Thursday, April 28, 2005
Mariah covers 80s hair-metal. Who'd have thought it would work? Of course, it's the only thing on that CD that works. The rest is pretty much utter shit. But I've come to expect that from Mariah.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Then we watched "Doppelgangland" where vampire Willow comes out of her alternate universe. Best line of the whole ep--good Willow saying "That's me as a vampire? I'm so evil. And skanky. And I think I'm kinda gay!" Foreshadowing (intentional or not) at its very finest.
And finally, we watched "Hush" which is kind of the piece de resistance as Buffy episodes go. Featuring these fine creepy guys (The Gentlemen):
We also watched the audio commentary for "Hush" where Joss talked about wanting to create in the Gentlemen something akin to the Zuni doll from Trilogy of Terror--i.e. something that traumatized a whole generation of kids. I daresay he probably came close. Those guys are just damn creepy. And the way they float!
Saturday, April 23, 2005
I also watched Saw tonight which was not really a horror flick as much as a psychological thriller that was heavy on the gore. Not a bad movie all in all--but definitely not one I ever need to see again.
Next up in the queue (well, after Sagwa: Cat Tales & Celebrations) is Ultimate Kylie. Yes, I'm aware that I'm very weird.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Well, one week we made piggy banks and instead of doing a pig (you could do any animal you wanted) I was suddenly struck with some divine inspiration to do an elephant. Now, the thing you gotta realize is that when it comes to artistic ability, Anna's catching up fast to me. There's a reason I got a C in 8th grade art and then never ventured back into art class again. After it was fired once, we got to glaze it, and I asked Anna what color she wanted her elephant. Of course, the answer was "pink!" So here's our pink elephant. Not bad for a toddler and her art-impaired daddy.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
The funny thing is that this whole pope thing just reminds me of that Prince song of the same name. Not one of my all time favorite Prince songs, but it's funny just the same because I'm waiting for someone out in the blogosphere or just in the internet in general to put video of Benedict XVI's first emergence after the white smoke came out and the bells tolled to that Prince song. Now that would be funny.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
(via Ascent Stage)
I had to come home and listen to the original to get the bad taste out of my mouth.
Monday, April 18, 2005
"A Serious Threat To Masculinity"
And in response to it, I think I just might wear a pink shirt to work today. I realize that it's mostly a college newspaper columnist being alternately goofy and inappropriately outraged, but I always resist any attempt to define masculinity or being a man as this thing or that thing but definitely NOT this thing.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Fleetwood Mac - Tango In The Night (1987)
I'm not exactly sure what drove me to dig this CD out--I think it might have had something to do with the fact that Throwndown.net had links to some Tango demos and remixes and it made me kind of want to hear the CD. Honestly, I haven't listened to this CD in ages. As Fleetwood Mac CDs go, it's a little bit too polished and glossy for my tastes. But I suppose I shouldn't be too hard on it, because without it, it's hard to say whether I would have ever started listening to Fleetwood Mac at all. That's right, you can trace most, if not all, of my Fleetwood Mac fandom to "Big Love."
And "Big Love" isn't even that good of a song, but it's very spring of 1987, so it has that in its favor. But overall, I feel like Lindsey Buckingham overproduced the album a little bit, and Stevie Nicks totally gets the short end of the stick--she only has 3 songs (none of which save "Seven Wonders" are all that memorable) and you can barely hear her at all in any of the other songs. (Notable exception: "Little Lies") I remember a comment from a review that I read around the time of the album's release that Stevie mutters "what's the matter baby..." on "When I See You Again" until the answer is completely obvious. And yeah, that song should have never made the cut. But you do have to cut her some slack--she was pretty strung out on cocaine at the time if I recall correctly (or perhaps it was Klonopin--it hardly matters.) It makes me wish that a solid rock song like "What Has Rock & Roll Ever Done For You?" would have made the cut instead of "When I See You Again." But really, I guess "What Has Rock & Roll..." sounds more like a Stevie Nicks solo track rather than a Fleetwood Mac song.
In any event, it's a fairly solid FM effort, but it sounds dated today.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
While I don't think Anna is ready for the movie, I think she might be as intrigued by this as she is by "the scary guy" a/k/a the Alien.
I think I'd probably just be scared that I'd come home and find the gold belt off the doll someday. And then I'd feel this stabbing pain in my calves.
Sunday, April 10, 2005
But I didn't think it would be as bad as it was. The problem with the movie was that Bridget is the heroine of the movie and we're supposed to be rooting for her, but all that happens to her is she gets put in one embarrassing situation after another for no apparent reason other than to make her look bad. It was obvious to me that the director (not the director of the original Bridget Jones' Diary) had not an ounce of respect for Bridget and just wanted to see her humiliated. Plus there was nothing driving the narrative at all, just a bunch of inane "will they break up and for what utterly ridiculous reason?"
I will say I enjoyed the part where they were in Thailand at least slightly, but it was still pretty much insufferable and that's really too bad as I wanted to like it so desperately. I don't frequently give movies a 1-star rating on Netflix, but I'm afraid this one has earned every last bit of it's 1-star rating.
The best part of the movie is without a doubt the Sting/Annie Lennox duet "We'll Be Together" which unfortunately, is not available for download from iTunes and I'm certainly not buying the CD soundtrack.
Friday, April 08, 2005
I stumbled across some of the most amazing music I have heard in an incredibly long time over the weekend. The artist is Casey Stratton and I am just completely in love with his major label debut CD Standing at the Edge. It will undoubtedly be my CD spotlight coming up sometime soon, but until I get off the graveyard shift, it's going to have to wait. Nonetheless, I wanted to put it here because I'm pretty much listening to it non-stop. And don't believe that crappy old allmusic.com review that says the CD starts to limp toward the end--not true in the slightest. More about it later.
Add this to the fact that I also can't get enough of the new New Order CD, Waiting for the Sirens' Call, and it's been a great new music week for me.
Monday, April 04, 2005
Sidney -- The liberal cat