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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wet Hot American Summer Prequel

This just in from Nathan Buescher, one of the funniest people I am lucky to know. Source of article unknown for now.  Decider??
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix)
I’ll leave for another day the debate over whether it’s a good or bad thing for Netflix to try to become a benevolent Oprah for obsessive comedy nerds — “You get a reboot! And you get a reboot!” Instead, let’s just say that David Wain and Michael Showalter seem to have learned the lesson of Arrested Development and steered into the ridiculousness of their unlikely second chance. This eight-episode series purports to be a prequel to Wet Hot American Summer, a 14-year-old cult film that has, over time, morphed into an all-out classic. Many of its willing and goofy participants have gone on to achieve considerable fame and fortune elsewhere: Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni. (Sadly, the refrigerator was last seen begging for a hit of baking soda at a scrapyard on the wrong side of town.) The nutty thing about this new Wet Hot — yes, nuttier than fortysomethings playing teenage parts they last played in their late twenties — is that all of those boldface names are back, along with even bolder company: Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery, Josh Charles.
Unlike Arrested Development, which saw its trademark meticulousness sag under the weight of expectations (and extracurricular cast commitments), Wet Hot was always about anarchy. If we can assume that tradition holds true (and with Chris Pine credited in the cast as “a mysterious figure” and Randall Park as a lovelorn “camp librarian,” why would we assume otherwise?), this should be a blast.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Listen to the Lion

Sorely misrepresented as an “Alt Country” musician, Sturgill Simpson’s performance at Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC Saturday evening proved that his brand of country is in no way “alt” nor “indie”, but  tried and true, real deal,  American country music. Deeply woven within the tapestry of Simpson’s living legend aura, we hear Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams, and feel Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

Backed by a gang of superb musicians, custom built to drive the Sturgill Simpson engine, the set offered a healthy mix of tracks from his 2013 debut album “High Top Mountain” and his 2014 release “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” -  plus a few covers for good measure.  Why he opened for bluegrass favorites Old Crow Medicine Show, I'm not sure.   

Simpson is gritty and authentic with the stories to back it up. Unbeknownst to some attendees and first timers like myself was Simpson’s vocal power - and ability to melt hearts and blow black hair simply by singing.    I am a self-confessed Van Morrison fanatic and I can say, (gulp), that Sturgill shares with him that rare, other- worldly gift of changing the emotional weather with his pipes.

Sturgill Simpson - rhythm guitar & vocals 
Laur Joamets- electric & slide guitar
Kevin Black - bass guitar
Jeff Crow - keyboards
Miles Miller - drums, percussion, backing vocals

Friday, April 17, 2015

So, The Kids in The Hall are coming to Durham in May, Aye.

In recent entertainment news from around the triangle, we are lucky and proud to welcome our hilarious neighbors from the North, The Kids in the Hall, to the Durham Performing Arts Center May 8, 2015. As a child of television through the mid eighties and early nineties, Bruce, Scott, Dave, Mark and Kevin and even the rare opportunity to imagine touching Paul Bellini provided a wealth of playground and class clown fodder. Puerile classics like Mark McKinney's "I am crushing your head" were a mere introduction to the  universe of sheer brilliance of The Kids in the Hall. The Comedy Channel, ( before Comedy Central) was in bloom and shows like Small Doses, Exit 57 and Almost Live shared airtime with The Kids and SNL reruns.  Like a sponge, I absorbed the magic of Amy Seders, Steven Colbert, Strangers with Candy, MTV's  The State , Stella, Viva Variety, and the list goes on.   Look at me now!   I am tragically unfunny and know way too much  about comedy shows on TV!     

But  seriously, friends, how fortunate are we to have our funny uncles from the frozen north bring their traveling showcase of crossdressed comedic brilliance to our little triangle?

I want a visit from Gavin...

I hope to hear "slipped my mind" or "just a mo'".  

Where are they now???????????   

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Some people talk like babies...

Luna teases fans in that "we're so cool, we can casually get back together if the spirit moves us" way. A move only these merchants of "it" are able to pull off.



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Let's Hear it for Netflix! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt / Return to Twin Peaks

The brainchild of comedy maven Tina Fey and 30 Rock writer  Robert Carlock , Unbreakable Kimmy Shmidt is far and away the funniest show with the most lovable comedic star to grace the computer/iphone/television screen since Constance Langdon.

Kimmy, played by Office alum Ellie Kemper is a recently freed cult member kept captive in a bunker for fifteen years with  a handful of other women  during the so-called apocalypse. Once released she heads to NYC, meets and moves in with a struggling actor, and hilarity ensues. Streetwise and gay as an Easter basket, Titus Andromedan can't get work besides dressing up in an Iron Man knock off suit,  taking in what he can from tourists with cameras. Played by the multi talented Tituss Burgess, Titus Andromedan and Kimmy become fast friends and roommates under the motherly protection of landlord Lillian Kaushtupper played by Taxi's Carol Kane.

