It's Red Norvo's birthday. Not that many guys make it as a vibraphonist.
It's Red Norvo's birthday. Not that many guys make it as a vibraphonist.
Time Magazine got some attention for it's "5 Reasons Republicans Should Let Go of Health Care." There's nothing I like better than the left giving the right helpful advice, and vice versa.
Last time I watched Parks And Recreation I had the CC on. When the theme played it was described as "triumphant music." I guess, though that makes me think of something like "Pomp And Circumstance" or the "1812 Overture."
I just read Walter Mirisch's Hollywood memoir I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History. Mirisch was a top producer responsible for many highly respected films, some of which are even good. The list includes Some Like It Hot, West Side Story, In the Heat of the Night, The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, The Apartment, The Pink Panther, Fiddler on the Roof, One, Two, Three, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Thomas Crown Affair, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, The Party, A Shot in the Dark and Irma La Douce
Sorry it took me a whole week to write up the latest Lost, "Ab Aeterno," but at least I got it in before the next episode. Also, I taped over the hour (yes, I still use videotape) so I'm doing this from memory.
A drummer friend recently sent me a video of Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Pepper's playing the National Anthem at Auburn Hills.
McDonald's is offering new "mini meals." For $2.99 you get a double cheeseburger, fries and a drink.
Here at Pajamaguy, we're always happy to recognize sister blogs who have decided to utilize the same clownish template we picked out. Considering our name, we've got a good reason. Why anyone else would take it I'm not quite sure.
When YouTube shows old entertainment clips, you invariably get comments bemoaning the state of show biz today.
I was surprised to see I had a vinyl Starbuck album in my collection. (It cost a buck. That's the only explanation.)
Here's one of many interviews Michael Emerson has done in the past few years about Lost. I like Emerson, since he seems to recognize (or at least acts like he does) how lucky he was to enter a hit show in mid-stride and become a regular. Ben Linus could have been killed off at any point along the way--Lost isn't shy about doing that--but instead he's made it further than a lot of the originals, and seen new cast members drop inand then fall out.
I don't think any language can capture the hopeful sweetness of Hair's "Good Morning Starshine" better than German:
Hey, I just noticed the Freud Playhouse at UCLA is putting on one of my favorite musicals, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Here's how they describe it:
As support for his contention that Tea Party members were even less likely than the average white person to yell "nigger" at a black congressman, one of our anonymous readers suggested earlier this week that Tea Party members "tend to be better educated than average whites."
Gee, it seemed like only a few days ago it was Captain Kirk's 79th birthday, and now it's Spock's.
James Mottram's The Sundance Kids: How The Mavericks Took Back Hollywood was a big disappointment. I've read a number of books on indie filmmakers of the past few decades and this is the worst. The author regularly makes pronouncements, both political and artistic, without any backing.
Somehow it's fitting that the shortest #1 song ever is "Stay," which includes the line "Stay just a little bit longer."
Once again my review of this week's Lost will be postponed. I can only promise I'll try to get it in before next week's episode airs. Sorry.
Here's a great game. Go to Yahoo's Babel Fish, a translator program. Then take a simple phrase, put it through a few languages, and have it come back i the language you started with.
Tom Friedman's usually pretty good about recognizing others' points of view, even if he usually dismisses them as wrong without particularly deep analysis. But today's op-ed piece made me laugh. His premise is that innovative structural electoral reform will be required to stop the "race to the extremes" required for moderate candidates and elected officials to survive the two-party primary process. Whether that is the case or not, I think the ideas of non-partisan redistricting and alternative voting have merit, and should be pursued. But I almost couldn't continue reading after this paragraph:
I've been spending time on ebay looking for a particular set of golf clubs (Callaway HawkEye tungsten/TI irons). We lefties are about 10% of the golfing population, which makes the used selection significantly more limited. Thus, I watch similar auctions even if they're not exactly what I'm looking for, to keep abreast of the pricing, which I have noticed to significantly increase across the board as the weather has warmed. I'm thinking a service that is similar to Bing's new predictor of airline price trends, but for ebay items. It would have great value both for buyers and sellers. It would obviously be far more difficult -- there are significantly more variables and data sets, but you could start off with some things that are more easily predictable, like golf clubs. There is already a PGA Value Guide that you could mine for the basic data. Any ideas for other, maybe even better item categories to start from? I mean, skis seems even more obvious, so maybe non-sports items?
One of the leading artists of the 20th century, Nena turns 50 today. It's good to see the war machine that worried so many Germans in the 80s spared her and her city.
The latest Simpsons, "Stealing First Base," was different. Oh, the basic A- and B-plot--Bart with a psycho girlfriend and Lisa being too nerdy--we've seen before. The show stopped having original plots some time around the 200th episode.
Two days ago I celebrated Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday. While looking at videos of his songs, I saw an odd project. Some people loved the film version of Sweeney Todd so much they re-created a number. It's one of my favorite songs from the show, "By The Sea," as well as one of the more imaginative stagings by Tim Burton.
A couple weeks ago I got a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau informing me I'd be getting a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau. Next week, sure enough, I got a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau. Well, this week I got a letter informing me I'd received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The A.V. Club on The Runaways:
The third-year premiere of Breaking Bad, "No Mas," promises another great season. It looked like it would mostly be setting the pieces in place, catching us up with where all the characters are, but it turned out to be more than that.
LA Guy wisely suggested that we move the continued discussion over reconciliation of the health care reform bill to the top of the blog.
Happy 80th, Stephen Sondheim!
Maybe I'm misunderstanding the process, but assuming the House passes the Senate version, what are Republican senators hoping to gain by slowing or stopping the reconciliation bill? All they would accomplish that I can see is keeping in the hand-outs for Nebraska and Louisiana and leaving the abortion coverage exclusion less concrete. All things they rail against in the Senate bill. So what does this get them? Not rhetorical at all here -- I just can't seem to get a good answer to the question from any of the news sites, and hoping someone here has an answer.
Oh boy, new Breaking Bad tonight. I recently rewatched season 2, and it held up. The show has gotten pretty dark, though, and I'm not sure where they can go from here. But then, it was pretty dark in the pilot, and things kept getting worse.
The T.A.M.I Show is finally out on DVD. I saw it in college, and just a few weeks ago on PBS. It's a 1964, shot live (with no lip syncing) in Santa Monica, featuring a lot of the best rock act of the time. In fact, the roster is stunning. It includes:
At the conservative website Power Line, John Hinderaker has a bunch of Controversial Propositions:
Fess Parker and Alex Chilton recently died. I don't have too much to say about either, but they both made their contribution to the world of popular culture.
From A. O. Scott's review of The Bounty Hounter in The New York Times:
The latest Lost, "Recon," was another satisfying episode, this time Sawyercentric. Nevertheless, the central issue of the final season is still unresolved--just what do these flash-sideways have to do with the main story. We're almost halfway through znd so far they exist on a parallel track. I never thought we'd go this far without an explanation, even on Lost.
When the RKO Astaire/Rogers series of musicals ended in 1939, Ginger went straight into a series of successful comedies and dramas on her own. Still in her twenties, she didn't need to dance or sing to show how talented she was.
This is why, if you ever fall out of a tree, you don't want to grab two power lines:
This excerpt from Ephraim Katz's Film Encyclopedia on Lubitsch is strange. It's a decent enough discussion of his career, but gives short shrift to his work in talkies. In particular, it doesn't even mention Trouble In Paradise and The Shop Around The Corner, which are probably his two greatest achievements.
Due to circumstances beyond my control, my weekly Lost recap/analysis will be delayed. Until I can put it up, please enjoy this video.