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Thursday, November 19, 2009
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.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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.
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
Monday, November 2, 2009
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
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
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Bun E. Carlos' mom is auctioning off this letter that Sinatra wrote to Mike Royko. The CCs are the best part.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
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
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
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!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
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
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?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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.