30 Rock's Jane Krakowski plays quintessential upper-east side betty, Jacqueline Vorhees. Hoping against hope for her absentee Husband to give her and her son, Buckley, some attention, Jackie is chock full of comedy gold. We find out Jackie was born and raised 100% Native American. She dies her hair and skin, leaves the tribe and heads to the big city. Kimmy finds employment looking after son Buckley and faces the treacherous, fifteen year old step daughter, Xanthippe Voorhees. Will Xan expose Kimmy for what she really is? I guess we will just have to keep laughing and waiting.

Report s say the next chapter of David Lynch's small screen masterpiece Twin Peaks is fraught with development complications, confusing symbolism, a shortage of dwarves who can dance and speak backwards. logs and the ladies who carrie them.  

We wait.  Like a Trekkie anxiously holding out for time travel, we wait. 

Friday, March 13, 2015


Angels Among Us 2015 is  right around the corner!

As many of you know, I was victimized  by brain cancer back in 2007.  Through a constant outpouring of prayers and support from armies of well wishers, I've managed to survive the ravages of treatment, metastasis to other body parts, an aversion to Kevin Spacey, a fear of not so lofty heights, a strong dislike for the band Trampled by Turtles, and many other hangups.

 A team was created to participate in Duke University Hospital's biggest charity event, Angels Among Us. Known and feared throughout the world as The DAN DE LIONS,  our team has raised upwards of $100,000 for the fight against brain cancer.  Let's keep up the fight this year!

Join, donate, sponsor, find info: The Dan De Lions  Angels Among Us April, 25 2015 

Our mission: fund research and raise awareness for the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Hospital.  We fight together to eradicate brain cancer.  We fight to win and win we will.


The wonderful folks at Southland Ballroom have graciously offered to host a musical event the evening of Angels Among Us.  Come one, come all.  All funds go to The Tisch Center!
Team members and donators get free admission!  



Monday, September 29, 2014

FREEMAN 9-24-20014, Lincoln Hall; Chicago, IL

Complete  performance with quality AV!   Chris Boerner shredding things to bits, as usual.  "Transitions"  is something to behold.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Real Estate, Cat's Cradle 9-19-14

Devotees of the Ridgewood, New Jersey quintet Real Estate nearly filled the 750 capacity Cat’s Cradle to experience the latest ethereal soundscape from Atlas, the band’s latest album.. Singer,songwriter, guitarist and frontman Martin Courtney led the group’s distinctive delivery, laden with heavy reverb, swirling guitars and inward inquisitiveness, including cuts from previous albums “Days” and the self-titled “Real Estate”.

From  the show opener "Green River", a light track from their first record, to "Past lives", another track from Atlas, it became obvious this is a group of artists who've burned the midnight oil together absorbing influences to create a distinctive and potent sonic blueprint. "Easy", from their first record, is peppered with hints from Raleigh, NC's The Rosebuds.  "Had to Hear" includes melodic similarities to "Angels Blues" by alt country legend Jay Farrar.

The finished aural product is a hazy, chilled emotion that elevates  Real Estate to the top drawer with similar sounding bands like Luna,and Kurt Vile and the Violators to name a few.   

In todays world of too much of the same thing available immediately, Real Estate stands out brightly.  Their maturation as a group coupled with Courtney’s much bolder songwriting and stage presence cements Real Estate’s trajectory onward and upward.  “Upward" being the operative word in that sentence.  

Real Estate is: Martin Courtney, Guitar, Vocals, Alex Bleeker, Bass, Jackson Pollos Drums, Matt Kallman, guitars. Matt Mondanile,  Jonah Maurer on keys and guitar.

Official Video for "Talking Backwards"

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Zappa Plays Zappa...

How lucky we are to have the music of one of history's most ingenious and infamous musical artists available to us through the tireless efforts of his son, Dweezil.  I, of course,  am talking about the late, great Frank Zappa.  A pioneer in the truest sense of the word, Zappa developed ways in which music of all genres, from rock jazz and funk to electronic and orchestral could be written by his own hand and shared by himself and his bands. That was just how brilliant and prolific he was.  Oozing with musical talent and a penchant for dirty humor, satire and perfectionism, Frank Zappa also fought on the front lines against attempted censorship by the wretched Tipper Gore and The Parents Music Resource Center.  Their goals consisted mainly of slapping "Parental Advisory! Explicit Language" stickers on albums deemed unsavory for the virgin ears of our nations youth in the mid 80's.  

Sadly, at the age 53, he succumbed to Prostate Cancer in 1993.  Fortunately, he left behind a sizable portion of talent with his son Dweezil and volumes of music and projects which are readily available to fans old and new.  Dweezil Zappa, created a group dedicated to keeping the music and legend of his father alive by touring the world performing his shows comprised of Frank Zappa songs from all corners of his musical history.   Zappa Plays Zappa returned to The Lincoln Theater last night and, to no ones surprise, it was simply amazing.  Highlights included: "Zoot Allures", "Dirty Love", "Son of Suzy Cream Cheese", "Cosmik Debris", "Camarillo Brillo", "Montana" and, a personal favorite, "Dinah-Moe-Hum."

The Players:

Sheila Gonzalez - Saxophone, Flute, Keyboards, vocals
Dweezil Zappa - Guitar, Vocals,
Ben Thomas - Vocals
Chris Norton - Keyboards
Kurt Morgan -Bass
Ryan Brown-drums