Thursday, March 22, 2007

Lazy bitch

A'ight kids. I'm totally out of it but I want to spread some love n links, so here we go, then I'm off to . . . Rite Aid. Hopefully.

  • We got An Especially Uber-sweet St Patrick's Day post from Rebeldog Comics, which leads me to some bitching concerning St Patrick's Day and that is that gathered from said day's experiences I think I'm allergic to unfinished counters or sawdust, which is what I ended up crashing on/in when it turned out our friend's spare key had been whisked away when they replaced the hall's kitchen cabinetry. Ugh. Though if it's about being allergic to things on St Patrick's Day maybe I'm allergic to rude people cutting me in line at 3 am at the McDonald's, or maybe walking home in 20 degrees, or punk hipsters, or NYU students screaming about their REALLY AWESOME FILM PROJECT OMG I'M GONNA BE FAMOUS AND IF NOT I'M GOOD WITH MY PARENTS' TRUST FUND can I have another green margarita?. Nah, I had a really good time, and again, I hope y'all did, and if not, make up for it by scrounging around for the many excellent March 17th posts starting with King AdBeck's. Uh. . . that was just a human interest story up there to make this blog more personal. . . :]
  • Next, grab Kings of Rockabilly Vol 2 from the ever-wonderful TWILIGHTZONE! Unfortunately, no rambling ridiculous story about my lame weekends to go with that one. . . uh. . . oh, okay, for the ladies, check out for some lovely punk/rockabilly wear, decent prices for the most part, and join me in going oh good lord i want that dress/those shoes/that necklace/that car. And uh boys, in spite of the name there is nothing interesting there for you except presents for the ladies in your life. . . actually there's some menswear too.
Aah, that's it for now. I'm off. Soma psychikon n soma pneumatikon. Bye lovelies.

Monday, March 19, 2007

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

I guess the story is that Brian Wilson heard Rubber Soul, decided he was gonna make the greatest pop album of all time, thought he had, heard Sgt Pepper, and got really bummed, or "despondent" as they put it at wikipedia.

Captain Blood Score @Bullseye

Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Captain Blood at Bullseye

Grab this from Bullseye! Captain Blood is a fantastic movie starring Errol Flynn and the lovely Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone, based on Sabatini's novel. I spent a good chunk of driving through Idaho (I think) reading the novel, discovering it's one of my new favorites. Heartily recommend both.

Ugh, I'm sick. But now I'm all ready venture into the cold and rent this film. I was thinking of seeing Full Metal Jacket though. I grabbed Dr No last night. I'm determined to movie-myself out before work gets super duper fucken hectic :p Hope everybody's day is going well.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Road to Perdition OST

To make up for the sadly-lacking-spirit-of-the-day post yesterday, here's something vaguely appropriate- Thomas Newman's wonderful score for the film Road to Perdition. Fantastic movie based on a amazing graphic novel- though I hafta admit that I'm not a fan of the books the follow (I'm a few chapters into Road to Purgatory, and sad to say, I'm not digging it), though the three shorter On the Roads that fill in missing space within the larger Perdition are up to par with the original story.

But Newman's inquisitive musical instincts can't be denied, and his melancholy string writing is leavened first with subtle uilleann pipe flourishes that echo the characters' Irish-American roots, then with savory, yet ever-restrained touches of his own ethnic-defying instrumental color and rhythmic accents. It's another moody and introspective gem, seasoned with some lively period jazz (courtesy of the Charleston Chasers, Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra, and Chicago Rhythm Kings) and a warm, final surprise: a duet of John M. Williams's autumnal title track performed by none other than stars Tom Hanks and Paul Newman (xXxX).

The files aren't labeled but they appear labeled in iTunes- not sure how to change that, labeled them in iTunes, thought it usually changed the files, too ?

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Have a safe n fun time kids!

Right now my holiday is looking. . . exciting- a Yuengling thing and a paper on the Self and Life After Death in Homer's Odyssey to write. Taking a class with this guy, who kindly told us "Buy my book! And buy it new! I don't get money if you get it used!" [edit: ok, st p's day definitely got better later in the evening.]

THIS is not what I'm doing, since it sold out, but I hope whoever managed to get tickets is having a fantastic time :] [edit: i did not notice the ludicrous price of those tickets! good lord.]

Here's a post that has nothing to do with St Patrick, sorry.

Rather, E-4o's Tell Me When To Go feat. Keak da Sneak. Part of Oakland's hyphy movement, described to me as hyphy:Oakland::crunk:South.

Song (rar)

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Buckaroo Banzai, end credits walking theme

I'm sitting here being a great big dork and trying to decide whether to watch this 80s gem or this piece of cinema genius (no sarcasm there). So, figure I'll post the theme song to the latter. I actually just returned from FLA this morning (lovely lovely and warm and pulled pork and home cooking and dq and now it's raining here in NYC), then tried to get some reading done for class (yes, this thing is a laugh a minute) and fell asleep so now my brain is totally fried and I'm like a zombie, so it's a bunch of links to stuff about the film, sorry, no review other than it's one of my favorite films and I tell people it's about a rocket scientist brain surgeon rock star and aliens. Unfortunately, I don't have the rest of the soundtrack.

End Credits on Youtube; Wes Anderson has said that his film
The Life Aquatic was inspired at some parts by BB, and end sequence of his film is an homage to BB's end credits.

Buy the film, buy the novelization (surprisingly good, reads more like the movie was based on the book)

Monday, March 05, 2007

BBC Dramatization: JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

I've been listening to this since I was a kid when we had it in our house on cassettes, even before I read the books (and then found out how much more sense it made). I've been listening to it at work the last few weeks (bleak: little room, lotsa messy files, and one of the biggest downers of an ending.) This dramatization is superbly acted, most notable, I think are Michael Hordern as Gandalf and Peter Woodthorpe as Gollum-blows the guy who did it in the films right outta the water. The sound effects are great, the music is gorgeous (though some of the battle scenes get shortened into these weird songs/spoken sections for abbreviation I suppose), a total sensory immersion. In 13 hour long episodes, which clocks a little more than Peter Jackson's films it seems, but far more faithfully adapted and even more impressive that it's all audio. I'll be posting over the next few days, hopefully.

Wikipedia info, including cast list

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I'm glad people are enjoying this post. Thanks for stopping by and for the comments :)
Now I'm off to Little Italy for dinner and then to see 300. The best part is, we had to read Herodotus last year in my LitHum class and I don't remember reading about the Battle of Thermopylae at all. All I remember is Xerxes getting mad at a river and having his men flog it. And also cutting this dude in half. And then tomorrow, I am officially on Spring Break after a wonderfully hellish week. I'll be in Florida, so posting will be up n running again by the end of next week.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads

Murder Ballads - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

(zip, megaupload, if rapidshare preferred, lemme know- it's down at the moment but i'll try to put it up there later when it's working)

I can't decide if I like the Henry Lee video- it's strangely fascinating, but it's like showing cellphones in music videos- it really dates it, and it's even more so because they are so organic in their movements.

Also, I finally did a mini-cleanup of the links section- be sure to check out two new ones: Honky Tonk Prison (amazing country/western offerings) and McCrank's Juke (including a great Social D post & lots of nice live). And-- it's in alphabetical order now :) I think . . . my mental faculties are breaking down, midterms coming up. I used to work at a library and I used to be able to alphabetize like a motherfucker. Now I'm back to going through the alphabet in my head. I'm also trying out this labeling thing. And I'm not going to go ridiculously crazy with it like this fool.

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