Monday, February 28, 2011

Eight Debut Albums

I got an email from another blogger to contribute my thoughts about eight debut albums that I think are excellent albums and showed great promise from a band or musician, but never really quite reached that peak again by the band. In other words, that first album was their best effort. Music fan that I am, I'm certainly up for that challenge, but I really had to put on my thinking cap. I thought of several bands, but had to scratch them off my list for one reason or another. For example, I thought of Jimi Hendrix's debut album, Are You Experienced? It's a great album, and certainly foretold greatness in what else he might record, but personally I really preferred his Axis: Bold As Love follow-up album better, and argueably Electric Ladyland is much more the classic and mature. I also thought of Bob Dylan's first album and the Beatles, Meet The Beatles, but again, both had gone on to record much better albums, at least in my way of thinking. The first album I ever bought by Dylan was his John Westley Harding album, it's still one of my favorite records by him to this day. I also like a lot more by him like Blonde On Blonde, Blood On the Tracks, Nashville Skyline, and well as many others. I'm a huge Beatles fan as well, and just about like everything they ever recorded, so that knocked their debut off the list. I came very close to listing Eric Clapton's first album. It's still one of my favorites by him. There are a lot of rocking tunes on it, but I think that leaves out his work on Layla, and I have my days I really want to listen to some of his other efforts as well. That narrowly escaped my list.

So anyway, without further discussion, here's what I came up with.

David Crosby: If I Could Only Remember My Name

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As you may know David Crosby was a part of the 60's folk rock scene being a part of the Byrds and later going on to form the band Crosby, Still, and Nash, (and later Young). With this album though, he got together with some friends and recorded this seemingly loose session of evocative, acoustic, introspective soundscapes. It's full of great songs and wonderful vocals like Cowboy Movie. If you've never heard it, go buy it today. You'll thank me later.

Steve Forbert: Alive On Arrival

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Boy, this is a great debut album. I think at the time I read a review about it in Rolling Stone (back when they still used to be good, just kidding, kinda). At any rate, on his debut Alive On Arrival, Forbert sounds like an mix of early Bob Dylan and John Prine, crafting some amazing acoustic songs that are every bit as good as Dylan or Prine. His vocals are similar to both, and there's a playful, urgent feel to the album. Forbert didn't put out a lot of albums, and I think the record company didn't produce or give him as much attention as maybe they should have, and it's a shame as the debut showed a lot of potential.

It's A Beautiful Day--self titled

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Out of the West Coast scene came It's A Beautiful Day. Now they weren't as popular as some of the other bands of the day like the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service or Jefferson Airplane, but they had two hit songs on the album that gave them a lot of airplay and exposure: White Bird, with it's lilting melody, and strong chorus, and Hot Summer Day. The album is a rare stew of psychedelic folk rock, and one I play often during the warm summer months.

Jo Jo Gunne--self titled

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I remember walking into Discount Records up in Lubbock, Tx. the day this album came in, and was drawn to the rocking sound of it. The group had Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes in it from the California band Spirit. Now Spirit I was already a fan of, and I'm still a big fan of theirs today. Spirit had a weird mix of early progressive, jazz, psychedelia, rock, and even at times some moody soundtrack themes in their sound. But with Gunne, they'd dropped that, and moved to a more streamlined rock sound. Their other albums, have some moments on them that capture the energy of their first album, but I think their first album is their best.

Robert Early Keen, Jr.--No Kinda Dancer

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This is a narrow call, but I still feel it's his best effort, and I say that not having heard every album Keen has released and he's still productive today, so he might even top this one, who knows? Still it's a fine crafted album of Texas roots music, bar room tales, ghost stories, folklore, and reminds me of some of the good times I've had living in Texas. Keen weaves excellent stories, and his vocals and arrangements really hit the mark on his debut.

King Crimson--In The Court Of King Crimson

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I'm a Crimson fan, and a progressive rock fan, so it's hard not to mention this one. It's a monster album, and one that set the stage not only for King Crimson, but progressive rock in general. Some may disagree with my pick on it, but for me, it's one of their finest efforts.

