Sunday, March 30, 2008

10:31 am

Liam Finn - I'll Be Lightning

35 more

I know I just posted one of these earlier in the week, but it's 2 in the morning and I can't sleep, so I wanna blog about something. I borrowed this from Jennifer's blog; this one's all about the one word answers:

1. Cellphone: yup
2. Relationship: healthy
3. My hair: red
4. Work: nice
5. My sibling/siblings: Jay
6. My favorite thing: laughing
7. My dream last night: unpleasant
8. Favorite drink: coffee
9. Dream car: Beetle
10. The room I’m in: kitchen
11. My shoes: none
12. My fears: war
13. What do I want to be in 10 years: myself
14. Who did I hang out with this weekend: bunnies
15. What I am not good at: math
16. Muffin: cranberry
17. One of my wish list items: Accelerate (new REM LP)
18. Where I grew up: Nordeast
19. Last thing I did: statistics
20. Wearing: clothes
21. Not wearing: shoes
22. My pets: bunnies
23. My computer: MacBook
24. My life: sweet
25. My mood: even
26. Missing: Dad
27. What I am thinking about right now: bed
28. My car: Saturn
29. My kitchen: needy
30. My weather: Fall
31. Favorite color: orange
32. Last time I laughed: earlier
33. Last time I cried: Hmmm (not sure)
34. School: busy
35. Love: God

Saturday, March 29, 2008

On my turntable: The Cars - Candy-O

Prior to today, the closest I ever came to owning this album was in junior high when I taped it off of the radio, back when KQRS used to play complete albums (uninterupted) at midnight. I picked Candy-O (1979) up this morning at Hymie's dollar sale (which was a disappointment overall - two of my "sealed" LPs were used reseals. BOO!).

The Cars are one of a few bands who avoided the "sophomore slump". From the urgency of the opening chord of "Let's Go" (one of the most enduring singles of the New Wave era, IMO), Candy-O succeeds in out-rocking the band's 1978 debut LP. The Cars did hit an unfortunate commercial slump with their third LP, Panorama (1980), but rebounded swiftly with the hugely successful Shake It Up (1981).

Videos:
"Let's Go"
"Double Life"
"Dangerous Type"
"Candy-O"

Friday, March 28, 2008

Thursday, March 27, 2008

On my turntable: The B-52's - Funplex





LOUD SEXY ROCK AND ROLL WITH THE BEAT
PUMPED UP TO HOT PINK








So reads the sticker on the front cover of Funplex (2008), which I picked up tonight. So far I've listened to it twice, and it has already exceeded my expectations. The LP comes with a CD of the full album (pic at right).

Wacky Pack Flashback!!

Tonight at Target I was surprised to stumble on the latest series of Wacky Packages, which are super sweet repros of vintage wackys. Here's one of the stickers I got tonight, which I'm sure I had permanently affixed onto something in the 70's.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

On my turntable: Bay City Rollers - Once Upon A Star

Like The Beatles' catalog, the import and domestic versions of Bay City Rollers albums differed significantly. Once Upon a Star (1975), for example, was not even released in the States, although most of the songs did show up on the first two U.S. LPs. Like most pre-teen BCR fans, I learned of albums like Once Upon A Star from reading 16 magazine. Yes, I read 16 when I was a kid, and I still insist I did not know it was a magazine for girls. But enough about that.

This particular copy of Star was purchased brand new just last year at a local shop (Hymie's). Listening to it now, with a new stylus on my turntable, re-affirms my belief that vinyl played on a quality turntable with a good cartridge will provide the most satisfying music experience (outside of live performance). I've never heard this album sound so good.

Personal faves: "The Disco Kid", and "Rock and Roll Honeymoon", which features then-bassist Alan Longmuir on a rare lead vocal (also an example of a track that did not get released on any of the U.S. LPs).

Videos:
"Rock and Roll Honeymoon"
"Bye Bye Baby/Angel Baby"
"Once Upon A Star"
"The Disco Kid"
"When Will You Be Mine"

"FUNPLEX"

God bless The B-52's.

"Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act"

I swear I didn't make this up. With her new "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act", Michele Bachmann is fighting the fight to save the standard light bulb from extinction. Michele sure knows how to pick her battles. Her consituents must be so proud. Thanks to Jay for sending me this.

