Thursday, June 30, 2005

No. 2: Name that celebrity

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This time around no Traci Lords-inspired ass shots. Let's see who gets the honor of king or queen for the week.

Here's the answer to last week's mystery celeb.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Courtney Love demands world no longer treat her as a sex object. World obliges.

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Other possible headlines:
Hole front woman swallows Black Crowes front man

Cobain's widow seeks comfort in Mamma Cass's closet

Courtney Love shoots video for cover of Weird Al's "Eat It"

Love attempts to shake paparazzi with Janis Joplin disguise

Photo courtesy of Conversations About Famous People

Monday, June 27, 2005

Heard it on the radioio

Today's radio sucks. Heard it.

Rock-and-roll is dead. Heard it.

Labels aren't looking for original talent. Heard that, too.

My take. Radio and rock have exploded in the last few years thanks in part to iTunes, song swapping, Pro Tools, online music publications and Internet stations like radioioeclectic. It's clearly a case of the more (options), the merrier.

Heard on the 'io' in the last hour:
Iron & Wine, Mavis Staples, Rhany, Culture Club, 101ers, Sloan, R.E.M. and Jake Stigers.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Name that celebrity

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Is that a man or is it a woman? A TV star or a pop idol?

Every Friday, a new celeb photo will be posted. And every Friday, last week's mystery star (like the above ass) will be uncovered. Start the guessing.


The WAIT (Whose Ass Is That?) is over.

Thursday, June 23, 2005


"A year is a drop in a bucket/When you lose someone you love"

"Souls ain't born, souls don't die"

"Fish swim/Birds fly/Daddies yell/Mamas cry/Old men/Sit and think/I drink"

"Every living thing could use a little mercy now/Only the hand of grace can end the race/Towards another mushroom cloud/People in power, well/They'll do anything to keep their crown"

These are reasons, this person should be relevant.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

It's that time of year when commencement addresses are given. Then, the good ones are circulated throughout the web. Last time around, Tom Hanks' speech seem to top the list:
" ... Not a bit of advice, but a plea. It is, in fact, a single four-letter word, a verb and a noun ... Help publicly. Help privately. Help in your actions by recycling and conserving and protecting, but help also in your attitude. Help make sense where sense has gone missing. Help bring reason and respect to discourse and debate ... "

This time, the deserved honor appears to be headed toward Apple/Pixar CEO Steve Jobs. Take a look or a listen.

Favorite quote Jobs pulled for this:
"If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right."

**And please don't hold it against me for quoting Tom Hanks. I like to think (and it is probably true) that someone else wrote it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Pleased to meet THEM

In ode to this (see Whiskeytown entry) and as a rebuttal to this (see Smashing Back entry), here are 10 bands with all or most members living that should get back together for only one show at one club, where I can get tickets:
1. The Replacements
2. The Jayhawks
3. Guns N' Roses
4. Uncle Tupelo
5. Red Devils (listen to their only album, the Rick Rubin-produced, live-and-bluesy "King King")
6. True Believers (featuring Alejandro Escovedo and Jon Dee Graham)
7. The Smiths
8. Rage Against the Machine
9. Billy Goat (you'd have to live in Dallas in the early '90s to understand this and/or own one of their concert t-shirts that reads on the back, Fuck More Bitch Less)
10. Little Village (the one-album supergroup of Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, Jim Keltner and Nick Lowe)

Honorable Mention
Richard Buckner and the Doubters (his first and only official backing band as a solo artist)

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Walk in music

It appears the Boss is very specific about the music that plays to the crowd before he goes on stage. I appreciate that, as I am sure Social Distortion, My Morning Jacket, Old 97's and Primal Scream do.

Overheard comment of the day
At an outdoor spot on the Venice boardwalk. Napkin flies off the table. Sun-burnt guy at the next table says, "Looks like another case of a runaway napkin." Napkin is caught. Same guy says, "Well, case closed."

Saturday, June 18, 2005

"I Saw" No. 99 & No. 100

Perry and wife not with Flea and wife, not at the Getty 
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Rode the tram up to the Getty Center with Flea [quietly cool in a OP-style surfer shirt with casual, pin-stripped slacks] and his new bride [attractive in a tall, earthy way]. They then joined Perry Farrell [cool as ever, hair parted to the side, doting on child in a stroller] and wife [not much different than the photo above]. They were with a group of friends--including the guy who just taught Kevin Federline to surf--for a birthday celebration at one of the restaurant's outside tables.

Spotted a post-beach Connie Britton, along with her bit-taller-than-Michael-J-Fox husband, shopping at Patagonia on Main in Santa Monica.

Three things to note: 1) These are clearly in order of importance. 2) All have made previous "I Saw" appearances. 3) Rode down the tram with Mr. Surf Instructor, hence the Britney's beau knowledge.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Drunk leading the drunk

The current issue of Vanity Fair profiles Babyshambles' Pete Doherty. It appears he is now gathering more than Moss. Fellow NotJackKerouac mention and current diety to Doherty, Shane MacGowan plays heavy in the article.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Do the chickens have large talons?

