Shot Of Rhythm

[ Thursday, March 31, 2005 ]


Thursday thoughts

-Somebody asked me what I thought of the news that Terri Schiavo died today. I really couldn't think of anything to say, so I said the first thing came to my mind: "I didn't know her or her family, and neither did most of the people who claimed to speak for them." Upon further review, I'll stand by that.

-New favorite song: "Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot. I finally sat down and really listened to a Lightfoot comp, and was simply blown away at how great his songs are. (Except for "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald," which I've never liked and still don't.) "Sundown" is one of those songs that's so damn good it actually renders me inarticulate. If you haven't heard it, you really should.

-I'm gonna go hear Bobby Seale speak in an hour-and-a-half, in a relatively intimate setting that should provide a good opportunity to hear this fascinating man's words and ideas. He's essentially the last of the major public figures from the Black Panther Party, and - although I'm really not that much of a stargazer - I'm somewhat psyched to be in his vicinity.

-New favorite movie line: From DEEP THROAT, shown in a clip in that documentary I spoke of earlier (INSIDE DEEP THROAT).

Doctor: "Why are you crying? So your clitoris is in the back of your throat. That's not so bad."
Linda: (sobbing) "That's easy for you to say. But what if your balls were in your ears?"

On the box right now: Bob Marley and the Wailers, KAYA. Jah is mighty...


Dove With Claws [3:05 PM]

[ Wednesday, March 30, 2005 ]


Does this mean I'll have to go back to high school, too?

I bought the new Beck record, GUERO, yesterday, having been a longtime, if somewhat love-hate, fan. It's a fine album, and it's a definite return to the cut-and-paste tomfoolery that characterized his first two albums. In fact, it's incredibly reminiscent of MELLOW GOLD and ODELAY. So much so that, 30 seconds into the first song, the Dust Brothers-produced "E-Pro," I said - out loud, alone in my apartment:

"Wow. Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1996."

Still, it's a fun and funky piece of work. I'm happy that he's not simply goofy and ironic anymore, but instead treading a nice path between earnestness and trickery.

By the way, I saw INSIDE DEEP THROAT last night, the documentary about the controversial porn film that - I didn't know this - is still the most profitable film ever made. It was really good, hilarious at times and surprisingly moving at others. The persecution and prosecution of the film and its creators is something that any fan of free speech ought to remember in this era of FCC teeth-baring.

On the box right now: Beck, GUERO.


Dove With Claws [8:20 AM]

[ Sunday, March 27, 2005 ]


Lay off him...he had a really bad weekend

I walked past a flyer today that was advertising a talk entitled "How To Prepare For Jesus' Return."

I thought of a few tips:
-Make sure you pack a lunch.
-No wisecracks.
-Don't even start with that "WWJD" crap.
-Call and get the mail stopped.
-Banners are always a pleasant "welcome back" gesture. Glitter and streamers make any banner exciting and fun.
-Don't mention Pat Robertson, Terri Schiavo or Mel Gibson. He doesn't want to talk about any of them, guaranteed.
-Three words: Bring long pants.

On the box right now: Bill Withers, BEST. This guy gets me every time. I hate to use the word "buttery," but methinks that it applies.


Dove With Claws [7:34 PM]