(from startribune.com):

WASHINGTON - How many members of Congress does it take to change a light bulb? Americans may soon find out, courtesy of a contrarian piece of legislation introduced this month by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

Titled the "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act," the bill seeks to repeal the nationwide phase-out of conventional light bulbs, the kind that have been used for more than a century -- pretty much since the invention of the incandescent light bulb. Bachmann, a first-term Republican, is challenging the nation's embrace of energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights, saying the government has no business telling consumers what kind of light bulbs they can buy.

"This is an issue of science over fads and fashions," Bachmann said in an interview Tuesday. "Congress tends to jump on whatever the current buzz is in the 24-hour news cycle, " Bachmann said.

Her bill, the first challenge of its kind, raises safety questions about the small amounts of mercury in fluorescent lights. It also lands her squarely in the middle of the debate over global warming. In recent remarks to a gathering of Sherburne County Republicans -- reported in the West Sherburne Tribune -- Bachmann called any human connection to global warming "voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax."


full story

Once again

Since my friend Jan loves to send these things and because I'm such a good friend...

1. Do you like blue cheese? Indifferent. It reminds me of my Grandpa Ed though.
2. Have you ever smoked? I did accidentally set myself on fire while making breakfast once. Does that count?
3. Do you own a gun? NO. Don't get me started.
4. What flavor Kool Aid was your favorite? Cherry
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Luckily, no.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? I am grateful that (as a vegetarian) I no longer eat them, but I think they are delicious. In college I used to buy Hormel Frank-N-Stuff hotdogs, which had chili in the middle of them. Seriously - that's not even food.
7. Favorite Christmas movie? Charlie Brown Christmas (does that count as a movie?).
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Coffee
9. Can you do push ups? I could do lots of push-ups if I felt like it. I just don't feel like it.
10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? Wedding ring.
11. Favorite hobby? Collecting records.
12. Do you have A.D.D.? Diagnosed November 2007. What was the question?
13. What's one trait you hate about yourself? I can be pretty uptight sometimes.
14. Middle name? Alan. OMG - -I just realized that Jan and I both have Osmond names for our middle names (her's is Marie). That's so awesome.
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment. No.
16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Coffee, Diet Pepsi, Coffee.
17. Current worry? That this is going to take a lot longer than I expected.
18. Current hate right now? Bush & Cheney and the wacko wingnuts that love them.
19. Favorite place to be? Home on the couch, hangin' with Leo and the bunnies.
20. How did you bring in the New Year? Listening to records, hangin' with the bunnies.
21. Where would you like to go? Right now? Cheapos.
22. Name three people who will complete this? Hmm. Well, Jan already did it... maybe Jay, maybe Cyn, maybe Jesus.
23. Do you own slippers? Yes and they are really faggy. Is that what you want to hear?
24. What shirt are you wearing? Who says I'm wearing a shirt?
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I never have but it does not sound pleasant to me.
26. Can you whistle? Yes, but if you tell anyone I'll deny it.
27. Favorite color? Orange
28. Would you be a pirate? Who says I'm not already a pirate?
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? I sing whatever's in my head at the time. I don't have a setlist taped up in the shower or anything.
30. Favorite Girl's Name? Fernie
31. Favorite boy's name? Ben Dover
32. What's in your pocket right now? Checking...In my pocket I have keys, 2 quarters, and a rape whistle (Safety first, people).
33. Last thing that made you laugh? Jan's answers to these questions.
34. Best bed sheets as a child? The only fancy ones I remember had Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck on them. Minnie Mouse might have been on them too. Or Goofy. It's been a while.
35. Worst injury you've ever had? Broke my leg on my way out of Bruegger's one morning in 2002, just days before Leo and I were planning to move into our new house.
36. Do you love where you live ? For the most part, yes.
37. How many TVs do you have in your house? 1
38. Who is your loudest friend? Either Michella after a couple o' cocktails, or Jan when she does her Edith Bunker impression.
39. How many dogs do you have? None, but I love dogs.
40. Does someone have a crush on you? The question is, who doesn't have a crush on me?
41. What is your favorite book(s)? Don't have one. Sorry.
42. What is your favorite candy? Chuckles
43. Favorite Sports Team? If I had to pick I'd say Gopher hockey, but I really don't care.
44. What song do you want played at your funeral? Why should I care - I'll be dead.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New LPs on the horizon...

