Monday, December 28, 2009

I made one.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Dude, I'm an elite bike racer....

I don't think I'm funny enough to make one of these, but I bet some of you are.....


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cue, Cry!

I've been waiting a long time for this one to turn up on Youtube. Triple parody in action here from SCTV- The Last Waltz, Jerry Lewis, and the French Obsession with him

Saturday, December 19, 2009

47 Second Sleigh Ride

This might be the perfect length for this song, courtesy of the some-time group Rodriguez. That's my brother dan on sax ...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Roger Ebert Drops Some Science

So awesome. I think his illness just freed him up to say everything on his mind, which it turns out is a lot more than Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down. And I still agree with 98% of his movie reviews.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Great Flydini

The Great Ricky Jay included this clip in his show last night as he re-capped the history of magic and slight of hand. As suspected, his show was a unique and engaging experience, though Alvy and I both agreed that his performance was little labored due to his being out of stage shape.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Separated At Birth II

Stephen Stills

Steve McMichael

Friday, November 27, 2009

Separated At Birth

Michael Keaton and Lars Ulrich

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hope For Our Future

via The Daily Show. Makes you proud to be an American. Make sure you watch the part at 4:17.

Happy Thanksgiving, Turkeys!

New York, NY

London, England

Cleveland, OH

Las Vegas, NV

Chicago, IL

Hollywood, CA

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Muppet Tribute #3

Sam the Eagle strongly dissaproves of the last post

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Someone posted this on FB recently, and I was reminded how hilarious it is.

Just picture him in a cardigan writing the lyrics: "Soar with healing in her wings/As the land beneath her sings/Only God, no other kings".

The Attorney General of the United States.

And in other news, the country he loves so deeply is still acting like Pakistan.

One More Anniversary Post

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I'm not one of those weirdos who thinks celebrities are real people, but c'mon. Are they afraid flats make her butt look flabby?

And oh yeah, can somebody get her a fucking umbrella?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Caption Contest!


Lesson learned- NEVER speak out against Sting

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Whiter Shade of FAIL

what the hell

I realize I'm late to the party on this, but ctfo. He's rejuvenating his skin??? DuPont must need a new celebrity spokesface of terrifying whiteishness for their line of chemical peelers, "Dr. Hauschka's Jacksonizing Face Mask"

ps - evidently they have a new product to lighten the color of your eyes, too; take a close look at how dark brown his irises are in '08...yikes. hope there was a signing bonus for that.

In Honor of Muppetry


Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Happy 40th Birthday to Sesame Street's a favorite of mine from the first year:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

More Halloween Action

Bee as U2. Only difference: U2 is balder. Nick not going bare chest/vest is a shame.

Hayward as Journey.

Life on the road is rough.

A look for the ages.

Making plans for Jimmy.

Check the lit up fretboard.


Wait 'til Otis sees us!

Love the one-armed dress!

Beastie Boys: the whole set.

One for the Poncy Lads X-Mas Show

The QD .and I were watching the Double P last week when an ad for Sting's new album "If on a Winter's Night" came on. When we heard the song accompanying the ad, we looked at each other with jaws dropped. I mean, I've been disdainful of Sting since well before "Desert Rose", but "Soul Cake" sounds like a true Poncy Lads original. If he'd hired Sean Connery to sing it ala William Shatner, he'd a been on to something. Turns out he's off the hook for the writng (but doubly on the hook for taste), as its his version of a traditional song from Cheshire, recorded also by Peter Paul & Mary.

Consider the lyrics:

A soul cake, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake,
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good things to make us all merry.

Consider also that this is the song he picked to advertise the album.

Akin to "Egg Cream" by Lou Reed in its food themed sing songy ridiculousness.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Finalmente: Que Rico!

As promised, the final act of Halloween:

#1: All Night Long: The Hitmaker shows us how it's done.

#2: The Glamorous Life, indeed.

More videos here.

Monday, November 2, 2009

ECB Pt. 2

After a bizzare set by all girls vampire band All in the Fangily as Mama Cassand The Lemonade Bubblegum came two truly inspired concepts. The first was Mean Ohio, who whipped the place into a frenzy with their incendiary take on the Stax Soul review, complete with spot-on costumes and a set of R&B classics played like a combination of Sam & Dave, the Sonics, and Sha Na Na on crack.

These guys were a tough act to follow, but no problem for Kid Million, who killed it as the Beastie Boys with Howard behind the turntables and Brendan, Riff, and Alvy as MCA, Mike D and Adrock, trading rhymes and moves with vigor and ease. David's Adrock was the most inspired vocal performance of the evening...take that Ursula!