You have to love this kid.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Seeing Debbie Harry sing jazz is like smoking a salmon after sex

This was written (now hopefully, paraphrased by me) by Austin rock critic Michael Corcoran about Blondie's blondie fronting the self-explained Jazz Passengers. It gives you an idea of what to expect. It reports. It's funny. And, it clearly speaks opinion.

This is one of my favorite music critic quotes. I can give you others by Rolling Stone's David Fricke, Spin's Chuck Klosterman and now Heaven's Lester Bangs. But, give me 10 minutes and AskJeeves, and anyone can give 200 more that aren't.

Last year, longtime Los Angeles Times music critic Robert Hilburn begged people to name a better guitarist in the rock game than White Stripes' Jack White. I couldn't, many shouldn't.

Few have done, what now-finally veteran critic Andy Langer does--explain that 'yes, he is the best. And yes, you don't have to love every track.' The following are excerpts from Langer's insightful Get Behind Me Satan review in Esquire.
* "Satan is at once brilliant and boring."
* " ... Get Behind Me Satan truly succeeds, it's for the same reason that the predecessor did: It's an album completely out of touch with the times."
* "The simple chorus and jiggly Motown strut make 'My Doorbell' the catchiest four minutes of their career."
* "... Get Behind Me Satan left me feeling like I'd waded through Elephant 2 "Electric Boogaloo."


In ode to the daily spinning: from An Aquarium Drunkard, listeners of albums should be given the choice of listening to singles instead of entire albums, except in the case of Richard Buckner's The Hill.

Automatic pet petter?

Just came across another list of the top inventions.
These ring a bell:
Jet engines
The Internet/computer
Nuclear weapons

What about these:
Spellcheck/spell check
Call waiting/caller id
Richard Buckner's phrase: "Won't you slump on over and stir my shuffle down"
Remote control
Page Six
Bank of America's bill pay
Search engines
Disposable video cameras (due in Sept; priced at $29.99)

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Why read the NY Times:

>>Rock critic Jon "I've-seen-the-future-of-rock-and-roll-and-his-name-is-Bruce-Springsteen" Pareles finally said what I thought I was thinking.
>>MBAs should (and will) study Craig Newmark. 10 million unique visitors each month. 120 cities in 25 countries. 2.4 billion pageviews a month. 99.2% advertising free. 18 employees. And, people overwhelmingly like his product.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Vincent Gallo's Paris Hilton

Bookmark this: ifilms Top 100.

It will become a guilty pleasure. It is the place to go for all those 'Did you see ... ' questions.

He's not logic

This is Shane MacGowan.

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He is the guy with fucked-up teeth who is known for beautiful, drunkenly spit/sang songs with a stout Black & Tan blend of Sex Pistols and Clancy Brothers. The guy responsible for delivering one of the most intoxicating, non-traditional Christmas songs--"Fairytale of New York" (aka "Christmas Eve in a Drunk Tank")--with his band, The Pogues.

He was kicked out of that group or left on his own, depending on the source. He claimed it was because his bandmates wanted to take the Irish out of the music ("How can we not be Irish? It would be like the Specials not doing ska or the Stones without R&B"). The rest of the world would probably argue that the relationship ended because of his drinking.

There is a recent documentary airing on OnDemand called "The Shane MacGowan Story." In it, many admirers including non-judgmental Nick Cave surface. Another is Sinead O'Connor. O'Connor is a close friend of MacGowan's longtime girlfriend, Victoria. O'Connor and MacGowan dueted on The Pogues' "Haunted" for the Sid & Nancy soundtrack. Years later, she turned MacGowan in to the police for heroin possession after she arrived at his home dressed as a Catholic clergyman. It was her attempt to shake him awake. It didn't work and their relationship remains strained.

One thing that comes through clear in the film is the brilliance of his music. As one person put it, he seemed meant to write great drink songs. To me, he was a harsh voice singing a tender song. Victoria described him best toward the end of the film, "He's not logic."

Three recommended CDs: The Pogue's "If I Should Fall From Grace"; The Pogue's "Essentials"; Shane MacGowan and the Pope's "Snake".


One footnote. MacGowan and the Popes came to Austin in 2000. I didn't make the show, but read about it. He was drunk, and spent most of the night spouting racial comments about the crowd at La Zona Rosa. Many people walked out. One of them wrote into the Austin Chronicle and said this: "Shane MacGowan is a brilliant lyricist and one pathetically fucked-up human being."

MacGowan is still alive and continues to record and perform.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Animal Planet casts "The Surreal Life" ...

... with the help of Michael Jackson. This item from the Los Angeles Times:

" ... he [Jackson] also played on this famous eccentricity, speaking fondly about holding a party for his chimps with a guest list of former animal actors, including Benji, Lassie and Cheetah."

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