Moby Grape--self titled

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Out of the San Francisco scene came Moby Grape, with a controversial cover and all. They were a mixture of folk rock and blues. I enjoy their second album, Wow, just about as well. But their first album is more cohesive.

PFM or Premiata Forneria Marconi--Per un Amico

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Wonderful album! I discovered this band late as they'd already made many albums. The first album I picked up by them was their album Cook on vinyl in a used record store. I wasn't bowled over by it on my first listening, but it was sort of a slow awakening and one that slipped slowly into my conscious over time. Later I started to learn more about the band. Certainly they have other albums that are worth owing, but for me Per un Amico is a masterpiece of subtle progressive rock. If you like mellotron passages like say the way the Moody Blues used them, this is a great one to seek out.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

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Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage


Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, is a new two-disc documentary set on the Canadian band's long 40-year career. The first disc being a retrospective of their beginnings going from unknowns straight out of high school to their playing in high school gyms with their original drummer, John Rutsey, to finally getting their first record contract, and showing how their music and life progressed from there. I'm not a huge Rush fan myself. I'm not saying that as some backhanded comment, but to underscore the fact that no matter how much you may like the band or even if you don't care for them very much, you won't pass up an opportunity to watch the film as I think it offers something regardless. I've owned a few of their albums in the past, however, I believe the only thing I have by them currently is their album, Moving Pictures. That said though, I think the film has broad appeal to most music fans whether you are the most avid die hard Rush fan, to just a music fan in general, or perhaps you've just enjoyed their occasionally hit songs on FM radio. But certainly if you are a Rush fan, you'll want to own the disc.

It begins with them in high school, and tells where their families came from, and how they met each other in school. They have some very early black and white footage of them playing live in small venues, and even has a family clip of Alex Lifeson telling his parents around a dinner table that he wants to quit high school and play in the band instead of finishing school. Once they record their first album and start touring, things start happening fast and furious. They were one of those bands that traveled around the country playing around 200 plus gigs per year, all the while writing, learning, and recording their next album, so their discipline and drive is apparent. They talk about how they changed drummers early on, and how they started to incorporate Neil Peart into their band. It all seems pretty whirlwind, and yet organic at the same time. They commented a little bit about each album that they recorded, which ones were better sellers, which ones the fans enjoyed best, how they were dogged by their record company to change their style and become more radio friendly, and which albums were more of a challenge. There's also many interviews and comments with other fans and musicians like Gene Simmons, the comedian Jack Black, Billy Corgan, managers, and others that shed light either on their own admiration for the band and their insight of their career or how they were influenced by the band. All in all it's a well balanced history of the band. The second disc contains more archive footage of the band from different dates and locales, and more fan comments. I really had fun watching it and I think if you are the least bit curious, you'll probably enjoy it as well.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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I watched the documentary, H. P. Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown. I'd heard about it for a while, and was happy to finally watch it. The influenced that these pulp writers have had on today's fiction is still being felt, and it's sad to think that most of them, with maybe the exception of few didn't reap much financial reward for their efforts. In fact Lovecraft pretty much lived around poverty level, but the atmosphere, dread, and horror that Lovecraft was able to evoke is still with us, whether it be strange tentacle-like monsters, like in the recent Stephen King book and movie, The Mist, or creating films from some of his stories like From Beyond or Re-Animator, his presence is still quite alive. The documentary has interviews with contemporary writers like Ramsey Campbell, Neil Gaiman, Guillermo del Toro, and others that shed light on Lovecraft's life and times along with some of the mythology that he created. I knew that both his parents had mental problems, his father eventually being hospitalized and dying of syphilis. The movie goes into Lovecraft's early development as a child, how he was influenced by earlier writers, and how he developed his, for lack of better words, somewhat odd writing style. It's certainly worth a watch if you enjoy the author's stories.