Last up was the ten piece Que Rico! Latin Big Band, bolstered this year by the Sure-Bet Horns. From the stage the highlight was Smooth Operator, played in a sultry and smoky latin groove with Jane Rico on lead vocal and an electrifying solo from Nicky Rico. Sadly, my camera done run out one song into Beastie Boys, so maybe Tony Rico may has some QR to post...

After a night like that I can't wait to see what lies in store for next year. We want the Lads back!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Exquisite Corpse Ball Recap Pt. 1

Simo and the 'bots get photobombed by Alvy

I know I'm prone to hyperbole, but last night's show at Silvies was sick. Building on the inaugural show's foundation, this year's acts raised the bar by presenting a show mixing full blown concept pieces, accomplished playing, and bizarro antics. This is part 1. in a two part toast, chock full of vidja for lads and lasses who couldn't be with us this year, but will be next, right?

Nick Markos and Bee kicked of the evening as U2 with a great sounding career-spanning set of tunes, one rehearsal and pre-show threat level orange alerts notwithstanding. Sadly, my video of this set is marred with poor camera position and loud audience banter, both of which were soon remedied

Next up, Heavy Boxes played a subdued set at Kate Bush, with the highlight being a duet on "Don't Give Up" with Evan and Melanie performing the song in a revolving embrace, with only the featured singer visible during each part. You can see that here.

Hayward Bluegrass then took the stage as Journey, playing a set of the band's favorites with a down-home twist, Neil"Sherm" Schoen tearing it up on guitar, and Stevie "KP" Perry laying it down on lead vocal.

Things began to heat up with the next two acts, the twin eighties assault of Mr. Shankly as XTC and The Arch Viles as the Clash, with Jon Singer shredding on guitar, bass, and vocals in both. With Adel and Liza absent this year, the celebrity quotient lay with Mr. Shankly's drummer, who played in The Romantics as well as The Elvis Brothers (with guitarist Rob Newhouse, also in this band). A whole ton of folks came in just to see them and they did not dissappoint. Jon wins the award for most difficult bass line of the evening with "Mayor of Simpleton":

Next up was the Arch Viles as The Clash, who gave the room a smoking set including London Calling, The Magnificent 7, Janie Jones, and Guns of Brixton, complete with Hunter S. Thomson on bari sax. Wag was on the drums for the second of 3 times (with a 4th appearance on turntables).

Stay tuned for Part 2, which covers the three remaining acts, two spot on full concept experiences with Mean Ohio as the Stax Soul Review and Kid Million as The Beastie Boys, and of course a little Que Rico thrown in for good measure.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

IMW Teen Bands are on a tear this year. Trace spent the Summer in our first ever video production class and came out with this video for their original jam "I'm in Love with an Angel". Then this week, they were invited along with All Girls band Fatal Attraction for a private audition for Season 5 of America's Got Talent. Both groups killed it, and the producers asked a lot of questions which seemed aimed at the possibility of combining the two groups for a single act. We'll know more in February.

For Sale

Bun E. Carlos' mom is auctioning off this letter that Sinatra wrote to Mike Royko
. The CCs are the best part.

Photobombing Done Right

God, I hate Notre Dame. So does USC.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


German armwrestler Matthias Schlitte built up one arm for competition. Bad news is, he tried to rub one out and his wang turned to dust.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

IMW All-Star Jam

Chicago Punk Band Rise Against contacted IMW a while back with news that they were making their sold out upcoming 10th anniversary show at metro a benefit for IMW, and that they wanted to come in and do a workshop with the kids. The band came in yesterday and the visit exceeded everybody's expectations. They spent 4 hours at Fuller Park during which they jammed with the kids, gave a talk about their road to success, answered every question asked, and signed posters for each and every child. Whether or not their music is your bag, its pretty cool that these guys took the time out to make an impact by having a real and meaningful exchange with the kids, giving them a rare opportunity that very few kids get to see the rock star thing demystified from the inside looking out.

This early session jam with IMW's own Pop Tots and Rise Against's Tim and Joe was a real hoot. Funny that the guys are learning the song on the spot by watching the moves of six year guitarist Leah.

Rise Against Join The Pop Tots for the 50 Cent Medley

Rise Against Join The Pop Tots for The Munsters Theme Song

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Get ready party people... though the lads have sent regrets, this promises to be a
Halloween Bash on par with last years.

