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Wednesday, May 11

    LUDDITE HIPPIE VAMPIRES

    Caught Thom Anderson's sprawling LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF with a full house last night at the restored Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, and while I admired its slew of ideas, and the wicked dry narration (Encke King), it's too long by at least half and the organization is a mess. The clips are choice and daring, but it lacks a STRONG, cohesive point of view.
    posted by triley60 @ 1:08 pm | Permanent link
Tuesday, May 10

    FAVORITE L.A. BILLBOARD:

    "Just think, you could be governor someday..." Gold's Gym, Pasadena
    posted by triley60 @ 1:35 am | Permanent link
Friday, May 6
    THE JOHN KERRY OF ROCK: Bruce Springsteen

    S F/J says it better than I'm inspired to. Ghost of Tom Joad Part DEUX (with a bullet). NEBRASKA works better as metaphorical Bush critique than the title song. Although, word from California is that star-studded shows are stunning, including solo piano "Incident on 57th Street"…

    2005 LIST (IN PROGRESS)

    Neko Case, TIGER HAS SPOKEN (Anti-)
    Petra Haden, THE WHO SELL OUT (Bar-None)
    Ivy, IN THE CLEAR (Nettwerk)

    REISSUES

    Doug Sahm and the Sir Douglas Quintet, COMPLETE MERCURY RECORDINGS (Hip-O Select),
    Toots and the Maytals, TOOTS IN MEMPHIS (Hip-O Select)

    STIFFS

    Aimee Mann, THE FORGOTTEN ARM (Superego, and how)
    Bruce Springsteen, DEVILS AND DUST (Sony)

    QUEUED

    Beck, GUERO (Interscope)
    The Killers, HOT FUSS (Island)
    Garbage, BLEED LIKE ME (Almo Sounds/Geffen)
    New Order, WAITING FOR THE SIRENS' CALL (Warner Bros.)
    posted by triley60 @ 10:13 am | Permanent link
Wednesday, May 4
    DESCRIPTION OF THE WEEK

    Hedy Lamarr (Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler), b. Vienna, 1913
    "… And so she came west, perhaps as beautiful as any woman ever filmed, but nearly stunned by all the things being said about her, and by her extensive limits as an actress." — from David Thomson's BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF FILM (third edition), p. 414.
    posted by triley60 @ 7:19 pm | Permanent link
Monday, May 2
    DON'T BOGART THAT JOINT, MY FRIEND...

    Three lists for Rock Snob's Dictionary's "real" and "snob" formats, which makes more and more sense as you work on it:

    REAL FAVS (changes daily, no particular order)

    1. BLONDE ON BLONDE + BASEMENT TAPES + BEFORE THE FLOOD + LOVE AND THEFT, Bob Dylan (w/Band etc)
    2. LET IT BLEED, Rolling Stones
    3. BAND OF GYPSIES, Hendrix
    4. STAR TIME, James Brown box
    5. MOONDOG MATINEE, The Band
    6. PLASTIC ONO BAND, John Lennon
    7. NEBRASKA, Bruce Springsteen
    8. JACK JOHNSON, Miles Davis
    9. THE COMPLETE BEATLES AT THE BBC (Great Dane), Beatles
    10. SIGN O' THE TIMES, Prince

    SNOB SUBS (fixed for all eternity)

    1. TIME OUT OF MIND, Bob Dylan
    2. SOME GIRLS, Rolling Stones
    3. TROUT MASK REPLICA, Captain Beefheart
    4. AIRPORT BACKGROUND HUM, Brian Eno
    5. LOVELESS (aka MASSIVE ANAL BLEEDING), My Bloody Valentine
    6. THE MILLION-DOLLAR QUARTET, Presley, Cash, Perkins, Lewis
    7. BITCHES BREW, Miles Davis
    8. IMPERIALIZED BEDROOM MELODRAMAS, Elvis Costello
    9. BORN IN THE U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen
    10. SIGN O' THE TIMES, Prince

    FANTASY COVERS ["Title" (Original), fantasy version]

    1. "A Man Needs A Maid" (Neil Young), pj harvey
    2. "Our Lips Are Sealed" (Go-Gos), Sleater-Kinney
    3. "Change Partners" (Steve Stills), Melissa Ethridge
    4. "Love For Sale" (Cole Porter), Marie Osmond
    5. "White Wedding" (Billy Idol), Martha Quinn (early MTV VJ)
    6. "Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell" (Iggy Pop), Britney Spears
    7. "The End" (Doors), John McCain (courtesy Robert Smigel)
    8. "Baby Got Back" (Sir Mix-A-Lot), Clay Aiken
    9. "Stoney End (Laura Nyro), Chrissie Hynde
    10. "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" (Nancy Sinatra), Belinda Carlisle
    posted by triley60 @ 8:42 am | Permanent link
Friday, April 29
    A BEAST OF SONG

    Here & Now broadcast my Petra Haden piece today, everybody should run out and buy it.
    posted by triley60 @ 3:56 pm | Permanent link
Thursday, April 28
    KERIK, REGAN, AND YOU

    Sure, Bernard Kerik and Judith Regan are easy targets. But last week's LAW AND ORDER had a spicy ex-police commissioner plot with Kevin Dunn doing a deliciously narcissistic Kerik, who was two-timing on publishing magnate Regan with a porn star. (In real life, the married Kerik was cheating on his mistress, a corrections officer...) Tape "Publish and Perish" next time it repeats… (NBC still hasn't updated for Annie Parisse, the new DA, on its web site.)

    WE STILL DON'T GET OUT MUCH

    Critical darling Mike Leigh blows hot (SECRETS AND LIES) and cold (TOPSY-TURVY), but Vera Drake is a MUST RENTAL. The only thing I didn't like about it was its anachronistic music.
    posted by triley60 @ 7:58 pm | Permanent link

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