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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 middle 1980's and 1990's, Bruce, Scott, Dave, Mark and Kevin and even the rare opportunity to imagine touching Paul Balinni provided me a wealth of playground and class clown fodder. Puerile classics like Mark McKinney's "I am crushing your head" was merely a first step or toe dip into the ocean of sheer brilliance of The Kids in the Hall. The Comedy Channel was in bloom and shows like Small Doses, Exit 57 and Almost Live shared airtime with The Kids and SNL reruns. We saw glimpses of Amy Sedaris, Steven Colbert, Strangers with Candy, the formation of The State on MTV, Stella, Viva Variety, and the list goes on.

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?

 

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.

 

 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

How to Use Blogsy

Welcome to Blogsy!

Let's get started.

  1. Set up your blog by going to the Settings Menu → Service Settings. Then choose your blog platform and fill in your information.
  2. Tap on the Post Info. button to get to all post information.
  3. Tap on the Plus button to start a new post or open a local draft.
  4. Tap on the Online button to open an online post in Blogsy to edit.

If you would like to Edit HTML or need to paste embed codes then just swipe with three fingers across the screen to flip to the HTML side.

Here's a quick overview pointing out where to go to do all the things you want to do.

How-To Videos and How-To Guide

To get more information about how to use Blogsy go to "Settings" → "How-To Videos" or "How-To Guide".

 

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

NEVER LET THE SPIRIT DIE! ANGELS AMONG US APRIL 25, 2015! TUNES FOR THE TISCH CENTER



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.

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE TISCH CENTER:






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!  


TUNES FOR THE TISCH CENTER FEATURING MARADEEN and THE OATMEAL CONSPIRACY - SOUTHLAND BALLROOM  -APRIL 25th at 8:00 PM.















NEVER LET THE LET SPIRIT DIE! 








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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hopscotch 5

Hopscotch 5 has come and gone Leaving Raleigh's music-loving community blown away and hungry for more. Unfortunately, I was only able to catch Aaron Freeman ( formerly Gene Ween) with his new band, Freeman.  Without letting my undying love for Ween come pouring out all over the page, I will simply say that the new band, featuring Raleigh's Chris Boerner, is quite spectacular.   Now clean, sober and taking life by the balls, Aaron Freeman is talking his new found clarity to stage and studio with intensity and fervor, mixing songs of his rowdy past with Ween, songs by Ween and songs about his newly found sobriety.  Chris Boerner performed as if he'd written the songs himself and effortlessly shredded through each solo.  Everyone in attendance shared a communal feeling which, if it had appeared in thought bubble form, would have  read "this is fucking great". 


This is a Ween song called "The Grobe" from a show earlier this year:


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Grateful Dead @ Cameron Indoor Stadium, 4-12-78 / Leonard Cohen's new offering

Many fans of the Grateful dead, including myself, agree that the late nineteen seventies was an epic time for the band., both musically and experimentally.   This show from Durham in 1978 essentially proves that thought to be quite valid indeed.

Grateful Dead @ Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC 4-12-1978




POPULAR PROBLEMS

I count myself as lucky for many many reasons.  One of which has to do with my father introducing  me  to the  darkness and brightness of Leonard Cohen.  Along with pop songs of the day, I could recite the lyrics to Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan",  "Everybody Knows" and plenty more. This, by the way, was at age 8,   Years later, I had the unique pleasure of seeing Leonard live at the DPAC and can say, most wholeheartedly, that the performance  was as close to a religious experience as I care to get.   Cohen is the consummate singer, poet, thinker, writer and performer, among other things.  His new offering, Popular Problems,  is set for release September 23.

"Famous Blue Raincoat"  

 "First we Take Manhattan, the we Take Berlin"

Monday, August 25, 2014

David Byrne on Jimmy Fallon

The always impressive and worldly David Byrne performs "Fantastic Man" by African singer  William Onyeabor




Hangry moments from Clickhole:  Cities Need Traffic Laws Recognizing Cyclists as the Most Important People in the World

America's finest news source, The Onion,:  God Knocked Unconscious by Direct TV Satellite!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ptchdork doles out the top 100 records of 2014 so far / Something fresh from Athens' Futurebirds / Kimock



Pitchdork tells us the top 100 Best albums of the decade this far!

Real Estate's 2014 release, "Atlas", placed 86th.  These gentleman are on the proper trajectory heading straight to the sky.   They should have placed higher.  Oh well...



Something new from Athens, GA darlings, Futurebirds.

 

Excellent footage!  "Tongue and Groove"  from 2013