I might have to sell some of my dusty old CDs to raise the capital needed for this latest batch of new vinyl releases. Some of them are already in the shops, while others have pending April or May release dates:

B-52's - Funplex (LP w/bonus CD)
REM - Accelerate (LP w/bonus CD)
Janet Jackson - Discipline
The Hives - Black and White Album
The Archies - Sugar Sugar (greatest hits)
Lenny Kravitz - It Is Time For A Love Revolution
Elvis Costello - Momofuku (VINYL ONLY release, w/free download)
Gnarls Barkley -
The Odd Couple
Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue (expanded)

Bush's War

How is it possible that criminals Bush and Cheney have not been impeached? The PBS Frontline special, Bush's War, is eye-opening, frightening, and essential viewing. It can currently be watched online:

Bush's War

Monday, March 24, 2008

On my turntable: Julian Lennon - Help Yourself

When Virgin/Atlantic released Help Yourself in 1991 they must have known that it was Julian's best record to date, yet they chose to not get behind the album. Go figure. The album was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin, and includes at least a half dozen terrific tracks, particularly "Get a Life", "Help Yourself", and "Saltwater", which features an amazing uncredited solo by George Harrison. After the disappointing sales of Help Yourself Julian took an extended break, after which he re-emerged with the independently released Photograph Smile (1998), which solidified his reputation as an artist, not just the son of a Beatle.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

On my turntable: Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

Yes, I understand that I am very late jumping on the Amy Winehouse vino van. Here's the deal: there was such a buzz around Ms. Winehouse that I smelled "flavor of the month", and I was actually annoyed the more I heard about her. I knew that there was a standard vinyl pressing of Back to Black (2006), so I kept it on the back burner until I had enough evidence that I should buy it.

So, yeah, this is a great album, and I like Amy Winehouse. Big deal. It bugs me that the tabloids are so interested in her personal life, because it really has nothing to do with the music. History will be good to this album, though. Once all the tabloid stuff dies down I think people will still recognize that this is quality stuff.

On a loosely related note, I swear if I hear that Sara Bareilles "Love Song" one more time I might have to start breaking things, or biting myself, or punching people. That song makes me violent.

Friday, March 21, 2008

4:19 pm

Good Friday

On my turntable: The Thrills - So Much For the City

I had pretty big hopes for The Thrills when I first heard the fantastic "Don't Steal Our Sun". So Much for the City (2003) is a great album, but for me it wasn't great enough to sustain interest in the idea of a second album. Last year the band released a third LP, Teenager, which I've not heard much about. If anyone's heard Teenager and has an opinion to share, please let me know!

first.

I was just reading over at someone else's blog about the first album he ever bought, which of course got me to thinking. Although it wasn't the first record I ever owned, the first record I can remember buying with my own money was The Beatles 1967-1970 (aka 'the blue album'), which I bought at Apache Plaza. I once asked Rosie O'Donnell (via her blog) if she remembered her first record (knowing she would, because she remembers these things), and she replied "cecila at ej korvettes".

So I pose the question to you, faithful readers -- do you remember the first record (or cassette/CD/etc) you ever bought? Do you remember where you bought it? Do you still have it?

2008: Best of Quarter I

My personal favorites from the past three months:

1. "Lollipop" - MIKA
2. "Funplex" - The B-52's
3. "Sensual Seduction" - Snoop Dogg
4. "Supernatural Superserious" - R.E.M.
5. "See You at the Lights" - 1990's
6. "Feedback" - Janet Jackson
7. "Love Is A Losing Game" - Amy Winehouse
8. "Wasted" - The Donnas
9. "Lies" - Abby Travis (feat. The Bangles)
10. "Love Love Love" - Lenny Kravitz
11. "Birthday" - The Bird & the Bee
12. "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" - Radiohead
13. "By Torpedo or Crohn's" - WHY?
14. "Tick Tick Boom" - The Hives
15. "Old Highs, New Lows" - Bob Mould
16. "Lost With You" - Loverboy
17. "Take My Time" - Junior Senior w/Kate & Cindy of B-52's
18. "Second Chance" - Liam Finn
19. "The Garden at Night" - The Clientele
20. "Liverpool 8" - Ringo Starr

Titles in green are all available in vinyl format.
Dig it!

Edit: modified top 20 on 3/28

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Easter at Apache Plaza

When I first went live with apacheplaza.com in 2003, I was surprised by how many comments and questions I received about Easter at Apache. For all the years that I spent at the mall, I didn't have many Easter memories associated with the place. Apparently Apache's Easter Bunny was a big friggin' deal for lots of kids. Here's a print ad from the early 90's:
(click on ad for larger version)

On my turntable: Juno Soundtrack

A couple of months ago my friend Ellen gave me burned a copy of this CD. The first time I listened to it I was annoyed -- first by the music itself, and then by the fact that Ellen thought I would like this music. Still, part of me wanted to like this album, or at least face whatever it was that was preventing me from liking it. So, when I heard that the album was released on really bright orange vinyl I bit the bullet.

