Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
When someone thought The Little Rascals needed a yuletide turd of a special!
One bad special deserves another!
This one wasn't that bad I thought (though a pal I know would think otherwise since he worked on it)...
And who could forget this classic annual event in the annuls of television...
Fifteen years back, the only way to ever see this was if you knew someone with a nth-gen copy thereof which will still look like crap on your end, or a 15 meg Quicktime file you'd have to wait a good half-hour or more to download on a slow modem connection, but it was worth ever second!
It's a shame I grew up in a different town not picked for an unsuspecting yet overblown classic as this movie.
And because Cleveland history intrigues me at the moment...
Too bad it's not enough to save Higbee's.
Here's what they forget!
And now for something completely different...
I don't have anything else, wait, here's something...
Hope you had a Merry Christmas and looking forward to another dreaded year.
Wait, I forgot him!
Friday, December 23, 2011
Work is very...slow... today, so I'm watching documentaries and I want to share this one with you. It's an hour long and worth your time.
The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, one of the sound effects units of the BBC, was created in 1958 to produce effects and new music for radio, and was closed in March 1998, although much of its traditional work had already been outsourced by 1995. It was based in the BBC's Maida Vale Studios in Delaware Road, London, growing outwards from the then-legendary Room 13. The innovative music and techniques used by the Workshop made it one of the most significant influences on electronic music today.And I would argue that is just the straight up truth. Bill Bailey got it wrong; it's not that the BBC News theme sounds like an apocalyptic rave, it's that rave music sounded like the BBC News (He was right about the 60s Belgian Jazz, however).
It's a fascinating story that helped shape an entire generation of sound.
Oh man, look at that squeezebox go! What a great instrument.
I will admit now, I am a sucker for squeezebox. You put a piano keyboard on some bellows and I am THERE.
It's only one of the reasons I don't shop there.
That is so French it hurts.
OH YEAH. There was this group that used to play the accordion....
Back to Nortec Collective. NEVER ACT THIS WAY AT A WEDDING.
Honestly, I could spend a lot of time with Nortec Collective, because they respect the squeezebox.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
You should go and check out Grickle.com RIGHT NOW. We'll still be here. It's cool.
Happy holidays for this year.
This is how I usually feel during the season.
Although, after a bit, I wonder how many ways the audio from the first parts of 2001 can be used.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Well, Hanukkah is starting tonight and I'm NOT going to be playing a bunch of songs about matzoh. Yet. I think. Matzoh is kind of a thing.
But I am going to tell you about a wonderful wonderful movie that's coming out:
And the Amsterdam Klezmer Band is doing the soundtrack! I admit I squee'd when I saw this. I loved this book (although it looks like the film is going to draw heavily from the second in the series). Yes, there are Jews who aren't Ashkenazi and there was a thriving population in Algiers. If you like history and well thought-out religious arguments, you'll love it. And all starring a cat who first used his power of speech to tell a lie. ("I did NOT eat that parrot.")
Check it out: Tintin's dog.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
It's not cigar-box, but they are guitars.
This one comes courtesy the Right Reverend Bishop Seraphim (Sigrist) of Sendai. As he puts it:
...the great ancient hymn "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" entwined
with O Come O Come Emmanuel from the Christian band Frost From Ashes. This hymn
is used liturgically in the east at the offertory and in the west in John Mason
Neale's work as a hymn. This will not be suitable for liturgical use to be sure
and will not be everyone's cup of tea. Be ready for the drum attack after the
opening...and for the singers. if sing is the word. It is certainly seriously
These may be more appropriate.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Long ago, I was looking for a section from the Beatles' movie "HELP!" (specifically this scene), and I found everything but what I was looking for. This, sadly, is how I find some of the more wonderful or fantastic things I've uncovered over the years (as well as some of the weirdest).
Hairy Larry up there is a good guitarist and I thought this was an interesting arrangement of the tune. I can't tell if he's smiling.
Here are some other arrangements of carols, played on cigar-box guitars. More tomorrow.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Salvation Army is currently out with all their kettles and bells. If you're the kind of person who sends them a certain amount of money in the mail, they send a CD as a little "thank you". The CD is pretty slick. "We Three Kings" is just delightful. Both "I Wonder as I Wander" and "Away in a Manger" have a very Studio Ghibli sound to them.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
OK, here's the deal: don't do this. It's a really great way to get infected with all kinds of nasty things.
Also, it's kinda gross. Also, I doubt any of you are in the sheep-raising business, so there's really no need for you to go using your teeth to castrate anything, unless you're just one of those people who likes to do sick and sickness-inducing things.
So, what could possibly be so awful that I put it behind a cut while this is visible? And what could this possibly have to do with Christmas?
Reindeer, my friends. Reindeer are all about Christmas. You see, male reindeer loose their antlers in winter. HOWEVER, female reindeer (or castrated males) keep theirs. You'll notice all your pictures of Santa and his sleigh feature reindeer with antlers.
Don't think about it too much.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
I saw this film in the theaters and they had the volume way too high. Still, fun movie.
There's a colony on Mars that looks a lot like an abandoned grain silo, and it's starting to break down. Everything is looking grim until the alien shows up (who keeps his spaceship in his mouth--I am NOT making this up) and lets everyone believe in miracles again.
The movie is campy and fun and has some wonderfully stiff performances by people who aren't actors and some scene-chewing by people who are. Adam Goldberg has a defiantly NSFW dream and Fred Armisen sings creepy songs.
It's a romp. Here's a song that kinda sums it all up.
Friday, December 09, 2011
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
If you have some time, here's a list of the 27 worst nativity sets. The above shown is my favorite, but I'm sure there will be many others to come.
Although, with some of these, it's hard to tell if they actually meant to make a nativity scene or if it's some sculptural Bulwer-Lytton contest.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Monday, December 05, 2011
Well, no, ABBA isn't very Christmasy. They are from Sweden, however, so you can imagine snow and ice and all that great stuff.
And, under the cut, is something that should give you the shivers.
It's Erasure covering ABBA.
Oh lord. They are covering it.
It is covered.
This is your only warning. Danno found a tape full of Erasure covering ABBA videos. He's converted it to DVD. I know he's going to show some of it eventually.
RUN! RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN!
(Also, you now have that song in your head. Congratulations.)
Sunday, December 04, 2011
"The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot" is a 1937 song written by Michael Carr, Tommie Connor and Jimmy Leach; most notably performed by Vera Lynn. Other people who have recorded it include Johnny Adams, Billy Mackenzie, Elsie Carlisle, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Billy Cotton, John Farnham, and Alex Harvey.
What a sad song! How appropriate for war-time.
In the street he envied all those lucky boys
Then wandered home to last year's broken toys
I'm so sorry for that laddie
He hasn't got a daddy
The little boy that Santa Claus forgot
I guess that's why they used it at the beginning of Pink Floyd's "The Wall".
Here's a way you can help military families in need. Winter is on us and it's going to be a cold one.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
I had some kind of plan to do the same Christmas count-down as last year, and I'm starting late. Derp.
Here is a musical version of "A Christmas Carol" called "Scrooge". What I like most about this production is the opening credits by Ronald Searle and Alec Guinness as Marley.
There's also a great sequence near the end when Scrooge goes to hell. Nightmarish stuff.
Anyway, here's the whole movie, songs and all, in ten-minutes bits. I'm sure you've heard some of these tunes before and never knew where they came from.
Friday, December 02, 2011
When it wasn't getting out of one thing and into another, Tintin was not spared the potential for product endorsement and promotional considerations as we see over the years in the following ads!
Is there be any end in sight..?
So, please watch at your discretion!
|art by Mike Kazaleh|