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Staying with the Lovecraftian theme, I watched the SF low budget movie Monsters. It was an okay watch, but really not too much to recommend. Quite honestly, I'm surprised that with all the material be it SF books, comics or ideas that script writers, producers, and Hollywood types can draw from that they still go back to the same well. I guess it's a formula that works at the box office and being the SF geek that I am, I continue to rent them hoping to uncover a gem that will get me excited about the medium. Monsters was handled pretty decently given that it was low budget, but at the same time I wondered how modern audiences perceive theses throwbacks to 50's material. I feel the same way when I see some of the drek that passes for most of the movies on the SyFy Channel these days. All those rehashed ideas about Mega Shark vs. Giant Crockasaur (it's a giant crock all right) or whatever. Really? I can't imagine that they garner much of a viewing audience with those type worn out stories. I wasn't that impressed with Cloverfield or The Host either, and I see where there's supposed to be a Cloverfield 2 in the making.

At any rate, I guess when I watch these films, I can't help remember some of the older SF films that, at least for me, hold a greater fascination or respect, if for no other reason knowing that they had to overcome a lot more in the effects department. Now they just create some shaky camera movements or head over to the CGI department to work their magic and skimp on the story in the process. Monsters has an interesting enough premise: Alien invaders have come to earth and there is a quarantine zone between the United States and Mexico. A photographer has been down in the war-torn area sent to take pictures of the events and is enlisted by his boss, a large media mogul, to find his daughter, who happens to be in the area as well and bring her back home. As I said, it was an okay watch, the monsters look like a Cthulhu-like monster on spindly legs. There are a few scenes that look pretty cool, and a few carnage scenes that are handled pretty well. But overall due to budget, there's also a lot of dialogue parts and scenes that sort of drag a bit.

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I couldn't help while watching Monsters being reminded of an older 50's film called The Crawling Eye. I saw it many years ago in a Sci-Fi club I used to attend, but I think I'd seen it as a kid on TV too. In it there were some mysterious deaths in the Swiss Alps and also some mysterious radiation (it was a big device in the 50's), and Forrest Tucker has been summoned as he is part of the U.N. or some such governmental agency. In the final scenes you get to see a huge octopus-like creature on top of one of their laboratories. There's some people trapped inside, and it's been a while since I've seen the film, but if my memory is correct, I think they zap the critter with electricity and kill it. At any rate, the more things change, the more they stay the same, but as I said, Lovecraft's mythos survives, and is alive and well.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

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Well, the driveway concrete has been poured and now it's curing/drying. I talked to the contractor and he said I should be able to drive over it on Sunday. I'm glad as I need to go get my truck from my aunt's house, who has allowed me to park it at her house in case I have an emergency. She recently sold her car, she's getting too old to drive (she's 95, I think), but her old car started needing a lot of repairs, so she decided to sell it. She has some ladies that come by and help her with her daily affairs, so she's just going to use them for transportation. At that age, she still has an amazingly clear mind.

Here's a free preview of the new Alan Moore book on Avatar Press called Neonomicon, evidently referencing the pulp writer, H P Lovecraft. It looks like that edgey thing we've come to love from the British writer, go here.

And there's another title I've been reading just for grins. It's sort of a tongue in cheek comic on the apocalypse, called Romantically Apocalyptic, here.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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Stage two of getting the driveway fixed, and swimming in paperwork.

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Yesterday went pretty well. While the contractor did the preliminary start up on fixing the driveway. I tackled paperwork inside getting my bills, checkbook, and tax info started. They should come back over today, and pour the actual concrete. Yesterday they broke up the existing concrete, and put that in a truck to haul off. They dumped a bit more dirt in the existing trench, and then they put down some rebar that acts as a foundation for the concrete. It all looked pretty good to me as they broke up to go home that day. They stayed pretty well at it for most of the day from what I could tell. I'm not one of those types that looks over a workman's shoulder as they do their work. I didn't like that when I used to work, and I'm sure no one else likes it either. Plus I figure, either they'll do a good job or they won't. If they don't, they'll have to redo it to my satisfaction or make amends. Last resort, I'll cancel payment at the bank on the check, which I've only had to resort to one time. That concerned a bad compressor on an air conditioner unit. I didn't enjoy resorting to that tactic, but I didn't like getting hosed either. Pick your poison.