The ever growing line up (in no particular order):

Hayward Bluegrass as Journey
Kid Million as The Beastie Boys
Bee as U2
Heavy Boxes as Kate Bush
Mean Ohio & The Jimmy as The Stax Soul Review
Mr. Shankly as Bil Biv Devoe
The Arch Viles as The Clash
The Que Rico! Latin Big Band

and a special appearance by all girl vampire band "All in the Fangily"

Spread the word and hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ukulele Cabaret: Uke Horrifica

If you want to upstage Mike, Heather and I (since we opened Saturday's uke show playing Dracula's Wedding by Outkast, too) - do it like these women.

Bring a f'in tap dancer:

And while this was definitely a highlight - it would be difficult to chose just one from what was a uniformly excellent, absurdly varied group of musicians. More videos soon!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Laugher

Guess who discovered peek-a-boo?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Portrait Of the Artist As A Young Lawyer

exhibit A:
I would like to dedicate this post to my fellow Lake Effectors: Happy Post #1250!!

Allow me to introduce you all to the fine Law School education I am receiving. It utilizes the views of famous legal minds and thinkers, and also includes work from contemporary culture to address the role and portrayal of law and attorneys in our vibrant society.

Hint: this is from my school, and we know the guy on the right (not the funhead in the Utes hat). Zoom in, people!

Monday, September 21, 2009

MADRID — Leonard Cohen is recovering after collapsing onstage while on tour in eastern Spain, his music company said Saturday.

The veteran poet and performer has been released from hospital after suffering from a stomach complaint, Doctor Music Concerts said in a statement.

Cohen was part-way through his song "Bird on the Wire" in Valencia when he fainted, causing the band to stop playing to rush to his aid as concertgoers watched. The concert was stopped.

A video showing Cohen kneeling down several times during the performance and then keeling over sideways during a saxophone solo has been placed on YouTube on the Web by a fan.

The Canadian-born musician, who will be 75 years-old on Monday, was taken in an ambulance to the Nueve de Octubre hospital in Valencia but released early Saturday, Barcelona-based Doctor Music Concerts said.

Cohen was due to perform the last show of his Spanish tour at the Palau Sant Jordi concert hall in northeastern Barcelona on Monday. Trucks carrying Cohen's show had arrived at the hall on Saturday morning and were to set up as normal, a spokesman for the concert hall said.

Cohen had to come out of retirement five years ago when he discovered that most of his retirement fund had disappeared in a disputed case of mismanagement.

After leaving Spain Cohen was due to perform next at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Oct. 17, his Web site said.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Day of the Living Cones

Friday, September 5, 11:04 AM SFO

Polski Alvy

I was checking out Hayward's listing on the Hideout web page (Come tomorrow night!)
and came across this photo, which I mistook for Alvy at first glance. Alvy are you dressing like a zombie, putting on 20 lbs and moonlighting with a polish free jazz collective on the side?

Friday, September 11, 2009

"He wasn't God, but he was certainly God-like,"

LaToya has always been the Jacksons go-to for an interview when things are getting a little, mmm, how shall we say...bizarre? She always keeps it real.

Real, real strange.

And thank you, Barbara Walters, for beating Larry King to the punch on this. You are always at your worst after someone's controversial and complicated life has screeched to its final halt. [full disclosure -- I actually think LK would have gotten way juicier quotes from LaT, as well as contributing gems of his own. But enough of my fawning over Larry King's idiot savant interview skillz...]

Other investigative journaling from tonight's 20/20 interview:
On MJ's outfit for the great beyond: "He was dressed in all white pearl beads going across, draped across (and) a beautiful big gold belt ... like a belt that you win being a boxer."
The hard questions are asked, too.

La Toya dismissed questions about the parentage of her brother's three children, Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II, 7, also known as Blanket. "It doesn't really matter, those are Michael's kids," she said in the interview. "He raised those kids. They were in his arms when they were born."

For some reason, that was an image I couldn't bring myself to mock up...but don't despair, Babawa gets to the bottom of it all for us, and keeps herself in contention for the title of "Even Weirder Than Toy Toy Jackson"...

When asked [a second time] by Walters about accusations that Michael did not use his own sperm because he wanted sperm to come from someone white, so that his own children would be white and not suffer as he had, La Toya had no response.

"I can't answer that," she said, "I have never ever asked him that."

Watch, and learn?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Al Franken: Master Mapmaker

I don't care why he's doing it, or how long he prepared - this is some serious map-drawing talent. Watch in awe:

Too Soon?

The top ad was done on spec for the World Wildlife Fund. The text reads, “The tsunami killed 100 times more people than 9/11. The planet is brutally powerful. Respect it. Preserve it.” Naturally, it was rejected, but I think it's kind of amazing.

The second one was actually used. Pretty!

The bottom one proves that Jim Henson was a genius.