I like that this album is varied, with classic rock tunes mixed in with more recent indie folksie stuff. I also like that there are lots of little one minute songs mixed in with the standard length songs. What's been an acquired taste is Kimya Dawson. I'm now to the point of seeing her songs as at least charming, which is a positive step away from feeling violent, I suppose. I've been told that the soundtrack is more fun once you've seen the movie, so I'm counting on that.

On my turntable: The Beach Boys - Fun, Fun, Fun

It's a balmy day in Minneapolis today, with temps in the 40's and plenty of sunshine, and I was feeling the need for some music that mirrored the weather. Fun, Fun, Fun is far from being in my Beach Boys top 10; it includes two of my least favorite Beach Boys songs ("Why Do Fools Fall In Love" and "Louie, Louie"), but it does have a couple of gems ("The Warmth of the Sun" and "Keep an eye on Summer").

In the early 80's Capitol/EMI reissued abridged versions of the early Beach Boys catalog, some of them donning new titles. 1964's Shut Down vol. 2 became Fun, Fun, Fun, losing the tracks "Cassius Love vs. Sonny Wilson" and "In the Parking Lot". There's no logical reason to omit "Parking Lot", since it was a short song on an already short album, and a good song at that. I can't say the same for the truly forgettable "Love vs Wilson", which wasn't even a song. Still, it's seems ridiculous, from a historical standpoint, to edit albums this way.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"Rock Me Tonite"

In Billy Squier's defense, it was the age of Flashdance, Fame, and Footloose. Fashionable people were wearing spandex, pastel colors, and leg warmers. Still, I don't think the clothes are what's wrong with this video (see below). And I don't want to say that Billy Squier is a bad dancer. Rather, I think he proves himself to be a stylist of sorts in this video; a jumping, arm-flailing renaissance man.

One can imagine Billy, circa 1984, shopping for a spacious downtown apartment, asking himself "Is thees apartment going to be spacious enough for me to truly, truly express myself as I know I must? Will I, Billy Squier, in dees downtown apartment, find dee freedom to explore, as I know I must, the magic of the dance?" Note how sparsely Billy has chosen to decorate his space. Billy: "I do not have time for such frivolousness in my quarters. No - all I need is a mattress, some nice rose-colored lights, and plenty of dee tank tops, so that I can tear them off in the passion of...the dance." Seriously - who dances like this?

This video is magic. You may find, as I have, that you need to watch it more than once in order to discover all its magicalness.

Monday, March 17, 2008

In honor of the holiday...

I present to you this weekend's thrift store find:
Green-Striped sweater ($4).Happy St. Patty's day!

Abby Travis - "LIES"

Abby Travis, former Love Doll and current Bangles bassist, has released a digital single called "LIES", from which all proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund. "LIES" is an attack on the Bush Administration's shameful lack of attention to post-Katrina New Orleans. OH - and The BANGLES themselves add their unmistakable vocals to the track, which makes it extra super delicious.

Abby Travis official

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Leprechaun Bros.

Beaker really gets his chance to shine in this clip.

Pay attention to how (at approximately 1:16) Beaker becomes so overtaken with emotion that he oh-so-tenderly places his hand on Animal's cheek. This is just good comedy, plain & simple.

On my turntable - Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

I picked this up yesterday, and have been listening to it repeatedly. I think this is a fairly recent vinyl re-issue, and it sounds terrific.

This is a powerful album.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

10:49 am

Lenny Kravitz - "California"

True Colors 2008

Just purchased our tix for this year's True Colors tour. Got the cheap seats 'cause Leo and I are, well, cheap. My rule of thumb with shows is to never pay more than $100 (base price) for tickets. I'm definitely not the stadium concert type; I much prefer the smaller venues and clubs. Exceptions: Prince, McCartney, KISS, maybe Duran Duran, and festival-type shows (such as the TC tour).

The True Colors lineup for Minneapolis (subject to change):

Cyndi Lauper
B-52's
Rosie O'Donnell
Tegan & Sara
The Cliks
w/host Carson Kressley

Friday, March 14, 2008

6:18 pm

Tonight's agenda: Research for a paper I'm writing, and laundry.