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PJ Harvey has a new album out called Let England Shake. I listened to the Terry Gross interview on Fresh Air, which was interesting and revealed a bit about her. The only question I wanted her to ask was: How did you learn to play guitar? You can hear the interview here. During the interview they played selections from the album, which seemed to be sort of acoustic protest songs and folk to me. But was another interesting direction in the musician's career. I've not liked everything PJ has done, but there are certain albums I really like as with 4-Track Demos, To Bring You My Love, Is This Desire, and some of her other albums. It's always interesting to see where she'll go next. Not only does she rock at times, she has a great voice, and firmly knows what she likes in art.

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Then I listened to a CD a friend made for me of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour. If you've not heard these, they are radio shows where Bob Dylan plays disc jockey, and has a theme, where he talks about various things that relate to the subject and plays songs associated with that theme, generally speaking. The one I listened to yesterday was about the state of Tennessee. I've heard other topics on coffee, war, and one on alcohol, as I recall. All of them interesting in their own aspects and he has a wide range of music he'll pepper the broadcast with, anything from folk, to old time country, to jazz, from doo wop to bebop to hiphop, and so on. No kidding.

I downloaded a few more podcast of the radio program Minor 7th as well yesterday. I've been putting a few of those in my media player. It's a neat radio show devoted to acoustic guitar with a lot of musicians I've never heard of before. It's cool music to walk to or just listen to as you do some stuff around the house. It provides exposure to the musicians as well, and so head over there and give it a listen as well. Go here.

Monday, February 14, 2011

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Short post, just a head's up about a podcast with cartoonist, Joe Matt, on a site called Ink Studs. It's a two part interview, but you can get the second part there as well, and there's other interviews as well, so you might want to check it out here.

Here's the second part.

I'm getting my driveway fixed today through the rest of the week. I got up early today and saw where one of the guys is breaking up the concrete with a sledgehammer, sort preparing it. I think they are going to dump some dirt down, and then they'll pour the concrete later. All this began a couple of weeks back when TexDot was changing out a light pole which holds a traffic light. I live across the street from a grade school, and the traffic light slows and directs the traffic flow, otherwise it would just be chaos like one of those crazy video games where you try to run over as many cars, pedestrians, hookers, and animals that you can to score points. So when TexDot pulled up into my driveway with their heavy utility truck, it gave way. My only hope at this point is: can they repair it back to the same way before the accident and what is their guarantee, which I've yet to nail down with the construction company, he being as flighty as most handymen. So basically it's hard to make any plans with any of this as it's a work in progress. I guess time will tell.

I watched my Antique Roadshow program last night. With the government currently in their financial belt-tightening mode aspects of PBS, along with colleges and other funding by the government are under scrutiny. KERA out of Dallas seems to have a telethon for funds about every two months anyway. Unfortunately I see them as a sinking ship, so I hope either they find a way to keep afloat, and yet still maintain their free from sponsorship control status. I've also noticed that Suddenlink out here has a buttload of promotional crap after midnight (because who in their right mind would be awake after midnight?), selling everything to weight loss to books on how to make millions to making snake oil. That's irritating as well. I know why Suddenlink does it: to make themselves more money, but it's a sham against their subscribers, who are paying for the cable and expect entertainment (or things that pass as that today) rather than watching a promo spot about a Shamwow or boner pills. If ever the media ever comes up with a better mousetrap and allows one to actually pick and choose what programs they wish to watch and pay for, I'm sure it will change the current state of the industry. It irritates me to pay for fifty channels and only have half of them watchable, and then half of those after midnight. Reminds me of a quip in one of the Simpsons episodes where Homer quips about television: "Remember when it was free?" Yep, those were the days.

