Sunday, May 27, 2007

TV: Babes

  • NBC's Weather Plus has a very cute meteorologist in Britta Merwin. Look, she's a model too! When I saw her today on TV, she looked more like the photo in the top right, where Chinzilla is grabbing her ass. She even has a blog where she openly admits that Spring is her favorite season. I didn't think weather people were allowed to have a favorite season - isn't that a conflict of interest?
  • There are a million house "flipping" shows on TV, but only A&E's "Sell This House" has the captivating Tanya Memme (rhymes with "lemme"). Apparently, she was Miss World Canada in 1993.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

YouTube: The Reed Sisters

Thanks to 1963muster for posting these videos of The Reed Sisters on some long ago cable access show. Start with "Celebration" to see their creepy stage mother and the synchronised dance steps. Then watch "From Me To You" and try to figure out the sibling dynamic between the blonde one and the non-instrumentalist one.

Sadly, I can't find anything about these Reed Sisters on the 'net. Let's hope they get the band back together again.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Music: Covers On YouTube

And if you have the time, there's a Go-Betweens tribute concert/documentary (in 6 parts) with Australian artists covering the late lamented band.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Politics: Hillary Clinton

Wonkette reports that Hillary Clinton is asking the public to choose her campaign song. There are 9 songs listed, but write-in votes are allowed. Wonkette and its commenters have plenty of suggestions: "Bitch" by the Rolling Stones, "The Bitch Is Back" by Elton John, "Smack My Bitch Up" by the Prodigy (am I sensing a theme here?).

I voted for "Is This What You Call Change?" by Robert Forster ("As I breathe your deadly wind, as the oil in the river sends everything that's alive to a painful end").

Monday, May 14, 2007

Lyrics Quiz: Fools

Part A: "Fool" in the title.

  1. When I come home, baby, and I've been working all night long, I put my daughter on my knee, and she say, "Daddy what's wrong?"
  2. Well on his way, his head in a cloud, the man of a thousand voices, talking perfectly loud. But nobody ever hears him.
  3. And the parting on the left are now parting on the right. And the beards have all grown longer overnight.
  4. As he rises to her apology, anybody else would surely know, he's watching her go.
  5. The pack on my back is aching. The straps seem to cut me like a knife. I'm no clown, I won't back down. I don't need you to tell me what's going down.
  6. Unhand that gun, be gone. There's no one to fire upon. If he's holding it high, he's telling a lie.
  7. A dying flame, you're free again. Who could love and do that to you? All dressed in black, he won't be coming back. Save your tears, you've got years and years.

Part B: "Fool" in the lyrics.

  1. 'Cause we're living in a world of fools, breaking us down, when they all should let us be.
  2. He said, "Girl u better have fun no matter what u do." But he's a fool.
  3. Don't you know, little fool, you never can win?
  4. Something in your eyes is makin' such a fool of me. When you hold me in your arms, you love me 'til I just can't see.
  5. I find it very, very easy to be true. I find myself alone when each day is through. Yes, I'll admit I'm a fool for you.
  6. I am the maker of rules, dealing with fools.
  7. And if you ever have to go to school, remember how they messed up this old fool. Don't pick fights with the bullies or the cads, 'cause I'm not much cop at punching Other people's dads.

Music: Uncle Tupelo

YouTube has an old cable access performance by Uncle Tupelo from 1989 (doing "Graveyard Shift" and "Factory Belt"). And here's "Gun" live in 1992.

And here's a nice homemade cartoon for Wilco's "Hummingbird". Wilco's new album "drops" tomorrow, and they're on "Letterman" tomorrow night. (Thanks to Robb for the heads up.)

Words: Chillax

For those who didn't believe me that "chillax" is a popular slang contraction ("chill" and "relax") in the British Isles, here's an Amazon list.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Lyrics Quiz: Fruit

Inspired by Robb and his irrational hatred of #1. Personally, I think there should be more spelling in songs.

  1. Let me hear you say, this shit is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
  2. God didn't make little green apples, and it don't rain in Indianapolis in the summertime.
  3. Now when you pick a pawpaw, or a prickly pear, and you prick a raw paw - next time beware.
  4. I'm praying for a rain in California, so the grapes can grow and they can make more wine. And I'm sitting in a honky in Chicago, with a broken heart and a woman on my mind.
  5. And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Internet: Posting Dangers

The AV Club's Hater has posted an Ad Council PSA about the dangers of posting information online. Creepy!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Emails: Factually Incorrect

I got an email this week that read:
Many will recall that on July 8, 1947, witnesses claimed that an unidentified flying object with five aliens aboard crashed onto a sheep and cattle ranch just outside Roswell, New Mexico. This is a well- known incident that many say has long been covered up by the US Air Force and the federal government.

However, what you may NOT know is that in the month of March 1948, exactly nine months after that historic day, George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Condoleezza Rice and Dan Quayle were all born.

See what happens when aliens breed with sheep. This piece of information may clear up a lot of things.

It would have been nice if even one of the people listed had been born in 1948, but no.

  • George W. Bush, born July 6, 1946
  • Dick Cheney, born January 30, 1941
  • Donald Rumsfeld, born July 9, 1932
  • Bill O'Reilly, born September 10, 1949
  • Rush Limbaugh, born January 12, 1951
  • Condoleezza Rice, born November 14, 1954
  • Dan Quayle, born February 4, 1947

Here are some people who were born in March 1948: reggae artist Burning Spear, Irish guitar hero Rory Gallagher, Welsh rock 'n' roller Shakin' Stevens, crime novelist James Ellroy, junkie/folkie James Taylor, CNN's Wolf Blitzer, ugly musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, petite actress Rhea Perlman, normal-sized actress Dianne Wiest. The only politician I see born then: Al Gore.