Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Don't Swallow the Cap

++Ugh. The amount of socializing I have to do this month is thoroughly preposterous for someone who dislikes people and just wants to stay home and rewatch the Ray Romano portion of this old Dr. Katz episode where he talks orange juice. ROFL. What's happening to me?  I don't even find Romano funny, usually. (side note: In interviews/videos H.Jon Benjamin has a facial expression like he has a secret he's not letting you in on. Much like the late Gene Wilder.)

++Max Greenfield, Referee: Speaking of interviews, this one might be one of my favorites in recent memory! And for reasons even I don't understand I have seen every talk show interview You Tube has to offer. Anyway, I never watch New Girl but now heart Greenfield.  This is almost performance art. What wit.

++Hope that membership comes with a cart! Get this person a recyclable potato sack bag. And perhaps some blotting papers.(How many times will I bring up Carol's Daughter website? Stay tuned. No promo.)

++Sort of tickled that the web has adopted Kamaiyah...surprisingly... since as I wrote she doesn't look like your typical pop star. Sticky gold star for u on your forehead,  Internet!

++Though I'm a fan of both I totally forgot about Charlie Hunnam and Matt Berninger til they popped up on my feed again, aka the air blowing Lotto ball machine of public consciousness and attention and fame. Anyway, how bout some Mr. November in December for old timez sakesies.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016


..a little shorter and more moderne for today: (Super lush and pretty and tiny bit pretentious!)

Monday, December 05, 2016

King of the Timbales

++Here's an old photo of a young Tito Puente. Never really covered him here before despite his wide ranging influence because he seems to be one of those things as a music appreciator you are told is good for you like Vitamin C. I swear I have seen 40 Grammy broadcasts mentioning him. What kind of DIRT did Puente have on the Grammys??!

Besides being a long acknowledged cornerstone of many genres of music what's amazing to me was how Puente,in this video, continued to be a showman into his waning years. Look at the people in the crowd catching the spirits and grabbing each other to twirl.You never see that at younger shows. A good party host will inspire that level of comfort and enthusiasm in his followers. Ah different times those were, a different generation.

Anyway, Tito was crowned the King of the Timbales and what I like about this tutorial is the demonstration of how all parts of the drum are used, the metal on the side, the rims, maybe even the stand. And they don't make a big deal out of it like a cool chef telling you about all the gross parts of the animal that usually get thrown away, but not in his kitchen. (Bon appetit, mon trash cans!)

Do timbaleros ever use their own heads as percussion, their teeth, their glasses? And anyone doing a version of the Kit Kat theme?

(Probably best to close down this post now.)



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Secrets and Bibles

++The other day I was all: Christmas sux! Yesterday at the supermarket checkstand I saw the jolly title fonts on both Sunset and Los Angeles magazines and in my mind magnanimously declared, "All the magazines and Christmas for everyone!!" [Regal sweeping hand motion all across the land!]. Fine you got me, Xmas. (Still love you, Sunset Magazine.)

++The LA version of getting rickrolled is when you have the TV playing in the background and hear a song and your head starts boppin like "Heyyyyyy what's this Passion Pit sounding jam?" and then it always ends abruptly with the clunky Living Spaces set of notes/jingle. Dammit, Living Spaces(:26)! Roll me once, won't be rolled again!

++Great. Now I can't listen to one of my favorite songs Automatic by the Pointer Sisters without picturing skeleton B-boys getting spanked. Great just great.

++Kind of want the hat driver in this high speed chase leading the police through Canoga Park is wearing...where is Daily Mail's "Get the Look" feature when you need it?!?

++Many moons ago I was one of those weirdos who wrote joke reviews on Amazon, way before it even became a thing. Some good ones, too! But like a retired hitwoman, I had to stop. It got too heady, and the lifestyle overtook me (don't even know when I'm joking anymore,lol.) Evvvveerryyyonce in a while, usually around Dec shopping season, a product comes along to mock me almost daring me not to get sucked back in.

++Playing sleuth over here and wondering why the founder of Carol's Daughter products was showing a picture of her daughter and then called herself the founder of Carol's Daughter's products when her name is Lisa. Some journey's ends are not that satisfying. We can't all be a true crime podcast out here. 

++I'm going to do another in the list of unusual Christmas songs just because ever since Thanksgiving I've been uninspired. Hence, Oi to the World.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Waits Waits Don't Tell Me

++Been more unenthused than ever about Christmas and Christmas songs this year for some reason so I Googled "unusual Christmas songs" just for a change of pace and of *course* Tom Waits would have something to fit the bill.

++I know the intent was to make these ladies with the swirly eyes look zombied out but that's what I look like when I glaze over during a boring conversation. I need to get me some of those contacts to help dullards catch a hint.

Monday, November 28, 2016



++Apropos of nothing, when you look at pix taken of yourself over the holidays it's amazing how just a slight change of angle can change you from a 1000 year old beast to passable LA sidewalk cafe extra.

++Pretty easy to work with whatcha mama gave ya when yaz a Hemingway! 

++Glad to see others struggling with procrastination today. I blame all the tryptophan. This Banners song is just ok for me but I gotta get back on the horse, man....

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Before the Beginning

Aww, nothing gets me into the holiday spirit more than a little maggot brain. If you know enough cool people you will have a hard time remembering which one of your friends has the tee shirt with the image above.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Some of That Spanish Dancing

++Ooh, might only be able to squeeze out one post this favorite holiday of the season(s). And my mind is faaading faaast!

++The acronym SSRI looks like Siri. Is that something? Maybe a writer of an AbFab-ish character out there can use it. Like she's asking her SSRI for directions in a scene...

++Anyhow, last week I watched a ton of runway shows on You Tube and pretty much figured out that the color of potato sacks is en vogue for the next few months. Potato sacks are also the cool recyclable grocery bags these days. What good is all the fashion if everyone in LA is just in athleisureware, anyway. End rant. So this Jane Weaver was one of the songs on one of the runways, I forget which one. Very stylish sounding song in need of a much better video! I was also looking for the Eenie Meenie song that Stella McCartney's gawky models do a ring around the rosey dance to, to no avail.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Lil Beethoven

++Love u, bb.

++I usually save the longwinded geek ramblings for Sundays but  oh what the hey. Browsing thru this past week's posts I laffed again at  the Huffington post tweet about Adam Driver and Rooney Mara looking comically less than thrilled about starring in a new Leos Carax film. Well as it turns out the title of that post named for the band should be Sparks and not The Sparks..the prog band that will be the subject matter of the movie. Sparks influenced acts like Cobain, Morrissey, Overkills River, Ween, Faith No More and They Might Be Giants.

And as it also turns out Rooney and Adam's naturally deadpan expressions couldn't be more perfect for portraying the band members, especially Hitler mustachioed keyboardist Ron Mael. Or any of the other members of the band. Or the audience for that matter! (Cut to Pink: Why so serious (everyone)?) Anyway, I'm kind of looking forward to seeing the film even though I've never seen any of Carax's work, just cuz the Holy Motors trailer looks like my cuppa.

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