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I watched the newest Ebert Presents this weekend on PBS. The regular two critics were asked what are the top five movies that changed your life? It's hard to get an understanding of that question: Are these my top five films of all time, are these films the ones that influenced me enough to start writing about them, are these the films they feel beyond all others that must be seen? So it's sort of an if-y, nebulous question to begin with.



The two critics on the show are:Christy Lemire, an Associated Press movie critic, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, a thoughtful Chicago-based writer for Mubi.com.

Lemire is engaging and accessible, exactly what a wire critic needs to be. Vishnevetsky, who is 24, is a surprise, and although young, evidently well versed in film. So this past week, they were to answer the above question: What are the top five movies that changed your life, and then Roger Ebert, who due to health problems can't speak, but named Citizen Kane as his top film and they ran his comments to the films, which he'd done earlier, I assume it's one of the special features on the DVD. (I'd have to agree with him on that one or it would be in my top five.)



At any rate, here are the other two critic's top five films that changed their life (and Lemire added, "that shaped us.")



Christy Lemire: The Breakfast Club, Magnolia, No Country For Old Men, The Wizard of Oz, and Nights of Cabiria.



Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: D. W. Griffith's True Heart Susie (really?), Foolish Wives (another silent film--really, again?), Playtime, Shoah the nine hour holocaust film, and the several part film(s), Histoire(s) Du Cinema or (Magic Lantern) by Jean-Luc Godard.



Now granted I didn't expect them to name off Transformers or Knocked-Up here, and at least I've seen five of the films that they mentioned, but are they being honest here? Wow, I was sort of disappointed for some reason. For one, I thought The Breakfast Club was really just a half-assed 80's teen movie. I like No Country, but if I were to name a Coen Brother's film it might be Fargo. With Magnolia, I was in the camp that thought it was more or less arty pretentious crap to some extent, although I did think Tom Cruise fit his role in that film pretty well, and enjoyed some parts of the film. It's just the overall film for me didn't work. I can go with the Wizards of Oz, I saw it on our black and white Magnavox TV when I was a young child and it did have some impact. With Vishnevetsky's picks I've not seen a one of them, although I taped Playtime some time ago, I've just yet to watch it. And I'd agree with Roger Ebert on Citizen Kane, good film.



So I guess it boils down to taste as always. For the record, mine might look like this: Citizen Kane, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Annie Hall or Manhattan (I think Manhattan is the better film, maybe), Apocalypse Now, and Midnight Cowboy. Those are pretty much just off the top of my head. They'd probably change or be shuffled around overnight once I slept on it, perhaps. I could easily throw out one and add a western or The Godfather part one.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 11, 2011

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Uh, yeah, and now first the news. In Egypt today, President Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down, after a lot of carrin' on and lots of crazy stuff, with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one. One reporter announced you could hear large groups of Arabs singing in the street, "I ain't nothing but tired, man I'm just tired and bored with myself, You can't start a fire, you can't start a fire without a spark. This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark" by Bruce Springsteen. When asked if that was a just a little bit strange, all he could say was, uh, yeah, I guess...well after all we've been through, we can stand to rock a little.

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I got a headache later on in the day. I don't know what trigger that. It's a bummer though. I think it started coming on after talking with the dadgum gal that works for my online broker. Man, I don't know what it is about her, but she drives me nuts, and let me tell you, that's a pretty short road. At any rate, I think she basically checks in with me, sees how I'm doing, if I have any questions, and I think her intentions are meant well, still I don't care to talk to her. I'm not the type person that enjoys being mean to people, but dang, have you ever had a headache and tried carrying on a conversation about stocks or whatever? I just wanted to be horizontal to tell you the truth.

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Anyway, I'm watching Forrest Gump, I like it. It's sort of a silly movie. I remember when my Mom told me about going to see this film. I asked her how she liked it and she just went>>It just din't make any sense....

Here's some films I've seen this past week, either in parts of or all the way through, and enjoyed most of them: Finding Nemo, very colorful, neat Pixar.

