Friday, August 14, 2009

Wild Ideas

"People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards."

-- Oscar Wilde

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The Always Cool Chrissie Hynde

I LOVE Chrissie Hynde (and the Pretenders, of course). She is the epitome of cool. Her attitude, her swaggering guitar riffs, the hair and the eyeliner, all of it, she's just cool.

She and the band are still plugging along, for she, longtime drummer Martin Chambers, guitarist James Walbourne, bassist Nick Wilkinson, and steel guitarist Eric Heywood are currently touring the U.S. (alongside Cat Power and Juliette Lewis) in support of their latest album, 2008's Break Up the Concrete.

Recently, Chrissie sat down with the The Guardian for a pretty entertaining Q&A. She namechecks Morrissey, too. After all, she's covered "Everyday Is Like Sunday" in years past and added backing vocals to Morrissey's 1991 single "My Love Life." Anyhow, read on for more.

When were you happiest?
A couple of hours ago: I got a text message to meet someone later.

What is your most treasured possession?
I love my guitars, but I'm not married to them. Maybe some photographs of my daughters when they were little.

What do you owe your parents?
I owe them because I had to get really far away to do what I wanted to do so they wouldn't disapprove, and that worked out really well for me.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon. I'd like to say sorry to them that the rock'n'roll lifestyle, which I certainly was a part of, didn't work out so good for them.

Which living person do you most despise, and why?
I can't feel like that about human beings. I love people – all of them – even the ones I hate!

What is the worst job you've done?
When I was working as a waitress when I was 17, and they mainly had steak on the menu. That's the great shame of my working life.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I'd go back to London about 150 years ago. I'd snoop around the buildings and all through the West End. I think about it every day. I just want to hear horses' hooves and see that street life, pre-technology.

What song would you like played at your funeral?
"Sing Your Life" by Morrissey.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bowie's 'Space Oddity' Turns 40

David Bowie purists, unite! According to NME, David Bowie will release a 40th anniversary edition of his 1969 debut album, Space Oddity October 12. The special release -- originally issued as a self-titled effort in November 1969, only to be renamed Space Oddity in 1972 -- will be completely remastered and will also include several previously unreleased demos, b-sides, radio sessions and more! The 40th anniversary edition will also be available as a digital release and on 180 gram vinyl. Nice!

Space Oddity: 40th Anniversary Edition tracklistings:
CD 1:
1. Space Oddity
2. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed
3. Letter to Hermione
4. Cygnet Committee
5. Janine
6. An Occasional Dream
7. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
8. God Knows I'm Good
9. Memory of a Free Festival

CD 2:
1. Space Oddity (Demo)
2. An Occasional Dream (Demo)
3. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Single B-Side)
4. Let Me Sleep Beside You (BBC Radio Session)
5. Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed (BBC Radio Session)
6. Janine (BBC Radio Session)
7. London Bye Ta-Ta (Stereo Version)
8. The Prettiest Star (Stereo Version)
9. Conversation Piece (Stereo Version)
10. Memory of a Free Festival (Part 1) (Single A-Side)
11. Memory of a Free Festival (Part 2) (Single B-Side)
12. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Alternate Album Mix)
13. Memory of a Free Festival (Alternate Album Mix)
14. London Bye Ta-Ta (Alternate Stereo Mix)
15. Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (Full Length Stereo Version)

180 Gram Limited Edition Vinyl:
Side 1:
1. Space Oddity
2. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed
3. Letter to Hermione
4. Cygnet Committee

Side 2:
1. Janine
2. An Occasional Dream
3. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
4. God Knows I'm Good
5. Memory of a Free Festival

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Geek Graffiti

It was only a matter of time until we started seeing things like this ...

[Thank you popurls]


Thursday, August 06, 2009

RIP John Hughes

I absolutely adored John Hughes' movies while growing up in the 'burbs of Flint, Michigan in the 1980s. Like countless fans around the globe, I was deeply saddened to learn of the director-writer's passing today from a heart attack at the age of 59. He died too young. What a loss. (New York Times obituary)

For me, my favorite John Hughes film was Pretty In Pink (Andrew McCarthy AND James Spader in 1986, THANK YOU!), the last flick that completed "the Molly Ringwald trilogy," which also included Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club.

To me, Hughes -- also a fellow Michigan native -- made the '80s seem pretty great. Whether you loved the Molly movies or other flicks like Ferris Bueller's Day Off or Planes, Trains and Automobiles or his blockbusters from the '90s, Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Hughes offered an impeccable and heart-warming sense of humor that all of us could identify with. He liked GREAT music! He defined an era in film and in popular culture. Hughes loved to champion the underdog, while calming the enemy, both with an endearing approach, so much that it'll never be repeated nor should it be.

RIP John Hughes (1950-2009)

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Birthday Wishes for Andy

Happy Birthday Andy Warhol! He would have turned 81 today.

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."

-- Andy Warhol

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Return of the Jaxx

Hells to the yeah. One of my favorite dance acts, Basement Jaxx, returns with Scars, their fifth studio effort October 5. Felix Bunton and Simon Ratcliffe get back to basics on the 13-song set, their follow-up to 2006’s lacklustre Crazy Itch Radio. Their third LP, 2003's Kish Kash remains one of my favorite albums of all time.

In a press release, Felix Bunton says, "There's a good reason why the new record is called 'Scars.' Making it has been a grueling process. When we finished recording, it felt like we’d come out of a boxing ring."

Scars tracklisting:

1. Scars (with Kelis, Maleka & Chipmunk)
2. Raindrops
3. She’s No Good (with Eli "Paperboy" Reed)
4. Saga (with Santigold)
5. Feelings Gone (with Sam Sparro)
6. My Turn (with Lightspeed Champion)
7. A Possibility (with Amp Fiddler)
8. Twerk (with Yo Majesty)
9. Day of the Sunflowers (We March On) (with Yoko Ono)
10. What’s A Girl Gotta Do? (with Paloma Faith)
11. Stay Close (with Lisa Kekaula)
12. D.I.S.tractionz (with Jose Hendrix)
13. Gimme Somethin' True (with Jose James)

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Design for Life

I was recently introduced to the work of Wayne Pate. He runs the design shop, GoodShapeDesign, in Brooklyn. Pretty lovely stuff.

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Sunday, August 02, 2009

Is It Really So Strange?

"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd."

-- François-Marie Arouet aka Voltaire

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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Happy Mustard Day!

Um, I don't use ketchup and I don't really care for mayonnaise. Since the beginning of time, I've been mad for mustard. Seriously. I don't do it up crazy-style like some might with ketchup and eggs, but I have been having mustard with my french fries since I was 5. Sandwiches, hamburgers, and hot dogs are pretty much a given. Steak, sure. French's, Plochman's, Heinz's, (and once in a while, Grey Poupon) whatever ... mustard is my bag when it comes to condiments, yo!

To my delight, the first Saturday in August is National Mustard Day. Who knew? Well, the folks in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin celebrate the bright yellow spread with plenty of hot dogs as well as music, games, other entertainment, and all the mustard samples you want and then some. The Mount Horeb Mustard Museum has sponsored this annual event since 1991.

Total best!

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Celebrating JC

Happy Birthday to the dear Jim Carroll, who turns 60 today. Fingers are crossed that the legendary poet and writer will finally release a follow up to his last book, 1998's Void of Course.

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