The Master of Space & Time...
(Performance is from the Concert for Bangladesh, with an all-star band)
Sigh. Pet. I will always have a crush on her...
One of the great White R&B bands. Criminally under-rated.
Great cover. Originally written by Bruce for Elvis...
That Ghost Host With The Most is showing Bela Lugosi in The Return of Chandu and a demo of stage hypnosis.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
It's going to be about 95 degrees today in Byzantium, and the fireflies have been out in force around the Manor these past few nights. Summer is here! These are some fave tunes from summers past. Grab a cup of Pym's and relax.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mi0g9JMo14 (I attended this show...)
Thursday, June 07, 2007
A very good analysis which I think can be applied to virtually all other musical genres not considered "Top 40". I am not sure I agree with the author's point of view that taxes should be used to subsidize one's music. I remember dealing with the old JCOA music distributor in the '80's. They prided themselves on being avante guard and for an artistic elite, and then whined about nobody buying their records. I'm not sure taxing me to support them really appeals to me. Just because somebody wants money isn't a good enough reason for me to give it to them.
What I see as the problem is the government subsidizing the essential monopoly that controls pop culture, (through radio and television). The current efforts by the State to virtually outlaw Internet radio are a perfect example of this. The author complains about the market, but I think he's buying into a fiction - there is no market. It's two or three megacorporations run by the same type of people, (accountants) and controlling the law-making process in such a way as to guarantee their control. I won't go into detail on this - there are plenty of sites out there which do. Contrary to what the author says - I WANT there to be a real market in pop culture - we just aren't allowed to have it. Now, I'm not saying that that will inevitably result in the resurrection of avante guard jazz, or performance art, or doo wop, or any of a hundred sub-genres and pop cults. But it would give them a chance to be exposed to new audiences, (especially through Internet radio). Some art forms simply won't make it, I'm not sure that means they need to get paid money by the government*. (Lots of activities don't make it - I tried my hand at designing wargames (which failed) and you don't see me demanding a subsidy). If you create something that people want and they can get access to it, then it will survive. The government and the major media companies are trying to stop that - and to me, that is the fight.
*I do however see the value for preserving such music from a museum-like point of view. But I
(Thanks for the link, Erik!)
Fascinating stuff! But I'd be inclined to expand such studies to more mental, emotional and political activities. There are great parliamentarians who had the same sense in their chosen field; and mentalists and "cold readers" like Kreskin also exhibit this hyper-perception. I can honestly say that in my younger days I experienced it when immersed in playing the game "Diplomacy". One almost intuitively knows exactly what is going on, how people are thinking, and what is going to happen; without really being aware of why/how one knows. (One theory I have is the brain's ability to notice and evaluate very subtle eye and mouth movements, and slight vocal pattern changes in others). Although it's been over twenty years, I still remember those few experiences as being quietly amazing.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
So, we have deer obeying traffic signals. That puts 'em right behind dogs, and several notches ahead of Metro drivers on the evolutionary scale.
For those of you too young to remember, this silly little tune launched a national fad and obsession with CB radios. There are few things more ridiculous than a nation of people suddenly affecting an Arkansas accent on a handful of uppers and babbling about speed traps in some sort of redneck code.
McCall went on to become mayor of the beautiful little Colorado mountain town of Ouray.
It's ALL for you Damien!
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
I know I've emailed and posted this before - but I love it. Just take the needle out of your arm and put it on the record ;)
Perfect driving song. Rock'n'roll as religion...
One of my fave poets/performers/priestesses.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Classic, classic D.C.!!!
Classic comedy routine.
It's a Floor Wax! It's a Dessert Topping! No kids - IT'S BOTH!!!
An amazing battle and vicotry for the U.S. Determined that Japan would not win WWII.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Another tune I always liked - great night driving music...
I'm not a real big fan of Joel, but he's done a couple tunes I really enjoy, and this is the best. Reminds me of an old bar on Pennsylvania Avenue that Edmund and I used to visit back in '74 called The Exchange. Our old high school geography teacher, Ed Raskind, worked there as a bartender. One of the most interesting teachers I've ever had. In a high school filled to the brim with characters, stories and situations, Ed was a Legend*. Intelligent, educated, sarcastic, sardonic, street-wise, subversive and hip. There'd always be a great tale to tell after hanging out with him - in the class or behind the bar. I was lucky to know him, and I hope he's doing well, wherever/however that may be. Cheers.
*Someday I'll have to get around to writing more on Raskind. He really was a one-of-a-kind teacher. I think I've menitoned before that there's an "old" movie out there called Getting Straight (starring Elliot Gould and Candace Bergen). Although the plot revolves around a university, I still feel it's almost exactly what days at TC were like - and there's a lot of similiarity between Gould's character and Raskind.
A fun, (and almost forgotten) band from the late 70's.
One of the best Brill Building songs and performers. Classic.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
And spoken word recordings of some of Klarkash-Ton's stories and poetry are available here: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/spoken-word
One of my fave songs and videos. Wonderful.
An early recording of my fave Chicago tune.
Ah, it was such a cool show. Steve and the boys were playing the Bayou back in '84. He came on stage, looked straight at the crowd, paused, and then said "You guys in DC - you're REALLY under the gun!", and then launched into this song.
A great song by an unfortunately inconsistent band.
They never made it over here - pity. They were a great band.
Beware their Exercise Wheels Of Death!!!
(You just know this is going to end badly...)
Be Afraid, Be Very Very Afraid....