It's been cold here so might as well stay inside and watch some movies. TCM has been playing a lot of good ones lately due to the Oscars being around the corner. I started reading this French comic called Monsieur Jean by Philippe Dupuy & Charles Berberian, http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/shopCatalogLong.php?item=a44358056..., which I enjoyed and was like one of those things that surpassed the material, and I wondered what Mr. Jean was doing currently until I realized that he was a work of fiction. At any rate the installment I'd been reading was the one where Mr. Jean & wife have their first kid, and takes place in NYC and then Paris. It got me in the mood for something like:

Breathless: Jean-Luc Godard, new wave, I didn't know if I'd like this or not, but did.


Red--the third installment (Blue, White, then Red) by Polish director, Krzysztof Kieslowski. I really enjoy all three of these films, and great cinematography.


La Battaglia di Algieri--realistic portrayal of Algiers revolts against the French foreign legion, didn't know if I like this, but it drew me in pretty quickly too.

Z--didn't get to watch all of this, as I had some other stuff to do that day, but also worth a watch. It was about a political assassination.

Kramer vs. Kramer--Hoffman and Streep are always pretty watchable, I think this film has aged somewhat or for me, not one of my favorite by either of them.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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Stay strong, god knows we all need that. it's trying times. i say, keep your politics, your religion to yourself, remember in the old days when those topics were personal? and talk to your plants. are we really that different? I know i'm sort of typing random thoughts here, My mind rolls around like a marble in a big box, that shoulda been a Capt. beefhearts song fo sho. He died last year, pretty creative artist on a lot of levels, these days, one of these day... so sang jackson browne

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i useda bee apart of the zine world some time back. That scene sort of predated the blog scene in some respects, but they are similar in some ways. I picked up this magazine called factsheet 5 and sort of got caught up in some of those inde[endently little magazine, very creative in some ways. snippet of thought, travelogues, art, poetry, lifestyles, sex comics music and such. I sort of miss that. ah Belinda Carlisle>>Heaven is a Place on eArtH, now drifts in on the radio and I'm taken back in thought on some wafting nostalgic cloud. she used to be a member of the GoGos, and I was never a fan of them, or only marginally so, but with this song she'd lost a little weight, and made the video a video and looked HOt. I really enjoyed this song, however. Her vocals on it sort of reminded me on one of those older teen idols like Teresa Brewer, or someone like that...I've been wasting my morn, listen to John tess'ss radio show, I know, really? For real, but Tyler Texas has suckass radio, sue me. it's better than country, in my book. & that's a massive tome partner.

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I watched some old Lost in Space the other night. Ok, Lost in Space vs. Inception, youknow there's something to say about entertainment value. I consider Lost in Space that. I'm not saying it's the best thing since canned Spam, not that that's great either, just that at least you didn't need to read anything off the web or a fact sheet or be prepared beforehand, you just watch it and get it. Inception>>heck I think I dozed thru that film twice, not a good sign and I could pick up on what it's about plot wise, but damn, do I gotta read an encyclopedia just to watch your damn picture, and still not be entertained? or totally get it, plus be bored. Bad year for films I think. I'll take a man in a rubber monster suit just about anyday.

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Stay strong, give the old lady a peck on the cheek, pet the dog, smell the fresh air, take a walk, peruse something to read, exercise a bit, you know live a little life, forget politics for a bit, work, mingle with family, smell the roses, watch something cool, listen to something, life is for the living, live a little

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

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I'm sitting here listening to David Diamond's Symphony No. 2 & 4 as I type this. He's a modern composer. I forget how I ran across him, but he's not one of the avant garde type composers like John Cage, Elliot Carver, Charles Ives, or any of the electronic composers. I can appreciate some of that style of music as well, but I'm in the mood for Diamond at the moment. His compositions were atonal in structure, but also lyrical, lush, and intense, owing something to the Romantics, and also anticipating the Americana heard in the music of Aaron Copland.At any rate, it's sunny here today, and I've told myself I'm going to get out in the sunshine and try and get a walk in. I'm going to have to hoof it if that's the case.


