I bought a copy of Just Tell Me That You Want Me, the newly released tribute album to Fleetwood Mac, and have been enjoying it. The contributors are largely indie bands and singers, with some seasoned help from the likes of Marianne Faithfull and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. We played two full rounds of it today in the car during a field trip. There are interesting choices: some of the best-known hits (Go Your Own Way, Don't Stop, You Make Loving Fun among them) are uncovered. As well, many of the songs come from the Stevie Nicks songbook ... which I guess says something about how her tunes resonate with the next generation.
One of the covers I quite like is Best Coast's take on Rhiannon, with a clapalong arrangement and a singalong feel. This is a live acoustic version which is similar to what's on the record.
One of many memorable lines from Tom Haverford, played on Parks and Recreation by Aziz Ansari:
"How do you make any event classy on a budget? Red carpet. My entire apartment is red carpet. On top of that, leading into my bedroom, a second red carpet. Oh, what’s this in my shoe? Red carpet insole. Everywhere I go, I’m walking on red carpet."
This image has been buzzing around the web for the last few days: an imagined version of Grand Theft Auto set not just in Gotham City, but with a retro/classic style of Batman, Joker, Two-Face and all the rest. I've never played any GTA game, nor really want to, but I have to say I'd be curious what this would look like.
"Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils." - Margaret Atwood
If I was going to pick a band that would make a single that would make me long for the kind of music that the Clash used to make ... I would not have picked the Wallflowers. And yet here is Jakob Dylan and co., making a single with Mick Jones that has that characteristic flavour.
Reboot the Mission is the preview tune for a new album coming out in October, and can be downloaded for free (as long as you're willing to leave your email address) from the Wallflowers' website.
Almost a couple of months ago, we all went out to dinner to celebrate the end of the school year ... and during the meal, we gave our son some surprise news. Martha's relatives in Madrid were gathering for a fairly quickly organized gathering, and we are able to send Nick along for the trip at the end of July. I had my phone pointing towards him as Martha told him the news, and then made this montage to show his change in reaction. I love how it turned out ... and of course was thrilled that he was able to see the country where his grandmother grew up, as well as many of his relatives.
This entry from someecards resonated, if only because I've been subscribing for several years (and occasionally listen live) to KCRW and their podcasts. The California station is dedicated to new music, and it has great ears; and, yes, it's true that you'll hear a tune long before it becomes a hit.
But I also know that it can be really irritating to whine about having like a song before, well, everyone else did.
Which is why this entry in the Willy Wonka meme also rings true!
We've had quite the summer in St. John's, and hopefully the run of good weather is not yet done. I heard a version of Estate by jazz pianist Ezra Weiss on Sirius XM in the car a while back, and it fit the heat and the mood of the day.
The opening words to one of George Harrison's mid-career songs, and an ode to Friar Park, the somewhat bonkers estate he bought with his Beatles riches and notably mortgaged to finance Monty Python's Life of Brian.
The Python spirit is quite evident in the film made to promote Crackerbox Palace in 1976.
I got around to watching a film that's been on my list since it was released: last year's adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I watched mini-series from 30ish years ago starring Alec Guinness (and of course would now like to see that again), but quite enjoyed watching the formidable Gary Oldman doing so much with facial restraint.
It's quite the cast, too: Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds and John Hurt, plus newer talent like Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Mark Strong.
It occurred to me, while looking at the batch of them, that while they're all accomplished actors, most have played it big for popcorn, too.
Is there another movie that's had a cast also collectively known, if you will, for bringing us Commissioner Gordon, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Darcy, Dobby, Julius Caesar, Sinestro and Bane ... among others.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.