Norway next in line for Marriage Equality

This morning I have another reason to feel proud of my Norwegian heritage (I'm Swedish, Norwegian, Swiss, German, and Irish, in case you were wondering) as Norway has introduced legislation to allow same-sex partners to marry. Other countries of my heritage, Sweden and Switzerland, currently grant marriage rights via civil partnerships, and I'm pretty certain Ireland is on its way as well.

The world is paying attention. Too bad America is choosing not to be a leader on this one.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

On my turntable: Crowded House - Woodface

Woodface (1991) is probably my favorite Crowded House LP, although 2007's Time On Earth comes pretty close, and Recurring Dream (1996) is an unbeatable best-of. Woodface has the distinction of being the only Crowded House record to include both Neil and Tim Finn, whose brotherly harmonies are definitely a highlight of the album. The songwriting is also stellar. This was the Crowded House album that made me a fan.

Woodface videos:
"Chocolate Cake"
"It's Only Natural"
"Weather With You"
"Fall At Your Feet"
"Four Seasons In One Day"

Ellen calls Sally Kern

What a woman.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

mad.

I've been looking at some of the online conversations regarding Sally Kern (see previous post), and it has left me very angry. I try not to blog when I'm this mad, but here goes...

I am sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick to DEATH of these asshole "christians" who use God and the Bible to persecute gay people. DO YOU READ THE BIBLE? Seriously - DO YOU READ IT? If you did you would know that hate is not a Christian value (I know it's a cliche, but I had to say it). Still, you try to justify hate by clinging to your interpretation of some verse in Leviticus, while overlooking most of the lessons Jesus tried to teach. Also, just FYI - there is NO MENTION of gay marriage in the Bible. You know that, right? So how can you say that God is against gay marriage? Oh, but wait - there is mention in the Bible about straight marriage and divorce. Hmmm. If all you "christians" really want to protect the sanctity of marriage so badly, why don't you just illegalize divorce? Oh, but wait - you don't care about preventing divorce, you just care about preventing equal rights for all Americans. You care about maintaining the right to treat gay Americans as second-class citizens. Because you hate gay people.

Bigots like Kern like to spread the lie that being gay is unhealthy. You know what's unhealthy? Telling gay children that they are evil and that they need to change if they want to avoid being an American outcast for the rest of their lives, or worse, end up being murdered like Lawrence King or Matthew Shepard. TRUTH: Being gay is as natural and normal as being black, left-handed, mathematically inclined, or curly-haired. What is un-natural and offensive to God is teaching children that bigotry and hatred are acceptable lifestyles. Hatred and bigotry, like that exhibited by Ms. Sally Kern, is unhealthy for families, and it is unhealthy for this country. It needs to change. I would go so far as to say that there needs to be a revolution.

I, for one, have had enough.

I am so dangerous.

I'm thinking of changing the title of my blog to "More Dangerous than a Terrorist! - I am so dangerous." Catchy, no? Some of you may have already seen the news about lawmaker Sally Kern from Oklahoma, who publicly stated her belief that gay Americans are the biggest threat to this country. More dangerous, in fact, than terrorists. If you've not seen the following video (titled "I heard That"), it's worth watching:



After watching the video, you may feel compelled to add your name to an open letter being sent to Ms. Kern. As of this writing there are over 700,000 names on the list:

OPEN LETTER TO KERN

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

bitchin'

At the risk of sounding like Jeff Spicoli, I got some totally bitchin' new LPs from Leo and my brother for my birthday. Check 'em out:
The Donnas - Bitchin' (2007) - [currently playing]
Juno (soundtrack) (2008)
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere (2006)
The Free Design - You Could Be Born Again (reissue) 2005
Amy Winehouse - Back To Black (2006)

hot stuff

I've got a fever and a cough, and that makes me mildly cranky. Just so you know.

On the brigher side, thanks to everyone for the thoughtful birthday wishes!

I go to bed now.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The gift of cleaner sound

This is what my mom got me for my birthday. Well actually, she gave me a card with cash monies in it, and I spent it on a replacement stylus for the cartridge on my turntable. I try to replace my stylus once a year to keep things sounding great and to reduce wear on my records. Considering how much use the turntable gets in our house, it's no surprise that we notice a difference between a year-old stylus and a brand new one. As I always say, take care of your record collection, and it will take care of you (OK I don't always say that, but it seemed appropriate to say it now)!

Thanks Mom!