Over the weekend, I ran across the second season to Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a pretty good price. I became a fan of the show somewhat deep into the run. I wasn't a fan from the get-go. I came to it late, as I used to work a late night time slot, and didn't want to record everything, and didn't have time to watch it anyway after work, so just watched whatever came across the tube. I wondered if I would still be interested in the Buffy show after a few years had come and gone, so I streamed the first episode of the first season, and enjoyed it pretty well. So I picked that up along with the movies: Alien Nation, Woody Allen's Manhattan, and that latest J. J. Abram's Star Trek movie that came out a year or so ago. I found them all in a pawn shop, so was pretty happy with the find. They look to all be in good shape, once I got them home and cleaned them up a bit.

I went ahead and picked up the first Buffy season too on trade from swapadvd.com. So I'm set for some vampire kung-fu and slaying I guess.

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Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there existed a film called Star Wars, and still has its die hard fans. They are still strong today as noted in the Wired magazine article. At any rate, a new fan movie has been made, and so far it has not been shut down by Lucas. It is about a twelve or so part Youtube right now, although from the article the guy who made it said he'd like to sell video copies. I'm thinking fat chance dude, but who knows? If Lucas had a smidgen of a sense of humor, heck, he ought to incorporate it into some version of his own SW DVDs, and then he can repackage them for the hundredth time, you know, in 3D blu-ray or whatever. Hey, why not milk it for a few more million?

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Oh, while on the subject of Star Wars fandom there's also a fan film that's a parody called Pink Five. You can watch that here if so inclined. I've seen a little bit of it, and it's fun, but not quite as good as the above Star Wars documentary, but fits in well with Hardware Wars, Troops, Spaceballs, and such.

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Over the weekend, we got a lot of snow here, which melted away, but we're supposed to get another one tonight. Oh well, we can use the moisture. I used that time cleaning house a bit, cooking, watching the Super Bowl, and I watched the Scifi movie Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, who earns a tidy sum infiltrating the dreams of corporate titans to steal their most closely held secrets. It sort of reminded me of William Gibson's book, Neuromancer to a degree, although Inception deals with dreams, but both are sort of multi-layered and are about getting information. So being the SF fan that I am, I thought I'd enjoy the film, but wasn't that taken with it. The sets and such were nice as to be expected, but I guess I just wasn't into seeing something that complex in plot or just wasn't that drawn into the film. I couldn't help but wonder if you have an architecture student that helps build up the dreams, why include all the guys with machine guns and such? Perhaps I'll have to read up a bit about that on the web, I just found the movie a bit too much at the time, confusing, and it was late at night, which didn't help my concentration. Still a lot of the time I think I just prefer a good old space opera or a guy as a monster in a rubber suit to this sort of cerebral SF stuff.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

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Boy, Not Star by d.w.


Boy, not star
the ghost inside my pocket
whispers to me, then
secretly hides
from prying eyes
not wanting to be seen.

Boy, not star
speaks in riddles
cryptic little half-poems
balanced between now
and happy everafter.

A secret mirth, boy, not star
tells me the origin of the ocean
beyond the magic corners
stardust fleets
and I'm supposed to get it
but I don't, I just sit there
(in my Charlie Brown pose.)

It does no good to question
I just, y'know, go with it
wishing I could turn myself
into a nickel at times.

Boy, not star
what's it all about
these abstract words
floating sideways in my mind
just words to reflect upon
to light up the world
like big floaty magic animals
where nothing is commonplace?

Other electric days
the world goes on
and there's just
a nickel in my pocket.

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You Are Where You Live by d.w.

Siv knew he was lost
from his tribe
blizzard to calm
snowflakes still fell
getting lost in this cold is hell.

from dreams
so real, he remembered
the walrus tribe, telling him
go that way
with breathe of blubber

no bread crumbs
to follow
just whiteness and hollow
caribou, white owl, and foxes
wild chard, raspberries, and pine tea

then overhead he sees
no, but must be
he squints
Rudolph and friends at play
come join our games they cried
hop aboard our sleigh
oft we go into the sky

O'er treetops of Aspen
they look without asking
home safely now,
he
did
ride.