Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Let's start with Gotye, whom I just realized is an Australian around my age by the name of Wouter Andre "Wally" De Backe. His History goes much deeper than the ever resonating, heart wrenching, sing along, "Somebody that I used to Know."
Learn a little about ole Wally by taking in this short video: Gotye - "State of the Art" LIVE
Now, Tears for Fears maintain their presence mostly via a core group of fans, but mostly from Donnie Darko viewings, Fist Wave on XM, or the occasional episode of Dennis Miller Live on HBO GO. This song never drew anything close to the attention of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", "Shout" or "Head Over Heels".
I always love this one:
Friday, October 2, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Dead madness has swept the nation as we all, regradless of age, look back on how the music of The Grateful Dead affected us. That tender age when being labeled a "poser" could cost you major cool points on the playground comes to mind. Questions revloving around your favorite Dead song came up here and there, especially from the older sibling set. "Did you say Casey Jones is your favorite Dead song? You are a pussy."
My aunt (mom's younger sister) was a deadhead, which is funny because my mother was and remains to be utterly clueless about most things music. Add to that, my father is 100% resposible for my musical tastes. Our first concert was Bob Dylan at the old Raleigh Civic Center. I was in the fourth grade. If you ask my older brother, he will tell you about how I launched a nabs cookie at GE Smith who happened to be part of Dylan's touring band during the "Under the Red Sky tour".
My love for the Dead swelled by the time I was in middle school. That sweet time of riding in the car with your parents and making them listen to your tapes was in full swing. I was loaded with cherished Dead and Phish tapes. In the car one afternoon, "The Heart of Me" featuring Donna Jean Godchaux caught my mothers attention.She affectionately inquired about the lovely voice coming from the tape deck, and in my sullen, teenage tone proudlty exclaimed, "this is the Grateful Dead, mom!" She did not believe me. After some serious convincing, she confessed, "I thought they were a skull and crossbones, heavy, death-metal band". She could not believe how pretty it was. This is the same women who once asked me if Pink Floyd "mainrailed" drugs while onstage. Her favorite Phish song is "Fee", and anytime my brother or I attend a Phish concert, with excitement, she asks, "did they play "Fee?!" My step-dad has a Fee t-short, actually.
Upon taking a long, hard listen to the Chicago shows, my attention was on Trey's ability to sink with each and every note pressed by the remaning original members of GD. Trademark "Trey licks" only added fireworks to an already explosive situation. With great admiration and contentment, my heart landed on the fact that this was, in fact, the best way for The Grateful Dead to bid the world goodnight.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix)
Monday, May 4, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
I want a visit from Gavin...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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.
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
BREAKING NEWS FROM 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.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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.
Real Estate is: Martin Courtney, Guitar, Vocals, Alex Bleeker, Bass, Jackson Pollos Drums, Matt Kallman, guitars. Matt Mondanile, Jonah Maurer on keys and guitar.