Month: January 2008

Burn, baby, burn….blues inferno?!?!

Burn, baby, burn….blues inferno?!?!

Music
I am very passionate about my music, as anyone who knows me can attest. But it turns out that Paul Webster Feinstein is even more passionate. Mr. Feinstein, unhappy with some changes made to his Internet radio show, opted to show his displeasure by setting the station on fire.  Yikes!  This guy's show may have been all about the blues, but this move is totally rock 'n' roll. Oh, and not to go off on a rant, but here's a big shout out to the Associated Press for their mad fact-checking skillz.  Their article makes a point of stating that this guy is a jazz fan and he had a jazz show.  But a quick look at some of his past playlists shows it to be mostly blues-oriented.  The show's tagline even asks, "Do you bleed the blues?"  Cripes, great job AP.
Smooth sailing ahead

Smooth sailing ahead

Music
After an all-too-long absence, the brilliant Yacht Rock returns with Episode 11 - "Footloose." It's the fascinating story behind the creation of one of the most beloved songs of the '80s. Enjoy! Oh, and if you haven't seen any of these before, I highly recommend you head to J.D. Ryznar's YouTube page and start from the beginning.
Blogroll call!

Blogroll call!

Blogstuff
I just wanted to give a quick shoutout for the newest addition to the esteemed GFS blogroll - Popdose.  It takes the place (so far as I can tell) of the awesome jefitoblog, which sadly and unexpectedly vanished from the landscape last year.  It's one of the better pop culture-oriented sites around, so stop by and tell 'em I sent you!
Sweaty feet = profits

Sweaty feet = profits

Advertising, Rants
Just when I thought I had seen all the ways unscrupulous advertisers could come up with to separate idiots from their money, along come detoxifying foot pads. If you haven't yet seen any of the commercials for these things, they are a hoot. Here's a typical ad for this miracle product: All the ads pretty much employ the same selling tactics and points, which are summarized thusly: Scare the customer. Inform the target that the world is an icky place, full of dangerous chemicals and substances. Once you've frightened them a little bit you've created in their minds a need for a solution. "What's that you say? The level of cancer-causing Monstronium particles has increased 400% in the last decade? Help me!" Once you've convinced the target of the dangers of these known (an...
Book report: Ray Bradbury — Fahrenheit 451

Book report: Ray Bradbury — Fahrenheit 451

Books
There are countless so-called classics of literature that simply can't live up to their reputation, and yet they find their way into the curricula of high school and college literature courses year after year. I've read many of them since graduating and found some to be pretty good (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) and others pretty bad (The Catcher in the Rye). Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451, however, is deserving of all the praise it receives. What struck me most about the book, aside from Bradbury's top-notch writing and storytelling skill, was that the oft-cited theme of censorship was almost secondary in the plot. I was prepared to read a novel warning about the insidiousness of censoring books, but instead was treated to an eerily prescient look at a slothful and intellectually stunt...
Golf and race

Golf and race

Rants, Sports
To absolutely no one's surprise, Dave Seanor (the editor of Golfweek magazine who approved a recent cover featuring a noose) was canned. The firing made sense for a very basic reason that had nothing to do with racism - Seanor made a ham-fisted effort at generating buzz for his magazine, and any person with an ounce of common sense could have predicted the shitstorm that would follow its publication. Pissing off readers (and by association your advertisers) is career suicide in the newspaper/magazine world. But beyond the colossal bad taste exhibited by Seanor, there was a real missed opportunity here. While the actual story accompanying the noose image focused almost exclusively on a single comment made by Golf Channel announcer Kelly Tilghman, it missed the bigger picture. And tha...
Let’s make a band!

Let’s make a band!

Internet
Ever notice how most posts that spread internet memes usually start with a proclamation by the author that they don't usually do memes? Well not me. But seriously, I usually don't spread memes. I like this recent one I found on Thom's site, however, so I'll contribute. The Rules 1. Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random. The first article title on the page is the name of your band. 2. Go to http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3. The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album (you might have to click new random quotes at the bottom). 3. Go to http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/. The third picture, no matter what it is, is your album cover. You then take the pic and add your band name and the album title to it, then post your...
“Boys Beware,” or The Courtship of Jimmy Barnes, Pt. 2

“Boys Beware,” or The Courtship of Jimmy Barnes, Pt. 2

Movies
OK, so I'm not so quick on the whole sequel thing. It's been a little more than two years since we last visited the 1961 Sid Davis public domain classic "Boys Beware." I guess it's taken me that long to shake the heebie jeebies I got from watching the first part. To recap - our hero, Jimmy Barnes, fell under the spell of a balding, mustached Lothario named Ralph. Jimmy somehow broke Ralph's spell and ratted him out to the cops. But before we get too complacent, the narrator (Lt. Williamson) jolts us back to reality by warning us that "all homosexuals are not passive. Some resort to violence, as in the case of Mike Merritt."   Our first shot of the new malevolent stranger has him taking in a game of youth basketball. There was no WNBA in those days, but the level of competit...