Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
The tough thing about being a Stormtrooper on Earth is that people think you're a weirdo for a minute then decide to not mind you at all. "Just another bum," they mutter. So no one wants to sit beside them in the subway.
Some got into trouble and the local law officers weren't amused. Who knows what technology there is inside their armor?
But after a couple of months, a sense of normalcy returned to them as they found the enjoys of malling and buying groceries. It sure comes in handy to have some valuable minerals from out space that they traded in for cash, cable television, and PS3!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This was taken by a New York Times photographer the other day when winter came in early and dumped a couple of inches of snow on the east coast. Like I always say, snow is pretty to look at from the inside and it sounds cool for just about five minutes before you hate it.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I became a fan of Hall and Oates when I first heard "She's Gone." Talk about Philly soul music, huh? Then came "Wait for Me" that is one of my faves when I first got into music. This song, "Everything Your Heart Desires" was released in the late 80's just as new wave was done and a good friend of mine, John Flores, sent this to me. I think this version, a jam one, is better. I'm sure you'll love it too.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Yesterday, I picked up the Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson album "Break Up." I've been a fan of Yorn's ever since his musicforthemorningafter album came out. I've always ranked that as one of my fave "break up" concept albums alongside Prefab Sprout's "Steve McQueen." Although I don't have any of his succeeding two albums (I have no idea why), I did love his version of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" from the Ramones tribute album We're A Happy Family of several years ago.
As for Scarlett Johansson, since Lost In Translation, I've been a fan of this actress and am eagerly anticipating her part in Iron Man II. In Lost in Translation, that excellent and bittersweet movie by Sophia Copolla, she did some karaoke with Bill Murray. Not really the best voice but not bad. Kinda earthy and sexy. And it sure was nice (and maybe brave) of her to sing the Pretenders' "Brass In Pocket."
So when she cut this album where she was on board as a real collaborator with Yorn, I just had to get it. One can say that Johansson's voice might be weak and maybe they're right but it seems just right for this album.
At first listen I thought I was listening to a Raconteurs album (see Jack White). But as Yorn describes it, it's his way of doing an album that he described as in the style of Serge Gainsbourg and Bridgett Bardot. And it may not be for everyone but I love the charm, honesty, and simplicity of the music. One of my fave pick ups of the year.