4.21.2016

the purple banana



Some random thoughts on Prince.
  • In all honesty, there aren't many Prince songs I like. The entire list consists of "1999", "Little Red Corvette", "Delirious", "When Doves Cry", and my favorite Prince song "Let's Go Crazy." That energy! That guitar solo! Whenever I hear it it takes me straight back to middle school at P.W. Engvall when music was almost enough to take my mind off of the tornado of home life.
  • I never really paid attention to the lyrics of "Let's Go Crazy". I just now looked them up. Wow. That song really makes no sense. All these years I've been singing "Let's look for the purple banana til they put us in the truck" thinking, knowing, that I was completely mishearing and butchering the lyrics. But I was right this whole time! 
  • While I didn't like many Prince songs, I've always acknowledged he was a genius. He did his own thing on his own terms, and I always respect that. He was one of the best all-around musicians of our time. I always kind wished he's do a metal cide-project so he could just let loose and shred. 
  • April 29th, 1997 was a weird day. I went to see Built to Spill and Modest Mouse at Canes. Modest Mouse was supposed to open, but there was some hang up that caused them to run late. So Built To Spill played their set. When Modest Mouse arrived they hurried on stage and tore through a few songs before the place shut down and everyone got kicked out. Everything was so rushed because apparently Prince had rented Canes for an after-show party. Built to Spill fans exiting the show squeezing past Prince fans entering the venue was an odd sight.  
RIP to an interesting dude who marched to the bead of his own drum (or Shiela E's, whatever) and a hell of a guitar player. 


3.24.2016

I'm almost halfway finished, how do you like it so far? #GarryShandling



RIP Garry Shandling. 

The Larry Sanders Show was great and it deserves every ounce of praise it gets, and it was as influential as a show can get.

But my first experience with Garry Shandling was It's Garry Shandling's Show, and that is what I will always remember when I think of Garry Shandling.

Its run coincided with my high school years. We were an HBO family, and it was on Showtime, so I didn't get to see it that much in it's initial run (it later moved to network TV). The first time I saw it was at my friend Gary's when he was visiting one summer. Apparently they were a Showtime family. The theme song sucked me in, and at the time I thought it was about the funniest and unique damn thing I'd seen.  It was meta before meta was cool, and I'd like to think it was just as influential on it's style of comedy as The Larry Sanders Show was for its.

Thanks for the laughs, Garry.



3.13.2016

Spirit Of The American Hot Dog


I don't know what that means, but I think it could be Donald Trump's campaign slogan.

3.10.2016

Horace Pinker / Face to Face Split EP (1993 Rhetoric)



I didn't know about this 7" until Little Jon Hanks guested on my embarrassing KFSR show and played the Face to Face cover of "Blister in the Sun." Bought this shortly after.

I strut my stuff

3.07.2016

Choking on Progress - Substance Before Presentation (2000, self-released)


Kevin Bacon time: I knew a girl who dated a guy in this band. When I met him, he had an FYP pin. That made him okay by me. Beyond that, I don't know a whole bunch about these guys. Just some East County dudes playing basic punk rock. No harm in that. Oh, they cover Wide Awake's False Pride.

Git it.

3.05.2016

"vote for the wrong dude as a goof" #drumpf

Every time Donald Drumpf wins a primary, I think of this old Eddie Murphy routine.


1.23.2016

#OscarsSoWhite? more like #OscarsSoBad.


Me and Wifey are over halfway through watching all of the movies nominated for Best Picture. While her list would differ, we both agree that no movies so far have stood out as anything special. So far, my rankings would go like this:


  1. The Big Short (it was okay, but didn't care the hyper-kinetic style, and yeah, have a little bit of a problem rooting for rich dudes becoming even richer betting on predicted misery.)
  2. Bridge of Spies (also okay, but slow, and the score was incredibly cheesy. Surprised to find it was written by the Coen Brothers.)
  3. Spotlight (again, okay, but kinda of a generic procedural with cardboard cutout characters.)
  4. Brooklyn (meh...I guess it was okay, but there was no real drama in it. Kinda hokey.) 
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road (a decent action movie aside from the ridiculous guitar dude, but has no business being nominated for best picture). 

We have not yet seen The Revenant, The Martian, or Room. Hopefully at least one of them is the real deal, because so far none we've seen has come close to being Best Picture worthy. For real, Inside Out was better than anyof these movies.

Which brings me to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. My opinion is that it is 100% undeniable that Oscar voters are completely out of touch. Whether out of touch = racist, I can't really say, but I'm not gonna argue with those who say it is. I have not seen Creed or Straight Outta Compton, but from what I've heard both were just as worthy as those that were nominated. They surely couldn't be worse than Mad Max for Best Picture consideration.

But you know what I did see? Beasts of No Nation. How in the hell did this not have multiple nominations? This is where I start having some serious doubts with the selection process. There are at least four major categories for which it should have received nominations:

  • Best Picture. It's far better than anything on the list I've seen so far. 
  • Best Actor. You probably think I'm going to say Idris Elba, who was amazing, but I'm not, because Abraham Attah was even better. Both could have and probably shoudl have been nominated. 
  • Best Supporting Actor. Idris Elba. I'll admit I have no idea where the line between lead and supporting actor/actress is. 
  • Best Director. Cary Fukunaga. This is a no-brainer. You will not see a more beautifully shot movie this year. Insane that he was not nominated.

With a movie this good, with performances this strong, it makes you really wonder what the hell is going on. Did Charlotte "perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list" Rampling see it? Did Michael "You can't vote for an actor because he's black" Caine (actually, I know he did)? You would think that it would get some nominations for minor categories, but nope. Nothing. Zilch. It's on Netflix. Go watch it. Tell me I'm wrong.