Stylus update: I got home tonight equipped with my fancy new stylus, only to find that it's defective. BOOO. The good news is that I called Needle Doctor and they told me to just bring it back in with my receipt. Delayed gratification, I suppose.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

42

So yeah today's my birthday. I'm happy to be alive.

Video: Altered Images - "Happy Birthday"

Friday, March 07, 2008

My Pretty Mexican Bride?

You may have noticed a little "Ads by Google" box in the sidebar to the right, which I added a month or so ago. According to Google, if people click on the featured Ad I get a penny or something like that. The ads are supposedly tailored to the content in my blog, which I can believe because some of them have been links I've used myself, such as bagsunlimited.com and needledoctor.com, sites that I recommend and endorse. In contrast, here is this morning's featured ad:

Your Pretty Mexican Bride
is Waiting for You! Browse 100s
of Profiles! Find Your Perfect Match!
latinwomensite.com

I see. I had no idea there was such a market for Pretty Mexican Brides. Apparently business is booming to the point of warranting a website selling these loverly ladies (I did check out the site, and they are indeed very pretty, although a wee bit on the slutty side, IMHO. But hey- everybody has their type.). So, if Google ads are tailored to my blog content, I wonder what I wrote that triggered this ad? Is it because my same-sex-domestic-partner-in-life happens to be both pretty and Mexican? I'm sure that's it.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

all gone

Ever have one of those moments when you realize you've just polished off a whole box of Girl Scout cookies?Yeah, me too.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Dee Fish Ant

(deficient)

My doc confirmed that the reason I've been feeling so run down for the past few weeks is that I'm iron deficient. I deal with anemia every 3-4 years (one of the hassles of living with Crohn's), and we usually rectify it with supplements. We will keep an eye on it to make certain I'm not bleeding, since that's happened in the past. Total pain in the neck, but at least now I know what's going on.

Harumph.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

On my turntable: Michael Jackson - Thriller

Yes, you heard me. Thriller.

There are some indisputable moments of fierceness on this record. No question about that. On the other hand, "Baby Be Mine" is pretty weak, "The Girl Is Mine" is embarrasing, and "The Lady In My Life" -- I'm not even sure I remember this song. That leaves six songs that really are fantastic, but that's more of an EP than an album. So, what was all the fuss about? In retrospect, the stars were all in the right place at the right time for Thriller: The Motown 25 special, "Billie Jean" on MTV, the merchandising, and finally that epic video for "Thriller". It was a phenomenon that Michael has sadly tried to replicate, unsuccessfully, over and over and over again. But you know what Michael? You will never replicate the success of Thriller. Nobody will. And that's OK.

So that's my 2 cents on Thriller. In closing, I have three words for MJJ:

Jackson 5ive reunion.

You heard me.

Monday, March 03, 2008

food for thought

According to reports from various news agencies, the U.S. fired missiles this morning into a Somali town in an effort to kill/scare/injure some terror suspect(s). The missiles ended up completely destroying a home, and according to early reports, killing some women and children (reports are now saying that casualties are unknown). I've posed this question in the past, but seriously - why is it considered OK for the U.S. to bomb foreign cities, killing or injuring countless innocent people and destroying quality of life, but when other countries/groups do it they are called "evil-doers" or terrorists?

3/4 update: According to CNN, two homes were destroyed, 3 women and 3 children were killed.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Hillary on SNL

In case you missed it...

On my turntable: Bob Mould - District Line

The sound of Bob Mould's voice reminds me of Minneapolis in the 80's, when this city was a happening place, musically. Even though I didn't follow Husker Du I certainly appreciated that they were from my hometown.

I got District Line (2008) just yesterday (thanks, Leo) and have listened to it two or three times already. It's really very good. If I sound a little surprised when I say that it's true -- I've never been a huge Bob Mould or Husker Du fan, although I liked some of the stuff I heard by Sugar (or The Sugars as my friend Jan likes to call them). I imagine Bob Mould fans are already going ga-ga for this record. The lovely 180-gram vinyl version comes with a coupon for a free digital download of the full album. What's not to love?

On a sad note, I just want to mention that my friend Jan (the Bob Mould and "Sugars" fan mentioned above) is dealing with the loss of her dad today, who passed away last night. I first met Jan's parents back in the early 90's, a couple of years before Jan and I became roommates in grad school. John always struck me as an extremely intelligent, thoughtful, and all-around super nice guy, who was very loved and respected by his family. My heart goes out to Jan's family at this challenging time.